I’m still pseudo in denial that it is December. I cannot confirm nor deny that I’ve been rocking the flip flops and lathering on the sunscreen, ready to soak up those not so existent rays. But alas, it is in fact December…and alas, I suppose it’s time to start thinking about Christmas. One of my goals this year was to make my own Christmas cards and as part of that project I needed a “family” photo. We took those photos a couple of weeks ago and thought I should share with you some of the outtakes. I’m not gonna lie…a few of them are doozies! This was our first attempt:
Awkward say what?! We were trying to do the whole bring-out-the-Christmas-lights look that you see all over Pinterest. Then there was this one, with our fake smiles and general uncomfortableness.
Neither Colby or I are terribly comfortable in front of a camera (I usually try to show off ALL of my teeth when I smile). Especially the camera/timer combo. Then we tried to get Goose involved but he was just not having it. Pain in the butt dog child! I guess there are in fact some things that Goose won’t do for a cookie.
And then there’s the Colby-grabbed-my-butt-just-as-the-camera-went-off. Note Colby’s smirk. Pain in the butt husband…literally.
Then things got a little better…
Before this train wreck happened:
That pic has Facebook profile pic written all over it! And then I thought it would be a good idea to hang Colby by the Christmas lights. Because nothing says Christmas than fake strangling.
Followed up by the obligatory lovey-dovey, I’m about to kiss you pic that’s just SO not us. The hanging Colby picture is more appropriate for a pair of laid back, goofy “kids” (I use the term loosely).
Frustrated with our results (no joke…these pics are the cream of the crop…you should see the REALLY bad ones), we moved the show into the living room and got Goose involved. This time he cooperated.
Well, kind of.
But we finally got this picture, the one we determined the winner for our Christmas cards.
You may have recognized it from our “Happy Thanksgiving” post. We had taken it just a few days before Thanksgiving and it’s one of the only pics we have as a “family” (we totally consider Goose our dog child) and couldn’t wait until Christmas to share it.
Now with the Christmas card photos done, and the outtakes shared, it’s time to actually make the cards. Truth time…they’ve been created and ordered, I’m just waiting on their arrival. And you know I’ll share them with you but not until after our friends and family receive them. Nothing like reading about a Christmas card just before receiving it in the mail!
Pssst…Anyone else have difficulties getting their family to cooperate for their holiday card pic?! This was our first go so here’s to an easier time and hopefully a better pic next year!
Mama’s gotta brand new bag…errrr…toy. But I would adore a brand new bag to go along with the new toy…specifically one from Cheeky Lime (hint hint)…more specifically the pink one. What’s this new toy I speak of? My very first, DSLR camera! Yay! I can’t believe I waited so long before making this investment. I was way over due. Here’s an early shot (I’m still learning) of me and the camera in a very classy mirror/camera pose (in the bathroom…sheesh):
I promise my photography will get better. Speaking of, did anyone notice the improvement in photography this week? I’ve been using the camera for all of this week’s blog posts. I notice the difference in quality, mostly in the sharpness of the image and color quality. It takes me no time at all these days to photo edit thanks to the gorgeous color quality. Anywho, I invested a whopping $600 in a Nikon D3100, an entry level DSLR. I chose this one over the Canon (the other contender was the T2i) mostly because of its guide mode. I like how the camera helps teach you how to use it in guide mode. I’m not one to read manuals and prefer to explore settings and options on my own so I’m really appreciating guide mode, which is a step up from “automatic” and a step below “manual”. The camera is literally guiding me through choosing correct ISO settings, flash settings, white balance, etc. It’s pretty neat. Before I know it I will be graduating to full on manual mode and then chomping at the bit to invest in a bigger, badder Nikon. But until then, I’m totally enjoying taking photos of anything and everything that crosses my path. I’ve only had the camera for five days and have already taken well over 2,000 pictures, my favorite subject of which is Goose.
Have I mentioned that I’m really digging the sharpness in image quality? No? Shall I mention it again? My old camera, a Canon point and shoot could not do this:
Poor Goose. He’s almost always ready for his closeup but he was giving me the evil eye in that picture. Or maybe that’s his, “momma, you’re blinding me with that flashie thing eye”. So those pictures were taken in some artificial lighting because it was nighttime and were all taken in a guided mode. Now for some pretty, natural lighting pictures from Saturday.
I love that picture. That was only about my 200th picture into my photographic frenzy. I had just picked up the old watering can for $3 at a flea market that day, along with some $7 tulips at the grocery store. The above picture was taken using a guided setting to help create a sharper closeup shot and a blurred background. I think I accomplished that mission. Here’s another one:
I love my camera. I can’t stop taking pictures. Just when I thought photography couldn’t get any more fun, a DSLR completely rocked my world and now I’m even more addicted than before. I’ve spent the last four nights reading the manual…like actually reading the manual…technically the online version of the manual since I accidentally threw away the English manual that came with the camera and kept the Spanish version, but it’s still a manual. I can’t seem to get enough of learning what the camera can do and how to manipulate color and light and texture. It’s so interesting. Light fascinates me. I’m starting to wonder if I missed my calling. Maybe I was born to have a camera in my hand. Hmmm…is it too late for art school? Perhaps.