Tuesday, June 30, 2009

How I Select A POTD

Selecting a photo of the day is a mixed affair. Some days as soon as I push the shutter I know, without a doubt, that I've taken THE photo. Other days I sort through photos hunting for something that feels salvageable. And on others days it is a matter of having  a really important story to tell. Something that impacts me. Something that must be remembered. On occasion the one photo is the same as the story. And quite honestly, somedays I just think...ok, that's the one because I need to sleep and tomorrow is another day with more photos!

I love the days when the photo appears instantly for me because of a story. I love the days when the photo may not be perfect but the moment is so important to remember.

Ian loves to stall. Don't all almost 4 year olds? He has two weeks of  "school" left before he gets to spend his days with us. He knows the days I am staying at home and the days I'm off to a client. He can tell as soon as he notices me getting dressed. He'll look at me and say, "why are you wearing THAT shirt?" LOL, reminds me of a similar phrase I often say to Shea as we are getting ready to go somewhere.

This morning he knew it was a stay at home day for me and a go to school day for him. So, of course, he asked for scones. And because it is summer and we had nowhere to be on time, we road our bikes to get scones on the way to school. The best part? He'd eaten two, looked at me and said, "I have one scone left! Take a picture of it!"

Ahh, my sweet child! I do love you! So we had a mini scone photo session before he headed off to school. Proof I didn't have THAT shirt on and proof that he has us exactly where he wants us!

Monday, June 29, 2009

He Calls Himself "Super Diver"

POTD 062909, originally uploaded by katrina.kennedy.

in the sprinkler, the bathtub and the wading pool! He is a super hero!

Growing UP

With the heat reaching 106 and brand new air conditioning on the fritz we needed a cool alternative! So what better than a movie? Last year we couldn't have considered it and would have just suffered through. How strange to pull up to the theatre as a family. Buy three tickets (ouch $$$) and head in.  Ian was excited to go announcing, "this is going to be so exciting" as we got out of the car. With only my iPhone for photos they are a little blurry, but I have proof of the day!

In the theatre I think he was just as excited at seeing the gigantic Transformer display as he was to see the movie. He would have gladly walked in to see Transformers if we'd let him!

As we walked into our theatre he kept asking, "where are we going?" The dark long hallway must have been a little strange! He walked right in, found a seat and then we moved three times. Too close. Not right. Too reclined thus eating a three year old bottom. It was pretty funny, the reclining seats kind of swallowed him right up! Finally we found the perfect seat and he was very pleased to move the seat up and down trying to simulate the swallowing of the prior seat. No booster for him, he was doing this big boy style!

Lots of commercials. He was a little confused by those asking when the movie was going to start. Since we don't have a television in our house the whole commercial thing is a little weird to all of us!

And then the movie started. Silly movie, I was crying within the first 10 minutes. The first time the audience laughed Ian laughed right along with them and then looked at me saying, "what's so funny?" LOL Trying to explain humor in the dark is fun! Only a few spots that scared him "just a little" with lots of movie that kept him entertained and in his seat for the entire time!

So exciting and so strange to have entered the new world of movies as a family!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

It Was His Idea

Ian is obsessed with cupcakes. And because on a whim one day we stopped at a cupcake shop he now feels he's entitled to a regular cupcake excursion. Yesterday, after waiting as patiently as an almost 4 year old can for an entire day, he finally got to get a cupcake with dad. 

Of course, that is really not what this post is about.

While photographing his cupcake, which is a requirement anytime you are going to pay over $2.00 for a baked good, he put his little index finger in the air in that funny way he does. He then announced, "I have an idea! Let's take a family picture." When I said, my arm isn't long enough with this lens, he said, "with the thingy."

Of course! The thingy! So we got out the thingy. Set the camera up and got two shots. Well worth the trouble of setting up the thingy because can this kiddo see great light or what?!

Not focusing on the things I'd change about it (and me) but just loving it for the moment captured! And the cape? Yep, as soon as the tripod came out he insisted that he needed to get his cape as well. Perhaps just memories of this day?!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Reach for the Sky

Perhaps you remember this shot from April 30th. Today I was playing in the garden and took this shot. 
Yes, that little plant is now almost 9 feet tall! It still has 3 to go. What I failed to consider in planting 16 of these in my backyard (purely to take photos of them) is that they'd be 12 feet tall! That requires a ladder...and me on it with my camera. I don't know if that is going to happen! I know there is a flower growing but am not overly excited about asking Shea to drag the ladder to the backyard every afternoon to document the progress. So today a shot from below with my 50mm lens. Knowing that I'm 5'3" that gives you an idea of its size! When the flower gets larger it will flop down and I'll be able to shoot it then! For now I'll just continue to watch it reach for the sky!

Saturday, June 20, 2009


POTD 062009 - Arrrrrr, originally uploaded by katrina.kennedy.

Today was Leo's 4th birthday party! Ian was excited about having cake and seemed simply amazed that Leo was going to be the same age Ian is turning next month!

His cake excitement was almost matched by the excitement over getting his very own pirate sword and parrot from the clown at the party!

He used my lens to see the reflection of his pirate imitation...so of course I had to snap it!


And in our garden tonight? Squash...loads of squash! Our very first meal from the garden. Yum! Now if the tomatoes would just ripen a little faster!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Simon Says...

I found a new way to get photos of Ian! So excited about this since it was so easy!

We took him to the park to play tball, run the bases and just goof. He loved it! We ran, we tagged each other, he kicked up a lot of dirt. Tball evolved into "snowball" fights which led to other three year old games that only he knew the rules to! After a quick remade version of Red Light-Green Light he asked for Simon Says. He still doesn't quite understand the rules so he just does anything you say! Pretty funny I have to admit!

