Day: November 6, 2013

Photography Lesson

Today was a really fun day.  For years I have been less than satisfied with the photography on my blog and that is quite shameful for a Wagner as everyone in my family is a good photographer.  My Brother, Dad and Grandpa have all spent time as professional photographers and they each have different styles but are very talented. My brother is perhaps the most successful and has done a lot of skateboard and other sports photography.  Recently he did a shoot in Iceland for Nike as part of the Nike Poler shoes.

So, like I said photography is pretty intense in my family and I never felt I was very good at it.  Usually I hoped that the content would be good enough to outweigh the crappy photos.  Clearly if I’ve grown in readership for nearly 6 years there is some truth to that but recently I got the opportunity to do a guest blog for my friend over at The Little Ferraro Kitchen which will be posted on Nov 13th!!

I knew if I was going to guest post on her site that my photos needed to match up with the quality on her blog, so I bought a nice camera and my Dad instructed me as he did the amazing food photography for the post (seriously you guys will be blown away).

I’m super excited and working with my Dad made me want to keep learning and trying to get better.  Yes, my photos may never be as good as his but I can improve and learn more.  So, I asked my friend Kristi Linton if she would give me a lesson today and she agreed.  Fortunately I had received 2 subscription boxes that were good test subjects for me to practice on.  We went over backdrops, lighting, using mirrors and flashlights, tripods and even took some photos on the floor next to the kitchen glass door and I think they turned out pretty well.

These items are from:

Cheryl’s cookies-  Great prices and delicious cookies.  They have a quarterly subscription cookie service and individual orders.  This tin I got on discount as an end of Halloween sale

Bklyn organics- $15 box you can order through their etsy shop . Included personal note and only one month required.

Flicker box- This is a fun candle box.  I liked all the scents. Not too overpowering. $25 a month.

I am excited to keep learning and getting better.

Cheryl's cookies.  The best sugar cookie you've ever had.
Cheryl’s cookies. The best sugar cookie you’ve ever had.
Flicker box
Flicker box.  I think this photo turned out particularly nice.
Bklyn Organics box
Bklyn Organics box.  Included a personally written list of items. 


Kristi and I had a lot of fun during our lesson.  Also me sporting Poler hoodie
Kristi and I had a lot of fun during our lesson. Also me sporting Poler hoodie


Let’s lighten things up a bit…I do like to laugh just so you know.  I was thinking about it and it has been a while before a real screwball comedy made me laugh.  I guess there was Silver Linings Playbook but that definitely had drama.  I wish more clean, funny comedy was put out.  It seems in recent years most comedies have been out to shock not laugh.  Also, it is not inherently funny to have a woman acting unseemingly in and of itself.  It still has to be funny.

Lately I’ve been getting really into Studio C on BYU TV.  It is proof that you can do funny and be clean.  Sometimes I think it is funnier because it is so relatable.  You aren’t turned off by the bad language.  Do any of you watch Studio C and think it is funny?  What are your favorite bits?

You see I really am quite a cheerful person.  Today the funniest thing happened.  I was talking to my bff and I had to hang up so I could get food.  I said ‘I love you! You are awesome’ and then hung up ordered my meal.  When I went around to the window the guy at taco time said ‘I love you too.  You are awesome’.  It was pretty funny.  You have to be able to laugh at life or the tough times will drive you crazy.  There is a Bill Cosby bit about going to the dentist that no matter how often I listen to it I laugh my head off.  It is great therapy when you feel worn down by a week.  I highly recommend it.

Well, I thought it would be fun to share with you guys some things I think are funny and hopefully you will get a good laugh and have a great day:

Had to add a couple Brian Regan bits too because he’s so clean and funny too. I have yet to find anyone who didn’t find these bits to be funny and you can listen to them with your whole family.  I love playing his routines on road trips and laughing my butt off!

Anyway enjoy!  What do you all think is funny?