I heart Faces {Pet Week}

I LOVE this weeks photo challenge on I Heart Faces; its Pet week!  For those that know me(actually you dont even need to know me well, just look above and see the photos), know that I love to photograph the cows around our farm or anyones farm.  They are always curious, and are always up for a photoshoot(at least thats what I keep telling myself).  So I love that I can enter in a photo of something that is a ‘pet’ but also something I am very passionate about photographing. 

I took this photo last year, and LOVED how it turned out.  Its a very special moment between a new calf and the cow.  I actually loved it so much that as I type this I am waiting for my 16×20 canvas of this photo to arrive(FedEx PLEASE hurry up!! ).

April 26, 2011 - 10:33 am

Robin - Awe. How sweet. I love it.

April 26, 2011 - 10:56 am

Kristen - SO precious!

April 26, 2011 - 1:44 pm

brianna - Beautiful shot. Love the moment.

April 27, 2011 - 6:16 am

Sarah King - Beautiful moment captured! I drive by so many farms every day and want so bad to take a day on the farm to photograph the happenings. I LOVE moooo cows. 🙂

Coffee Date With Capturing Fireflies Photography

Facebook  and I have a love hate relationship.  I hate how many upgrades there seems to be, and how its always on a day that I need to upload photos, or when I just seem to get the hang of where everything is and than its all changed again.  However I love facebook for creating a site where is very easy to keep in touch with family and friends, as well as getting to know other photographers. Which is how I ‘met’ Sarah from Capturing Fireflies Photography (check out her  Facebook fan page) .  I loved her work immediately!   She seems to always capture the true beauty of the subject that she is photographing(whether that be a baby, family, wedding, cat or a beautiful landscape.) 

So go grab your cup of coffee(or tea!) and enjoy my coffee date with Capturing Fireflies Photography =)  (maybe even grab some left over Easter candy, you know you want to ;)….)

 

Name:   Sarah King
Business Name:  Capturing Fireflies Photography
Website:  www.capturingfireflies.com
Blog:   same as website (blogsite)
Facebook: www.facebook.com/capturingfireflies

Equipment? Canon 5d mark ii – Xsi (backup) – 35mm f2.0 – 50mm f1.4 – 85mm f1.8 – and a 75-300mm f4-5.6

What’s in your camera bag besides your lenses and camera? Batteries, cards, card reader, cords, point and shoot, and reflector – I don’t carry my bag with me on a shoot. I typically pick a lens for a shoot and stick with it. The bag stays in the car.

Favorite Lens? This is so tough. I really adore my 50mm and I use it the most but I would have to say the 85mm is my favorite. Yummmy bokeh.
What you’ve learned the most since you started (photog. related): I’ve learned to take it slow. It takes time to learn, to gain experience. I can read all I want, and go to workshops and watch videos, but there is no better teacher then experience. Get out there and shoot. I learn every time the camera is in my hand. And that’s what I love the most and what keeps me coming back for more.

What are your strengths? I do my best work, on location, unscripted. Capturing real life moments – taking inspiration from the pockets of beautiful light, textures, and the colors around us. Nature is my favorite backdrop. Candid captures emotion.

Weaknesses? Photoshop. I have been using Photoshop for many years but I used the graphic side of things more than the photo editing side. Thank goodness for lightroom, but I do have goals of learning to utilize PS better. 

What is your typical work timetable? I shoot on weekends and edit on weeknights after my day job.

Why did you get into photography? Because I love to take pictures. To capture beautiful scenes I see before my eyes. To capture moments in time forever. When I was little I remember wishing my eyes were a camera and that I could take a picture with the blink of my eye. I have always been fascinated with the world around me and the interesting textures and lines I would see.

Are you formally educated or self-taught in photography? I am self-taught. I had read enough and knew before I bought my first dslr that I would need to learn exposure and how to use manual mode. From the moment it came, I spent many hours every day taking pictures and learning; reading everything I could find on the internet. In the beginning days I would sit in front of my bedroom window and take hundreds of pictures of absolutely nothing – slightly changing settings every click…just to see how it would affect the exposure. I had read a lot about the exposure triangle, but I learn best visually. Watching the changes happen in front of me was how I learned. I also spent a lot of time working on my composition. I had always been told I had a good eye but the more I play around with different compositions and perspectives, the more my passion grows.

If you were not a photographer what career would you see yourself in? I’m a new business owner and a single mom, so I still hold a full time m-f job outside of photography. I am the administrator for a small company.
What would be your dream shoot?  I dream of the day my daughter is excited for me to take her picture. She’s almost 8 now and she’s tired of my camera. Ha-ha! What a tough life it’s got to be being a photographer’s daughter. 😉

Who or what inspires you? The colors and textures around me are what inspire me. Light, shadows, sunsets, sunrays, clouds, lightning, wildlife. Emotions. When I’m lucky enough to capture true emotion, it’s very inspiring.

