i love my camera

 |  July 21, 2010

For a long time there were only your footprints and laughter in our dreams and even from such small things, we knew we could not wait to love you forever. ~Brian Andreas

5 month old feet

For mother’s day, my husband gave me an amazing gift- a photography class called The Fundamentals of Digital Photography at the Chicago Photography Center and a DSLR. The DSLR was more of a gift for all of us, but I was given the task of learning how to use it. His gift though was more meant to make me leave the house and be around creative people. I always have excuses to not leave- tired, busy, guilt for leaving my family at home, etc. And of course whenever I do get a moment to myself, I’d rather be painting. My class met one evening a week and it really was a gift because although I was tired after a full day of running around with the kiddos, it was good for me to get out and learn something that I’ve always been fascinated by. And, for me, it’s always a jolt to my system to be around other creative people, no matter what discipline.

I had a wonderful instructor, Matthew Hollis who never blinked an eye even with my dumbest questions. He was really great with facilitating the critiques which were always illuminating.

I mainly took photos of my children as I am pretty limited during the day and cannot really wander about and take photos. But what better subject to take than photos of my babies?

I often see on blogs entries called “Wordless Wednesdays” where people just post a photo. I think I will do something like that once a week. Not promising it will be Wednesday though. And not promising that it will be wordless either! But I would like to keep pushing myself to keep learning and experimenting with my camera and my blog has always been a good motivator.


  1. by tangled sky studio on July 21, 2010  11:59 pm Reply

    way to not look a gift horse in the mouth...this is an amazing image which speaks volumes. i look forward to seeing what's to come in your painting with wax and your use of the digital. see you soon!


  2. by Teri on July 22, 2010  12:16 am Reply

    I started taking pictures of my granddaughter's feet when she was very small and tried to keep up on it when we babysat her for 2 1/2 years. Lots of opportunities there! I think this is a great shot. She looks so pink and wonderful. Lucky you! Can't wait to see what comes next. I am jealous of the SLR camera. I have a new digital Canon because it was so small and convenient but I think that the SLR takes much better pictures.

  3. by Dyche Designs on July 22, 2010  6:23 am Reply

    What a great gift . . . I have a SLR but am sure I'm not using it to it's full potential. My husband keeps saying I should take a class but I keep putting it off. Maybe I should go for it.

  4. by Mary on July 22, 2010  9:00 am Reply

    just precious!
    i am looking forward to seeing more.
    i just know with your artistic eye they will be wonderful.

  5. by merci33 on July 22, 2010  9:36 am Reply

    Blogs are great motivators aren't they...
    LOVE your little feet.
    How wonderful to celebrate...teeny tiny feet.

    Cool beans! a photography class...what a fabulous addition to your already many skills!

  6. by Bev on July 22, 2010  2:43 pm Reply

    i so love this photo bridgette, and nice to hear that you are giving yourself some more creative outlets! i love photography, and miss it when i spend all my extra time doing art...we have a wedding to go to this weekend, so i am excited about the photo possibilities...
    have a good weekend...

  7. by 祥明祥明 on July 23, 2010  4:13 am Reply

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  8. by Karin Bartimole on July 24, 2010  5:26 pm Reply

    that is a fantastic gift - i'm sure a class like that would be a great benefit to me as I let my 'good' camera collect dust and turn to the quick shot because of my ignorance!! those little tootsies are the most adorable kissable things I've seen in a very long time :) I look forward to views from your creative eye.
    thanks for your recent message and good thoughts Bridgette.
    xoxox K

  9. by Sharmon Davidson on August 2, 2010  2:35 pm Reply

    Sounds like a great class! Photography is so much fun, and I feel it informs my other art as well. I can't wait to see pictures of your babies!

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