Photography Challenge #5: Landscape: Black and White

Challenge #5: Look for a scene with great contrast that will make a great black and white.

Hmmm, sounds easy enough. Started taking pictures with any readily, available camera and they were all beautiful in color but not so much in black and white.

While driving to my Mom’s, I noticed this tree that stood out because of the absence of color. The sun was directly on it and made it look white. In person, the tree looked like someone just pasted it into the landscape. I grabbed my super tiny Point and Shoot camera: Sony, Cyber-shot, Carl Zeiss edition. Disappointed it wasn’t my DSLR but I figured the point and shoot would be good to have since it slides right into a pocket in my purse.

So here it is

Challenge #5





Photography Challenge #4: Headshot

Week 4:  You shot a selfie, shoot a “selfie” of someone else!

Pretty simple and pretty straight forward. January has not disappointed, as every year it continues to get more and more hectic.  I found myself scrambling for a subject and decided why not photograph, Bella, my beagle and all day companion. I used my Nikon D3200 and continue to get familiar with
Photoshop Elements.

In Florida, we have been enjoying some beautiful weather and on this day, Bella just wanted to sit outside in the sun. I love that the picture caught that she was slightly aggravated by me and the camera.


Challenge #4


Photography Challenge #3 – Red

Third week, third challenge: Shoot whatever inspires you. Red should be the focus of the image. Don’t be afraid to be creative.

I had so many cool and creative ideas running through my mind. Some were grand and others were so imaginitive, I honestly didn’t know how I could photograph them. I have also added a limitation to the challenge as I want to only use my DSLR Camera. Because it is much bulkier than my iPhone, I find it harder to travel with it; I’ve also had friends had their cameras lifted from their cars because of the resale value of them.

As I was driving into my garage, I saw my little berry bushes and decided, I must shoot these up close.

So here it is:

Challenge #3

Hope you enjoy, every week is more challenging and I’m loving every minute of it.

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Photography Challenge #2 – Landscape

Second week, second challenge. The instructions were a tradional landscape. Shoot a landscape and share it with the world. Find a nice foreground and don’t forget the sky.

Instantly, I started to panic; Landscape? I have no idea where to go! I took a breath and reminded myself that the challenge is to challenge myself. I found a nature preserve nearby and took the photograph below:

Challenge #2

I was sitting down on the ground for this one, so that I could get a different perspective. I was able to get more of the sky through the trees. I didn’t find an interesting foreground, which of course drove the OCD of following directions in me, crazy. As a photographer, I would love to actually see beams of light shining down through the trees, all in time.

Hope you enjoy,




52 Week Photography Challenge

Happy New Year, everyone. I can’t believe how little I blogged in 2015. As we start a new year, I have promised myself to not make any resolutions. The anal retentive part of me gets crazy when I can’t follow through with what I promised.

Between Acting, being a Mom, and more of a Caregiver this past year: I am blessed with the opportunity to continue to stay home. Unfortunately, I don’t enjoy homemaking on its own; so I have signed up for numerous online courses and I have taken on photography as another creative outlet.

Two years ago, I told my Husband that I would really like a DSLR Camera. The reason for the camera was the blog and I always loved photography. Now, I don’t want to make you believe that I was an avid photographer in any way. By loving it, I mean that I enjoy looking at photographs, particularly of people and capturing their essence. Although I first got the camera to blog, I found myself leaning towards headshots as I am in the acting business.

As I continued to take classes and research, I also started to take pictures of friends in the business and I am absolutely hooked.

About a week ago, I ran into a challenge that was posted on Facebook. The challenge is called the 52 Week Photography Challenge, presented by Dogwood Photography. I was immediately, interested and signed up. A lot of photographers will tell you, that taking pictures, lots of pictures, will help you become a better photographer.

Every week, we are issued a challenge and we can post our pictures on Facebook, websites, Twitter, Instagram,  etc., that are set up for all of us to share.

Because I have been lacking on my blog posts, I felt like this was the perfect kind of challenge for me. In this challenge, I am stretching my artistic muscle, by taking pictures and posting them on my blog. This way, you can follow along and of course, it helps keep me accountable.

I hope you enjoy, and who knows, maybe you will take the journey with me.