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Day 83 of 365 days.

Today was the 8th anniversary of my first date with Steph. We celebrate it as any married couple would celebrate their anniversary. Its just that we never really bothered to get married. We’re quite content to just be living in sin. Really, we’ll fix that any day now. Anyway, we went out to a nice local tapas bar for dinner and exchanged gifts at home. Steph got me exactly what I had been wanting, a new set of portrait lights for my basement studio. I just had to take a picture with it tonight. I ended up using a bit more light than I wanted, though, maybe a shorter exposure would have helped. I guess the shot is fine, but I really wanted a darker look to it. Its really hard to light for both her skin tone and mine. Things to work on.

For my part, I gave Steph a new Canon A710IS camera and 1gb memory card for her present. So she has her own camera now and can stop borrowing my old one. She seems happy with it, and maybe if enough people pressure her, she’ll start her own 365 day project.

365 days

Added to the Cream of the Crop pool as my best of 2006.


69 comments for “11-2-06

  1. November 2, 2006 at 11:49 pm

    Awww, Happy Anniversary!

    Beautful picture and great gifts you each got! I’m so jealous reading "my basement studio"…my house is too freaking small!

    Steph–start a 365!! Come on, all the cool kids are doing it! 😉

  2. November 2, 2006 at 11:52 pm

    a photo like this makes me believe in love. happy anniversary.

  3. November 3, 2006 at 1:11 am

    A beautiful photo moment.
    Happy Anniversary

  4. November 3, 2006 at 1:28 am

    Happy Anniversary! a realy "LOVE" photo, simple and beautiful
    The World Through My Eyes

  5. November 3, 2006 at 1:39 am

    Nice shot. It is a little dark but I do like the highlights. The mood comes through well.
    flickr poker

  6. November 3, 2006 at 2:35 am

    Hello from Sweden! I have decided to award this extraordinary picture amongst the others presented in the group because I like it very much and it communicates a lot to me.
    Of course you are more than welcome to visit my Icelandic and Swedish sets!

    Thumbs Up! from Flickr Smileys

    Have a nice day and good luck with the pictures.

    Administrator of the: BEST OF MY BEST GROUP

  7. November 3, 2006 at 3:57 am
  8. November 3, 2006 at 4:03 am

    great celebration shot
    Thumbs Up! from Flickr Smileys

  9. November 3, 2006 at 4:34 am
  10. November 3, 2006 at 7:05 am
  11. November 3, 2006 at 7:49 am
  12. November 3, 2006 at 9:22 am

    mav, first, happy anniversary! 8 years–WOW! secondly, i think the lighting is just perfect 😀 you really captured the moment here…it’s great. thirdly…i know i haven’t called you yet about your wedding….but your number still sits here next to my computer…so i will get around to it 😀

    to steph: GET IN, GET IN!!! Feel the love <3

    as sarah…i, too, am jealous of a basement studio 😛 apparently that’s not all…a hot tub too?! man…some people have all the luxuries!

  13. November 3, 2006 at 9:39 am

    I love this photo as it’s lit. I know how difficult it is to capture the two different skin tones as I have this issue, too with my family.

    Happy Anniversary to you both!
    Wonderful way to commemorate it…

  14. November 3, 2006 at 9:39 am

    thank you to everyone. and thank you for the anniversary wishes.

    @sarah and jen: Really, the basement studio isn’t all that impressive. I just happen to have a basement with a lot of room, so that’s where I have my lights and backdrop set up right now. It’s nice for taking pictures, but not perfect. It would be better if there was more room and maybe some interesting furniture. Once we’re done refinishing the attic/3rd floor and that becomes our bedroom, our current bedroom is going to become a guest bedroom, and maybe I’ll move the lights and the backdrops up there and use it instead. Other than the lights, Jen’s one room (with the little mattress and the big window – i think you said it was the "green room") and Sarah’s bedroom (i guess, the one where you took the highconstrast nudes of your back) seem much better. As for the hottub, well, you’re both welcome to use it anytime you want to come and visit Pittsburgh.

  15. November 3, 2006 at 10:01 am

    What a beautiful shot!

  16. November 3, 2006 at 10:26 am

    I absolutely love this! Great lighting and composition.

    Oh, and ps. I can’t believe you remember what day your first date was.

  17. November 3, 2006 at 10:36 am

    I will Definitely pressure her!!!! Is she already on Flickr? I have not seen her photos…..
    This shot is so great of you guys, I can see the love! But you are right about the skin issues, you are just a little darker than she is…..

    However, again happy anniversary and we plan on seeing you guys tomorrow night!

  18. November 3, 2006 at 10:58 am

    @jessi: of course I remember. I am the best boyfriend/fiance/husband ever! 🙂

    @shannon: yeah, but she almost never posts any pictures. she’s "greateststephi." Maybe no that she has her own camera, she’ll do more. What did you guys want to do tomorrow?

  19. November 3, 2006 at 11:08 am

    See now this is real,… very, very awesome. Definitely a favorite of mine and a depiction of a really great moment.

  20. November 3, 2006 at 11:25 am
  21. November 3, 2006 at 11:41 am

    We are up for anything….just chill or games, shoot some pool, whatever…..I’ll call you tonight!

  22. November 3, 2006 at 11:42 am

    i LOVE this photo *big romantic sigh*

  23. November 3, 2006 at 12:28 pm

    I echo Jessie’s romantic sigh. What a beautiful shot!

