(Not quite) Wordless Wednesday: Bridal jump

As we get ready for Erin (in bright blue, fourth from left) and Matt to tie the knot, we gathered for Erin’s bridal shower on Saturday — and couldn’t leave without taking a few bridal party shots! Erin is a big fan of jumping photos . . . I know this from capturing she and her fiance kicking up their heels in front of the Capitol last fall.

They have long legs. We’ve been joking from the beginning that, at 5’2″, I’m one of the shortest bridesmaids — and these little Corgi-sized legs just don’t have the leaping power I’d like. My timing was always off. We practiced the shot above about a dozen times, each of us popping up at varying intervals. The outtakes are priceless.

But finally — finally, with much practice — we got that picture. “One . . . two . . . JUMP!” Denise cried, showing remarkable timing as she clicked the shutter just as our feet left the air. I’m second from the left in red, acting like the next extra in a “High School Musical” film.

I love this picture. And I’m so, so happy that my dear friend is happy.

A few of my favorite things

My adventures in the photography class I’m taking with my mom continue — and this week’s assignments are really fun! Not that the others weren’t, but you know what I mean.

One of the four projects we have to complete over spring break (it’s funny to say I’m on “spring break” — I’ve been out of college for two years and have a full-time job, but alas, I am on spring break from my photography course!) was the indirect portrait — an image of someone’s belongings that gives an impression of the person. Since I spend the majority of my time at my desk or at home reading/writing/blogging, those were the two places I really wanted to capture. My desk is very “me,” as is my room! When I was firing off shots using a new setting on my camera, I wasn’t sure what I was getting — or if what I was getting would really be an accurate representation of me. But I think I succeeded! And I wanted to share. All of these are posted on my Flickr page, too, but here are some highlights — and that last photo is one of my “self-portraits.” Those pictures have to be completely taken by us!