personal

A record... Look who is posting two days in a row?

All my lack of blogging has lead up to a back log of things I can blog. Look out! (Actually I start an intense design project next week so that may mess with my hot streak. One of these days I'll blog about the design work I do too.)

I had a nightmare the other night that I couldn't recall how to use my camera and that I had forgotten memory cards and lenses on a Very Important session. Then last night after dinner I noticed it was a beautiful evening out so I made the family join me on a walk. I grabbed my camera. Good news, I still remember how to use it!

My husband endeared himself to me by saying that the photos of the kids playing and just doing ordinary things are the most precious to him. I feel the same way and was happy to hear he valued me lugging my camera around and snapping as we go about our business. I sometimes feel I am a nuisance, and not to mention geeky looking with a huge camera so that was nice to hear. Here are a few images from our Spring twilight walk. I'm looking forward to more days like this ahead!

We stopped by to say "hi" to my daughter's friends and swing on the swing and play with the dogs.

We stopped by to say "hi" to my daughter's friends and swing on the swing and play with the dogs.

My son found a light saber in my husband's car and he couldn't resist bringing it with us.

My son found a light saber in my husband's car and he couldn't resist bringing it with us.

My husband admiring the view.

My husband admiring the view.

My boys.

My boys.

We found this little fort on the beach. It turns out my daughter's friends that we visited had made this. Coincidence!

We found this little fort on the beach. It turns out my daughter's friends that we visited had made this. Coincidence!

Spring is finally here!

Spring is finally here!

One of those "I'd better pinch myself" moments

A few nights ago we decided to take our little ghetto boat out for a picnic dinner cruise around Puget Sound (always a good excuse to have egg salad sandwiches for dinner!) We dropped an anchor which happened to be near a buoy. And that buoy just happened to be a regatta marker for the regatta that turned out to be coming right at us! The thought crossed our minds that perhaps we should move but the boats that came near didn't seem to mind. I did not want to move as I was enjoying my prime seat in the house with my 85mm lens and camera I happened to grab along when running out the door with the egg salad sandwiches. The battery was almost dead but managed to survive until after the last boat tacked around the buoy. I said to my husband, "this is living the good life." And yes, I really did pinch myself. We could not have had a better evening if we had planned it.

Happy Father's Day (via Blurb books)

Making a Blurb book for my husband's Father's Day gift reminded me of why/how I got into photography in the first place. I started off as a scrapbooker much to the amusement of many friends. I felt I needed to document our lives but the photography aspect started to take over. After working on this book though I was reminded of my main goal of preserving our memories.

One of the best things I did on our mid-winter break trip to San Francisco and Carmel was to write down quotes that the family members said that I wanted to remember. I inserted the quotes into the photos on some of the pages of the book and now those are my favorite pages. Note to self: Don't stop recording the quotes! These are equally as important as the photos.

I riffed off of Erin Cobb's photoshop templates from here to create the book: http://thecreativemama.com/one-frame-a-day/. It still took me quite a while to create the book but hopefully going forward it will be faster, because I'm determined to make more books.

Happy Father's Day!