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the moody bw | wintered over | life. right now.

January 15, 2013

another long pause before i blog. we went through thanksgiving. then christmas. then new years. no posts from me. in my defense i am living life, just not enough time to share it. i lied. sometimes i do have time but choose to snuggle with my husband or fall asleep with the remote resting on chin. whoops. maybe this whole getting older thing is catching up to me? i am in my 30s…but not yet all that close to 40. yet my sweet little almost 9 year old son did boldly proclaim that i did know what i am talking about because ‘mom is almost 40!’ a backhanded compliment if i ever heard one. haha! i figured at least he thinks i know stuff right? i went with it.

i’ve decided rather than writing about what i think people want to read, i am going to write about what i want to and hope people sometimes want to read it. i can live with that. writing about i want will appeal to me so much more. this backyard bird farmer needs an outlet.

i thought i would introduce myself a little bit. it’s the start of 2013, might as well start with my intro right? i’m a mom of 4. i have a pet bearded dragon. i have a pitbull puppy. i have 18 or so chickens, 21 ducks and 2 geese. we raise them mostly for eggs but i have recently learned how to butcher my extra roosters for the table. it’s not fun, but it’s rewarding and delicious. i love food. self taught to cook and bake. still learning. i am not a vegetarian. but i adore vegetables. i love organic and clean floods. but i can make a mean tater tot casserole and will occasionally indulge in completely health challenged comfort foods. i live…but in moderation moderation moderation. i live in jeans. and birkenstocks . and slip on fuzzy boots. i collect fun socks. and old cookbooks. i like to make lists and yet struggle to stick to them. love coffee and chocolate. sometimes together.

i am an avid instagrammer. look me up at amymcmaster…see there i am! with almost 2,000 images of my everyday.

i’ve not had a lot of opportunity to use my big girl camera. but this weekend i go to. for 20 or so wonderful minutes. i thought the light and surroundings would lend to some beautiful color but once i moved into lightroom…i saw black and white. *sigh* black and white has my heart.

here are a few shares from there. i hope to blog more often. but watch out. the topics will be about me. what i am doing. a chicken drama, a favorite dish, a picture share…just what’s really going on. probably a lot of food. my latest thing is grinding my own grains and playing.

ok so back to the pics…







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belly laughs | week 2 | project 52 by evoking you | my dude

January 10, 2012

I have personally chosen to use fresh images for these. I thought ” belly laugh” how the heck to make that happen? If I would have remembered to work smarter not harder- I would have downloaded a fart app.

My kids can’t resist a good gaseous noise. BUT I instead worked harder and not smarter her. I told jokes. I got weird looks.

I danced and used funny voices. More weird looks. (admittedly all my noises have a trace of goat in them. just ask any of my kids. i can’t do noises.)

So I grabbed underwear and a skirt and sported them around on my head.

Eureka!

There. A belly laugh. From an almost 8 year old.

Seriously- that’s not an easy task. I feel like I accomplished something major that day!

6 Comments

  • Michelle · Posted January 10, 2012 at 10:01 pm · Link · Reply

    What you had to do to get this picture is inspirational to all us mom-photogs! Good job:)

  • Michelle Nichelson Photography · Posted January 10, 2012 at 10:23 pm · Link · Reply

    😀 That’s my goal for this project too. Fresh photos. :) I will be working on this sometime this week! Thanks for the laugh, this image is super adorable and a moment you’ll never forget, and that’s what makes it the best. <3 xo.

  • heidi · Posted January 11, 2012 at 4:47 am · Link · Reply

    8! I need tor resort to this for my 8 y/o!!!! Super super authentic and adorable shot. NICE. :)

  • Lily · Posted January 13, 2012 at 10:13 pm · Link · Reply

    Love it!!

  • Michelle Sauer · Posted January 14, 2012 at 6:09 pm · Link · Reply

    I always tell clients that I should hire a videographer to document what it takes to get real smiles, it is mighty hilarious! I already posted this on the forum, but I just adore this shot. It is stunning. It’s real emotion there!

  • Life with Kaishon · Posted January 20, 2012 at 5:49 am · Link · Reply

    Oh my goodness. He is so cute. What a sweetie!

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belly laughs | week 2 | project 52 by evoking you | my dude

January 10, 2012

I have personally chosen to use fresh images for these. I thought ” belly laugh” how the heck to make that happen? If I would have remembered to work smarter not harder- I would have downloaded a fart app.

My kids can’t resist a good gaseous noise. BUT I instead worked harder and not smarter her. I told jokes. I got weird looks.

