Wednesday, April 02, 2014

My new camera

My sweet husband decided that now was the right time to buy me a new camera. I have a hard time making big purchases like that, but he insisted. He said he didn’t want me to keep him from giving to me. He was right, and so kind. He’s so good to me.

I’ve been rocking all my sessions with my friend Marta’s old old backup camera with 8 megapixels since 2010. It really was time for an upgrade! After a lot of research and back and forth between the full frame Canon 6D and the 70D (which would still work with my current lenses) we went with the 70D. Its my early anniversary present.

I was so excited that we were able to make the purchase of the camera, plus the amazing 85mm lens just before my first wedding shoot of the season. It came in the mail and I was so excited to open it! Chris grabbed my phone and took a picture of me with the box, and then (without me realizing it) kept taking pictures while I opened it.

I guess you could say I was a little bit excited about my new equipment! Using these new tools I’ll be able to further my photography, learn and grow and improve in my skills. So thankful to this husband of mine.

Here is the first picture I took with my camera…my favorite ever-ready subject: Gibson.

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This lens is like butter. I can’t wait to utilize this lens in my future portrait work.

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What is one of your favorite gifts you’ve been given?
Do you have a favorite piece of equipment you work with?
Yay for good husbands!!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Lone Start Love Potion

This was the most recent production at Masquers Theater in Soap Lake. It was a hysterical comedy with lots twists and turns and surprises. Chris and I really enjoyed it and laughed so hard!

Here are some of my favorite shots from the play.

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The basic premise is that the owner of a big huge ranch in Texas dies and everyone gathers for the reading of the will. The niece inherits the ranch, but the butler, Jarvis is allowed to stay and live there for the rest of his life. Jarvis then brings out a bottle and a letter all about this formula for a love potion. The twist is that it works backwards, making the person who drinks it completely irresistible to those who smell them. The sample of the love potion gets tried out on different people throughout the play with hysterical results.

The other cool thing about this production is that I was invited to design the program for the play. I worked with my friend Holli and put together some great western elements. Here are a couple of the pages I created. So proud of how this turned out.

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I love being included in things at the theater. This was a fun one to work on. I’m going to be taking the headshots for the next play tonight, and will be doing that program too. Excited for these little jobs and the experience.

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Do you enjoy local theater?
What is your favorite play?
Do you like comedy or drama or musicals the best?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Project Life Weeks 5 and 6

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I bought a refill for my dymo label maker and decided to use that on my scripted week cards to show the dates of each week. I love that its still black and white, little enough to not loose the impact of the scripting, but does the job. I’ve since gone back and added the date range to weeks 1-4.

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So today I have weeks 5 and six to share.

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Week 5 began with a trip to visit Hannah (and baby Harper) for a new haircut and color. I really wanted to get to a platinum blonde color, and we almost got there. See my Hair Diaries post here. The first of February brought the beginning of my Life Scripted class at Studio Calico. I was invited to be a model at my friend’s CAbi party and had so much fun. Fitting into smaller size clothes and trying on tons of outfits was a blast.

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On the weekend Chris and I went to Wenatchee to celebrate our Half-aversary (just a few weeks late) and I got Chris a brand new acoustic guitar as a gift. We enjoyed steaks at Applebee’s and did a little shopping for grey boots for me. And Sunday was the Superbowl! The Seahawks won, and it was neat to watch with some real Seahawks fans. So glad we were invited to watch with Cliff and Stacey and their family.

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Here is week 6.

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February brought some snow to our little town finally. The best part of it was being able to shovel our driveway without getting winded or having to stop half-way through. I got to go for a lunch with my friend Holli and have some girl talk that we both desperately needed. And I did a ton of practicing and creating for my Life Scripted class. I am falling in love with this art form.

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Chris and I have worked together to create some great HCG recipes that we really love and enjoy eating. Its been great to share these recipes with people on my blog. Friday was our first read-through of our next play at Masquers called “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” And on the 9th I was under 190lbs!! An exciting milestone.

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There are lots more Project Life posts on the way…I’m only a week behind in creating the pages but a little more behind in sharing. Hehe. Man, I love this way of memory keeping.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Love is Louder

This Kid President…he speaks truth. So touched by this video I had to share it.

“You’re awake…you’re awesome! Live like it.”

And if you’re needing a bit of a pep talk today, he’s got you covered there too.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Transformation Tuesday

I read an amazing book recently about one woman’s journey through weight gain and loss. I saw myself in so much of what she said, but nothing hit me quite like this quote she included:

“Those who do not move, do not notice their chains.”

That was so true of who I was before we began this journey. I was “content” and “happy with myself” because I didn’t know any different. I just was, and wasn’t moving. I was stagnant in so many ways, physically and emotionally. And because I didn’t “move” I didn’t feel how tied down I was…I didn’t notice my chains.

But looking back on myself at that point from this point…oh man! I was completely a prisoner to the food I was eating and the lifestyle I was leading. Bad choices, and too large of portions, and drinking pop, and sneaking treats, and eating whole loaves of bread in a day. I didn’t see those things as holding me down…I thought that meant I was in control. But things were out of control and I was completely captive to it. I was being held by invisible chains.

And then something clicked in my head and as we started to make changes, drastic ones, I could really see and feel those chains that were holding me down. And I wanted to bust free! And so we’ve been working hard together as a couple to bust free of our chains.

In preparation for this Transformation Tuesday post Chris and I went to our favorite photography spot and recreated some pictures from when we were at our heaviest. The wind was blowing like crazy, so don’t mind my hair!

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Images on the left are from October of 2011. Images on the right are from March 16, 2014.

I am truly blown away by these pictures. Our clothes are just hanging off of us. We have really come a long way these last few months, and I think you can see it in our faces. We feel freer… we are freer! We’ve still got more work to do… weight to drop and muscle to build, but the changes we’ve made have been internal and external and monumental.

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We’re busting free of our chains!