Shine! & Easter Eggs

My friend Ellie and her daughter Tia came over Friday. The girls colored Easter eggs and played through the morning. 

You may know Ellie from her blog Shine!. It’s a beautiful photography blog about her family.  The love Ellie has for her family “Shine!s through her photography.  

I wanted a little project for the girls to do while Tia and Ellie where here because my little friend. . .Mary Elizabeth. . . is a little reluctant when meeting up with new friends. She doesn’t really like change very much. She is happy with her day to day home school life.  Tia is the type of girl who never meets a stranger. Everyone is her friend. They just don’t know it yet. 

As the girls colored their eggs, Ellie and I talked about everything under the sun, including the lighting in my kitchen window.  I learned it was perfect for Easter egg coloring shots. I always learn so much about photography when Ellie is around. 

Ellie is the type of friend that just makes you feel good. She is the type of friend you can have over when things are NOT going just right. Things like: when the vacuum cleaner belt breaks an hour before she comes and you don’t have another to finish the job. OR  When you ask your sons to mow the grass the day before because, “We are having company tomorrow.”  You tell them, “This lady has never been here before. I would at least like the house to  look like we try.” and then your sons  come in the house and say “Mom, the law mower is broken. I don’t know what is wrong with it.” 

She is the type of friend you could have over when you run out of milk and the laundry is pilling high in the hall. You know she is not judging you and thinking, WOW! What a loser! She can’t even keep milk in the house.  

You know the type. 

Lizzy and I need more friends like Ellie and Tia. They are simply easy 
 and fun to have around.  


Mother Teresa said it best:Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” Man! Mother Teresa was a smart woman! 

Unknown Mami

Ni Hao Yall

Advice ~ and then she snapped

Since we are on the subject of improving photography skills, I thought I would give the meme  and then, she {snapped} a shot today. 

and then, she {snapped}

In this meme we are to give advice about photography. Now remember, I am not one to give advice often. I know my photography skill needs much improvement. To be totally honest about advice, there are many days I don’t want to hear it at all. But you see, the advice I have for the many novices out there, like me, is not my advice at all. So I figure, today, it might be okay. 

So listen up and pay attention! 

First tip of the day: 

Comes from my cousin Anne. She has a delicious little blog she calls Simply Sweeter. She not only takes great photos, her cookies, cakes and fudge are just to die for. 

Anne’s word exaclty: “Sometimes your photos are blurry.” 
I remember being stunned. I remember saying ” Blurry? They are? Really?  She gave me many tips that day like: using your continuous button when shooting the kids, using the intelligent face button detection and lighting and boy did we talk about lighting.  

The tips were very helpful. But, there was one thing she said to me that really blew me away. 

You ready for this one? She said: “Have you had your eyes tested lately? ” WHAT!?! Well, she says “Your pictures are blurry.” 

So, I had my eyes tested and yes, I need glasses. I even had the prescription filled. But, there are times I just don’t feel like wearing them.

Then there was that day Liz and I were at the park. 

Elizabeth and I met friends of ours, Ellie and her daughter Tia. You may know them from the blog Shine. Her photos are just beautiful! Ellie knows a lot about cameras and I think she is a real photographer. She was asking me questions like “What is the aperture in your camera set on?” 

My response was an very intelligent  ~ “Huuuu. . .?” She goes on to explain sometimes my photos are just to bright and I can adjust the settings. “Oh!” I say. . . “adjust the settings.” Just so I didn’t appear stupid, I pretending I knew exactly what she was talking about.   She then started throwing questions at me like: What settings are you on? What speed are you on?  What this? What that? 

She made me dizzy. The only response I could come up with was. . .What???? And then she says . . .“You know, Lisa, you really should read the manual to your camera.” 

Woooo! Okay what a minute…..What??? “Read the manual to my camera??? Uhhhh?” That will help??? I mean, I have seen people read manuals. I live with people who read manuals all the time. . . But. . .mmmm, I wonder where it is?  

I went home and searched. . .I found the manual I had in French. I even found the manual I had in Spanish. It’s to bad too because, I can’t read either one of those  languages. 

Weeks went by. Finally I went to the internet to find a manual for my camera in the only language I know. 

So here’s Ellie’s Second Tip of the Day: 

Read your manual. 

I guess when it comes right down to it, I do have photography advice. . .Are you ready for this? Do not throw out the manual that is written in your language.  They are so much easier to read that way.