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Thank you for a beautiful 2016 holiday season!

2016 Wreath Photography
Thank you for a beautiful 2016 holiday season!

The 2016 holiday season was a tad bit chaotic. Overall, the outcome couldn’t have been better! I am thankful to have been able to spend quality time with loved ones. Also, I am thankful for all the considerate presents that I received.  Of course, I am especially grateful the gifts that I gave were very well received. I love surprising people with kindness.

New Year’s Eve was rather quiet. It was fun just the same. I had good company and a little pacific northwestern snow in between the rain.

I hope that each of you had a wonderful holiday season. I hope that you found yourself surrounded by love and comfort.

The business has been picking up a little steam. This December has had me on some pretty awesome projects!

I’m going to rock 2017. Are you with me? This is our year!

Playing with Bokeh: Christmas Lights

`Tis the season!

I’ve been spending some time playing with some Christmas lights!  My goal: To achieve some silky smooth bokeh orbs.

I experimented a bit with the placement of these lights. I began by placing them being my subject.

Our dog recently turned 9! 9 years old! I had to get some more shots of him in his older age. The dusting of gray makes him look distinguished, does it not? The Santa beard, not so much. He reluctantly indulged my ridiculous costume requests for a few milk bones.

After wrangling and bribing the dog to pose for me, I changed it up a bit. I moved the Christmas lights between the subject and the lens. Having no other available model at this hour, I then stepped into the scene. I shot tethered so that I could better review and adjust my scene as needed. No makeup and unkempt; the images came out better than expected. 🙂

Overall, the project was fun. It was fun, albeit a bit difficult to manage the orb placement while creating self-portraits. I would really like to get a patient model in my studio so I can play around with some bokeh lighting ideas. It will have to wait until after the holiday season, though. I’m already running around like a chicken with my head cut off. At least I still have time to do these lighting experiments. The practice is good.

On another note: See what overplucking your eyebrows in your youth can do! 😛 Slowly but surely they are filling in. Very slowly.