Week 9: Doors
It wasn't hard for me to decide what doors I wanted as my subject last week. What was hard was finding the opportunity to shoot them because of all of the fun snowy weather we got last week. I've thought our church was beautiful from the first time I saw it. It is actually what drew me to try attending it. These doors are on the older part of our church and it has a beautiful archway and architectural detail. Some of my husband's and I's wedding pictures where taken in front of these doors by the very talented Erica Clark from ericaclarkphotography.com. Seriously if you haven't seen her work go check her out, she is a super talented wedding/boudoir photographer and just a swell person all the way around but I digress. The day I took this it was snowing like crazy and not the pretty big snow flakes you want to catch on camera but the tiny, fast falling, makes it look like your image has dandruff kind of snow. So I decided to do a close up of the unique handles to the doors.
And just so you can appreciate the awesomeness of these doors here is a full image of them. Notice the nice overlay of dandruffy looking snow. Have a fantastic week everyone. - Rachael
Week 8: Still Life
My home is full of interesting still life: a dirty bowl here, toys scattered there, a vacuum propped in a corner that has been there for two weeks. On any given day you will see a scene of Olaf and Rex hanging out on the couch seemingly having a conversation. There are often a herd of farm animals hanging out on my TV stand or puzzle pieces strewn about. This is the life of a mom with a toddler... or any kid for that fact. I knew I was going to do something involving my kiddo's toys because he often leaves them around the house in interesting combinations. This time however he left a toy in an interesting place and it scared the bejesus out of me in the middle of the night. He must of left it here after his daddy gave him his bath because I had no idea it was in there. But this is how I was greeted at 2:30 in the morning with a full bladder and a baby pushing on it. I almost wet myself.
Most of you are probably thinking "Scared? It's not like it's a Tyrannosaurus Rex or anything?!" But let me tell you I am blind without my glasses and all I saw at first glance was some sort of green lizard thing. I literally gasped. Then when I realized what it was my next thought was..."I'm going to have to get a picture of that in the morning." And there was my still life. Life is never dull when a child is running around and thank God for that!
May your week be anything but dull!-Rachael
Week 7: Love
I suppose to honor the week of Valentine's Day the theme of this week was love. How was I supposed to choose on this one. I am surrounded by love and have so much love in my life how was I ever going to pick what to capture. But of course my favorite subject was the first thing that came to my mind. So I spent a few hours this day capturing Desmond enjoying things that he loves.
I choose Des loving on Claire because he is obsessed with his Ki Ki. He always wants to know where she is. If she is meowing he must know what she is talking about. He loves to feed her, and pet her, and smother her. I wish I could say the love was mutual be we are just happy that she tolerates him.
Here are some others from the day of things that Desmond loves.
He had begged me for this Hostess cupcake for a week. I've never given him one and I kept telling him no. I finally gave in and let him eat it and he just LOVED his "black and white" cupcake.
This kiddo loves his Toy Story. It is rare we can leave the house with out Woody, Buzz, Jesse, Bullseye, Trixie, Rex, or Slinky Dog. They are definitely his buddies.
And this one, this one I love. Desmond and Claire were watching school buses go by.
Take some time to capture memories that you love this week.-Rachael
Week 6: Shadows
In photography shadows are almost as important as lighting. I actually think that shadows tend to tell more of a story though. I swirled so many ideas around in my head for this challenge.
As I've said before I am trying to make this a personal challenge and to draw from my everyday life. This picture is an everyday occurrence, but it's one I don't see often. My husband (the saint that he is) gets up before me every weekday so that he can get ready for work which also means that he usually has our son for about an hour before I get out of bed. Well on this day Daddy had to leave exceptionally early in the morning to go out of town so it was just Des and I. He's only allowed his paci when he is going to sleep but sometimes on those extra early mornings we let him keep it for a little bit while he watches his Pocoyo. Only our hall light was on and I looked at him as he curled into himself on the couch and thought "Man, he looks almost like a baby again" cue pregnant mommy tears. I loved the way the light was hitting him and causing dramatic shadows. So I got out my camera and I captured this moment in time where my big boy seemed little again. Cue tears again. There is nothing perfect about this picture. It is noisy as all get out. But I love it.
Have a great week everyone- Rachael
Week 5: Warmth
I'm a little behind on blogging because it has been a busy few weeks between a tummy bug hitting our family and work so its time to catch up.
When I saw that the challenge for week five was warmth and it was January in Illinois I was bumfuzzled. Yes, I said bumfuzzled. Warmth can mean a lot of things though. This one came upon me by happenstance. I was shooting a session for the adorable Hunter and by the end of our session he was done. He didn't want to have anything to do with me anymore and little was consoling. I had already put my gear away and Hunter's dad was packing up his stuff. His mom sat with him on the floor and he instantly calmed. I asked her if she usually sits with him in this way and she said no. They were so peaceful and happy that I got my gear back out and shot a few more pictures. This is a mothers warmth at it's finest.
