Saturday, April 14, 2012

Emily Elizabeth's 2nd Birthday

Well it's official I no longer have any babies, my baby girl turned two on Friday the 13th. This gorgeous pedal car was her birthday present from us :) Still have a ton of these photo's to go through and edit, the kids were so grumpy I thought the whole shoot was a bust, but I was pleasantly surprised once I got them uploaded and started playing :) Proves that even when you think things are going horribly, just keep shooting because you never know what gems you might capture in the end ♥

Sunday, March 18, 2012

New Camera :)

So I was flitting about on eBay yesterday yesterday looking for some stuff my daughter needs for her Photo-imaging course, and I decided to do a quick search for the camera I would love to upgrade to but can't afford the $$$. Well wasn't I surprised to find one listed at HALF the RRP, with no bids and less than half a day to go. How could this be possible? There had to be a catch, didn't there?? First who lists a practically brand new camera with less than 5000 shutter releases for half of it's retail price, and secondly why didn't it have any bids at such a low price? I kept an eye on the auction over the next few hours mainly out of curiosity to see how much it was going to sell for, but the hours went by and still no bids. After the kids were in bed I read the auction page over and over again, looking for a reason NOT to bid, but I couldn't find one, so with half an hour to go, I decided that this was too good an opportunity to pass up, and so I decided to wait until the last minute and if no one had bid by then I would. I even went and added a credit card to Pay Pal while I was waiting, on the off chance I did get lucky, but I was still fully expecting someone else to snap it up at the last minute. But guess what?? No one else bid :) I still don't think it's fully sunk in, and I don't think it will till I actually have it in my hands and given it a thorough going over to make sure it's in perfect condition. Fingers crossed it will be in the post tomorrow and here by the end of the week :)

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

I Heart Faces Photo Challenge / Beautiful B&W

I found this wonderful website last month called I Heart Faces they have some fantastic photography articles, and they also run photo challenges, which as of this month have fantastic prizes for the winners. This is my very first time entering so fingers crossed I do this right.

This gorgeous face belongs to my Little Man Thomas ♥

To view more entries, or to enter for your own chance to win some fantastic prizes visit

Photo Challenge Submission

Saturday, February 25, 2012

On Faries Wings

"Each fairy breath of summer, as it blows with loveliness, inspires the blushing rose."-author unknown

It's not often my daughter will sit for photos so I'm absolutly delighted with how these turned out. I haven't used photoshop for such a long time it felt great to spend some time being creative. Thank you to my eldest daughter for finding me the fairy quotes, to for the fairy wings and pixie brushes, and to for the Beautiful Dreams font.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Timeless Tuesday

♥ Happy Valentines Day for last week ♥
I realized after I put the kids to bed last Tuesday, that it was the first time since Thomas was born that I didn't do a Valentines Day photo shoot, it made me a little sad (it still does) but I think my kids are a bit beyond the stage of me being able to pull them out of bed in their sleep and pose them for a shoot like I used to do with Thomas when he was little :)  And it's my own fault for AGAIN not being organised :/

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Miss Kayla

Miss Kayla came to visit me for a proper photoshoot in November, when she was 8weeks old. Now I'll be quite honest, I tend to struggle a bit with this age group, they're beyond that lovely sleepy poseable newborn stage, but not yet at that stage of being able to support themselves much, but at the same time are quite good at wiggling, so we have to find safe creative ways to support them that they wont wriggle out of. She was nice enough to go to sleep long enough for us to get a few sleepy shots in her Great Grandmothers 70+ year old dolls pram.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Master Declan Turns One

There are now two Declans in my family, this little guy is my great nephew AND he was born on my birthday :) I wasn't here for his actual 1st birthday, as I was away at the beach with my own family celebrating my 40th, but he came to visit me a couple of weeks before hand (along with one of his Mummys pups that she breeds), and I made a point of being back for his party a few days later.

The newest addition to my extended family♥

The gorgeous Miss Kayla is my Great Niece, I took these at the hospital back in September when I went to meet her for the first time. We gave her the little pony in the second picture at her baby shower before she was born, her mum packed it and took it to the hospital with her :) I'll be adding some more photo's of Miss Kayla later.

Should I just give up??

I'm not very good at this whole blogging thing am I? :/ There just never seems to be enough hours in the day for everything, and even when I do sit down here, I'm often so tired I end up just twiddling my thumbs doing not much at all other than check out facebook, and those times when I do sit down to do something constructive the kids usually do their best to distract me. I don't do much in the way of shoots these days other than a few for close family. I haven't even done a proper shoot with my own kids for a long time. Most times I get the camera out they do their best to avoid it, even my now almost 2yo has become acustomed from going from an all out gorgeous grin, to a ferral goan of dislike and moves as quick as she can :( I'd love to do more outside work, especially newborns, but I'm just so unorganised and don't advertise since I'm not really running a business, and with so many other home grown photographers popping up (with real businesses) the market has thinned out over the past year, even people who had made tentative bookings with me, have gone elsewhere instead, which has me questioning my skills and thus beginning to loose what little confidence I had gained this time last year, after all can you really call yourself a photographer when your still shooting with a 4+ year old entry level DSLR, when others are shooting with much higher quality cameras, and these days your adverage family camera is a bottom of the range DSLR, which are probably better quality than what I'm using simply due to age. Does it really matter what the quality of the camera is, or is it what you do with it that matters? I've been told that it doesn't, but I'm not so sure when I find some of my 100ISO photos coming out full of noise (and don't even think of going over 400) while some good quality cameras these days can take photos in the 1000's range without even a fraction of the noise my photos have at 400. Well duty calls, the day is moving forward but my house isn't getting cleaner while I'm sitting here, and I do believe I just spied my two littlest sharing a packet of biscuits for breakfast. I'll make it a priority on my to do list to get back on here sometime soon and update with some photos from the past 5 months or so.