Funniest moment during a shoot? Two times I have photographed a litter of 10 puppies. Both times we tried to get them all up on a rock to get their group portraits done. Picture 2 adults trying to get 10 puppies to stay on this rock while I click away, hoping for the best. Ha-ha! The first litter, we did pretty good. The second litter a year later we were not so lucky.

Favorite photo that you have taken and why? My favorite photo is of my daughter, taken last summer at the pool. She was swinging on the playground and I captured her in a moment of pure innocence. It was unscripted – I was practicing my shutter speed, since she was moving so fast. And it wasn’t until I had pulled the photos off the camera that I realized what a gem it was. It now resides in my dining room on the wall as a 20×30 canvas.

What advice would you give to someone looking to start out as a Photographer? Practice, practice, practice! Learn to use the equipment you have. And then practice some more. 😉 Find, know, and understand its limitations before you upgrade. Learn the rules, and then learn to break them. Be inspired, but be yourself. Research, read, and learn from others. You don’t need $$ to learn, there is an abundance of information available for free.  Be confident, but welcome constructive criticism. Photography is art, and art is subjective. In the end, you only have to impress yourself, and your client. If you’re like me; you will be your own worst critic.

Quick Answers:

Canon or Nikon? Canon

Prime or zoom? Prime

Studio or on location? On Location

Natural light or flash? Natural Light

Color or black and white? Color

Mac or PC? PC

Photoshop or Lightroom? Lightroom

Night owl or morning person? Night Owl

Sunrise or sunset? Sunset

Heels or flip flops? Tough!! Heels

Red or white Wine? Red
 

Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla

Your favorite movie of all time? The Neverending Story

Thank you Sarah for having a coffee date with me, I had a great time getting to know you.  And now have a greater appreciation for your work.   Oh and I also agree that The Neverending Story is one of my all time favourite movies  – Ever =)  I loved Falkor, and had secretly wished I could have him;)

So please head on over to Sarah’s Website or Facebook and give her some love =)

April 25, 2011 - 7:14 am

Sarah King - Thanks so much for the date, Shannon!!! Oh! And my second favorite movie is Mary Poppins. I guess I’m just a big kid. 😉 ~Sarah

“The Million Dollar Family…”

The “P” family has been blessed with the ever sought after ‘million dollar family’ .  Their little girl is beyond one of the sweetest girls I have ever known, and their son is absolutly handsome(as you can see from the photos!). 

Although “F” is a sweet and gentle little girl, she is also a true farmer in the training.  One second she is spinning around the house in her tutu and the next she is playing with her john deere tractors(she obviously knows that John deere is the best!).  And Im certain that she will be teaching her younger brother all about the cows, tractors, and I can just picture her reading the Ontario farmer to him.

Thanks “P” family for letting me take some memories of your family – you truly are blessed with a beautiful family!

 

 

 

 

Showered with 8 days of gifts…

Day One – a home made knitted pink and a blue sweater with slippers.(because they didnt know if they were having a boy or girl)

Day Two – knitted sweater set, with a had, mitts, and slippers

Day Three – pants that were hand made

Day Four – a stuffed goat

Day Five – baby toys

Day Six – two fleece blankets for the new mommy and daddy

Day Seven – A gift certificate for a photography session with Shannon Steen Photography

Day Eight – Bath Products for the baby

Obviously after my “J” opened day seven she got a hold of me to book her session.  When she told me about her 8 days of gifts I thought how awesome is that?!?  Not only does the new mom and Dad get many gifts for their new baby boy, but also its a great way to get creative with the gifts you are giving. 

I might just have to steal this idea =)

I hope you enjoy your sneak peak – I had a great time!

 

 

 

 

 

April 3, 2011 - 12:49 pm

Heather DB - Hi Shannon – Apparently it’s a dutch thing. I had a basket like that with Esther from my friends down the road. Lots of fun!

“All in the Family…”

I can still remember playing barbies, colouring on the drawing table, or playing tennis at the school.  My cousin “H” and I have many memories that we shared together.  Although over the years the miles have kept us from seeing each other as often as I would like, I still cherish those memories.

My little cousin is not so little anymore, and now has a family of her own.  Her son “O” is 3 months older than my son, and Im hopeful that they will share some great memories like “H” and I have.

Here are a couple photos that I took of their visit with us this past weekend.  I hope you enjoy!

 

 

xoxo

April 1, 2011 - 1:29 pm

Melissa VanLeeuwen - Very cute! Beautiful family;)