Sunday, May 31, 2015

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Day 150, Project 365

It seems like such a milestone day - 150...  One hundred and fifty days straight of taking a photo.  Crazy!

Family gathering tonight at our house - good times!  Got to see my adorable Godson, AJ, and snap a couple of the little cutie.

Day 149, Project 365

I took a picture for 5/29, I swear - am just late getting it posted!

My youngest participated in Relay for Life on 5/29.  The weather was less than ideal, however, a large group stuck it out through the miserable rain, dropping temps and wind.  Proud of the kids and their dedication.  Kait's team this year was 'Cancer Cops'; unfortunately because of the weather most kids had sweatshirts, jackets, etc. on so you can't really see their shirts.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Day 146, Project 365

We've had a stretch of some gloomy weather.  I thought today I'd try and capture it somehow but I don't think I was very successful...I'd love to have gotten my hands on a little kid with some rain boots and captured him or her splashing away.  :)

Monday, May 25, 2015

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Day 144, Project 365

Gloomy, rainy day but still got some photos in.

How much is that doggy in the window...?

And the rain coming down on my Fuchsia.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Day 143, Project 365

Peeking out of a box today was my grandma's crystal bud vase so I clipped a couple of lilac blossoms and stuck them in the vase for a little sight and smell of spring indoors.

I had always loved the little bud vase and was beyond excited when I came across it while cleaning out my uncle's house this last winter.  I've kept my eyes open for years for something similar and never found anything like it.  :)

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Day 141, Project 365

Saw some wild Columbine on our walk today.  Just this one lonely stalk.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Day 140, Project 365

Final track meet of the year and she has a PB (Personal Best) - 13' 10"!

And it's great to have a fabulous support system!  :)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Day 139, Project 365

I think my camera or lens needs makes me sad.  So, today I tried to trick the camera by focusing elsewhere hoping to get the focus I actually wanted.  Not entirely sucessful but it was worth a shot.  :)

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Day 137, Project 365

Took a trip out to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum with the Twin Cities Photography Group today.  Still culling through pictures but I think these are a couple of my favorites from today.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Day 136, Project 365

The garden is done.  Potters are planted, annuals are in the ground, fresh mulch...yay!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Day 135, Project 365

Hadn't touched the camera all day.  Got home from picking up flowers, dirt and mulch and quick snapped a picture of the back of the truck full of my goods.  Nothing special.  We grabbed a beer and plopped down on the front steps to just enjoy the beautiful evening for a little bit and all of a sudden I notice the different colors in the evening sky and the way the flag and tree were light up by the flag's spotlight.  In the house I go to grand my camera and tripod and NOW I have today's pic.  :)

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Day 131 and Day132, Project 365

I've got to be honest, yesterday I was ready to call it quits on the project.  I was absolutely not feeling it, not feeling very supported, in a variety of ways, and the weekend didn't feel very productive to me as far as photos.  I'm feeling a 'bit' overwhelmed in realizing how much I don't know, knowing I'd like to learn but wondering when there will ever be time and wondering if I will ever get it.  And if I'm even more honest, I don't feel like I've gotten over the hump yet today....all the pictures I took today were a disaster and made me want to toss my camera onto the highway (yes, I know it's likely operator error, not the camera, but still...) BUT, I am stubborn and hate to give up when I've come this far so I guess I feel like I'm at a crossroads of what to do: Is this worth it?  Am I gaining anything from this?  Is it causing more stress than good?  It can be a little cathartic to blog here, but that's not really the point of the blog is it?  I'm hoping tomorrow will have me feeling more positive...

Yesterday's (#131)photo: My girls

Today's (#132) Kait at her track meet.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Day 129, Project 365

Today I had the amazing opportunity to (was entrusted to, really) assist/second shoot at a wedding.  This was a feat for many reasons but considering I have a huge fear of disappointing people and am pretty darn introverted this was a HUGE thing.  It was a great opportunity and forced me out of my comfort zone.  Of course, having a laid back photographer and an easy-going bride and groom made it far easier than I had worked myself up for.  First time...lots of mistakes...lots to learn (buy waayyyy more comfortable shoes!).  Looking at my pictures now, thank goodness they aren't what the couple paid for - yikes!  Anyway, it was a great experience, I definitely would do it again because, hey, practice makes perfect, right?

So, here are a couple that I snapped at the wedding and then one I took at home earlier in the day.

The quality is poor...BUT I kind of got teary eyed at the happiness on the groom's face when he first saw his bride-to-be.  

Sucker for flowers - these were gorgeous!

Loved how my fully blooming tree looked today with the lovely blue sky.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Day 128, Project 365

Got the hair done today!  Love that feeling (and PS, Shawna gives THE best head massages ever!).  :)

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Day 127, Project 365

I've been struggling lately capturing Kait, in-focus, while she's running.  Today?  Success!  ;)

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Day 126, Project 365

forgive me for being redundant but the cherry tree only blossoms for so long and it's so darn beautiful right now!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Day 125, Project 365

Was hoping for some color in the sky tonight but no such luck.  Still pretty though.  :)

Day 124, Project 365

So, I anxiously waited for spring to arrive thinking (knowing) how many more picture-taking opportunities there would be.  What I forgot was how much busier life gets in the warmer weather, therefore making it more difficult to post on a daily basis.  I'm proud to say that one-third of the way through this project I have taken a picture (if not many, many more) every single day.  :)

Here is day 124's photo:

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Day 122, Project 365

Oh, I remember those days...taking the time to wash my very own car and the pride I felt.  Now I know it's so much easier to bring it somewhere.  ;)

Friday, May 1, 2015

Day 121, Project 365

Not shooting so wide open with the prime lens and voila!  Seemingly better focus!  :)