Monday, April 14, 2014

Colonial Park Easter Egg Hunt

Some of the neighbors held an Easter egg hunt for the area children in the park next to my house.  I felt strange being the only solo person there, and holding a camera, at that.  I wanted to get out and see what the excitement was about, really.  The kids looked like they had a great time!  I got a few shots.  Here's one of my favorites.

It's amazing how quickly the kids grab all those eggs.  A fun time was had by all.  If you'd like to see more, I have some other nice shots on my website.

West Reading Photo Walk

On Saturday I was out with my photography group in West Reading, PA for a photo walk.  My friend Joan came along, too.  It was a gorgeous day and I got some interesting shots.  I even did a composite of two that turned out pretty nice, as well.

The flower photos was taken on the grounds of the Reading Museum, which is actually pretty cool if you are ever in the area.  The other photo is an antenna from the West Reading Borough Hall with an overlay of some cool peeling paint texture that I found. 

Interested in seeing more from the day?  Head on over to my website gallery and take a look.  I'd love it if you did!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Chinon CP-6 Photography

One New Year's Day, my father-in-law gave me his Chinon CP-6 film SLR camera.  I was floored.  I was honored to have his camera.

I don't use it as often as I should, as film is getting harder to find and is more expensive to process, but I do shoot a roll every now and again.

I know it's grainy, but it was sunset, and I LOVE the lens flare on this.  Sometimes you just can't get effects like this with digital photography.

Here's a Squidoo article I wrote about this camera, and it features more of my photos taken with this camera.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Dutchland Blitz

I had the pleasure of going to my first roller derby bout on Saturday.  The local B team, the  Dutchland Blitz, took on the Corporal Punishers from New Jersey. 

 My gallery was actually picked up by the Derby Daily as a story and they posted it on the front page of their site. How cool is that?!

If you'd like to see the rest of my photos, click here for the gallery.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Flipping Through My Phone

I was flipping through the photo on my phone recently, and found a photo that I forgot I had taken and should have posted.  Taken in the fall, this picture may not look like much, but take a closer look.

In the weeds, there is a hidden gem: a pray mantis. 

I was outside at my in-laws and saw this gal hiding in the weeds.  I took her photo with my film SLR, and grabbed my phone to take her photo for instant gratification.  I was so glad I was observing the weeds to find this big bug.

My point?  We all have cool photos that we forget about at times.  Every now and then, take the time to see what you did.  You may be reminded of something neat you forgot about.

Friday, February 28, 2014

When I Caught The Photography Bug

I think I really started to realize that I loved photography was in 2002, really.

I had just bought a nice film camera (digital was only starting to come out) and for a trip to Europe I was going on.  I didn't have much money to spend on stuff, so I figured my photos would be my souvenirs. 

I was so happy with these photos.  My one sister even bought me a special photo album for Christmas that year so I could keep them neat and safe. 

Anyway, here is a sample of my photos and some of my experiences from that trip.  It's highly condensed, but the photos show some of my budding eye and interest here as a photographer.

I caught the photography bug on that trip. I'm so glad I've never found a cure.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Being Bad

I apologize for not keeping up with stuff here.  Bad Jenn.  The weather has been horrible, and I can only photograph stuff in my house so many times.  I need to hop back on the photography wagon.  My DSLR is being neglected, as well as my photography skills.  I need to fix that.

Anyway, here's a black and white I took of one of my husband's weights.  It's got a cool texture to it.  Enjoy!!

Jenn Dixon Photography: Winter 2013-14, And Christmas 2013 &emdash; Jan. 04-4

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

So cold today.

I hope you are all staying warm today.  I hope this little bird is finding food and a warm spot, too.

I took this photo on Sunday by the tree my in-law's have a bunch of bird feeders hanging from.  I'm surprised I got a clear of a shot I did on one of the song birds that was hanging out in the tree.  I'm also surprises that all of the birds didn't fly away when I came outside. 

Here's another of one of a song bird near the feeder, and one on the snowy ground.

Monday, December 30, 2013

First Saturday Creativity Session

Jenn Dixon Photography: Winter 2013-14, And Christmas 2013 &emdash; December 28-5

Ten o'clock on Saturday morning rolled around and started my one hour of creativity.  Picking a subject was the hardest part, but I decided to focus on a box of knitting heirlooms I received from my aunt.  These supplies belonged to my grandmother and great-grandmother.  

I started to shoot and got some nice shots, but nothing that really popped for me.  I got the great idea of grabbing my extension tubes for some cheap-o macro photography.  The shot I got above is one of my favorites of the day. The orange back ground is a large knitted swatch that was in the box.

