As 2008 came to an end, I decided this was the perfect time to start fresh. I couldn't let another year pass without giving myself a great big shove towards doing what I love. So, as the new year approached, I purchased a domain name, launched a website, filed for a business license, ordered business cards, set up accounts with professional printers, worked on my portfolio and now... FINALLY... I am stepping out in the world as "Dorothy Larson Photography"!!!! I've still got lots of work to do, but it feels great to really put some time & commitment into my photography. Now I just have to earn enough to pay for all of the equipment I want!!! :)
If ya want to check it out, here's the link: http://www.dorothylarsonphotography.com/ But expect some changes daily for a while. I am still figuring out what look I want and what information I want on the site. Be patient, k?
Dewayne's footprints on the front sidewalk... he went out to his car & came back for the window scraper. :)
This is the view from our front steps out towards the street. We're angled on a corner. The street lamps were making this weird glow. Usually that's a white looking light. No idea what was making it look kind of red.
Noah's first snowball... first of many...
Just look at that innocent face. Isn't he adorable??
... and right after that sweet smile, the little snot smacked me right in the head with that stupid snowball. *sigh* Gotta love having boys!!! The camera had to go in my ski jacket pocket to keep dry because the snowball war kicked in to high gear!!
And for the record... I WON!!!!!
*note: I used Andrew's new little point-n-shoot Sony camera for today's photos. Much easier to play in the snow with a teeny tiny camera!
surprise [ser-prahyz, suh-] -–verb (used with object)
1. to strike or occur to with a sudden feeling of wonder or astonishment, as through unexpectedness: Her beauty surprised me. 2. to come upon or discover suddenly and unexpectedly: We surprised the children raiding the cookie jar.
There was more than one photo today. :)
drastic [dras-tik] –adjective 1. acting with force or violence; violent. 2. extremely severe or extensive: a drastic tax-reduction measure.
And if you're interested... here's all the "in-between" pics too.
Today is the day. We all got up super early (4am to be exact) and had breakfast together... but I think at least 2 of the boys was eating while still asleep. ;) I took Tom to the squadron and snapped a few photos. Here he is being a goofball when I told him to strike a pose for Amy because she thinks he's hawt in that flight suit... hahahaaaaa
He departed here about 7:30am...
After seeing Amy's photo for January 13th, I really wanted to try to photograph my ring. When Tom took his ring off & put it on his dresser, I couldn't help myself. Although I have 4 months to get the photo, I snapped this one the night before he left. He can't wear it when he flies so it spends quite a bit of time on the dresser. :)
I hope you don't mind that I copied your idea Ames!!!
I wanted to photograph Tom's boots on the black background... and while I was playing with this set up, Noah decided it looked pretty fun. I got some decent shots of the boots... then Noah stepped in...
And something about his solemn expression with the boots in the blurred background just really caught my eye. I wish he was more in focus, but he would NOT be still. This was as good as it was gonna get.
Sometimes photography is all about the luck. I don't think I could have gotten this photo if I'd tried to pose him.
Noah's calendar... marking off the days till Daddy leaves in blue... then we'll mark the off the days till Daddy returns in red. :)
This is a photo of the calendar on the wall but Noah uses my Photoshop to mark the X's every day!!! :) He loooooooooves to edit the photo every day. heehee
My hubby is getting ready to deploy again. He spent the day getting some of his things ready to pack... including his uniforms... the brown ones. Makes it very real.
real [ree-uhl, reel] -adjective. 1. true; not merely ostensible, nominal, or apparent: the real reason for an act. 2. existing or occurring as fact; actual rather than imaginary, ideal, or fictitious: a story taken from real life. 3. being an actual thing; having objective existence; not imaginary: The events you will see in the film are real and not just made up. 4. being actually such; not merely so-called: a real victory.
ball [bawl] -noun. 1. a spherical or approximately spherical body or shape; sphere: He rolled the piece of paper into a ball. 2. a round or roundish body, of various sizes and materials, either hollow or solid, for use in games, as baseball, football, tennis, or golf. 3. a game played with a ball, esp. baseball: The boys are out playing ball.
build [bild] -verb. 1. to construct (esp. something complex) by assembling and joining parts or materials: to build a house. 2. to establish, increase, or strengthen (often fol. by up): to build a business; to build up one's hopes. 3. to mold, form, or create: to build boys into men.
owl [aul] -noun 1. a type of bird that flies at night and feeds on small birds and animals.
