Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
These two were created by Julie Lowery. It was her first year at the festival. I hope she's at many more in the future. Not only is her work beautiful, they're extremely well priced.
It was the 9th annual Art & Wine Festival at the SoIL Artisan Shop. The weather was almost perfect (could have been 15 degrees cooler to suit my taste, but I'm very hot natured) and the turnout was wonderful. I "volunteered" once again to work and spent all of Saturday and Sunday leaning over a table applying arm bands to those partaking of the wine tasting. In addition the the wineries, which Bruce was ever so nice to provide the ticket workers with a comp bottle of Red Raz (my favorite!) on both days, the artists in attendance did very well this year also.
There were several jewelry artist this year whose work I loved. I'll try to take some pics tonight of the pieces I bought. I ended up with 6 new necklaces, 3 bracelets and 3 sets of earnings!! So, from my point of view it was a successful weekend! A girl can NEVER have too much jewelry.
After the festival on Sunday I ran home as quickly as possible to take pics of an adorable little 18-month old boy and his parents. Promise I'll get those pics up either tomorrow or Wednesday. Unfortunately since I worked the Art & Wine Festival I missed the second week of flag football, which I still haven't posted the pic's from the first weekend...I had issues with Picasa the other day which is why the pic's aren't up yet. I have a board meeting tomorrow as soon as it's over I can hopefully get some other things done - first of which will be flag football pics.
This weekend I intend to get a least one more set of senior pics taken, possibly two. The temp in SoIL is only suppose to be in the low 70's which in my opinion is PERFECT weather for picture taking. I'm also going to try to get some pics of nieces and nephews done. The second weekend in October is the outdoor wedding which I'm planning, coordinating, decorating, catering, & photographing (how do I get myself into these things??).
In addition to the outdoor wedding which will consume most of my day, my cousin (Tyson) is getting married, another cousin is having his retirement party and two of my favorite cousins (Arielle & Bethany) are the senior attendants for Sesser Homecoming Queen! Hopefully one of the Seniors will be named 2008 Homecoming Queen - Go Seniors!! October 11th is just going a packed fun-filled day. I'm not quite sure yet how I'll make it to everything, I'll worry about that next Friday!
The third and fourth weekends in October I hope to be taking lots of pictures, I have several sessions booked already with others waiting to lock down an exact date/time. I'm super excited to be taking so many pictures! Needless to say I'm going to be busy, busy, busy until the end of the year! Hopefully I'll find time to keep everyone up to date on my blog.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
I've found my future photography partner!
Thought this was too cute not to take a picture of, Matt was taking a picture of Blake playing football.
More football pics to come. My computer connection is so very slow tonight. The pictures will have to wait until tomorrow.
So everyone say a quick prayer that it doesn't rain again until at least 3:00pm today. As much as it rained last night I know I'm going to be sitting in wet grass - I HATE to get my feet wet when walking through grass. So do I chance it and wear my flip flops anyway or put on real shoes? hmmmm??
As long as it doesn't rain the camera will be out capturing the flag football & cheerleading moments.....will post later if I'm successful at the photography attempt.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
I would like to get several appointments booked before the end of the year so I can show my teacher and ask for advice of mistakes and get the praise for accomplishments!!
Since I don't have a "studio" the pictures would need to be on location either at your house, my house, or any where else that we decide to take them. I'd love to travel around So.IL exploring new locations for pictures. Honestly I can take your picture ANYWHERE, it's what's done afterwards in Photoshop and "how" it's taken that I need the practice on to make it look awesome. I've seen pics taken in parking lots and in overgrown fields that have great visual affect.
If you're interested on booking a photo appointment get in touch with me, I'd love the practice!
Monday, September 15, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Man was it ever nasty out last night....hot, humid, constant drizzle - YUCK!
My hair was straight when I went to the game and curly when I left.
Johnathon is now the "official" water boy so not only did I attend the game, I had to get there early and stay the entire game (somewhat comical seeing him with the water bottles which are around 20 lbs each x2 when they're full - they weight almost as much as he does). With the rain I didn't get my camera out and take pics and we lost to top it all off. John had some nice tackles though!
On a good note, I made "Wheatley Fan" buttons. Forgot to bring the file with me to load them. Will get to that later!
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
The only thing that I can see that would make the class better is if we'd separate into camera mfg. A Nikon and Cannon aren't the same camera. I'm not going to get into which is better (I own a Nikon though!!), just the simple fact that there are soooo many differences between the mechanics of the two brands and for true beginners which we all are it would be helpful if I could ask more pointed questions on my specific camera.
I'll have to remember to bring the manual to the next class so that I can look up things specific to my camera as we go along. Knowing what a button does and making it do it aren't really the same concept at all. I did learn what a button on my camera was last night that I can't wait to read about and try out, had I know what it was I would have been using in my still shot pics of Arielle.
I wish we meet more than once a week!!!
FYI - I noticed on JALC's website yesterday that if you're over 60 you get to take the ACE classes for FREE. So I signed my father up for a class at the DuQuoin extension.....it's free, why not.
Monday, September 8, 2008
Starting my first photography class tonight at the junior college....can't wait!
It's just a ACE (adult continuing education) class but the description sound like they cover a lot of material and since I've never had a class I'm hoping to start the photography learning process!!