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Some family photos, ala carte

Last weekend was Julie’s wedding – it was fah-bu-luhs! They held it at the pear orchard where her dad lives near Hood River. Amazing venue btw, I think I may have to steal the idea … (read, I will steal the idea for next summer – mark your calendars 7-13-13)

While the professional photographer was taking her traditional shots near some large fruit boxes, Briana asked me to come over and get some family shots with her husband, Ben, and her two children.
Her son Addison’s smirk cracks me up. He did it in nearly all the shots. Scroll to the bottom to see the slideshow.

I love how these turned out!

Here’s a few of Adam and me and our puppers.

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On the fence

Although it’s been a rough couple of months, I’m eager to start making lemonade or whatever.

On the bright side, I now have a Canon 7D (quite a step up from my Rebel T3i) and some decent lenses.

I’m teaching myself Lightroom (thanks Scott Kelby) and even purchased my own personal software licence – I’m a big kid now!
I’ve still got a ways to go, and several more chapters before I finish my tour with the program – I think the next session includes blemish coverup (no thanks). You have my permission to shoot me if I ever abuse the built in filters, color selection and vignette …

I’m most familiar with Photoshop. A good metaphor would be an automatic (LR) vs. a manual transmission (PS). In Lightroom, I can get to all the same places I can with PS, but I keep reaching for the imaginary stick. Once I stop relying on my old PS habits, I’ll get there faster. The program is more efficient for what I need, especially for content editing (not every photo is meant to be seen.)

Here’s my first stab at editing my own photo completely in Lightroom, Coco kitty in our backyard.
Coco’s on the fence about my watermark, too. I hope to get something more professional soon.

In April, I’ll be attending a weekend workshop with the Rocky Mountain School of Photography with Briana.
It has all the promise of a perfect getaway: Good friend, Seattle and cameras.

Small steps, but steps none the less. Cross your fingers I’ll keep it up so I’ll continue to learn the tools that will allow me to grow as a photographer.

Top photos 2010: People

Interestingly, one subject shows up in two of my favorites, however, you can’t go wrong with babies!

Briana and Drew
Baby and bubble
Montezuma’s Castle – Arizona

Coming tomorrow: Landscape
Top Wildlife/Pets shots
Top Corvallis shots
Top Travel shots