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Saturday, December 28, 2013

It's a Wonderful Life.

As I reflect back on my year, this year and each year, I'm reminded that this is a wonderful life. This year, I've watched my babies grow and learn. My business has continued to blossom and it left my home. I love my photography to the point I can lose track of all time while I'm shooting or editing or prepping. And the icing on the cake is that every day I love my husband and family a little more than the day before. I don't know how they manage to do that, but they do. 
2013 has been a great year here at Project 52. It's always so nice to peek inside your lives and meet your family and watch them grow. I love that our group is small, friendly and encouraging. I love watching how your photography has blossomed. Practice makes perfect. Pick up that camera every week even if it's only for a snap shot. This is not an easy challege, but you have done it faithfully each week no matter how crazy our lives are and how busy we are. You made time for you and your camera and you just shared it with us. I am happy to have shared this wonderful year with you.
If you are joining us next year for the 2014 challenge, your theme will be released tomorrow. It's so nice to have so many so active in the challenge for so long. I really enjoy hosting this great group of amazing photographers. Click here to sign up for the 2014 challenge.
Our top ten is in no particular order each week. When you love the shot, check out the artist. Artist links are directly below each photograph. Here we go.....
 

ONE {Love the bold color pops and the jump shot is certainly classic fun. Great fun here for Christmas morning!}
It's DEFINITELY a Wonderful Life!!

It's DEFINITELY a Wonderful Life!! by jules1836 

TWO {The big smiles and focus on the candle for your subjects is fabulous here. the black and white is perfect for this week. I love this movie. Great quote!}

Week 52/52 - It's A Wonderful Life

Week 52/52 - It's A Wonderful Life by Lisa Kollberg

THREE {Is there anything cuter than families in matching pajamas? I don't think so. Great shot of all your babes with their babes. The fact that you have them all together is a wonderful life indeed!}

Family Collage

Family Collage by Catcher In My Eye

FOUR {The leading lines here are Fab. I'm taken right to the bubble and then to that excited little face. Great shot and wonderful processing!}

Project 52 It's a Wonderful Life

Project 52 It's a Wonderful Life by Terry Lynn Ayers 

FIVE {Great blue pop. This shot has a fun 60's vibe and I love it! Your daughter is stunning as always!}

Week 52/52 It's a Wonderful Life

Week 52/52 It's a Wonderful Life by Catherine_pdx 

SIX {Fun collage of a great year. Your baby girl always looks like the life of the party.}

52/52 {It's A Wonderful Life}

52/52 {It's A Wonderful Life} by DoubleLPhoto

SEVEN {I love the soft light and the intense focus by your tiny subject. There is something magical about the iPad.}

Week 52 ~ "It's A Wonderful Life"

Week 52 ~ "It's A Wonderful Life" by Irela 

EIGHT {A great gift staged beautifully next to the tree. I know these will be part of wonderful life for many years!}

Week 52 - It's a wonderful life

Week 52 - It's a wonderful life by Jen Foster

NINE {This made me laugh quite a bit. It's funny. It's warm. It's loving. I know this will be shot that comes out for your girls year after year!}

52/52 Its a wonderful life

52/52 Its a wonderful life by Detta Owens 

TEN {Happy Anniversary. 24 years and still going and growing this wonderful life. Congratulations!}

M4H 52/52 (!) {sweet} EP52 52/52 {Wonderful Life}

M4H 52/52 (!) {sweet} EP52 52/52 {Wonderful Life} by Anita 

Congratulations on completing the 2013 project! On December 31st, I will be highlighting some favorites from our year of fun.

What's NEW with Daphne Ellenburg?

The week of Christmas always seems like the busiest week every. For whatever reason, I will always cram it full of everything I possibly can and then regret that I did so much. This year was no different.

We started the week with a glamorous Fashion Runway Party for an amazing six year old, Shelby.

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We hosted a family Christmas Party.

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My Daughter became a stuffed petographer.

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We saw Santa. Usually it's the smallest child that asks Santa for something I'm pretty sure I'll be surprised by, but this year it was Jackson. He asked Santa for an Xbox one and then he had a 7 minute discussion about how the elves make video games with Santa. The line was long. I was pretty sure were were going to get jumped. But we made it out ok.

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They must have all been very good this year because Santa took good care of them all.

Madison turned 6 and here birthday wish was to stay in her pj's all day. Not a bad wish.

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Birthday hugs. I love this shot.

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For her party, we played games.

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And made cotton candy - an experience  I wish for none of you. Always buy it. Always.

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I rounded out the week with beating Mike in Checkers (one out of nine times)

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Watched a Great movie.

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And Jefferson enjoyed his first smoothie.

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Wishing you a wonderful 2014 filled with Love, Laugher, Family and Photography! Thank you for being part of my 2013.