Have a great day everyone, with warmth-Rachael
Week 4: Dream
I had to think about this weeks challenge. I have a lot of dreams, who doesn't? The hard part is how to portray them in a single photograph. So I went literal. I had a dream last week about donuts, because I mean, who doesn't?
For those of you who don't know I have Gestational Diabetes. I was diagnosed this go around at about three months in. So I have been on a low carb/low sugar diet for four months. I still have two months left to go. I really just want a donut. Ok, maybe I want a whole stack of donuts. So that was my inspiration this week.
Week 4: Dream
Hopefully these images have you dreaming of donuts too! Have a great week all- Rachael
Week 3: Triptych
If you are like me right now you are thinking what the heck is a triptych. So I looked it up. Turns out its just a fancy word for an image cut into three panels OR a series of 3 images made to tell a story. Usually these pictures are in succession so that it clearly tells a story. Here is a good link to help explain: http://digital-photography-school.com/diptychs-triptychs-5-prime-examples/
Trying to stay true to why I started this challenge I decided I wanted to do something with more of a lifestyle feel to it because it isn't something I do often. I also wanted it to be of the worlds cutest 2 year old because as I have stated I want this challenge to have a personal note for myself. So I thought and thought and decided I will set up finger painting for him and shoot that. My thinking was my kid would get cute and messy and have a blast and it would make for an adorable triptych. The thing is, I forgot that he is in fact my kid. He doesn't like to get his hands messy. He doesn't often get wild and crazy with things. So what I got wasn't messy and crazy. What I got was clean and tame. None the less he is still adorable though.
I give you the worlds cleanest toddler:
Here are some others from the same "shoot" I decided to choose the one I did because for me it told more of a story but as a momma I still love these:
Week 2: Sparkle/Shine
Of course when I heard this weeks inspiration was sparkle or shine a lot of glittery images went through my head. I really wanted to push myself though and do something I don't do often. I wanted to do a ring shot because it's not something I get to do since I don't do wedding photography. To really push myself though I wanted to shoot in macro (photography producing photographs of small items larger than life size). I also decided to use manual focus instead of auto. Manual focus can be tricky for me because I do not have the greatest eyesight with my glasses on.
Obviously when I thought ring shot I automatically thought of my wedding ring, then I thought of the ring my husband gave me as a gift on our wedding day, but instead I decided to use a ring that is probably almost as equally important to me. A beautiful vintage ring that my Great Grandma Wilkinson gave me. It was once her sisters many decades ago and then it was hers. She gave it to me at a time in my life when I was, of course, grateful for it but too young to realize just how much it would mean to me one day.
My Grandma was...different. She didn't mince words and usually said what she felt or meant. She was a little cranky and very opinionated. She could often leave you laughing with shock after she said something absurd. She didn't have a problem letting you know if she didn't like you. She was very unique but she loved me and I loved her. She was an amazing woman who lived a very full life and this ring that she gave me such a long time ago is my constant reminder of how much she loved me. When I look at it I remember how important of a figure she was in my life.
This is the image I chose to submit for this weeks challenge of sparkle/shine:
I also wanted to add some other images I took for the challenge:
Have a great week everyone. Go find your sparkle!- Rachael
Week 1: Self Portrait
I have joined in with many other fellow photographers to do a 52 week photo challenge. I am doing this for several reasons one being to push myself, to step outside of my comfort zone, and to use my camera more for myself. I'm not sure if I will share every week on this blog, I guess it will depend on the subject of the week and my comfort level with it. My goal from this is to learn, grow and take more personal photos for myself.
I think most photographers really hate being in front of the camera which is ironic because we know just how important having photographs are. I was pushed this week in doing a self portrait because I didn't want to just sit in front of my camera and take a smiling picture. I wanted to think outside of my own box. So I asked myself this week who am I, how do I feel, how should I be represented. I wanted my picture to be honest and to represent me. Who am I: A pregnant mother of a two year old. How do I feel: exhausted. How should I be represented: truthfully. Which lead to this image. Me, no make up, no fixing of the hair, no dressing up. Just me and how I really feel these days.
I hope you follow along and enjoy this year long journey. I also encourage you to find a photography journey to take whether it be a 52 week one or a 365 day one. Use a phone, use a point and shoot, use a DSLR, use a film camera, just get out there and take pictures for yourself! Enjoy!
Week 1: Self Portrait
Have a great week everyone!- Rachael
I am a mom and a photographer. My love of motherhood led me to photograph all things from bellies to birth and beyond.