30 Day Challenge

These challenges will not be 30 days in a row, but will be posted in between other posts. I will be challenging myself in ways I haven’t had to yet!

30 Day Challenge – Day 14 “Eyes”

My husband has these really cool pale blue eyes. When we were dating I realized they are unlike so many blue eyes I’ve seen! I wish my camera was better at focusing, and I wish I knew how to make them look better on Lightroom 4. I feel like they really didn’t show you how amazing they actually are, but hopefully you all like it anyways 🙂

I played with it quite a lot to show them the way I wanted. I took his picture at an angle so that’s why only the one eye is in focus. I realize this might have not been the best way to portray them both, but I like how it looks anyways haha!

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30 Day Challenge – Day 13 “Cannot Live Without”

With these challenges I’ve been taking the photos as the challenges were brought to my attention, which is how it should be, but with this one, I had a certain thing in mind.

Family! I love them all, even the in-laws 😉 I took a family portrait of my parents, brothers, William and me so this first shot is fairly recent. We haven’t seen William’s family in a few months, so these photos aren’t recent ones. I love every single family member, I couldn’t live without any one of them 😀

My brother Eric, Mom, my brother Ryan, Dad, William and me 🙂

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My amazing Papa 😀

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William’s mom Nancy, sister Hailey and her husband Eric

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William’s oldest sister Ashley and her oldest Son Logan

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William’s nephews Seth and Logan! I’ve posted this picture before, but I had to again, it’s my favorite! HAHA! They just melt my heart 😀

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William and his Step Dad, Wes right after a “Mud Run” HAHA

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30 Day Challenge – Day 12 “Sunset”

Sunsets are my favorite, I look forward to that time of day. In my opinion, the best view of a sunset is through a lace curtain 🙂 My mom always had lace curtains up either in the kitchen or living room during my childhood. I wanted to give you a better shot than just a picture of an orange glow through curtains, haha, so I tried very hard to find a place where you could actually see a sunset.

My little town is surrounded by mountains and trees… lots of trees. In order to see the setting sun you have to hike very far up a mountain, and then drive down in the dark, and the dirt roads up there scare me so this was the best shot I was able to get. I took my camera to a few places and this one was just so beautiful I had to use it.

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30 Day Challenge – Day 10 “Childhood Memory”

I moved up to the Pacific Northwest when I was 18 years old with my family, so all of my childhood memories are down in Southern California. I was thinking of food maybe? I really was having a hard time, haha! I finally came up with a board game my mom and I used to play with my Grandma called, Masterpiece. I was homeschool, so when I was really young my mom would do just about anything to get us excited about learning. Any game that was educational we would play. I have fantastic memories of my Grandma, Mom and me playing this game for hours. It’s a game of gambling and chance to see if the painting you purchased is worth the most or if it’s a forgery. What I loved most about the game was the paintings inside, there were so many from famous artist and the names of the painting and the artist were written on the back of each card. I learned the most about art and retained it because of this game. Textbooks never really stuck with me, lol, but this game helped 🙂

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30 Day Challenge – Day 9 “Someone You Love”

Yes, I chose the obvious person lol! Here’s a little back story on how I met my amazing husband, William.

We met at age 15 at a Halloween event held in my church in California. He was so quiet I really can’t remember if he even said anything to me that night! HAHA! He was the tall dark and handsome man I’ve always wanted and being only 5 feet tall, his 6′ 3″ height really made me nervous! Haha! When we were both 18 we went on a few dates, but I felt like something just wasn’t there, I didn’t realize until I got older that God wanted me to mature a bit, because he was the one I was suppose to marry 🙂 We met up again at age 22, started a long distance relationship now that I was in Oregon and a year later we were married. I can’t explain what I felt for him when I saw him again after 4 years, it was a completely different feeling. Growing up around him in high school, I was always attracted to him. He always made me nervous, which not a lot of people did. I found that he was someone I could spend my life with, and that’s what scared me. We are coming toward our 3 year anniversary, and he still gives me butterflies and makes me nervous HAHA! I’m so lucky to have him in my life again.

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30 Day Challenge – Day 8 “Routine”

I’m keeping to the “personal” style for these challenges, something that I go through or that means something to me. As much as these challenges are driving me crazy, I’m actually having a lot of fun seeing what I come up with 🙂

This one isn’t very creative, in my opinion, because as soon as I thought of it I had a, “DUH!” moment lol! Routine for me, is my coffee and comics. I have to read Dear Abbey, the celebrity gossip column and my comics every morning with my coffee. Doesn’t matter if it’s a hot morning, I still want my coffee. These last couple of mornings we have been having breakfast on our porch so the warm sun can hit us. These were taken on the table on our porch, as some of you might know, I do NOT drink black coffee, this was just a model cup for me to photograph HAHA!

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30 Day Challenge – Day 7 “Changes To Come”

This was soooo hard for me! I’m not exactly happy with what I finally found for this challenge, but it sums it up pretty well. In this shot I was able to capture construction work to new houses and the focal point being a plot of land before the construction starts. Construction sites are ugly, lol, and I haven’t played too much with making ugly scenery better, so this was good practice. All in all, I think it came out better than what I had thought. There are no regrets 🙂

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30 Day Challenge – Day 6 “Obsession”

Obsession huh? I haven’t used that word sense I was in Middle School. At that time I was “obsessed” with pandas, the color orange and cream soda. Although I am still very fond of pandas and orange, cream soda is way too sweet for me now! HAHA! I was having a very hard time relating to this challenge. I had mixed feelings, different thoughts and I came up with a different way to look at it.

I can’t say I’m “obsessed” with anything anymore, but what do I HAVE to do? What’s apart of me that I can’t be without? Besides my marriage to my amazing husband, William, (He’s going  to be a subject for another challenge later on) what can’t I live without?

My relationship with God is very important to me. He’s the most important thing in my life, my everything and I wouldn’t be me without Him. I thank Him for everything I have and put my future completely in His hands. It’s a healthy obsession, lol!

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And also, of course, I couldn’t live without my photography. So I think this shot shows you both my “healthy” obsessions 🙂

30 Day Challenge – Day 5 “After Dark”

I had a few ideas for this challenge. I wanted something different, with each challenge I want it to give me warm feelings, something that means something to me. We’ve had a few warmer nights up here and in the evenings we will sit on the pouch and listen to the frogs close by. Summer nights are my absolute favorite, that’s when we relax, smell the amazing roses and listen to the frogs. I also, of course, love to have a glass (or two) of wine  😉 HAHA! So while sitting and enjoying a warmer evening we lit candles in mason jars and set them around our porch. They looked really cool! So I took my camera out there and, with William’s help of setting them up the right way, I think we came up with a really good shot 🙂 Of course I played with the picture a bit, I wasn’t able to make it look the way I wanted it to, but this one finally made me happy 🙂

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