i took all of these with my beloved lensbaby composer pro + edge 80. go around the circle, up next the wildly talented Ana Rosenberg
our new puppy, we love her, little luna petunia
i’m so glad i re-joined the lensbaby love blog circle. not that i need another reason to use any of my lensbaby lenses, but it’s great to have that little extra push. i can’t wait to see what the others are up to this month with theirs. you can continue around the blog circle by visiting the talented Willie Kers next. She was just named one of The 50 Most Inspiring Photographers! I’m so proud of her!
walk in the woods with one of my boys is always a perfect breather. no expectations, from him or i. i love to listen to him ramble, it’s neverending.
you don’t always need a plan
sometimes you just need to
and see what happens.
I haven’t been shooting nearly enough with any of my lensbaby lenses and it was time for a round of some Lensbaby love! I am so happy I pulled out the Edge 80 this weekend. I feel blessed when I am able to document some of the quiet moments around here. <3 Please follow the circle around to see what all the others are up to with their lensbaby this time. You can start by going to see the work of the wonderfully talented Sally Kate next.
Capture the Moment….
I knew tonight was the night when I looked out the kitchen window and saw the amazing light in the backyard. It was the perfect time for me to reveal the new book Capture the Moment to my boys. I gave them only one instruction…. get dressed because I had a surprise!! Well, I guess I was in for the surprise.
I asked them to simply stand in a particular order. They didn’t really ask why, just wondered what I was up to and were about done before I even began! Typical!! I had the book under my arm. I told them I was just testing my camera before I could give them the surprise, and what do you know, I looked up, and then this happened. I quickly took the shot because it took me back to that day. Notice the similarities between the one that made it in the book which I took in November of 2012! I think it’s really amazing to see the similarity in expressions on the boys. In addition, Big brother was 6 yrs 8 months in the first photo and in the photo today, the little boys are 6 yrs and 3 months!!
Today, April 11, 2015 Maryland backyard
November 2012 Texas backyard
The main reason I wanted to share this blog post is because this photo was published in the new book Capture the Moment by Sarah Wilkerson. I’m very excited and so pleased to have my work in a book with so many other amazing photographers. It means so so much to me! You can check it out at the link above. All proceeds will go to the Ronald McDonald House. How amazing is that?! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to buy this. So much beautiful and inspiring work throughout the pages of Capture the Moment.
A goal of mine this year is to start sharing and blogging again. So it’s the perfect time to jump right in with the fantastic blog circle Through the Lensbaby. I love the way we see so differently through a Lensbaby lens. For me it always feels like it adds that extra depth and texture. Be sure to make your way through our circle to see the work of many talented artists and friends of mine, I can’t wait to see what everyone did this month! Next up is Sally Kate from Dallas, TX!
Clickin Moms is a fabulous online photography community of which I am honored to be a member, mentor, and teacher assistant for many workshops. Recently there was a call for entry for their Voice Competition and I’m so excited to share that I had one image selected out of 8,000 in the category of Rule Breaker. There are so many wonderful photos across 14 categories, check it out here!
a gift that is mine
wrapped up in messy, dirty
silly and gigg’ly
my boys are non stop. their mouths never stop running, just like their feet. they’re stinky and sweaty and think it’s funny when their toot smells more than their brother’s toot. they can do the chicken dance in unison, and laugh hysterically at one another, for no reason. i am lucky to be their mommy. i’m blessed but it is beyond my ability to comprehend why i was given such a great gift of being able to raise them. who am i? what did i do to deserve such beautifulness in my life? i try to take even just a few seconds every single day to stop. pause. and remember that even though being mommy all.the.time is hard, this is my calling. they’re a gift. wrapped up in messy, dirty, giggly, squirmy and loving little guys who will grow up some day to be caring, loving, and giving grown men.
do you know what that is? never having heard this word before i was intrigued when i came across the concept in a photography workshop that I am a teacher’s assistant in over on ClickinMoms called Photographing with Heart & Vision. Jodi Arego is an amazing teacher (and friend!). this is one of my favorite workshops to date. anyway the concept in brief terms is….. the times when time seems to stop. kairos is the time that makes time matter. kairos is what gives our lives meaning. and that is what i wanted to explore when I brought my lens to my eye this time with these shots of my children. these moments that i tried to explain above that just stop me in my tracks — the type of bliss i seek each and everyday. i hope these touch you in some way. <3
he’s really sleeping here
these were all taken with my lensbaby composer pro and edge 80 for my lensbaby blog circle that I am honored to be a part of each month. if you haven’t had a chance to go around the circle yet, please do and visit with the very talented Caroline Jensen. her work is so unique and beautiful.
