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2010 Week 4

January 29, 2010

Week 4 started, at least for me, in Milwaukee. My parents gave me photography lessons for Christmas, so I drove into town for the weekend to get some pointers from our wedding photographer, Jessica Kaminski.  She’s a pretty rad photographer, and an awesome person to know.  The class was great, and while I didn’t get much practice photographing people, I definitely upped my skills to the point where I feel more confident shooting in all manual mode (before I was shooting in almost-manual mode).  And now I am totally obsessed with trying other lenses for my camera… will those of you with a DLSR chime in and let me know what lenses you’re using?

Anyways, I am also totally wanting to photograph people.  So, if you are a person and want some photos taken, maybe we can get together sometime?  Or next time I see you, maybe you can just let me take a million photos of you?  Pretty please?

These first two photos are ones that I shot in Jessica’s studio.  I thought the chains were fun, and the little tangerine that says “sweetest new year” made me giggle a little bit.  I mean, what a cute idea.  And also?  We’re only 4 weeks into 2010 and between the miscarriage, the water-softener-induced flooding in the basement, and the stupidly-running-out-of-propane, we’ve already had quite a year.  But this little tangerine sticker was a fun reminder that we should be counting our blessings and laughing at some of the road bumps we’ve encountered.  Because, really, it’s nothing insurmountable.

I had a pretty full agenda in the MKE.  My grandparents took my sister and I to see the Dead Scrolls and the Bible exhibit at the Milwaukee Public Museum.  The exhibit was really cool, and I learned a bunch – if you’re in town, you should check it out.  Attending with my grandparents reminded us of all of the times when my sister and I were younger and got to go on all sorts of crazy excursions (museums, symphonies, fancy restaurants) with my grandparents.  So fun!

I visited with my maternal grandmother, too, and she was a good sport and let my mom and I put all sorts of nails in the walls of her new apartment (we then hung pictures on the nails), and even took us to lunch to reward our efforts (or maybe to get us away from the hammer?).

I also visited with an old friend and her new fiance.  We’ve known each other since we were three, grew up playing restaurant (with rollerskating waitresses) together, and then lost touch sometime between high school and college.  I was so excited to finally get together with her again!  We had some yummy apps and wine at a local pub, and decided that next time, we should invite even more old friends to join in the fun (Christina – that means you!).  Yay!

And, of course, a trip to Milwaukee wouldn’t be complete without a hockey game (or several).  Brother Trevor is a pretty great hockey player, and it’s fun to see how much he improves every time I watch him play!

And, no hockey game would be complete without the coach – err, my dad – yelling from the bench.

And, well, once I rolled back into town on Sunday, the propane had been used up.  As you know, it’s been a hot cocoa and slippers kind of week around here.  (Please notice that I’ve layered my slippers inside of Jason’s for added foot warmth.  I have the world’s coldest feet.  It’s a title I’m really proud of.)

This week, I’m back to work at my teaching-kids-science-after-school job and I’ve been skiing/coaching about 3-4 times/week.

And Jason?  When not working or playing soccer, he’s been contemplating a new look.  Last night, he finally shaved his beard into a look that I like to refer to as “the molestache” because it makes him look so creepy.  And he went to work like this today… can’t wait to hear what his coworkers think of his new look…

16 Comments leave one →
  1. tami permalink
    January 29, 2010 2:53 pm

    Top that molestache with a cowboy hat and Voila!…country singer.

  2. Christina permalink
    January 29, 2010 3:03 pm

    YES! Invite me next time! I know how jam-packed your weekends home are, but please call anytime you have a free minute to catch up face-to-face. =)

    • January 29, 2010 3:19 pm

      You bet! Next time we’re in town, we have to plan something. Jason wants to hang out with you again, too!

  3. Brian permalink
    January 29, 2010 3:05 pm

    I’m thinking 70’s porn star……not that I’ve ever seen any.

    Jennifer – you need to fill the picture frames you put up at Grandma’s Apt., then you will get some practice taking photos of people. Also, you miss counted on the frames.

    • January 29, 2010 3:15 pm

      What? We mis-counted the grandkids? Me, Mark, Ash, Robby, Jess, Sam, Colleen, Michael, Connor, Trev, Dayton, Lexi. And there’s 4 more matching frames in the closet for when I get more cousins! (Keeping our fingers crossed that it will be sooner rather than later!)

      • Brian permalink
        January 29, 2010 8:01 pm


      • January 30, 2010 12:19 am

        I’d like to go on record as having suggested that we hang all 16 frames and fill the bottom 4 frames with the family dogs. Unfortunately, my suggestion was met with resistance from momma bear and the lady of the apartment.

        I tried!!!!

  4. January 29, 2010 3:57 pm

    I got the 50mm/1.8 lens when I bought my camera. I really like it, but I’m wanting something in the 28mm range so I can get some wide-angle shots. With not having a full-frame camera, it’s crazy how much you have to back up sometimes to get everything in view.

    I also checked out the book “Understanding Exposure” from the library and am reading that. I read all of The Pioneer Woman’s posts about aperture, shutter speed, and ISO, but have heard great things about this book on various photo forums.

  5. GGG permalink
    January 29, 2010 4:00 pm

    This one’s hard to comment on! First of all, Your photography is great and you can take my picture any time as long as you can make me presentable. Secondly, I missed the hockey. DARN! I’ll teach you how to crochet so you can make some fuzzy slippers for the next time you run out of heat! And, I liked the professor look. This “mouse” thing is scary!
    sorry,I guess that was a mole.

  6. January 29, 2010 4:50 pm

    What an awesome gift from your mom! Looks to me like you are doing well and have been!

  7. Debbie permalink
    January 29, 2010 6:33 pm

    You can take pictures of me any time ,maybe when we come out in April… yea! We can’t wait!
    I vote for going back to the full beard; that thing Jason has now is very scary and quite unsavory. Didn’t he do this before and we told him THEN that he looked like a porn star(what I imagine one would look like).
    Good luck with your meets this weekend.

  8. Mom permalink
    January 29, 2010 9:15 pm


  9. February 2, 2010 10:24 am

    how awesome to have a photography class –
    invest in a 50mm 1.4 or 1.8 lens –
    it’s awesome for portraits –
    i will email you w/ more details!

  10. February 3, 2010 3:41 pm

    50mm 1.8 and a sigma zoom (dont know the numbers, and it is in the boot of my car, and it is cold out, so I’m not going to look!!!)

  11. Erin permalink
    February 10, 2010 1:49 pm

    I’m famous (aka, “old friend”)!! So great to catch up and can’t wait to do so again! And, your photos are great! I definitely see a budding photographer…


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