Monthly Challenge: Friendship

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 with 1 comment

This month’s theme for the Clickin Moms challenge was displaying how I view “friendship”. I’m a sucker for kids and dogs, and since I married someone who also views dogs as part of the family, it was inevitable that our son be hooked as well :) I captured Ben with our neighbors dog, Goose, both taking a “time out” from the Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday. Nothing beats “man’s best friend” to epitomize how I view friendship.

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To view Rebecca’s (from Francis Family Fun) take on this month’s theme, follow her here

Contest – Need your vote!

Sunday, April 1, 2012 with no comments

And with that, I’ve entered my first photo contest. Even if I don’t win anything, I love these photos, and seeing my name linked with the title “photographer” actually made me smile. I entered the “landscape” category, and while the winner is determined by a panel of judges, they also have a “People’s Choice” category, where you can vote for your favorite. So if you have a minute, I’d love your vote! Click the link below to see my two photos I entered, and you get one vote per email address:

http://cherryblossom.fotodc.org/bin/Rate?searchphotographer=Carrie+Nelson&search=photographer#

You can also take a minute to scan through all of the other entries at FotoDC’s Cherry Blossoms site :) Such gorgeous, gorgeous photos!!

(Ben is 3 years 3 months 2 weeks and 4 days old)

Monthly Challenge: happiness

Sunday, April 1, 2012 with 2 comments

I never posted the photos I took from our trip to NY for President’s Day weekend, but I thought these photos that I captured while upstate definitely fit this month’s theme of how I view “happiness” :) Or rather, how BEN views happiness :) He LOVES the snow (well, he does now that he can stand and run in it without falling over), and we managed to find a bit to play with despite the warmer weather they had early like we did. His happiness is infectious, and we are so lucky to have such a happy kid. He has always been a happy baby, and not counting his typical toddler moodiness, he makes us laugh a LOT:

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Playing with his grandparents and Daddy while on vacation is definitely up there in his top things he gets super happy about ;)

See how the other ladies from ClickinMoms viewed “happiness” this month, starting with Jessica from “She’s Not Tall, She’s Clever”

(Ben is 3 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days old)

Project 52: Week 13

Friday, March 30, 2012 with no comments

I knew this week would be tough, for getting this week’s theme of “catchlights”, having eye contact usually helps. Catchlights are the lights that you “catch” in the eyes of your subject. And Ben is still pretty anti-camera, so I had to settle for capturing them while he was distracted ;) He’s growing up so fast!

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week 13: catchlights

I’m still hanging in there with the “52 week challenge” and I actually LOVE challenging myself to do something new each week. Next year, even if I don’t do a “challenge” I’ll still aim for finding different subjects each week!

(Ben is 3 years 3 months 2 weeks and 1 day old)

Project 52: Week 12

Sunday, March 25, 2012 with no comments

I’ve been brainstorming all week for this week’s “white” theme… and then I decided to try and capture it during my trek down to the cherry blossoms this morning. Even though it called for rain all week, I kept hoping that miraculously I’d get a few dry hours in the morning. And I woke up to NO RAIN!! :) I rushed down to the Tidal Basin, and even though the rain had knocked out the majority of the trees, I still found a few blooming :)

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I’ll dedicate another post to the cherry blossom photos, I’m really REALLY happy with how they came out, murky skies and all. I have some serious lens envy now, too, after using the wide angle lens and getting such great results. I’m going to be so sad to give it back!

Happy Sunday!

(Ben is 3 years 3 months 1 week 3 days old)

Project 52: Week 11

Thursday, March 15, 2012 with no comments

It’s been in the high 70′s (even low 80′s!) this week, and with daylight savings time giving us an extra hour of daylight at night, we finally got a chance to spend some time outside :) Perfect time for this week’s “motion” theme:

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And then Ben had some fun breaking in his old sandbox and I captured some motion “outtakes”:

week eleven: motion outtakes

week eleven: motion outtakes

Really looking forward to spring! :)

(Ben is 3 years and 3 months old)

Project 52: Week 10

Sunday, March 11, 2012 with no comments

I had a fun meetup yesterday with a group of girls from ClickinMoms, and we met up at the nearby Oxon Hills Farm. I’ll post another update with all my photos from there, but this one was appropriate for this weeks “round” theme :)

week ten: round

I had a few tractor wheels, but the sun was so high and the shadows so harsh, they really didn’t come out that well. But I had fun with sun flares! I need to invest in a lens hood!

(Ben is 3 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days old)

Project 52: Week 9

Saturday, March 3, 2012 with 1 comment

This morning we were all cooped up due to the rain, but after Ben’s nap, the sun came out and we decided to venture out of the house. We hopped on metro (Ben of course LOVED the train ride!!) and decided to hop off at the Navy Yard to visit the new park. We walked down to the bridge, and I saw the perfect inspiration for this week’s theme “leading lines”. Leading lines are lines through a photograph that either draw your attention to a subject, or pull you through a photograph, or out of the image.

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And of course, a few others that I thought fit the theme :)

week nine outtakes: leading lines

week nine outtakes: leading lines

week nine outtakes: leading lines

week nine outtakes: leading lines

And believe it or not, I purposely left my main camera at home, not wanting to lug it around today, and cursed myself for not bringing it when we got to the park, and saw the beautiful sunset. So these were all taken with my iPhone! LOVE my phone! :)

(Ben is 3 years 2 months 2 weeks and 3 days old)