Letters To Our Sons

Hey My London Boy!

Your just chillin out reading your newest book from the library and drawing your comics…or maybe your writing little notes for Daddy and I…. saying how much you love us…

A lot has changed in the past 4 years…from the day we started working on learning to listen with your new ears…and teaching you sounds, putting faces to names, learning animals… I remember the day you heard us speak to you for the first time, when you heard a dog bark and a plane fly overhead…I remember the day you signed ‘I Love You’, and said it the best you could at the same time…

You put 1000% into everything you do & while you may have some setbacks & throw a tantrum–you ALWAYS try again….

Your a pretty special kid!…your fearless, brave, funny, enthusiastic…caring, genuine…the list goes on…. I’m so incredibly proud of you & everything you do….

Love you to the moon and back kiddo….xox



letterJ-3495 letterJ-3496 letterJ-3497

letterjuly-4393Don’t forget to click HERE to read Jana O’Flaherty’s letter….


P52:2/ Week 41 {Filling the Frame}

While the setting is often important in a photograph, sometimes our artistic intention is to draw full attention to our subject. Filling the frame edge to edge by moving closer, zooming in, or cropping the image in post-processing eliminates background distractions and forces the viewer to examine the subject in close detail. The technique can be used to great effect with a single subject occupying the entire frame, but we might also fill the composition with multiple elements, ensuring that there is a minimum of unused space within the borders. In a portrait, filling the frame with the subject—particularly close-ups of the face—can capture personality or mood that would get lost at more of a distance. Non-human subjects also benefit from this close inspection of all or part of the object, and filling the frame is often used in macro photography to isolate important details. While filling the frame is a compositional technique in itself, combining it with other techniques, such as repetition or rule of thirds, can lend even more impact to the image.

Our year-long collaborative blog project is dedicated to composition and artistry. Please click HERE to read more about our project. The gallery mosaic is randomly sorted every time you load the page so please Refresh the page in your browser to see a different view. Please click on the individual images to see a larger version on the artist’s website and, in some cases, a series of related images.


Freckles are unique…just like Our London Boy.








P52:2/Week Forty of Framed.

Our year-long collaborative blog project is dedicated to composition and artistry…This month we are focused the Creative Complexity: Depth of Field

Depth of field is a fundamental technical concept in photography. It refers to the amount of the field of view that is in sharp focus, and results from three factors: the lens aperture, the length of the lens, and the distance from camera to subject. In a photo with a very shallow depth of field, only a few inches—or even less—may be in focus. The blurred background that results is often considered ideal for portrait or macro photography, ensuring that the viewer’s eye is not distracted from the subject. For landscape photography, more depth of field is generally desired, so that all elements of the photo will be in focus. In this week’s post, we go beyond the basic understanding of depth of field that is typically gained in an introductory photography course and use depth of field as a creative compositional element. A shallower depth of field can bring a sense of dimension to what would otherwise be a “flat” photo, strengthening the separation of foreground and background. Alternatively, shallow depth of field can be used to bring focus to an unexpected element of the composition. Conversely, the photographer may choose a wider depth of field combined with carefully placed background elements to create a sense of movement through the photo. Wide depth of field is also frequently used in environmental portraiture, where background elements are important to the context of the portrait.


I had the opportunity to work with Trinity Designs over the weekend for a Composition Workshop…We spent the morning working with 2 lovely models in a fantastic setting….The lovely ‘M’ in this image is portfolio building to begin her career as a model…She Rocked everything today…as I’m sure she will in her modelling career!!


Click here to continue through to see the talented work of my fellow photographers at ‘whowebecome’.

P52:2 Framed…. Photographers Choice.

“Our collective love of portraiture and our passion for capturing the lives of our families is the spark that brought us together here at Who We Become. After four weeks of exploring the diverse aspects of portrait photography through the use of intentional composition, we are excited to each share our personal favorites during this final week of our current theme. We hope you enjoy this early summer installment of Photographer’s Choice.”


Capturing any of my 4 children is no easy task…When the 14 year old obliges…you JUMP!!



Continue through our P52:2 to see the Photographers Choice for this week!  Happy Clicking!!

P52-2: Classic Portraiture-Groupings

This past month we have been working on Classic Portraiture….

Photographing groups of people can be an especially challenging and rewarding exercise in creative composition. A modern approach to a posed group portrait might focus on subjects physically touching and emotionally connecting with each other. Something more old-fashioned might recall the formal poses of classical painters, where subjects are often rigid, carefully posed and emotionally restrained. With the resurgence of film and the popularity of post-processing techniques that emulate film, this old-school approach to posing groups of people is especially trendy right now.

A lifestyle approach to group portraiture is similar to street and travel photography (and other types of photography that recall a photojournalistic style) in that it is is often more candid and seemingly spontaneous than a carefully posed portrait. Using this approach, a photographer must often exert deliberate patience in order to capture what Cartier-Bresson famously called “the decisive moment”. The effective use of depth and subject separation in this candid style of group portraiture can make for a very powerful image.

To continue on through our please click HERE.


Letters to Our Sons

I can’t believe it’s June already!  Your first year of school is -almost- complete!  From the first day we dropped you off at Junior Kindergarten, we knew you were MORE than ready to go!

This past year, you have made me laugh – with your crazy impressions of not only me, but dad and your brothers…you have made me cry…just by running up to me and giving me a hug when I needed one the most…  you have ABSOLUTELY irritated the crap out of me!!! (I’m sure every mother can relate!) But most of all -Dear Ethan….you have been the class clown, the jokester, the ice breaker that I love so much….

Your growing up a little too quick for my liking….and if I could keep you little for just a little longer…I would….I hope the you continue to shower me with kisses in the morning and cuddles in the afternoon…Cause no matter what…you’ll always be my baby….   ethan2013ethan2013ethan2013 ethan2014Please continue through our Blog Circle with another ‘Letters to our sons’ from Tricia of The Wright Touch Photography.


Framed {week2}

Week Two….I took a look at my original Week 2 from last year…I can’t believe the transformation that has come from being apart of this wonderful group…I can only hope that over this next year I will continue to grow and develop as much as I did last year…

This coming years focus will be on Composition and Elements of Design-I am excited to continue my journey with an amazing group of talented woman!

Please visit our collaborative website Who We Become to see this weeks work from the group.


who2-7198 who2-0022