Peanuts & Cracker Jack


I feel {quite strongly}  that family pictures are more fun when they “mean something”.  I love when a family comes to me and wants to be photographed in a special place and/or with special props.  I just recently posted about the family that chose to be photographed in their yard with their sunflowers, in front of their antique manure spreader.

That was fun.

This is my family.  Believe it to not we just took these a couple of weeks ago before the snow hit.

We like baseball.

That’s probably an understatement.

My husband’s goal is to visit every major league stadium in the country.  We’ve had some memorable adventures on the way to that goal.  Some of my favorites were my first major league stadium visit…to Fenway Park.  Watching people in kayaks trying to catch home runs at AT&T Park while tankers floated by on the horizon.  Chase Field, the only indoor baseball stadium {retractable roof} I’ve visited.  Missing actually watching a game at Petco Park (San Diego Padres) because my son was goofing around in the hotel room and gave himself a concussion minutes before it was time to leave…got to see a little Comic-Con though so that was all sorts of awesome.

KidsAnyway, these are taken outside the Ogden Raptor’s stadium and we had a blast picking hats and jerseys and setting this up.

We’re already working on our plan for next year. 🙂


HDR First Attempts…not too bad.

07_17_2012 SanDiego

I’ll try to keep this post super short because I’m having one of those “so crazy busy I kinda want to cry days”.  I’ve been wanting to try HDR for awhile, mainly because I didn’t know how and that bugs me, secondly it is often a cool effect for cityscapes which I love.  These are my first attempts.  I took these images last summer with the idea that I would be trying HDR soonish.  I thought I was doing what I needed to but I wasn’t really.  Still, they’re not bad.  My favorites are the San Diego and Draper LDS Temples.  The Newport Beach Temple bothers me so I may try to redo it.  The Dodger Stadium image I don’t like at all but I think that one’s a lost cause.

07_20_2012 AngelStadiumThe one thing I’m very happy about it that I’m doing this all entirely in Photoshop.  I’m not using a third party plug in.  I know, I know, that would be a ton faster but I kind of feel like that’s cheating a little.  Perhaps I may one day change my mind but for now if I’m creating art I feel like I should spend time on it.  A lot of time.

Maybe that’s just me.

08_24_2012 Draper2It’s interesting how much difference having a cloudy sky makes.  I think my favorite part of the San Diego Temple image is the clouds.  I’ll have to ponder that some more.

07_18_2012 DodgersJust such a bright, flat midday light….I tried, but you can’t win ’em all.

07_18_2012 NewportSo what do you think?  Love ’em, hate ’em?  I’d really like to know.  I’ve found people can be passionately for or against when it comes to HDR.

Though it’s always good to try something new.

For now I’m only putting the Draper and San Diego Temple images on my website, along with Angel Stadium.  Here’s the link

I’ll be adding more and more so feel free to check back often (shameless self-promotion plug)!