I danced and used funny voices. More weird looks. (admittedly all my noises have a trace of goat in them. just ask any of my kids. i can’t do noises.)

So I grabbed underwear and a skirt and sported them around on my head.

Eureka!

There. A belly laugh. From an almost 8 year old.

Seriously- that’s not an easy task. I feel like I accomplished something major that day!

6 Comments

  • Michelle · Posted January 10, 2012 at 10:01 pm · Link · Reply

    What you had to do to get this picture is inspirational to all us mom-photogs! Good job:)

  • Michelle Nichelson Photography · Posted January 10, 2012 at 10:23 pm · Link · Reply

    😀 That’s my goal for this project too. Fresh photos. :) I will be working on this sometime this week! Thanks for the laugh, this image is super adorable and a moment you’ll never forget, and that’s what makes it the best. <3 xo.

  • heidi · Posted January 11, 2012 at 4:47 am · Link · Reply

    8! I need tor resort to this for my 8 y/o!!!! Super super authentic and adorable shot. NICE. :)

  • Lily · Posted January 13, 2012 at 10:13 pm · Link · Reply

    Love it!!

  • Michelle Sauer · Posted January 14, 2012 at 6:09 pm · Link · Reply

    I always tell clients that I should hire a videographer to document what it takes to get real smiles, it is mighty hilarious! I already posted this on the forum, but I just adore this shot. It is stunning. It’s real emotion there!

  • Life with Kaishon · Posted January 20, 2012 at 5:49 am · Link · Reply

    Oh my goodness. He is so cute. What a sweetie!

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terrific twos | sneak peek | little bits

August 24, 2011

what is this terrible two thing? yes two year olds are sassy. they are finding their voice. using their words a little. lots of tantrums.

but really it’s just a learning phase. they have so much going on inside their little heads but the mouths simply cannot keep up. they get frustrated that we can’t understand

what they are trying to say. goodness. how many times have we asked our two year olds “ummm sweetie what did you say?” and you hear “bluffin fat cappy fish” and since this was the THIRD time they’ve said it-you know good and well you have to pull the nod and ‘oh yeah’ move.

as moms, we often get pretty snazzy at translating though don’t we?

sally, “nid doos keep.” and you look at mom puzzled and she nods and says “oh she’s just asking you for some grape juice.”

aren’t you glad to have mom around to translate?? whew!

well one of my favorite things as a children’s photographer is to just get down and observe. especially with toddlers. they just want to know you are in their world. i don’t want them in mine. how boring is that? i’m already IN mine!

but following them around. seeing what makes them smile, laugh, throw me looks of puzzlements, the serious looks…and really just capturing them.

i really really enjoyed this session and not just because my star subject shares the same birthday as i do.

(but that is pretty darn cool i have to say!)

and we ended the day with some ice cream. it’s always fun to see what my toddling subject will do with theirs. some attack the top and chuck the rest. but Miss K totally went for the bottom first.

maybe she knew that’s where all the yummy chewy chocolate was hiding? mmm!

as always. i have the best time photographing little people. they are so fun- i just get pulled right in. thank you miss K and i hope you had the BEST birthday!

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princess at sunset | life. right now. | a 365 project | twenty nine

August 18, 2011

my 2 year old. soon to be 3 year old wanted to wear a pretty new hair band i bought and of course a fluffy boa. it was picking up all the prickly thistles and stickers you could imagine but she refused to take it off.

i love sunset light. it’s really my favorite kind of light. it’s soft and constantly changing.

these 3 images made me sigh. side by side. i tried a lighter black and white but the the emotion was lost without all the contrast.

not a lot of people think to look at what toddlers feet are doing- but it’s really fascinating to check out sometimes. oh and their hands. :) their hands and feet can tell us so much about how they are feeling in a moment.

these were all taken with my 50 1.4 @ f/1.8

almost at 30! my personal goal was 50 posts for a 365 project. i hope i can reach it!

 

3 Comments

  • Elena · Posted August 19, 2011 at 7:37 am · Link · Reply

    So cute, love these shots!

  • Diana Foster · Posted August 22, 2011 at 6:13 pm · Link · Reply

    Love your art and your blog Amy!

  • joanne · Posted September 26, 2011 at 9:13 pm · Link · Reply

    HI, This is beautiful. Im wondering how you achieved good focus on yoru subject by using the f/1.8? I have trouble with this setting as my subjects are never in focus with little dof??
    Thanks for your help.

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