Jaime Loves Stuff : August 2011

My first attempt at photography and editing

I am a green amateur photographer. I don't mean green as in ecofriendly but as in novice and uber amateur. My friend is getting married in November. I need to practice my photography skills. I offered to take some engagement shots, family photos and pictures of her son. For free, she's my friend and I am happy to do this but I am noooo professional (although I am aiming to get there!). I studied photojournalism, not creative/art photography so I need the practice to learn to take beautiful photos. You can't get good, if you don't learn from your mistakes. I took a TON of photos and I am sad to say, I went into this thinking I was going to ace it and every shot perfect. I have the perfect subjects! K is beautiful, A is absolutely adorable and I just met S and he's handsome, they are perfect, beautiful subjects and there's no way I can get a bad shot! You have models this beautiful, it's a snap... Nope. It's brutally hot. It's Arizona, the sun is evil and my first thought was direct light! MUST HAVE DIRECT NATURAL LIGHT! /facepalm. Helloooo sweat, hellooooo blindingly bright sun so bad you can't keep your eyes open. Real genius! 500 hundred images and there are some good ones but there are some that would have been GREAT if my skills were on the mark (nothing a little photoshop won't fix!). Hey, you live you learn! It's their big day and I want them to have everything absolutely memorable! I can't do any serious editing until I upgrade my harddrive and processor and install Photoshop (I can't wait!). So, right now these have very basic editing and I had fun. I bought a book to study more photography skills and I am taking a distance course through the New York Institute of Photography. I will be ace soon enough and then I will be ready to take their pictures again but will even more flair and creative shots, and in less time *embarrassed face*. They were such troopers letting a novice like me practice on them. I am excited for their happily-ever-after!

Like I said, they were absolute troopers and I really wish I had nailed every single shutter snap. I am still slowly sifting through the images and editing and cleaning them up.

Enjoy these and tell me what you think!

My thought with this one is: I feel safe, I trust you

I like the look of these edits:
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The ring:

A private moment:


And of course... a 4 year old doesn't want pictures taken:

I had to bribe him to take pictures by letting HIM take a photo, I think Little Man's gonna be a photog, don't you?

He loves his mom (he has the sweetest face!):

Phineas and Ferb Child's Play Party

Wow! What an insane last two weeks we have had in my home. Last weekend was Emma's 8th birthday and she really really really wanted a party! However, Friday the 5th was the premiere of Phineas and Ferb's movie and I was chosen by Child's Play Party to host a Disney Channel (First ever!) Phineas and Ferb Movie screening party and how can I pass that up? No way! I figure what timing, I can host the Phineas and Ferb party AND Emma's at the same time. We started her birthday at Peter Piper Pizza for fun and games and gave the kids their Phineas and Ferb packs and then we headed home to watch the big movie! It was absolutely adorable! It was a hit. The kids loved the movie so much that they wanted to watch it again! I definitely recommend to watch it if you haven't!

We had so much fun. The kids were full of pizza, cake, Phineas and Ferb tattoos and all kinds of goodies. For the kids who couldn't make it, I still made sure they received their Phineas and Ferb bags filled with AWESOME goodies. Enjoy the photos!

Big thank you to Child's Play Party for providing the packs for the kids to take home and for allowing me to host this amazing party!

DreamWorks Pictures’ The Help Giveaway

The Helps starts in theatres beginning August 10 and is based on the best selling book, The Help.

Synopsis (Courtesy of DreamWorks)
Based on one of the most talked about books in years and a #1 New York Times best-selling phenomenon, “The Help” stars Emma Stone (“Easy A”) as Skeeter, Academy Award®–nominated Viola Davis (“Doubt”) as Aibileen and Octavia Spencer as Minny—three very different, extraordinary women in Mississippi during the 1960s, who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk. From their improbable alliance a remarkable sisterhood emerges, instilling all of them with the courage to transcend the lines that define them, and the realization that sometimes those lines are made to be crossed—even if it means bringing everyone in town face-to-face with the changing times.

Deeply moving, filled with poignancy, humor and hope, “The Help” is a timeless and universal story about the ability to create change.

The book was amazing, in my opinion, and I can NOT wait to see the movie!

DreamWorks has graciously offered an amazing prize pack to one lucky winner of my blog in honor of "The Help"!


- THE HELP t-shirt in adult female sizes of S, M, L, XL

- THE HELP pocket jotter & pen

- THE HELP fan

- THE HELP nail file/mirror

Contest is for residents of the US (No PO Boxes, please!) and ends August 22nd.

How to enter?

Answer (with your email address): If you could be the start of a cause or help expand on a cause, what would it be? Myself, I would make Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention Education available all over the world!

Good luck!

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