Monthly Archives: November 2011

Studio Portraits with Gratitude

I just want to share a few photos that I took last night at my most recent photography course! I’m so grateful that I’m able to take these courses and that one of my good friends (above) and brother-in-law (at bottom) were able to come and be models for us!

I think I’m getting a bit better with taking studio shots and more comfortable with telling people how to pose and I am incredibly thankful for that as it means that classes are considerably less stressful and I enjoy myself so much more!

One of the set ups was with a DIY ring flash (daylight balanced fluorescent lights in a ring formation bungee corded onto stands) and so it meant that you’re using a higher ISO, bigger aperture and slower shutter speeds than the usual ISO 100, 1/125s and f/5.6-11 of studio portraiture. One thing that usual studio strobes are very forgiving of is moving the camera while taking shots. Unfortunately, it took a while for me to remember that moving your camera while taking photos = shots that range from not as tack sharp as you hope to completely blurry. Oops. Body tripod training here I come. Even though that’s embarrassing, I’m thankful to have learned that while taking a course instead of while taking photos of clients!

How was your Thanksgiving? What are you thankful for?

All these shots are straight out of the camera with no editing and are my submission for this week’s Thanksgiving Themed Good to Wow: Shoot and Edit.


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SRC: One Lovely Life’s Fall Fruit Pie

Can’t decide whether you want pie or crisp? How about make both! For November’s Secret Recipe Club, I made One Lovely Life’s Fall Fruit Pie. Emily had TONS of beautiful and delicious looking recipes – it was so hard for me to choose just one to make!

Obviously I changed things a bit as I can’t eat gluten. I made an almond flour crust (that I apparently cooked too much – user error on my part!) and used a mixture of almond and brown rice flour for the topping and brown rice flour in the pie itself. I also used less sugar as my apples and pears were quite sweet and no cinnamon so that my mom could eat it.

I quite enjoyed this pie – the topping makes it especially fabulous! I thinking I would love to make it again but with an actually nice pie crust that isn’t overcooked. I really like how this pie had both apples and pears – it’s like the best of both worlds!

As per Ground Cherry’s request, here is the recipe I used for the topping:

1/3 c. cold Earth Balance Soy Free Buttery Spread
1/3 – 1/2 c. sucanat, ground into a fine powder
1/2 c. GF oatmeal
1/4 c. each of almond flour and brown rice flour
1/4 c. chopped almonds
1/4 tsp. salt

If you have some time, do go over and check out some of Emily’s recipes!

Also shared at: Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays and Gluten-Free Wednesdays.


Filed under Baking, Food, Photography

Gratefulness Edit

I hope all of you had a fabulous Thanksgiving!

I didn’t feel like doing too much for my edits, so I only did one photo. I first opened it in photoshop, cropped it, removed the post coming out from our heads, added the “Creamy Galaxy” texture on soft light blending mode, then added text and a border. You can see my original shots here and everyone else’s edits over on Ashley’s blog for this week’s Gratefulness themed Good to Wow: Shoot and Edit.


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With Gratitude

I am filled with so much gratitude towards my husband, Mr. Bean. I’m grateful that he married me, loves me and puts up with me and all my idiosyncrasies. This month, in honour of Thanksgiving, the ladies over at Newlywed Bliss are hosting a husband gratefulness challenge. I thought I’d also throw in some photos I took at Mr. Bean’s brother’s wedding in May that I don’t think I’ve shared for this week’s Gratefulness themed Good to Wow: Shoot and Edit. 🙂

Mr Bean, I am so grateful that:

    1. You waited an extra 25 minutes after my photography course tonight for me to finish up despite being super tired and needing to go home.
    2. You listen to me vent about whatever is bothering me and resist giving me advice until I ask for it. I know that’s really hard for you!
    3. You eat whatever crazy creations I have made and are willing to try everything, including some pretty weird vegetarian meals, once.
    4. You remind me to lighten up when I’m being too serious and bogged down by stuff.
    5. You work extremely hard at everything you do and you do a great job of taking care of me.
    6. You fill up the car with gas after I’ve emptied most of it because of tutoring.
    7. You find amusement in the little things, especially when I don’t.
    8. You dress up for me even though you’d really rather not.
    9. You are so patient with me in everything even though you’re probably wanting to pull your hair out from frustration.
    10. You encourage me to do the things I am afraid of and to believe in myself more.

And because you’re awesome, here are two reasons more:

11. You tell me I’m beautiful when I feel ugly.
12. You put up with my photography craziness and let me take photos with you (especially all the self portraits here!)

What are you grateful for in your spouse/partner?

Please feel free to join in and post 10 things that you are grateful for in your spouse/partner!



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Family Edits

My edits for this week’s Family themed Good to Wow: Shoot and Edit are pretty clean edits. You can see my originals here.

If you’ve ever taken photos of a large number of people, you know that it’s sometimes difficult to get a shot with everyone looking and with their eyes open! This shoot was no exception. So, I used a similar technique to Ashley’s to ensure that everyone’s eyes were open. Instead of overlaying the two images, I selected around the eyes or facial features that I wanted to transplant and then erased until it looked seamless. Both methods definitely have their pros and cons!

Before 1

Before 2

And the end result:

What is your favourite way to ensure that everyone’s eyes are open?


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