Blog, Mornings, Nature

Easy like Sunday Morning…

September 18, 2016
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Good morning everyone, ☀️ I hope you have a peaceful Sunday! I’d also like to thank you for subscribing and if you haven’t subscribed — I hope you will — it makes it easier for us to stay connected but mostly because I had to figure out how to install a subscription plug-in all by myself. 😂 Whew!

Definitely will need to use the other side of my brain today for balance. 😉 A little “Sunday Sketch” offering of a beach nearby.
✍🏻 #drawnwithmytrustyipad Hahaha! I’m sorry, I couldn’t resist.

Featured, Photography, Tips

You say you don’t “see” like a photographer but you want to — maybe this will help…

September 14, 2016
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I’ve wondered how to start this conversation and, thankfully, the statement of a friend sparked one that helped me figure out how to do it —
I like that about friends.

This post is for those of you who have been snapping pics with your phone and realize you’re enjoying it or perhaps just because of all the advancements with their image taking capabilities you’re now curious and want to do more. Whatever the reason, this conversation might help you. Certainly couldn’t hurt. 😉

Friend: “I can’t get pictures like you do with your phone. I’ve tried.”

Me: What do you think is keeping you from doing that?

Friend: “I’m not an artist, like you. I don’t see the way you see things.”

I’ve heard people say this before — a lot. That “seeing” is their problem with photography. Versions of what I’ve heard over the years are: “I don’t know how to see.”
“I’ll never see like this person (or that person).” “I’m not an artist.” And so on…

Me: I think you’re putting the cart before the horse.

Friend: “How is wanting to see putting the cart before the horse? I hate it when you do this.”

Me: Hahahaha! I’m going to let that last thing go and say, “Stop trying to see and pay attention to how you feel. Pay attention to those moments
that tug at you.”

Friend: “This sounds harder than seeing.”

Me: Hahaha! Let me explain. You have a shot of your son and nephew that is awesome and you’re proud of, right?

Friend: “Yes, I love that photo of them! They were so cute trying to stack the sand fast enough — not realizing it was never going to work.”

Me: Well, when you were watching your son and nephew attempting to build that sand castle was it because of the picture you saw or was it first because of how you felt about what you were seeing?

Friend: “I think I see what you mean.”

Me: It’s like I told my son when he was first learning to drive, “Your hands will follow where your eyes are looking.” Similarly your photos will follow what you’re feeling. Just train yourself to pay attention to that and when you feel it, shoot it!

Friend: “Okay, I get it! But how do I frame it up?”

Me: You’re talking compositionally, right?

Friend: “Yes. Once I know what I want to take a picture of, how do I know how to compose it so that it doesn’t just look like a phone shot?”

Me: Actually, I do have a super easy and fun exercise to help that. 🙂

I’ll write about what I told her in my next post but, for now, pay attention to how you feel and give yourself some time to practice that. I hope it helps.

I wish you all the very best.

P.S. This little cafe in Nice, France (where I had an intimate dinner with my husband) made me feel like I was in the pages of a Hemingway novel.
Oh, Hemingway…

Coffee, Featured, Mornings

Coffee…

September 13, 2016
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It’s how adults get stuff done.

Well, that’s how I explain coffee to Yittle anyway. Hahaha!

Good morning! ☀️

Blog, Tips

Will you help me plan my space?

September 9, 2016
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Okay, not the space in this photo but this blog space. I’m very thankful that I can see you’re already coming and visiting pages here (the analytics tell me so), but I’d like to create a space that’s also helpful to you on your iPhone photography journey. A place where you might find helpful ideas on your own or where you feel comfortable asking questions. And, you can help me do that by leaving a comment or idea of what you’d like to see or what you think would be helpful to you. I am not a professional instructor or teacher but I’ve been told that I share really well and that’s what I’d like to do with you so, will you help me?

What You might be thinking: “So, you just want me to help you? Why would I do that?”

Me: Because you’re a nice person and you want to do a nice thing and I have faith in you and because if what you would like to see or know is something I can add,
I absolutely will.

You: “Well all that sounds good, I mean, I do like being a nice person and I like that you’re willing to help me in return but what if you can’t
accommodate my request?”

Me: Then you’ve tried to help me and you’re still a nice person.

You: “Are you kidding me?”

Me: Nope. So, are you in? All you have to do is leave a comment below and tell  me what you think I could do, add or change about this blog that would
be helpful to you. Easy peasy.

Oh and thank you. 🙂

Featured, Travel

Goodnight boats

September 8, 2016
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Portofino, Italy

Shot on: iPhone 6s Plus
Edited in: Adobe Aviary App

And…

Can’t wait for my (new) trusty iPhone 7  Plus! Whee!!!

Featured, Kids, Travel

Moments, Rocks, and Yittles, Oh My!

September 1, 2016
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Yittle: “But I want to lead Mommy so, you wait here.”

Me: Haha! Dear Yittle, I’m not sure that’s how it’s done.

Yittle: “What?”

Me: Leading. You can’t ask others to wait behind you. If you want to lead, you just have to lead. If it makes sense to me, I’ll follow.

Yittle: “If it doesn’t?”

Me: You might be stuck out on some dangerous rocks in the middle of the water all by yourself.

Yittle: (Long pause…) “I’ve decided to explore the rocks that are a little closer.”

Me: Right behind you! ☺️ Hahaha!

In reality, our rocks were at a beach near home but this photo illustrated it well. 😉

Have a great day everyone! 💛

Vernazza, Italy

Travel

Oh Alice…

August 7, 2016
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“No, no! The adventures first, explanations take such a dreadful time.”
– Lewis Carroll

Roman Gardens, Prague

Blog, Moments

In Case You Missed It…

August 4, 2016
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A few weeks ago I was asked to give an interview with ShutterLogic Magazine. I really enjoyed the process and sharing it with all of you and then someone suggested that I give it a permanent home here on the blog by including it as a PDF, so voila!
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If you haven’t read it yet, I hope you will. It’s best enjoyed with a cup of coffee and some nice music. 😉

Thank you ShutterLogic Magazine and Peter Fenech for being so kind to ask and for making it such a joyful process. You’re the best!