Monthly Archives: July 2012

A Blog Award!

Thanks to my sister, Alexis’, best friend, Jaime, I received a blog award!!
The rules were to:
1.  Award 5 people.
2.  Write who awarded you.
3.  Tell the people you awarded them.
4.  Add the award photo to the post.
5.  Show the award rules.
I’m not a huge “friend” blog reader (I spend more time looking at other photographers blog/websites :), so it was a bit tough to pick some people.  BUT, I found some! :)
I award:
Bianca at Eagle’s Wings
My sister, Hannah, at Delighting in Jesus (just cuz I love her :)
Kimber :)

The Blue Family 2012

I had the immense privilege of getting to photograph the beautiful Blue family last Friday night!!  What made this photo shoot even more special was that I did their family photos last year as well!!  I was so excited that they would entrust me with their photos again!! It also made me nervous because I couldn’t rely on the same poses I do for families…I had to be creative and come up with something that would be different than their pictures last year (I hope I achieved that….).
But onto the family!  I love photographing the Blues because they’re fun, genuine, and you can just tell they all love each other.  (It doesn’t hurt that they’re one gorgeous family too! :)  They are an absolute joy to photograph.
We took these pictures at the house they’re currently living in.  They’re getting ready to move and wanted to take pictures at this house on the lake to remember their time there.
 Loved the lake!!
I hope these pictures adequately portray how fun, beautiful, loving, and wonderful this family is!  Enjoy!

The three Blue girls!  (Aren’t they beautiful?!)

All the Blue children…left to right:  Lily, Kendall, Trinity, Micah

This is my favorite picture of Trinity. :)

 Can you tell that I had a hard time narrowing down pictures? :)
 Love her big blue eyes!

While I was taking pictures with the youngest, the rest of the family was playing ball together. :)

Last year Trinity did not like having me take her picture…at all.  This year was the total opposite!
 Love these two photos!

 Daddy and his boy. :)

Mama and the girls.
Lily loved having Trinity push her. :)
 Ahh!!  Their kids are so beautiful!!

Nothin’ like climbing a tree! :)

I have no idea what Mrs. Blue was doing to get them to smile, but obviously it was very funny! :)

Watching some geese pass by on the lake.

Lily on the move. :)

This is where Mrs. Blue reads her devotions in the morning…so pretty and peaceful!

Rain, the Blue’s poodle, came outside for a little bit during the photo shoot.

 So cute. :)

There you have the Blue family!  Aren’t they great?
P.S. – I really did try to narrow down the pictures but there were so many good ones I couldn’t help myself.  Blue family, you have 238 pictures coming your way soon! :)

A Review of my nikon Nikkor 55-200mm Lens

I have never reviewed all of the lenses that I own on this blog, so I decided to start a “blog series” about some of my photography equipment.  I titled this post “A Review…” but it’s only a review of what I think about one of my particular lenses (and I’m no expert).   I’ve never used any other lenses, so I’ll just be telling you what I do and don’t love about this particular lens (no comparisons to other lenses) and then I’ll give some example photographs I’ve taken with this lens.
Okay, here we go!  
I decided to start with my Nikon Nikkor AF-S 55-200mm lens because it’s the lens I use the least.  This is because:
1.  I prefer to take portraits and my 50mm does the best job at this.
2.  Telephoto lenses are mainly for getting up close to things far away.  I’m rarely in a situation where I need to do exactly that.
3.  The lowest aperture this lens is capable of is 4.0…and I usually shoot between the f1.8-3.5 range.  The higher aperture also hinders me from being able to use this lens in low light situations.
 But, on the other hand, this lens is great for zooming in on things when I really need it to.  It has a great range!  

 The top photo is the lens at 55mm and then the botttom pic is with the lens at 200mm (fully extended).

I’ve used this lens primarily for wildlife pictures (which I’m not that great at) and for weddings.  Here’s an example:
 During Jon and Erin’s wedding, the pastor requested that at one particular part of the ceremony, the photographer not move around and take pictures.  Conveniently, I was left in the hallway after the bridal party had proceeded down the aisle and the doors to the sanctuary were closed.  So, I wasn’t in the sanctuary.  At first I tried to think about where to go in the sanctuary to “get the good shots”, but then I decided to stay in the hall because 1.)  The main photographer was already in the sanctuary, 2.)  I wouldn’t be able to move around in the sanctuary even if I went in, and 3.)  Since I was in the hallway I could move around and take pictures during the “unallowed” time!  So, believe it or not, but the above pictures were taken through the window of the doors of the sanctuary! :)  And both of the above pictures were taken with my 55-200 lens.  Remember what I said about great range?!  Same lens, same camera and yet I could get a good majority of the sanctuary in the picture if I wanted, or, zoom in to get the pastor and couple framed well.  (Yes, the two pictures were taken at different doors but you get the point. :)
Now, the bad thing about this lens for weddings is the incapacity to handle low-light situations (due to it not having a very low aperture), which most churches suffer from .  So, these two pictures are only focused well and not too blurry because I was leaning up against the door with the lens actually touching the glass, using the door to support me and minimize camera shake as much as possible.  I’m sure I looked rather funny plastered to the door but you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do. :)  I’ve actually had a thought in the back of my head for awhile now that if I get into wedding photography I’m going to need to buy a telephoto lens that handles low-light situations better.  But I’m not there yet (monetarily, physically, or mentally :), so this lens is staying…for now!

