In my Bag

I’m often asked about the equipment I use to take my photos, so I thought I’d share with you all 😀

First of all, how CUTE is the camera bag Ryan got me for Christmas?!  I showed it to him months and months ago, afraid that the girl would run out of this kind quickly and it would be too late.  And wouldn’t you know?  Ryan was able to get me the very last one in this style.  :)

Now on to the technical stuff.

My #1 go-to is a Canon 5D Mark II.  Ohhh, how I love this camera.  I shot on a Rebel XTi for years and it was great, but if you’re happy with your crop sensor, never go to full-frame or you’ll never go back.  (We still have our Rebel for back-up, and we also have a 7D that Ryan uses for video.)

My favorite lens is a Canon 50mm f/1.4.  Absolutely gorgeous, and nice and small for easy toting.  The one downside is that you have to be far enough away from your subject – no “across the dinner table” shots with this guy…

…and for that reason, my second choice is our Canon 24-70mm f/2.8.  It takes great pictures and is perfect for getting wide and close-up shots without having to move.  It’s obviously a much more versatile lens, but let me tell you in case the picture doesn’t – it’s a hoss.  I get a bruise in the same spot on my hip whenever I carry my camera around with this dude attached to it.  But y’all know it’s worth it to me!

I love shooting outdoors in the natural light.  I am always so, so much happier with those pictures.  However, there are some situations in which I can’t avoid the need for artificial light, much to my chagrin.  We have a Canon Speedlite 270EX.  (We’re not brand loyal or anything.)

If you are thinking about getting an external flash, I would advise that you invest in one that can turn any which way – you could reflect light off of the ceiling, a wall, a bounce card, etc.  Ours can only rotate up and down, which is fine with me because I seldom use it and I can always rotate my camera if need be.  If I have to use a flash (sigh ;)), I am happy with this one.

And there you have it – my most frequently used equipment.  Thanks for stopping by!

All camera, lens, flash photos: stock images.

My Christmas: 2010

Hello, all, and welcome to 2011!  Let’s hope it’s filled with good changes and plenty of adventure!

I wanted to give you all a look into my Christmas.  It was filled with family, laughter, food, snow, and magic.  This Christmas was wonderful, but it flew by more quickly than any Christmas has before.  That’s why I’m so glad I have photos of the small details to remember (they’re worth my family making fun of me for whipping out my phone to photograph everything)!

My grandma loves to get photos of her grandchildren each year.  Lucky for her, she no longer needs to pay a studio to take care of that for her.  I’ve always liked natural light better, anyway:)

This is my sister and her boyfriend, Josh, who spent Christmas with us!

She disapproves of his antics.

My sister and I had this “great” idea to bring my cats out into the snow and take pictures with them.  They weren’t too thrilled, but it was so cute to see them out against the white-tipped tree!

What did your Christmas look like?

Christmas in my New Home

The Christmas season is in full swing, and I thought I’d give you all a peek into my home this Christmas – perfect timing, since we just recently acquired living room furniture courtesy of my very generous in-laws! I certainly wasn’t going to show my living room with all of our movies and decorations in boxes 😉

My mantle makes me so happy. I love my animal portraits. I love my CB2 candlesticks. I love the colorful mess of melted candles in the fireplace.

Our stockings have thus far been for decoration only. One reason is that the stocking holders we have are rendered completely ineffective once anything is actually placed inside the stockings – they just fall right off of the mantle. The other reason is simple neglect. We need to get the stocking tradition started in our house!!

Here is our tree. (Kindly ignore our Guitar Hero drum set.) 😉 People seem to be all about the white lights, but I love colored. They’re just so cheerful and nostalgic for me. I’ve always loved lots of color, and I think it’s the perfect way to celebrate.
Credit goes to Buddy the Elf for the paper garland and snowflakes. He was my inspiration.
Our new entertainment center. We drove to IKEA in Atlanta and back the Sunday after Thanksgiving to get it. We even assembled it when we got back. It was a rather fun adventure :o) The vintage Christmas tree and bell decorations (on either side of the TV) are courtesy of my BFF, Josey. She’s known for finding awesome things at thrift stores and antique malls and sending them to me out of the blue. I pretty much couldn’t ask for more awesomeness in our friendship (just a little more geographical proximity).
I love my adorable felt trees from CB2 – not only are they a delight to look at, but they remind me of our wonderful trip to New York City last Thanksgiving, where I purchased them.
I made this wall art – no, it is not crooked on my wall; I just framed the photo crookedly 😉
Our new couch. I LOVE IT. The throw pillows make it, I think. The colors look so great at Christmastime and will look awesome all throughout the year. Love love love.
Someone decided he had to get into the picture and be all cute.
This is my sweet little hutch in the kitchen – all decorated for Christmas!
The gnome potholders came from Etsy. I love them so.
I picked up my mischievous Elf on the Shelf and some cute tins from a local antique store. I LOVE old Christmas decorations and knickknacks. It’s so fun to be reminded that people have been getting excited about Christmas for years and years and years.
And there you have it! :o)

A Blustery Fall Day

My friend Gloria and I are both semi-new to middle Tennessee (she more than I). We are both currently unemployed and thus have time on our hands for adventure. Today we went exploring a bit. We had a grand old time despite nearly freezing our hands off!
First she took me to a fantastic old graveyard out by where she lives.
In the afternoon, we went to a great junkyard/antique shop.
We each found some treasures and can’t wait to go exploring together again!

A Sunset Wedding

My great friends Dustin and Gloria tied the knot this past weekend in Oklahoma. They were married at my in-laws’ beautiful ranch just before sunset. I was so honored when Gloria asked me to help take pictures of her big day. I’m warning you all of the oncoming photo overload!
Look at that beautiful girl.
Gloria wore Dustin’s grandmother’s pearls.
I absolutely love this picture. She looks so hopeful for her future :o)
We had Dustin turn around so Gloria could approach him from behind and we could capture his first glimpse of his bride. Here he is patiently waiting.
The lady approaches…
I’d say he was pleased :o)

Getting married :o)

What a kiss!
Ze cake!

Bekah (or Fred, to a lot of us), the bride’s sister and maid of honor, joyfully introduces the couple at the reception. (My mother-in-law, friend Raven and I made the gourd candle holders! Eek!)

I love this! They had a table with pictures of both families, complete with cameos of the bride and groom in the middle (which I also made! Okay, okay, I’ll stop bragging; I’m just so pleased with how they turned out!)

They had guests write wedding wishes on quilt squares. Love it!

Glo and her new father-in-law. Precious.
Preparing for the sparkler sendoff!

Gloria and Dustin, thank you so much again for allowing me to play a part in your beautiful day! I’m so grateful to have you as friends and I wish you every happiness!

Oh, let’s be honest. I’m just as happy for myself since y’all live in Nashville now! 😉
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