Good morning to you! It’s Monday August 2, 2021 and you made it. Right now, it is a little before 5 AM and the outside temperature is cool enough to turn the air conditioners off and open up the doors to get some CV fresh air. For the next two days, the expected temperatures will be over 110 degrees and much too hot to do much. Lucky for me, I have plenty to do indoors, like editing a photo shoot that I did yesterday at Civic Center Park in Palm Desert. Yesterday morning, pugs Theo and Phoebe along with their Mom met Hubby and I, for a super fast photo shoot. We had to move quickly as it was heating up quickly, even at 8 in the morning. I had ideas of what I wanted to capture but because of the heat, I did not want to waste any time and quickly found a great shaded place and decided to scrap my original idea. I figure we can try again in the cooler months.

This is Vanessa and her puggies.

According to Hubby, our shoot time was less than 30 minutes. Personally, when working with animals or children, I prefer to keep shoot time to under 30 minutes, this way I don’t lose the interest of the subject or subjects. I worked fast, because I was shooting pugs and I know that they overheat quickly, so I wanted to make sure we got them out of the heat. The shoot started at 8:30 AM and it was already in the upper 80s.

Her makeup was perfect and is making editing a breeze!

The above photo made me crack up! This reminded me of trying to take photos with my kids and then getting the photos back only to see that one son was making vulgar hand gestures, or another son making a face. Often before having a photo taken, I would plead for them to smile and not make any faces for at least one photo. Somehow, I got over trying to reach for perfection and just went for au natural and embraced what ever was captured when my family was being photographed.

This little pug stole the show yesterday and need an agent!

Yesterday, I used the Sony and the Nikon. I kept the 50 mm prime lens on the Nikon as I knew I would need a fast lens. Again, I think my cheap, starter model Nikon, out performed the Sony mirrorless. I have had to do slight edits on the few photos that I have downloaded from both cameras but have noticed that the Sony photos always have a slight coolness to them that I always have to add warmth too. I have tried using the auto setting and in manual and still have not figured this one out. I guess I need to do some research.

The shoot was fun for me! I know this because I had grass still sticking to my legs from when I was laying on the ground to get the shot above. I am moving better and know what my body’s limitations are. Pain is always going to be an issue for me but do know that when I am focused on something else, it just becomes background noise that I can tune out.

The photos that I have posted have all been edited with Lightroom. I had forgotten that I had it as I haven’t used it in over two years. Truth is, I was still not keen on using the pre-sets or any filters. However, I now know that it is okay to use it and they actually do make the photos look better. I look forward to downloading and editing the rest of the shoot. I had forgotten how much fun shoot time is, at least for me. I am sure that I had a goofy smile as I had the camera pressed up against my face. Below are a couple of photos that will not make my cut but still laugh because I remember what was going on. It was hard to not laugh loudly at the pugs and their animated movements and faces.

Jenny even made it into a couple. She hates when the camera is not pointed at her. After the shoot, we stopped at the pond that is located at Civic Center Park. I wanted to see the turtles and walked over to the bridge to snap a few photos. Jenny and hubby kept walking.

It such a nice way to spend a morning. Now to get ready for the coming week. Time to plan out what movies I will be watching and such. Hopefully, I can complete a few more paintings. All I know is Hubby will be home all week and I can’t wait. Last year on his vacation, we watched lots of music documentaries. Hope we can do some of that this week.

Jenny’s favorite spot in the car, next to he Paw.

Thank you, dear reader for visiting! May your week be exciting and super cool. Hope you make it to your destination on what ever journey you may be on. Hugs, to you and you and especially to you over there.

9 Comments Add yours

  1. Thanks for the uplifting blog this morning. I hope you have a beautiful August.

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    1. You are welcome. Enjoy your week!


  2. Great photos Michelle. You’re a really good photographer.

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    1. Thanks Jeff!

      Hope you are staying cool in this heat.

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      1. I’m certainly trying.

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  3. terrie gura says:

    I am giggling at all these pug pictures. It cracks me up that they always seem to have their tongues out!

    Rest easy this week, and let hubby spoil you a bit! 🙂 If you haven’t already seen the Amy Winehouse documentary, I think you’d love it. And one of the streaming services, I think Netflix, had one on Lady Gaga…also very good. Happy healing! 🙂

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    1. I was cracking up the whole time. They were so cute and had so much character!

      Thanks for the tip. I love Amy Winehouse. So thankful that I have Hubby, because I seem to be feeling more stuff today than I did yesterday.
      Have a great evening 🙂


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