Photography

Celina Winter Photo Session

troche Christmas Eve, web and a Wonderful Christmas” href=”http://www.justeverydayme.com/gingerbread-houses-christmas-eve-wonderful-christmas/”>I shared in this post that I got a Canon 5D classic for Christmas! I am still a little in shock that I’m the owner of such an incredible camera. Over Christmas break my sister and I went out to do a photo session- she had been wanting to do one for a long time and I wanted to try out my new camera. It’s going to take me a little while to get used to all the different buttons and such (everything’s in a different place than my old camera!). Here are a couple from my session with Celina. To see the full post, eczema go to my photography website Amilia Photography.

Isn’t she gorgeous??? I think so.

I was thinking about doing some posts with photography tips going over aperture, shutter speed, ISO, equipment, post processing, and more.

Would you be interested in learning about photography? What sorts of things woud you want me to talk about?

Have a great day! I’m enjoying my snow-day-without-snow today ;)

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Merry Christmas

I cannot believe there are only three more days until Christmas! I feel like I have so much to do, meningitis but slowly people’s presents are coming together and I will start wrapping this evening. I love giving presents :)

I also love making Christmas crafts. Here are some step by step instructions for how to make this precious little snowman ornament. All you need is some felt (2 colors), seek some thread, a little bit of stuffing, tiny piece of yarn, and sequins/buttons. I found a picture of these ornaments on Pinterest and knew that I had to make them. I’m no expert when it comes to sewing or crafting, so I just did this the best way I could see how. It was easy and turned out great :) I might make some more if I have time. I’m thinking it’d be really cute to give him a hat if I can figure out how. I hope all of you guys are having a wonderful holiday season!

Materials:

White Felt (I used less than 1/4 of a 8.5 by 11 piece of felt…it just depends on how big you make your snowman)

Colored Felt (This is just for the scarf so you don’t need much at all)

Thread (Dark Blue or Black for the eyes, Orange for the nose, and Light Blue to sew up the snowman)

Stuffing (Very little needed)

Small piece of yarn (to hang the ornament)

Extras- small buttons, sequins

Directions:

Start by cutting out two identical snowman bodies. On one of them, use the dark blue/black thread to stitch the eyes and orange thread to make the nose. The one I saw on Pinterest didn’t have a mouth, but I wanted mine to have one so I stitched on a little smile.

Next, either sew on little buttons or use some hot glue to attach sequins for the snowman’s buttons. Next, tie the yarn into a loop and then, on the body piece that doesn’t have the face on it, hot glue on the yarn towards the top of the snowman’s body.

Now it’s time to start sewing him up! Use the light blue thread to sew around the snowman’s body (making sure that the knot of the yarn is on the inside of the snowman), leaving a gap at the bottom so you can put the stuffing in. When you only have a small opening left, stuff the snowman. Then finish sewing him up.

The final thing is to add the scarf. Cut two thin pieces of felt. One of the pieces will be glued around the snowman’s neck, and the other will be the part that hangs down. That sounds confusing…it’s really not. Just look at the pictures :)

Glue that final scarf piece down and you’re done!


I hope those instructions made sense. Feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions, and I’d love to see pictures if you end up making this ornament!

For to us a child is born, allergy
 to us
 a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. – Isaiah 9:6

I hope you have a peaceful, joyful Christmas surrounded by the ones you love :)

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Christmas Frosted Sugar Cookies

I love my photography class in school. I get to use different equipment (that’s how I get to borrow that macro lens I love so much) and learn about different techniques. One thing I do NOT like, buy however, rx is using strobe lights. I just find them so annoying and restrictive! Not to mention that the ones we have in class randomly decide to not fire when you’re trying to take pictures. Talk about annoying. We are doing a project now on food photography (perfect for me!) and we had to bring in food and props to shoot and use the strobe lighting and diffusers to take the photos. Besides the irritation of the lights not cooperating, I had fun taking my Christmas-themed pictures and they turned out much better than I expected.

