Improving Some More…

I’m breaking the second half of my Year In Photos review into two posts because I’m very afraid that this post is going to be much, much too long. Mainly because I learned a lot more about photography during the second half of the year than I what knew during the first part of the year.

If you are one of those people who think that they will never be able to take decent photos, please just look at me as your example. I am a living example who is here to tell you that if I can do it, you certainly can do it! My photography (up until last summer) was absolutely, completely awful! I still have a long way to go, but I can at least be very pleased with the progress I have made so far.

Here are a few hints for becoming a better photographer:
1) Get a decent digital SLR camera (I just have the basic, run-of-the-mill Canon Rebel XT but I am very happy with the images it takes for me)
2) Purchase Photoshop CS3 or CS4 (if you know a student or educator, you can purchase it at a hugely discounted rate)
3) Start reading blogs of photographers and/or Photoshop experts ~ really devour what they say…they will give you all the advice you need to get off to a good start. (I can provide some links if you are interested in them)
4) Really look at the way good photos are shot ~ if a photo looks beautiful to you, you should really study it and see the angle it was shot at, where the light was on the subject (I really try to always make sure my kids have some soft light in their eyes now), etc. Try to figure out why that photo appeals to you and then copy the idea with your own kids/pets/husband!
5) Practice, practice, practice…and then practice some more. That is the only way you will eventually get better.

After you do all those things, you will then probably be completely obsessed with photography and you will then end up buying lenses and other fun photography “toys” that make photography even more fun and interesting to be involved in.

And now, here is the next part of my 2008 Year In Photos “favorites”:


We spent a few days in New Jersey visiting my brother and his wife. Our day at the Jersey shore was one of my favorite days of the entire year.

A fun capture of my happy-boy, Wyatt.

Weston continued in his complete obsession with the very patient “Lifeguard Jacob” at the lake.

I directed our church’s Vacation Bible School and was the official VBS Photographer. (I didn’t let anyone else apply for the job. Ha!)


Man, I love those dimples!

And man…I love that bokeh!

One of my favorites of my nephew, Ben.

My niece, baby Jordyn kept growing and was the subject of many photo shoots.

The kids and I drove to Michigan to visit my brother, Jon.

We spent one beautiful day in a park in Michigan where we did an impromptu photo s
hoot together.

The kids headed back to school. (Yeah!)

We sat through countless soccer games.


Chelsey (one of the lifeguards from the lake) asked me to shoot her senior pictures for her. She was a natural model!

We took numerous hikes through our woods. I really miss those bright, sunny fall days.

Our friends got two puppies that Weslea fell in love with.

Chelsey’s friend, Krista, asked me to do her senior photos for her.
I took fall photos of the kids on this deserted section of our road.

We went to the pumpkin patch. One of the cousins (Craig) tagged along with us.
I took photos of my friend’s teeny-tiny baby.

We thoroughly enjoyed the stunning colors of fall.

A memorable evening was spent with my husband’s Grandma who turned 96 this year.

I began practicing my photography skills with nature.
And my little helper tagged right along with me.

To be continued tomorrow…