  24. November 3, 2006 at 12:59 pm

    wow… didn’t expect this much of a reaction to kissing my girlfriend. 🙂

    @jessie: Is it really that weird? I never really thought about it before. Just feels totally natural. Particularly if we’re standing and the person is shorter than me. A brief survey of people who I have smooched and are still goodly enough to talk to me shows that I apparently sometimes do it and sometimes not. Maybe I’m just super romantic! (depsite my offensive t-shirts)

  25. November 3, 2006 at 1:54 pm

    oh this is beautiful!

  26. November 3, 2006 at 3:56 pm

    Buen momento!!

  27. November 3, 2006 at 4:59 pm

    Happy anniversary and many more ~ congrats!

  28. November 4, 2006 at 12:12 am

    Congratulations — a beautiful moment is captured, even if your lighting didn’t quite work out the way you wanted. I like the wrinkles in the black sheet behind Steph, or the texture of the wall, whatever it is.

  29. November 4, 2006 at 12:18 am

    Thanks, everyone.

    @phlewght: Thankyou, its a twin sized black sheet hanging across a line that I use as the backdrop in a lot of my photos. Over the last day, the texture of the wrinkles in it have kind of grown on me a bit.

  30. November 29, 2006 at 1:46 pm

    The two of you are beautiful!

  31. November 29, 2006 at 8:37 pm

    thank you.

  32. December 29, 2006 at 4:01 pm

    Good capture. I love the BnW and the contrast light6shadows.
    ** I found this photo following a set link in the Explore My Sets – Add 1, Comment/Fave 3 Group **

  33. January 15, 2007 at 12:26 pm

    very very romantic…!!!
    great bw

  34. January 24, 2007 at 3:22 am

    I feel like I should walk away and let you have some privacy!

    [Seen in a discussion of 365 Days.?]

  35. April 3, 2007 at 3:36 pm

    My husband & I have the same type of thing…we celebrate our first date more religiously then we do our wedding annv. Great picture!!!

  36. April 3, 2007 at 3:46 pm

    @toxiccherrygirl: it does feel awfully special. Thank you.

  37. June 6, 2007 at 10:36 am

    Hi, I’m an admin for a group called Couples, and we’d love to have your photo added to the group.

  38. June 6, 2007 at 10:55 am

    @selecshine: added. Thank you.

  39. June 6, 2007 at 2:55 pm

    Thank you for sharing.

  40. June 6, 2007 at 8:15 pm

    @selecshine: no problem. Thank you.

  41. June 18, 2007 at 1:12 am

    Hi, I’m an admin for a group called Hopeful Romantics, and we’d love to have your photo added to the group.

  42. June 18, 2007 at 1:32 am

    @The Vision Beautiful: added. Thank you.

  43. June 18, 2007 at 2:03 am

    Hi, I’m an admin for a group called Where there is Love, there is Life 🙂, and we’d love to have your photo added to the group.

    It would be great if u would like to join us:

    Thanks in advance…………..Good Day 🙂

  44. June 18, 2007 at 2:50 am

    @KeNNy KaPooR: added. Thank you.

  45. July 11, 2007 at 1:07 am

    This is an awesome shot!! nice work. i like th lighting. e

  46. July 11, 2007 at 1:19 am

    @luv2shoot: thank you.

  47. August 6, 2007 at 8:35 pm

    really strong kiss
    beautiful, passional, i realy like it

  48. August 6, 2007 at 11:35 pm

    @Thalita Chargel: thank you.

  49. August 12, 2007 at 11:37 pm

    Beautiful, man

  50. August 12, 2007 at 11:49 pm

    @Marcelo Jhonas: thank you

  51. January 9, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    Hi, I’m an admin for a group called Flickr "BEST" Pictures (Invitation Only), and we’d love to have your photo added to the group.

    Flickr "BEST" Pictures
    "We’ve Got The World In A Frame"

    5 Stars of Excellence Award
    "Our Stars Shine All Over The World"

  52. January 10, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    @Shu’Atum-Ra: sorry, I’m not interested in adding my pics to private groups.

  53. June 7, 2008 at 2:07 am

    nice , happy for you guys!

  54. June 7, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    @anastasija-betty: thank you.

  55. July 11, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    We Would love to post your photo on our website called
    check it out and let us know if it is a yes.
    Ray & Terri

  56. July 20, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    Hi. I’ve just opened a new group "Un monde Métisse" which means in french "An interracial world".
    I invite you to join us with this or other pictures.

    Je viens de créer un groupe pour "Un monde métisse". Je t’invite à le rejoindre avec cette photo et/ou d’autres qui illustrent joliment le métissage.
    A bientôt

  57. December 3, 2008 at 10:26 am

    great shot

  58. December 3, 2008 at 11:13 am

    @victorcltan: thank you.

  59. December 27, 2008 at 11:31 pm
  60. May 1, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Hi, I’m an admin for a group called Ars Amatoria, and we’d love to have this added to the group!

  61. April 3, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    This is so beautiful!

  62. July 9, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    All my life I believed that there is nothing more delicious than to kiss the person who owns your thoughts with all your time and your whole being

  63. September 7, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    This is a wonderful shot!
    You are invited to post it to:


  64. November 1, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Fantastic Shot

  65. October 15, 2011 at 1:18 am

    What a beautiful photo.. I can really "feel" the love/passion between you both from it. 🙂

  66. November 20, 2011 at 9:21 am

    Um beijo romântico é para se dá com pouca luz parabéns pelo seu 8º e sempre 1° encontro.

  67. March 11, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    love this 🙂

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