   

    

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, January 19, 2012

We're Moving!

Not in real life, just on the internet.
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We added a Blog site to our website store & You can keep up with our latest news and information here. But we won't delete this site, we've been here a long time. There are plenty of great stories and adventures here. Hope you will join us at our new blog.


Daphne Ellenburg is a budding photography business owner in Southern Alabama with a supportive family and a new fancy-pants in home studio. She loves college football, big handbags, lip gloss and all things Olympus. Daphne also enjoys writing about her Photo-Adventures and her entertaining family. Catch up with her at Ellenburg Photography {Website} {Facebook} {EP Blog}{Daphne's Blog}{Join EP Project 52}

Ellenburg Photography's award winning photographer, Daphne Ellenburg, specializes in Wedding Photography and Family Portraiture. We are located just north of Mobile Alabama. We proudly serve all of Alabama, and Gulfcoast Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana. (251) 656-7601

Friday, January 13, 2012

3/52 In a Row

When I birthed this theme, I was completely focused on my January Organization. Every January I get in this "out with the old" mood...and I thought I'd photograph some of this spirit. But, as it turns out, I haven't gotten around to that. I often forget how busy January is. I never want to back into the swing of things after such a wonderful winter break. I've still got sugar plums dancing in my head, or something like that.
My family had some great ideas for this week's theme. The boys liked this one. {But of course my little super Star Wars nerds did.}
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I threatened to use this one from the GoDaddy.com Bowl...
3/52 In a row Two...

But after all was said and done...I drove down to the "Tracks" Thursday bright and early and shot this one.
3/52 Rolling in a Row
I love the tone. It was shot at 6:30 am. Right out of the box, it was a little darker than I'd like it. So...I processed it with Nik Software's Define 2.0, then Nik Color Efex 4.0's Detail extractor at 25%, then I added an Ivory boost from Florabella's newest collection.


So, What is EP Project-52?
I joined Project 52
We're a group for Photography Enthusiast and Professionals all teaching and learning through each other by photographing to a theme each week. We post our photos to our Flickr group each week by Thursday Midnight and start a new theme each Friday. Each Friday we spotlight 10 photographers and tell why they are featured. Our focus is on education (the how tos) and encouragement (don't be afraid to try something new). I'll bet there is something you'd like to learn. And...I'll bet there is something you can teach us. Check out the group, we're 53 strong this week! It's free to join and the friendships you'll make are priceless. Join us today!

Have a GREAT week finding your things in a row!
XoXoXo,
Daphne

Daphne Ellenburg is a budding photography business owner in Southern Alabama with a supportive family and a new fancy-pants in home studio. She loves college football, big handbags, lip gloss and all things Olympus. Daphne also enjoys writing about her Photo-Adventures and her entertaining family. Catch up with her at Ellenburg Photography {Website} {Facebook} {EP Blog}{Daphne's Blog}{Join EP Project 52}

Ellenburg Photography's award winning photographer, Daphne Ellenburg, specializes in Wedding Photography and Family Portraiture. We are located just north of Mobile Alabama. We proudly serve all of Alabama, and Gulfcoast Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana. (251) 656-7601

Week 2, Our Favorites!

This time of year, I usually spend a lot of time in my attic. I go back back and forth, up and down, toting the boxed holiday treasures that brought me so much joy just a few short weeks ago back into hiding. While I'm up there, I'm always distracted by some packed away treasure - like my ancient CD collection {I regularly drag down some odd mix for my iPod like Pearl Jam & Ace of Base. Yes, I have the Ace of Base CD.} My attic, like many of you, contain a wealth of things generations couldn't bare to part with, and things that make you wonder why that's up there at all. Whether yours is empty or full, boxed or shelved, climb up or walk in; the attic is a fun place to stroll down memory lane. Well, except in the summer; in Alabama.
Week 2's Ellenburg Photography Project 52 theme of "From the Attic" was really a great "Get to know you theme" - you guys have some really cool stuff up there! I loved the stories. I loved the hints on your processing. You guys are going to be great fun this year.
Now on to my favorite Attic Treasures...As always, our top ten is in no particular order. Below each photo is a link back to your flickr site and any other site you have listed with your photo. If you enjoy the photo, check out the artist & send them some love & encouragement! Here we go...

