{Be} a Fauxtographer.

I’m so excited to start my Fauxtography Friday posts back up – and so glad you’re stopping by FauxFriday1 to check it out!

Basically on Fauxtography Friday I’ll be posting an easy tip to help you get better pictures and get to know your camera better so you can take even BETTER pictures! We will start out super simplistic so no one feels left out – and depending on the kind of feedback/interaction (ahem – COMMENTS!) that I am getting, I will start adding in some more intermediate and advanced stuff.

I am going to put up a Linky on every Fauxtography Friday – for the uninitiated – this is a way that you can link up your own blog post if you choose to participate that way. Some weeks it will be an “assignment” type of homework where you may want to post pictures that you’ve taken to show that week’s “lesson”, and on other weeks it is simply just informational. i would love nothing more than to see some awesomely interactive interaction with these. i LOVE learning more about photography and sharing what I am learning with other people! There is nothing more important to me than that people are capturing the everyday memories of their family, their traditions, their boring times, their routines – to pass them on, to share them, learn from them, and grow together as a family. And one of the best ways to do that is to take everyday pictures! of course you still want the more formal, get all dressed up and look presentable professional family pics every so often (and that’s when you call me and my sister! ;)  )  – but every day there are great ways to capture family memories – and you don’t need a bunch of expensive equipment to get great shots!

That is what FF will be all about. Taking great pictures with whatever you have on hand!

Probably 80% of the images you see here on Terra Talking are taken with my iPhone camera. I run them through one of a few different processing options – but they are typically just uploaded as is (and no i am not claiming that they are the best quality – i’m just giving you an idea!). the point being – you can save memories with any kind of pictures, even cell phone ones! (for instance to the left is a snapshot from my phone of Kaylen’s “clean room”. I’m not sure why she was able to fold all of the clothes and then lay them out nicely – but not actually put them in drawers. but it’s a nice pattern she made around the rug.)

So for our first fauxtography friday – I want you to figure out what kind of camera you mostly will be shooting with – and leave that in the comments. If I know that more people are using point and shoots (thinner cameras that fit in your purse/pocket, ranging in price from $30-300), or DSLRs (you can switch the lenses on them, bigger bodies, etc.), OR if you also shoot mainly with a cell phone camera! Give me as much detail about your camera as you can – brand name, model name, what kind of memory card you have in it (SD or CF) – anything.

THEN~~~ I want you to take 5 pictures with that camera. I don’t care what they are of or how you take them – but take 5 pictures. If you have a blog, make a post with your fauxtography 5, and link it back here. If you don’t have a blog but are playing along – just leave me a comment that you did it! ORRRRR – you could become a fan of Terra Talking on Facebook (there’s an easy link over there to the right in the sidebar!) – and post your pictures there under the Fauxtography Friday post i put up! I also don’t care if you just fire off 5 quick shots right now, or if you take a shot each day for the next 5 days. Next week we will do more with those shots and work towards getting you to understand your camera as much as possible!

I can’t wait to see what you all do – play along please! It’s so much more fun when there’s participation!


Have a beautiful Friday – it is an unseasonable 55 degrees here in chi-town today – did we skip winter?? I’m pretty sure we did. But whatever – i’ll take it!



{Be} Recovered.

Ok so I failed. Not even a week in and here’s a backdated post! BUT – I really did feel crappy and if i had posted yesterday it would have been probably a whole paragraph of this:

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Apparently two days of LOTS of driving and being emotionally drained from the kind of conversations appointments with Kendall’s doctors engender can REALLY zap you when your heart is already doing a good job of zapping the little energy you can muster up in any given day. It was super sucky. And I ended up just doing a lot more driving around yesterday to get a few little errands done and drive karissa back and forth to a playdate.

Don’t get me wrong – i LOVE the boring days. I’ll take them in any quantity we are blessed enough to get them. But when they come with bonus headaches like I ended up with last nite – no thank you.

so we’ll just get back on the wagon today and keep truckin’ forward!


