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So, we started our day like this:and ended the day like this. 

Written by Jessica on Saturday, March 12, 2011

Well, not quite.

I am, however, putting a more concentrated effort into expanding my photography business in Aiken.  It's so much fun and I'm so in love I only wish there were more hours in the day.  It seems like yesterday I got my Canon Rebel and couldn't take a focused picture to save my life.  Of course, countless hours with that baby in my hand led to not only focused images, but every now and then one that I was amazed I had taken.  Well, as that started happening more, my expectations grew.  With several workshops behind me, hundreds of tutorials and thousands and thousands of practice shots I felt like I had outgrown that camera; which led me to the Canon 5d Mark II.  Or Livi Grace II as I refer to her.  My new love.  Don't get me wrong, I still love Livi Grace, in fact, I still carry her everywhere with me too, only now as a back up.  I love that I can look back on some of my previous images and cringe while ten "flaws" jump out at me.  It's a nice reminder I'm making progress.

Speaking of progress, I'm so happy with the progress I've made in Aiken already and all the new people I've gotten to meet through this art.  I can't wait to see what the future holds.  I'd love to do this more full time, ya know, in about 29 months when the boys start kindergarten.  but who's counting?  For right now, I'm loving being a mommy all the time and a part time photographer by appointment!  Life is good.

Now my shameless plug:

So, if you stumble across this in the Aiken, SC area go to www.jlloydphotography.com and give me a call!! ;)

Written by Jessica on Monday, January 31, 2011

Basketball Season is well underway and Taylor is loving it!  Taylor's been in every sport (except soccer) that we've been able to get him in.  He's loved them all and been pretty good at everything he's played, but he's really liking basketball.  I don't know if it has something to do with his age - maybe as he's getting older and understanding the fun and sport of it or maybe it's basketball...  We'll find out next month, he starts baseball at the end of February.  Hopefully he'll be just as "in-to" it as he is basket ball. 


on a photography related note - I'm not liking basketball!   The lighting paired with the speed of motion out there is making it hard for me to get clear, crisp, non-blurred photos.  When I increase my shutter speed, there isn't enough light.  So, what's the trick?!  btw - these were with a zoom lens, 55-200mm 5.6f/s - I'm thinking the lens f/s limitation may be my problem.  ??

Written by Jessica on Monday, January 31, 2011

These pictures are from about a month ago, but it was so much fun I wanted to be sure to post it.  The boys like helping me in the kitchen and with this meal they knew what was inside and ate it better than they would have otherwise.

I used to make these as a kid on this same snackster machine I think!

Here's Carter:  He demanded he be first.  I think just so he could see what was going on and then direct his brothers on what do to.  He's such a bossy little thing!

Taylor:  He and Brayden couldn't wait to cook it before eating some.
Here's Tuck:  I kept having to prompt him to put more.  He just wanted to toss a little on and be done.  He was much too busy playing to be cooking his own lunch!
Then there's Brayden.  Brayden's a fan of food.  The big guy loves to eat and stops dead in his tracks when I mention food or eating.  No matter how much fun he's having playing, he's always ready to eat.  He'll also try anything at least once. 

Who has time to wait for it to cook???