ONE {I really like the texture variety of your selection. It makes this photo so interesting!}
From the Attic

From the Attic By laurasheppardphotography www.facebook.com/laurasheppardphotography

TWO {Great Lighting. Love the Black and White. PS - this camera is AWESOME!}
012/366 A family treasure

012/366 A family treasure By PamK*


THREE {I love the POV, the strand of hair in the face, the perfect detail of linen...this is very well done.}
from the attic

from the attic By jules1836


FOUR {Beautiful tone. Great lighting.}
EP 2/52 {In the Attic} / Florabella 21/24 {Vintage}

EP 2/52 {In the Attic} / Florabella 21/24 {Vintage} By ib4luvnit


FIVE {Very nice texture processing. Love the detail on the lace and great job keeping your whites so crisp!} *EP Project-52 White processing tip - using selective color, take the saturation of the whites into the negatives :-) I use a software product called Viveza 2.0}
In the attic

In the attic By pthurmond1


SIX {The exercise chart is such a great add on to this shot. Love the texture. I swear my Dad had one of these. This made me laugh b/c my brother and I would play with this thing all the time.}
Project 52 Week 2/52 - From the Attic

Project 52 Week 2/52 - From the Attic By Fur Will Fly My Blog


SEVEN {I really like the blue tones & graininess to this shot & the spiderwebs are such a nice touch.}
2/52- From the Attic...

2/52- From the Attic... By Moopiecow


EIGHT {I have oodles of toys in my attic. This is a fun photo. I like the texture & the collage style you used. But I especially liked your story. The attic does have a lot of hopes & dreams, happy & sad, packed away in boxes. At least mine does.}
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Picture made for EllenburgPhotography-Project52. 2/52 {From the Attic} By Anastasia Fiske


NINE {I really like the texture & the lighting. The hairbrush is well placed with great selective focus.}
"Lovely Woman" From the Attic 2/52

"Lovely Woman" From the Attic 2/52 By shabean


TEN {Perfect lighting. Great muted background to make your colors really stand out. The red really pops. Very nice job.} EP Project-52 tip: Rule of thirds...photos are more interesting when the subject is in the 1st or 3rd position. This shot is a great example.
My Phone

My Phone By tumbleweed's shutter

Week 3's theme will be wide open for interpretation - (Drum roll please...) this week our theme is "In a Row"
3/52 Rolling in a Row

This shot was taken Thursday Morning at 6:30 am in Mobile, Alabama. I'm at the super scary "tracks" - I loved the lines in this car. I processed this Photo with Nik Define 2.0, Nik Color Efex 4's define at 20% and I added an Ivory boost from Florabella's latest collection of fun.

Can't wait to see what you find in a row this week! Get out there and have some fun!
XoXoXo, Daphne

Daphne Ellenburg is a budding photography business owner in Southern Alabama with a supportive family and a new fancy-pants in home studio. She loves college football, big handbags, lip gloss and all things Olympus. Daphne also enjoys writing about her Photo-Adventures and her entertaining family. Catch up with her at Ellenburg Photography {Website} {Facebook} {EP Blog}{Daphne's Blog}{Join EP Project 52}

Ellenburg Photography's award winning photographer, Daphne Ellenburg, specializes in Wedding Photography and Family Portraiture. We are located just north of Mobile Alabama. We proudly serve all of Alabama, and Gulfcoast Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana. (251) 656-7601


Friday, January 6, 2012

2/52 From the Attic

This time of year I spend a lot of time going back and forth to my Attic. Usually, I'm endlessly toting Holiday decorations up there...but they are still up. I've been up there hunting for odds and ends I've stashed there during the so close to being finished-Main Floor Remodel. I brought down all of my cookbooks. I found my missing curtain rods. I uncovered my dust covered college diploma. And in the corner, sticking out of a box...there it was....Mom's Camera Bag.
2/52 A Dusty Treasure
My Mom got this Canon SLR in 1979 for Christmas. I was Four years old. She didn't let me touch it until 1990. I was so cool.
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This Original falling apart bag has seen some better days, but inside that beat down bag...I found all the lens cleaning stuff, the Owners manual and a zoom lens. Wow. My Mom was a 1979 camera rock star. It's easy to see who inspired my love for photography. Thanks Mom.

This week's Ellenburg Photography Project 52 Theme is "From the Attic"...Here's a pull out of my studio for this shot.

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You're looking at a saddle stool with a leather storage ottoman {which is full of amazing hats} for my camera holder. I've got a great Black & White Damask backdrop & two soft boxes - one focused on the camera, the other on the backdrop to get a crispy white.
We're only on week two & we've increased our participants to 52 today. I'm really enjoying this group. Big Thanks to all of our participants. Your active participation really makes this project a joy to host. {Doing my Happy Dance}
Can't wait to see what's hiding in your attic!
XoXoXo, Daphne

Daphne Ellenburg is a budding photography business owner in Southern Alabama with a supportive family and a new fancy-pants in home studio. She loves college football, big handbags, lip gloss and all things Olympus. Daphne also enjoys writing about her Photo-Adventures and her entertaining family. Catch up with her at Ellenburg Photography {Website} {Facebook} {EP Blog}{Daphne's Blog}{Join EP Project 52}

Ellenburg Photography's award winning photographer, Daphne Ellenburg, specializes in Wedding Photography and Family Portraiture. We are located just north of Mobile Alabama. We proudly serve all of Alabama, and Gulfcoast Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana. (251) 656-7601

Week 1, Our Favorites + Week 2 Launch!

