Monday, October 25, 2010

My favorite holiday, you ask?

Halloween.  Simple as that.  I love Easter for the eggs and worship.  I love Christmas for the midnight church services, gathering of family, and the acceptance of everyone being in their pajamas until almost noon opening gifts.  The laughing, having a fire in the fireplace, eating hot chocolate and, thanks to my mother-in-law, "monkey bread" (how did I live without that stuff?) and... of course... taking pictures.  Thanksgiving?  Well, not my favorite holiday.  Let's just say that I tend to overeat and jump on my cousins' enormous trampoline a little too much.

But Halloween is the fun holiday.  You get to be someone else for an evening.  The fall colors are in full bloom.  Kids are laughing and smiling.  And!  People decorate.  Not because they feel like they're missing something if they don't... because they want to.  Heck!  Some neighbors a few blocks away from our house did an entire Jaba the Hut/Star Wars thing in their yard.  Why?  Because it's HALLOWEEN!  Duh!

What I like most about this holiday is that there is no stress involved like other holidays.  The running around, visiting all sorts of family... not that I don't love my family.  But I can put some Dracula teeth in my mouth, and hand out candy to kids at our front door.  OR... I can get dressed up, hit the town, and have a blast.  This year will be more mellow than some, but still fun nonetheless, and I think we've gotten off to a great start already with pumpkin carving at my folks' house last night.  Here's just a few photos.  Enjoy!

Oh!  DUH!  I should probably try to make this somewhat photography related, even though the pictures are photographs...  I'm normally a Lightroom addict, but for these I used CS4 for the diptych and watermarking, and then adjusted colors right in CS4.  A little preset I just made up in case you're curious:

Vibrance tab:
Vibrance: -69
Saturation: +43
Color Balance tab:
Cyan - Red: +57
Magenta - Green: 0
Yellow - Blue: -27

Photographers helping photographers. :-)


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Eric and Amy - Gettin' hitched!

Amy I've known for years.  Since high school, really.  Eric?  I just met him this past weekend, but I'm super stoked for the both of them.  They're both easy going, relaxed people with kind hearts, and they have a super cute son!

Their wedding went probably more smoothly than I've ever seen a wedding go, and they didn't stop having fun the entire time, especially after the Giants won the first of their playoff games and everyone in the hallway and bar were cheering.  :-)

Here's just a few from their special day.  Congratulations Amy and Eric!  Wishing you both the best in your life together.  It's pretty easy to see you have good help behind you, as you both have AWESOME family!


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

A little update...

Been busy.  VERY busy.  Taking pictures, working on the house, and having someone very close to me pick up a new camera - My wife.  My wonderful, lovely, amazing wife.

Picked up the new camera for her a little over a week ago, and man... she seems to love it.  She's already taken it with her to a few different places and I can't wait to see what she has in store for me.  I know she has such an artistic eye.  She's going to be awesome.

The couple that shoots together, stays together.