If you have read any of my previous blog posts or the about me section of my website then you might see the word lace and know that it is going to be a challenge for me. I mean I am not girlie, unless I see a snake or spider then I will scream like a little girl, and I am a mom to two boys. So lace is not something that is plentiful in my life. So once again I found myself trying to think about the word lace in a way that I could apply to my life. Hmmmmm....... the only thing I came up with in my house was our shoes. They have laces which is just the plural form of lace, right!? Right! So I took the shoes that my boys, my husband and I wear on basically a daily basis and put them together with their laces all jumbled together. Now this picture is not necessarily pretty or amazing but it tells a lot about us. My husbands shoes are the sensible black rockports. They are functional, comfortable, simplistic, sturdy and overall a smart choice for him in his daily work life as well as attending church. My husband is a simple, no drama, smart guy who is a rock for our family. Now my oldest son owns the black and yellow tennis shoes. He just got them recently because he outgrew his others. He is at that age where he growing like crazy. His shoes are a little flashier then his dad's but still pretty simple, comfy and functional. He is a lot like his dad in so many ways. My youngest son's shoes are the red high tops. These are a little more "look at me" which E isn't like that really but he definitely is in a confidant place in his life. He is silly, loud and loves sports. He probably has a little more of my personality. Then you have my simple gray with a touch of blue, tennis shoes. I wear my tennis shoes everywhere, except church I have a pair of dress shoes for that, because they are comfortable, simple, and basic. As crazy as my day can be, I need something simple I don't have to worry about. Also I am not very graceful so me in something like high heels running around would probably result in an ER trip to repair a broken ankle. So though this picture isn't anything amazing artistically, I think it is a great glimpse into the people I love dearly and our daily life. So for me the word lace was about a lot more than some pretty decorative trim.
Delicate. What am I going to shoot for delicate? That kept running through my head this week. I have two boys and I am more of a bull in a china shop kind of girl so there really isn't anything in my daily life that I would classify as delicate. I thought of a spider web because to me those are so very delicate yet amazingly strong considering their function. However, in this Indiana snow and cold I didn't find any. I also didn't venture out to far from the house in this weather. So, I decided to go a little different route and instead of shooting something that is delicate I went with a delicate action. We have been playing a lot of board games recently and the game Operation immediately came to mind. It takes a delicate touch to not light up the nose. I got the game out and had my oldest help me with the shot and I decided to go with the nose all nice and lit up instead of demonstrating the actual delicate touch of not lighting it up. This is about as delicate as things get in a house with two little boys and a mom like me.
This is just my take on this theme but please check out my friend, Kim's, delicate photo!
Love. That seems pretty easy to photograph considering I have a husband I am deeply in love with, two little boys I love like crazy, and countless hobbies and interests I love. So why did I find myself unable to come up with something to shoot? Well, I thought of something but I wasn't sure about it so I kept trying to come up with something else. Something fun! Something creative! Something heart stopping! However, I kept going back to my original idea. All I could think about was how God showed perfect love for me, an imperfect person. So, I didn't do anything fun, creative or necessarily heart stopping. I did something honest and from my heart. If it weren't for His love I wouldn't be able to express my love for my husband, kids, family, and friends.
Check out my friend Jennifer's post on love, you'll like it!
This week has been super busy with things other than photography which unfortunately mean my time to dedicate to this theme was also slim. Yesterday I decided to take my camera with me as I went to pick one of my boys up from an after school event. I figured I would force myself to shoot something red and make it work. So there I sat waiting for him and the only thing around me that was red was this hydrant. So that is what I went with. If you were in the car ahead of me and thought I was crazy when I stepped out of my car and snapped a photo of it, you might be slightly right! So here I had this photo of a hydrant and wasn't real sure what to do with it. I decided to not do a whole lot with but just enough to hopefully make it at least slightly interesting. This is why I love doing challenges, step away from the usual and work with what you find. Please enjoy this hydrant!
This week's theme had my mind swirling around like a tornado. There were so many things I wanted to do it was hard for me to pick just one. Oh yeah, the fact that I have only ever done one other photo similar to this was a small part of the deciding process as well. I didn't want to make it so challenging that it would be discouraging but yet I wanted to push myself as well. I used some brand new editing techniques I had never used before. That's one of the things I love about doing these challenges. Anyway, this is what I went with which is a photo of my youngest with his Guardians of the Galaxy figures. This is three separate photos manipulated to make this one. One of the figures, one of my son and one of the sphere that is in his hand because it is super tiny and would have never shown up in his hand if I hadn't done it by itself. I like to call this photo, "A New Guardian in the Galaxy".
The other photographers that are participating in this challenge also came up with some amazing photos. Check out my friend Sonia's photo too!
I am part of a group of local photographers that are participating in a 52 week photo challenge. This week's theme was "profile". This sweet profile is of my oldest son who is almost 12. He isn't a fan of being my "model" but I convinced him for this because he didn't have to do anything special, just be himself. I will be posting a profile style photo of myself tomorrow and you will be able to see if he looks like me or not. I think he definitely has my nose.
This week's theme was very challenging for me. I am not comfortable being in front of the camera. I tried a few different things and just did not like the way any of them turned out. I don't like the way I look therefore I never like any, I mean any, photos of me. However, I refused to let that keep me from fulfilling this week's challenge. I mean one of the reasons I do these is to step out of that wonderful comfort zone and see what I end up with. Anyway, I was editing a photo of my son, I posted it yesterday, for the other photo challenge I am doing and decided to try a different take on my selfie. I picked up my camera and stretched my arm out to the side as far as I could while sitting in front of my computer. The only light in the room was from its' screen. This photo is a result of that. I'm not in love with it but it also didn't cause me to cry, which might have happened earlier when I tried getting a photo of myself. So here I am, some of you may have never seen a photo of me or even seen me in person. This is what I look like after a long day of being a wife, mom and photographer.
I am doing this challenge with some amazing beautiful photographer friends that all have taken their own selfie and shared it on their blog. Check out my friend Jennifer's gorgeous photo!