Resolution -noun. 1. a formal expression of opinion or intention made. However you define it, it's always on your mind the first week of a new year. Call it habit or call it tradition. It's there looming whether you make them or not. I like them. It's a nice clean way to start the year with a fresh new set of eyes on what is not important. I usually make 5, but I don't always make it to the end of the year. Maybe 2012 is our year to over-achieve!
You guys had some really great resolutions! This week we saw a lot of fitness and eating healthy. But we also saw a lot of time themes, time for fun, and time for yourselves. No matter how you defined your resolution, it feels good to photograph it...kind of makes it stick right there close to home. Nice work.
Now...on to this week's very first top ten. As always our photographers are listed in no particular order with links to the photograph and the photographer below. If you like the work, check them out and send them some love. Photography is a struggle to get the perfect shot, your words can be very encouraging - use them in this group to inspire!
Ready. Set. Here we go...

ONE {I love the selective focus on the drop of water & that I can't see all of the apple. Really great idea.}
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EllenburgPhotography-Project52 By Andrewfierro

TWO {Great reflections! In every glass & I love the Point of View. Black and white really make this an interesting shot - Trying your photos in both color and B&W are a great way to make a huge change in the same shot. Give it a try!}
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project 52/1 {resolutions} By jsnnmom


THREE {Beautiful Detail & Great color. Green is perfect. Again, it's great not to see the entire object. Nice perspective!}
Resolution 1/52

Resolution 1/52 By magova


FOUR {Wonderful processing. A nice tint to the Black and White effect, I like it. Self Portraits are a challenge. Great work!}
Think...Think...Think...

Think...Think...Think... By julieamankin


FIVE {I like the textured background & the great detail on the water droplets. If your software will let you increase the "structure" of a photograph, it's a great way to make water droplets POP - Viveza 2 has some wonderful structure features.}
Eat Healthier in 2012

Eat Healthier in 2012 By tumbleweed's shutter


SIX {I like that the background is blown out in this one & the reflection is a really nice touch!}
resolution/all natural

resolution/all natural By jules1836


SEVEN {Great background - so cleaver! And Great reflection - Love off to the left really makes this a well planned shot. Nice work. And ... this is the very first photo of our group. Big Thanks.}
1/52 ~ Resolution

1/52 ~ Resolution By My Photographic Eye by Irela www.myphotographiceyebyirela.blogspot.com
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EIGHT {Wonderful Texture overlay. I love that you don't have the entire clock in the shot. Very well focused & it's a great resolution!}
When it's quittin' time, hit the ground runnin'

When it's quittin' time, hit the ground runnin' By Karen Gibas


NINE {Black and White were a nice choice to make the Blue really POP - great selective focus. This is a very well planned out shot. I like it & Happy Healing to you!}
not like all the others 1/52

not like all the others 1/52 By dettaowens


TEN {I'm in LOVE with the "vintage" feel to this photograph. Really great processing!}
1/52 Resolution

1/52 Resolution By Moopiecow


Ellenburg Photography's featured resolution photo is one of 5 - I photographed all five this year...in hopes that they stick a little closer to me this year... With this one, I really want to tone up my jiggly parts.
1/52 "Iron"

1/52 "Iron" By Ellenburg Photography

First up, Congrats to the top ten & big Welcome to our budding group! We are 49 strong as of this morning. It's pretty exciting to share a photography passion with such a great well rounded group. I loved reading about you guys in the "get to know you" discussion board. I'm really looking forward to a great year and thanks for making our Project52 part of your 2012!

Week two's theme is "From the Attic"
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This is the first SLR I ever used. It's my Mom's and she got it for Christmas in 1979. I found it covered in dust in the original bag - she even had the instruction manual still in there too. It was a great attic find. I've cleaned it up & am letting live in the studio for a while. It's a nice memory of who helped me find my love for photography.
Best of luck with your Attic Adventures!
XoXoXo, Daphne

Daphne Ellenburg is a budding photography business owner in Southern Alabama with a supportive family and a new fancy-pants in home studio. She loves college football, big handbags, lip gloss and all things Olympus. Daphne also enjoys writing about her Photo-Adventures and her entertaining family. Catch up with her at Ellenburg Photography {Website} {Facebook} {EP Blog}{Daphne's Blog}{Join EP Project 52}

Ellenburg Photography's award winning photographer, Daphne Ellenburg, specializes in Wedding Photography and Family Portraiture. We are located just north of Mobile Alabama. We proudly serve all of Alabama, and Gulfcoast Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana. (251) 656-7601