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Ronan’s Football Outfit

On a whim, my sister-in-law and I decided that Ronan needed to be dressed up in a little football outfit and photographed in those delightful newborn poses you see from professional photographers.  I did a little research on Ravelry and found two patterns to modify.  Both pieces were made with Malabrigo Rios in “Coco” and “Natural.”  First, the hat:

Ronan's Football Hat

Ronan’s Football Hat

I made a ton of modifications to this pattern.  All of them can be found here.  I (poorly) embroidered some laces on the hat to make it look more authentic.  I think it turned out pretty cute!

The soaker got some laces, too:

Front of Ronan's football soaker.

Front of Ronan’s football soaker.

Back of Ronan's football soaker.

Back of Ronan’s football soaker.

098The details on the soaker can be found here.

The photo shoot went incredibly well, considering I was behind the camera.  It would have been easier to pull off had I had full use of my knee, but I did what I could.  My sister-in-law did a fantastic job posing him, holding up backgrounds, and slipping him his pacifier when needed.  Ronan did not behave.  He was crying, grimacing, and/or covering his face for most of the shoot.  Don’t let these shots fool you!

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This is by far my favorite. 🙂

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Look at that serene baby!

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Ronan and Daddy!

Ronan and Daddy!

I’m looking forward to doing a shoot with the girls once the weather cooperates.  It’s been rainy for the past two days, and we’re expecting more tomorrow.  Maybe I can get some shots of them in their Christmas outfits!


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Lightroom 5 – A New Experience

My software download card for Lightroom 5 arrived yesterday. (Squeeee!) I had been watching tons of tutorials and reading lots of articles while I waited for it to arrive, so I was confident I would be an expert once I had it installed. Silly me. I quickly discovered that I had no idea what I was doing, and, much to my dismay, made my poor sister-in-law look like a glowing alien.

I returned to YouTube, watched a few more tutorials, and picked a new victim. This time it was Kirsi. She fared much better than Maija.

Kirsi BandANow it’s not perfect, but I think it’s an improvement. I even edited a beach scene.

030I am pretty stoked, I must admit. I’m loving this new program. Previously I used GIMP, which probably does the same stuff as Lightroom, but I never bothered to learn much about it.  I doubt I’ll be going back, though, since I’ve now been spoiled.

The next step I’ll be taking is changing my camera’s setting to shoot in RAW instead of JPEG. I’m really nervous to do it, but from what I hear, it makes for better images. I’d like to get some more shots of the kids. Maybe something I can use for this year’s Christmas cards. Getting a three year old, an eighteen month old, and a newborn to pose together shouldn’t be too difficult, right?


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Ronan – The Model

Before Ronan was born, Sara knit him an adorable hat.  I snapped some shots of him wearing it today.  It fits with a little room to grow, so it’ll be perfect for this fall/winter!

Edited 012The pattern is I Heart Cables for those of you who might be interested in making one yourself.

Edited 025Sara used Malabrigo Rios (she knows me so well!) in “Paris Night.”  Ronan must like Rios, too, because he didn’t mind wearing the hat.  In fact, he fell asleep wearing it, as is evidenced in the above photos.

I’ve been trying really hard to improve my photography skills.  Through a stroke of luck, I was able purchase a few more photography tools, and I’m anxiously awaiting their arrival so I can play with them.  The most important is Lightroom 5, which I’m DYING to use.  If anyone wants to pass along some tips and tricks or recommend some sites or books, I’m listening!  😀


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I’ve still been faithfully crafting, but I haven’t got anything crafty to share since I’m waiting for a modeled shot of the leg warmers I finished for a customer.  In the meantime, I’ve turned my attention to my Milk Run Shawl, and I’m hoping to have it finished, or almost finished, by the time the Winter Olympics begin.  I like to pretend it’s my training piece. 🙂

This year I’ve decided to participate in the Ravellenics for the first time ever!  I’ve chosen a project, joined a team, and now I’m counting down the days like a giddy child waiting for Christmas.  I am so excited, actually, that I’m going to swatch. At this point, those of you who know me are probably wondering if hell has frozen over.  I cannot confirm that it has, but I have my suspicions.

While I don’t have anything yarny for you to admire, I do have some pictures I took over the past few days. My photography skills are still lacking, but I like to think that I learn something new every time I pull out my camera.  Sometime next week I’m going to try using my camera on a tripod. Baby steps, I say.

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I’m Getting Serious

…about my pictures!

I’ve always drooled over the professional looking pictures a great many bloggers have posted of their families and projects.  I’ve tried time and time again to replicate the quality of those photos with my point-and-shoot camera, but to no avail.  Months ago my point-and-shoot broke, and I began looking at fancier cameras.  (I even put “fancy digital camera” on my Christmas list!)  I quickly discovered that by “fancy” I meant DSLR.

After consulting with a photography and camera enthusiast, I went ahead and purchased a Nikon D3200 the day after Christmas.  Since I ordered it online, I had to wait for it to be shipped.  It was a very long 5 days, but I spent it reading up on photography.  There is an incredible amount of information out there, and I could spend days reading tips, tricks, and tutorials if allowed.  Since receiving my camera, I’ve been playing and experimenting with all of the settings.  I am a pretty terrible photographer, it turns out, but that’s okay.  I’ll get it eventually!

I’m having some trouble figuring out the whole “lighting” thing.  I’m hoping to get some practice photographing stuff outside (in natural light) when Kai is home on vacation later this month.  It’s kind of hard to practice when you’re chasing a two year old around the yard. :/

In addition to reading everything about photography that I can get my hands on, I’ve also been reading up on post processing.  I’m not about to shell out hundreds of dollars for Photoshop or Lightroom, so I downloaded a couple free programs to get my feet wet.  My knowledge about using these programs is extremely limited, so that’s another area of my photography (if you can even call it that) I’m eager to improve.

My subject of choice has been the kids, but once the weather warms up, I’d like to photograph some landscapes, flowers, and wildlife.  I tried photographing the snow a couple of days ago.  It went horribly.  I tried all the tricks, but I still failed.  I hope I get some more opportunities to practice (read: MORE SNOW!).

Here are some examples of the progress I’ve made:

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I’m pretty darn happy with what I’ve accomplished in the past week.  It’s nowhere near professional, but it’s a heck of a lot better than what I was doing before!