Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fall Family Photos 2014

 I'm totally happy with everyone somewhat looking- not bad for a tripod & timer :)
Most of the family shots captured JR half falling/jumping off the pumpkin! 

 How perfect is this wooden camera from Little Sapling Toys?!
They have some adorable Christmas gift ideas or get a cute prop before your Christmas photo shoot!

and Vera is working on her first selfie...

(Vera's Everyday Pitter Patter Scarf is on sale {here} and my Aztec Scarf is in my Etsy Shop {here})

Monday, October 27, 2014

Photography- White Balance

Last night, we filled a bag with candy, pumpkins & camera gear and headed to a random field to attempt a few family photos.  I will share some of the photos soon, but I wanted to give you all an example of how "White Balance" can change a shot entirely.

When I first started taking test shots and adjusting my camera settings, I was disappointed that the golden light and colorful leaves were not being captured.  I played around with aperture and shutter speed and even ISO, but they all still looked a little off.

Here is my first image of JR:
( 1/1250 f/1.8 ISO 400 )

Then I wondered if my White Balance needed adjusting... I saw that it was set to Auto White Balance which was normal for me.  I have maybe used the Manual White Balance Preset once or twice over the years- usually keeping it set on Auto and then adjusting in Photoshop or LightRoom after photographing.  But I thought I would change it to "Shade" and see how it looked:

 ( 1/1250 f/1.8 ISO 400 )

I didn't adjust anything on the camera except for White Balance and it made that big of a difference!  It took out the gray cast and captured the golden light I was seeing in person.  Thankfully all of the shots were taken in a fully shaded area, so I didn't have to worry about switching the White Balance back and forth.  I guess the adjustments could have been made later on with photo editing- but it sure saves time to adjust things and try to capture the look the right way from the beginning!

And here is a little outtake:

Friday, October 24, 2014

Dreaming, Planning & Creating

I have been working on some new items & pretty gift wrap options in the shop!
Can't wait to share it all with you :)
Until the new lookbook is created... here are some sneak peeks!

Monday, October 20, 2014

I am not in control.

The following quote was shared in my bible study last week. (Children of the Day- Beth Moore)
It was one of those moments Jesus spoke right to me
with conviction, love and freedom.
I knew I needed to print & have it posted so I could be reminded every single day
and maybe this reminder can bring great freedom to you as well.

(feel free to email me everydaypitpat@gmail.com if you would like me to send you this image & quote)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

So long, Summer

Looking back on our summer, the one thing I will treasure is watching these two
learn to play together.  Yes, there was yelling and pulling and tears.
But there was also lots of laughter and... "Here, fafa" - "Bubba" - "It's okay mommy, I got her"
Her little legs running so fast to the steps when she would hear Bubba wake up from his nap.
His little voice telling her a story or mimicking my directions to him back to her. 
Or trying to tempt her with one toy so he could steal the one in her hand ;)
He loves to help and she loves to do it on her own.
Sweet summer- you taught us all so much.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A few days in Chicago with Family!


Last week, my mom, sister and I packed up the car & the kiddos and drove to Chicago!  We had been planning a visit to see my aunt (mom's sister) and my three cousins for awhile and it finally worked for all of us to go together! We missed seeing my uncle but had a special time with them seeing their home, church, parks & a pumpkin patch!  They are always such an encouragement to me and a joy to be around.  Here are a few pictures from our trip...

Monday, October 13, 2014

Shop the Manor

 Everyday Pitter Patter is super excited to partner with Shop the Manor
 A few of our favorite gold scarves are now being featured on this beautiful online shop!
Below are a few of the MANY pieces that I love on Shop the Manor
and I'm dying to order some Sweet Shoppe Gold Marshmallows- WOW- 
but I'm afraid I'll eat way too many!  Order some for me ;)

Also, follow along at Shop the Manor blog and check out their new One Room Challenge Posts!