Missing In Action With The Pixel Fairy Princess

April 26, 2009

It has been another one of those weeks where I have been M.I.A. from the bloggy world....but for good reason....

This weekend was Debbie's{Otherwise known as The Pixel Fairy Princess}Philadelphia Photography workshop and when I found out she was going to be in the area, I invited her to come in a couple of days early and stay with us.

Debbie got a glimpse into our everyday life here....and I hope we did not scare her away, as it can be quite chaotic at times!! She and I finally got to catch up with one another as both of our lives have been extremely busy lately. Of course we did spend a good amount of time talking shop and playing with our cameras. She has now taught me how to use my external flash for a more studio feel in outdoor situations!! I am totally hooked and cannot believe how a little flash used the right way, can change a photograph!!

We had Nick and Sarah to use as models, but since they are not always cooperative, I asked Alicia to step in as well. Debbie and I set out late afternoon close to dinner each night to do mini photoshoots with the kids. I am thrilled with what I shot both days.....but that being said.....just wait until you see what she got....OMG, she totally blew me away. We had one little session with just Sarah and Nick and I did not bring my camera at all....I wanted Debbie to capture them together for me. I don't have a copy to share with you all yet, but as soon as I do, I will post it....trust me, it is AMAZING!!

Here are a couple of the photos that I shot during our late afternoon park sessions Thursday and Friday........

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Nick and Alicia.....it took some coaxing to get them in close proximity, but we told them to pretend that they were brother and sister!!


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A different pose....more casual...Nick liked posing for this one much better!!

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Alicia under the bridge.....I still cannot believe that she is only 11. I think I had been telling everyone that she was 13....she informed Debbie and I that she is only 11...WOW!!

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Sarah surrounded by Forsythia!!


After a couple days with Debbie, Nick is getting very comfortable in front of the camera and also assisting his mom with the external flash when needed....it is definitely a two person job and I don't see Sarah stepping in to help:)

The actual workshop was Saturday and Sunday in center city Philadelphia. Unfortunately there was a change in plans and two of Debbie's models cancelled on her. We needed to recruit Nick and Alicia for the day and I was just blown away at how great they both were for us!! It was a long day in the hot sun and they had 8 women poking and prodding at them....they were total troopers. I will be posting pictures and more on the actual workshop tomorrow or Tuesday. Usually Sarah is the one who is pictured in all the blog posts.....this week it will be Nick!! I am sorry to say that there will be an over abundance of pics coming your way......I guess in a way I will be making up for lost time since I have been so sporadic about posting these last few weeks!!

Part two of the Pixel Fairy Weekend coming soon and some news....I might be taking my love of photography to the next level. ....details to follow!!
I look forward to catching up with you all!!

37 comments:

Lea said...

sounds like a wonderful friendship.

Lea
xo

Marla said...

Can't wait to see more and hear the big news! :) Glad y'all had fun, I can't wait to learn those flash tricks too!

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Sounds like you had soooo MUCH FUN..
I am excited to see more of the photos and hear what the GREAT news is..
Hugs..
Have a great week..

Missy said...

Amazing images, girl! You rocked these in a BIG way! :) Can't wait to hear what you're up to...???
Have a great week!

Gail said...

Please don't be sorry about lots of pics coming...can't wait to see them Lisa! And I thought Alicia was about 14. You've got my curiousity up about what the news is.

And these are stunning.

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

Wow... you are getting really good... I love them all... I can't say that I have a favourite either...

Jo said...

Wow, sounds like you had a fabulous weekend! I love the photos you took ~ can't wait to see more and hear more.

Jo

Christy said...

Those pics are amazing and the one of Sarah is absolutly stunning!!! The colors, her skin, the look on her face, the lighting-- just amazing!!

Cant wait to see the rest of the pics. Sounds like an amazing weekend-- tell Debbie she needs to head to the west coast-- us in California feel left out-- lol!

Christy :)

Courtney said...

Love all the beautiful pics. Can't wait to hear your big news!

Patricia/NYC said...

Beautiful photos!! I love how your passion for photography jumps off of your posts!!

Looking forward to seeing the rest of the photos!!

Michelle said...

Beautiful images, Lisa!! I am so excited for my PFP workshop in three weekends. I can't wait to see more from your weekend. How nice Debbie could come in early and stay with you!

Felicia said...

How fun to get to hang out with the PFP, you're a great student and capturing some awesome images.

Jennifer said...

Glad you are doing well...it has been crazy here too! Looking forward to the pictures :)

Jen

Sharie said...

