Hello Again

Wow, okay. So it’s been over a year since I last posted. That’s pretty terrible! I am hoping to dedicate more time to blogging this year. I’ve deemed 2015 as the year of self expression. I want to be totally creative this year. I want it to become a habit-like act that I’m just insanely creative, thoughtful and dedicated to everything I do! I tend to get a little lazy when it comes to fulfilling creative ideas I have, and I really, really hate that. So here’s to 2014 for being great for business, and to 2015 for being full of creative and wonderful opportunities. πŸ™‚

So onto what I actually wanted to blog about! I’ve made a vow to take more conceptual and fine art photography this year, along with capturing some little snippets of Mads more often. I’ve done a pretty great job of getting a monthly photo of her since she was born, but I really want to get some photos of her more often. I’m committing to weekly. I know I’m not even two weeks in, but I’m thinking this is going to be way easier than I had originally thought. I’m so excited!

Here are some photos I’ve already created and taken in 2015!

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This was before it had snowed any this year, and I was dying for it to! It’s been so bitterly, brutally cold that I just had to at leastΒ pretend there was some snow out there. So I got cozy and comfy in front of the window, snapped a few, and edited in some snow in post! It was a fun little practice edit for when I start booking sessions and (because I know some will) clients ask me to make it snow. πŸ˜‰

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I’ve titled this “Another Land.” Completely inspired by my love of all things fairytale and Once Upon A Time (winter break, will you be over already?!?!), maybe a little bit of Grimm too, which I’ve just started watching. I have all the details about my photoshoot and post-work process on my photography blog!

And of course, here are some photos starring my quirky, feisty and funny gal. πŸ™‚ β™₯

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She loves her bath time sooo much. PlusΒ it’s the only time she will let me put her hair in a bun (SO FREAKIN’ CUTE) if I’m not washing it hat particular bath. Recently I’ve started putting bubbles in her bath and she LOVES it. She called it “bubble stack” instead of bubble bath, for whatever reason hahaha. She has a big list of words she likes to add the letter k to at the end. Just one of her perfect little quirks. β™₯

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She loves to play “dark.” We put a blanket over our heads and she whispers little secrets to me, like we’re hiding from Daddy. It’s the cutest. I built her an awesome fort the other night with a blanket and used a kitchen chair and the couch to drape it over. She was over the moon! She promptly ran under it and motioned with her hand for me to join her and said, “Dark, Mommy!” Then she asked for Gabba (YouTube on my phone to watch Yo Gabba Gabba). She was totally serious and concentrated on finding a video to watch. I couldn’t resist.

Moving on! Do I have other resolutions? Hmm.. Take better care of my teeth. But I think that’s too ordinary and really no reason to wait until January 1st to start doing, so I’m not really going to consider it a resolution. Haha! I’d like to read more, but I’m not going to push that because hopefully I will be too busy editing photos for my clients to read! It’s been so slow lately.. I can’t wait to do some boudoir and Valentine’s Day shoots, which are both coming up very soon. I have the most adorable prop idea and I want to yell about it all over the internet but I have to keep it a secret! 😑

Okay. So there’s my long-awaited update. I’m really hoping to dedicate more time to blogging! I mean it!

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Getting to know 70D

I recently bought a new camera and any experienced photographer knows getting a new camera or lens is like making a new friend. You need to spend lots of time together to really get to know each other.

I upgraded from a Rebel XSi to a 70D and the difference is incredible. There’s almost a 10 megapixel difference, triple the image resolution, a swivel screen and oh, right, TOUCH SCREEN!

We had our first photoshoot together yesterday. I haven’t done a self portrait shoot in a long time and with the swivel screen and live-view mode, it makes it easy for me to see where I need to be and what I need to do differently. I can’t wait to get back into the swing of self portraits! Here are some photos from the shoot!

I am waiting for my remote to arrive in the mail and I had no help focusing on myself so I had to take a guess at manually focusing and jump in the picture within 10 seconds haha! So I think I did alright when it comes to that. My phone can connect to my camera through Wifi but I was too far outside of my house for it to have a steady connection. I LOVE that feature though. Now that I’m getting my remote – which I REALLY hope works with my camera… it says it does – I probably won’t be using my phone much except to just show it off. πŸ˜‰

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Last night, I also tried to capture the moon! I did alright!

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That’s all I got for now. Hopefully I’ll be able to get into some creative photography this weekend. πŸ™‚

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Growing Inspiration

First of all, it’s been way too long since I’ve updated! I’ve been putting it off because I have had lots to do around the house lately and because Maddie Summer got her shots and her teething is killing her!

When we got her shots the other day, she was totally miserable that evening and some of the day after. I felt so bad for my sweet girl… all she wanted to do was cuddle with mommy or daddy. It’s a special feeling, to be able to cuddle your child and know, without words or their verbal confirmation, that YOU are the only thing that can make them feel the best they can feel… I love that. I hate that my baby girl was feeling so terrible and had such a fever, but I love being able to be there for her and comfort her.

In other news! Lately I’ve been easily inspired by tons of things. I have a couple of photoshoots scheduled for Monday and they’re both creative and conceptual, the type of photography I started out doing. The kind of photography that owns my heart and soul. I should have never allowed myself to have such a long absence from something that makes me so happy.

Brian’s co-worker gave me a film camera with two lenses that he bought a couple of years ago for a photography class. He doesn’t use them anymore and offered them to Brian since he know I’m a photographer, and Brian knew I would love them and took them. I bought some film and tested it out… and I fell in love. I could feel myself glowing. I was meant to be a photographer! It makes me a certain typ of happy that I don’t feel with anything else. πŸ™‚

Speaking of photography… I changed the name of my photography! I’m now Blooming Rose Photography.Β Is that a little cheesy? πŸ˜‰ I don’t care! I love it. I think it really represents me and my life and I want to be able to represent myself in a way that I can shine through each photo. You know?

Here are some recent photos I’ve taken!

I had to stand very still for this shot… and for a long time. Every time a hummingbird would come up to the feeder, the most I would move was my hand to focus my manual Rokinon lens! And then when it would fly away, I’d inch a little bit closer, going unnoticed by the next hummingbird to fly up and get a drink.

That’s it for now πŸ™‚ I’ll try to keep updated more often!

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