January 2014

A Peek Behind the Curtain | week 4

What to Wear | vol. 3 | winter 2014

There are certain colors that naturally photography really, really well. Red is one of those colors.

Aside from my technical reasoning in support of People Wearing Red (is there a support group?), here are a few more good ones...

Red is the color of Christmas, Valentine's Day and the Fourth of July. So let's imagine… You and your family come in wearing the outfits pictured below. I take your pictures. You hang the beautiful, oversized portrait that results right above your mantel. When you look at that picture, to your relief, it won't look dated or "too seasonal". You are wearing red but not in a "we're celebrating a holiday" type of way. (And notice, you are not all match-matchy about wearing red. That is also good.)

Anyone can wear red - child, adult, male, female. Heck, you could even dress your dog in red if you wanted. The same may not go for pink or turquoise. Fido is just not that into pink.

Red goes nicely with any neutral color - white, black, khaki, grey, brown. Oh, and denim. Red and denim are awesome together.

Red is not boring.

Red sticks out. If we have a neutral background, wearing red will make you POP! out. (In a good way, I promise!)

My last reason for wearing red? Red and white were my high school colors. Go Niles West! (Sorry, I couldn't resist.)

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A Peek Behind the Curtain | week 3

I love taking pictures of food. Ha, but not because I'm some serious foodie. 

I like capturing what I eat - will it be the same next month? Next year? In five years?

I like capturing the food's details - the colors, textures, the hot and cold of it. 

And then, sometimes, my meal happens to be the only thing that would sit still for me that day. :)

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week 3

01.13.14

I have become a lettuce snob. Over the summer I made a habit of buying lettuce - just like this - by the pound at the Tosa Farmer's Market. Seeing that it is winter in Wisconsin, I had to improvise my salad ingredients. I bought a big container of this lettuce from Costco and LOVED it. When I can't get all the way to Costco, I buy it from the grocery store but oh, wow, it's so expensive there! Knowing that I will eat it (all) and it tastes better than a regular head of green or red leaf lettuce, it makes the extra cost worth it. 

A Peek Behind the Curtain | week 2

This week. Well.

What started as a potentially "fun" snow (cold) day, ended up as two. And by the time it had "warmed up" enough to send the kids to school, let's just say they would have been waiting at the school doors whether they were welcome or not. 

And now we wrap up this confusingly short week with the most awesome weather EVER. I totally love freezing rain. NOT. Be safe, people. Whatever it is, it's not worth it. Go home and light a fire. 

 

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01.04.14

Even the kitty needs a little entertainment on a cold winter's weekend.

A Peek Behind the Curtain | week 1

When I was little, I held tightly to the belief that my school teachers were just teachers. They spent their days teaching us kids, they didn't have families or friends or hobbies and they slept on cots in secret rooms somewhere in the school.

Well, clearly, I learned that was the furthest thing from the truth. I now know that my grade school teachers were real people who had husbands and wives, children and grandchildren, joys and sorrows and beliefs and desires. They had homes. I now know my children's teachers are real people - friends, even.  (I also know that some of these teachers were/are so dedicated to their jobs that they scarcely saw their homes. But that's another subject…)

Oh, and the irony is not lost on me that when I "grew up", I became a teacher. With a life. Now I've grown up some more and become a photographer.

So why do I tell you these inner-most thoughts of my child-self?

Because there is more to me than meets your eye. Especially if you only know me as the chic with curly hair from Stories Framed Photography. On the other side of the curtain, among other things, I spend time documenting my family's life in photos. Not photos I would sell, but photos just the same. Some are beautiful. Some are just proof. I take a picture EVERY day of the year. This, 2014, will be my fourth year participating in Project 365. 

I plan to start sharing some of these pictures with you so you can see there is more to me than work. I want to offer you a peek behind the curtain, so to speak. Although, the truth is, if you know me at all, you know there is truly no curtain to peek behind. :)

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week 1

01.01.14

This project, taking a photo each and every day, has become habit. It's rote. Even if it's an iPhone picture of my feet or my cat or my steaming coffee. I can always shoot SOMEthing to show that today... happened.

This year I want to challenge myself. I want to step outside my comfort zone. I want to put a little more effort in. I want to try new things.

Today's photo is my first effort in going above and beyond (and hey, it IS the first day of the year. I have 364 more days to slack off). I had a cute picture of the kids engrossed in some game. I had a nice wide angle shot of my husband in the kitchen - with visible evidence of our messy, real kitchen. I even had a fascinating shot of a snowflake stuck to our kitchen window. But this is the image I dreamed up. It was just a matter of DOING IT.

So I did. The (minimal) effort was worth it.