Anyone who really knows me, knows that summer is my absolute favorite season. Give me sunshine and heat any day over darkness and cold! There are so many beautiful things to photograph when summer arrives. Some of my favorites are butterflies and flowers. Here are a few of my finds from our local Lost River Cave Butterfly House.
Our second birthday celebration this week is for our firstborn. Megan is 22 today. Yes, you read that correctly. Crazy, huh?
Megan, you’re such a beautiful young lady. We’re so proud of the young adult you are. Do I say that a lot? Well, it’s because it’s so very true. You are a beautiful person. You bring laughter and happiness to everyone who calls you friend. I’m honored to be able to call you my daughter and I know your dad feels the same. You’re always my best girl and I love you more than you’ll ever know.
Today, we’re celebrating the 17th birthday of our son, Cameron. Yes, the cliche stands true and we cannot believe our youngest is nearing young adulthood. Cameron is not one for lots of words, so I’ll keep this short and sweet. We’re very proud of the young man he’s becoming and proud of his independent personality. We certainly have lots of laughs when he’s around thanks to his humor and wit. He’s a hard-working teen who also loves to play disc golf, but more importantly, he loves to play guitar and has quite the collection going. Maybe you’ll get to hear him play a tune or two soon.
Happy Birthday, Cameron!
Our son, Dalton, has talked of joining the military since he was thirteen years old. He would go back and forth between the Navy and the Army, finally settling on Army and following in his dad’s footsteps. The months between when he signed and when he left for Basic were bittersweet. I was (and am) so proud of him for his desire and commitment to serve, but I was also worried and scared for him, as I assume any parent would be for her child. There have been many tears shed for this young man. Tears of pride mixed with tears of missing him like crazy.
Family Day was in mid-May and it couldn’t get here soon enough for me. I’m certain Ric, Megan, and Cameron felt the same way. When I first saw Dalton that Friday, I couldn’t contain the tears and excitement. Here was my little boy turned into quite the handsome young man. To say he looked older and had changed in both looks and demeanor in nine weeks is an understatement. It was great to spend time with Dalton that weekend, but I can honestly say that leaving him the second time was no easier than the first time two months earlier. Another proud, bittersweet moment for the eighteen year old I call son.
While we were visiting, I asked if I could get a photo of Dalton in his uniform. Yes, that’s the proud parent in me coming out. Gotta love a guy in uniform. Megan and Cameron got in on the action as well, and I came home with two of my favorite photos I have ever taken simply because of the moment in time we were celebrating.
I’m looking forward to seeing Dalton again in July when he graduates from AIT, then comes home for a visit before reporting for duty at Ft. Benning. I’m thankful he will be stationed fairly close to home and have been assured that we can drive to visit when he has free weekends. Moms do like to be close to their kiddos no matter the age of the child.
Thank you to everyone who asks about Dalton and thank you to all those who serve in any Armed Forces branch.
For now, I say, Go Army!
Everyone knows I love to photograph the fur-babies. Well, our boy George does not like the camera. Any kind of camera. Or anything that remotely resembles a camera. He can be looking right at us, but when we grab our phones or a camera, he invariably turns his head so he’s not looking at us at all. It’s extremely frustrating. Ric jokes that I should have a one challenge pass/fail test after each of my classes. The challenge? Get a good photograph of George looking at the camera. I’m not sure that would go over so well with my students because George would certainly give them a run for their money.
With all that stated, I do have a photograph of George I’d like to share. I was sitting on my back porch playing around with my new lens and somehow managed to snap a shot of the boy. He’s not looking directly at me, but that’s okay. I generally don’t like straight on images anyway.
Without further adieu, here he is…
My husband has recently taken up learning photography. He started with a basic point and shoot, then moved to a point and shoot that allowed him to photograph in (M)anual mode. There were frustrations, however, because he couldn’t pick focal points and do a few other things I suggested would help improve his images. A friend came to the rescue and let Ric borrow a 30D. Now, the bug has hit him hard. He talks photography with me all the time. And I love it! We go out a lot on the weekends and just walk around wherever the mood strikes us to see what goodies we can find to photograph. Sometimes, I even manage to sneak in a snap of Ric in action.
The April pARTy installment took place at Circus Square Park this past Tuesday evening. The weather was great and the sunlight was perfect for photography. I happened to have a new lens that I wanted to test and this was a great setting to do just that.
Be on the lookout for the next pARTy to be announced soon. Come join us for an evening of art and have fun making some new friends.
I recently had the honor of receiving a Merit Award for “It’s My Cup of Tea” at the Medical Center’s Women in the Arts Exhibit here in Bowling Green. This is a wonderful exhibit held each spring for women artists. There are always some beautiful pieces on display during the event. I highly recommend going by for a peek.
I’ve recently been invited to a couple of get-togethers involving local artists of many genres. I look forward to these nights when they are announced. The one I attended in March was at a local tattoo parlor that was in the process of relocating to this awesome space. (Visit Age of Reason when you get a chance to do so.) Because they were not yet moved in, there was plenty of room for the pARTy to be held in the shop. There was a great turnout for the evening and I tried my hand at something different for me. I’m not sure I’d call this event photography, or even lifestyle photography, but I enjoyed it just the same.
I’m looking forward to the next pARTy coming up April 16. It’s going to be held at Circus Square Park here in downtown Bowling Green and it’s open to the public. Stop by and meet some really cool artists. Bring your supplies and join the fun. Who knows? I might even bring my crayons and paper this time.
I’m happy to announce my next basic photography workshops for teens. I’m offering two sessions to cover spring breaks for area schools. The first session will be Monday, March 25, and the second session will be Wednesday, April 3. The workshop is the same as my Basic Photography class, but is open only to teens and young adults so that they might be more comfortable learning together with their peers.
Time – 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM on March 25 or April 3. (Drinks and light snacks will be provided.)
Place – Cheree Federico Photography studio in Bowling Green
What – This is a beginner’s workshop designed to get you more comfortable with your camera. You will learn the exposure triangle, composition, white balance, shooting and metering modes, where to find natural light, and all about lenses. You will need to bring your camera and manual and will need to be familiar with your camera. A follow-along workbook for you to take home will be provided.
Cost – $150 due upon registration.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details or to register. Thanks!
“Excellent experience in understanding the basics. I’ll be back for more.” KM
“I started at zero…this was great exposure for a beginner.” CS