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52 Week Photo Challenge: Week 5

Week 5 of my personal 52 week photo challenge is Ten Shots.  This weeks challenge was to take 10 shots of the same subject or in my case I chose an activity my kids were doing.  The idea for this is to take shots from different angles, distances and focal lengths.

Shooting from different perspectives can really change the feel and story of a picture.  I love to change things up and try to shoot from different angles and distances regularly.  Laying on the ground or standing on a stool to take a picture can make a huge difference in an image.  Of course everyone wants that one good picture of the whole family looking at the camera and smiling to display on their wall but I enjoy detail shots.  Getting up close and personal to my subjects and capturing the details.  This challenge was a lot of fun and left lots of room for creativity.

Here are a couple links that have examples of different perspectives to try and the importance of perspective, check them out!

Here is a good example of changing the perspective.  This first image is a typical image of kids painting.  Oh and you’ve got to love that face big sister is giving!! Again pretty standard picture I as a mom would take of my kiddos painting.  I was standing normally and a few feet away from them.


Now for this one I got down on my knees and really focused on the painting, not the kids.  I love how you can see his messy paint covered hand and the paint on the table.  To me it gives a completely different feel than the one above.  I know from this one just how painting with a 2 year old is, not just that he is doing it.


I let my kids paint and enjoy as I stood on a chair, knelt down,  took a few steps back and a few steps closer to them and just tried different things.  I really love some of the images and can’t wait to print them and put them up in our toy room!  Here are my 10 shots for week 5.

10 shots collage





“You & Me” Mini Session

The “You & Me” Mini session turned out great!  Unfortunately I had to cancel the session on the original date due to weather and very few were able to reschedule with me but no big deal, it was a good time.  I had so much fun with the Grandpa & Me session.  These kiddos sure love their grandpa.  The interaction between all of them was great to witness.  The Mommy & Me session was also amazing.  They are such naturals and absolutely adorable.  I was reminded with this session just how important it is for a mother to break out of her shell and get in front of the camera.  I know I personally prefer to be behind the camera and therefore do not have a lot of pictures with my babies.  I need to forget about how I look and get some pictures that will be forever cherished.

Thank you to those who participated in this mini session.  It was a lot of fun and I hope to do another next year!

you and me mini


52 Week Personal Photo Project

52 Week Photo Challenge: weeks 3 & 4

Ok so I forgot to post my weeks 2 and 3 so I will post them together.  This past month has been CRAZY busy.  Now time to catch up!

Week 3: Land (artistic)

This week was about taking time to find creativity in whatever the category is.  This week was Land.  The idea is to interpret the word however you want, take an image from whichever angle, of whatever, however.  A time to let my artistic juices flow.

I had a lot of ideas for this one but when it came down to it, I just took a picture of where I was and what, at that moment, land meant to me. It’s not a great picture, or really a very artistic one in my eyes, but it fit the category for me.  The picture is what we do with the little bit of land we have set aside.  This piece of land is for growing vegetables.  This picture shows just how good I am at growing, I left the seeds in the pack and they grew from there haha.  Honestly, this little bit of earth is where I turn those tiny little seeds into something that can be eaten.  It makes me feel great being able to grow my own food.  I love that I can show my kids how to do it as well.  I love my little bit of land, to me it is so much more!



Week 4: Mirror

This weeks goal was to tell a story involving a mirror.

This was easy for me to do since my girls are OBSESSED with the mirror.  This is typically how I find them after I dress them in the mornings.  Sometimes when they are missing I will find them in front of the mirror just looking at themselves.  My littlest one likes to give herself a kiss every time she goes by.  Man do I love these girls!


Child photography, smash cake session

Austin’s 1st Birthday/Cake Smash Session| Gibson City Child Photographer

This boy is ADORABLE! This little man is definitely going to be a Cardinal’s baseball player some day, he looks way too good in that jersey.

I had a great time with Austin! He LOVED that cake, I don’t think I have seen a kid destroy it as fast as he did.  Thank you Special Occasion Cakes by Pam for the awesome baseball themed cake.  It was perfect!

Happy Birthday Austin!