Wednesday, July 25, 2018

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Now a bit of macro on a bug's life . . . - The Woodlands photographer -

If you've seen my posts you may have noticed I tried my hand at a bit of astrophotography in the past month, see The Milky Way

Lately, I'm testing out a bit of Macro photography and have been enjoying a evening gander outside around my yard snap away with a borrowed Canon 2.8 Macro L lens.    For a while I've been using a clip on iPhone macro lens which is fun, but the images from that can't compete with the beauty of the Canon L Lens.  It takes a bit of getting used to, especially the slower focusing.  I've been shooting at my usual 2.8 with out a tripod, so that may be the reason I have to toss quite a few.

The little teeny bug was about 1 cm in size, so you can see the clarity of the Macro lens!









Happy shooting!

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More info you say? Of course - Eliz Alex Photography (est. 2010) specializes in photographing children, and families in The Woodlands, Magnolia, Tomball, Spring and North Houston areas. Please Message me to schedule your family's photographic adventure.

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Little people call her Camera Girl. Elizabeth's little people, two boys, call her Mommy. She calls on her Canon, enthusiasm for the outdoors, creativity as a former toy-maker, excited for discovery and addiction to Starbucks coffee to guide the littles and their families on photograph adventures. Elizabeth's love of nature and volunteer work at a local land conservancy keep her connected to the land and always seeking new settings where she can capture the natural light, the beauty of the local fauna, and the candid and magical moments of the families she guides.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

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THE Milky Way - the real Milky Way - The Woodlands Family photographer

Ya'll I did it! I'm such a DIY gal, and am so happy to photograph my 1st Milky Way shoot on my own. No fancy workshops, no expensive gear. Just me and my camera. I've spent the past couple years researching, learning, and could never even "see" the Milky Way from our home in The Woodlands, Texas. THAT is so frustrating - to know the beauty that is up there in the sky and to NOT be able to see it. Many times I was outside my home at midnight taking photos of the sky - I'm sure my neighbors think I am nuts!

 In case you don't realize the Milky Way is only visible 6 months of the year, and only visible a few day of each month, then you need to be in a dark sky area, and the weather needs to be clear.

 We were in Mustang Island, Texas as our family vacation planned by my hubby coincided with wonderful Milky Way viewing. I was ecstatic to realize that I would have this opportunity should the weather stay clear.   And clear it was - we had 3 gorgeous clear evenings I was out late shooting by myself the first night, and with my family on the beach the second night.

The temperature was lovely 85 degrees, the breeze off the ocean was relaxing, and the skies were so bright beautiful, and amazing.   I

 It was invigorating to see and to shoot! I am over the moon! This is my little guy that sat as still as he could for 25 seconds! I had to keep counting - 20 seconds, don't move, 18 seconds don't move!



This is our boardwalk from our hotel to the beach and compositionally I was trying to get something, so decided to include a portion of the boardwalk, the sea grass in the sand dunes,  and a bit of the beach.

You can also see a bright orange Mars near the bottom!



Happy shooting!

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More info you say? Of course - Eliz Alex Photography (est. 2010) specializes in photographing children, and families in The Woodlands, Magnolia, Tomball, Spring and North Houston areas. Please Message me to schedule your family's photographic adventure.

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Little people call her Camera Girl. Elizabeth's little people, two boys, call her Mommy. She calls on her Canon, enthusiasm for the outdoors, creativity as a former toy-maker, excited for discovery and addiction to Starbucks coffee to guide the littles and their families on photograph adventures. Elizabeth's love of nature and volunteer work at a local land conservancy keep her connected to the land and always seeking new settings where she can capture the natural light, the beauty of the local fauna, and the candid and magical moments of the families she guides.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

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Galveston Texas - a beautiful little beach - Woodlands family photographer

On many visits as a single girl livin' in the H-town, I've visited the downtown area of Galveston, Texas - to bike the seawall, see the Victorian parade on the Strand, visit a historic hotel, see Moody Gardens, kayak on the bay . . . yet I never swam in the ocean!!

Many months ago,  we planned our first visit to the west end of Galveston with our wonderful friends from Allen, Texas to enjoy the beautiful quiet beaches and each other's company.   It was my first #twomamafourboy trip.   We did a dolphin tour near the harbor, visited the historic Elissa sailing vessel, and a wonder crab cake lunch at Fisherman's Warf, enjoyed the beach, the pool, and relaxing.

