Thursday, March 31, 2011

Grazing Beauty's

When this topic was pulled I had an idea.  The nice thing with living in the country is there are a lot of options for "not so pet" photos.  My first thought was of photographing the bull that lives down the road.  It has horns that are huge, and I'm always facinated by it whenever I drive by.  However, with a busy week and cold mornings, the bulls and I did not meet at the same time.  So on to the next option.  The house up the road from the bulls where the horses live.  I'm always envious of this house and love looking at the beautiful horses that live there.  So, after work, in my skirt and heels, I parked my car on the side of the road, tromped through some weeds and rocks and took some photos of the horses grazing.  I wish I had a higher zoom lens for times like these, but alas, I need to make due with what I have.  So here is my photo for the week.

I'm cheating

So I'm moving.  Moving north to Mt. Pleasant.  Moving out of a house and back into an apartment.  I have been living in that house for almost 5 years with a buddy of mine and over that time I have collected many things.  One of those things were a few pets.  Our first pets were turtles, but we had to set them free.  We then got lonely, so we got cats.  We adapted the cats from the Wyoming Animal Clinic, and I will tell you what, I love kittens.  We got two cats, I picked one out and so did my roommate, I named mine Chainsaw, and my roommates named his Derby.  The two cats have been best friends ever since ( I actually believe they are brothers).  Derby is a pretty cool cat, very fun and adventurous, Chainsaw on the other hand is a nuisance, he meows continuously and begs for food every time you go near his bowl.  When informed my roommate I was moving out, he paused and then asked if I were going to take Chainsaw with me cause he eats too much.  It was an easy decision to make, I can't split the team up, so Chainsaw has to stay behind.  He is currently my pet, but I move on Saturday an he is staying behind, so he will no longer be my pet.  We will visit occasionally, but he will be missed.   On a side note, it was my topic this week, and my intentions when I wrote it down was to go the zoo, didn't have the time this week, which kinda makes me sad.


This photo was taken with my iphone

Monday, March 28, 2011

Not so Pet

It was my turn to pick the topic for the week.  After dinner with Adam's family, we picked up a movie, headed back to Grit's place and I picked our topic.  So what is it?
An Animal that is not a pet
Stay tuned to see what "not so pet" photo we end up photographing.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Ripples and Waves

Like Adam, I have had a very busy week.  So my mind was not really on taking photos for the blog.  My co-worker and I were talking about the blog and she said she had this really cool bowl I could photograph if I wanted.  I had to promise her that if I didn't like it I would still take photos of it and not tell her I didn't like it.  But, when she brought it in I thought it was such a cool bowl.  But I found it very difficult to photograph a bowl in a cool abstract way while still being able to tell it was a bowl.  I took some shots and this is what we've got. 

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Bowl full of Bowl

It has been a busy week, for those who haven't heard I have accepted a job at Central Michigan and are busy closing one chapter of my life and preparing for opening a new one.  With that said, my mind hasn't been as focused as usual on this blog.  I did set aside some time the other morning to taking a photo.  I was thinking of doing something with bowling, but thought that would be cheating cause the topic was missing the 'ing".  Then it hit me, I had this idea-find a bowl that could fit a bowling ball.  Thus you have it, Bowl full of Bowl.  I like how it turned out.


Monday, March 21, 2011

Topic this week...

So big things are happening in the next few weeks, more on that to come.  But for the time being it is time to update all our many fans.  This weeks topic is...hopefully you're sitting down....wait for it....BOWL.  Yes people, BOWL.  Come back later this week to find out how Erica and I accomplish this one.


Thursday, March 17, 2011

If Only....

This week was hard for me.  I don't know if it was because I was busy all week, or if I just didn't love the ideas I had.  Bare in mind, I was the one who put "SPOILED" in the hat, so I should have had an idea in my head right?  My first thought was of my dogs.  I think the hard part of this was that I felt like..."I already took a photo of 'my dog', I feel uncreative taking one of them again."  So I asked Chris if he would pose for me...hehe. Needless to say, that didn't go over all that great.  I thought it was funny...he just glared at me.  The dogs it is.  This morning, I walk in to my mom and dad's room, and sure enough, there they both are laying on what they seem to believe is "their bed".  It is not unexpected to go to your room in this house and find a dog sprawled out across the bed, refusing to move, so when you try to climb into bed to go to sleep you are left with a quarter of the bed while the dog has 3/4's of the bed.  If this is not "spoiled", I'm really not sure what is. 
The photos this week is of Diesel, laying on my parents bed, with, yes, his head on a pillow.  A typical morning in the life of our dogs.  If only I could have the life of a "Flier Pet" :)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


When SPOILED was pulled I knew right away what I was going to photograph...our fridge.  I'm calling this one 50/50 based on the spoiled/good ratio of the food and other items that live in our fridge.  Now please don't judge me for having spoiled food in my fridge, it just kinda happens.  It has gotten out of hand in the past few days and weeks, I'm a little scared to bend down and see what's way in the back.  All I can say is it was good timing to pull SPOILED this week, cause if I had a clean fridge I would be lost.  On a side note, I am still eating Jelly Bellies from the colorful photoshoot. 


