Family Photo (Christmas 2012)

The last time I posted a picture of the whole family, it was taken back in December 2009. Simon was four. Mary was one and a half. You’ll notice two new additions to the 2012 photo: Lucy and Murray’s girlfriend, Jana. We think we like them both enough to let them stick around. For now.

Here is our official family photo from this past Christmas, 2012:

Campbell Family 2012 Portrait

And here’s the one that everybody likes:

Commit to the Silly!

Chopped! Campbell Edition

We occasionally enjoy an episode of Chopped on the Food Network. One of Kate’s friends said how she did an at-home version with their kids, and they LOVED it, so we decided to give it a go. For those of you not familiar with the show, the gist is this:

  • 4 chefs.
  • 3 rounds: Appetizer, Entrée, and Dessert.
  • Each round the contestants get a basket with “mystery” ingredients that they have to use in their dish.
  • At the end of each round, the judges “chop” one contestent

Obviously we made some modifications to this formula. And I kept the ingredients simple at Kate’s request. It’s hard enough to cook with kids without having to figure out how you’re going to make an appetizer out of cuttlefish, kumquats, and neon green M&Ms.

I’ll keep the commentary to a minimum and try to let the photos and videos below do the talking.

Photo Slideshow

Chopped - Campbell Edition


Big Preschool Girl

I guess I can guarantee at least two posts a year to this blog, and they’ll both come in September. Today was Mary’s first day of preschool. After watching Simon go all last year and constantly asking when she would get to go, today was the day. It’s a fun exercise to compare the kids at their various different milestones, so here’s a link to Simon’s first day of preschool. She’s so little compared to him! Requisite pictures below.

First Day of Preschool
They love each other.

Caught Up!

I officially have no more pictures that need to be processed. Well, I have no more pictures that *I* feel need to be processed. Others may disagree. Never mind the fact that I haven’t really shot anything in about a month and a half. I’m caught up, that’s all that matters. It may be another decade before it happens again.

Sleepy Girl

New Year’s Resolution

My new year’s resolution is to blog more often. Waiting for the laughter to die down. . .

Okay, that’s not really my New Year’s resolution. Somehow everything I want to say has recently been magically condensed to 140 characters or less. Because my attention span wasn’t short enough to begin with. Darn you twitter and facebook. So to start 2010, I present you with a picture of my whole family, taken at our Christmas celebration this past weekend.

Challenges to my Adventures in Produce Project

I’m a full 3 weeks, 4 weeks, well, let’s just say I’m WAY behind on my Adventures in Produce posts. The thing is, I’m not really that sad about it. This has been a frustrating project for me for several reasons, and I’m happy to throw it under the bus. All my fault, for sure, but frustrating nonetheless.

The problems that stand out most in my mind are:

  • Logistics and Time Constraints – I simply didn’t have the time I wanted to put together these shots. Everything seemed rushed. I didn’t really anticipate the craziness of walking in the door from work and trying to set up and shoot the weekly produce picture with kids were underfoot in the 30-45 minutes I had before dinner. Additionally, Kate was sometimes needing some of the produce we got for that week to cook dinner.
  • Lighting – I was extremely frustrated with the lighting in my house. Our house doesn’t get a lot of natural light, and the little we do get is difficult to work with. I was having all sorts of issues with exposure and white balance that I just didn’t have the time to mess with in the short period I had to take the pictures (see item one).
  • Equipment – When I started this project, I fully expected to be purchasing the beginning of my strobist-inspired lighting equipment. I planned on having at least one strobe, one lightstand, and one umbrella with which to light. Er, yeah. . . about that. We had a couple of unexpected expenses this summer. Air conditioning, medical bills, auto stuff, hi-def television. . . you know, all essentials. What’s that? YOU try saying no to your wife when she tells you that it’s okay for you to go buy a replacement TV. I mean really, the GALL of that woman! Kidding hon, TOTALLY kidding. As an aside, now that football season has started any buyers remorse I had over that TV has been magically cured. Funny, that.

    So anyway, the flash equipment purchase got put off indefinitely, and I haven’t been experimenting with any of the light stuff I wanted to experiment with.

  • A Generally Disappointing CSA Experience – In general, I have been a little disappointed by the quality of the produce we’ve gotten from the CSA. The fruit has generally been very good, but I have not been thrilled with the veggies, and we have gotten a couple of items that have been downright dreadful (the green beans from a couple of weeks ago qualify). Being not super-enthusiastic about the produce we were receiving made me even less motivated to take pictures.

    That being said, we LOVE our trips to the farm to pick our own produce, and the farm itself is a really fun place to visit. I’m not sure if we’ll do the CSA again next year. We still have a month or so of late summer and fall produce to go, so I’m going to withhold final judgement until it is all said and done.

So as of now, my photography goal is to get caught up processing all the pics that I’m backed up on by a couple (almost 3?! Ack!) months. I’m not even considering another “project” until I get caught up on the family shots.