Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Black and White Wednesday - "Ta Da !! "

I did the dreaded deed today.

No....not that one (??!? Huh, what's that? Well.....what were you thinking?!).

Yes, I set up the camera in front of a mirror and took a mug shot.

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I need to print up some business cards and flyers so I needed a picture that sort of tells the tale.

I used a big silver reflector and sat under our big sky light in my loft and other than some minor touch-ups (usually I have to really work it) this was almost SOOC.
(Forget diamonds....reflectors are a girls best friend! )

I'm showing my camera and paint and brush in this profile picture so all my bases are covered.
(My apron and scullery maid gloves are hidden. haha) enough about me.... here are some shots I took from the inside of my car as I was driving (shhhhh....) downtown last Friday.

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I had to circle 3 times waiting for a red light to get this one of the Chinese gate. It was green all 3 times so I got this on the fly.

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This little trip really gave me a taste to get out more and explore this city. I can't wait for spring when me and my Nikes will become one.

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So, I'll end with a color version of the aforementioned "mug shot".

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I think I like the black and white better.


Happy Wednesday to you!


Life with Kaishon said...

You are just beautiful Wanda! You look young and lively and like a fantastic photographer! I am so excited for you business cards and your future : )
The sky is the limit!

Wishing you a week filled with much happiness and MUCH love!

Love, Becky

Jill - FNA Photography said...

Wanda - you are gorgeous - love the self portrait! Great job! I love B&W shots too of myself. Your shots this week are all beautiful!

Marla said...

Lovely shots. I ordered a remote shutter last night so hopefully I can get into taking lots of creative self-portrait shots. You did a good job. :)

Marla @

Kayce said...

Goodness Wanda! I knew you were beautiful but dang you're BEAUTIFUL! Fabulous self portrait! I tried hard to do one myself this week but mine were not so wonderful but you give me more inspiration!! I'm going to try again tomorrow!

Love the city shots too...I need do a city walk and snap a few of my own surroundings besides the beach.

Have a great week!

Buckeroomama said...

Wanda, you look DIVINE, in B/W or in color!! Wow. Glam shot! =)

Maddy said...

Wanda you look incredible!! No do!! What an awesome selfie!!

Rocio Esmeralda said...

Oh Wanda you look Stunning! Love your self portrait..♥
Your city shots are Amazing! my fav. was the Chinese gate.
Have a Lovely Wed!!

Terri said...

You are BEAUTIFUL!!!! Great self portrait and the other shots are fabulous too! You aced your photo shoot for sure!

Love Letters To China said...

Gorgeous Wanda!!! I'm not sure if I like the b&w or color self portrait. They're both beautiful. Makes me want to give it a try...somehow I don't think mine will turn out so well. I guess I would need to put on some makeup and "do" my hair. On second thought...maybe I won't. ;-)

I love the shots you captured of your home town. I really want to come up for a visit at some point in time. It would have to be in summer...could never handle the cold in your neck of the woods.

Happy Wednesday to you!!!


Colleen said...

You are so beautiful! What a really lovely self portrait, mine never turn out quite like that, they tend to actually resemble mug shots.:)

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Lady your are BEAUTIFUL in color and bw....on the outside and on the inside!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these selfies!! LOL about the reflector...I am sure our hubbies would love to hear us say that!!

Have a fabulous day Miss Wanda!!

Love and Hugs~


Gail said...

So reflectors are a girls best friend... Oh I have to remember that. You are STUNNING. wow!
And equally so in color and bl and white.

Love the shots your downtown too!

Happy Wednesday! :)


Jednet said...

Oh, you are one gorgeous woman! I find that the black and white is more dramatic.


Ashley Sisk said...

The black and white is GORGEOUS - I need to get a reflector...For real!

Wanda said...

I'm telling you - the bags under my eyes almost disappeared with that big silver reflector pointing up, right under my chin. I only got a couple hours of sleep the night before and it really showed so....uh-huh....that reflector is my new BFF.

Faith Hope Love Photography said...