you want me to walk in ‘doz woodz momma’?
sometimes it doesn’t matter what i say… they’re not going to do what i want them to
i must go back here with a willing subject
the light is gorgeous – shot with my lensbaby composer pro & edge 80 mah favorite!
follow our circle around and see what heather meyer is up to with her lensbaby
So…. I have joined a new blog circle group. (gasp)! but this one is different in a way….. it’s called the Critical Theory of Photography or as I think I will note it each month – Photographic Theory. Sounds deep right? Well, my hope is that it will be. I need a push to go deeper with my photography. I’m not sure yet if this will be my sole project this year as to what will help me dig deeper into my passion but I know it can’t hurt. Photography for me is sort of like chocolate. I crave it and I need it in order to exist, don’t you? Chocolate I mean If you don’t need chocolate, well then…. I don’t know what to say.
I have this deep desire to document what is in my heart and in my mind and yes, there are many times I get stuck or not sure what to do with this passion of mine or how to create what I see in my head and make it something that not only makes me happy but somehow brings joy to others. But no matter what I always have this desire to explore my life through my lens if that makes sense. That is what I love about being a serious hobbyist and shooting for me, shooting what I love and what makes me happy. And…one of the reasons I chose the name Everyday Photo Bliss. But to be honest I’ve never felt I have lived up to that name. Anyway, this group is different than other photography blog circles you may have had the pleasure to peruse. Some months there may be 5 of us musing over what we’ve read and some months there may be 15 of us. But every month we will delve in to a book authored by someone related to photography. Our hope is to focus on the texts and how it relates to our life photographically. Because for those of us in this circle, it’s critical to us, to our beings to delve deeper into what moves us photographically. I hope you’ll join me on this journey this year as I explore this new avenue of learning and growth. <3
This month our book is “The Mind’s Eye” by the legendary photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson . I hate lengthy blog posts because it’s really about the photos for me. But I want to share just a little bit about something he wrote and has had an impact on me these last couple weeks. One of the main points I took from Cartier-Bresson is his belief of how we must – as photographers, continually balance the elements in motion, how our eye’s are always evaluating. One must be able to find a balance of what is in our mind’s eye through perpetual evaluation. This book is an interesting read and I could go on and on… but one thing that really stood out to me is this: He goes on to say…. “The photographer is searching for identity of his sitter, and also trying to fulfill an expression of himself.” This really struck a chord in me. Because as I search for the identity of each of my children via a portrait, how much is honest and real of them? or is it a reflection of me and who I am? Am I searching for what I want to see or create as an individual? He also said “We must neither try to manipulate reality while we are shooting, nor manipulate the results in the darkroom. These tricks are patently discernible to those who have eyes to see.” And I ask myself, can I as a photographer still create raw, organic imagery if asking my subject to engage with me in some way??? Can I still be authentic, real, and honest in telling their story?
I haven’t quite answered that yet. I’m still thinking on this quite a lot. As many of my photography friends and I have discussed, one thing that is so important as a photographer is to show a real, honest, and authentic photo of my subject, whatever that may be. I want my viewer to be able to feel as though they know ‘my child’ or ‘me’ or whatever it is that I’ve created and put out there – a little bit better, and have it have some emotional impact on them. This is more food for thought, for me really…. am I capturing my boys just being them? or am I capturing what I want to see? I’ll leave it at that. It’s definitely something I will continue to work through photographically and mentally. For now, this week I really concentrated on my everyday bliss, my boys, being them. This is how I shoot most of the time. I need to get back to ‘this’. Documenting their lives, our lives, and without their knowledge of me even shooting them. My camera is sort of another appendage as most of you know so even when they do discover my super sleuth shooting they quickly go back to what they were doing. I am blessed. I would love to know what you think about my story telling. <3 Don’t forget to go around the circle… next up is the talented and sweet Lissa Chandler