How can summer be almost over!? This summer was great and the kids were at the perfect ages to try some new things. We will have these memories to think back on all year and inspire us to keep the adventure going as we move in to fall.
I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for Panasonic. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
We live about 20 minutes from the beach and hardly ever go. I’m pretty high maintenance and the idea of beach parking and summer traffic usually keeps me from wanting to go there. But when my bestie came to town, she yanked me out of my comfort zone and we took the kids down to the Balboa Fun Zone to explore. We rode the Ferris Wheel (such amazing views!) and of course the kids had to try out this trampoline. Sometimes the traditional moments, with the kids smiling aren’t my favorite shots. I was able to catch this gem thanks to the 4K Photo mode on my Panasonic Lumix G7. I love how it looks like he is flying yet you can see in the shadow that he is perfectly safe and tethered. Although neither of my kids would try to do a flip, they still had SO much fun! And his hair! This totally reminds me of a tapestry I had with an image of Bob Marley on it that was on my wall in high school. Bob’s hair was wild and flying, just like this, but I am guessing Bob was NOT on a trampoline. The 4K photo modes let you capture video in short snippets (up to 30 frames-per-second). Once taken, you can scroll through the video, frame by frame and pull out the image or images that you like the best! It’s insane! It makes finding those funny, artistic, out of the ordinary moments easy to capture. And the still images are 8-megapixels so they are super sharp.The G7 was the only camera I took with me on our excursions this summer. It’s smaller and lighter than my usual DSLR and my boys act different around it which I find fascinating. My usual DSLR is not one of those big daddy’s you see some bloggers using but it’s a decent camera. I think to my kids it signifies “work” and they give me such a hard time about getting their picture taken with it. The G7, on the other hand, is so much less intrusive and the kids are much more candid with me. It’s a DSLM (mirrorless) so the image quality is stinking awesome without the bulk of a traditional DSLR. I can fit the camera in my purse and although currently I only have one lens for the camera, there are several other lens options to choose from should a need arise. (Oh, and my oldest now has a “signature smirk.”)We finished our day down by the water with a ferry ride! I hadn’t done that since I was a kid so it was so fun to experience it with my boys. A few weeks later we headed to June Lake, CA for a week-long summer vacation with my parents and my sister’s family. It was awesome to see the cousins play so well together and even more fun to watch my husband acting like one of the kids. I can’t even tell you how much video they shot of our vacation. They made action videos, movie trailers and of course, had to re watch everything over. And over.My niece LOVES the show, Cupcake Wars (she’s my favorite, duh – just kidding) so my mom created a vacation version for the kids. She made the cupcakes and then we set out all kinds of decorations for the kids to use. They paired off in to teams and picked their two best cupcakes to bring to the judges table (grandpa and my husband). Spoiler alert, they all tied (there’s no crying in Cupcake Wars!) and their prize was getting to eat a cupcake before dinner.
Being in the mountains for a week meant that there were lots of little excursion with in our vacation. Even though the weather was not being awesome we had to stop in town for ice cream. We took the boats out for a spin around the lake, when there wasn’t lightning. And there were several fishing expeditions. I totally blew my boy’s minds when I cast my own fishing line. Boom. I still got it. I grew up fishing in June Lake and it was awesome to take my boys along to experience it for themselves. We did a family fishing day where we took out a big boat and all of the kids got to learn how to drive it. The kids LOVED this! But I’m pretty sure my oldest now thinks he can legit drive a car which worries me a little.
I don’t know how this tradition started, but my husband usually ends up jumping over the kids at some point in a get together. He does this with his sister’s kids and brought the tradition to June Lake as well. I used the 4K Start/Stop mode to get this shot.
When vacation was over, my husband and I headed to a Tillamook Co-Op brunch event at Manassero Farms. It was amazing! Here Chef Craig Daniels, of Haven Gastropub was prepping greens for one of our dishes with chef Pascal Olhats. Both are amazing local chefs and it was so cool to get to see them work with the fresh ingredients pulled from the farm just a few feet away. This fresh salad was AMAZING! Not many dishes make me want to eat more vegetables and fruit but this one did. And the DFD focusing on the G7 meant that I could get this shot without asking the busy server to stop and hold it still for me, like I sometimes have to, to get the shot. The auto focusing tracks the subject making it even easier to not miss something. About a week ago, we celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary and took the kids down to Laguna Beach for a yummy dinner with us. We got married in Laguna Beach so it was fun to be able to share that special place with them. Of course we ended up on the sand after. It was pretty low light and the camera was able to still take gorgeous photos of my kids. Well, maybe I’m a little biased…The fast focusing and shutter means I could get in a good shot in before the older brother came barreling in to the frame for a PHOTO BOMB! I am loving my Panasonic Lumix G7 and I look forward to trying it out in other situations. I am pretty sure it will come with me for a 4 course dinner next week…Thank you for supporting brands, like Panasonic, that let me take pictures of my family and share them with you! I hope you had an awesome summer, filled with picture-worthy moments, with your own family!