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Self Exploration: A Self Portrait Photography Project

23 Jan

Near the beginning of last year I joined a group called #p52radness. The aim of the group is to take a self portrait once a week. So often, particularly as mothers, we take photographs of the people we are with and the places we are while leaving ourselves out of the frame.

If I were to go back and look at our photographs from the past ten years I make an occasional appearance, usually when my Mom has been with us. Someone looking might think I was missing from my family’s life most of the time. One aim of this project, for me (each person has their own goals) is to try and be in the frame with my family more, but not just in a “selfie” kind of way.

Over the course of the year in this group I was so inspired by people’s amazing self portraits that were just capturing the beauty of themselves. This year, while I still want to make appearances in the photographs of our family photo album, I also want to explore the more artistic side of self portraits. So here goes!

Expressive hands, self portrait for #p52radness

Self portrait, Camas, Washington. Nature inspired self portrait.

I think all of these also encompass the WordPress weekly photo challenge of silence.

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Black and White 8 Week Photography Challenge: Final Week

23 Jun

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This is my final post for the 8 weeks of black and white photography I challenged myself to do. I actually enjoyed this challenge and may try and keep up with more black and white photography to continue to challenge myself.

Have a great week!

Weekly Photography Challenge: Enveloped

18 May

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These succulents have enveloped this rock in my garden. So for this week I am sharing this photograph for the WordPress photography challenge.

Have a great week! ๐Ÿ™‚

8 Week Black & White Photography Challenge: Ballerina

30 Apr Ballerina jumping, black and white photograph taken at the Portland Waterfront

Ballerina jumping, black and white photograph taken at the Portland Waterfront

Well I had hoped I would get another one of these ballerina photographs up this week and I am, but am squeaking in under the wire.

This is another photograph where the ballerina was jumping (I wish I knew the terms for the different poses and jumps), I definitely caught this jump midair. You can see my previous ballerina post here.

This photograph was taken on the east side of the Portland Waterfront near OMSI. There were some people drumming giving us background rhythm and bicyclists and runners (including Sasha Roiz from the NBC show Grimm, the girls were actually whispering to each other, wishing they could take a photo with him) passing by us with some frequency. It was a gorgeous day.

These ballerinas were just perfect subjects to photograph and the light was amazing. The thing that is great about doing a shoot like this one is the lack of pressure, which does not mean there is a lack of anxiety, and the chance to try things out and learn with out feeling like I am letting anyone down. I feel like I learn something every time I shoot, but when I do something that is new to me I grow so much more. I know that next time I photograph something like this I will change things up and that I will always have room to grow.

I had so much fun photographing these lovely young ladies and they have said they are willing to do another shoot which would be amazing. Maybe next time we can get the cast of Grimm to come pose with them. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Check out week 1 and week 2 of my black and white photography challenge, and feel free to join with me and post your own each week. I would love to see more black and white photography.

Black and White Photography Challenge: Week 2

16 Apr

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These succulents are spreading rapidly in the rocky area outside my house. I brought one little tiny one up from my mom’s garden a few years ago. They had planted themselves in her yard so I figured they should do okay in mine.

I was correct. They are a great addition to the garden, turning that area from rocks for practicality to a little show case of succulents.

I think I have also photographed these succulents every year, but I don’t think I have ever posted them in black and white before.

This year I used my phone to photograph these little plants and then used a photography editing app on my phone to make them black and white and do any adjustments to them so they would be ready for week 2 of 8 of this mini photography challenge.

I hope you will join me in the challenge, and post a link back here so I know you are and can visit your posts. ๐Ÿ™‚

Click here to see week one of the series.

Black and White Photography Challenge: Week 1

9 Apr

I have been noticing recently that I don’t do a lot of photography in black and white. I find that most of the time when I turn a photograph into black and white I like it better in color so I revert back to the color version.

I decided I need to challenge myself to choose a few photographs to share in black and white, so over the next 8 weeks I want to challenge myself and you to share one black and white photograph a week.
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Feel free to come follow along and to link back to each weekly post with your share for that week this will automatically add your post into the comments of my post. I am tagging this 8weekblackandwhite and 8weekphotochallenge so add that to your post as well.

I hope to see lots of black and white photograph in the following weeks so I can grow myself in this area. ๐Ÿ™‚

Weekly Photography Challenge: Sign

8 Oct

This last weekend was my fifth year participating in the Discover Pink walk in honor of my best friend Margaret. Here are a few photos from that walk.sign3Below you see our yearly umbrella encircled with signs.

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I want to add, the portrait of Margaret used on the umbrella and in our signs is by Becky Straub she is a great portrait photographer in Portland who also was very close with Margaret.

Weekly Photography Challenge: Relic

16 Jul

Last summer my family and I traveled to the Washington coast to Cape Disappointment. We saw relics of a military fort at Cape Disappointment Lighthouse.

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Check out the view from the end of this hike!

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We also saw some amazing and majestic trees which are relics from another time.

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Overall this was not a disappointing place. ๐Ÿ™‚

You too can join the weekly photography challenge, click the link. ๐Ÿ™‚

Weekly Photo Challenge: On the Move

13 May

Hi there. I love the photography challenge this week, it is on the move. I enjoyed photographing some flowers blowing in the wind during a hail storm. I also took photos of the hail and rain, as well as our apple tree blowing in the wind.

I enjoy the abstract quality of these photos.
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I have also included some photographs of this really exciting machine that we saw in West Linn. My kids loved watching it and my son really wanted to try it out.
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Doesn’t that look like it could be a blast?

I hope you all have a good week.

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