Wednesday, April 29, 2009

playing with the reflector....88-365

Originally uploaded by Olivia Williams Photography
while waiting on the tile guy to get to my house, I played with a reflector for a bit. I need to get a reflector stand to make it easier.

back hurt....87-365

Originally uploaded by Olivia Williams Photography
my back hurt from a long day of cleaning out my oldest child's room. So I didn't want to get up to take a picture for the day. This is it.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

light play..86-365

Originally uploaded by Olivia Williams Photography
I really love to play with lights. My modeling bulbs blew and I am waiting for replacement ones, so this was shot with just 100 watt bulb in my kit. Not to bad for the low light.

some days you just don't know...85-365

Originally uploaded by Olivia Williams Photography
I didn't have any ideas, didn't want to play with lights and didn't want to take my photo. So I got legs, that is a part of me. So there it is. I processed in LR for a faded photo look.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

bokeh play...84-365

Originally uploaded by Olivia Williams Photography
I went outside with my camera today to get my 365 with a bokeh. So here it is.

day 83-365...strange

Originally uploaded by Olivia Williams Photography
I didn't have much time for a great 365. Got home from work a little after 11, so I just grabbed my camera and put it on the edge of my bed and put the timer on, after shooting 3 images I took them into photoshop and had some fun. I played with layers and colors until I had the effect I wanted.

Friday, April 24, 2009

82-365, silhouette play...

Originally uploaded by Olivia Williams Photography
I love how this light creates cool designs on my ceiling. I figured I would use it for some silhouette play again.

what I do every Wednesday night....81-365

Originally uploaded by Olivia Williams Photography
Every Wednesday night I go on hideout chat and we talk about different photo related topics. I enjoy my chat every week with other artistic crazy people....If you are a photographer or photography is a hobby you should join the hideout!

day 80-365...

Originally uploaded by Olivia Williams Photography
just some silhouette play.

inner 79-365..

Originally uploaded by Olivia Williams Photography
Embrace your image
Accept your flaws
Enhance your inner self
outer beauty can only take you so far
but inner beauty can keep you going.

Peeling paint texture added for effect.

fast snap 78-365

Originally uploaded by Olivia Williams Photography
I knew I wasn't going to have time for a real photo for the I just took a snap shot before going off to work at chili's.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

light play 77-365

Originally uploaded by Olivia Williams Photography
Well today I played with the one light setup again. This time I created soft light with the umbrella. I also had a reflector on the other side of me and Christmas lights in the back. I got the idea for Christmas lights in the background from Dana Lane Photography a while back.

Friday, April 17, 2009

National Animal Cracker 76-365

Originally uploaded by Olivia Williams Photography
OK I know it is silly, but when I heard it was National Animal Cracker Day I just had to do this.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

day play...

Originally uploaded by Olivia Williams Photography
When the wind whips in her hair, she knows he is there.

So I am still working on my ideas for my entry in the FLARE competition. This is one that I am not going to use for it, but loved it still. I took 50 photos, moving the lights around, changing my pose, but the lighting on this one I love, just not as much as I love a few others. I find this image tells a story to me. I am sure it will tell different stories to others. The story I see is a love story, where she is waiting for her love. Let me know what you see.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

day 74-365

Originally uploaded by Olivia Williams Photography
lighting 101 today.....wanted to try out dramatic lighting again. This time with my whole body, not just a head shot....It turned out OK....going to try again tomorrow. Light was to the camera left, slightly behind where I was standing and pointing down onto me. High power fan was also right under light.

day 73-365, the results from a day at the beach...

Originally uploaded by Olivia Williams Photography
Well I am burnt. Every little thing that touches my skin makes me want to scream! But I did have fun yesterday.

day 72-365, last day of spring vacation for my son...

Originally uploaded by Olivia Williams Photography
Once so small
now getting so tall
the days flew by
before my eyes

Spent the day with my 3 kids at the beach. Well a few hours. We had a blast, swimming, looking for sea shells, building sand castles and eating lunch while sitting in the sand.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter Sunday....Day 71-365

Originally uploaded by Olivia Williams Photography
Well my Easter was an interesting one. I woke up at 8 something to kids screaming "The Easter Bunny was here". My husband and I then watched our 3 kids look into their Easter Baskets, followed by them running around the house looking for Easter Eggs filled with coins. After lunch I had to head off to work at my part time job, because I forgot to ask off. Then when I came home I realized i never took my photo for the day. The only thing left out that said Easter was here was one little Easter Basket. So I took that basket and grabbed my camera for a picture of me pretending to look for Easter Eggs.

I hope everyone had a great Easter weekend.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

day 70-365, almost time for Easter...

Originally uploaded by Olivia Williams Photography
My kids reminded me this morning that I haven't gone up in the attic to get the Easter baskets. So I took the back hurting trip in the attic. You have to be only 3 feet tall to walk around in there. There are spots where I can stand but I have to duck below each beam first. By the time I got to the Easter box and back down out of the attic I was tired. I think next time I will take my son's skate board up there and just wheel my self from one spot to the other.

day 69-365, spent 3 hours drawing....loved it.

