July 28, 2009

Photos and a Wrap Song

Here are more pictures that I took today and edited in Photoshop. I use Photoshop Elements, which is the easier version of full-on Photoshop. I love it! I use a Canon Rebel xsi DSLR, and it was one of the best purchases that Kurt and I ever made. I think it's pretty easy to figure out, and through several photography tutorials, I've learned so much!

I've been experimenting more with blurs, colors, and the ISO settings on my camera when I actually take the picture. That way, I can take advantage of natural light and not have to use flash quite as much. These are some good examples!





Also, I have started to LOVE my Peanut Shell sling to use with Evy. It's just fun to use and she feels cuddled. However, I want one that's more stretchy, because my arms feel so constrained. I found the website Make Baby Stuff, and it showed how to take a piece of jersey material and make a no-sew wrap sling! I was so excited. So I went to Hobby Lobby and got my material. Here's how it looks! (I blurred the background in the photos so it wouldn't be distracting. Also, PLEASE pardon my appearance. . .definitely my casual look!)


Here's the problem: I accidentally got four yards of material instead of five, so I'm just BARELY able to tie the ends around my back. SO FRUSTRATING!!!!!!!! I was able to make two slings because the width of the fabric was big enough. I was going to have to start over and try and sell the two pieces of material, but this came to me as I was in bed about to fall asleep: I'll piece the two widths together to make it long enough! {Well, I'll have Kurt's mom do it....I can't sew!} SO glad I thought of that!

About the mesh baby feeder: you can get them at Babies R Us or Target, and I'm sure other places. You just put a little bit of food (like pears, apples, watermelon, banana), something with a soft texture that has juice, screw on the lid, and let them have at it! Evy LOVES it, and I think it's a great way to get her used to different foods. She gummed (not just sucked on) several pieces of peach, which really surprised me! Mesh feeders aren't expensive, so you really have nothing to lose. Great invention!

I'm off to watch the Duggars!-----

9 comments:

Carrie said...

Love the picture and the sling -- MckMama would be proud ;o) I really want Photoshop Elements!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Great pictures....

Brittany and Charlie said...

Love the natural light. You are right on how much better they look than flash! Thanks for the info on the mesh feeder!

Leigh said...

So, so cute! I would really like to get Photoshop Elements too, but I had a few questions. I just hated to go up to a professional and ask them what they use since it is their, well...profession. But since you are a beginning professional, I'll ask you. You know... before you get too famous! :) Does that software allow you to make the picture black and white while just making one thing in color (i.e. I have seen lots of fall b&w photos with the pumpkins still orange or something like that)? I also love the pictures where the clouds are in the background but they seem really enhanced (that probably makes NO sense!!) but I wondered if it did that. I haven't really researched the software online, but what little I did, it did not mention that feature. Thanks so much! Can't wait to see more precious pictures of Evy!!

Emily Dupuis Powell said...

Hey Ashley!

(we were freshmen at BU together)

I've been reading your blog for a while but I just now decided to "follow" people. I've been debating on whether or not to thinking I would then spend too much time online but I just decided to give into my blogger addiciton! Ha!

Seems you're enjoying your precious family!

Leslie @ Lamberts Lately... said...

Beautiful pictures! :)

Aishlea and Brandon said...

I've been wanting Photoshop and I think you have made me want it even worse! haha You have taken some very good pics!!!! Of course, you had beautiful subject to photograph too! :)

Jeffry and Morgan said...

The pictures are so great! I NEED to get Photoshop desperately. Loving the sling too! I use one for Trace alot...especially at the grocery store. :)

mrs.leah.maria said...

What gorgeous pictures Ashley! I love them! Her eyes just pull you deep.

I'm really interested in the mesh feeder and I think I should give Isaac a try in the sling again . . .

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