Lesson in Photography | Natural Light

If you wonder why I only book portrait sessions at the beginning or end of the day – this is why. We squeezed in a visit to Grinter Farms last week between church and lunch, which was unfortunately right around noon – the worst possible time of day to take outdoor photos. Notice the sun beating down on us, the awful shadows on our faces, and the squinty eyes? The “golden hour” right before sunset or right after sunrise is the best time for natural light. I will say I’m still happy we got to visit this huge, beautiful sunflower field. Next year we’ll be sure to visit much earlier or later in the day so I can get even better photos.

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Thanks to Bobby for taking this photo.
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Our friends Brandi, Lil’ W, and Bobby

Photo of the Day: Christmas Kitty

This is the first time our cat Esme has made the blog in quite awhile. After taking some photos of Baby K with Christmas lights and putting her down for a nap, I returned to the living room to find Esme snuggled up next to the lights. Silly kitty! (Take Two of Baby K and Christmas lights is scheduled for the near future.)

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Photo of the Day: TGIF

I’ve had quite the day at work today. Luckily I have this photo from yesterday evening to make me smile. She’s definitely got the “Rhodes eyebrow!”

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Evening light streaming in the window on Baby K. As you can see, she’s in the “bubble blowing” phase.

Photo of the Day: Denver Christmas Lights

During our Thanksgiving trip to Denver last week, we went to the downtown lighting ceremony and walked around the nearby shops while admiring the Christmas lights. The Denver event is nothing like the Country Club Plaza lighting in Kansas City in terms of scale, beauty, and crowds, but I actually enjoyed the low-key evening. It was picture-perfect, don’t you think?

Photo of the Day: Rave Run

On Friday night a few of my friends participated in the Rave Run in Kansas City. The Rave Run is a 5k un-timed race through the dark, with lots of bright, flashing, neon lights; people wearing glow glasses, bracelets, and other crazy apparel; and rave music along the route. Since we weren’t racing the clock, it was fun to run alongside my husband and friends. Despite the fact that we held a conversation the entire time, we still finished in under 29 minutes, according to our watch. Obviously I couldn’t carry my Canon 60d while I ran, so my little point-and-shoot had to suffice.

An abstract shot taken while running the Rave Run

Photo of the Day: Light Project

One of the first projects in our new home was replacing our entryway light. Check out the before and after and let me know you think.

Most of our house was move-in ready, but my husband was definitely ready to get rid of this light fixture – it had to be an original. I don’t think it had ever been dusted, either.
Here is our new, modern light fixture for our entryway. It kind of reminds me of a kitchen light, but we like it. 30 years from now some young’ins will be ripping it out of the entryway in disgust.