Nov 23, 2011

Two years ago...

Before I shot RAW and before I had a full-frame camera, I baked this apple pie for Thanksgiving. Apparently I took these at 1/25s hand held (whyy?) with my Rebel XTi.

Move along... nothing to see here.

Last year, J and I had a glorious French meal at Adour (thank god I've learned better white balance since that post) the night before Thanksgiving. We decided to keep up that tradition (or I guess, make it a tradition), so we'll be heading to another great restaurant tonight that I've been really wanting to return to. I like to call it stretching out the ole stomach muscles for the next day. Stay tuned for that - I've realized food posts have been majorly lacking on here and that makes me sad! A big part of it is that I just haven't taken the 5D into restaurants lately, and I'm never happy enough with, say, x100 pictures to post them here. (First world problems, I know.)

This is getting too text heavy, but I'll leave it with this: this year, I'm especially thankful to have the opportunity to pursue my dreams of becoming a successful photographer. It sounds so corny in writing, but it's just something I shouldn't take for granted. And of course, thanks to all of you who continue to follow my adventures on lingered upon. :)


  1. Your high standards for yourself is admirable and worth following. Thanks

  2. This is pretty sharp with 1/25th shutter speed! Yum - makes me want to get some desserts now... Have a wonderful dinner tonight!

  3. Congrats on your successful full time career doing what you love(I'm very jealous!)Keep adventurin' and we'll keep followin' =)

    I've never been great at shooting food, and I'm always amazed at your knack for it. I'm just good at eating food. hah.

  4. We had an anniversary dinner at Adour once, so amazing! Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. Aw, I think that's a great tradition! Definitely a keeper.

    And, yes, I too am thankful every day that I get to do what I love. It really is the only way to be truly happy.

  6. mmmm, pie.
    I think everyone looks back at their early photos & is glad they have improved! (although I don't think these are that bad really):)

  7. Sometimes I look back on my old XTi photos and really cringe. It took me a full year before I really learned that, yes, I do need natural light, and no, I can't just get by just this once without it.


    I wish you the best of luck next year on the photography business, though you probably won't need it. You're skilled and passionate and that's what counts!

  8. White balance issues or not, the photos have a lovely subdued and atmospheric quality.

  9. Every time I go back to my old posts I think about how far I've come. It's taken me only a year to get as good as I am now. I'm still nowhere NEAR where I'd like to be (or where you are, for that matter), but I still appreciate the time I've taken to learn. I've been so impatient, wanted to quit at least four times, picked it back up and forced myself to be patient and forgiving of my terrible blog posts filled with photos I was embarrassed to show but revealed them basically only so I would have something to show my followers. I'm still struggling every day. I have hardly any money to buy the lenses I need. But I keep pushing myself to get better. Maybe one day I'll be as fortunate as you are. But in the meantime, I'm thankful to have all of you out there supporting me. Every time I get a comment or message from a photographer like you or my friends in Texas and Canada, praising my work, I feel on top of the world. And don't feel bad.. I may have a few nice lenses to shoot with, but my camera body is a measly Rebel XS (one of the first models). It has absolutely no bells or whistles, but my lenses attach to it, and for now, that's all I can afford, and all that matters. I keep praying I'll eventually be able to afford the 5D Mark II I want so so so badly. Eek! (I also keep praying I'll come upon a money tree of some sort.)

    Okay. Long comment. But if you love them as much as I do, it'll be okay. (I'm also running on two whole pots of coffee.)


  10. we could have it all, rolling in deep , I wish you, never had met me canon

  11. aww, what a nice tradition. hope you guys had a happy thanksgiving. :)