Friday, October 2, 2015

Pumpkin Spice Lattes and the Leaves of Many Colors

My husband lives for summers. He loves the sun and the sand and being outdoors from morning till night. Not me. I pretty much hibernate in the summers....I stay tucked away in my nice ice-cold, air conditioned house with the lights dim, barely going outside unless absolutely necessary. I know a lot of people get seasonal depression during the winter, but I'm the opposite. I LOVE autumn and winter! I love it when it gets dark at 5 in the evening. I love the ice and snow. I really believe I'd do wonderfully in Siberia. :) I also count down the days until Starbucks starts selling their Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Woot woot!
I have the last four weeks of my photo project to post today. This is a busy time of year, so the blog updates will probably be a few and far between until after the holidays. I also have a link to share for a magazine that did a blog feature on me. Just click on this link and it will take you to their site.

Thanks to Mozi Magazine for inviting me to share my work with them!

The past four themes on my photo project were: White Space, Emote, Gold, and My Favorite Season. Gold and Season were easy. White Space wasn't too bad. Emote was a mess. I do really well when the week's theme is something concrete - like a color or an object (flowers, water, etc). I have a hard time when the theme is abstract. Even in regards to art, I don't like abstract art. I like paintings that have an obvious and clear cut center of interest. I like to have things spelled out for me. 

I'll start with White Space. I knew most of the other photographers in my photo project were going to post a lot of photos that were "blown out" and I wanted to do something a little different. I thought this was rather amusing, although my children did not agree. We filled a small swimming pool with soapy water and Paige was going to play in the water...thus making the bubbles the white space. The water was too cold and she wouldn't get it, so Cole to the rescue!! So you have full disclosure, I did have to bribe him with a Minecraft ball cap he wanted. I only had him in the water for about 2 minutes since it was so cold, and then I finished shooting the bubbles once he'd gotten out. 


Okay, Emote. I couldn't think of anything that fit that definition. I took my three year old and our puppy outside and let them play together. I know, I know...abstract theme and all, I still missed the boat. 


With Gold, I knew immediately what I wanted to do. I hit up the Halloween shops and Hobby Lobby to find gold glitter paint and some gold flower stems. We painted Paige's face and hooked the stems in her hair. The sparkler was added in post-processing. This theme was two weeks ago and I still find glitter in her hair every time I'm styling it. 


And now, My Favorite Season. I love autumn and winter both equally, but for different reasons. I decided to go with an autumn theme and again, Paige was the target. :)


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