Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Cup of ...

Last night I was making my children some hot cocoa and we were out of marshmallows.  I looked in the fridge and saw a container of whipped topping and became overwhelmed with memories of my Grandmother.  I remember as a child going to Dohacks with her and her "old" friends.  They used to meet for breakfast on weekends and socialize.  Everytime we went I was treated with a big cup of hot cocoa piled high with whipped topping.  As I made a copy cat cup I felt compelled to photograph it for the "cup of __" theme on my project 52... a cup of nostalgia to pass on to my girls.


I also played around with a new bokeh backdrop idea.  I love the result and it's SO easy.  You just set up crinkled foil far back from your subject and photograph on a very low aperature.  The result is that beautiful bokeh.  So fun!

Monday, December 2, 2013


Lately I'm becoming somewhat obesssed with light.  I've found the next step in elevating the quality of my photos have been in chosing the proper locations based on light.  I often fall victim of chosing a place for a portrait because of a beautiful background and then find later that with low apertures, you can't even see the background.  Light has a profound effect on the color of the skin, the clarity of the photo and the emotion it portrays.   This month's photo blog challenge from Clickin'Moms is dramatic light.  All three of these photos were taken on Thanksgiving.  The first two are from a window at my uncle's house that has the BEST lighting.  The last one is the after dinner trip to the park.  Enjoy!

Experimenting with backlighting
This one is from the same window with Ally turned about 45 degrees towards it.

Swinging during golden hour
If you enjoyed my blog post, head on over to Gina's blog to see her take on dramatic light. I hope you enjoy this month's blog circle.
Each month I'm participating on photography challenges with fellow Clickin' Mom photographers... You can follow the blog circle by clicking on our links at the bottom of each of our posts. You can also see them directly here:

Gina / Megan