Tag Archives: Photography

Powerful

BuzzFeed just issued the “45 Most Powerful Images of 2011.” I admit, this isn’t the most feel good blog post, but it’s not always butterflies and alcohol around here. I can be serious too you guys. These are actually the most uplifting ones so you’re welcome!

Phyllis Siegel, 76, left, and Connie Kopelov, 84, both of New York, embrace after becoming the first same-sex couple to get married at the Manhattan City Clerk’s office. (Getty)

Members of the national security team receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House on May 1. (Reuters)

Cars are abandoned on Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive during the “Snowpocalypse” in February. (Chicago Tribune)

Facebook played an extremely important role in the uprisings throughout the Middle East. (theatlanticwire.com)

Australian Scott Jones kisses his Canadian girlfriend Alex Thomas after she was knocked to the ground by a police officer’s riot shield in Vancouver, British Columbia. Canadians rioted after the Vancouver Canucks lost the Stanley Cup to the Boston Bruins. (Getty)

See the rest here.

 

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Pic FX

Yesterday, one of my blog BFFs Rebecca June introduced me to the best new picture app on the iPhone. Pic FX people. Get it! I immediately got to work editing the hell out of my pictures. Preview of the different effects below. It’s not surprising that most of the photos in my album are of dogs and alcohol. I’ve become predictable.

P.S. the two dashing gentleman in the pic with me are my baby brothers.

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Life’s Sexiest

I ate stuffing and mashed potatoes four days in a row. Hence, I am the opposite of sexy, which I think is frumpy right? I long for broccoli and a StairMaster.

I’m still comatose from the long Thanksgiving weekend, so feast your eyeballs on this roundup of LIFE magazine’s sexiest photos of all time. These are from B.A. (Before Airbrushing). Imperfection is sexy.

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Me and the Monster

I mostly stayed home this weekend except for Saturday night. I think congratulations are in order you guys. During the day, I baked  (recipe coming this week), I folded a lot of laundry and I forced Dexter to participate in an iPhone shoot with me. This is why I should really maintain a social life.

 

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Black and White

Is there anything more stunning than black and white photography? You’re welcome!

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Depicted

I snapped this photo while we were waiting for an elevator in our hotel in Chicago. It perfectly depicts our relationship! Me taking endless photos and the Husband being endlessly annoyed by it. I laugh really loud every time I look at this picture! I can’t wait to show my grandchildren one day.

This weekend is going to be a good one. I’m meeting Erika and Irene in real life! We’re going to eat, drink and shop. My camera is definitely coming along with me.

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Barbie & Ken

Would you still be my friend if I told you I played with Barbies until I reached an embarrassing age. In my defense, my cousin and I had two giant bags filled with Barbie couture so we basically dressed and accessorized the hell out of them until we got bored and moved onto watching Beaches (which we viewed a nauseating amount of times).

I have a special place in my heart for Barbie (she did teach me the importance of accessorizing after all) so you can imagine my delight when I saw this wedding album, shot by French photographer Béatrice de Guigné. de Guigné painstakingly set up each shot over the course of 3 days to mimic a real life wedding and the whole thing is cheeky and brilliant. Makes me want to bust out my Barbies!

Click here to view the rest of Barbie and Ken’s wedding album.

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Amateur

I get a lot of questions about my photography on this blog so I thought I’d take this opportunity to share with you my process and some of my tips and tricks. I’ll start off by saying that I’m NOT a photographer. I’ve never taken a class nor have I read Photography for Dummies. Everything I do is intuitive and it’s a miracle my pictures are decent. I hope to someday take a course so I can improve.  This is just a roundup of my current method.

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1. I use an SLR camera, which immediately improved the quality of my pictures. The Husband was sweet enough to get me the Canon Rebel T1i for Christmas last year and it’s my most useful gift to date. I have a standard lens and a zoom lens, which I play around with a lot, especially when I’m taking food photos.

2. Natural light is my best friend forever. I couldn’t take a decent night picture if my life depended on it and I’m dreading winter and the short days. If I’m photographing food in the kitchen, I make sure all the lights are off and there’s only natural light coming through the windows. If it’s too dark, I take the food outside on my patio to shoot. This rule goes for any other shots I take. We have recessed lighting throughout our house, so I always turn the lights off to avoid an annoying glare.

3. I don’t use flash. I’ve never taken a good photo using flash so I avoid it at all costs.

4. I take approximately 140 pictures in one sitting and pray that at least one is useful. This is usually the time the Husband threatens divorce as he’s forced to watch me take shot after shot while his food gets cold. Or when we’re out in public and he’s dying of embarrassment while I endlessly photograph a mimosa!

5. I edit the hell out of my photos. I start off by tweaking the exposure/contrast/shadows/saturation/sharpness on my Mac. I also do a lot of cropping, which can turn an okay shot into a great one. It’s amazing how powerful cropping can be. Then I upload onto Picnik, which is a free online editing tool that has a million options I like to play around with. Most recently, I’ve been obsessed with the duo-tone function — the effects of which you can see in some of my latest photos.

And that’s all there is to it. To be honest, this is all so time consuming and some days I just want to lie down and take a nap. But then I think about your amazing compliments and I push on. Thank you sweet peas!

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Comp Couture

Your computer deserves an outfit change every once in a while.  The photos and illustrations on Society6 is created by thousands of artists worldwide and each piece is available as a canvas, print, laptop or iPhone skin. There are a million  to choose from so go choose. And happy almost Friday!





 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Slow Dancing

The Husband and I will be celebrating our 6 year wedding anniversary next week. Maybe a slow dance in the kitchen is in order. Or maybe some shiny baubles!

Photo by Jamie Beck

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