Tuesday, March 30, 2010

I ♥ Faces Week 13: "Dramatic Black & White"

Once again I'm going back in time for a photo, but this time it's only to January. I promise that Ethan wasn't crying or even sad in this photo. He was sick and just woke up from his nap. Doesn't this photo make you want to just give the poor guy a hug?

To see more dramatic black and white photos click the link below:

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

I ♥ Faces Week 12: "Focusing on Angles"

I thought I'd join in the I Heart Faces challenge this week. Since I'm away from home and thus, my external hard drive, I had to pick a photo from my Flickr photostream. I just took this one a week or so ago and it's one of my current favorites. Grace's Ptosis is usually pretty apparent in photos taken of her looking up at me (one eye open and the other closed) but somehow both her eyes are open in this one which I love.

To see more pretty pictures featuring different angles click the link below:

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Mustache March

My husband is very proud of the mustache he grew for Mustache March with his brother. I'm not impressed. I have to say I prefer the clean shaven look and can live with the usual beard growth but the mustache by itself is not my favorite. Especially on the man I like to kiss. Since my darling husband knows my facial hair preferences he was wise enough to shave the mustache off before we attended my friend's wedding last Friday. Thank God! He did ask me to take a photo of the mustache before he shaved it off so here he is in all his mustache glory. Enjoy.

Lest you think the macho pose before is my husband's typical look I thought I'd share this outtake from our room at the bed & breakfast. Notice how he's trying to look manly and tough but he's having a hard time keeping his face straight. That's because I'm practically doubled over laughing as I took these photos. He just looks so silly trying to put on the Tough Guy persona because it's totally not his personality. Isn't he cute?

Unlike my husband my brother in law can actually grow a serious 'stache. It's quite the look. I borrowed this photo from his Facebook profile, hope you don't mind Sam!

Monday, March 15, 2010

I ♥ Faces Week 11: "Bundled Up"

This week's I Heart Faces theme is "Bundled Up" and I knew I had some photos that would work perfect for this theme. I did a little perusing through past year's winter photos and found this one from December 2008 (remember that big ice storm?) that I thought was cute. Did some different editing and here it is!

For more cute "Bundled Up" photos click on the link below:

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Playing with Logos Again

My name is Kellie and I have a problem. For the life of me I cannot seem to leave well enough alone when it comes to design. I know the logo I've been using for my photography is just fine and dandy. That it probably doesn't even really matter in this stage of the ball game but I'm not happy with it and I insist on changing it much to my husband's chagrin. Right brained people just don't understand.

Part of my problem is that I have a hard time committing to a single design style. I'm an equal opportunity design lover and have a hard time settling on just one. Why do you think I change my blog look every month? Because there's no way I'd ever be satisfied with any one design!

I've been doing a lot of wishing/dreaming/journaling etc. about what kind of photography I'd like to to do and what kind of client I would like to work for. The words that jumped out from my scribbling tend to be in the fun, lighthearted vein. I like to work with people who have a sense of humor and like to have fun. Looking around at other photographer's logos/identities I find myself more attracted to the fun and funky. At this point I don't want to rule anything out so I don't want a logo that immediately pegs me as a certain sort of photographer (i.e. one who only does babies, or weddings, or families etc).

So here's where I'm at. I tried doing two different fonts for my name and the word "photography" but it just doesn't look right. My last name and the word "photography" start and end with the same letters so they look awful similar which bugs me when they're in different fonts next to each other. I'm currently leaning towards the first one. Opinions?

I played around with different watermarks and like that I can switch the colors around so that the watermark would work for both dark and light colored photos. Here's two recent photos from my Project 365 that I used as an example.

And just for the sakes of comparison, here's a photo with my current logo watermark:

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

I think we're allergic to the Oscars

The 9th Annual Oscar Party was a success, and I promise I'll write about it later. Like, maybe next week. Why? Because a terrible plague has descended upon our house for the second year in a row following the Oscar Party. I'm starting to think we're allergic. Last year Ethan and I had the stomach bug from hell while David was out of town. Convenient. Well this year David got most of the puke clean up duty so I suppose it all evened out.

This morning when I woke the kids up to get ready for MOPS I discovered that Ethan had dried puke stuck to his face and hair and all over his sheets. Just the sort of thing I love to discover on mornings where I have to be somewhere by 8am. I was 10 minutes late due to the necessity to bathe my puke crusted 2 year old. Since Ethan was acting fine and the puking had obviously happened earlier I decided to leave Ethan at home with David and I took Grace to MOPS. I foolishly gave Ethan applesauce for breakfast which he threw up a little before I left, but I got him changed into clean clothes and left hoping for the best. Unfortunately he threw up four more times for David which required a few more clothing changes and added quite a few blankets and towels to the laundry pile. David can handle watching a sick child while he's working, but an actively puking child is a whole different ball game. So I finished up the ice breaker at MOPS, wolfed down the rest of my breakfast, grabbed Grace from her class, and headed home.

Naturally, Ethan was done puking by the time I got home, but it wasn't too long before I discovered David napping under a blanket on the office futon. Not good. Turns out David rather suddenly started feeling sick right after lunch. I've been feeling slightly under the weather for a few days, kind of that pre-cold feeling but this afternoon it's ramped up to Officially Feeling Yucky. Not nearly as bad as last year, but enough that I'm starting to worry about the trip to Denver that David and I are supposed to be making Friday morning.

If you don't see me before next week you now know why.