Archive for October, 2010
I had an **awesome** family session this morning…we had to reschedule our shoot from last weekend since it was raining and WINDY…but I think Mother Nature had our back. Today was so perfect…the light, the colors…and of course the beautiful family that shared their morning with me. Here is a little teaser…more, so much more, to come soon!
We went pumpkin picking a few weeks ago. Now let me start off by saying that I pretty much never do things **just to take photos of my kids**…I don’t put them in buckets or funny hats, or what have you… I just take ’em as they come. BUT…there are some things that have kind-of become tradition. Annual pumpkin picking is one of those things. So we headed out to do our thing…and I dreamed of Blake amongst the pumpkins and Coen carefully choosing his most perfectest pumpkin ever…and of course with the beautiful sun streaming overhead and me and my camera capturing it in all it’s glory. Ahhhhh…that would have been nice.
But instead…the boys went into the corn maze as I was out shooting some details shots (aren’t I fancy) and then I went back to meet them….and I waited…and I waited some more…and I cursed myself for not bringing my phone…and I watched family after family go in and out of the maze. Then I decided I’d have a look around. And there were my boys in line to buy their pumpkins. I missed the whole thing. 😦 And I was pretty bummed. And Dave felt pretty bad for just going ahead and doing it alone when he couldn’t find me (with two kids who just wanted to pick their pumpkins already, who could blame him).
Ah well…better luck next year.
I have always thought of myself as a very chill, go-with-the-flow type of girl. But it seems that the older I get the more of a stress-ball I become. Things that would normally not phase me in the least get me all wound-up and I’m having to come to grips with the “new me” and learn how to de-stress and let things go. It is a strange kind-of self-realization. Maybe it’s age…maybe it’s parenthood…maybe it’s trying to start a new business…money…the often out-of-town husband (the out-of-town part, not the husband part 🙂 )…work…schedules…housework. Sheesh, I didn’t realize my list was so long…no wonder I’m stressed! Anyway…I’m trying to learn how to be a duck…and let it all slide off my back.
Can it be?! 11 months already!? Wow. He started walking full-time about a month ago (still no crawling!) and he is now working on his run…scary…he is not very good at the running yet. Blake is pretty vocal and loves to come up to you and put his hand on your chest until you look over at him and then start babbling about who-knows-what in his cute little baby voice. He is still sleeping really well…usually only waking at 5am for a quick feed and then back into his crib. I ALWAYS think to myself…”there is no way he is going back to sleep” while I’m shutting his door…and I am mostly proved wrong. Coen didn’t sleep all night until well into his 2nd year (and still wakes up about 40% of the time, sigh) so this is like a freaking miracle to us (hence the constant posts about sleeping, lol!).
We have been soaking up the last of the sunny and warm days in Seattle and trying to enjoy as much outdoor time as we can before the unending drizzle keeps us indoors (mostly) for the rest of the Winter. I am not looking forward to that.
On a totally unrelated note…a big shout out to my marathon running sister, who recently broke her knee (how in the heck do you break a knee, anyway?!). I hope you feel better sis and can (kinda) enjoy the down-time!
The very first manual camera I ever bought was a Ricoh KR5 Super II. I bought it when I was 15, because I fancied myself a photographer. I probably took about a dozen rolls of film with it and then it found its way down to the bottom of my closet. Somehow it’s stayed with me…through the rest of my teen years, multiple moves (including the one abroad in which I got rid of everything I owned except for 2 suitcases worth of my most treasured belongings), marriage and 2 kids.
Fast forward to Mothers Day 2008…I recieved a digital SLR camera as a gift (thanks Dave!) and it truly changed my life. I have learned everything I know about photography on that camera (and as embarrassing proof, you can look back to my first post on this blog…which includes my very first picture, ack!). Needless to say, I have learned ALOT. Thanks to the immediate feedback you get with a digital camera, it’s easy to take the same shot a hundred different ways and figure out how the different variables are influencing the final shot.
