My Faves: Animals

I was looking through my repertoire and realised that I had a lot of animal shots, some because I had cats and they are easy prey for cute shots, but also because they don’t away when you point a camera at them!

“Hairy Cow”- 2011
I took this shot in Sterling, Scotland, we took a detour and stopped on a beautiful road to take some shots of the scenery, as I look to my right a massive and I mean massive cow approached me. Other than being scared, I figured it was more curious than dangerous and took some shots. I loved his/her hair and the vibrant colour. I think of that day and smile.

“Leg Up”- 2016
I’ve come to realise I’ve taken a lot of bird pics in my time, but if you’d ask me, I would have thought otherwise. I took a lot of shot of the ducks at our local park, but I was looking for one that stood out and this one certainly did so!

“Serious Star”- 2016
Swoon, my big-hearted, lovable cat- she was scared of her own shadow, but such a beautiful heart. I miss my cuddle bug.

“White Swan”- 2018
While taking a walk last summer, I came across this majestic swan, because is there really any other way to describe swans? I had better shots of the actual swan, but I loved how I caught the water dripping from its beak.

“The Watcher”- 2016
I have to admit, I don’t know how I spotted this little one peaking out of bushes, but I was glad I did!

“Ostrich Plumage”- 2016
I have to say that this is one of my absolute favourite shots, it may not be much to really look at, but I survived being attacked by an ostrich, in low light and still managed to get this macro shot. A win on all counts. I was also pleasantly surprised by the detail in the feathers, sometimes things look so different when you just look closer.

“Resting Butterfly”- 2016
I really love capturing butterflies, but sometimes they can be hard to catch if you don’t have your settings locked in, and I will fully admit to throwing it on auto in to not miss the shot. Meh, don’t judge.

“Blue Jay”- 2016
This shot was a scramble to get, I was actually looking out of my balcony window when I spotted the blue jay land in the tree outside the window. I slowly grabbed my camera and hoped my shuffling didn’t scare it off before I managed to get the shot. I was very satisfied when I saw how in focus I managed to get it!

December Roundup

December. One of my favourite months of the year and yes I am biased because it’s my birthday month, but still- how can you NOT love Christmas?!!? Looking at the year ahead, thinking of what I’ve accomplished this year and how I’d like to up the anty this upcoming year. I’ll do an extra blog post on my goals for the next year-hopefully it’ll motivate and keep me accountable. Keep your eyes peeled.

“Christmas Flat Lay”
Eeek!!! Can I gloat just a bit!? Naa…it’s all good. I am just very proud of this shot. As you may already know, I’ve been trying to up my flat lay game-this year and I feel like this is a HUGE improvement! I didn’t want to use the typical Christmas colours too much- I wanted it to be mostly neutral with pops of red and silver. I think I achieved that, right?๐Ÿ˜




Christmas Spices”
My mother’s house is always full of spices, while I was brainstorming for a blog post on my lifestyle blog (My Sister’s Keeper), I thought it would be a great idea to do a flat lay of some of the spices we use for a natural water potpourri we make every year. This is how the shot came about and yea…I’m pretty proud of it. 

“Glass Angel”
I have been trying to get a good shot of some of the ornaments on the Christmas tree because it’s a bit tricky to get a good capture- the darkness of the tree and then the light throws the metering off somewhat. Or, I have to be more patient with the f-stop.  I spotted this glass ornament on my mother’s tree and loved how it looked when the light caught the glass. I will admit that I didn’t like how unfocused the right-hand side of the angel came out, but I had to compromise as the rest of it is in such great focus. ๐Ÿ˜ Maybe, I’m just too picky…don’t ask how many shots I took.

“Cupped Snow”
Sometimes all over the internet is filled with photos of falling snow, but it’s actually photoshopped, but I’m super grateful to live in a country where I can get real falling snow, no digital enhancement needed! ๐Ÿ˜ The bonus was that my fingers didn’t freeze off. On another note, my lovely model is my sister!

“Snowfetti”
My cheeky monkey playing around in the snow, she tried to throw some at me after this shot was taken. The older I get, I realise how much I don’t really like winter, but when I look at my daughter and all the fun she has in the snow, I realise that what I’m missing the wonder and fun in the snow. I’m sure if I actually went out and played in the snow, it would be far more enjoyable than cowering in a warm house.

“Christmas Flat Lay”
Here’s another shot I tried out for a “Christmasy” flat lay, not much to say about it really- it’s just festive. Need I say more?

“Neveah Winter Smiles”
We had some lovely weather the last couple of days and instead of staying indoors and getting cabin fever, I decided to finally crawl outside and take in some of the sunshine, even if it means it comes with -15 weather ๐Ÿ˜ฉ! This is my little munchkin enjoying making snow angels and a mini snowman because the snow wasn’t the right snow. LOL.

“Blowing Snow”
This was taken on another one of our mild days after a huge snowstorm. I wanted to try taking a shot playing around with snow. I loved how they came out, it was hard to pick just the right shot, but I loved how it was still an action shot of my sister, while still capturing the blowing snow!

Timeless photography from my lens to your heart…