This is my owl shirt! Everytime I wear it I think of Monica!!! It's a really comfy, stretchy thermal material with a felt leaf near the bottom hem. I need to find a long sleeved shirt that I can wear under it while it's cold!
And even if I had make-up on, I still wouldn't have taken a full self-portrait today. :)
Technical stuff: Canon Rebel XT, 18-55mm lens, 430EX flash... f./5.6, ss 100, ISO 100, 55mm focal length, bounced flash using mirror for self-portrait.
box [boks] -noun. 1. a container, case, or receptacle, usually rectangular, of wood, metal, cardboard, etc., and often with a lid or removable cover.
ded·i·cat·ed [ded-i-key-tid] –adjective 1. wholly committed to something, as to an ideal, political cause, or personal goal: a dedicated artist.
This is a photo of a wooden C-130 model of the plane my husband deployed on last year. It's scale and very realistic. He had it made after he returned home. It sits on top of our entertainment center with a wooden F-15... the plane he worked on before he started flying on C-130's.
The "dedication" comes from my husband, Tom, serving in the United States Air Force. He loves what he does and it's obvious when he talks about it. He has such a dedication to his fellow flight crew members, his squadron, the country. I am so proud of him.
Technical stuff: Canon Rebel XT, 85mm lens, 430EX external flash... f./1.8, ss 200, ISO 100, bounced flash.
pose [pohz] -noun 1. a bodily attitude or posture: Her pose had a note of defiance in it. 2. the act or period of posing, as for a picture.
(although "cheesy" or "annoyed" would probably go a little better with his attitude today!)
Technical stuff: Canon Rebel XT, 85mm lens, external flash... f./4.0, ss 200, ISO 100, bounced flash... and one little boy that just wanted me to go away! :)
And starting today, I'm going to use one descriptive word, along with the definition, for each of my photos. This was the idea of a very talented photographer & crafter at ScrapFreak.com (thanks for the idea Chickie!!) and I hope I do it justice!
Faith [feyth] -noun. - the trust in God and in His promises as made through Christ and the Scriptures by which humans are justified or saved.
technical stuff: Canon dRebel XT camera w/ 85mm lens & 430EX flash ... manual settings: f/1.8, ss 1/200, ISO 100, bounced flash.
These are two of my boys... the oldest and the youngest... putting together a K'nex car! Dewayne has NO chance when Noah looks at him with those big eyes & asks his brother to play with him. heehee
1 down... 365 to go. :) Can't forget about Leap Year!!!
For now, I'll add one photo from a recent maternity shoot... I just love this shot. The shoes belonged to my youngest son who will be 5 in just a few days! I thought they made a great prop for a maternity shoot against the black backdrop!
Shooting info: Canon Digital Rebel XT, lens 18-55mm kit lens, 50mm focal length, ss 1/30, f/5.6, ISO 100. Minimal post-processing to crop, watermark, add frame & resize for web. No editing of actual photo image.
I love this next photo... even if it's blown out on the side of his face. It was so bright out, not much I could do to avoid it without running back in the house for more equipment. :) I'm hoping he'll humor me and recreate this shot another time... when the sun is cooperative!
All were taken with Canon dRebel XT, Sigma 30mm f/1.4 lens...
Canon dRebel XT, 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS lens
ss 40, f/5.6, ISO 800, focal length 190mm, rainy afternoon
Canon dRebel XT, 50mm f1.8 lens, ss 3200, f4.0, iso 200... taken in front of my large kitchen window with mid-day overcast sky. The background is the sky.
I also like that I can see the reflection of the trees & grass outside my window in the stem part of the glass! Just glad it didn't pick up the reflection of the contruction fence across the street!
He was watching tv while I finished dinner... yeah... he was OUT as soon as he stopped moving! I just love how he arranged the pillows so he could be REALLY comfy! heehee
Canon dRebel XT, 50mm f1.8 lens, iso 1600, ss 40, f1.8
That boy loves the slide!
I moved here just after sakura season last year... missed this amazing view by just a week or two... and I keep looking at all of the trees as I drive. They are peaceful to me. I love how the trees cover the street... a full canopy of white blooms!