Vegas, Baby!

Kevin and I jetted off this weekend for a little spontaneous trip to Las Vegas. Kevin, with his usual deal finding acumen, found incredibly cheap flights, so we could hardly afford not to go.

We started Saturday off with a trip to Hoover Dam.

   Hoover Dam LHBH 1 Hoover Dam LHBH 2 Hoover Dam LHBH 3 Hoover Dam LHBH 6 Hoover Dam LHBH 5Only about 15 minutes away from the dam (on the Arizona side) is a great little park on the Colorado river. We brought along our favorite picnic fixin’s and had lunch there (with a few fine feathered friends).

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Last night we visited The Neon Museum. If you go to Vegas, you MUST go here (and pay the few dollars extra to go at night). It was incredible!

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I also took photos of letters in the boneyard and put this together. I absolutely cannot wait to get it printed and framed.

BEALS

We had a blast in Vegas this weekend, but after almost three weeks of traveling, we’re ready to settle down until our next big trip in March.

Where have you been lately?

Last December

So what were we up to this December that kept us so busy that we couldn’t blog?

We didn’t go ice skating on the fake ice at Dallas’ Klyde Warren Park, but enjoyed some chess while taking in the the Dallas skyline with some members of our Honeymooners Bible Study group.

Klyde Warren 2 LHBH Klyde Warren 3 LHBH KlydeWarren 1 LHBHWe headed to Tampa for Christmas with Kevin’s family. The weather was lovely and we were lucky enough to spend some time watching football with Kevin’s parents, walking on the beach, baking cookies with our gorgeous niece.

Christmas Florida 1 LHBH Christmas Florida 2 LHBH Christmas Florida 3 LHBH Christmas Florida 5 LHBHWe also headed up north to celebrate the holiday with my family in Indiana. We barely missed out on the Snow-pocalypse, but we did get to exchange gifts, go to a Colts game, and spend New Years with some close friends.

Christmas Indiana LHBH 1 Christmas Indiana LHBH 2New Years 2014 LHBH 1We really had a great month and really appreciate all of you sticking with us while we took a break!

We’re curious, though, what you were all up to while we were MIA! How were your Decembers?

Photo-A-Day, Week 3

Happy Friday! I hope you’re enjoying our Photo-A-Day challenge as much as I am! It’s not too late to join in! You can link up below and share your most recent photos!

This week I made a real effort to take photos even if I only had my iPhone with me. I got a few shots I’m really in love with (particularly at the fair), even though I missed a day or two.

What’s your favorite shot this week?

Friday, October 11

The Bottle Shop

Sunday, October 13

Before the Storm

Monday, October 14

The Park At Lunchtime

Tuesday, October 15

Rain

Wednesday, October 16

Brama

Swings

The Texas Star

Thursday, October 17

Koi Graffiti

What did you come up with this week? I can’t wait to see!

Photo-A-Day: Week 2

This week was much tougher (see week 1 here).  A couple of times I forgot to bring along my “big camera” and had to take iPhone pictures (although it can’t hurt to get better at that either), but I’m really enjoying taking a few minutes each day for myself (and my camera).

Here’s what I came up with this week.

Friday, October 4Wren House at the Park

 

Saturday, October 5Farris Wheel

 

Sunday, October 6Indiana Beals

Monday, October 7Jeminy Cricket

Tuesday, October 8  Whats All the Buzz About

Wednesday, October 9

Dog Park Visit

Thursday, October 10

Compressor Fan Cooler

Now it’s your turn! What did you come up with? I can’t wait to see!

Share your best photo (or all of them)! Don’t be shy; we’re all learning!

Photo-A-Day: Week 1

It’s Friday! That’ means it’s time to share our best photos from the Photo-A-Day challenge!

It was a short week, just Tuesday through Thursday, but I still managed to get three pretty awesome shots.

This week, I focused on playing with depth-of-field using my 50mm lens.  Here’s what I came up with!

Backyard Flower

Fievel Tennis Ball

Now it’s your turn! What did you come up with? I can’t wait to see!

Share your best photo (or all of them)! Don’t be shy; we’re all learning!

 

A Photo-A-Day Challenge

A couple Fridays ago I tossed out the idea of a photo-a-day challenge.  Since entering the Conde Nast Traveler Dream Trip photo contest (see below), I’ve realized that I really, really love taking photos and that I really, really want to get better at it.

