Posts Tagged ‘pictures’


Monday, September 10th, 2012

Things have gotten better since last week’s temper tantrum. I slept a bit, had some fun with my family, watched a movie with my husband (have you seen this? it made me cry – reminded me of people I love & watched die – it was a fantastic movie but sad too), spoke on the phone with my oldest friend, and spent some time thinking.

I think I was doing myself a disservice by stifling any feelings I had of anything less than complete joy and happiness.

It’s okay to be bummed out sometimes. It’s not fun but it’s okay. *Cue Whitney Houston techno beat*

My life is wonderful and I am thankful for the blessings but I’m only human. I suffer disappoints, sometimes self-inflicted, I overreact, and don’t function well with little to no sleep.

That was probably a vast understatement. Ask my husband :)

Oh well.

It happens. I’m soldiering on. This period of my life is difficult but brief. I can do this and its mostly good. It’s difficult being alone but I have my cherubs. The uncertainty will end soon. We won’t be nomads forever. At least we’re nomads in cool places. That is nice.

There’s always a bright side.

As for the blog, I’ll keep it. It’s mine. I do love to help others discover their love of photography, develop a passion to improve their skills along with me, learn what to expect from MBA life, or just plain old make people laugh. That isn’t going to change so why stop sharing?

I probably won’t.

Most of you don’t know this but I am a huge Tom Petty fan. Cue my theme song.

 Pictures always cheer my up too.


Fall is near. 

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We went on an autumn treasure hunt.


We kicked it at the playground & had fun as usual.

Thanks for reading, commenting, virtual hugging, and being there, er here.

The trouble with blogging.

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Is your words never fully disappear.

When you want to rip the pages and start over. When you want to carry on as if your blog never was.

You can’t.

It’s not that serious but people will ask for you. They’ll wonder where you’ve gone and why.

I’ve gone nowhere and I have no reason. I’m here, alone, spent, exhausted, and very tired of this lifestyle.

I’ll probably be back.


I feel like this. 

How to take nice pictures of your kids in harsh sunlight

Monday, August 20th, 2012

How many times have you heard this: “You want to take photos during the golden hour when the sun is low. You’ll get the most beautiful light then”. Awesome. Do these people have kids? I don’t know about you but the hours before the sun sets are known as dinner, bath, and batsh*t crazy toddler meltdown time. Usually. It’s not easy taking two toddlers outside to frolic in cute outfits in a meadow full of daisies shortly before bedtime and then attempting to coerce them into cooperating for a photo shoot. Good luck with that bro.

Sometimes I get lucky but usually it looks a little something like this.

How-to-Shoot-In-Harsh-Sunlight If you’re a mom who isn’t looking to win awards or have her work hanging in a fancy gallery there is nothing wrong with shooting when the sun is high and the light is harsh. If you’re like me then you spend a lot of time outdoors between the hours of 12:00 – 4:00 with your kids. They do really cute things. Of course you want to capture these moments. They’re snapshots of our lives and shouldn’t be passed up. However there’s nothing wrong with wanting to take the best shots you can. Here are some tips:

I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below. If you found it helpful please share xo

Sunset at the beach.

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Wednesday night was perfect. Warm but not too warm.The kids were happy. The beach wasn’t too crowded. We hung out, played, laughed, and smiled.

Our vacation is nearly over. My husband returns to school next Wednesday. I’m on my own for the next four months. He’ll be tied up with a bunch of classes, recruiting, school events, and travel.

I’m trying not to dread it. The kids and I will be fine but we’ll miss him. We’re a pretty tight bunch.


He’s still so tan from Indiana. I have issues with exposing him properly because I’m not used to him being so tan. Look right above his knee :)


She looks exactly like him and adores him.


This pretty much sums up life with Cameron. Add snuggling and eating nonstop and you get a whole picture. Total character.


Such a pretty day even if those stupid seagulls pooped all over the beach.




He’s 3 now so I get a lot of this. He won’t model unless there’s chocolate involved. Oh, and he says his name is Optimus Prime.


At least he isn’t transforming.



And my day, week, month, summer, year, and life were complete.

I love them more than anything.

Have a great weekend xo

Sleeping Beauty.

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

sleeping beauty

One Word

Friday, June 8th, 2012




Face Your Fears & Shoot in Manual

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Sarah is another fellow alum from the Meagan Francis writing classes I took a few months ago. She is one of the Sarahs of the popular Salt & Nectar blog. If you haven’t heard of it check it out right away. There is something for everyone and Sarah is doing big things in the blogosphere.

Her guest post is about overcoming fears of shooting in Manual mode and how I was part of her inspiration to do so. *tear* Seriously what’s better than that?

I own a Nikon D40x camera. A wonderful (and expensive) DSLR camera I owned for five (FIVE!) years before I took a single photo in manual mode.

I’m so ashamed. I can’t believe I’ve been treating my fantastic camera like a point and shoot for all this time. I took photography in college AND I got an A from a notoriously picky and difficult grader. I loved it. I took to it like a duck to water.

And then I promptly forgot everything I learned.

I made up for my handicap by buying more advanced technology and using it as a curse. But eventually I got increasingly frustrated by the pictures I wanted to take and the ones I was capable of taking.

So, how did I finally make the move?

Don’t worry. I’m not going to start talking ISO and aperature…mainly because I’m just barely beginning to understand it myself. What I am going to do is give you some tips for how I finally started learning about those words myself and finally rotated that little dial to M.

Be inspired. If I’m being honest, Veronica was a huge reason I was brave enough to try manual. I saw her gorgeous images and thought, “I want to do that!” More importantly, I was inspired by her honesty and how far she’d come in a short amount of time. It made it seem doable.

Find some great tutorials. I’m a big fan of My 3 Boybarian’s 31 Days to a Better Photo series. I know Veronica will soon be writing an ebook of her own on the subject. The web is chock-a-block full of amazing photographers who desperately want you to get in manual mode and succeed. Heck, just go on Pinterest and search “manual mode.” You’ll have a pinboard full in no time.

Buy a 50mm prime lens. I know! Everyone says it’s not about the equipment, it’s about the skill. And that is true…to an extent. But the truth is you’re going to get frustrated fast using a kit lens. A 50mm will make it so much easier and it’s not even that expensive…as lenses go anyway! I am so very, very glad I took Veronica’s advice on this.

Just do it. Of course, all these tips will get you a whole mess of nowhere if you don’t just dive in and start taking pictures manually. I can read the best photography book on the planet. Heck, I could have Me Ra Koh coaching me one on one but if I don’t hold that camera up to my eye and start trying it myself I’m never going to get anywhere. You’re pictures will look horrible…at first.

It’s not like you are learning on real film. Being scared to try something on a digital camera is about as crazy as you get. You might have to delete a hundred pictures but when you get that first perfect shot, you’ll be hooked. Promise.


~ Sarah Stewart Holland lives a big life with her husband and two boys in a tiny town in Kentucky. When not mourning the loss of The Oprah Winfrey Show or knitting, she blogs at Salt & Nectar.