Thursday, May 28, 2009


taken by my daughter, Nikon D40x Sigma 30mm lens

Yeah we made the Shutter Sisters Daily Click yesterday. T took this photo the other day at our little photoshoot in the grasses. While taking some images of me she got distracted with this little lady bug and changed her focus. I rather like the fact that I'm out of focus. That grass is now gone - cut to the ground.  It makes me sad because I wanted to go back and shoot some more. I wasn't completely pleased with the images we got, mainly of me. I tried to look sort of forlorn in many of the shots, but didn't pull it off.  Instead I just look angry. I wasn't – quite the contrary. I was having a great time – loving that we had a sunny moment in the day. The ground wasn't soggy, the bugs weren't biting – it was just us, alone, with our cameras, talking and laughing, and I'm sure, looking somewhat silly if anyone was watching. But what was great is we didn't care – it felt like our own little world down there. 

The problem is, I don't know how to pose at all. T does. She is a great in front of the camera – has the long lean body and beautiful red hair that catches the light just right. She is aware of her best side and knows just how to turn her body and what to do with her arms and legs, etc. I'm not sure where she learned this. But whatever she does works – she rarely takes a bad photo. Or maybe it's just a mother speaking. anyway. here are some that we got that day.

I call this one "tut tut, it looks like rain"

and of course we always try to get a photo of the jeep, props and situation we entered. As we were walking back up to the car, she was carrying her pink chair and said, "I love my car!" Look it's camouflaged, well sort of. I bought that jeep in 1996 and loved the color. People either love it or hate it, but I can't tell you how many times I had people roll down their windows and comment on it's uniqueness. Since that time I have seen maybe a total of 3 on the road, ever. You can't hide in it. When she pulled her car down there I said, "you know everyone will know it's you down there up to something?" She said, "yeah, there's that photography girl up to one of her crazy photoshoots."

all images are unedited excepted for a little cropping on a few. I'd like to see what T does with them.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Monday Memories - 6

self portrait photo outtake from Alice series by Taylor

This is a continuation of my Monday Memories 5 .

This time last year T was graduating from high school and it seems like yesterday in some ways and in some it seems ages ago. Isn't time and memory strange? How sometimes we can remember so vividly and then other times we can't remember something such a short time ago - like what we even did two days ago.
T put so much into this project and everything was well thought out. I enjoyed seeing her excitement in what she was doing and of course I enjoyed the fact that she asked for my input and we brainstormed together all the way down to what book Alice would have in her lap when she fell asleep (she chose the book of Etiquette by Emily Post). She even took Kodi outside for the first time, putting her on a leash, so that she could recreate the beginning scene when Alice falls asleep reading.
Anyway, not that this was long ago, I love this memory – it confirms what a great team we are . So I keep reliving those last few weeks, right before graduation, that she was working on her Alice in Wonderland project. We have such great stories that go along with each of the photos she took. And they came out so well. In fact just a couple of days ago T and a friend went to visit her highschool photography teacher in class and her teacher told her that she still uses T's final project as a guide and example of good work. The students in the class said, "You're the one that did that? wow you are amazing." So if nothing else she is an inspiration some. I know she is an inspiration to me.

All of the photos she turned in were taken with a manual SLR and she developed the film and prints in the dark room. The black and white prints I show here were scanned in so there is extra dust and such that wasn't on her prints. As well as the manual she took photos with her D-SLR using the remote control. And I'll might like to share those later because the color is amazing and she got some fun outtakes that weren't used for her project. She thought about using some of them to create bookmarks and I think that's a good idea.
So I'm going to share some of the photos with you. I guess as much as loving the memory, I'm a proud mother wanting to show it off – as mother's we like to brag don't we??

First off she wanted to establish the characters. She said I would be a good mad hatter because I'm short and have crazy wild hair. We had a lot of fun putting together the outfits and collecting china and chairs and such for the 'tea party' - making it look haphazard and crazy. The hat came from a friend at work who makes costumes.

The Cheshire Cat was her friend Claire. This one was the hardest to pull off – the mask wasn't so great. But she felt like the striped t-shirt was good for a black and white photo and complimented the wide grin.

"We're all mad here"

Originally I posed as the rabbit with the clock (she chose a clock with big bold numbers that she found in a box of my old things). Here she used her friend Claire again. Personally I think I did a better job but that's ok. T picked out an old vest from my dad's closet and collared white shirt for her to wear.

" No time to say hello, goodbye! I'm late!"

The queen photoshoot was a lot of fun. She made a crown for her by glueing playing cards to a child's tiara. She wanted a red dress so she found a child's dress that came from Goodwill that seemed just perfect with a little lace collar. Her friend Devon posed for these photos and did an awesome job. T starting outside for this one but ended up in our bathroom because of the rose wallpaper – it was perfect! One of my favorite shots is one of the color images of her against the rose wallpaper holding Kodi. The funny thing was she is so afraid of cats but she did it anyway. I was in the shower holding up a flood light and kodi was reaching towards me with a really intense look in her eyes and her claws out. I'll show you that one today and then maybe some of the funny outtakes later. Hope you don't get tired of this.

"Off with her head"

Here's the one I just love. Isn't Kodi intense? Too bad I wasn't standing just a bit more forward so her eyes were focused towards the camera. There's always things you see you could have done better. Maybe next time.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

monday memories - 5

Today I was unpacking T's belongings that she had up at college and came across the bunny mask she used for her senior photo focus last year. I remembered that it was this time of year, last year, that I had so much fun being a part of her project.

more on this later because...

photo taken by Taylor - May 2008

"I'm late , I'm late, For a very important date. No time to say "Hello." Goodbye. I'm late, I'm late, I'm late."