Come fall, I always get in the mood to grunge out a little bit. Throw on the layers….the beanies, the flannels, the boots. Layered and comfy is definitely my favorite way to dress. Unfortunately, it’s hard to get in the fall spirit when the weather decides to jump to 90 degrees in October (common!!) BUT I am starting to feel the chill in the air at night which means colder days are approaching. Hopefully sooner than later! This leather jacket by BB Dakota is perfection (similar style here). There is something about leather that just makes you feel instantly cooler, isn’t there!? I am still wearing these shoes too death, but I think it’s time upgrade to these bad boys for fall. So in love.
The 52 Project – a portrait series of my daughter, once a week in 2013
First things first, how cute is that little fox coin purse from Misala Handmade! Rylee wants to take it everywhere we go. I think she took coins in and out of it for about an hour yesterday afternoon. It’s so funny the things that keep her entertained.
I have been having so much fun playing with my camera lately. I use a Canon Rebel T1i with a 50mm, which is super basic in camera standards….but I’ve learned to make the most of it’s capabilities. A few weeks ago I took my second San Diego photography class with Photo Creatures. If you remember back in March I wrote about my experience with Part 1 (their intro class), and what a game changer it was for me. Part Deux is basically a step further, helping you to really take control of your camera. After my first class in March, I found myself defaulting to aperture priority (AV) because I almost always wanted that shallow depth of field (blurred out background) and I didn’t want to deal with figuring out what the other settings should be with every photo. That’s still a great mode and a good option if you are not totally comfortable with moving to full manual yet…..BUT after taking the second class and better understanding each dial and setting, I am more confident than ever in braving MANUAL! It actually feels like quite an accomplishment given where I started! :)
If you are a momma to a wild toddler like I am, you know how tough it is to get a good shot let alone get your settings right. Understanding my camera has made a world of difference in not only the quality of my photos but also the speed in which I am able to take them (and get it right!) Which is why I can’t recommend these classes enough! One little take away trick from the class was the “sunny SD settings” : ISO 100, 1/250, f/10. On a typical sunny day, you can set your camera to these settings and more often than not, you will be pretty darn close to a good exposure!
Photo Creatures is offering a great deal for you guys: 50% off any single photography class! Just enter the code KelliCreatures at checkout! If you live in or near San Diego, I really hope you’ll take advantage! I’d do it a thousand times over, and the best part is, I can! Once you pay for a class you can come back and take it again as many times as you need!
Just when I thought it was Fall, summer decides to show up again. I guess this heat means one more round of my summer favorites including this dress from The Oxford Trunk. I love the low back and relaxed fit. My sister and I were just talking about how amazing dresses are….they are easiest go-to outfit. Not a whole lot of thinking, an outfit all in one, total comfort, no restriction or muffin tops….haha. More often than not, i’m running late and don’t have a whole lot of time to get ready. Being rushed is kind of the story of my life. I’m changing diapers and grabbing snacks…I’m making sure my hair is brushed and hauling a 2 year old out the door with me. These are the days where I thank the heavens for dresses (of the comfortable variety), because they are all I can manage to throw on and still feel put together!
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