Now that I’ve got my brain wrapped around the basics of exposure, shutter speed, aperture, ISO, focal length…etc., I think I’m ready to have another go at film. I’ve wanted to start another personal project for a while and have been tossing a few ideas around in my head and finally settled on “Film Friday”. The concept is to take one roll of film per week and upload the whole roll onto the Film Friday blog…yes, the whole roll…even the ugly ones. The goal is to delve deeper into the mental process of photography, to think about each shot – really think about it, to choose my composition more carefully, and of course to have fun and relive the excitement of picking up a package of photos and wondering which ones came out and being surprised by the little gem of a photo tucked away between overexposed and blurry prints.
If your thinking to yourself, “she doesn’t think about her shots now?!” lol, yes, of course I do. But I also do a whole lot of just taking the shot because who knows if it will be a good one and if it’s not I can erase it (or fix it in post processing) and if it is good then, well, great! I really want to be a more thoughtful photographer…and learn to handle more of my photography issues on the front end instead of after the fact. What does that mean? More waiting – for good light, the interaction I’m wanting to capture, the mood of the composition. More watching – for interesting subjects, contrast, light (again with the light!).
Phew, that was long. So this weekend I busted the old Ricoh out and bought some film and did a test roll to make sure it still worked. Here are a couple of shots… (pst…I used Walgreens film and also developed at Walgreens, they do film conversion to CD for $5!! In an hour!! And of course if I want to print out something I can always take in the negatives that I like to my trusty pro-lab) Woot! Amazingly they all came out pretty good…even though we were mostly stuck inside today because of rain rain rain. Not terribly interesting (except for the one of Mr. Handsome), but they *are* test shots after all.
The Ricoh is fully manual (read, no auto focus!!) and the shutter speed dial is at the top of the camera (only options are Bulb, 1sec, 2, 4, 8, 15, 30, 60, 125, 250, 500, 1000, 2000) so there will definitely be a learning curve without all of the options of a digital. The bonus though…the lady who sold me the camera sold me a 50mm 2.8, which is NEVER bad. Needless to say it was a much more tactile experience! 🙂
If you would like to join me for this project, I would love to have some company! Check out the about page at the other blog, for more info (but please note the blog is still semi-under construction). I decided to devote a seperate blog to this project because I really want it to be more about fine art photography and less about cute photos of my kids…although I’m sure sometimes they will bleed into one another.
So head over there and have a look around and be sure to book mark it in your reader! The first post will be up on January 1st! I can’t wait to get this project started!
I **finally** figured out how to embed video (apparently I’m a little slow on the webby uptake). Here is our last video compilation…and to see more of Dave’s awesomeness (a lot more!!) please see my video page on my new fancy blog header!
I love Fridays…even when I’m sick…even when the kids are sick. It’s just so nice to be able to bum around and get stuff done or just even sit on my living room floor for hours at a time with the kids. ahhhhh…it’s so nice to not have to rush rush rush like we do during my work week. We took advantage of this nice sunny day and spent some time outside raking leaves, even Blake, the big walker that he is helped me with his little baby rake, and Coen had fun riding his scooter into the big pile of leaves over and over again. And the light…oh I do love that light during the hours right before sundown.
We have some fun and exciting things going on in the Geyer house…a new personal photography project of mine (yay for fun projects!)…as well as getting ready to start my photography business (finally), and Dave and I doing some fun projects together. The phrase “why can’t we just get paid for doing <<insert random creative idea>>” is spoken often in this house…and we are chipping away at the details. Although details are sometimes not so much fun. So stay tuned!
And speaking of staying tuned…Laurie and Jesse’s video is complete…and Dave totally rocked it. See it HERE!!
I have been looking forward to this photoshoot for WEEKS! Laurie is one of my bestest friends since middle school and SHE IS GETTING MARRIED!! She is one of my first really close friends to actually get hitched so I’m excited to finally have an old, married lady cohort. 🙂 We drove out to their neighborhood in Issaquah and took advantage of the gorgeous open fields and rusty old farm equipment (Laurie has some sort of strange obsession, hehe). Our very first stop we ran into a HUGE herd of elk…it was awesome (and slightly distracting for Jessie 😉 ).
Laurie and Jessie I am soooo happy that you found each other. Thanks for letting us spend the afternoon with you! Enjoy your sneak peak!
p.s. The video is being edited as we speak! Keep your eye out!