Friday, January 23, 2015

It's baaaaack....Fix It Friday!

It's been awhile since I have had a Fix It Friday, and today's image was a fun one!

Alycia, who blogs at Crazily Normal,  posted some adorable photos of her daughter the other day that I thought would be a great feature, so I asked.. and she said yes!

 Here is the before image.
 In my opinion, there isn't a need to really fix it, but it's such a cute image that I wanted to see what I could do with it!

First I straightened out the background a bit
duplicated the image and stretched it out so I could add the top of her hat that had been cropped off.
Next I warmed it up, added some sunlight and textures.
 The photo looked more vintage-y (vintage-ish? or something), so I curved the edges too.

Here is the finished result:
Thank you to Alycia for letting me edit her photo.
If you get a chance, check out her blog here and say hello!

If you have a picture you would like to have edited and featured on Fix It Friday, get in touch! I am always looking for a fun edit and would love to hear from you. Just remember, it has to be a photo you took.... 'cause, you know, I don't want to get sued or something.


I have been having major issues with Blogger messing with the color in my photos when I post them on here, so I am looking into switching over to WordPress. 
If any of you have experience with WordPress I'm all ears. 
I would like to know what you like about it, what you hate about it etc. My main problem would be moving ALL my content over from Blogger, but since my photos keep looking like crap on here I think I might be ready for the hassle. If you have moved your site from Blogger to Wordpress I would love to know how smooth of a move it was (or how many times you cried) and any insight you might have.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Age Gap and Why We Waited For Our Third

Many of you probably already read this piece last week
when it was featured on Things I Can't Say.
It got such a great response, and I am grateful to Shell for letting me be a feature!
Seeing as I also use this blog to keep a record of my girls, I wanted to post it here too:

As a parent of three girls I get some run of the mill questions and comments:
“Are you going to try for a boy?”
“Wait until their teenagers!” *insert crazy laugh*
“Are you going to try for a boy?”
“That’s a lot of weddings! Cha-ching!”
“Are you going to try for boy?”
And, “Why did you wait so long for your 3rd?”

Here is the run down.
There are two years between my older girls.
Then are seven years between my oldest and youngest.
And being were all not math geniuses up in here (me, oh me!!!), that makes five years between my middle and youngest.
Why the gap?

Let’s just say my second child is a real doozy. She is a ball of energy that has tested my patience, made me cry, and truly brought out my creative side. For example;

When she started taking her diaper off at a very young age I had to actually start duct taping it on.

When she climbed out of crib way before I was prepared I had to install a crib tent. AKA a full on crib prison contraption.

When she kept removing clothes at bed time I took those full body suit PJ’s, cut the feet off, turned them backwards, and zipped her up. She never escaped from those. This has been one of my greatest outsmarting a child accomplishments to date.

Then she dropped taking naps not long after turning two.
She has always ran places. Not walked. Ran!

She is a climber. She has climbed everything in our house that is even remotely scalable. And because of that, she is a faller.

The worst example of this is at one and a half she feel and it resulted in a fingertip loss and a very frantic trip to the ER.

She is so rough when she plays most of her clothes become hole ridden and ruined.

She has no fear, and as a result she scares me to death.

While these traits make parents like me weak in the knees, prone to high consumption of alcoholic beverages, and a victim of sleepless nights they also have a very positive side.
She is the most determined, tough little girl I know. She doesn’t take crap from anyone. She loves hard, plays hard, tries new things, doesn’t give up, and leaves me amazed at what she can accomplish.
She learned to ride a bike with no training wheels at age three.
She performs stunts that terrify me.
She keeps up with kids twice her size.
She isn’t scared to try. Which is something I envy and hope she holds on to for the rest of her life.

So to answer your question, why did we wait five years? We waited because our second one kept us so busy.
Busy running after her.
Busy being amazed.
Busy loving her.
Her ambition is what I know is going to make her life incredible.
I just hope I can keep up.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Spotlight Photo Recipe

One of my favorite overlays when editing is Love That Shots spotlight image's
from their Illumination Veils Collection.
Sometimes all a photo needs is just a little something to draw the eye to what you want to focus on in an image.
Basically, it's like a spotlight for your picture.

Here is my final edited photo using the High Spotlight Left Illumination:

I wanted a little more attention paid to her coloring crayons, and this did the trick!
You can tell just a subtle difference in the images, which is just what I wanted.
(Illumination Spotlight - Overlay 100%)
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Monday, January 19, 2015


Today I am thrilled to give away something centered around my passion for photography.
A membership to Clickin Moms AND a subscription to Click Magazine!

In case you're not familiar with this great site, read a little bit about who they are and what they do at Clickin Moms.

Clickin Moms is a members-only community of over 16,000 photographers who are passionate about capturing their lives, their clients, their families, and their worlds more beautifully. For many members, Clickin Moms is an online home for business networking and development, artistic growth, technical knowledge and support, and deeply held friendships. 
Clickin Moms strives to empower photographers of all levels to capture life beautifully in both their personal and professional endeavors, to make flexible, quality photography education and mentoring accessible, and to maintain a supportive community for continuous learning, sharing, and growth.