Originally uploaded by Olivia Williams Photography
For those who really know me well, you know how much I enjoy drawing. It is my first love. From way back when I was in the 5th grade drawing all the Disney characters for everyone, then there was my 8th grade year where I quit the band to join art class, followed by my 4 years of high school lugging around my huge cow print art folder from class to class, then finally my 2 years at the Art Institute where I kept an art journal that I drew in at least 5 times a day. If I just had an extra an hour or two a day I would sit and draw everyday, but being a Mother to 3 kids makes it hard to even get 30 minutes a day to draw. So sadly drawing is something that is often pushed back for another day. Today was that day for me. I did 4 loads of laundry the day before and ignored any house work that needed to be done, just so I could get an hour in of drawing. I sat down with my ipod, my project and a glass of water. I only stopped 3 times to be a referee in some of my kids arguments. By the time I looked at the clock 3 hours had passed. When I cleaned up I felt refreshed, like I did when my husband and I went away for the first time to the Dominican Republic. Amazing what art can do.

day 68-365, some days you just don't want your picture taken

Originally uploaded by Olivia Williams Photography
So today I didn't want my picture taken. I saw my reflection in our front doors and said perfect photo for today. Nothing really interesting, just my refection.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

day 67-365, long night at chili's no creative juices left...

Originally uploaded by Olivia Williams Photography
So it was a long night at work....I get home and realize I didn't take a photo for the day, so I just put my camera on the counter top and hit the timer, walk over to the fridge and grab myself a drink. The camera went off and there was my 365 photo of the day...I used LR and adjusted the saturation then added a texture just so it wasn't too dull.

day 66-365 child's eye view

Originally uploaded by Olivia Williams Photography
This was the weekly theme last week on the hideout... missed the dead line by a few days so I used it for my was the theme: This week's theme is Child's Eye View. I want to see the world the way you'd imagine a child does, whether that means the context in which something is taken or the perspective itself. Crawl around on your knees, in your house, or in the yard, you might just find a subject or a unique perspective that you wouldn't have had you been walking around as usual!

So I took my camera and put it so it was at about the spot and angle that a crawling baby's face would be. I am reaching out to the camera like it was one of my crawling children.

Monday, April 6, 2009

day 65-365...inspirations from the Fray...

Originally uploaded by Olivia Williams Photography
I got my inspiration today from hearing one of my favorite songs. I heard the Fray song on the radio on our way to the store. The song is called you found me. Here is the part of the song that helped me think of a photo for today :

Lost and insecure, your found me, you found me
lying on the floor surrounded, surrounded
why'd you have to wait? where were you? where were you?
Just a little late, you found me, you found me!

day 64-365, starfish necklace...

Originally uploaded by Olivia Williams Photography
I took this today because it was late, I didn't know what to do and I had on one of my favorite necklace. Nothing really creative just a quick one before bed.

day 63-365, waiting.....

Originally uploaded by Olivia Williams Photography
I am still waiting for the new portrait of my husband and myself. It keeps getting pushed back. The days that we do have time we just forget. So I took a picture today of me holding one of my favorite picture of us. Maybe soon I will get my new portrait of us.

Friday, April 3, 2009


Originally uploaded by Olivia Williams Photography
Have you ever stopped and really looked at yourself. Not in the critical way, but just looked at yourself. Not your flaws, but things that make you who you are. For me, I sat and thought what makes me, look like me. Then I remembered this drawing my husband and I had done of us while on vacation in Mexico. The guy did a great job, it looked just like my husband, but something just wasn't right with the way I was in the drawing. He didn't draw any of my thousands of freckles. I looked like a complete stranger. My husband even made a comment how if anyone else saw this they would wonder who the hot girl was in the drawing with him. It looked like me but it didn't look 100% like me because of the one thing that stands out about me. My freckles. I once hated all my freckles, thought I had too many, but now I don't hate them. I like them, they make me, me.

day 61-365, knitting my life away....

Originally uploaded by Olivia Williams Photography
I recently discovered knitting, I will knit for about an hour a day. Normally late at night when the kids are asleep. I find it very relaxing. I love to knit after work while I calm down from my sugar rush from work. I think I drink more soda at work then anyone should drink in a life time.

day 60-365, I'm still waiting....April 1st

Originally uploaded by Olivia Williams Photography
Here I sit
there I stand
waiting to hold
your hand

I get close
I get far
not sure
where you are

I run up
I run down
Am I
on the ground

Not really sure what that was about but it is what came to my mind when I was trying to figure out a photo for the day.

day 59-365, my never ending battle with laundry...

Originally uploaded by Olivia Williams Photography
I have this small room that I am in everyday. I go in there, load our towels into the washer, push the button, leave the room. A strange buzz goes off a short while later, I go back in the room, put towels from washer into the dryer, hit the button on dryer, then fill the washer again this time with kids clothing, I hit the button and leave the room. A short while later the sound calls me again, like it is now one of the names I answer to. I go in the small room again, Pull out the stuff out of the dryer, drop it into a basket. Then continue to repeat my steps again. Push the buttons on both the washer and dryer and leave the room. Now this time I take with me the basket of towels. I sit down on my bed and fold the towels, some of the towels go into the basket again, others get put away in my bathroom. I then walk the basket of towels across the house and into the kids bathroom and put them away. Then not even 20 minutes later, buzzzzzz. I am called upon again. Finally after 3 or 4 loads of laundry I give up and stop for the day.