This picture was taken at a Memorial Day service.  The ability to zoom in quite far enabled me to get the flag in the picture good and tight.

 This is one of my very first pictures with this lens. :)  Daddy and Mama are my subjects and this lens provided a way for me to take their picture without intruding on their sweet and special moment.

This is one of the wildlife pictures I’ve taken (that I’m not good at :).  I had some better ones but I couldn’t find them fast enough, so this will have to do.

All in all, I hope this post has given you an idea of the pros and cons of this lens.  Overall, it works for me right now but I may need to upgrade in the future!

Have a great night!

My Upcoming Mission Trip

One of the things my sister, Hannah, and I wanted to do after graduation was minister to others.  Schooling takes up a good portion of a student’s day, so, once we graduated and had more free time, we wanted to go on missions trips!  After all, we’ve spent all this time learning, why should we not go and help others?  
So, I’m excited to say that my sister and I are going on our first mission trip!!  And it’s 15 days away!!!
The whole “getting to go” part of the missions trip is really an answer to unspoken prayer.  The Lord knew that Hannah and I wanted to go on a missions trip but we just didn’t know where and how to get involved (that didn’t involve lots of $$).  God brought the opportunity right to our doorstep!! 
If I haven’t told you this already, our home is currently undergoing a kitchen addition.  Years of bumping each other constantly in the kitchen is about to end!!  Anyway, we have a missions team from our old church building the addition.  The way it works, is that we pay a certain amount of money for one (or two) qualified builders/contractors to come build the addition.  There are many other people who come and volunteer as well.  The money we give the team for a full day of work goes, every dollar and cent, to their “mission fund”.  Their mission fund goes to funding their missions trips (duh! :).  So, none of the people who come out to build the addition are gaining any personal benefit…they are working for the purpose of glorifying God and blessing others through ministry.  It’s wonderful.  
What makes this team even more wonderful is that I know 90% of the people who are working on our addition.  These people were part of my lives for 10+ years and many of them I don’t remember not knowing.  We went to church together on Sundays, Sunday nights, and Wednesday nights, as well as for picnics, potlucks, softball games, VBS, etc.  I loved all of the people at our old church and they loved in return.  I have some wonderful memories from our old church, that I just haven’t been able to experience anywhere else.
All warm, gushy feelings aside this missions team was going on a missions trip in July.  Mr. Reynolds, the leader of the “mission team”, invited Hannah and I to join them.  Plain and simple.   We thought about it off and on and when we had to commit we said yes!  We never really prayed about it but I think we both knew we wanted to do this and that the Lord had brought this opportunity to us.  Plus, we didn’t have to pay anything to go, we would get to be the hands and feet of Jesus to people we’d never met but who were in need, and we’d get to spend 6 days with people we loved and knew!!  It was a no-brainer. :)
Needless to say, I’m excited!  The only *very slight* damper to my excited state of mind is that it will be HOT and HUMID on this missions trip.  We’re leaving July 22nd (at 6 A.M.) and getting back Friday, the 27th.   I have noticed that July is not the coolest month of the year and I have this amazing capability to sweat through anything and everything I’m wearing if it’s above 80 degrees. :)  So, I know there will be some long, hot days but overall I’m excited!
Like I mentioned above, we’ll have to leave our house around 5:15 A.M. on July 22nd to be at our old church by 5:45 and ready to leave by 6 A.M.  Hannah and I will be riding with Mr. Reynolds and his daughter, Amber (who’s my age), for the 10 hour trip to Kentucky (they say it takes them 12 hours due to the stops for gas, food, and the restroom :).  Then, Monday morning we’ll begin our first work day with the last full day being on Thursday.  Our group of 16 will be split up (probably in half) and then taken to different work sites where we’ll help people in need, whether it be painting, fixing things, or just building relationships with them (many of whom don’t know the Lord).
The missions trip is done through CAP or Christian Appalachian Project.  I love how this missions trip is in the U.S.A.  I think many people (and myself sometimes!) forget that there is poverty around us (even in “prosperous” America), so we think we always have to go overseas to reach the needy.  That’s simply not true…there are always needs and there will always be people in poverty (John 12:8), no matter where you live.  We just have to be willing to open our eyes and look.
Anyways, just wanted to share with you about the upcoming missions trip!!  I’m way excited and would appreciate any prayers.  Some specific things to pray for being:  that God would move mightily in our hearts and the hearts of those we’re working with, that any attempts Satan makes to thwart our efforts will be destroyed, that people will see Jesus in us, and that everyone will be safe the whole week.
Thanks so much!
Kimber :)