Thursday, February 25, 2010

Okay folks, here's your next challenge!

Thanks to those who turned in their "assignments" and those who gave great feedback on them....and now, we are ready for a new challenge, right?! Okay...

Photograph Motion

This is another sort of open-ended, think creatively, use your WiLd imagination kind of assignment...but one in which you will need to particularly pay attention to your shutter speed when composing your image(s). What will your subject be? Do you want to show movement? Do you want to freeze motion? Blur it? All of those decisions are totally up to you, and all should involve some thought as to what you choose your shutter to you must think about your compositon, available light and your final image; what you want it to look like! (Ansel Adams used the word "previsualization" to say that you should see the image in your head, then create it using your tools.)

I can't wait to see what you can come up with...and I am going to do some "previsualizing" myself! Email me your images, as many as you like, and look for them here on my blog! Perhaps, if we get enough responses, we'll do a contest with this one?!! Tell your friends!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


I love it when I open my inbox and find fun stuff!!
This submission is from Gail Bolander, a Visual Arts student at Boise State University (Go Broncos!), who happens to be my fabulous niece! How appropriate for a college student, close to mid-terms, to choose the word HOPE!! She, however, does not simply "hope" for good things, but instead is working really hard in school and impresses me consistently with her creativity (I especially like the shadow, Gail!) and diligence!
Thanks Gail!! Love you!
Aunt Kris

Monday, February 22, 2010

more WoRd aRt!

I wish I could say that I was as diligent as Tyler who turned in two more fun pictures for my cREaTiVitY AsSiGNmEnt this weekend!
Instead, I was visiting my Grandma & Aunt in Southern California! I have some lovely beach sunset pictures, which I will post later, and am working on a project about my Grandma and her wonderful friends (speaking of "memories"), but since Tyler was so good about turning in his 'assignments' I thought the least I could do is to post them first! They are so cool!
He says his wife, Vashti, deserves some credit too, as they did it together...and spending time on a playground with your spouse sounds like a very "happy" idea indeed! Thanks Tyler!
(And thanks, everyone, for all the positive Facebook comments and emails about these assignments...looking forward to seeing what you all can do too! *hint*hint*)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Okay, so I was feeling pressured that Tyler had already turned in such a cool here is my first attempt at the "Photograph a Word" assignment! Is it still homework when you assign it to yourself?!
Would love to see yours...?!


Thanks Tyler, for answering the challenge...and so quickly!!! I haven't even done my own assignment yet, but now you've inspired me to go out and shoot!!! Fun pictures! And how appropriate a word for Tyler, as he is married to one of my favorite people!
Stay tuned...more images to come! And please, take me up on the challenge...create and share your own images (email them to me @!! Get inspired!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Is it Spring yet?

It is snowing outside, again, still...and don't get me wrong...I do love the Christmas-time!!! This is definitely the time of year when I get a little antsy...awaiting Spring!

So, I've decided to challenge myself (and YOU, if you are willing) with some fun, experimental, weekly photography assignments...not just to pass the time while awaiting warmer days, but also to hone my (and your) skills as an a challenge to visualize things differently, creatively, uniquely. You can participate in these weekly exercises on your own and simply consider my suggestions a little creative push to get you through some of the doldrums of the in-between seasons...or, I would LOVE IT if you would participate actively in these exercises by emailing me your own photos ( ...and I will post them generously on my blog! Perhaps we'll even make a contest out of it!!! Prizes anyone?!
Let's have a little fun...!

Are you ready for your first photography assignment???

Okay, this is just a fun one...

Photograph a word!
The parameters...each photo must represent a letter (but never literally a letter!)...and the letters collectively must spell a word (more than 3 letters please, and no profanity!) Photoshop (or other software) manipulations...photograph what you SEE! Examples: have you ever noticed how many X's are on a tree? or that some doorknobs are a cool swirly S? That sometimes you see a C in the clouds? Get the picture?!
Choose a word that might tell something about yourself, or your mood, or where you are...choose items that exist naturally (rather than items that you've placed)...think outside of the box...look up or down, look at things differently...BE CREATIVE!!!
So, grab your don't need anything fancy for these assignments...just a point and shoot will do...and go see what you can find! I'd love to be able to share your photos so please email me or tag me on Facebook (Heart & Soul Images) with your own interpretations!

My intention is to do a photographic assignment weekly, so check back often...and I'll be announcing prizes soon!!!