The best part? I said, "Simon says lay on the ground and smile so mom can take a picture." And complied perfectly!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Would You Believe...

he really is a well behaved child? It just seems he's becoming a real boy. Today he announced his burps, got really dirty outside and followed it up with a little showing of his frozen yogurt and mochi!

On another note...it seems the purging and taking photos with greater intention is sapping me of my creative ability. I've taken fewer photos this week than I have in years. I miss it. I'm not liking anything I do snap. It is a nice feeling to be clearing up space. I just really really want my creativity back!

73 photos deleted from my hard drive today, 24 taken today

Monday, June 15, 2009

What Day Is It?

POTD 061509, originally uploaded by katrina.kennedy.

Today was Shea's first day of summer vacation which means I've now entered the "what day is today zone?" I've reminded myself more times than I'd like to admit that it was not Sunday and I'm not the one on summer vacation!

Of course having him around makes many things easier but I also get to share space with him as he crunches food in my office (I hate listening to people crunch if I'm not eating), have my routine with Ian disrupted, and have someone else in my space all day! I have space issues, can you tell? I however cannot overlook the benefit of having someone to make me breakfast (and lunch if I ask), entertain Ian, cross off items on my home to-do list, and share space with me.

It's going to be a good summer!

Purging update

Only 44 photos from the weekend. A new record low for me! Four that I love and capture the days perfectly. What more do I need?

And to make space for those 44 I deleted 129 old ones from my computer!

Friday, June 12, 2009



Photo purge step 2. In the last 10 minutes I deleted 35 photos, that's about 210mb freed up. I realized I probably have no need for 5 photos of the kitchen aid bowl with flour in it, 10 photos of the same tea pot from different angles, 15 blurry photos of Ian swinging taken in an attempt to perfect a technique, and 5 random blurry things.

I feel better. It's a new me.

What are you purging lately?

in other news

My friend Jennifer has started a fun new blog! Cheap and Cheerful

Leave a comment at Linnea's Lights for a chance to win a yummy Papaya soy candle. Beautiful site and the odds look good!

Want to doodle with flair? Check out Michelle's great class Oodles of Doodles I'm loving her instruction and will show you my doodles soon!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

"boots+3 years old+with dad"

I had the opportunity to listen to the talented photographer MeRa Koh speak today. One of her main points was to shoot with intention. Slow down. Think about your shot. Put your camera down and experience your surroundings. 

Thinking about it all day in relation to how I shoot made me wonder if I need to change something. I tend to shoot with intention. I like to see a shot before I take it. In fact most of the shots hanging in my house, the ones I truly love, I saw before I ever held my camera up. BUT, the thing I have to change is keeping all of those other shots. About a year and a half ago I
 started shooting everyday. On average about 50 shots a day, sometimes the same thing from 50 different angles!

In 50 years (here's hoping for long life) will Ian want to sort through 200 terabytes of photographs? Will it mean anything to him? Will this shot matter to him?

The 4 so so shots before and after certainly won't. Will he want 200 photos of our garden in 2009? Will this kind of fuzzy cluttered shot mean anything to him?

I can't answer that question. Today I know my photos exist as a visual journal of my life. All of the moments saved before they pass by. All of the tiny details captured so I can remember the boots he wore, the too short shorts, the Diego backpack, the red car that is leaving our driveway soon. All of those things caught. So maybe I'll delete a couple and hope that in 50 years technology has changed enough to hold 200 terabytes on something the size of a thumbnail with a really cool search feature that finds "boots+3 years old+with dad".

40 Trips Around The Sun

That's a lot of miles for one person :)

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Found Treasures

I love looking through my photos for that one particular shot and stumbling across something I'd forgotten about. And then loving it even more than the first time I saw it!

And another...

Monday, June 08, 2009

This Boy

If it wasn't for this little boy I wouldn't have
  • become a mom
  • slowed down (to speed up in other ways)
  • understood that some things are hard wired
  • become obsessed with photography
  • understood fashion from a 3 year old perspective
  • gotten over sticky fingers and runny noses
  • scrapbooked daily and met a community of amazing people
  • learned to appreciate big gooey mouth kisses
  • learned to love naps, both taking them and watching them
  • discovered the world through a little boy's eyes!

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Side To Side

There are drawbacks to living across the street from a park, but I believe they are outweighed by the benefits! Our summer events have begun! Yesterday was a concert with Music Matt.  When Ian saw them setting up he began asking to go. When he heard them doing sound check he announced, "we are missing it!"

Across the street we  went. You might remember Music Matt from last year. This time we were prepared with video camera, front grass seats, and a cleared card in the camera. Sure enough. Two songs in, his little hand shot in the air when MM asked for volunteers!

When Matt picked him, Ian ran without hesitation up on stage, introduced himself to the crowd, and waited for direction! His roll? Sing "side to side" after Music Matt sang "front to back." 

He missed his cue a few times but was bending his little knees in time with the music! Adorable! And the end? He bowed! A real, arm at his stomach, half lean forward bow!

I couldn't decide which photo captured it best, so here you get to see several! And tomorrow? Video :) I'm such a proud Mom!
(click on this one to see it LARGE...it makes me laugh!)

Still a little space in my Captured Through the Lens class.  Class starts tomorrow and I've added a weekly video to class!

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Happy Birthday Kylie!

Enjoy your day! Thanks for making me smile for 16 years!

So now I'm wondering, how did you spend your 16th birthday? Can you even remember it?!

Frame by Katie Pertiet

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Corn Maze

Ian discovered the corn makes a pretty good hiding place!


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