Our little beach house was in a nice peaceful area and the boys really enjoyed two surprising things - riding around the community in the little golf cart, and crabbing on the beach at night.  They would beg us to take out the golf cart, literally beg.     Crabbing under a full moon was delightful.  The moonlight, the coolness, the breezes invigorate me!   It's really so fun to see the boys burn off the midnight oil running around as little lights on the beach discovering big crabs, little sand crabs under a gorgeous moon.  (iPhone photo there!)












This one was all for me to capture my loves in a beach reflection image this summer. Remember we only get 18 summers with our little loves!  I do hear if you pay for it, they will come!



Happy shooting!

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More info you say? Of course - Eliz Alex Photography (est. 2010) specializes in photographing children, and families in The Woodlands, Magnolia, Tomball, Spring and North Houston areas. Please Message me to schedule your family's photographic adventure.

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Little people call her Camera Girl. Elizabeth's little people, two boys, call her Mommy. She calls on her Canon, enthusiasm for the outdoors, creativity as a former toy-maker, excited for discovery and addiction to Starbucks coffee to guide the littles and their families on photograph adventures. Elizabeth's love of nature and volunteer work at a local land conservancy keep her connected to the land and always seeking new settings where she can capture the natural light, the beauty of the local fauna, and the candid and magical moments of the families she guides.

Monday, June 25, 2018

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The END of Toys R US - The Woodlands child photographer

Only a few days left till the closing of Toys R Us.  I remember Geoffrey oh so well.  

My boys, of course, remember the fun of shopping there and asking, "Mommy Can I get this?" and "Mommy, I need just this one", and "pllleeaasee".

For me,  it is the behind the scenes.  It is the many and countless hours I spent working in the Toy Industry - when Toys R Us, or TRU as it is known, was the king of all toys.   As a toy manufacturer, we would bow down  just to change the color of a doll's coat if a TRU buyer wanted it that way.  A order from TRU could help make your company continue staying in business!

Often I'd be found wandering through Toys R Us just to see what new toys, electronics, and dolls were being made for children.  How did they work? How were they packaged?   My love of photography was kicked up a notch during this era as I worked with NJ/NY models and hired studio photographers to create the images that would become part of our toy packaging.   

It is sad to see the Lego section without any Legos.

Truly, I was hoping that the company might still make it. I am sad to see it go.



Happy shooting!

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More info you say? Of course - Eliz Alex Photography (est. 2010) specializes in photographing children, and families in The Woodlands, Magnolia, Tomball, Spring and North Houston areas. Please Message me to schedule your family's photographic adventure.

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Little people call her Camera Girl. Elizabeth's little people, two boys, call her Mommy. She calls on her Canon, enthusiasm for the outdoors, creativity as a former toy-maker, excited for discovery and addiction to Starbucks coffee to guide the littles and their families on photograph adventures. Elizabeth's love of nature and volunteer work at a local land conservancy keep her connected to the land and always seeking new settings where she can capture the natural light, the beauty of the local fauna, and the candid and magical moments of the families she guides.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

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Giant bubbles, oh my - the woodlands family photographer

Ya'll it's summertime once again. I think half of Texas is out of school with more finishing this week. 

What I love most is having my babies back with me full time once again, so lots of relaxing, swimming, reading and doing fun things together. Yesterday was errands and doctor appointments, mainly for my ten year old who shot himself in the eye with a nerf gun. YEP - shot himself in the eye! He was getting ready for a nerf battle and somehow shot himself at close range. His eye swelled a bit as to be expected, but the next day he couldn't stand any light from outside, even had to keep the blinds closed and wear sunglasses. We've been to the eye doctor 5 times this week, and one day had to put eye drops in every two hours.  All is looking good now and we only have 1 more appointment next week. So be sure your kiddos wear safety glasses during nerf battles. You can buy clear safety glasses that are child sized at any Lowes.  As per our optometrist, Nerf bullets and laundry two most common eye injuries to children. With the laundry pods they squeeze them and the pod explodes unexpected in the child's fact. Be careful!

 BACK to Summer fun - we purchased these bubbles, and bubble wand yesterday at Kroger for $5.99 and just gave them a test run this morning.   For my son's 2nd grade class project we made our own bubbles and he had to sell them at school - those bubbles were fantastic. However, these Kroger bubbles with the giant wand are truly A H M A Z I N G! We are off to go get more!

 What summer fun things are ya'll doing?




Happy shooting!

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More info you say? Of course - Eliz Alex Photography (est. 2010) specializes in photographing children, and families in The Woodlands, Magnolia, Tomball, Spring and North Houston areas. Please Message me to schedule your family's photographic adventure.

