New Gear

I am so excited!!  I ordered a backdrop stand today.  I was going to build my own, but then I found this one for a reasonable price (plus I had some gift cards) and couldn’t pass it up.  You can adjust the height and width which is what I really need.


I also purchased this backdrop.

I am hoping both items get here by Friday!  I can’t wait to play!


Challenge Photos

The M4H theme this week was “imperfection”  During the Ravens game I set up my camera on the tripod and used the remote to take pictures of my family watching the game.  I captured this shot during one of the happier moments of the game.  I picked this picture for imperfection because the picture itself isn’t great.  I also chose it because the game was less than perfect!

For the Share Your Story Every Day challenge, the theme was self-portrait.  I thought about doing my hair and wearing something nice to try to get a good picture, but decided that just isn’t me.  So here I am, wearing things that make me happy…including my camera!

M4H 3/52 and Tell Your Story Every Day

I got a picture this week that fit both challenge themes…inspiration and something ordinary.

A new piece of art for my wall!  Those who know me, know I am not much of a decorator.  In fact, my walls are bare!  I decided this will be the year I change that.  I purchased this a few weeks ago and it just sat on the table.  I got around to hanging it in my kitchen the other day and I LOVE it!! Who would have thought something so ordinary would bring me so much joy?  It has inspired me to keep decorating and hanging things on my walls!


It is pretty rare that the kids will practice their instruments at home.  Something we need to really work on this year.  They both have concerts next week, so they got their instruments out and practiced!  I grabbed my camera! 🙂

M4H 2/52 Life

The theme for this week at My Four Hens is Life!

I was caught up in the day to day stuff. House was a mess, kids were fighting and then suddenly I noticed it was quiet.  I looked in the living room and there they were on the couch together. They took a break from their fighting and Declan was giving Kayleigh her practice spelling test for homework.  I am glad I stopped and captured this finer moment of life!

Exciting Find

I was looking on Groupon today and I found one for a 4-hour photography workshop! The focus is on portraiture and it will also cover lighting and post-processing. I am so excited and nervous, but I really have to put myself out there and take every opportunity that comes along in order to improve!


I have decided to join a few challenges to push me to be more creative and to help me improve my photography skills.  The first challenge I am participating in, is run by my good friend, Charla of CharlaArts.  It is a weekly photo challenge where Charla will be providing themes for each week.  You can read more about it here.  The second challenge I am participating in, is one I found at M4H Photography. This is also a Project 52 challenge.  I am excited to get started!

Get Your Camera

I love hearing, “Mommy, get your camera and take a picture of this!” I love that they are always looking out for interesting things and wanting to photograph them. Usually it is something they have created and are very proud of!  Here is the creation that Kayleigh wanted me to photograph.  🙂

Finally a Photo

My daughter plays the violin.  For Christmas, her grandmother got her a violin for her American Girl doll.  It is the cutest thing. Last night when I tucked my daughter in,  I noticed this and it made me smile!