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The hat gives us....

One of the joys doing this blog is that we don't know what the hat is going to give us.  We only know what topics we put into the hat individually and I'm not even sure I remember half of the ones I submitted.  This week Erica held out the hat and I had to reach in and grab a topic.  When the topic came out  I had to take a second look at the little slip of paper, cause it said-SPOILED-.  Now that is going to be a fun one, so check back later this week and see how the two of us accomplish a photo of the topic SPOILED.  Here's a little something to bring you back, Erica and I have very different ideas right off the bat as what SPOILED was.


Thursday, March 10, 2011

A Wish

Here is my ideal description_One of my all time favorite hobbies is skateboarding.  I got into skateboarding as a kid, started out just riding around the driveway and grew into mini ramps and skate parks.  Over the years I have shredded numerous empty pools and have dropped in on some wicked awesome vert ramps.  The joy that fills my heart when it is me and my board is straight righteous, those are the times when I really feel at peace. 

That my friends is an ideal, I haven't skated in so long that I had to wipe the dust and cobwebs off the board when I started shooting it.  I figured hey it was either my 'ideal hobby', or a photo of my tripod or a computer screen that had some fantasy page pulled up. 


Making a Joyful Noise

When the hat decided "hobbies" would be our next topic for photographing I knew I wanted to do something to express my love for music.  There is not much else that I enjoy more then singing and singing praises to my heavenly Father.  So Monday morning, when the sun was so nicely shining, I took my awesome new camera lens, opened up the drapes in the "piano room" and started snapping pictures.  I had so much fun positioning the music in different spots, taking the photos at different camera angles.  It was a difficult decision on which one I liked the most to post, but I decided on this one because it has an artistic flair to it, and you see both the music and the piano the best.  I am so thankful to my heavenly Father for blessing me with talents that I can use to glorify His name.  Thank you Father!

Monday, March 7, 2011

An Expression of Enjoyment

As I sit here sipping my wine, I'm contemplating what kind of interesting things I can write to lead up to this weeks topic.  It's becoming a pretty anti-climatic event this picking of topics, but still something to look forward to.  So this is how this weeks topic was picked.  When we got back from our adventurous weekend away, I grabbed the hat at the bottom of Adam's stairs and started to shake the papers around.  Luckily Adam saw a piece of paper fall from the hat and told me "That's the one".  So I bent down, grabbed the little piece of paper that would declare our subject for the week.  What is it?  Here you go our dedicated followers:


What is our hobby that we are going to photograph?  Stay tuned!  

Friday, March 4, 2011


My passion from photography comes from this man, my father.  As I thought about a "Family" photo a photo of my father was the first to come to mind.   I have many memories of my childhood and all those memories include one thing, my dad taking pictures of us (my siblings and I) standing infront of something.  Everywhere we went dad had his camera, and we all knew we would be posed and our picture would be taken.  Disney World was suppose to be the greatest place for a child, but just think of all the photos that we had to pose for, fountains, characters, landmarks...I guess we were "capturing" memories, but all the memories I have are of getting my picture taken.   So for our "family" photo, it was time for some payback, so dad had to sit there and get his picture taken for once.  

In the end he is my dad, I look up to him, admire and respect him.  Thanks dad, for everything.



Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Furry Family

If you decide to visit our family at any point in time you will be greeted by our very protective, excited family members.  One may try to jump on your vehicle, the other will stand and bark at you.  When you get out, you will either be greeted with one of them charging towards you, or they may just stand and bark at you some more until they deem you worthy to enter.  We will try to calm them down, but this is usually an effort that is unnoticed by these members of our family.  If you haven't figured it out yet, I'm referring to our two loving dogs, Mya and Diesel.  When Adam pulled "family member" from the hat, the first thing I thought of were the dogs.  I chose this photo of Mya because it is amazing I was able to capture a good photo of her.  She is usually much more interested in what you are doing, or sitting on your lap, then staying where she is asked to so you can take a couple of photos.  I feel this photo captures the essence of Mya.  She has those sweet innocent puppy dog eyes (which sometimes she is FAR from being innocent), but you can also see the curiosity in her.  This was a fun but still difficult topic to do.  But at the end of the day, I love my special family member and am glad I could capture her in this moment.