You are so beautiful...and what a fun image for sure. I too love it is black and white or color. The images of town makes me want to travel...we definately do not have fun buildings like that around here.

Chic Homeschool Mama said...

I do like the b&w - but I am seriously drawn to b&w all the time. I also love that second shot.

Denise said...

You are one hot momma!!! Love them both, but I think that I do favor the bw...hugs~

Mahmee said...

Well, don't you just look fabulicious! I'd like to have one of those reflectors permanently mounted to my body. I need all of the help I can get!

Marla said...

Oh my heck, that is a GORGEOUS shot of you! LOVE IT!!! And you go getting the rest of those while driving! You are just multi-talented, my friend! :)

American in Norway said...

Your shots are amazing & your are
B E A U T I F U L... you need to go to Hollywood girl.. you are dripping with GLAMOUR. :-)

Dhemz said...

wow! lovely look amazing...:) Hope you can check out my Black & White Wednesday entry too. Thanks!

Our family said...

Reflectors or not.... seriously Wanda! You are so beautiful! Inside and out! I love all of your pics and your city pics make me lonesome! I LOVE how you capture such detail with whomever/whatever your subject is.

Lisa said... are gorgeous in any color OR bw!!! Your eyes fairly leap from the page and please don't get me started about your cheekbones. Uh, is this weird?? Mama gushing over another Mama??

OKKKKAAAAYYYY...moving on! :)

LOVE your travel log of the city as seen by a car window! Wanda, I think that might be the makings of a GREAT book or travel brochure!!! Seriously!!!!

XOXO You rock chica!

3D said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely.

And the pictures are great too.

Keep smilin!

Mama Hen said...

You are beautiful! That picture is stunning! I love both the black and white and the color picture, but I prefer the black and white. It gives it some edge! All the pictures are fabulous. I know I keep saying it, but you are so talented my friend! I hope you are doing well! Have a great night!

Mama Hen

Michelle said...

You look gorgeous!!!!

June said...

I have to say the color photo is great. Something about the rich shadows of the background, and the highlight next to your right arm . Wonderful!

Erika B said...

Beautiful mugshot and great shots of street life!

Erika B

JinXiu said...

wantda- you are georgous. what a great self portrait

love the photos from your car. the camera is like magic in your hands

Mama Hen said...

Oh Wanda, of course I did self timer up on that roof. Do you think any one else would be that crazy to get up there? Ha! :) It had to get done. I was starting to get water coming in from behind the gutter. I do everything! I am not afraid of hard work. That came from my Dad. But believe me, if he were here he would have been upset that I went up there. So self timer came through for this mommy blogger again. I just set it and placed it on my mitten on the roof. ha! Really professional work. Have a great night my friend! Those party pictures below are just beautiful! Talented! Thank you for your kind words about my Dad. I really miss him more than I could ever say!

Mama Hen

Mama Hen said...

Oh and the last picture of me should probably be taken out. I have a lot of stuff like keys, gloves, papers, etc. stuffed in my pockets and it is not so flattering. I thought, hey I am up on this roof in freezing weather with my camera hanging off of a ladder. I will put all the pictures because of effort. Ha! :) I hope you are doing well my friend!

Mama Hen

Mama Hen said...

Happy Valentine's Day! have a great day my friend! :)

Mama Hen

Dita said...

Well, you ALMOST captured how STUNNINGLY GORGEOUS you are for the masses but luckily they don't see you in person...where that electric personality, scintillating smile and melodious voice just leaves one feeling....well, completely mesmerized. I should know....I was first captivated by your ridiculously amazing HOLLYWOOD Glamor look and then your God Given artistic talent only to smacked by your infamous pipes and then blown away by your incredibly photography....that's not a one-two punch....its a complete KNOCKOUT!

I am PUTTY in your hands!
(Sorry it took me a lifetime to comment...I had to pull myself up off the floor after seeing that unmistakeably WANDA picture...and it took time...I'm getting old!

I love you to BITS I tell ya....BITS!
Dita Darling

And I can't wait for that to