Thursday, June 28, 2012

Pinterest Recipe

Pinterest is full of fun and yummy looking recipes.
I find myself pinning them all the time but I never try them at home.

Last night when looking for something to make for dinner,
I checked out my Food Board and found this...

For the sake of my kids, I called them Scrambled Egg Cupcakes.
It sent them into a fit of giggles.

While I cut up the mix-ins
(red pepper, susage, green onion, mushrooms, broccoli and tomatoes)
my son whipped the eggs, milk and salt.

I added cheese and susage to each "cupcake"
but I let each kid choose whatever else they wanted in it.
Some were boring and plain, while other chose everything possible to add.

They were a hit!
My 6 year old who hates eggs ate 4 of them.
He kept coming back for more with a huge grin on his face.
"These are the best, Mom!", he told me.

You can find the recipe here.
It's very, very easy to make.
The hardest part was trying to remember which cupcake belonged to which kid. :)
When paired with a fruit smoothie, it's a perfect kid friendly meal!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Week 7 Assignment

I really struggled with whether or not I should upload the pictures for this assignment. I just felt like I didn't get any that were "good enough" and they all feel less than stellar. However, I didn't want to not do the assignment because of that silly reason. So here they are. Gulp.

I took my kids to the Spray Park one day. It was pretty much a flop of a day.
The park was full of kids/people.
My kids were more interested in the food I brought instead of playing in the water.
The park was in full direct, harsh daylight.
An all around disaster for trying to get good pictures.

Being that there were so many people, I set my depth of field as shallow as I could so I could focus mostly on my kids. 
 On this picture, I like how the composition ended up with the sprayer on the left and water droplets in focus but you can still see him turning it on with his foot.
All the other chaos swirling behind him is out of focus.

This is one of my favorite shots of the day.
Probably because it was a "gimmie" without a shot of someone's face.
However, I feel like it tells the story. The kids spent more time seeing if they could spray the sprinkler in all different directions using their feet.
I love how the circle on the outer edge guides your eye throughout the whole picture. 

I love the body language on this one. They were running thru this part of the park when someone turned the sprayers on. They were taken by surprise. :)
I would have liked to get a picture from the front to get all of their faces.
I feel a bit like the composition of this picture is a bit boring, but it's hard to get good picture with constantly moving subjects, a fixed lens of 35mm and water spraying all over.
Yikes! It was a dangerous place to bring my camera. 

Thursday, June 7, 2012

New Model

I had a new model yesterday.

Can you tell the difference between 21 month old feet...

and 3 year old feet?

She'll sit long enough for me to do only a few blankets.
I need to snap fast and move quickly.

I have to be willing to deal with pictures like this. 

And sometimes in my haste,
 I forget  to make sure the print of the blanket is going the right way.

But really, who can resist little chubby baby feet?

Wednesday, June 6, 2012


Beating summer boredom,
one stack of books at a time.

(Also allowing this Mom some uninterrupted work time.)

Monday, June 4, 2012

Week 6 Assignment

This week was all about lighting. Direct lighting, indirect lighting and indoor lighting.

We had to upload a picture of the scene of our photo shoot and then one picture we liked and one we didn't. I'll spare you by not posting the ones I didn't like. :)

First up, direct lighting.
 I did this on in the roundabout of our neighborhood.
This was a tough one for me.
I much prefer indirect lighting.
I think I did and redid this at least 4 different times.

 Here is what I turned in.
Luckily for me, I can get a lot of practice in this type of lighting.
We have many, many gorgeous evenings where I live.

Next, indirect lighting.
 I took these ones outside under the shade of our porch roof.

 I brought her up to the edge of the shade to take this picture.

Lastly, indoor lighting.
 Our bedroom in the early afternoon, in front of our big window.

My dreamer child. She has a huge imagination and is often lost in her own little world. :)
Had I been able to crop this picture, I would have taken out the edge of the bed on the left.
I used a 35mm lens on this picture.
Sometimes I get more than I bargained for in the final picture with this lens. Like the bed.
It was not showing in my view finder when I took the picture.
Oh well. That is where photo editing comes in handy. :)