September 30, 2011

Within seconds

(still snapping away to find a massive print for the house)

Mamiya C220, expired Fuji 400

September 29, 2011

The Carousel

I didn't photograph much of the State Fair. I wasn't feeling that inspired. So I just focused on the girls. I am regretting not asking a few people to take their portrait though. THE BEST people watching.

{I knew this was "the one" from the whole day when I took it. I LOVE it.}

Yep. Typical L. She's such a delight to us. Bwuhahahahaha!

I often ask myself why we even try to do fun things as a family. It is horrible most of the time. And why do we fall all over ourselves just to get a smile from them try and have fun? Pleasant memories don't always come easy. Geez.

Mamiya C220, expired Fuji 400

September 28, 2011

Our favorite pool

There is no pool without the slushie.

So long, Summer. We fully embraced you this year and it was a good times. Exhausting. But good times.

P.S. I've noticed I'm shooting an abundance of feet pics lately....time to let go. Moving along. Sheesh!

Mamiya C220, expired Fuji 400H

September 27, 2011

See the light

See the difference?

remember this one....
These two photographs were taken on opposite sides of the picnic table.

It might only be fascinating to me.
But light is spectacular.

Family picture planning

The color scheme is based on this Old Navy shirt I bought for myself. $10. So happy about that price. It's much cuter on. The stripes look red in this photo, but it's more of a tomato orange

And I scored this shirt after a long search for the right colors. L's shirt. Crewcuts.

M's shirt. Crewcuts.

and something like this for Jeff

Cannot wait.

September 26, 2011

K's the favorite

a couple random snaps from P's birthday party a couple of weeks ago

I cannot wait until K is old enough to babysit our kids. They loooooooooove her. And that M...we love her too. She is super delightful.

dusted off the 35mm.....
Canon Rebel G after a long hiatus. Fuji 800Z

September 25, 2011

The good report

1. My VT entertain L once a week. I don't even know what to say. Gratitude runs deep.
2. M turned two.
3. My cousin made the cake of my dreams. Really, it was so pretty.
4. I thought the decor was adorable too. It's still up.
5. My sister and co. showed up and made it a real party.
6. She also got M THE BEST present (baby stroller) to feed M's baby obsession.
7. M was so happy. That makes all the effort worth it.
8. I disappeared by myself for a while on saturday. It was awesome. Four hours of running around. Window shopping. Actual shopping.
9. Forever 21 now sells $10 boot cut jeans. Um, thank you for that price. Thank you for the super dark color.
10. $1.50 skinny belts. In grey!
11. Planning family picture wardrobe is my fave.
12. Having an actual date set for family pics is my fave.
13. Got to see my brother on his way back home.
14. I love to catch up.
15. The girls did shockingly well staying up until way past their bedtime. I have no clue how they didn't melt down.

Here's some family pic color inspiration

September 23, 2011

To smile, or not to smile


This right here would be the reason I usually opt for the no smile pic. (Actually there are several reasons, but that could take up a post on its own).

I'm also super frustated with my lack-of-photographing-the-now-two-year-old-skills. M continues to run from me. I remember the same with L.

Mamiya C220, expired Fuji 400

Start the violin.........

I'm feeling grouchy. The day after birthdays are kind of like the day after Christmas. Do you know what I'm talking about? All that work and money for such a fleeting moment. ... hmmph.

I'm also feeling impatient with life. Myself, L, our dreams. pretty much everything. L has made progress (hasn't been in our bed for a couple of weeks). But there's still other things that need to stop.

I missed this months f8 meeting. Which doesn't make me very happy.

I'm bored. Not bored as in nothing to do. Bored as in motherhood is so groundhog day.

And I'm jealous of those who get to travel. Seriously, I had to stop looking at blogs altogether because of my rage. I'm about to have an adult tantrum. Mostly, because of their most disgusting pictures of the most stunning locations. Ew. I'm a hater. Yes, I am.

I'm super frustrated having a new (used) computer that I can do nothing with.

I wish I could snap my fingers and change all my bad habits. It's so exhausting.

I took plenty of birthday party photos last night, but not the ones I wanted of M. Photographing her is futile.

***Of course, it's not all bad or all good. Just needed to get it off my chest. I think I'll go eat some of M's leftover birthday cake. I've taken up emotional eating over the last six months. It's awesome. But it could also explain why I went up a pant size.

September 20, 2011

What a difference a lab makes

July 2011

original scan HERE

Mamiya C220, Kodak Portra 800

September 19, 2011

Drive by

I see these all over and love them. Someone needs a portrait/headshot here. would be so pretty.

I'm crushing on orange these days.

Mamiya C220, expired Fuji 400

September 18, 2011

The Good Report

1. A glimmer of hope with L's sleep habits. (And then completely shattered again. I've never been so high. or so low. Really, something has got to give).
2. My Visiting Teachers. There are no words. For the longest time I hated the whole concept. It was more annoying than anything.....but I totally get it.
3. The fridge stocked with rolls of film = unlimited possibility = makes me so happy.
4. L and cousin S have improved their relationship. I can't believe how well they are getting along. They were together for one very long day without fighting, tattling, hitting, screaming at each other. Progress.
5. Ok, so I'll admit there has also been other progress with L, but not enough to my liking.
6. We've been hitting the library hard. Three times a week for library hour.
7. For the record, still don't miss Facebook. At all.
8. Fantastic weather for cruising the State Fair.
9. Even better people watching. ( a guinness worthy mullet. wowza. )
10. Watching the girls' pure joy while jumping in the bouncy house. That was worth it.
11. Jeff....he's responsible for all the laughter in our lives.

September 17, 2011

Summer Feet

Because shoes are optional. And getting her to wear them is futile.

Mamiya C220, expired Fuji 400

September 16, 2011

Springville Art Musuem

(view my favorite painting of the day HERE. It was super bright, saturated color. Not at all rusty like depicted online. And I like to eat. I dream of dinners like this with all my friends at one table. Much better in person. A tiny painting....6x10".)

I cant believe I've never been. I spent a Saturday morning wandering ALONE. There is no other way really to visit a museum. Free to be totally distracted by one piece or skip entire sections altogether, then returning to my faves. I went for the quilt show, but it didn't do much for me. I was into the permanent collection of Russian paintings. And the building itself.

P.S. It appears that my camera has developed a light leak. That blows. It's about one out of every twenty four frames. Never the same frame. Never the same spot on the image. Hmmm....

Mamiya C220, expired Fuji pro 400H

September 15, 2011

My favorite park

I have strong feelings about parks. I really think city planners should consult mothers. The most important to me is shade, shade, and more shade. I despise baking in the sweltering summer heat. And I really don't want my kids to either. This one has what it takes: tons of shade and right next to the library. Smart. I've been to this park a million times and never seen this framing/photos before. Now, that's so cool to me!

Mamiya C220, Kodak Portra 400

September 14, 2011

A summer day

Mamiya C220, Kodak Portra 400