While I love taking photos, sometimes I get in a rut and need inspiration or I think everything feels the same so I want to try new things and learn new techniques. But where to go? Often it is Pinterest, or a new online article, or perusing the book store but there is something about magazines that call to me. I don’t know if it is the pictures or the articles or even the advertisements or the combination of all those elements together. Photography magazines have beautiful photos of landscapes, interesting people and exotic animals but they don’t necessarily talk about capturing the story of the everyday. I finally found a magazine that was meant for me – Click Magazine. Click is the perfect combination of narrative, photography techniques, use of light, inspiration and so much more. There are six issues a year and I anxiously await each one. Click Magazine is a great place to start for people looking to tell stories through photos and improve their photography skills.
Monthly Archives: April 2014
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This last week has been rough as we lost our sweet baby girl – Syberia.
Good-bye princess! I imagine her dancing among the grass chasing butterflies.
And some photos from this week….
The lone Elmo lost on the bench waiting for his home.
Harry pretending to be grouchy dad. Watch out!
We still seem to be in the rainbow loom dragon phase. Meet Thunderdrom.
Science night at school – testing the laws of physics of force and pressure with a balloon.
Hope you have a good weekend.
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week in the life
What does a week in your life look like?
For years, I have been taking one week of a year and going in depth with what a week looks like for our family, inspired by Ali Edwards. I usually take a week where I know it will be a fairly ordinary, average week (if that actually exists).
The following are examples of what I photograph and document:
- what we are eating for breakfast
- what morning hair looks like
- the drive to school
- what the pets are doing
- what each of us is working on
- what lunch looks like
- what books we are reading
- what school looks like
- what projects my child is working on at school
- what dinner looks like
- what the nighttime routine looks like
- what tv we are each watching
- what shoes we are wearing
- what hobbies/projects we are working on
- what grocery shopping looks like
- what receipts look like
- what we are buying
- what games we are playing
- favorite toys
- funny/ interesting facebook posts
- what is on our computers
- the weather
- selfie photos
- things we like
- things we are struggling with
- things that are motivating us
- sports practice
- outside the window
- gas prices
- asking questions of my family – what made you happy today? this week? what made you sad? what was your favorite part of the week? favorite moments?etc…
The list goes on and on. You will be amazed with all the parts that make up your story.
I used Ali Edward 8.5 x 11 templates for my pages. Once I created my digital pages I put them together at Adoramapix. The quality of the book is just incredible – the vibrance of colors and clarity with thick lay flat pages. This is one of my favorite photo book printers! My one and only complaint with the company having very specific page count restriction is now gone, you can choose exactly how many pages work for you (up to 76 pages). This project is so worth it!
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The final parts of our Costa Rican Adventures…..
Aren’t they cute when they sleeping?
The toucan in flight. (It is not the greatest photo technically but how neat to capture a toucan in flight).
Paddle battling before white water rafting.
Enjoying a new day at our fancy hotel in Guanacoste.
The kids had an evening to themselves and they all colored shirts. This is Harry’s version.
If you are last to arrive you must dance down the aisle to “Hakuna Matata”.
He is either singing or pontificating.
And life is excellent with a virgin pina colada nearby.
Relaxing after a long day in the sun.
Enjoying my newly created mojito (from the mojito making class).
Trying to do some last minute stocking up on all things good Costa Rican – coffee and chocolate!!!
Not really ready to go home yet.
Thanks for coming on this journey with me.
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The adventure continued near the Arenal Volcano….
We were so lucky to see the top of the volcano as we were told it is a rare sight. Ready for zip lining. Almost 2 miles of zip line. Definitely not my thing but I was very proud to have made it through. Harry was too little (weight wise) to go by himself, not that he didn’t want to.Love the heliconia – the vibrant color, the unique shape. Postcards in the town of La Fortuna. Beautiful colored sarongs enticing shoppers and giving a flavor of the town. Mosaics everywhere. Painting gourds with indigenous Maleku tribe of Costa Rica. “Capy Capy” means a warm welcome. Lots of Marco Polo playing at the pool. Sunset over the Arenal Volcano. Enjoying the natural Hidalgo Hot Springs.
More to come…..
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On to day 3 of our crazy Costa Rican Adventures by Disney…
I love butterflies and they were absolutely everywhere. Another boat cruise through the canals. Along the way we encountered this tree full of Howler Monkeys. And some close-ups of the Howler monkeys. Just amazing to see them in their natural environment. Swinging through the trees. The little one holding on is just precious. A beautiful house along the way. A rhino beetle.It actually felt soft and fuzzy. Enjoying the playground at our lunch restaurant.It is important to stay protected from the rain. There is something so beautiful about cemeteries. Time for an incredibly silly, laugh your a$$ off pineapple tour. Patrick joined in the fun. There is nothing like fresh pineapple from the field It is imperative to enjoy floofy pineapple drinks when on a pineapple tour. The photobomb trend was in full force on the trip and Harry couldn’t resist. We finally saw the elusive sloth. Enjoying the stories along the bus journey. I can’t resist a good fruit stand, the colors, the smell, the mouth-watering goodness.
And still more to come…
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And the adventure continues….
Today we started off at the airport – playing “Who can stand on one leg the longest?” Boarding our tiny airplane. Selfie with my son. View from the sky. Harry’s found object collage upon landing on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. Beautiful mosaics at the Laguna Lodge in Tortuguero. A boat trip through the canals of Tortuguero National Park. A lizard. An Emerald Basilisk. Another Emerald Basilisk. A selfie with my hubby. A monkey in the rainforest. We saw 3 different types of monkeys – Spider, Howler and Capuchin. A turtle. A family shot in the rainforest. The next Indiana Jones? A scary looking Cayman. This is probably my favorite shot of the whole trip. Do you see the tiny bugs heading for a feast? The flowers are insanely bright. Odd trash can art in Tortuguero village. Lots of colorful walls that make you smile. Costa Rican gourd art. Having a leisurely moment in the hammock back at the hotel. Drawing some tree fruit for his Field Guide. Loving all the specialty fruit drinks at dinner. Time to relax and be goofy. Dancing time with the Caribbean rhythm. And limbo time. He was so cheating. Musical chairs. And then it was down to two.A small detour to look for frogs in the garden where they only come out at night. Who can resist a frog scavenger hunt?
Good night. More to come…..
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We were lucky enough to spend spring break in Costa Rica with Adventures by Disney so I have A LOT of photos.
We had the day free in San Jose, Costa Rica so we decided to check out the kids museum (Museo del Los Ninos). Here we are trying on traditional storytelling masks. Like we don’t have enough earthquakes, let’s try an earthquake simulator. My husband as a bug. Dancing away in the disco room. Working on my flossing techniques. Harry is a little obsessed with all things teeth.Playing on a giant chess board. and of course the museum ends at the candy. A really cool art piece outside the National Museum. This building just makes me happy. The artisan market. Just being silly.
More to come……