May 31, 2013
Mother’s Day was a hoot. Began with yummy strawberry waffles. Continued with a trip to Bass Pro Shops for a photo op with the Duck Men (dog dude inclusive!) and a little offroading with the Jeep.
Back to the beach, because, why not? It’s close and beautiful, and Little Dude can make a couple bucks collecting bottles. Looseleaf Theatre Co.’s production of Shakespeare’s [slightly modified - it was the Mad Men/Desert Hippy version] As You Like It was HILARIOUS. Oh, and I finally got a hair cut.
Nana and Papa came to town, and so we went back to the beach [duh]. Multiple times [again, duh]. And to Scripps Aquarium – which was cool, but not as cool as the beach.
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May 29, 2013
May 28, 2013
May 23, 2013
May 21, 2013
Just for the record: Yes. Yes, I did very much intend to keep every last little piece of visual chaos in this frame. I included everything on purpose. I shot wide and at a time of day when the light floods the room. My aperture allowed plenty of depth of field. Behold the glory (?!?) that is my youngest dude’s half of his room. His happy place = my crazy place. These pictures tell that story.
May 20, 2013
So when his gaze lingers a little too long on the larger-than-life Oakley Girl on the side of the bus, or when he jokingly buys himself “Cardboard Girlfriend” for his birthday, the ONLY conclusion that I can draw is that … he must really like those sunglasses.
So I went ahead and bought a pair. Because I just knew it would make him happy.
May 19, 2013
All right. Let’s jump right in. It’s time to get those pictures off your computer and onto your walls where you can appreciate them on a daily basis. I do need to forewarn you: I live amongst dudes, lizards, a dog and a toad. Two of us work from home. Two of us school at home. And thus, our home is not a museum; in fact, it’s usually a mess. And that will be reflected in the pictures I show you of the pictures that live on my walls [embarrassed grin].
Exhibit One: when we first moved down to Southern California ten years ago, I wanted to hang a bunch of pictures that reflected our new locale. I waited for Aaron Bros’ buy-one-get-one-for-1-cent-sale, and loaded up on these 24x20 frames and 20x16 mattes. For not very much money, I filled these walls with pictures that to this day make me smile – especially the one of my teens as very little dudes.
Exhibit Two: I’m a huge proponent of printing BIG. If you have a big wall, put a BIG picture on it! (55x55” canvas – as you can see, it filled half my garage!)
Or put three big pictures on it! (3 – 24x36” canvases)
Or maybe nine smaller canvases on it (9 – 10x10” canvases) …
Or perhaps four 20” square prints (in cheapie IKEA glass frames) …
Anywhooo, that’s just my little bit of encouragement to go ahead and print BIG or print many to fill a big space.
Exhibit Three: fill a single frame with multiple images. Oh my, look how little my boys were (excuse me while I go grab a Kleenex and attempt to turn back the hands of the clocks in the house!). If I remember correctly, I got this frame from Pottery Barn – it’s filled with 6 4x6s, 2 5x7s and 1 8x10.
Exhibit Four: this is a collaged poster I made for my son out of his favorite images from our vacation. It’s a 20x30 glossy poster print from Costco and cost a whopping $8.99.
And lastly, I keep an inspiration board on Pinterest ( http://pinterest.com/skeller/brainstorming-picture-display-ideas/ to file away fun ideas for future ways to get my pictures out of my computer and onto my walls. As an added bonus, most of the ideas I pin are in homes that are tidy and beautifully decorated. A girl can always dream, right?
May 18, 2013
May 17, 2013
That super positive experience has made me very excited to be attending this year’s conference in Ohio for a whole weekend of photography inspiration! If you’d like to join me, registration is now open. The biggest & best reasons to register early: there’s a $100 discount offered thru the end of May and early registration lessens the likelihood of being waitlisted (last year's conference sold out quickly).
There’s a large list of classes/offerings for all interest levels of photography plus add-on workshops and photography tours on Friday & Sunday, so you can fully customize your weekend’s experience.
I hope to get to meet you there!
May 16, 2013
But first, a colonial girl. Then a masked princess. Anyone who knows me, knows that this mom of three boys doesn’t do fancy princess photo shoots. I’m missing that “stylize a session” gene. Moreover, I’m the mom who schedules a roadtrip every Halloween, so I can avoid the whole costume thing x3. But. BUT. If during a family lifestyle photo session, a youngest daughter enthusiastically digs into her dress-up trunk, who I am not to follow her into her medieval world of palm tree forests, stone mountains, and empty pool tunnels?!? Because now it’s … lifestyle. [grin]