Saturday, September 19, 2009

My wonderful neighborhood kids!

I have some pretty awesome neighbors and their kids are even cooler!  I truly enjoy spending time with my great neighbors.  We have parties, gatherings, hootenannies, and impromptu/spontaneous barbecues when our power goes out (usually once or twice a summer).  Russ and I have been living in our townhouse for over 5 years now and have had the pleasure of watching these children grow and evolve into wonderful and heart felt, caring kids.  They are rambunctious, precocious, entertaining, hilarious and engaging kids.  Here's a few pictures of the younger ones...Brandon, Lydia and Henry.  There are a total of 9 kids that belong to families that are immediately adjacent to us.




Thursday, September 17, 2009

My beautiful surroundings...

While playing with my camera, I've been taking pictures of the beautiful surroundings I find myself in everyday. My immediate surroundings that I find in my and my neighbors yards as well as the surroundings in nearby neighborhoods. Like the title of my blog...I'm finding beauty in every day. I think that by purposefully seeking out this beauty that surrounds us every minute of every day, that we can find beauty within ourselves that much easier.

So, now I want to share with you some images that I find to be beautiful in some form or another.


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

My New Camera!

I'd like to introduce you all to my new camera! The Canon Rebel XSi Digital SLR.
Here she is in all her splendor...

It is 12.2 megapixal with built-in RGB color filter, capturing high-resolution images up to 4272 x 2848. Has a 3" LCD monitor, an integrated self-cleaning sensor, multiple picture style settings, 9 point auto-focus, and much....MUCH more!
Currently I just have the one lens for it. It is a Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens with optical image stabilization.

I am IN LOVE with this camera. Below are some of the photos I got on my very first day of owning it.

More to come soon!



Well, if you have made it this far...then I am pleased! I recently bought myself a digital SLR and have been having a blast playing with it. I've been posting the pictures all over Facebook, but thought that instead of continuously plastering my photos all over Facebook, that I could streamline them into a blog.
Some of you may wonder a bit about my photography history, well here ya go. I've always (since I was very little) had a fascination with cameras, photography & art. I got my first 35mm when I was too little to truly be trusted with one and managed to take a lot of pictures of nothing. I think the first picture I ever took was of my dad's forehead and the wall behind him. I'll try and dig it out of one of my boxes to show you all later.
In high school I took two photography classes, which I loved!!! It was so great to see a photograph from start to finish...from conception to final product. It gave me an even deeper appreciation for the art of photography.
Just a couple years before my dad died, he bought me a Pentax 35mm SLR for Christmas. I CHERISHED this camera. For the first time I was able to capture things the way I never could. This just fueled the fire and my passion increased.
After my dad died, I began to lose my passion for photography along with my passion for other things. When I finally got my passion for life back, I decided to go into nursing and that took the forefront in my life for 3 years. Although I did get myself a digital camera, I never got back into photography quite the same way...until now!
Although, nursing is my career and my life passion...I've been an avid scrapbooker for several years and now I'm hoping to truly take up photography as a full on hobby!
And...I'd like to share the world from my perspective with you all.

**I'd like to make a little shout out (should they happen to read this) to the photographers that shot my wedding! I hired Jessica from JM Photography knowing that she would be able to give me the kind of shots that I would cherish forever. With my background/love for photography and was the most important element of my wedding day (aside from marrying the man I love, of course). Jessica more than delivered. She made my photography dreams come true!
Also, Laura Ivanova. She was the second shooter that assisted Jessica on my wedding day. She was a blessing to have! When I signed my contract with Jessica stating that I'd have an assistant photographer, I would never have dreamed to have somebody as amazing as Laura.
Having these two with us on our wedding day ensured that all the priceless moments were captured. I could never thank them enough.
They also helped to re-kindle my love for this art form and fueled the fire of my passion for photography once again.
So, here's a little taste of what they did for me. I'm so glad I found you Jessica!

p.s. - The quality of this slide show is definitely FAR below the quality of the actual photos