Monday, May 31, 2010

It's Monday....what do I see?

Happy Memorial Day!
Thank you to all that have served our country and keep us safe.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

When I first got my camera J was a little baby and I was stuck at home wanting to figure out how I could still use my creativity. I found and became hooked with their on line courses. Slowly, I was starting to learn how to shoot manually and became inspired by other photographers.
They have monthly contests to enter which I would....and not win anything. Then slowly I started to get editor's pick.
But, today I stepped up a notch and won 2nd place with the picture above! There are over 17,000 submissions!

Here is the press release.

5/25/2010 Photographer Eva Barrial of Woodland Hills, CA, has won Second Place for April in the prestigious photography contest sponsored by, the site's founder, Jim Miotke, announced Tuesday.

More than 17700 entries were submitted to the online photography contest, which attracted contestants from around the world and featured 10 separate categories.

Barrial's stunning image, "Joyful", garnered top honors after being submitted in the Monthly Theme category.

All of the winning images can be viewed at's contest page:

The contest is conducted each month. Categories include Nature and Landscapes, Animals, People, Elements of Design, Digital Darkroom, Travel and Place, Flowers, Details and Macro, Catch-All, and Monthly Theme. Judging is performed by a panel of professional photographers.

Besides its free, popular photo contest, also offers a variety of services: digital camera reviews, online photo courses, free newsletters, a discussion forum, Web sites for photographers, question-and-answer section, how-to articles, photo galleries, and more.

Photographers can enter this month's contest and learn more about photography at:

Monday, May 24, 2010

It's Monday....what do I see?

I love a picture that tells a story. That makes you think.
My lovely friend came over (we met in prenatal yoga) and I took pics of her daughter. In all of them she is laughing and playing and being...well sunny.
But, when I took this pic she was getting tired. And she was barefoot and there were prickly things on the ground. She went to hug her mom. And in that hug....there was such comfort. She laid her head where it fits just right...and I looked at them and

Monday, May 17, 2010

I Heart Faces Photo Challenge

This week the challenge was flowers and faces. Having two boys and getting them to hold a flower was a challenge within itself. L thought the flowers were strange--the texture a wonderment to him I am sure. J....well, J was too busy with NASA and shuttle launches and astronauts to give any flowers any kind of attention. At one point he did nod at me that the flowers were beautiful.

Here L is screeching at the fuzzy stem that this flower had.

I, on the other hand, love flowers. Wild are my favorite.

Check out the other submissions at

Sunday, May 16, 2010

It's Monday....what do I see?

I'm posting early! It's 45 minutes to Monday, but tomorrow I am meeting a friend for coffee and won't be home until I figured better post now.
My camera BROKE. It's so sad and I am in denial. I am sending it to Canon--and hopefully they will take care of her while she is there. In the meantime I have been taking pics with my back-up camera. It was like an old friend. I looked at her dials and knew what to do. She was the one who brought me to this love of photography so I respect her immensely, my little Xti.
This weekend was lovely. Time with my boys. The beach. And washed cars.
And my son amazed me today at bedtime.
"Mom--Saturn has rings of frozen ice." So we took out the Space Encyclopedia to read more. And as we explored space through the book I looked at him and thought...what a little man he is growing into.

Monday, May 10, 2010

It's Monday.....what do I see?

Emily! I have only just begun going through her headshots--but how amazing is she? And she is such a great actress as well! I loved shooting her and can't wait to go through the rest of the pictures.
Hope you all had an amazing Mother's Day....mine was full of creativty and sleeping in. A luxury! I had a photoshoot and my husband screened a small test screening of his feature film called PIG. It was my first time seeing it from beginning to end and I am so very very proud.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

In case you missed me....

Here is a still from the shoot. Just copy and paste in your browser


Monday, May 3, 2010

It's Monday....what do I see?

Besides seeing myself on TV tonight on ABC at 9:30??

This picture cracks me up because it's all genuine. I went to one of my favorite friend's birthday party for her 3 year old (more pics to come) and my son and his favorite girl on this side of the Mississippi were hanging out. I love the way they play together and I am sad for the day when they realize that boys have cooties and girls are no fun.
In the meantime enjoy this moment .