Meet My Mom + Photo Shoot

After I moved to Albuquerque and had pretty much established my full independence from my parents (and also my friends), my parents made the executive decision to move to Texas – far east Texas.

I wasn’t sure how I felt about this. I knew I was going to miss them. Fortunately, I didn’t have to miss my mom for long! She came to visit for a doctor’s appointment in Santa Fe. I got to spend the day with her.

While I was waiting for her to get out of her doctor’s appointment, I walked around outside the doctor’s office. After all, Santa Fe is a beautiful city, so I knew I’d get the opportunity for some amazing shots.

Of course, the appointment ended up being super short-lived, so I only ended up with three shots I really enjoyed:

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I think my skills with the Canon are improving.

I did figure out a good trick to fake bokeh with a kit lens:

Stand way back and zoom in as far as your lens permits you. Then you can focus on the point closest to you, or, if you’re like me and prefer to ‘center’ your focus, the center point. This means you get a cool effect where points close to you and far away from you are out of focus, but the center of the image is in sharp focus.

I kind of like the effect. And it’s a little different. The foreground suddenly feels like background.

We also recorded two YouTube videos while she was visiting.

In the first, my mom tries drugs! Or tells a story of when she dropped acid, rather:

In the second video, my mom watched a couple of my friends’ videos and I filmed her reaction to them:

I miss my mom already, but I enjoyed her brief (but fun!) visit. She should be coming back sometime next month.

Also, as a side note, the audio is a bit weird in those two videos because of where I filmed them and the microphone I was using.

I have since upgraded to a Rode microphone, so I feel like an official YouTuber now.

Oh yes. We’re moving up in the world, friends.

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