Randoms on the Monday Before Christmas….

December 22nd, 2014

christmas tree bokeh



There are 3 days until Christmas. NINE days until the new year. I finally finished all of my Christmas shopping this weekend and now I just need to wrap and put everything under the tree.

  • Do you buy yourself a Christmas gift? I do, it’s a ritual I started back when I got my first real nursing job and actually had disposable income. This year, I bought myself a Canon 40mm f/2.8 Lens. It’s so small and cute and sharp. It totally makes my Canon 6D seem like a point and shoot. well…as much as a full frame dslr can….. Do you buy yourself Christmas gifts?
  • I want the iPhone 6. I’m trying to wait for my upgrade in February but I don’t know if I’m going to make it…
  • I finally ordered a photo book of our trip to San Francisco and the photos from my iPhone 365 from Artifact Uprising. I also ordered prints for the walls finally. I can’t wait for them to come!!!
  • In preparation for the new year and new things to come, I’ve done a little re-branding. If you notice, when you  came to Everyday Eyecandy today, you actually came to everydayeyecandy.com. and my twitter handle is now lashawnwiltz and so is my Instagram. So I’m still me, just rebranded. LOL
  • Make sure you tune in to the blog on Monday after Christmas for an announcement about a special project I’m excited to share with you.


That’s it for this Monday. Pookah is on winter break, so it’s me and him until Wednesday.

How is your Monday going?



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Motherhood Is….

December 20th, 2014


Motherhood is

Motherhood is….


Today, your school let out early and I had to pick Pookah up and bring him home with me while I worked.

And while I am so so grateful that I can do this now, that I work from home,

I feel guilty.

Because for the next two weeks, he will be doing a lot of this.

Because I must keep him occupied and STILL work.

He’ll be spending a lot of his time playing games, watching TV, and playing on the iPad in an attempt to keep him occupied while I try to get things wrapped up before and after the holidays.

I’ll get a reprieve a few days when CDub is able to take off or work from home a few of those days.

I am grateful, I remind myself, that I can at least be here. That I don’t have pay someone to watch him, that I don’t have to juggle taking time off that I don’t have.   That he and I can have lunch together everyday.

But still….

The guilt.

This month, that is motherhood.


Please follow our blog circle over to Eva. To see what her version of Motherhood is this month.


Everyday Eyecandy: 8 days Until Christmas…….

December 17th, 2014

There are approximately 8 days until Christmas and I have shopped for no one. Even Santa isn’t finished……..

8 days until Christmas



Every year, I SWEAR up and down it’s going to be different,but still…..



Have you finished your shopping?


The Lovely Everyday: iPhone style…

December 16th, 2014

Me and the 6D last week…not so much!

Me and the iPhone….Yes!


the lovely everyday iphone-2
the lovely everyday iphone-3
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the lovely everyday iphone-5
Processed with VSCOcam with 5 preset
the lovely everyday iphone-7
the lovely everyday iphone

Take Beautiful Christmas Tree Photos With 3 Easy Tips

December 15th, 2014


christmas tree photos with 3 easy tips



It’s the most wonderful time of the year…..

So by now, you’ve got your christmas tree up and you’ve been itching to get your camera out to take beautiful Christmas tree photos .


What You Need:

  • Christmas Tree
  • Tripod( or a flat sturdy surface)
  • Camera ( DSLR or Point and Shoot)
  • Lens( if you have a DSLR)


Step 1: Set Up Your Tripod.

The main reason I suggest using a tripod is that you are going to need a steady surface.  If you are shooting in manual/or aperture mode( which you are aren’t you????) you will need your camera to be steady so you won’t get blurry christmas tree photos.

Plus, how else are you going to get in the photo?

**quick tip: but if you DON’T have a tripod, find a sturdy surface**


Step 2: Close Down Your Aperture

To get that twinkle to your christmas tree lights, you need a small aperture.  So, set your camera to manual or aperture mode and change your aperture to f/16 to f/22.

( If you are in aperture mode, your camera will choose the other settings for you.  You will notice very low shutter speeds which is why step one is using a tripod!)


christmas tree photos


 ( settings: Aperture: f/22 Shutter Speed: 4 sec ISO:400)


Step 3:Take your lens off of auto focus and manually focus your lens to get bokehlicious photos!

This time, set your aperature as low as your lens allows. For instance, I shot the photos for this post with my Tamon 28-75 2.8 lens. The aperture I used was 2.8.  Take your camera lens off of auto focus and manually focus your lens.  As you do, you will notice that beautiul sought after bokeh.


christmas tree photos bokeh

Settings: Aperture: f/2.8 Shutter Speed:0.4 sec  ISO 400


Bonus Tip:

If you are shooting with a Point and Shoot, this will be harder for you! BUT with a little patience and persistence, you can do this too!

  • Set your camera in macro mode( usually the little flower on your camera or flower mode).,
  • Turn off the flash!
  • Distance from your tree can make a difference!
  • Experiment and see what works for you!


christmas tree photos
christmas tree photos

Both of these photos are shot with my Canon Powershot D20


**Xtra Xtra Bonus Tip: Notice your photos coming our more yellow than you like? Set your white balance in camera to Tungsten!



Doesn’t that sound easy? Go forward and SHOOT!


I can’t wait to see your Christmas Tree Photos!!!


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