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As an added bonus to the giveaway, Clickin Moms is also offering a 20% membership discount to all Just Leesha readers! Woot! Please visit Clickin Moms and use code JL20 at checkout until January 23rd for this incredible deal.

I assume that many of you reading this are probably moms. If not, you at least know an amazing mother out there who is passionate about her kids and documenting their lives as they grow. 
Kristy Dooley, from Clickin Moms, wrote a special piece on why photography is so important to her as a parent.


How Photography Makes Me a Better Mom…

My babies are three and four. Hardly babies anymore.  Some days it feels like they were born yesterday and other days I can hardly remember life before them.  I clearly remember back to a couple weeks before my oldest was born as I meticulously checked everything off the “What to Pack for the Hospital” list.  My eyes skipped immediately to “Camera” and I carefully packed my very basic point-and-shoot camera next to her going home outfit, my own clothing, and enough snacks to last a week.

As soon as she was born, I couldn’t stop photographing her.  Our camera was always on our coffee table and I found myself reaching for it all day long.  I remember one photo I took of her, fast asleep and five days new. I couldn’t stop looking at it and I rushed out almost immediately to have it printed.  I “needed” to have that sweet image in print, and I couldn’t wait to show it off.  As I’m sure all new parents can relate, I was in complete awe of her every detail.  While it took me another year to pursue photography further, I know it was that image that started everything for me.  It was far from perfect, but it was perfect to me. 

Four months before my second daughter was due, I couldn’t suppress my interest in photography any longer. I purchased my first DSLR camera and never looked back.  My wish today remains the same as it did the day my new camera arrived-  I want to show my girls how they look through my eyes, what I notice, and just how unique and special I think they are.

I’m sure nearly all moms will agree that much of the early years with young children is repetitive.  Naptime, lunch time, buckling the carseats, zipping the jackets, picking up tiny toys, cleaning up spills, folding tiny articles of clothing.  Some days seem endless, but cumulatively I can’t believe how fast they pass.

 My favorite thing about photography is how it encourages me to slow down and take the time to notice what makes today special and different from yesterday.  I love documenting the daily changes and catching a small hint of the future...whether it’s the curls in my daughter’s baby hair (that are now long gone), a chubby hand wrapped around a crayon, or how their eyes smile too, I don’t ever want to forget it.  I’m thankful for the chance to slow down, soak it all in, and create these memories for my children. 

You can too.


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Sunday, January 18, 2015

I'm kinda liking this. 365/10-17

I actually had a good time taking all my photos this week.
Here are photos from days 10-17 in my 365 challenge.

 Finally got my oldest in the mix. 
Wouldn't you know, it involved a selfie.

A lazy Sunday afternoon.
This was the beginning of a week of me flying solo since my husband was gone for work.
I had no shame in letting them veg out on Good Luck Charlie episodes.
It's the one Disney show I actually enjoy!

I shared this photo earlier in the week.
You can read more about it here if you like.

She was being what she calls 'super'.
Which basically means anything involving a cape and yelling "SUPER!"

Mixing the batter for our colored pancakes dinner.
Breakfast for dinner is one of my favorites and the girls love colored pancakes.

This doll house has been one of the most beloved toys.
In fact it's being played with even as I type.
(In all honesty I hate this photo, but its the only one I got that day. wah.)

Hiding from monsters under a blanket.

I shared this photo on Instagram last night.
Have I expressed how much I love Instagram?
I decided I will now refer to it as my 4th child. 
The End.

Hope you all are having a great weekend!
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Friday, January 16, 2015

Happy Friday?

This morning my toddler woke up 2 hours early.
As soon as I went in her room she started crying for waffles.
So I made her waffles.
Then she cried that I gave her the waffles.
And when our dog ate her abandon, cold waffles off the table, she cried.

She has unrolled a roll of toilet paper all over the living room.
Found my cough drops, unwrapped them, threw them on the floor....then cried
Oh, and she cried.
She cried so much that my older two girls exclaimed,
"Its so loud in here!!! I can't focus!" 

We all have our bad days.
I think just maybe this might be one of hers.
Happy Friday.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Ain't No Sunshine

The sun appeared today!
For those of you who don't live around here and don't know about the inversion apocalypse we suffer every winter, let me just say when the sun is shining in January I'm grateful.
You don't realize how great sunshine is until she's gone...until she's gone.

"Ain't no sunshine when she's gone
It's not warm when she's away
Ain't no sunshine when she's gone
She always gone too long anytime she goes away."

 *clears throat*

Thank you Bill Withers for that little diddy. 
Though I feel we weren't necessarily singing about the same thing.
Oh well.

So when the glorious sun spilled into my windows I yelled,
"Praise be!"
 And I'm not even it was kinda weird.

It also came at a perfect time,
 because my little one was coloring in the front foyer and the light was great for my 365 photo!

Then, like all good things, it came to an end.
The sun was sucked back up into the foggy abyss
and I was left poorly singing my rendition of 
"Ain't No Sunshine".

In case you have no idea what super depressing song I was mutilating with my voice, listen to this:
And be grateful that I don't choose to start a Vlog. 
You know, a video blog.
Cause even my two year old tells me, 
"Shhhh please don't!", when I sing.
The only exception to this is the ABC's, which I must totally rock at.

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