MY365: A Personal Project for 2014

At the end of 2013, I decided that I wanted to do my own 365 project.  For those of you who may not be familiar with this, it is quite simple.  I must take a photo every day of the year, for 365 days.  They could be photos of anything, just as long as it chronicles a part of my day.  I can use either my phone, or camera, but at least one has to be used every day.  Amazingly, this is the one thing I’ve been able to keep up with even while ill, as my cell phone or camera were never that far away.  Subjects to shoot have been challenging, as I didn’t want to have three weeks straight of photos of my cats and bird (since I did spend three weeks in bed, with them by my side).

I have loved what I’ve done so far, and I’m finding it both challenging and rewarding, and it has really pushed my boundaries as to what I envision photographing every day.  Are there quite a few of my animals – of course.  But it does get less as the weeks go by.  So, what I hope is at the end of every week, I will have a wrap up, which I will share here.  But to catch up, I’ll be posting all of January, February, and the first half of March on their own posts, just so I don’t have a ton of new posts coming in one week.

So, without any further ado, here is January!

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Missing: Photographer Running This Blog… No Wait, Here I Am!

I think I’ve done this a few times – go missing for a while, and then pop up randomly here and there.  Well, I have a great reason this time.  Far better than just being busy and losing tracking of time – I’ve been sick since Christmas of 2013.  With several different ailments – one of which knocked me down for three weeks, causing me to take time off work in order to get better.

But now that I’m starting to FINALLY feel better, I’m slowly getting back to my old routines, one of which posting here.  In my last post, I mentioned that I’m starting up a photography company – Blue House Studio.  I’m so very excited about this, and can’t wait to share the website, business cards, branding, etc.  Almost there, but taking a little longer than expected, due to the knocking down for three weeks I took.

However, I have had a chance to take some photos of absolutely adorable little house guests we currently have – another foster mom with her kittens.  Six of them! Needless to say, mum is tired, and takes any break we give her to relax on her own.  Literally takes a break.  I mean, when I’m in the room, she walks away from her babies while I entertain them, and lays in another corner of the room, just stretched out, eyes closed, enjoying the lack of kittens mauling her every chance they get.  In case you weren’t around for a previous post, I volunteer for the Burlington Humane Society, and got to foster a mom, Amber, and her two kittens last fall.

So, to end off my long absence, and much awaited return (okay, I may be the only one that it was long awaited for!), here are some photos of the new family. Oh yeah! You’ll notice a new copyright on my images – a little sneak preview at my new company, the logo as the copyright.   I’m jumping for joy at this one 🙂


My secret project with the Lightbox

Hi there!  It’s been a while since I last posted, and there’s a very good reason for that: I was on vacation with my family in the Dominican!  I’m going to put some posts up with photos I got down there.  Needless to say, it was a great trip, and I enjoyed every moment of it!

But first, I wanted to share some photos I promised in my post on the Lightbox that I made.  I can now share the reason I made it with you all; it was my five year wedding anniversary a couple weeks ago, and my gift to my husband was a giant photo grid of some of his snakes, with his company logo in the middle.  In order to do this, I had to make the lightbox, then wrangle these critters up and get them to sit still long enough for me to photograph them.  I then used Photoshop, and a lot of very useful video tutorials online to make the grid.  And guess what?! It was AWESOME!!! He loved it 🙂

Let me just say as a side note: you would think that getting a snake to sit still is an easy feat… it’s not.  Even though they are Ball Pythons, and are named as such due to the fact that they curl into a ball when they’re scared or nervous, these guys did not sit still! I guess they are used to my smell, so they weren’t nervous at all.  Actually, they weren’t camera shy in the least, and kept trying to check out the camera… probably the metering light, which they can sense due to their ability to see infrared.  But I finally got it done, and that’s what counts!  I wanted to share with you some of my favourite shots from that project.  I’ll be posting pics from my trip over the next few days.

Have a great weekend!