Monday, November 30, 2009

Over at I♥Faces this week they are straying from the usual face photos and featuring 'Tooshies'!! I was excited when I saw this a) because I have a lot of faceless photos... not sure why... I just really like them and b) because I have a great tooshie shot from the last engagement session I did and I finally get a chance to share it!

Without further adieu... My entry :)

This is a great couple who's wedding I will be shooting this coming summer... I am so excited because they were just so fun to hang out with and he was a riot. Cant wait :)

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thursday, November 26, 2009

In the Zone

So this morning I slept in... let me justify that by saying that Kolby was up ALL NIGHT throwing up...and now is fine!? SO. when my alarm went off at 7:30 it seemed like the logical thing to turn it off and lie back down. Only its not logical to then fall back asleep until 8AM when your oldest child needs to be out the door for school by 8:20. So to say the least it was a rushed morning but we made it! Once I got Keaton off to school I decided to pop upstairs quick to check emails and such... Only on my way upstairs I could hear Kolby following me so I stopped on the landing part way up the stairs to wait for him... And here he comes... carrying a transformer.... trying to transform it and walks right past me... within INCHES... up to the top of the stairs where he turns in my bedroom and says. Can you...Mom!? Where are you!? Thanks for noticing me buddy... I know you love your transformers and all but come on!

On another note. This weekend Old Navy has some crazy great deals on... I might try and drag my husband to the city for some of that action :)

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Go down to the bottom and pause the music first :)

Send your own ElfYourself eCards

Monday, November 23, 2009

This weeks challenge over at I♥Faces is ... SUN FLARE! Now anyone who knows me knows that I am absolutely CRAZY about sun flare... I try and get some sun flare pictures every time I do a shoot... And I say try because it doesnt always want to work for me. I have yet to perfect it which is the case with pretty much all of my Photography skills... I am a work in progress :) Below is a beautiful girl who I had the pleasure of doing some grad photos for this past summer... and I thought this turned out great with the sun just peaking through the tree... I hate to admit it but it is not my favorite flare photo - my favorite is far from perfect so It cant go in the contest :)
Without further adieu my Entry:

and just because its my favorite... but this is NOT MY ENTRY. just sharing time. lol

I love emotion... I love catching the moments Im not meant to during the shoot... and thats why I love this... It may be far from perfect... But really. could it be MORE perfect?

Friday, November 20, 2009

It is fix it friday again over at I♥Faces... And frankly. Im sure this must be a record for me. 3 weeks in a row!!

Okay here's the original... not hard to work with considering how darn adorable this little girl is. LOVE her.

Okay and here is my first edit.

I played with the curves and cropped

increased the saturation a wee bit

ran the following actions at different opacities: green with envy(on the leaves) yin/yang, o snap, and pro retouched her cheeks a bit :)

I then selected her eyes and ran the unsharp mask.

And for #2 all I did after the above was run the actions:

Grandmas Tap Shoes at about 40%

Boutwell Magic glasses 100%

and added the texture... Dirty Diana which I erased off of her face. BTW... all of the above actions are Totally Rad Actions and they are just that. TOTALLY RAD. love em.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Things my Mother never told me.

Are there any other mothers out there feeling cheated by this whole romantic idea of domestic bliss... you know... the 'happily ever after' that I'm sure we were all deluded enough to dream up when Prince charming was down on one knee... Only now 'Prince Charming' just spent a long day sick in bed while you spent 4.5 hours at the hospital with your 2 year old...Came home to clean up the mess that had accumulated while you were gone... took care of 2 sick children and one perfectly healthy trouble maker... made supper... gave medications... got Jammie's... broke up fights... took away toys... sent boys for timeouts... tried to calm another down when he got so mad that it was bedtime and screamed/cried until he puked all over his bed... Got all that bedding changed... got him calmed down... gave him his inhaler... You put them to bed early thinking PLEASE GOD let them go right to sleep so I can finish this cleaning and park my rear on the couch for the rest of the night. FINALLY this day is over and I can relax.

Only to find Prince charming has miraculously awakened and beat you to the couch now that the children are all snug in their beds... and Hockey is on. GREAT.

Oh I could go on and on.What day is it today. Wednesday. Maybe I will need to start a whining Wednesday where I can throw a pity party once a week over all of the things that drive me crazy in my life. That sounds good. Because really. I could go on like this forever.

