to China for Clementine – my favorites: the Great Wall

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(continuing on with posting my favorites from China - you can see the first post here.) It was six months ago, yesterday, that we were standing right here. In fact, it was on the Great Wall that we got a phone call with the news that Clementine would be well enough for us to meet her the next day. It was completely surreal. Turned out she would not be able to meet us the next day, due to her needing an extra day in the hospital to complete her course of treatment, but on this day, we didn't know. And I'm actually really glad we didn't. … [Read more...]

to China for Clementine – my favorites: Beijing

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I know. We've been home with Clementine for almost 6 months. But when we traveled to China, I brought along my camera. And I brought along my iPad. But I didn't bring along my PS6. That was here at home. On a desktop that most definitely wasn't going to make the trip. And since we returned, I've been wanting to sit down and go through all my China pictures, pick my favorites, and get after them in Photoshop. Because I want to remember every beautiful, crazy, anxious, terrifying, bittersweet, life-changing minute of China. Of this trip. The trip that … [Read more...]

2014 in review: 24 of my favorites

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It's become a bit of a thing around here, I suppose: going through my pictures at the end of the year and plucking out a few favorites. It's laborious. It's time consuming. But I love it because it's a chance to look back at the year, as a mama, and see how my babies have grown. Cherish important milestones. Remember sweet moments. I don't love it because it's a chance to look back at the year, as a photographer, and see how my photography has grown. Or not. *ahem* But whatever. I am still clicking away. And perfect or not, these images tell the story of … [Read more...]

the daily

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In July, on a challenge from my friend Lisa, I dusted off my Instagram account. And it's been true love ever since. I was a bit wobbly starting out, not quite sure how to pick and choose what to post. But I've since decided to pursue pictures that very much represent *real-life* to me... the things that intrigue me, inspire me, and the things I want to remember. Maybe my kids being silly. Maybe a mushroom (yes, I have a thing for colorful mushrooms). Maybe my dogs. Whatever it is, though, the pressure is off and I can just be me. The pictures might not be … [Read more...]

downtown

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It's been too long since I've taken my biggest girl out for a photo shoot. Like almost a year, y'all. Thankfully, she's not too old to bribe, and the offer of a free lunch was enough to get her to commit to being my muse for the afternoon. Of course I could have just asked and she *might* have agreed, without additional compensation (beyond my stellar company, of course). But lunch out with my biggest baby sounded pretty good to me, too. So we headed downtown. We sat at a sidewalk cafe and shared a basket of onion rings and a sandwich. Then we … [Read more...]

fantastical

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Been loving my summer photography class. As always, Lisa is pushing all of us way out of our comfy-cozy-safe-place. Where - if it were up to us - some of us would stay. *ahem* And, I have to say, it has been so. much. fun. One of our assignments was to photographically interpret Mystical, Magical, Fantastical. And this was my interpretation. With a whole lot of help from Sophie, Chris and Photoshop. … [Read more...]

Sunday Snapshot: into the frame

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Sooo, I mentioned having to get "into the frame" for my photography class. Not my favorite place to be. But once we were out there, with Poppy perched on my lap, it wasn't so bad. Okay. It was a lot of fun. Especially laughing at all the silly things Sophie and Vivienne were doing to try to make Poppy smile. I won't go into details to protect their privacy, but let's just say, they weren't holding back. And it worked. Just look at that beautiful Poppy smile. So happy. So joyful. Seriously. I just can't resist this girl. And thank goodness I … [Read more...]

a pleasant surprise

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I had a photography assignment to do. One I had kinda-sorta been putting off. Because the assignment was to get a picture of me. *yeah* So, since I don't own a tripod nor a remote, I figured I'd have one of my kiddos snap the picture... you know, once I'd determined the location, chosen the settings on my camera, taken a few practice shots, given them detailed instructions on composition and then switched places with them. Simple enough, right? I gathered up the kiddos who were willing to join me on my photo-adventure, and we were off. Out to the … [Read more...]

Sunday Snapshot: double digits

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Sophie is turning 10. Oh my. I've often pondered the fact that, in just eight short years, we'll have six teenagers in the house. At the same time. This birthday feels like one giant step in that direction. *sigh* Thankfully, our beautiful Sophie has managed to hang on to her easy-going ways. Even as she's gotten older. She's thoughtful. She's spirited. She's joyful. Welcome to double digits, my love. Ten certainly looks beautiful on you. If you're ready to play along, go ahead and link up below. Be sure to visit here for the … [Read more...]

Sunday Snapshot: 14 from 2013

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I did it last year. The year before. And even the year before that. It's sort of a thing, I suppose. And, since 2013 doesn't want to be left out, here are my favorites from the last year. Not necessarily technically my favorites, from a photography standpoint. Just from a mama's standpoint. 1. Princess Vivienne. 2. My incredibly silly pony. 3. My brave and beautiful Velvet, just days before she passed away. 4. Isabelle... being Isabelle. 5. Tallula, home one wonderful year. 6. My babies. Every one of 'em. 7. My biggest boy, the … [Read more...]