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Little people call her Camera Girl. Elizabeth's little people, two boys, call her Mommy. She calls on her Canon, enthusiasm for the outdoors, creativity as a former toy-maker, excited for discovery and addiction to Starbucks coffee to guide the littles and their families on photograph adventures. Elizabeth's love of nature and volunteer work at a local land conservancy keep her connected to the land and always seeking new settings where she can capture the natural light, the beauty of the local fauna, and the candid and magical moments of the families she guides.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

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Wild onions, yellow flowers, iPhone Macro Photography - in The Woodlands, Texas

Yesterday was my  birthday so I wandered out in the woods in the gentle morning breeze.  The morning was lovely and  near our home are these yet-to-be- identified yellow flowers and these tall wild onion flowers.  Some of the wild onion flowers have a pretty pink tint to them, they are only about 1/2 inch in size.

It was time to play and test out my Fuji XT2's video capabilities, in 4K. Fuji has been so great to constantly have firmware updates that enable wonderful new features.  I'm also waiting to try out the focus stacking feature and that was my main goal yesterday morning.   However, it was a bit bright by the time I got out there, so I decided to do some macro with my iPhone and clip on macro lens.

It's not as good as a real macro lens, but it's simple to use and so fun for the time being.  If you are interested, I'll find the amazon link.

This first image is my favorite one of the pinkish wild onion, the yellow flowers, my rain boots, and a wee bit of my hand.








Happy shooting!

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More info you say? Of course - Eliz Alex Photography (est. 2010) specializes in photographing children, and families in The Woodlands, Magnolia, Tomball, Spring and North Houston areas. Please Message me to schedule your family's photographic adventure.

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Little people call her Camera Girl. Elizabeth's little people, two boys, call her Mommy. She calls on her Canon, enthusiasm for the outdoors, creativity as a former toy-maker, excited for discovery and addiction to Starbucks coffee to guide the littles and their families on photograph adventures. Elizabeth's love of nature and volunteer work at a local land conservancy keep her connected to the land and always seeking new settings where she can capture the natural light, the beauty of the local fauna, and the candid and magical moments of the families she guides.

Monday, April 30, 2018

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The Night Sky and my Fuji XT2 - the Woodlands family photographer

As a child, did you look at the night sky?  Did you learn astronomy in science?  It amazes me how many stars are up there, and I remember many summer evenings looking up at the sky.  My best childhood friend and I even picked out a constellation that was "ours".   I think I can still spot it out there, Amy!  

 One night while relaxing on a lakeside dock in Vermont, friends and I were amazed with the number of shooting stars and satellites.  It was so beautiful super dark!

We now live closer to a major city and light pollution is a problem.   Over spring break my family went skiing in Park City, Utah and miraculously it happened to be during a new moon.  Utah is known to have dark skies,  so I did all the research before our trip so that I might take some amazing images of the Milky Way.

THAT was not to happen.  The Milky Way would only be visible during the early morning hours and I have 3 family members wanting to be up bright and early to ski.   I needed to be able to shoot from our rental location, however that might be.

THIS is what I was left with - no milky way due to not dark enough/cloud cover, but beautiful beautiful images of my favorite constellations.

Can you spot them below?

This is 10:00 pm on the side of the townhouse, as I wanted to do a test to be sure I was had all my settings correct for when the milky way would appear.

(hint:  Orion is in the trees)

(I will keep working on getting a milky way images one day!)



10:00 pm in the evening in front of the townhouse:



4:30 am the next morning in the back of the townhouse:


So come to say, if you are still here, that all of this researching, learning, and purchasing a new wide angle 12mm lens,  led me to be able to document this image of my boys first night sleeping out in a tent in our backyard under the moonlight.

On Instagram I follow this site called ROAM, and they do these glowing tent images in the most beautiful of settings.   Well, we just have my backyard and pretty moonlight!



Happy shooting!

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More info you say? Of course - Eliz Alex Photography (est. 2010) specializes in photographing children, and families in The Woodlands, Magnolia, Tomball, Spring and North Houston areas. Please Message me to schedule your family's photographic adventure.

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Little people call her Camera Girl. Elizabeth's little people, two boys, call her Mommy. She calls on her Canon, enthusiasm for the outdoors, creativity as a former toy-maker, excited for discovery and addiction to Starbucks coffee to guide the littles and their families on photograph adventures. Elizabeth's love of nature and volunteer work at a local land conservancy keep her connected to the land and always seeking new settings where she can capture the natural light, the beauty of the local fauna, and the candid and magical moments of the families she guides.
 
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