Archive for September, 2011


Superhero Photo – Week 1

September 26, 2011

Howdy, dear readers! Have you missed me?

I apologize for the lack of communication over the last two weeks, but things have been hectic. And by hectic I mean lots of tailgating, football, and picture taking with some work mixed in.

My Superhero Photo Course began last Monday and I have to tell you, I love it.

When my friend Heidi told me I could teach myself the basics but needed some inspiration, I must admit I was skeptical. In hindsight I think it was because I was still upset over my photojournalism class not working out.

Perhaps discouraged is a better word.

Either way, I had an epiphany late last week. Heidi was right. I did need some inspiration – and Andrea, the course instructor/motivator, and my “virtual” classmates helped me find it.

As I told my friends, why else would I take my camera to the grocery store – and meet a professor for a portrait bright and early? Something must have clicked!

It’s funny …

I compare the pictures I took at the beginning of August to the ones I took last week and I can already see an improvement. Would I call myself a “photographer”? Absolutely not. But I’m not a “fauxtographer” either. 😉 There is much to learn, grasshopper! I still have difficulty (and get VERY frustrated) with indoor, low-light situations; however, a lot of it is my stubbornness and refusal to use the pop-up flash. To say those types of pictures are works-in-progress would be an understatement. Haha!

I did, however, let go a bit last week. On two separate occasions I found myself lying on the ground to get my shot. One of those times was on a gravel side street adjacent to an open parking lot. For another picture, I found myself doing a circle in my front yard, taking pictures of my feet from every lighting angle.

The best part of those experiences wasn’t the pictures (although they are bonuses) – it was that I didn’t care if people wondered, “Who is that girl and why is she laying on the ground taking pictures?” Quite an accomplishment for me.

Here are my favorites:

Task: Feet in the grass

I originally wanted to paint my toenails hot pink, but my bottle of polish mysteriously disappeared. So I settled for a reddish color. In hindsight, I wish I had pulled that dandelion out so it wouldn’t cast the shadow on my foot. Overall, though, I really like the shot.

Task: Riot of Color

Peppers at the grocery store. I don’t even like peppers, but their colors instantly attracted me.

I found a tree outside my office with leaves that were just starting to change for fall. I can honestly say I’ve never really paid attention when the trees are in transition. It was rather nice to see the green of summer and the red of fall together. It was rather gloomy the day I took this, so I used the Love Couture action from Oh So Posh Photography to warm it up.

Curious kitty. This was one of those on-the-ground shots I mentioned earlier. I actually took this with a 55-200 mm lens because there was no way I could get close enough to these “street” cats without spooking them. That little fella was the only one who dared to come near me.

That’s it for now. Here’s to many more to come!



School spirit

September 16, 2011

I was all set to blog about my experience playing photographer at a work event yesterday … in the rain … holding an umbrella … when something pulled me back into wedding land.

That something would be this Facebook post from WV Weddings:

Several weeks ago, Amberlee asked me to help her write a post about incorporating WVU into your wedding. Mountaineers AND weddings? I’m in!

I developed my lead and closing sentence in 30 seconds (seriously, they came to me that quickly), and filled in the rest after seeing the pictures she had chosen to submit. I was perfectly content to be a ghostwriter, but was very excited when she told me they were going to credit me as well. 🙂

I very much enjoy feature writing and blogging; it’s a great break from the often mundane, sometimes cookie cutter writing I do throughout the week. I really need to seek out some freelance opportunities. Haha!

 Click here to read the entry!

(Fun? Fact: I have a phobia of reading articles I’ve written after they’ve been published. My very first “real world” boss once told me, “You’ll get over that.” Eight years later, the fear is still alive and kickin’. So hopefully it looks nice and you have fun reading it … because I haven’t looked! ;-))


A picture is worth … (Part 4)

September 12, 2011

I realized this morning I left you hanging in this series.

Bad blogger.

Honestly, though, Randy and I have been nursing a sick chinchilla back to health and a lot of things fell by the wayside last week. I can happily report, however, Emily is almost back to her old self. I write almost because she’s still getting adjusted to her new choppers and not really eating hay yet. She has returned (and surpassed by a few grams) to her pre-surgery weight and is bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Yay! Baby steps.

Anywho, how about a purdy picture?

(Amberlee Christey Photography)

There really isn’t a story behind this. I just LOVE it.

A lot.

When we had our picture viewing party, I gasped when it came on the screen. I even told Amberlee she needed to move on because I could stare at it all night.

And then I promptly forgot about it, so it was a welcomed “surprise” when I saw it again several weeks later.

There is a full color picture similar to this one that I’ve added to my folder of possibilities for our WV Weddings submission.

Speaking of which, I need to get my hiney in gear and pick our photos. The deadline is rapidly approaching. Anyone want to pick them for me??? It’s just so difficult because there are so many great pictures … and I can’t stop selecting black and white ones!!!! Haha! 😀


wee bits 1.4

September 7, 2011

wee bits was on hiatus last week as I returned to the wedding scene. Back in action this week, though!

{one} what’s your guilty pleasure tv show?

Right now, it’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager. I lose a lot of brain cells and risk rolling my eyes into the back of my head permanently, but I can’t help myself. I actually started to tally how many times the word “sex” was used in one episode last week. Fifteen times in the 20 minutes before I got distracted.

{two} ear piercings on men: yes or no?

Eh. I don’t mind them, but I don’t prefer them. How’s that for a non-answer?

 {three} do you have dish or comcast?

Both. We switched to Dish last year because it’s cheaper than Comcast; however, we kept the basic cable channels so we could get the reduced Internet rate. Sounds crazy, but it’s actually saving us money.

 {four} what’s your favorite current fashion trend?

Trends? What trends? 

{five} if you could learn to do anything, money not being an issue, what would it be?

That’s easy … Photography. If I could spend several months in “boot camps” all across the country, just learning and taking pictures, I would do it in a heartbeat.

 {six} red or white wine?

White. Unless it’s Forks of Cheat VanBuren

 {seven} what type of food is your favorite (ex. italian, mexican, etc.)

I dunno anymore. It’s a toss-up between Italian and Mexican.

 {eight} hp or mac?

Shouldn’t this be PC or Mac?*shrug* I’m going to answer it as such. I’ve always been die-hard PC, but I wouldn’t mind giving Mac a try.

 {nine} what color is your bedroom?

Oh the joys of renting. It’s a mismatched mess of brown paneling and redish carpet.

 {ten} what’s your favorite form of exercise?

Elliptical and lifting weights when I have a gym membership. Zumba, as well. Basically anything that doesn’t require me to exercise outside (hate!!).


A picture is worth … (Part 3)

September 2, 2011

Let me set the scene. Our venue created two signature drinks for our reception – one of which was the equivalent to a blue Long Island. You know, the drink with seven different kinds of liquor in it? Well, our guests LOVED it … in multiples.

(Amberlee Christey Photography)

 That would be me (the girl in the white dress, of course) hugging my friend Kisha. Why? Well, after stepping in something wet, I asked what was all over the floor. She, being of sheepish mind and drunken body, admitted to spilling her drink – and then decided to switch to something non-alcoholic.

The expression on Ryan’s face seems to say, “WHAT do you mean you cut yourself off??” I can’t really tell about Alicia, but after looking at the succession of pictures it seems she’s trying to get my attention (maybe to alert me to the spill? HAHA!).

The best part? You can see Kisha’s drink all over the front of her dress.

And then there is my brother in the background dancing … or somethin’.