September 26th, 2014

It’s time for the September Edition of Currently!


So, this month, I’m currently:

SCANDAL!!!!!!!! Hallelujer!!!!! The old Liv is back, Jake is GETTING IT IN and Mellie is walking around like it’s 1976. Chile…. And How To Get Away With Murder was good too. Needless to say, my bottle of wine is gone, but my Daddy would be proud of my lack of hangover. Just sayin…


Listening to:

Podcasts. There are so many. Do you listen to any? Share!!!


My Everyday Eyecandy Newsletter! Have you signed up?? No? CLICK HERE!! I’ve got plans folks that I would love for you to be a part of. And of course I’d love feedback from you guys: If you were to take a class on photography what would you like the topic to be? 1) Photography for Bloggers or 2)Mobile photography or 3) BOTH? Let a sister know in the comments, by email and by signing up.:-)

Thinking about:

Blog Conferences. I went to Type A last weekend as you know and it got me thinking about Blogging Conferences. The last few blog conferences I’ve gone to have been…interesting. I always network so much at these events and meet great new bloggers and catch up with old ones. BUT I’m not learning anything like I used to . I used to come away from blog conferences with LOADS of action plans and ideas and inspiration. That’s what got me hooked. Blog conferences can give you ideas for months and light a fire in you to do more.  But with the last two I attended, I didn’t get that. I don’t know if that’s because I’m not a beginner blogger anymore or if the content just isn’t there.   I think it’s a bit of both.  In order for these conferences to be worth it for me anymore, I need more meat in the presentations and less fluff. I need speakers to SPEAK on what they are supposed to talk about, not have a love fest of “I did this, I did that”. I need more HOW you did it, not just that you did.

Like my friend Dani says: I just need to get up there and speak.

But that’s a post for another day….

Looking forward to:

FALL! The pumpkin patch, the apple orchard, boots, chunky sweaters, Caramel Brulee Latte’s…..But Umm, it’s hard to get excited when you can wear flip flops while the leaves are changing….


The entire Outlander series. I read most of this series when it first came out when I was in the 10th grade. ( yes, a loooooong time ago). But it’s been adapted to cable ( see Starz) and it got me curious about the more recent books. I remember the basic outline of the books( there are now 8 of them) but I don’t  remember most of the details. Soooo…I’m on book 4. They are obsessive. These will take me into the rest of the year.

Making me Happy:

This ussie. It’s not perfect, but it’s Us. I love my little family.


So that’s all with me, what’s currently going on in your life??

4 Tips For Lifestyle Photography

September 25th, 2014

Wikipedia defines Lifestyle Photography as:

“A style of portrait/people photography which aims to capture and document real-life events, situations, or milestones in an artistic manner and the art of the everyday.”


Lifestyle photography is the perfect way to document your everyday. But where do you start? What do you need to do? Today I’ve got 4 easy  tips for using Lifestyle Photography in your everyday shooting.

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1.Have your Camera ready.

Now whether that is your mobile camera, your point and shoot or your DSLR: have it ready.  Because there is nothing worse than having that perfect moment unfold in front of you and you don’t have your camera! I usually have my camera out and readily assessable at home or with me when I go out to the park. And even if I don’t have my Canon 6D with me, my iPhone is ALWAYS in my pocket!  Because everyday eyecandy happens at anytime.

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2. Change Your Perspective

Part of Lifestyle Photography is telling a story from different points of view. Don’t forget to get shots from all perspectives:

From Above

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On the same level of your subject


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And from behind


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3. Always be aware of the Light.


Be aware of your light and know how to work with it.  Going about your everyday, the light will not always be perfect. But learn to work with what’s there. Use it to your advantage.



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4. Capture the Details

Don’t forget the close ups and the details of the story: the little hands, the untied shoes or in this case, the acorns in the little hands….

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I hope these tips helped! Shooting for a 365 or even a Project 52 is a great way to incorporate lifestyle photography into your everyday shooting.

Go out and practice! I’d love to see what you shoot!

Everyday Eyecandy: What had happened was….

September 24th, 2014


So the conversation went like this:

Me:”So why did you get a straight face on your contract today at school?”

Pookah: “Because I was talking.”

Me: “And why were you talking while you were supposed to be quiet?”

Pookah: “Well Mama, there’s this girl……”


And so it begins…..




The Lovely Everyday Week 3

September 23rd, 2014

This week was long and I was sick( as you know) but I did manage to get in a photo or two or three a day.


Monday: My flowers from Kroger started to open…




Tuesday: Caught him after bath time saying his favorite naughty word……..





Wednesday: On the way to school….




Thursday: The flowers are open!




Friday: My cutie pie….




Saturday: I learned about the Heart of Haiti Project. You can find these beautiful items at Macy’s



Sunday: A moment in the sun…..




Head on over to Bianca’s Blog and check out her week!

Random Thoughts on a Monday

September 22nd, 2014

I had a busy weekend and I’ve got tons of little things that don’t make up a whole post on my mind so….


  • I spent the weekend at Type A Conference here in Atlanta.  I volunteered and my job was to take Instagram photos for the Type A Parent Instagram Account and to tweet. A lot. Needless to say, I’m tired of social media now and need a break.
  • I’m still thinking about the conference and what I want to say about it. I will say, that I met/hung out with/got to know better/ and excellent group of bloggers. MUAH! to you all.
  • I am a alumni helper for the Photoshop Elements Class with my photography bestie/mentor/she’s just so dang cute/ friend Melissa Gibson over at Clickin Moms. So if you need help with Photoshop Elements, the class starts today, I think you can still sign up.
  • I haven’t been able to run/work out or even laugh without going into a coughing fit for about two week. Yes, I had bronchitis and it’s just lingering. Hopefully it will be gone soon and I can resume my 1/2 marathon training( yes, I am STILL running the Disney Princess Half in February!)
  • The one thing I love about Blog conferences is also one of the things I hate: I’ve got a stack of business cards with new blogs and new twitter handles to follow.
  • Tomorrow is the first day of Fall. I think I’ll celebrate with a Salted Caramel Mocha and edit these photos of Pookah at the park learning about squirrels and acorns.


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  • CDub’s birthday is next week….I have no clue what to get him.
  • Did you see The Carters on HBO this weekend? I swear my eyes were sweating at the end when they did that family montage at the end.
  • Don’t forget to sign up for my Newsletter. There are new things coming on the horizon, make sure you are a part of it!!

How was your weekend? What did you take photographs of?