Featured, Moments, Things I Hope My Kids Will Read One Day

There’s so much more to these baskets of fruit than you can see in this photo.

June 25, 2017

You see, I have this sister, well, I have three of them actually, and a brother but this photo is because of one of my sisters but to tell you about her I have to explain that yesterday was my father’s birthday…

It was a special one as he (and his twin sister) turned 75. His children budgeted, planned, worked together and each of us took on a task to make the party happen — and a good time was had by all! Hahaha! That’s the short version so I can tell you about my sister, Cheryl, and her decorations. She wanted to take on the task of not only decorating but making all the decorations. I have no idea how many hours she spent, but when she showed me the salad bowl and told me she spent eight hours decorating (just it) I believe I said, “I would be buried with that bowl!” Hahahaha! She went with a country theme (as you might have guessed by the fruit baskets). She also had little serving dishes and baskets and trays and signs and banners and, and honest to goodness…

It is her art. She loves doing it (obviously) but it was a gift of love, and I just hope she knows how much I, we, appreciated it. Thank you, Cheryl, everything was beautiful — we all loved it!

A brother in law and sister in law volunteered to man the grill (on a very hot Florida afternoon) — THANK YOU! Parents and young ones watched over and swam with wee ones, some that used to be the young ones but now can be the ones catching and releasing in the lake with their young ones. The ones visiting from college and, thankfully, also doing all the heavy lifting, and my favorite part, the stories, and laughter that were shared around the table, around the pool, around the patio and just around. Dad and his sister each blew out a set of candles that read “75” because my son said, “They’re twins, but they’re still individuals.” ( I like that about him.) And they did it surrounded by a family that loves them. 💛

“It don’t get no better than this.” – Dad ☺️

Moments, Things I Hope My Kids Will Read One Day

One of the best things about summer?

June 20, 2017

Late night Jenga with the kids! Hahaha! 

Yittle: “OMG! OMG! They’re going to fall. I can’t take it. I can’t even look. Mom!…”

Big Brother: (Home from college and as pestery as ever). “Whoa! What was that?!” (Makes loud sound and jumps in Yittle’s direction). “I think I’ll just pull this one from the bottom here.” (Looks over at Yittle and waits for the anticipated shriek — which she delivers.) Hahaha!

Yittle: “Eek!! Don’t do it!! No! No! OMG! They’re going to all fall in my direction!”

Amazingly, though, they don’t fall. Whew!

Me: “Babies, babies, babies…just calm down.”

Big Brother: “Mom. OMG! How many times? Please stop saying that.”

Yeah, well, where do you think he got his pestery gene? LOL!

Me to Big Brother:  “Did you just shake the table?!”

Yittle turns and stares at her brother with eyes wide open.

Big Brother: Ever so innocently says, “No.” As he puts his arm down (extra firm) and Jenga logs EXPLODE across the table!

Yittle BURSTS into a Julia Robert’s type of joyful laughter and falls onto the floor, which set Big Brother and me off into our own fits of laughter and, well, that was the end of Jenga. Hahahaha!

Man, I love summer. ☺️

Tips

It would be silly to have done this and not share it myself so…

June 19, 2017

Today I’m sharing the announcement of my very first Kelbyone.com class on iPhone photography. Had to step out of my comfort zone to do it but I’m glad I did and (now that it’s over and I can breathe again) I’m excited! Hahaha! I owe a huge thank you to Larry Becker for all of his help on set and for making it fun in the process. To our producer Jen Coffin for sitting with me (just a few times) over the outline and for not tearing her phone out of the wall over having to reschedule this thing. 😂  To Meredith Duffin for her patient direction, editing, control room genius, hand holding and encouragement (her smile is a comfort). To Juan Alfonso and Leighton Silvestro for their awesome camera work.  To Steve Nicolai for his subtle but just right and thoughtful input that made the whole thing that much better. And last, but certainly not least, to Scott Kelby, for your encouragement, and for your help — thank goodness you’ve done this before! Hahahaha! 😉

And for all those in the building that encouraged me with a comment or a question like Sally, Dianne and Margie…thank you. I heard you, I felt you, and you all helped me get this done. 🙂

Have a great week everybody!

Featured, Moments, Things I Hope My Kids Will Read One Day

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” – Jim Valvano

June 18, 2017

I love this image. It is my Father in law, Jerry Kelby, as he played on the floor with our son, Jordan Kelby, as my husband, Scott Kelby, watched with love and happiness. What my husband probably didn’t think about was what he was learning — which was wonderful lots from his wonderful dad. Not because his dad sat him down and instructed him but because of moments like this and because he believed in his son and because…Love.