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The best way to get better at something is to practice, so I’m embarking on a 31-day challenge to do just that. All October I’ll be toting around my camera, attempting to snap one “share-worthy” photo a day. Each Friday, I’ll be sharing my best photos from that week to keep me honest.  I’m really wanting to focus on composition, lighting, and well, focus.

eifel towerI’m really excited to get started (so much so that I’m probably going to start taking photos this weekend)! If you’d like to join me on this journey, let me now in the comments and we’ll have a link party each Friday to hold each other accountable!

What do you want to improve in your photography? What is your biggest photography weakness (mine’s lighting)? What are you most excited to photograph?

Need some inspiration? Check out the Conde Nast Traveler Dream Trip Finalists here (you can see my submissions by clicking on the “Gallery” tab and searching for @jbeals). Also, check out the National Geographic Photo of the Day for some truly incredible photos.

A Photo-A-Day Idea

Happy Friday, guys!

Today I wanted to pose a question.

Lately, I’ve been pondering doing a photo-a-day challenge – not the fun Instagram ones, but one with my “big camera” to help me develop as a photographer.

20130913-091103.jpgI really want to focus on both composition and learning to fully take advantage of my Canon 60D’s capabilities.

20130913-091354.jpgWould any of you be interested in joining me? I think I’m going to start with a 30-day challenge – one good photo a day for a month.

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Let me know if you’re interested in joining me! Have a great weekend!

PS. If this shows up funky, our network is down here at the office and I had to write this post as a replacement on my phone.

Happy Day After the 4th of July!

I hope you’re having a wonderful holiday weekend (and if you’re at work, I’ll have an adult beverage on the beach for you).

We’re still working on the site, so please bear with us.

We’ll be back on Monday with a regular post, but in the meantime all we have for you is a pic of the fireworks from last night on Siesta Key Beach.

Siesta Key Fireworks 2013 Little House. Big Heart.

Have a great weekend!

Europe 2013: Rome – Part 2

As promised this morning, here are the remainder of our photos from Rome (or at least the remainder of the ones we’re sharing; we have tons more).

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Lamborghinis lined the streets near the Vatican for a 50th Anniversary celebration in Rome

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The Castle Santa Angelo across the Tiber River at Sunset

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St. Peter’s Basilica from across the Tiber River

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St. Peter’s Basilica at Sunset

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The City of Rome, from the cupola of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome

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The inside of the dome at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome

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A mosaic of a cherub on the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome

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The Pieta by Michelangelo in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome

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A cobbled street leads towards two story insulae in Ostia Antica

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The amphitheater sits vacant but intact in Ostia Antica

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A small lizard suns himself on the ruins of Ostia antica

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A lone arch stands among the ruins of Ostia Antica

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Poppies grow among- and even on- the ruined walls of Ostia Antica

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Cupid and Psyche share an embrace in Ostia Antica

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A black cat watches over the cataloged ruins of Ostia Antica

We hope you enjoyed the photos from our trip! We were so excited to share them! If there’s anything else you’d like to know about our trip (recommendations, how we planned and booked the trip 100% on our own, why we took so many danged pictures) feel free to ask us in the comments or email us at littlehousebigheart {at} gmail {dot} com.

Have a wonderful (and safe) Memorial Day weekend!

Europe 2013: Rome – Part 1

We’re slowly but surely starting to settle back into life at the Little House after our whirlwind European tour. This week we’re catching up on laundry, mowing the lawn (it’s a jungle out there), cleaning house, and washing the puppies (they need it).

Since we’re a little light on the DIY this week, we’ll be sharing photos from our recent trip with you today!

Be sure to check out our photos from Munich, Innsbruck, Venice and Florence while you’re here! Today we’re finally at our last stop, Rome. We’ll be posting half the photos now, half after lunch. There were just too many to pare down!Rome St. Paul Outside the Walls 3

Our Favorite Basilica in Rome, St. Paul Outside the Walls

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Stunning gold mosaics on the facade of St. Paul Outside the Walls

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Tourists gaze at the 1000 year-old mosaics in the basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls

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A Fiat parked outside St. Paul’s

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A rose blooms in the gardens of the Villa Borghese

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A forgotten bicycle leans against a lamp pole in the gardens of the Villa Borghese

Rome Piazza del Popolo

A view of the Piazza del Popolo and St. Peter’s Basilica from the Gardens of the Villa Borghese

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Tourists sit among the azaleas on the Spanish Steps

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An Egyptian obelisk topped with a cross stands outside the Pantheon in Rome

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The oculus in the Pantheon

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A woman observes the tourists below from her jasmine covered window

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A moody sky hangs over the Colosseum

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Roses bloom in front of the Senate Building in the Roman Forum

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Tourists wander through the ruins of the Roman Forum

We’ll be back after lunch with the second half of our Rome photos!