If only I could take 1/2 as good a photo as you I would be THRILLED! I can't wait to see more!

Jodee Leader said...

Wow! It sounds like you had a great weekend with Debbie. I can't wait to see more pictures! Nick is so handsome and I love the picture with bare feet!

Hope you have a great week!

Our Complete Family said...

Lisa,
So, so, so glad you had such a good time with your photo buddy! That is great!
The pics you took turned out FAB!
What sweet models you have. I can't wait to see more this week!
Oooh, excited to hear your big news...I'm anxiously awaiting.
Headed to FL on Wed but I'll e you before I go to fill you in since it's been awhile. I'm so out of the loop hun! Oops!
xo Les

Kerry said...

Wow, Lisa. These are lovely. I would so love to be able to study from Debbie. It is amazing what a difference the external flash makes.

Love that last photo of Sarah.

Hugs- can't wait to see more.

Shelly and Family said...

Sounds like you had an amazing & crazy weekend lol! I can't wait to see more photos and you must tell me what you are planning for the future with your camera...

Love Ya & We so need to catch up!

Alicia said...

Those are so beautiful. Your children are "Naturals"

Jboo said...

Great photos!! Sounds like it was so much fuN! Can't wait to see more and hear all about it!

Janet

Lisa said...

Glad to see you back! Those pictures are great! : )

Dita said...

Wow, wow and TRIPLE WOW! I love the look the flash gave you. They came great!

Isn't it amazing how Nick was such a trooper with Debbie and gives you such a hard time. That's always the way, right? Sounds like Nick has found his new profession....but with a face like that, it was pretty much in his cards anyway!

Can't wait to see all the pictures....post away...this girl is chomping at the bit to see them!

Welcome back!

Keisha said...

Glad your back!!! WHAT Gorgeous Pictures!!!
AWESOME!!!!!
And, Nick.. what a sweet little man to help Mom out!! LOL!
Okay.. can't wait for you to share a few tips with us out here...???
Hugs! ;)

Leslie said...

OMG....what's the next level??? Will you be doing some workshops???? Will you be starting a business???
I can't wait to find out. Your photos are amazing, and you know how I love that gorgeous Nick of yours. I can't wait for your next post!!!!!

jiangxigirls said...

Sounds like you had a great workshop and time with Debbie! I can't wait to see the pics and hear more details about your next adventure! I want to learn the flash tricks!

Kam said...

Lisa, you are a natural. These are beautiful. I'm so glad you had a great time with Debbie. I so wanted to spend some time with her but the moolah just isn't there. It'd be totally worth it, I know. Maybe one day. Right now, trying to re-fi house and make things better...taking pics has to take a back seat! Until then, I'll live vicariously through you and enjoy your wonderful gift! Well done!
Hugs~

Laura said...

Glad to hear you survived!! Can't wait to see the pics of our beautiful City!!

Laura

Colleen said...

How exciting!!! These photos are wonderful and sounds like a wonderful time you had! Can't wait to see more.....

Cindi said...

Hi Lisa! You are becoming such a pro!!! Congrats on your new venture! Until I officially enter blog-land again, know that I do hop in here to keep up with you!
The photos are amazing...... can't wait to see more. And if we lived closer, I would love the honor of having you photograph our kids!

Colleen said...

Lisa the pictures are beautiful!!!! I can't wait for my workshop!!! yipee!!!! I so want to learn to use a flash. One day : ) I better learn to work my camera first LOL

Jennifer said...

I forgot to say how awesome THESE pictures are! If only you lived closer....I would take your class...LOL :)


Jen

Casey said...

Can't wait to hear about your news!! The pics are amazing!!

Alyson and Ford said...

The photos are wonderful! Sounds like a great friendship; plus Nick may have started his career - sign him up for modeling shoots!
What's your secret?
Good luck!!

Alyzabeth's Mommy

Ivy said...

These photos are so beautiful Lisa...and it's only the beginning! You should hang them on the wall somewhere. How funny to tell them to act like siblings! I wouldn't have thought of that, their adorable together.

Love all your work, you inspire me!

jenbusymom said...

Great shots, they really are beautiful Lisa! Glad you got to meet up with another friend and learn some new tricks!

Chinazhoumom said...

ok please please tell me how you get the colors to just pop off the page - is it lighting is it the flash thing - is it after processing??? or just good light...
thank
Carol in FL

Jennifer said...

What a great workshop. Your pictures are AWESOME!

I really want my external flash to be off camera. I need to get that set up soon. It's amazing what you can do!

Jen