I recently did a session of my children and my grandmother’s book. This was her favorite storybook when she was a child, and I am happy to have it. I thought it would be neat to photograph my children with it, enjoying it as she did as a child. I also incorporated a portrait of her when she was close to my daughter’s age. I love bringing the past alive to the present generation. My grandmother and my daughter would have been two pees in a pod, she reminds me so much of her. She has the charismatic spirit and a genuine heart that I remember most about my grandmother. I want my daughter to know of her great grandmother, and get a sense of who she is from learning about those who came before her.
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My little girl is getting so big. She just had her birthday yesterday. She is at the age where portraits are not so much fun anymore. I have to bribe her to get a few! Here are some of my favorites from the quick session she “let” me do. There are still a few that I wanted to get, but didn’t, so I might have to bribe her again for a few more.
She is a fun and imaginative soul with a big heart. My little creative, wonderful, beautiful girl!
This past weekend my daughter and I went on her girl scout troops first camp out. My daughter loves to go camping so she was so excited about this trip. I was happy to be able to go with her. She had such a great time. We stayed in cabins with cots and thin mattresses, so sleeping wasn’t the best, but it beat sleeping on the ground! We were very fortunate to have great weather the entire weekend. We were afraid we might get cold. This is Texas, and you just never know what you are going to get weather-wise, unless it is summer!
The girls earned three different badges while they were there. They went on a hike and got to go exploring down in the sand dunes. They even had to help prepare and clean up all our meals. It was a great experience for these girls. I am glad I had the opportunity to do this with my daughter. I look forward to the next big event and hope I get to go along!
Yesterday, I took the kids over to the local park to do some practicing in the evening sunlight, and to have some fun taking pictures. These were some of my favorite images from the mock session we did. A fellow photographer was kind enough to let us borrow her couch while she was waiting on her client to arrive. I wish I could convince my kids to wear more appropriate shoes, but getting them to agree to take pictures of them can sometimes be a chore, so I compromise, sometimes… The things we moms do.
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Here are a couple images of my daughter, my muse. I just love photographing her. She is so beautiful. I am so happy that I have the gift of photography so I can document her life as I watch her grow into a woman. I love finding clothing for her that I can photograph her in. She mostly obliges me.
My husband and I had the privilege to go to Colorado for a vacation without the kids. It was a much needed retreat with each other. We went camping a couple nights and then stayed in a condo in Keystone the rest of the time. We were not fortunate to see much wildlife though. We did see a couple of bears off in the distance as we were waiting for the sun to set from an overlook. One of them was splashing and playing in the water.
We enjoyed hiking and taking it easy this trip. We hiked a trail that went above the timberline. It was cold up there. There was old mining buildings that were really interesting. The hiking guide said that a landslide smashed it to smithereens.
I loved being able to wear jeans and a light sweater around. The mountain air was just what my lungs needed. I always feel at home in the mountains. I never want to leave when I am there!
It was nice to have no agenda and to be alone with my husband for a week.
Pond we hiked to
Old bear claw marks that are now scars, aspen tree
Last bit of color captured by cell phone
Sapphire point overlook
Found some snow on our hike
Lake on our hike
My Sexy husband
Us on our hike above the timber line
One last sunset before we leave
This weeks challenge on I heart Faces is “Enjoying Life”. It’s been a while since I have participated in a challenge, so I went out with my daughter this evening, and this is what she wanted to do to show herself enjoying life. I just LOVE the expression on her face! She does have a gusto for life and I hope she never loses it!
It is 2012 now. Hard to believe another year has flown by. I wanted to ring in the new year with a simple photo shoot, just to say I did. So, this is what I came up with. Rather simple, and I love that! I think I try too hard sometimes, and I need to remind myself to keep it simple. It’s fun to see what I can come up with, with a small amount of styling. So, here is what I came up with. I didn’t want it to be too “New Years”-y, I wanted it to be subtle. I hope you enjoy these images, and blessings to you and your family in the new year!
And below was the official one I posted to Facebook and Google+. I will be putting that one in their books for sure. Just love how it came out.
I so love the beach, and I love my children. I also love photography. Since being on Christmas break, I decided to play with some old images and make them something new. This is an image from this past summer of my daughter on the beach. I had a lot of fun adding textures and overlays to enhance the mood of the image. I love how it came out. I actually loved two way, both with completely different feels. I am not sure which one is my favorite. Which one is yours?
A week or so ago, our family ventured out to the Fort Worth Wildlife Refuge and Nature Center. This little gem has lots to offer! There are some great hiking trails if you are up to that. With little kids, we didn’t do too much of it, though, I think we could have done more. Wildlife, including buffalo and prairie dogs are “roaming” the park. Meaning, they are fenced in and you can see them if you are lucky. The prairie dog has long been a family favorite since our visit to South Dakota a couple years ago, so it was fun seeing the little critters again. I let me daughter borrow my other camera to take pictures at her whim. She had lots of fun and took some decent pictures too! We saw a lot of deer while driving through the park, and we each got a decent picture of one. It was a beautiful day, and I am so glad I got to spend it with my family enjoying the great out doors!
And here are a few of my daughter’s pictures she took. I think she did a great job! And she had so much fun using mommy’s camera.