Saturday, January 2, 2010

Hello Kitty - 2/365 Photo

Originally uploaded by chelleh24

Here is Hello Kitty keeping a nice eye on my license plate. She certainly makes it look pretty doesn't she??

My 'other' 365 project...

So, I decided to go out into the blogosphere for my other 365 project.  I vow to visit and leave a comment on a blog of one of my followers and then visit one of their followers and so on and so on (so hopefully at the end I will have visited 365 different blogs).  I'm going to keep track of all of the blogs I visit and post a little something about the blogger and their focus.  I've recently realized how much bloggers depend on comments to keep going and I want to help that in some small way.  It's kind of a different twist on six degrees of separation don't you think?  So, day one was obviously my own blog.

1/365 - Photography by Michelle Hires Stay at home mom and aspiring photographer.  My blog will be a mix of personal and professional posts until I figure things out some more.

2/365 - I just had to pick the Blogging Mum for day two.  She's someone.  I've known her for more than three years now and we've never met in person.  Melanie is a fantastic writer and photographer and her blog is often updated with posts of deep self discovery and or rediscovery.  We have children who are the same age and arguably the cutest (and most photographed) on the planet.

3/365 - From the Blogging Mum,  I found Tact is for people who aren't witty enough to be sarcastic.  If you haven't stopped by this blog written by Heather, please go now.  It's hilarious!  This mom from Utah knows how to write like it's nobodies business.  Her last post has to do with snuggies, running shoes and earbuds.  How's that for variety??

Friday, January 1, 2010

My 2010 365 Project - 1/365

Originally uploaded by chelleh24

So, I've decided to jump on the 365 project bandwagon and take one picture everyday in 2010. I normally take bajillions so that's no different but my subject might be surprising for some (if you really know me though - not so much).

My theme for this year's 365 project will be (insert fanfare music here)...


I plan on having a lot of fun with this so, please feel free to check back daily and take a peek at all of the adventures I send her on this year. It should be fun!

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Looking back on MY 2009...

I have the worst memory on the planet seriously, the worst.  It's one of the reasons why I take pictures.  I'm obsessed with recording my life or more importantly Hope's life.  I'd love to tell you what I did but honestly, I can't remember.  I had to go through my Lightroom library to try and construct this 'year in review' post.  As I was doing that, I said to myself 'self, why not just post the pictures?'.  So, that's what I'm going to do :)

He won't be here this New Year's Day but he was in 2009.

My BFF Sarah visited, a Christmas present from her husband.  So, why did I feel like it was the best gift ever for me?

My brother Billy and is wife Melinda visited us.  We had SO much fun showing them the island.

Then my world changed, I got a new camera.  An early anniversary present from my husband who had the intuition to know something I hadn't yet let myself believe.  This Nikon D300 changed my life.  Here is one of the very first photos I took with it.

Here is the very first picture I ever took that made me cry when I pressed the review button on my camera.  I've had a few moments since then, but this was life changing for me.  Her expression was completely lucky but I did plan the rest of the shot. 

We spent a lot of time at the beach...

A lot of time with friends...

We had some family pictures taken that came out fantastic!

In June, our little girl turned three.

In July, we sent our husband and father off to Afghanistan.

We went to the East Coast and visited family and friends in Massachusetts and New Jersey that we were meeting for the first time or hadn't seen in 18 months (or longer).

Then we came home back to Hawaii and I started college.  What a journey it's already been.  If I can say one thing for certain, I have learned a LOT.  I was lucky enough to have Ryan Baldwin as one of my instructors at the Academy of Art University.  What an awesome opportunity!   Here are a few of my favorite photos from assignments I submitted this semester.


I'll leave you with a couple of my favorites of Hope and Brian from this year.  I'm beyond excited about 2010.  2009 was good to me, here's hoping 2010 is just as good, if not better!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

R&R is over....

So yuck, my hubby headed back to Afghanistan recently.  We were lucky enough to have him home for Christmas and we really did enjoy the last day he was home even though there were sad undertones to the day.   These two are hands down the best part of me being a photographer. Capturing moments like this is really what I enjoy doing the most.

Here's a rare one of the two of us :)

Only Daddy can make her smile like this...

Could they be any cuter??

Even Indy wanted in on the cuddle time...

Here's to hoping the second half of his deployment goes as quickly as the first.  We love you Brian.

I ♥ Faces - Hilarious Outtakes

I don't have many but these are some that I get a kick out of when thinking back....

Avery took a bit of a nap before the shoot and had a hard time getting into things, this made for a great outtake though :)

Lucy didn't want the Santa hat on and I nabbed this one while she was in the process of taking it off.  I love it!

I get a lot of outtakes of Hope since I'm always snapping pictures of her.  You wouldn't know it but she was listening to a book at playgroup during this shot.  I guess she didn't like the direction the story was heading....

I swear Ashlee was having a great time during our shoot.  It's funny because the sun was a bit bright so I asked her to close her eyes and open on the count of three.  I guess I should have asked to her to smile before 3 ;)

Please take a moment to stop by  and check out more of the hilarious outtakes posted by a lot of talented people.  It's sure to give you a laugh (or 2)!