Jenn Dixon Photography: Winter 2013-14, And Christmas 2013 &emdash; December 28-10I also photographed this Greek basil plant that I am struggling to keep alive.  I also took this during my hour.  The macro is grainy, but it turned out ok.
I got some nice shots from that hour, and even managed a couple of minutes of post-processing during that hour, too.  My left shoulder was starting to hurt as I just had a cortisone shot in the joint there on Thursday.   

I will keep this up to the best of my ability. It's going to be struggle sometimes, but, like most muscles, your creativity "muscles" need to be exercised, too.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Scheduling Your Creativity for the New Year
I had a conversation with my Aunt Suzy during one of our Christmas family gatherings.  She is a well-know local artist and is always interested in what I'm doing with my photography.

I told her that I have been doing a lot of photography jobs, but haven't been doing a lot on the creative end for myself.  She said that happens to a lot of people with creative pursuits.  The key, Aunt Suzy said, is to make time.

When she said make time, like, literally schedule time to do your creative work.  She told me that she tells people not to call her before noon because she paints in the morning.  That is her time to do her to explore her creativity for herself.

What a novel idea!

We are always scheduling appointments for the doctor, the hairdresser, the mechanic, etc, but what about ourselves JUST for ourselves.  Why not make time to be creative?

So, that's what I'm going to do.  Saturday mornings between 10am-11am is going to Jenn's Photography Time.  No assignments or jobs, just me, my camera, and whatever I want to photograph. I can't wait to get started this week.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Pinup Photography Book Review

I have a secret that I'm about to tell you.  I love pinup photography.

Those of you who know me personally may be surprised by this.  Then again, perhaps you are not.

I got this book because I wanted to see what techniques are used in basic pinup photography, such as poses and lighting.  Shoot Sexy: Digital Pinup and Boudoir Photography, published by the awesome folks at Focal Press, do a great job with a high quality book.  The second part of the book focuses on boudoir photography, something else that I find interesting, too.

The pictures in the book are nice and bright.  There are lighting diagrams and suggestions.  I love the back section pertaining to workflow, too.  I'm always wondering how I should edit any sort of model photography.

I love the section on poses.  I got a lot of inspiration from that.  I also like the instructions on props, and locations.

Any woman, regardless of size or shape, can be a pinup model.  And that is stressed in this book.  As photographers, we should be open to enhance the qualities of the model we photograph.  It's a great philosophy.

Oh, and boudoir part?  Equally as awesome, but I mostly got this book for the pinup part.  The two can be pretty interchangeable, actually.

This is a great book for inspiration and tips.  

Friday, November 15, 2013

2014 Calendar

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It's that time of year to start thinking about a calendar for the next.  Why not spend a year with my photos?  They make great company. :)  My 2014 calendar is available for purchase on for $25.00.  It also would make a great gift!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

My tumblr feed needs your love.

My poor, poor neglected tumblr page.  I've been adding content to it, making it pretty, but I don't have anyone to look at it!  Why not check it out?  I do post some unique content over there, so take a look!

Also, my general/knitting tumblr could use some attention, too.

Check them out and I will love you forever!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Etsy Coupon Code

It's that time of year!  I know it's early, but get a jump on your Christmas shopping early by using the coupon code HOLIDAY2013 at my Etsy shop for 10% off your order!  Please have all holiday orders in before December 16, 2013 to have your order by Christmas.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Jenny Hill of Acts of Jennius

It was freezing last Saturday, but Jenny Hill, a hooping performer and teacher. here braved the junkyard with me for a photo shoot.  The morning light was just right, and I got some great character and action shots, such as the one below.

I frankly love this photo.  See more on my portfolio site. Also, you definitely want to check out Jenny's site at Acts of Jennius.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Playing Catch Up

I am FINALLY getting somewhere with all the photos I've been working on in the past few months.  Here are two from Labor Day that I thought I'd share here:

I'll probably be putting them up for sale on my Etsy store soon.

Otherwise, I'm working on my cousin's wedding photos.  I have the ceremony and formals done, but I'm still working on the reception photos.  You can see them here.

Here are also more photos from the gallery featuring the two photos at the top.

Monday, September 23, 2013

3D Sidewalk Chalk Art

I was in Atlantic City, NJ this past weekend, and came across a neat art exhibit of sorts:  a 3D sidewalk chalk art festival.  My three friends and I diverted off the Boardwalk to take a look.

All I had was my iPhone with me, but that takes decent photos.  To get the full effect of the pictures you need to photograph them, anyway.  So, take a look at the shots I got of these amazing pieces.  My favorite is the Monopoly board.

Read more here.