I have a confession to make…these are cookies made out of a mix. I know, I’m really ashamed of myself. I’ve never made cookies from a mix before but I had a 7 page essay due the next day and didn’t have time to make cookies from scratch (one of my goals is to make copy-cat Lofthouse cookies..those things are so incredible). These weren’t anything crazy spectacular but they tasted good and looked festive. I gave them to the people in Film Club with me after I shot them in Photography and they seemed to like them :)

I used the cute little snowman mug I got at Goodwill and I think he really stole the show…the cookies really couldn’t compete with him! And the newspaper background is rather random but I think it looked neat. Maybe that’s just me :)

I’m sharing this for the 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookie Exchange! While this post doesn’t really require a recipe, you can make these cookies with your kids/siblings/whoeveryouwant and just have fun decorating them. It might be a nice break from labor-intensive baking recipes.

Haha sorry for all the picture, I just thought they were fun!

For these cookies I used this:

Except I didn’t make them into the cookie pop thingies…just plain cookies :) They came out pretty tasty for a kit…if you want something easier that’s fun to decorate, I’d definitely recommend this! I bought my own sprinkles and colored frosting, but they give you colored sprinkles and white frosting in the kit. Happy baking!

And check out all the other bloggers on the cookie exchange. I can’t believe it’s week 8 already!

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La Sardina

Last week I had my first piano lesson. I was waiting for it to start so I picked up the Architectural Digest in the waiting room. I read about Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s house which was quite spectacular. Then I flipped to a part about film cameras. It showed several but one really caught my eye- it was a fisheye lomo camera. I wrote down the website and looked it up when I got home.

I was opened to the whole new world of lomography. It’s this whole community that’s devoted to film photography with lomo cameras! What is lomography? Check is out! So I was browsing the website and came across some really cute cameras that takes pretty awesome pictures. I registered for an account so I join the world of lomography and received Piggy Points. Apparently they equal money off for lomo products!

I was thinking that I might want to buy a lomo camera in the future but…impulse and common sense told me otherwise. You know the piggy points I mentioned? Well they gave me $20 off! Also, visit this site lomography is running a promo with free shipping. Ahh! So I could either buy this lovely La Sardina camera for $68 later, sildenafil when I have more money in my bank account and have thought about it more, human enhancement or I could buy it now, after having thought about it for a day but save $28!

I got this camera for $39. I was so excited! It arrived yesterday and I immediately took pictures of it. Haha. What’s so special about this camera? Well it takes lomo pictures, is small and compact, uses 35mm film, and has a super wide angle lens. It also has the ability to take multiple exposures, meaning that you can take 2 different pictures on the same frame and see what kind of crazy effect happens. Oh it also has a bulb setting and 3 different levels of flash strength.

And check it out! It’s designed to look like a sardine can. Ironic, since I hate seafood. BUT I love the ocean and the nautical colors.

I’m just going to ignore this squid thing on the back. Hehe :) So I’ve been researching film and I’m amazed at this whole world I’m missing out on. I’ve taken film photography before, with my mom’s Nikon, and worked in the dark room at my school, but I haven’t really experimented with types of film. I’ve found a type of color film that I think would be great, I just need to save up to buy some.

So here’s my cute little camera :) Just thought I’d share.

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Sing Your Heart Out

Yesterday I went to the fair’s singing competition, rehabilitation Sing Your Heart Out, because my sister was singing! She’s such an amazing singer. There were some super talented kids there. There was a grade school, middle school, and high school division. It was a rather…long night. (Hem hem for next year you should have separate nights for each division).

My sister sang Bleeding Love by Leona Lewis and just nailed it! There were a lot of other girls from her singing classes there (J. Kelley Studio) and they all did incredible. At the end of the night, the results were presented. Aaaand my sister didn’t win. But she really should have. She at least should have placed (and I’m not saying that just because I’m biased. I’m really not!). The judging was totally crazy…the high school division wasn’t judged right at all either. We were all shocked with the results. It was all very disappointing. The awards ($500 and $1000) were given out really awkwardly, too. The judges (crazy people) didn’t say anything at all, the M-C’s presented them without any sort of fanfare…I mean really! It was strange. So many of the girls were upset about the results (they had a right to be). Oh well…I guess that’s just how it goes. To make my sister feel better (for not winning) and my mom, youngest sister, and me feel better (for sitting there for 5 hours) we ate funnel cake. It was delicious!


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