My Name is Mom. I'm not Elisha any more folks... I'm the cook... the maid... the doctor...the referee.. the carpenter... painter... landscaper...errand-runner...

That seems to be what it boils down to lately. Me... working my butt off and getting no appreciation or acknowledgement from my Mr. Happily Ever after.

Thank you God for this day... It was hectic and horrible... and now that it is over I can see that it helped me to appreciate all of the wonderful things that I have in my life and all of the great days I have been given...I have three BEAUTIFUL children who are all sleeping peacefully right now :) Is it wrong to want to strangle my husband even if he is sick? lol

Good Night... I think I may need to have a hot bath and unwind a bit!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Well. It was Tysons 30th Birthday on Friday and I held a suprise party for him... It turned out well and he didnt suspect a thing! Pictures to come but for now Im in mommy mode trying to nurse my big boy back to health... They're telling us he has H1N1 so Im keeping him in his bedroom and going crazy with the sanitizer in hopes that no one else will get it- Only time will tell :) But Im really hoping it doesnt spread since Tyson is back to work tomorrow and I'll be on my own again until the weekend... Over and Out.

Friday, November 13, 2009


Today is fix it Friday over at I ♥ Faces and in an attempt to blog more I am going to partake again :) I did all of the following in Photoshop CS3

Here is the original

Here I tweeked the levels... increased Saturation 22%....Selected the eyes and brightened/increased saturation/and ran the unsharp mask...Deselect the eyes...I then ran the TRA Oh Snap at 51% ... Boutwell Magic Glasses at 100% and Warm it up Kris at 30%

Now one more :) This one is all TRActions... BAMF 100% Oh Snap 100% Cinnamon Toast 46% Yin/Yang to lighten the face a bit...Dirtie Birdie Texture( I removed it from his face) and then good old Oh Snap again :)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Today was another completely exhilarating day... Tyson is gone... so I got up with the 3 little men... got the biggest one off to school... middle one off to playschool... and then came home to park Kyler in front of the TV to watch the movie UP so that I could get some work done on the house. The kitchen is now about 95% complete so that's great...

Flash forward... went to pick Keaton up from school so that I could to explain to his teacher that he faked being sick on Tuesday so that he wouldn't have to do the work they were doing in class that day... Got her to send him home ALL the homework . tee hee. I'm so great. He LOVED me for that.

It is now 6:55 and I am patiently awaiting bedtime .. Yay Greys Anatomy and Vampire Diaries... I cant wait to see you old friends.



That's all I've got but come on. I'm making an effort.

Just took a time out to mop some pee off my floor... Oh the wonders of Motherhood never cease to amaze me.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Okay... so I promised I would get into more detail on my lack of blogging ... and well. I dont have any GREAT reasons... Only great questions... Where the heck do all of these other bloggers find the time/energy/inspiration to blog all of the time!? To be honest with 3 kids at the end of the day blogging is the last thing on my mind... Its more likely that the couch is calling my name.

That said I have had alot going on in the last... oh Several months that I have been slacking big time on the blog scene...

My Photography is really taking off... couldnt be happier but that eats up most of my computer time... Also in the News... We are moving!! Not this instant but Tyson has a new job out of town so while he is there working during the weeks I am here trying to finish our renovations / take care of 3 kids/ run them to school / hockey... You know - all of that fun mom stuff. We are hoping to put the house up for sale next Monday although unless by some sort of Miracle all of the work finishes itself- I do not see that happening. But irregardless wish us luck... I dont want to spend one more day than I have to here and husbandless.

Apparently this month is NABLOPOMO... Is that it? not sure. Anywho... In the spirit of that- and with my flair for slacking I am going to try to post more often... Not every day like you are supposed to ... but Come on. Anything is better than what I have been up to!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Well its been a LONG LONG time since I have blogged but I will share more about that and whats going on in my life later... As for now I wanted to take part in this weeks Fix-it-Friday over at I ♥ Faces

Here is the Before:


And Here is my edit :)

I did alot to this photo... Adjusted the Levels.. increased saturation... Then actions galore- Oh Snap, Eye Boost, Pross Crossessed, Highlight and Shadow seperator to bring more definition to the hair and face, Yin Yan to lighten the grass and her shirt a bit, Green with Envy on the grass and a little select-o-sharp on the eyes... All Totally Rad actions. Now I could have gotten away without using so much stuff but I was playing :) and It only took 4 minutes... and I like the result.