Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Macro Monday..err Wednesday! {Tampa Bay Photographer}

I know it's not Monday, but I was behind in editing and this week's Macro post is a perfect fit for today, or more specifically Halloween!

Our friends invited us over this past Sunday for dinner and and evening of pumpkin carving.  We always have so much fun when we visit - and our kids, um, teenagers are pretty much the same age so of course we said yes!  I've honestly only ever carved a pumpkin maybe twice in my life.  It's not that I didn't want to, just always seemed like there wasn't enough time.  And yes, that makes me sad to say that because, this was so much fun and just a great time to spend together as a family and as friends.  I can't help but think about the good times that we missed.  BUT, instead of half empty, going to go with half full and think of the good times to come with our new tradition!

Alright!  First things first...cut an opening at the top of the pumpkin around the stem (not to be confused  as handle.  Don't pick up a pumpkin by the stem because it could break and you will have splattered pumpkin on the ground!)  Make sure you make the opening big enough to get your hand inside and scoop out all the inside!

Make sure you keep the seeds because after they are washed and prepared, you can roast them.  Delicious!

Nice empty center!  We're ready for the design!

You can freehand your drawing like my husband and Gary did, or...

You can print out a stencil and transfer the marking to the pumpkin using a push pin to mark the line or a rolling push pin of sorts to do the same thing.

Cut out your design!  You can use a regular knife or a little cutter like in the top photo.

I should mention that when you are cutting out the top, be sure and cut at an angle so the top will rest back on the pumpkin like a lid.  If not, it will fall right through and you'll end up with a pumpkin that looks like this!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

M Family Sneak - {Tampa Bay Family Photographer}

Just a sneak peek at one of the photos from the M family session last week!  They were so much fun and I just love shooting at Philippe Park.  A lot of gorgeous and varied backdrops in one place!

More to come from the M family soon!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Erin's Bat Mitzvah - {Tampa Bay Bat Mitzvah Photographer}

I was so happy to be a part of Erin's Bat Mitzvah celebration the weekend before last.  I'm finishing up the party images, but in the meantime wanted to share a couple from the Synagogue  You did a great job Erin!  Congratulations!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Macro Monday - {Tampa Bay Photographer}

Cicadas - Tim McGraw mentions them in his song "Southern Voice", they have also been an inspiration to Native American flute maker Coyote Oldman and many people mistake them to be locust, when in fact they are related to leafhoppers!  You can read more about these buggers here.

Eric fished one out of our pool, still alive, and set him on the patio furniture to dry.  I have to say I don't know that I would have been so accommodating!  I'm pretty sure he would have been flung into the yard with a screech.   With that said, I couldn't resist getting an up close look.  Thankfully he just sat there!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Layflat Press Book! - {Tampa Bay Photographer}

So, you had a great session and love all your images!  That's great!  Now what??  Prints wonderful!  Album good too!

But what about a custom layflat press book created just for you?  It's a great way to display your images and can also make a wonderful gift at a cost more economical than custom albums.

Layflat press books come with your choice of smooth, smooth w/gloss and pearl press paper, a variety of leather covers or a custom cover option.

While I love how the smooth w/gloss paper color pops, I have to say that I really love the pearl paper for the right kind of event, say a layflat book for a baptism!    Below are pictures of the book custom created for Spencer's baptism this summer.  The baby blue leather cover is the perfect compliment to the event and the color theme of the book.

If you have a session booked or are thinking of booking one, let me show you samples so you can see for yourself!

Gold or Silver foil lettering available on the front.

You can choose from round or square corners.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Macro Monday - {Tampa Bay Photographer}

When traveling to a region different than the one you normally live in, it can be so amazing to see the different types of plants and flowers native to that area.  Today's Macro Monday images are flowers from my family's trip to Montana's Glacier National Park and Yellowstone.   It's such a beautiful part of the country and so completely different than here in Florida (no less beautiful, just different).