Since the main goal of my Project 365 is to improve my photography skills, I thought it would be a good idea to use this last day of 2014 as my “baseline” so I can look back and see how far I’ve come. So here are a few of my favorite photos from 2014…or at least the ones from my DSLR. And for now, I will only post straight out of the camera shots (SOOC). As the year goes on, I may work on editing, because I know that can make a huge difference to even the best photos. But first I need to get my SOOC shots as good as I can get them.

These are the first shots I ever took with a DSLR (taken before I even owned the camera, as test shots.) Although I know there is room for improvement, I was incredibly happy with how they turned out and led myself to believe I could actually handle a “big girl camera.” ๐Ÿ˜‰ They are probably my favorite images I have taken myself (so far.)



These are from a few months later at my son’s birthday party. Not too bad, but I was still pretty intimidated about bringing out the big camera. I wish I would have gotten some more shots, but a mom’s always busy with the other details, right? :-)


Here are a few shots just fooling around one one of our walks and out in the backyard. And yes, I did edit the one. I just thought it would look good in black & white…I don’t think I did the best job editing, but it’s a start.



Finally, we arrive at Christmas. It’s really hard to get a toddler to be still enough for low-light Christmas tree shots :-) but I did my best. I kind of like the silhouette shot of him.

I couldn’t decide which of the first three shots I liked best, so you get to see them all. :-)


And so it begins…my daughter got her first camera from Santa :-) I love seeing her take joy in capturing the things that are important to her.


And just a couple more. Sweet Pea in her Zoob crown, and Buster Brown looking up to his big brother…so cute ๐Ÿ˜‰


Maybe I need a little help in culling my choices ๐Ÿ˜‰ but I don’t think I did too badly for including half the year.

Oh, I almost forgot this one. This is my experiment in low lighting and creative editing, and I really like how it turned out. It represents my day job…in case you can’t tell it’s a video camera, editing keyboard, and some video monitors in the background. It’s a great job and I’m lucky I get to do something I enjoy every day.


So that’s my “baseline.” I hope to to post my Project 365 photos once a week, and I’d love your feedback! I appreciate all creative criticism, so bring it on…I can take it ๐Ÿ˜‰

My Photography Obsession Begins

110 camera Two_Rolls 110

OK, well maybe begins isn’t exactly right. I’ve been taking photos since I got my first camera at about age 6 or 7. It was a Kodak that shot on 110 film and had a flash cube. Remember those? No? I guess I’m officially old, then. It looked a lot like the one above and I was so proud to have my very own camera.

I think my Grandma Virgina was one of the biggest influences on me in terms of photography. She was (and is) the queen of snapshots. And she was taking food photos long before it became a “thing.” I swear, she has a documented record of every meal she has ever eaten with another human being. If I’m being completely honest, her photo-taking often reached the point of annoyance. I don’t know how many photos there must be of my brothers and me with that annoyed bug-eyed look (you know the one) saying “Not ANOTHER picture, Grandma!” But I’m glad she was there snapping away. Otherwise, we wouldn’t have a record of all of those happy times.

So now it is my turn. And while I have been taking “snapshots” for most of my life, I am now on a journey to begin taking “photographs.”ย  I don’t want to be the annoying mom who stops everything to “say cheese!” But I do want to document my children’s lives as they happen.ย This year, I got a DSLR which is something I’ve been wanting for a long time. I have visions of beautiful lifestyle photography dancing in my head…now I just have to figure out how to get them out of my camera :-) So with that goal in mind, I have decided to start a Project 365 and take a photo every day (yikes!) The hope is that I will learn and improve as I go. And bonus…I should have 365 photos of my family and my life!

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