“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous, it does not brag, and it is not proud. Love is not rude, is not selfish, and does not get upset with others. Love does not count up wrongs that have been done. Love takes no pleasure in evil but rejoices over the truth. Love patiently accepts all things. It always trusts, always hopes, and always endures. Love never ends.” 1 Corinthians 13:4

To my husband, to my father, and to all the fathers out there on this Father’s Day — I hope it is a happy one, filled with love and kindness and many squishy, happy, hugs. ☺️

P.S. Honey, thank you for paying such good attention — I love you even more for it. ❤️

 

Featured, Moments, Travel

Oh, Peter, you say the most thoughtful things.

June 5, 2017

“All those years I thought that it was power that brought responsibility. It’s not. I was wrong. It’s responsibility that brings power. It’s knowing what needs to be done that brings strength. And courage.” — Peter Parker


I was in New York this weekend and found myself looking out onto a lot of not my usual perspectives. Gave into my inner Peter Parker and had a lot of fun doing it too. I don’t think it’s the last time I’ll try something like this.


Especially when it gets…reflective.

Happy Monday everyone. I hope your week is a good one. 🙂

Featured, Moments, Things I Hope My Kids Will Read One Day

“So Mom…how do you win again?”

May 25, 2017

With less judgment and more forgiveness. When we can just “be” without having to “be right.” When beauty isn’t only in the “eye of the beholder”
but we know it of ourselves (on the inside). When…

“Uh, Mom, that all sounds great, but I just meant it about this card game we’re playing here?”

Hahaha! Right. I’m sorry Yittle. Okay, so each person gets seven cards…wait…can I get a hug?

Silly mom. 😉

May we all be winners every day. 💛

Travel

That one time in India.

May 23, 2017

Just a late post for #traveltuesday because that one time you spent a foggy day at the Taj Mahal was better than spending no day at the Taj Mahal. 😉

Have a nice night everybody.

Tips

Wrote a tip about it. Want to hear it? Here it goes.

May 22, 2017

I had an inspiring (and motivating) conversation about this blog last Thursday, with Margie Rosenstein, one of our amazing graphic designers at the office. She told me that she had encouraged her daughter to come to my blog to find ways (and confidence) to shoot some examples of her work for a client. Wow, I felt so honored and then immediately I felt a little pang in my stomach because I realized that there just isn’t much here to help someone struggling or needing tips or guidance. My heart sank a little. Then on that Friday, Dianne Brisson, our rockin’ member services manager thanked me for sharing “the video tip” (how to shoot still images in video mode) with her because she had gone up in a hot air balloon and loved the results she had gotten with her iPhone. (By the way, her pics were awesome!) Well, the universe doesn’t have to hit me over the head (three times). Hahaha! So, I’ve decided to start posting some tips or background info every so often to be helpful. I’ll put them under a “Tips” category (as soon as I remember how to make a category in WordPress again). Lol! And, really, why not? I’m already going to be diving into the pool by recording a KelbyOne class at the end of this month. What?! Hahaha!

For now, here’s the tip! Well, two tips. Maybe three. Possibly four.

How to shoot with your iPhone, so you get a full screen, wider, with a little zoom shot. Don’t worry; it’s super easy. 😉

Above: When you take a regular photo using your iPhone camera app, the image doesn’t fill the width of the screen. It only takes up about 75% of the screen leaving black bars on either side.

Above: When you want a shot that fills the full screen where the image goes all the way to the edge (leaving no black bars), switch to video mode. When the video is engaged (turned on), a white button will appear right below the red record button, and that’s what you’ll use for taking stills. Because the still image is taken in video mode, the shot zooms to fill the screen and eliminates any bars.

Above: Now you’re shooting at the full width of the screen, but it’s a little zoomed in. If you want the photo to look like it originally did (or wider), you’ll need to step back a few (or more) feet to achieve the best of both worlds — a wider angle shot that also fills the screen, (like you see here). Compare that with the first shot, where the tips of Maggie’s front paws were cut off (that doesn’t sound right), the patterned throw pillow on the left was missing completely, and the red one on the right was mostly cut off.

One last thing, make sure you have your video recording set at the best quality possible. In the iPhone7plus (what I’m currently using) that would be at 4k recording. You choose that by going into your Settings, under Photos & Camera, under Record Video. *(Android note: I understand this technique works with Galaxy phones as well, so give it a try, and please let me know if that’s an accurate statement — it would be great if true). Shooting in video mode is particularly useful for landscapes like this sunset (pictured below), but btw, I shoot 90% of the time in video mode — landscapes or otherwise.

Ninja tip! Don’t forget to delete the space hogging videos you’ll create getting these stills. Ack! Anyway, I hope these types of posts will be helpful.

Have a great week everybody! 🙂

Black and White, Featured, Moments

The best date nights…

May 21, 2017

The best date nights always have rain.

I love the rain and date night.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone and if you can remember, check back here tomorrow for something (a little) different. 😉