I do have a few things coming up that I am SO stoked to share with you!

image 1.) Our AMAZING friends from up north are once again hosting a fundraiser for our family/a foundation we are hoping to start in Kendall’s honor that will help other families like us! Last year’s benefit was such an amazing boost to our family in a very very difficult time, and allowed us to be able to provide a few things for Kendall’s care that insurance does not pay for. It relieved a huge burden on our family and we would not be here where we are today without the amazing support and help of the people who came to this fundraiser, the baseball fundraiser, and gave to the gift card drive our awesome neighbors held for us. Without getting all maudlin and morose about the cost it takes to raise a kid like Kendall and keep her at home – let’s just say that it would not be possible without the extra help we have received. We are above and beyond grateful – there are simply not enough words to EVER say thank you to everyone who has ever helped our family in any way. With this benefit this year we are SO excited to be able to start a foundation that can help give to other families in the way we have been blessed. I know that tickets sold out SO quickly last year that many of our local friends from down south here were unable to attend. So I am giving you all fair warning now! The email to purchase tickets is on the flyer above, but it is :

hopeforkendall@gmail.com  – Mary is the one who mainly checks that email and handles the ticketing – so let her know how many tickets you would like. At the benefit we will be having a Trivia Night. It was SO much fun last year – if you have ever played Trivial Pursuit with about 200 of your closest competitive friends, you MIGHT have an idea of the kind of crazy atmosphere we had going on there. It was crazy fun. i’ll just warn you – stock up on your obscure pop culture knowledge! There is also a Silent Auction that will be happening – and if you happen to have a small business or want in any way to help by donating an item for the Silent Auction – you can let Mary know at that email, or you can always contact me too!

The awesome team running the benefit this year is actually staffed by some really awesome “young adults” (we used to call them teenagers back in my day!) – who have put together a cute website with an amazingly done video that they made of our family. You can go check it out at www.hopeforkendall.org  

If you do click on over and watch that video – I must put in a caveat about my appearance. Yes I felt as absolutely crappy as I look. I begged and begged Bradley to just do a voiceover with a pasted in pic of Kate Beckinsale sitting in my spot on the couch – but he refused. So you get me in all my “up at 6 am to go for testing at the hospital after a hard week of not being able to breathe or sleep so I have no makeup on and threw on whatever fell out of my closet and hadn’t done my hair in days” glory. In the back of my mind when we were filming I had the briefest of thoughts that I should go look in a mirror and possibly do a little SOMETHING to my appearance – but I was so tired, and they had been there dealing with my banshees all morning already, so it is what it is. there. Now i’ve gotten that piece of extreme vanity out of the way.

So – if you are local and can attend on February 10th – we would LOVE to have you and would be deeply grateful for your support of our family and the hope we want to bring to other families in similar situations.

I will have more about the fundraiser coming up in the next couple of weeks – but wanted to get it on everyone’s radar!


2.) And the second thing I am super excited to share with you is that I am hoping to resume my “Fauxtography Friday” segment here on Terra Talking. I had started this a few years ago and I think I had about five total weeks where I remembered it – but I want to be able to start answering “en masse” some of the questions I am asked on a continual basis! I don’t claim to be the worlds foremost expert on photography (hence the “FAUX” in FauxFriday1 Fauxtography!) – but I believe that anyone can rock any camera if they know a few key things and practice practice practice – So I will be starting that back up and also sharing it on our 2Sisters Photography blog!

If you have any questions that you’d like me to address on Fauxtography Friday – email them to me at  terra@2sisphotos.com   If I use your question, I will have a special prize (and I promise it won’t just be extra medical supplies!)

So look for that starting with this Friday’s post!


I am sure I have other things I am excited to share – but I have to go pick up a banshee from preschool and actually start writing Friday’s post!

Thanks for checking in here! Hope the New Year is off to an awesome start for all of you!



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