Reading In Low (Key) Lighting

Not Another 52 Project?!?!?!

A 52 Week Project | Monochromatic/Achromatic/Color Portraiture

Week 7: Reading In Low (Key) Lighting

Another week, another staged portrait shot composed through the use of natural lighting.

This week, I chose to use my munchkin again, and since she has become so fond of reading, I told her as long as she sat really still in the way I needed her to stay near the window, she could keep reading.

It was an instant win. 😉

I used my 100mm lens and shot at an angle over her and to the side with lighting coming in above and to the side, but from behind her creating a bit of a soft backlight.  It was light enough in the room too, so it didn’t add a lot of extra noise; though, it was fairly low lit.

What I loved most about the shot was that it was a portrait taken, but I kept a part of her in it by allowing her to read and do things she loved rather than simply posing like a mode;.

The crop, due to close quarters, was a final sale for me too!  I love trying things and seeing if they work – it is the fun of learning!

Without further ado, here is my shot for Week 7 of this portraiture project!

The rules I have laid out are simple – 1) these portraits can be of myself or another model, but cannot be the same image as my other project; 2) There must be a lighting element – whether my studio lights or a consciously planned shoot using natural lighting from the golden hour, etc.  The key being consciously planned – no “on a whim”, point the camera at someone and call it complete.  These will be portraits per the definition:



1. A painting, drawing, photograph, or engraving of a person.
2. A representation or impression of someone or something in language or on film.

picture – likeness – portraiture – portrayal – effigy

My goal is to expand my portraiture abilities and processing as well as direction I give others while also working on my creative muscles and my own personal style, which I believe to be shooting what I like to see!

#portraitphotography   #notanother52project

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I Feel Alive; Lit Up, Naturally

52-Week Self Portrait Project | 52/30

I Feel Alive; Lit Up, Naturally

For Week 29, I brought it back to me, just simply, me. I wanted to show myself without make-up or fancy costumes because that is the artist and explorer, which only makes up one tiny facet of me…

Okay, maybe not a tiny part, maybe a big part!

I digress, though.

Last week, I showed you all the pieces of my that are how I am when you come to my home or when I am grocery shopping, or doing the mundane things we all do but never talk about because they are just that – pretty boring.

This week, I followed a similar trend, but in a different way.  Again, last week, was about embracing myself and doing it in the most simplistic and fundamental way – by simply being me.  So…This week was about being me, feeling alive and confident in all I do.  Feeling beautiful and strong and having nothing to prove to anyone…

Shedding the make-up, false pretenses, and owning it on the other side of the lens…

I am an artist; I am me….

If you can’t handle that shiz, than you best be steppin’! =)

“People spend too much time finding other people to blame, too much energy finding excuses for not being what they are capable of being, and not enough energy putting themselves on the line, growing out of the past, and getting on with their lives.” – J. Michael Straczynski

This week, I explore #radiatingconfidence and #owningthelens .

(all natural light)


Plus! Post | Week 9/10

I Don’t Want To Be In The Shadows Only; I Want My Vision To Be Composed & Emotionally Provoking.

The last few weeks have been full, and I mean to the brim!  Birthdays, car accidents, school, work, training new people, being a mom and family person, being an artist creating things, and the list goes on!  I never want to do anything half-assed, and nearly left the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographersbecause I did not want to do anything less than my best and I did not feel my attention was being appropriately placed in the project.  After speaking to+Robin Griggs Wood I realized that my efforts are me creating at my best and that even if I was slightly behind, I should not beat myself up and quit.

That being said, I hunkered down and began doing my diligent work on the lessons for Week 9/10.  This was the lesson I was built for…

The concepts covered here are directly in line with a lot of the work I have been creating for 2013 because I have been creating with purpose and not merely “pointing and shooting” with my #canon .

A few revelations occurred to me over the last two weeks, and my camera and I have come to a consensus: We both love beautiful art and we want to work together to create it.

Another one came in the form of not working against my surroundings, but rather with them.  If an “assignment” called for “something”, instead of seeking the most amazing location and circumstance, I began to review the more immediate world around me to expose the shot I desired.

It is amazing how you can break your own habits, crutches and tendencies when you step into a whole new way of thinking.

Think about what you want to convey or inspire in the viewer, analyze your surroundings, and then make the art you know you can do! ♥

I know +Robin Griggs Wood is a fan of Richard Bach, and anyone who has read my “About” page knows I am too, so I leave you with something she said at the beginning of the lesson and what I felt was most important…

“Argue for your disabilities and you get to keep them.”

I don’t want to argue for them anymore, I want to kick them in the teeth and tackle more artistic creations and learn as much as my mind will absorb! =D

#GMAPP3auditing   #gmapp3   #AUD


Running On Empty

Running On Empty

This is an outtake from my most recent portrait session where I decided to try a little HDR at sunset.  While it wasn’t my top choice for the set, I did work with it some and still liked it enough to finish it.

The inspiration came from older movies like Running on Empty and Drugstore Cowboy.  While it isn’t a true mash-up, it is an interpretation of the mood and feel of those movies…

What did I learn in this experience?

It taught me that I will try this style again in the future; however, I might try it at a different time and with a different locale.


A is for Accomplishment

A is for Accomplishment

Yesterday was the munchkin’s tae kwon do tournament, and as a black belt, she has to stay really focused to make it…

During the breaking part of the competition, she really sucked up all earlier setbacks to “accomplish” a 1st place with two awesome kicks back-to-back…one was the axe kick and this one is the step-in turning back kick!

So proud of her!



Testing, Testing, 1, 2, Testing

If I could see her in only one range, I hope it would at least be a highly dynamic one…” – Shantha Marie Fountain

It isn’t too often I continue processing test shots, but on this rare occasion, I loved the extra practice with HDR, and also with converting it to B&W.  My logic on this has to do with the concepts of high dynamic range, which has nothing to do with color (though, obviously you need the color to achieve this in camera and merging), but it does have to do with using a larger amount of darks and lights to show more of what we see in real life….

#hdr   #hdrphotography   #hdrphotographers