19 December 2011

Santa Hats and Christmas Tree Bokeh!

We've had such a fun busy holiday season that I have been behind on posting all the events we've taken part in!  Perhaps I'll do a collage and post all the highlights at the end of December!  Some of them include our town tree lighting ceremony, A ride on The Polar Express, a visit with Santa at the mall, our neighborhood Christmas party including a horse drawn sleigh ride, and this morning we had hot chocolate with Mrs Claus at The Botanic Gardens and saw the Wonderland Express (train exhibit).

Yesterday the girls had fun with these santa hats I bought them!  And I just happened to position them  with some fun Christmas books right in front of the tree! ;) 


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13 December 2011

I Am A Photographer Campaign

Clickinmoms has a new project underway called "I Am A Photographer" campaign.  They are asking their members to join together to celebrate and empower the women who do it all.  Photographers, moms, teachers, nurses, artists, etc..

To participate you needed to submit a photo of yourself holding a sign that completes this sentence "I Am A..." The word has to be a noun and they asked you not to use the word mom or photographer. They wanted us to think beyond that.

They will choose the winners in January and each photo submitted Clickinmoms will donate $1 to RAINN- the nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization.  They have not told us how the winning photos will be used. I'm guessing a book and proceeds of the book go to RAINN. Just a guess, though!

As a woman and mom of two young girls violence against women really hits home for me.  I would love to get more involved in this charity or an anti violence against women charity someday soon.

Until then... Here is my submission.  I Am A Voice.

When I thought about using this word I thought about my years as a teacher and how I was and still am a voice for early childhood education and education reform in general. I thought about how I am a voice for my two young daughters as their mom and protector.  I thought about how I am a voice in my education blog and my personal blog (this blog).  I thought about how I'm a voice as a photographer through my photos, it's a voice of the beauty I see in the everyday moments. I also thought about the voice I can be and want to be. Like getting involved in non-profits that advocate for children and women.  Really I am a voice just sums up so much of who I am, what I stand for, and what I strive to be. 

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02 December 2011

Christmas Twinkle

There is a thread over on clickinmoms that I was super inspired by so I decided to try it myself.  It featured pictures that had Christmas light bokeh/twinkle.

Last year I struggled to get it and if I did capture it really it was by accident NOT because I knew what I was doing.

This year I gave it a go and was happily surprised with my results.  One of those photographer moments that makes all the reading and practicing worth it.  I'm still not overly happy with the composition and the focus of the pics but I got the light bokeh I wanted and was proud of that.

These were done with some white xmas lights and a white sheet draped over the back of the couch.  Part of the reason the composition and focus is off is because the space was so tight.  I wish I would have remembered to take a pic of the pull back.  On clickinmoms they had a lot of pics of the pull backs and it was so helpful. Have I mentioned how much I love clickinmoms?

The cute templates were free from www.beckyhiggins.com.



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