Friday, December 28, 2012

Saw a Potential Model....

   While dropping my husband off at the bus station to head to Kansas, I spotted two young ladies walking by, not sure about how old they were but the second one was beautiful in a sweet, girly kind of way. I need to start carrying my cards with me for these kinds of situations though I don't know how she would have taken it, especially after tripping and falling in front of us. I need to figure out how to get myself out there and market for portraits with seniors and hopeful models, or even the exhibitionist types. I kind of wish I had more lady friends around that would be willing to do some modeling for me, it would make it a lot easier than trying to find one that I don't know. Jared's girlfriend might have a few, I am not sure but I do know that I don't really want to be doing a bunch of photo sessions for free, or let people start thinking that I am free or cheap.
    I really enjoy using my little man, he is so photogenic it isn't funny <3 <3 <3

Thursday, December 6, 2012

I got Scammed

   The good news is, I have a few new toys including the lens I was looking for, a flash bracket to hold my flash unit on a stand and a very good quality stand, and the wireless flash triggers. The bad news is, due to my greediness I got screwed over on the other lens. Instead of returning it and getting my $375 back, I tried to sell it on craigslist for $390 hoping to get a couple extra bucks from it. Monday a guy text me wanting it for $285, I turned him down. Tuesday morning someone text me wanting for the amount it was, but wanting to go through paypal and asked me to send the invoice. I did and instead of going through the invoice the guy sends me $495 that I cannot see until I ship the item. Like an idiot, I follow instructions from emails that were supposedly from paypal and shipped the item to Nigeria and then emailed the tracking information and copy of the receipt to the paypal email. This morning I am told that my account cannot take that large of an amount, and to tell the buyer to send another $250 to my account which would then immediately open it up. After he supposedly did that, they emailed me saying that I had to go to a Western Union Money Transfer outlet and send him the $250 that he supposedly sent me. That is when I said enough, even talking to my mom I knew I had made a huge mistake all because I was hoping to get more money than what I had paid for the lens. I also researched the number that was texting me and apparently that same number has scammed people before. 
   So the bad news is I am out a lens that I could have returned and gotten my money back, I am out the $56.28 that was for shipping it as well but I didn't lose that extra $250 that he was hoping to get out of me. Lesson learned, research phone numbers, do not agree to shipping items like this overseas unless I have the money in my account.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Just got my RF-602!!!

   I finally received my Wireless Flash Trigger, the model RF-602 and I am so excited to use it. I am still waiting on my studio lighting equipment but that is mainly because I need on of the stands for my flash, and I am also waiting on a Flash Shoe holder which will hold my flash on the stand and could also hold an umbrella (for reflecting the light). I am also excitedly waiting on my new lens, which should be on my doorstep by Wednesday. I am pretty excited with all my upgrades, I just hope I can sell the old things to make up for the money.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

New Purchases

   In just the last couple of days I have made a few purchases, I talked Cameron into buying 3 studio light set ups which they can also use when shooting music videos, I also bought a wireless remote flash trigger, the RF-602.4 GHz set up for Canon which has good reviews and I cannot wait to get it. I also purchased a Vello 3' TTL off-camera cord f/canon which I most likely will resell on ebay as I have purchased the wireless remote triggers. My biggest purchase though was made yesterday on Amazon.com. I am finally giving in and purchasing a Tamron 18-270mm lens though I am already having issues, I had purchased one on Amazon only to find out today that it is for a Nikon when I was searching for a Canon mount, so even though I've emailed the seller today it was already being prepared to ship so it might end up on my doorstep anyways, hopefully I can send it back because that costed me $380.00 and I quickly went to ebay and purchased the correct one for $469.00 and if Cameron finds out either way I am dead. I am already trying to sell my other two lenses and my old flash.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Experimenting with Low Key Lighting

  I have always been intrigued by this type of photography, but never quite sure on how or where to begin. After a bit of research yesterday, I finally decided that I would dip my lens into this interesting view of the world. Yesterday using the sunset as my only source of light and doing my best to make much of the photo dark and lighting the subject every so much, I am not too disappointed in the outcomes. Here are just a couple photos from the attempts.



 I don't really have any photos of me and my little angel so I was happy to use him with me. It was difficult with nobody behind the camera so he didn't pay a whole lot of attention. These aren't the greatest photos, but I don't plan on stopping there and hopefully I will improve on this technique and use it more.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Selling Items

  Well, almost a year after using the Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 VC for Canon at Scott and Amanda's wedding and loving it; I've decided that I want it. I am selling my 70-300mm lens and the Vivitar Flash that I never did sell after buying the new Canon Speedlite Flash. Hopefully I can get $175 out of those two, then Preston still owes me $60.00 for the crossbow he never paid me back, then Cameron said I could see the golf cart for something like $600 and keep $200 from it. That would give me $435.00, but I am hoping that I can sell the rowing machine for something like $35 and the Ab Lounge for $25 so giving me somewhere around $495.00 and I should be able to afford a used Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 lens. It is a little stressful, I am almost tempted to sell the factory lens for something like $50.00, but I don't want to end up with no lens to my camera for who knows how long it might take to sell these items. I think I will wait, see if I can see any of these, I am sure I will see the golf cart but the other items are questionable so I don't want to lose both lenses and be completely screwed....
  Tonight I will try and get photos of the Golf Cart, then get them up on Craigslist and the Classifieds. I might even post them up on Facebook, see if anyone is interested at all.

A Pretty Good Weekend

 This past weekend I finally dove into the art of Urban Photography, going to an old Slaughter Plant that was also a Concrete Plant before shutting down. It is for sale but falling apart, it didn't have any "No Trespassing" signs and Cameron was okay with me going by myself this time. I didn't do too bad for my first time, though probably would have stayed a bit longer if I had either put my hair up or if it wasn't so hot and humid after the storm. Here are a couple photos that I liked and Cameron liked as well.





Thursday, June 14, 2012

It's Been a While

  It has definitely been a while since my last post on this blog, hell it's been a while since I've picked up my camera, first time in 2 to 3 months was this past Sunday and then last night while walking my 2 month old son Dorian. I definitely do not have all the time in the world now, so I am having to focus more on my creativity than anything else. Here are a couple of the photos I've shot this week.



Not my greatest by far, but for working on the balance between this new chapter with Dorian, work, training, and my photography I would say they aren't too bad really. I am going to start taking my camera with us on our walks from now on, focus on using my eyes to find creative shots that I never normally looked for before, hopefully this new challenge will advance my skills and experience.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Photo Shoot with Jean Cross

   This last Sunday I did a short session with a friend who appears to have a dream for modeling, we have done 2 sessions now and it helps me as well. I started out in photography with the intent of sticking to just nature, but as the last couple of years have went by, things have slowly begun to broaden my interests. Nature; though I love it, take a lot of time and patience and a lot trial and error to get just one great shot - I just don't have that amount of time and patience anymore, it is very rare that I do and with a newborn on the way things are going to get tougher and crazier. I have found a fondness in photographing people, especially good looking people. Jean helps me with my communication skills - or lack of, and I help her as well. I haven't worked my camera in a long time, maybe 1 month and I had forgotten how exciting it was, this last photo shoot has brought that shutter bug back. This coming weekend we are hoping to go out and work on photos, but with the temperature promising cold I don't know how long we'll be out there and how well things will go. Here are a few photos of this last session with her.