Camera Practice

While Hayden was outside playing the other day, I brought out my camera to practice a few techniques that I want to perfect.  One of them is to get the sky to look blue while using the flash to correctly expose the subject … this is something that can be hard to do without a flash b/c on a bright, sunny day, if you correctly expose the subject, the sky often looks white or very light blue.  Since Jessica’s wedding is one the beach at noon, I want to be able to correctly expose the sky and the water, while still having nice light on my subject.  This is also going to help when I take family beach pictures in June.  I also used Totally Rad actions on these to enhance the colors a bit.  Most of them are not great pictures, but some of them are cute because they are of Hayden :-)

This is another techinique I was trying which creates motion in a picture.  You zoom your lens in or  out with a slow shutter speed so it “zooms” the edges and keeps your subject relatively in focus.  I’ve seen Beebe do this at reception and it creates some cool dancing shots.

This is some of the flowers in our backyard garden that Wade planted.  We have some really pretty ones back there!

And finally, what does a 2 year old do when his mama is busy taking pictures and his daddy is messing with the garden?

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Sad news

Right after I finished shooting the 8th grade ceremony yesterday, I noticed I had a missed call from my dad.  Every time I’ve had a missed call from him in the last 2 weeks, I’ve been expecting bad news.  My grandpa has been in the hospital for a few weeks now and about 3 weeks ago, we found out he had a staph infection that the doctors couldn’t do anything about.  When we visited my grandma at the nursing home the weekend before last, he was supposed to be going back to the home, so we told her she’d see him soon.  Turns out, he never made it back.  His condition got worse and they had to put in a feeding tube.  He passed away at 3:30 in the morning on Wednesday night.

It was expected that it would happen soon, but it still makes me really sad.  I’m sad for my dad, I know its hard on him and he’s not one to show his emotions, so I know its just bottled up inside.  I think I’m a lot like my dad in that way.  I can pretty easily distract myself from thinking about sad things, so its easy to think that I’m “ok,” when I really am upset about something.  I can’t imagine what its like to lose you father, even if its expected.  I know its probably just as hard to see him deteriorate like he’s been doing over the last few months, actually the last few years.  I clearly remember my grandpa when he was active and healthy, still working at the shop, woodworking in his little shop, coming down to lunch every day and watching the news in his recliner.   I’m also really sad for my grandma.  She wasn’t able to see my grandpa before he died.  My sister and I hadn’t seen him either because my mom was worried about us going around the staph infection.  We told her he was coming back to the home, and he never did.  I hope she’ll be ok, I’m worried about what will happen to her now, all alone in the home.

Funeral arrangements haven’t been made yet, so I don’t know when it will be, but likely sometime at the end of next week.

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Nervous!

I have been completely unable to sleep the last 2 nights because all I can think about is this weekend.  First, I have an 8th Grade Graduation ceremony to shoot, Thursday morning.  That should be fairly easy, just individual pictures of each child getting their certificate, then a group picture and some candids at the reception after.  THEN, on Saturday and Sunday, I have my FIRST WEDDINGS!!!  I’ve been preparing for them for months now, tagging along with Corine and Beebe to some of their weddings and they’ve taught me so much!  I’ve got all the gear I need, plenty of SD cards and batteries, so I know that technically, I’m ready to go.  I think now, the actual excitement is starting to set in.  I’m really excited to be able to capture these weddings in my own creative way, and I’m anxious to see how it all turns out!  My Saturday wedding is in Thibodaux and is a church wedding with the reception being held at a restaurant.  Its during the day, so lighting for formals and portraits should be a breeze.  As soon as that wedding is over, we’ll be jumping in the car and heading to Pensacola, FL, where my sister’s friend Jessica will be getting married at noon on the beach.  I’m a bit nervous about the harsh midday sun combined with a white dress, but I know I can handle it.  Overall, I think both weddings will be fun and I can’t wait!

If you want to take a peek, here are the pictures I’ve taken at the weddings I went to with Corine and Beebe:

http://jamieheylphotography.com/weddings/

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