Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Project 52: My Love

As I explained in this post, I am participating in Simply Modern Mom's Project 52:  Glimpse into Motherhood which is a 52 week photography project sharing motherhood through your eyes {obviously my eyes here}.  In preparation for this project and the Let's Do 52 project, I've been reading up on how to take better photos on the manual settings of my DSLR {a Canon Rebel Xsi for those interested} as well as using Picnik and some of the fabulous photo editing actions (check out some of her freebies if you want to test them out first) from Paint the Moon {for PSE}.  I'd like to try to focus on both my photography and my editing skills, so I'll give you both the edited and unedited (SOOC - straight out of camera) versions of the photo(s) each week.  Hope you enjoy and will join me!  Now onto my first Project 52 project.....

How hypocrictical of me is it to post about focusing on my photography skills then posting a picture taken with my iPhone for my first one?  Ha!  I really struggled with the decision to post my iPhone pictures, but then decided they were too sweet to pass up and really gave you a "glimpse into motherhood" more than any others I've shot this week.  And, for phone pics, they actually turned out pretty great!

Unedited - Straight from iPhone

Sunday was a particularly lovely day here in north Alabama, so I took EG out to the Botanical Gardens to get some fresh air and play.  They have a great children's garden with GIANT adirondack chairs that she loves to climb on and sit in.  As we were sitting together in one of those chairs, she wanted to take some pictures. I hadn't brought my "real" camera with me, so we just used my phone.  We took silly photos of ourselves sitting there, and some turned out pretty cute.  But, this one was my absolute favorite.  Thus, why I am sharing it with you today.  To me, it really captures the love between my daughter and me in a really personal, not staged way {if you know what I mean}.  It's hard to capture "real" photos, especially of yourself, but I think this one ended up that way.  LOVE it!

Edited using Flickr (effects used in order after basic saturation, etc. editing: Boost, Soften, Blemish Fix, Cross Process)

And, just for fun, here are some other pictures from our day at the gardens:
Edited with Flickr


Edited with Flickr

 Edited with Flickr


If you'd like to join in Project 52:  Glimpse into Motherhood simply click here:
Project 52: Glimpse Into Motherhood


  1. Looks like you have a very sweet little girl there. Lovely photo!

  2. You captured a very sweet moment. Visiting from Project 52.

  3. Love the photo edits you used, they look great! I am also trying to learn more about this whole photography thing! Thanks for the post.

  4. Thanks ladies! Loved looking at all of your pictures too :)

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