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Monthly Archives: May 2014

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Happy Wednesday, friends!

Michelle

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Confidence Boost

So besides some technical know-how and creative ideas, a big piece missing in my photography journey is confidence.  I will admit, I tend to give up pretty quickly on things I don’t feel like I’m very good at.  Growing up, I was heavily involved in just a couple of things that I knew I could excel in.  I certainly wasn’t the kid that joined every sport and club out there.  It probably is just me not being a big risk taker.  I think in the past, I’ve picked up a camera, snapped a couple pictures and thought, “These aren’t very good!  I must not be good at this.  I’ll stick to something else.”  That attitude was never the best, but it was a bit more excusable when we didn’t have kids.  Now I feel like I owe it to my sweet babies to document their lives on a device other than my iPhoneNow don’t get my wrong, I LOVE my iPhone.  There are so many precious memories I would have never captured if I didn’t have that sweet little device in my pocket.  But the more comfortable I feel with my DSLR, the less clunky and overwhelming it seems to take places.

Okay, back to the point of this post = confidence.  My photography self-esteem got a little boost after meeting Cathy Mores last Friday in Topeka.  Cathy is a wonderful gal with a passion for helping people make better pictures, specifically of the little people in their lives.  Cathy talked to a group of us at Wolfe’s for around an hour.  We liked her from the very beginning because she brought Skittles.  My kinda gal.  Cathy shared some simple tips to “elevate the everyday pictures that [we're] taking anyway.”  She hit the nail on the head.  I take TONS of pictures of my little people.  Most are on my phone and very few of them are “hang-on-the-wall worthy”.  That’s about to change!  I am feeling a boost from this conversation and am now signing up for my first all-day photography class.  Yahoooo!  Cathy will be back at Wolfe’s next month so as a Mother’s Day present to myself, I will be attending.  You should totally come too and be my friend.  I’ll save you a seat.  We can be BFFs!  LYLAS.  HAKAS. [Yup. That just happened. If you were in middle or high school in the 90s, you're totally with me.] On a slightly unrelated note, you should do your part to help my self-confidence and ‘like’ The Lovable Lens on Facebook. All the cool kids are doin’ it.  And by “all the cool kids”, I mean mostly my friends and my mom who pretty much just feel sorry for me.

Okay so…met and listened to Cathy on Friday and by Saturday, I’d applied just a couple of tips she’d shared and took my confidence to a whole new level!  Here are some pictures at our splash table last summer and some from just yesterday.  Still a lot of learning to do but now I can feel the confidence getting me excited to keep trying and not just stop because I don’t think I’m good.  I owe it to my babies to learn how to be better!

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Michelle

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Tis the season for macro photography…

Hello my friends!  Just a quick entry here to encourage everyone to play around with depth of field, especially this spring while you’re photographing flowers in bloom or little critters, like this guy.

Bugs are gross.

Bugs are gross.

A shallow depth of field is simply having a certain area of your image sharp while the remaining portion of your photo is out of focus.  Set your aperture to a low number and play around!  Playing with a lower aperture means you might need to up your shutter speed or perhaps rest your camera on a solid surface like a tripod, ledge, wall, etc.

The more you know [insert cheesy 90s jingle here].

P.S. This is the closest I will ever get to a bug, and this was only slightly more acceptable because I could imagine he was smoking a big hookah pipe, a la Alice in Wonderland. #bugsaregross #hashtagonablog #isthatacceptable

Michelle

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