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Aug 29 / 2014

Photography 365 Project: (Days 233 – 239)

by Laura

Category : 365 photography projects, Personal

Thursday, I had a request from an upcoming wedding to do some cool photos using sparklers.  I wanted to make sure I had ballpark camera settings ready, so I borrowed Nick for a quick test drive.  It’s hard to remain perfectly still and draw a heart in the air, so it isn’t perfect, but it’s still fun 🙂

Friday, I made a big mistake.  I took a 30-min “nap” around 5pm.  And that was it.  I was out for the count until the next morning.  Except for around 1:45 when I woke up, looked at the clock, and thought, “Oh no! my photo!”.  This is officially the first “make up” photo I’ve had to do so far.  Missed it by just under 2 hours!

Saturday was day one of a multi-day wedding I was shooting.  I found out last minute that I wouldn’t be second shooting, but actually leading.  I was a little nervous, but it was a TON of fun.  I became good buddies with my second shooter and we’ve been texting all week about photo stuff.

It also helps that the bride was ridiculously pretty!


Sunday was day two of the wedding.  It started around noon and went until midnight, though I had arranged to leave at 10pm because of work the next morning.  The others weren’t so fortunate!  I have a lot of favourites from the day – including one where I had about 3 minutes to get set up for a fireworks shot that I didn’t know about.  All that practicing this summer paid off and I JUST made it before they launched them.  I officially chose the sparkler heart as my “daily”, but included a few more here for fun.  There’s even more on my client page if you’re interested.

Monday I broke down (despite my firm affirmations at the beginning of the year that I would not!) and took an iPhone photo as my daily.  I did go home afterwards and pull out my big camera, but the sky had already changed so much on the drive back from my students’ that I just kept this one.  I’m only slightly regretting caving.

Tuesday, Nick and I were missing each other as we’ve been on opposite weddings all weekend (and will be again this weekend) and keeping opposite schedules.  We took a break from work around 8pm and just crashed together catching up internet browsing and watching some Netflix.

Wednesday, Nick got up and made us breakfast to go before we rushed off to work.  It got a bit smokey as we were multitasking, but instead of being concerned it went a little something like this:
Nick:  The house looks cool full of smoke!
Me (coming around the corner to see):  Great, now I’m going to be late for work!  (Goes off to fetch camera).

Wednesday evening I met up with two friends in New West back-to-back and Nick went out to the valley to do dinner and a movie with his brother.

Tonight I have a bit of teaching (in 5 minutes so I better get off of here), and Nick’s stuck in meetings until late.  Later, I shall relax, work on my computer, and ice my poor, poor foot that is thinking about re-fracturing after being on it so much all last weekend.  It must stay in one piece until AFTER this weekend’s two-day wedding!  It must!


4 thoughts on “Photography 365 Project: (Days 233 – 239)

  1. love the sparkler photos – what settings did you use? I tried some last week as sparklers were brought out unexpectedly but they were terrible! My boys tried hearts and to write “love” – looks so easy when others do it but we ended up with sparkler spaghetti!

    1. Thanks! I don’t have the settings on me for the living room heart, but I know I took them with me when I did the bride and groom, so they will be similar. I used ISO640, f4.0, and ss 12 seconds. Note, I didn’t set my shutter for 12 seconds. I used a remote and bulb mode and just closed the shutter when we were done drawing in the air, and it just worked out to being 12 seconds exactly.

      Other tips (besides bulb mode), would be to use a tripod. If you’re holding it yourself, you’ll add to the wiggly-ness. Also that heart wasn’t perfect by any means with the bride and groom. The living room one we figured out on our own and I didn’t have to correct it in PS (other than to erase ghost hands). But we only got the top half of the heart drawn with the wedding couple. I made the rest in PS 😉

  2. thanks Laura thats a big help. I wasnt ready for the sparklers when I shot them (they suddenly apeared at a wedding) and we ended up with several incomplete hearts. My boys also tried writing LOVE which looks so simple in other photos but ended up looking like hyroglyphics!

    Wouldnt have known any PS magic had happened in your pics. Appreciate the help 🙂

    1. No problem! I hate it when things suddenly appear out of no where at an event. I had fireworks at a wedding last month and I had literally less than 5 minutes notice and only an approximate location of where they were going to go off :P. I think writing with sparklers would be super hard for what it’s worth. I bet a lot of photo-shopping goes on there 😉

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Hi! I’m Laura, a coffee-loving, outgoing introvert with a passion for motherhood and photography. This blog is an extension of who I am. I’m a mommy to three little boys, and I love to create and write. I’m also loud, tend to over share, and am a type-A personality in the extreme. I’m a little pensive and can be a lot sarcastic.  I believe that motherhood is something more than just to be survived! This is both a space where I share glimpses into my business and the photo shoots I do, and also my personal space to just write about whatever is on my heart. So grab a cup of coffee, come stay for a while and let’s get to know each other. 🙂