time for an update!

(…but it will be a short one, since it’s late!)

Things are going quite well around here.  I have recently become friends with another Christian homeschooling mom in the area (hi, Susan!), and we have been getting together quite a bit.  It has been so nice to connect with someone with similar values and ideas.  What a blessing and answer to prayer.  I have also been spending a lot of time outdoors with the boys.  We’re enjoying this hot weather while it lasts!  Yes, I am a fan of this hot, sticky mess we call July.  The boys and I spend our days at various playgrounds (sometimes alone, sometimes with friends), gardening/”swimming” in the backyard, or playing with the next-door neighbour’s kiddies.  My vegetable plants are faring well thanks to all the rain we had last month.  Thus far, I’ve only used my coriander and garlic chives, but I think the lettuce is also ready to be harvested.

I – actually, we – I must give Rob credit for capturing some awesome shots – have been taking a lot of photos lately.  I am trying to get more experience with different types of photography.  Rob and I took some photos for my cousin’s wedding last month, and some of the pictures turned out pretty well.  I especially love taking photos of babies and children, though.  I am hoping to get some nice shots of baby Baarda #2 when he or she arrives in a few weeks.  (Hooray for newborn cuteness!)  If anyone would like a free photo session of their children or their family, I would love the practice!  Send me an e-mail or comment if you are interested.

Recent Favourites:

Caleb Stassen and parents, 10 hours prior to delivery!
photo by Karen

photo by Karen

 

photo by Karen

photo by Karen

photo by Karen

photo by Karen

photo by Rob

photo by Rob

photo by Karen

photo by Karen

photo by Karen

photo by Karen

photo by Karen

photo by Karen

Okay, that was a lot.  I hope you enjoyed the photos; please let me know your thoughts!

Heemskerks and kin: a good selection of the pictures we took at the Heemskerk barbeque can be found here.

On a technical note, you have probably noticed that there is no longer a password nor a registration in order to access this site.  Each scenario caused a headache for one person or another, so I have removed all security for now.  I am hoping to come up with something to protect the site, but at this point, I’m leaving it.  What’s the point of a blog that no-one can read?  And on a positive note, Amy H, you will finally be able to add me to your google reader!

Goodbye for now!

9 thoughts on “time for an update!

  1. Hi Karen!

    what a nice site! I am in it – Wow! I feel blessed. Especially since we couldn’t connect yesterday. Yesterday was a terrible day for “activity”…too many things planned with the cat visit, my hubby’s and my appt at 3:00 yesterday (picking up sitter and dropping her off etc adds to the chaos) and then chiro at 5:15. What a day. We did actually go to the park at 7:20, but we drove! we never do that, but it helped my sanity, thats for sure. I need some exercise now! maybe we can connect today, but I need groceries and need to make banana muffins, they are rotting! I’ll try and hopefully you will be free too. I’d like to go down to dundas also. another option. sue

  2. Hey Karen,

    Saw your request for practice. You can practice photography on Isaac if you like. We are dying to have some new decent pictures of him.
    Let us know,

    Steph

  3. Woot! This popped up in my google reader all by itself! I guess since I added you way back when, it automatically fed me updates once you lifted the security. Good times for me:)

    LOVE the pictures. I’m learning to shoot on aperture priority, too. THAT is why I wanted a DSLR in the first place! Oh, the beautiful photos one can produce if you only know which settings to use:) I especially love the one of Alora trying to climb up that little step!

    Anyways, we’re back from holidays, so let’s get together!

  4. Yes, aperture priority is great; I have been using it a lot lately. Once you know your camera, I find that aperture priority is as easy as auto mode. I like to shoot in full manual, but it can mean a lot more fiddling around between shots. I have been taking so many pictures lately that it has been easier to leave it in aperture priority. Anyway, I’m glad you like the photos! Sending you an e-mail about getting together…

    Steph, let’s talk soon. I’m definitely willing to take some pictures of Isaac!

  5. love the photos Karen. If we get together at the zoo on the 19th, maybe you could take some photos of my growing belly amongst all of our little animals!:) You have a natural talent and I appreciate your images of Rachel’s b-day party. Thank you so much for taking so many beautiful shots. One of my personal favourites is of Ben and Chris. You can just feel the love between brothers.
    Keep up the great work

  6. Are you using available light — or flash in the indoor shots? And is it the way you’re editing or are these b&w just super clear and crisp?

  7. Hi, Dawn
    Welcome to our site!
    I think they are all just flash. I don’t remember for the beige background, but for the white background, I had my speedlight set all the way up to 3.0. I’m still just learning, so I was just playing around with different settings and lighting. I was afraid of the flash for a long time, but have been forcing myself to use it a little bit lately, because there are times when my pictures would have been better if I had been willing to use the flash.
    The black and white of the two brothers has no special editing, but the one of Asher was converted to black and white in iphoto, then given a black background layer in GIMP. then i put a grayscale mask on top of the photo layer, which darkened the blacks. I liked the outcome!

  8. Hi Karen,
    I am a friend of Julie’s we have met once or twice. Your pics look amazing! If you would like to practice I have 2 little ones who love to have thier pics taken. Any homeschooling tips you can pass along would also be greatly appreciated.
    Those cousins look alike! I actually thought that was micah on the toilet!

    Tanya

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