It's that time again. As Adam's MAMMOTH potato, and my "normal girl size" potato were cooking (for over an hour) in the oven, I ran upstairs grabbed our favorite hat and brought it to Adam. His hand disappeared into the hat. He moved the pieces of paper around, grabbed one and took it out. At his point, I'm pretty sure I heard a slight sigh come from him after he looked at the topic. So what is this weeks topic that resulted in the ever popular response, the "Adam Sigh"?
Now begins this weeks search for our most photogenic family member.
When we pulled the topic "colorful" this week I had a wonderful idea to use the box of crayons that I had and make a spiral out of crayons, I had this vision in my head how it was going to look and even how I was going to photograph it. Talking with Erica I had this other idea of using candy, i.e. Jelly Belly's. She liked the idea, but I told her she couldn't have it, unless I couldn't find my crayons. Well...I couldn't find my crayons I looked everywhere, no luck. So I went out and spent $6 on Jelly Belly's, I will be enjoying the many flavors for days and weeks to come. On a side note, what the heck happened to my crayons?
For some color means, bright, rainbow type colors. For others, colors are fall colors, or a bright colored flower on a spring day. For me, when we pulled the word "colorful", the first thing that popped into my head was MAKEUP! One of the things I love most is having a "canvas" or a face to be able to "color". So what better photo to take then a photo of some of my favorite makeup colors from my own collection. I grabbed my makeup bag, my nail polishes, a pink scraf I got in South Carolina along with some white paper. I brought in a couple bright lights, set up on the coffee table and played around with how I wanted my colorful arrangement to look. This is the final product. I really do love how this turned out. It's "My kind of Colorful".
It's Sunday evening, and for those of you following along at home this means we have another topic for this weeks photo. Because I am an impatient person, Saturday afternoon I batted my pretty eyes, looked up lovingly at Adam and said, "Can we pleeease pick our next topic?" To which he responded, "It's not Sunday yet." To which I responded, "But I just want to know. I've got this idea for one of the topics I put in the hat and I want to know if we pick it." So, because Adam loves me so much he ran upstairs, grabbed our ever popular "cat-in-the-hat" hat and held it out for me. I took a deep breath, reached my hand into the black abyss, shook those little pieces of paper around, said a prayer for the topic I wanted. My hand found a piece of paper, I pulled my hand out and opened it up for Adam to see. To my disappointment it wasn't the one I wanted, but that's the name of the game. So after much anticipation our topic for our 4th week is....
We've already tossed around some ideas, some very clever and some we'll just have to see how it turns out. So begins our colorful week of picture taking.
"Tools" can be a number of things. My original thought for a photo was actual tools in toolboxes. And I did take a few of those, but was not happy with the final product. So, while I would like to take complete credit for this photo I don't feel I can. When Adam and I pulled this topic, we talked about what our ideas were, and he suggested the tools I have at work. It was a great idea I wish I would have thought of. So thank you Adam for helping me out on this one. Above are just some of the many tools needed to adjust or repair a pair of glasses. It was fun to take my camera out at work and snap a few shots. This was one of my favorites. I wasn't sure how I felt about this "Tools" topic, but I like how it all worked out.
Pictured are just a few of the "Tools" I use, lights, camera, microphones and most importantly the edit bay. This was one of the hardest photo shoots that I have ever tried to accomplish, I snapped the shutter and reviewed the image and then had to move the mic stand an inch this way and the light stand a inch that way. It was a long process of getting everything right and along the way I learned a bit more on how to use some of my photography "Tools".
This week is going to be an interesting one. I had the chance to reach into the hat and pull out the topic, I shook the hat with vigor, reached my hand way to the bottom and pulled the piece of paper. I couldn't dare to look so I showed it to Erica, she studied it and said "I think it says tools". When see said that I knew I had written that one, (her penmanship is much better then mine). So this week we are taking pictures of TOOLS, we have talked about some ideas we had and on this we have differed widely. Check back later this week to see what we post.
Our topic this week was love. On Sunday, when we drew our next topic and I found out it was love, the first thought that went through my mind was Opa and Oma. My grandparents have been married for a very long time, and I feel that they are a wonderful testament to what love truly is. And on top of that, for those of you who may not know, my Opa is fighting a battle against cancer. We don't know what the future holds, but we do know who holds the future. Something I believe Opa lives by everyday. I wanted some photos that captured Opa and Oma as the grandparents I look up to and will remember long after they have gone to their Heavenly home. During our "photoshoot", I learned why we don't have a lot of photos with Opa...he's like a little kid. Constantly being goofy, laughing, not looking at the camera, not wanting to stay in one spot. So after many laughs, and "Ooopaa!" (from both Oma and myself), this is what I've come up with. I love you Opa and Oma and am thankful that God has blessed me with you both. This is what LOVE is to me.
Pictured is Erica (the other half of this blog) and her Opa. For those who aren't familiar with West Michigan or the Dutch, Opa roughly translates to grandpa. We spent an evening visiting with Opa and Oma and took our cameras along. We enjoyed a nice dinner and some time socializing with them, I enjoy listening to their stories and watching them interact with eachother. I had an idea in my head about what I wanted to shoot, but that didn't work out, so out of all the images I shot, I picked this one to share. I believe it captures the two of them and the LOVE they have for eachother, never too serious, and always having fun and laughing.
Last night, as Adam, Blodge, Grit and I were hanging out watching the superbowl, Adam remembered we had not picked out second topic. Blodge was a bit confused because he had not seen our blog yet. So we explained to him what we were doing. As a way of "welcome", Adam decided it would be a good idea to allow Blodge to pick our next topic. Adam ran upstairs, grabbed our fluorescent "cat-in-the-hat" hat and handed it to Blodge. We shook the hat, and shook it some more, and just for good measure, we shook it again. He reaches in, grabs a piece of paper and goes to read the topic, but WAIT! He grabbed 2! Luckily he had not looked at either of the topics and therefore randomly selected one to put back in the hat. The moment has arrived! Drum-roll please! He opens the piece of paper, and our topic is....
I'm sure the majority of you can about guess what Adam's response was...again...he was not happy. Come to find out, the problem he needs to move on from is that he has ideas for some of the topics he put into the hat. But alas, those topics have not come up yet. I believe though, once he calmed down and got whatever it is out of his system, he started warming up to our next topic.
With this we start our 2nd week of our photo journey. We can't wait to show you our interpretations of love in a photo. Stay tuned!
Fashion to me means an individual style, and my friend Mo has just that, and individual style all his own. Mo commonly wears multiple watches, I don't know why, he just does. So when it was time to think of a "fashion" photo Mo came to mind. I asked if he was interested in helping and he said "Oh Yeah". Mo was a fun model, he showed up with all his watches, a change of clothes and even a CD of music to help set the mood. We braved the weather on Wednesday night and took some "fashion" photos.
For those who know me, you know that I love clothes, accessories and anything fashion. So the fact that our first assignment for this 52 week photo blog was fashion was very exciting to me. What is fashion to you? To me, it's BIG, BOLD and BEAUTIFUL! Take a cute shirt, a fun bag, big jewelry, and sometimes an amazing hat; what do you have, FASHION! I went to Myrtle Mae's on the East Beltline and M-6 with Teresa and put together some very fun outfits. Here is my final product! I love the way these turned out and fell in love with this store all over again. But the good news is...I resisted the temptation to purchase the cute blue bag, or the big chunky necklace and even that really cute ring...a feet accomplished in and of itself. Fashion, it's a beautiful thing.