Friday, August 31, 2012

Kacie + Ryan

Well, it was the 11 o'clock hour, but we got it done.

So happy to have the chance to photograph Kacie and Ryan in their prenuptial state. With only a week and a day left, we met up in their neighborhood and went on a setting hunt.  It was the golden hour, so the opportunities found us with no problem.

Kacie looked so gorgeous.  I can see why Ryan's so head-over-heels with her carefree and sweet personality to go with those killer eyes. :-)

Of course, Ryan's no slouch either...

 They really are just so good together.

Best of all, they were ready for just about anything I dreamed up. 

I'm so excited to share their special day with them in just a week. Eek! How time flies.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

P52/Week 35: "Composition"

I've committed myself to participating in a photography project called Project 52, where each week there's a challenge to take a photo with a particular theme and enter it on the group Flickr site.

Shocking the world and myself (ok, only myself since no-one else cares, really) with an early entry this week for the P52.  But, the answer to my theme just sort of fell into my lap today and I'm in love with it.

The boys are taking a PA state history class, which takes place in a barn. I bring my camera along every week to occupy myself while they attend, especially since it's in such a picturesque setting.
I've raved and gushed about the light in this barn before. And, well, even before that.

Today, I walked in and saw this!!

P52/Week 35: "Composed"

A still-life composition all set up and being lit with window light as if it were waiting there just for me. I couldn't believe it. The light. The shadows. The texture. The diagonal. Oh my goodness.

In actuality, it was there waiting for the kids as they were going to be making ink from the butternuts and write a state constitution with the goose quills, but that doesn't stop me from swooning over my gifted composition and believing it was all for me.

By the way, the light had completely changed only a short while after I took this. It wasn't as directional and became quite flat. So glad I didn't let my shyness make me hesitate.

Monday, August 27, 2012

P52 Catch Up

I've committed myself to participating in a photography project called Project 52, where each week there's a challenge to take a photo with a particular theme and enter it on the group Flickr site.

Seems I'm playing catch up again with the last couple weeks worth of P52. I managed to get them onto the Flickr site, but not here. So here they are:

Week 33's theme was "Funky." I could've gone with shoes, old cheese or even a monkey, but nope, I went with tree.

What? Yep, a tree.
P52/Week 33: "Funky"

You have to admit...This tree is pretty doggone funky. Poor thing. The vine crawling up it is choking the life out of it and while it's seems to be okay... or at least still vertical, you can see it bulging in all sorts of places where it shouldn't be bulging.  Hey.. maybe I could've used a self portrait.

Just kidding!

This last week was #34 and with a "Five Senses" theme.
P52/Week 34: "Five Senses"

Here's what I wrote:

After 25 (yes, 25) years of vegetarianism and much research, I've changed my mind about what's healthy to eat. So, suddenly in only the last 3 weeks, my kitchen has become a completely different experience for the senses. New *smells*, new *tastes*... that's obvious. But, *seeing* a whole chicken like this on my platter is definitely jarring to my is the feeling when I *touch* raw meat (and wash my hands about 400 times more than I used to. Leaving no sense unturned, I've been *hearing* words like "legs,' "gizzards" and "loin" in my home too. L.O.L. and W.O.W. Never thought I'd be here, but, I don't regret it. I'm thankful that I found the information and ever grateful to the animal who gave it's life so my family can thrive.

I guess they tie in with each other in that I hope the second makes it so that I'm not so like the first. :-)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Sweet Shot Tuesday - Blue Skies and Water Slides

I took my camera to Sandcastle Water Park last week. I wanted to be able to play while the boys were in the water.

I expected my favorite takes to be the ones that contrasted the bright sunny yellow umbrellas with the railroad bridge that transverses the river, which is just a few hundred feet away. But, I was surprised by how much I like this:

Considering my boys aren't the thrill-seeking type, I've only seen the underbelly of all of the tubes and slides that bloom in the park, but, once my camera is in my hand, I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

Linking up with Sweet Shot Tuesday.

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Monday, August 6, 2012

Simple Things Sunday

Every morning at about 7:30, these days, I see this on the wall.

The light that comes in from my bedroom window points down the stairway, but not before crossing through the wrought iron railing that lines the stairs. Even though the railing is there every day, all day for me to see, it's somehow its shadow that catches my attention.

I love seeing a big heart on the wall as I prepare for the day and welcome my family from their sleepiness. Seems just perfect.

Posted to Simple Things Sunday

P52/Week 31:"Wildcard"

I've committed myself to participating in a photography project called Project 52, where each week there's a challenge to take a photo with a particular theme and enter it on the group Flickr site.

This week's anything goes theme came just in the nick of time for me. I needed the nudge of not feeling the impossibility capturing someone else's ideas. Just a little break and next week I'll be ready for it again.

But, here's my "Wildcard"

P52/Week 31: "Wildcard"

Fits with my 'boys as art' that seems to happen every time I'm in front of the museum.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

July Favorite Photo - Watermelon and Wagon Wheel

Choosing a favorite photo each month has been a good exercise. Usually, by the end of the month, I've already posted what I consider to be my best photos or at least those that struck me the most. I'm reluctant to show a photo twice, lest I bore even myself. (Not that I haven't done it.)

Some months I remember to save a good one for last, but, well, you know how remembering goes.  So, here I sit, sifting through the month's photos looking for something that I may have overlooked.  Having a rotten memory has it's benefits though, because when I do find something that I "remembered less," it's like finding a hidden gem.


My boy enjoying his all time favorite food in the warmth of the evening light. <3

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