Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Edgy Love

During the last week of Sep. I had the privilege of photographing my second wedding ever and oh my goodness was this couple fun! I had never actually been to a wedding were they had a cake fight but I highly recommended it to every soon to be bride! ha. it was hilarious and awesome to say the least! The couple is super into cars so it was fun to get a more modern and edgy look to this shoot than I normally do. I think it's stretched me in ways; to try and see things differently artistically. 






Friday, October 10, 2014

Compassion

As I watch my son interact with others I see how much compassion and changes that are going on around me and in him. Button is growing up so fast and there is just nothing I can do about it but to strive to encourage his caring, adventurous, and curious heart.
 We were at the park a couple of days ago and he was so enthralled with learning about and exploring the other children he hardly even played on the jungle gym at all. As always on our park dates, mommy sat back and snapped away while keeping a distant eye on things. What I captured, I pray, will never go away; that is, the spirit of an inquisitive and loving child. 
 There are so many changes and challenges that come with toddlerhood but I think we are both learning to grow and just find the joys of the little things. 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Journey

We have just been taking the time to ring in the fall the right way, lot of outdoor time just enjoying the changing colors of fall and last strong hold of summer.

It's crazy how these photos were taken the same day! I'm really trying to soak in all that Dc has to offer (for free... because I'm a cheap mamma :P) before we head out to make the 'lone star" state home. I have only ever lived in one state all my life (if you don't count the District of Columbia as a state) so it will be such an adventure moving so far away. I'm just so glade we get to bring you all with us via the awesome mobility of the World Wide Web! Oh my goodness I'm getting jitters just thinking about it! :D Just that much closer to making our dreams come true! 
I will be posting some moving updates as the happen but I've got a baby shower to host this weekend and the fallowing weekend I'm shooting another wedding, that with chasing a munchkin (Button is totally in the toddler phase full on now!), keep the house tip top, editing photos, and prepping the house for a big move, life is moving so fast and I really want to take the time to make you all a part of that. This is so big for us. You all (or should I say "ya'll" now) deserve it and I wouldn't want to go on this journey without each and every one of you! <3

Monday, September 29, 2014

Just a bit of business

*I was not payed by anyone in any way at all to post these views of the products mentioned in this post. I'm just a photographer that is honestly excited about some nerdy photography job related stuff :P*

I finally took the big step from using Mpix to Millard's photo labs (Millad's is actually the professional labs for Mpix) and they sent me a whole pack on all the sweet details of what my products I can offer in the future!

Not only did I get tester prints but I also received samples of all the different papers and finishes they offer,
which, I can now show as examples to clients!

It wasn't long before I started dreaming of adding this and that to my print packages and thinking but new ones too! It was a lot to go over but it was nice to have a little business partner to help go though it all. ha.
For now I am going to hold off on any new changes to my business (other then where my prints are coming from) until we are all moved in to the new locations. But, I am so excited about all the possibilities that I just had to share it with you all!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Heavy Hearts and Little Woes

My little man has a fever. Its breaking my heart to see him this way but more than that it is breaking my heart to know it could be worst; Babies who are abused or neglected or starving or have to have extensive care and shots. :( I can't imagine the trauma those poor babies have been though in their short, first years of life. I thank God we didn't have to go through that or have our little Button hurt so much. Thank God our child is safe and has such strong woes over such small pains (his fever only got up to 100 and has been stagnant at 98.5 all day today so it has never been high enough to go to the dr. or medicate... which would be 100.2 or higher) and will never know what’s is like to only have ONE choice of food to eat or a snuggle-less day, or stronger pains then a icky stomach. My heart is heavy today.
I see my son crying, begging to be held and I rock him, shushing him and patting his back. He fell asleep crying last might, laying on my pillow beside me and holding my hand. There are children falling to sleep with no mommies hands. No soothing or comfort or hungry and restless or in pain. That child might be my child far away. One of my babies, safe in his mommies arms, sick and sad but comfortable and confirmed in his love, the other, far away, sad and longing. But it’s not just my children... it's all of them.
My little Button is sick, but I'm so blessed to know that this, only this has been the worst of his woes. 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Moving Fast

Life has been good... but busy. I have had the blessing of shooting my sisters maternity photos, asked to be a bridesmaid in a wedding, and shooting two wedding within the next few months. That along with packing, trying to find Darling a job and a house for us, working out traveling planes, working on the garden, planning holiday gifts and treats (yeah... I know... way too early :P), and chasing around a 1 1/2 year old, life has got me stumped. Things are starting to look up. Even though I cry at the idea of even holding a baby (that actually happened *sigh*) I know our life is blessed and moving forward each and every day. I find that with work and being a stay-at-home mom, blogging is really something I have to MAKE time for. I want to do it more and I say that a lot... and really really mean it. This is my little escape. It's my referee after a long day and, in a way, my diary to look back on and remember fondly our life and how far we have come and how far we are going. I love it. And I love all my readers. So, even when it gets hard I will fall back on this.
I digress. I came here to share a little sunshine with you all. Here is a few of my favorite shots from my simple stunning sister's photo shoot. 




She really does have that "mommy glow". I think sometimes we get so caught up in the now that it’s hard to step back and really relish in each moment. These photos help me just take it slow. Soon enough this little child will be stealing my heart and playing with his/her cousin(s) and chasing chickens in our backyard. It will happen too soon and not soon enough but for today I am just so blessed to be a part of this baby’s and his/her mother's life. Life is good... and busy, but it’s the busiest moments that make me realize how truly important it is to capture those moments; because it’s the busiest moments that go the fastest. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

In a Pickle

One of the major reasons we want to move is to become more selfishness so we have been doing a lot of things to prepare ourselves for that new lifestyle. There is a lot of big changes that come with homesteading!
Yesterday we ventured into just a small part of what it’s like to create something of our own to provide for our family.

I had saved up a ton of cucumbers from our garden and picked up a few canning supplies. All in all, it DID end up costing more than if we had just bought the pickles but in hindsight, I'll never have to buy a pair of canning tongs, canning pot or jars again (we plane on re-sanitizing and reusing the jar and rings even though we still have to buy the lids) so all in all I say it was worth it.
I'm so excited we got to do this and look forward to putting all my future abundance of crops to good us (I'm think'n spaghetti sauce!). My house still smells of vinegar and it was a bit time consuming but all in all I think it was a labor of love and I can honestly say this won’t be my last canning experiment.


We made pickles! Bread and butter variety actually (which is my favorite but I'm not so sure now that I know how much sugar goes into making them!). 
As for how to make pickles and can them I used 'Simple Recipes' recipe/ guide. It turned out great. Our pickles are just a bit less crunchy than I would like but I know that that was my fault. The longer you keep the cucumbers in the hot vinegar bath the less crunchy the get. Let’s just say I didn't realize how long it actually takes jars to come to a boil (to sanitize them) and ended up having to let the pickles sit a bit while the jars boiled. -.- lesson learned. 
Sometimes when I think of being a homesteading wife I think 'Anne of Green Gables', living Amish, and using a butter churner. Save me! but when I step back and see what I can do and thank God for my washing machines several times a day and dishwasher, I realize it can be so much more than that. I think how accomplished I feel to provide something for my family and have made something of value out of my hands.
Yesterday we took a small step into the way we have always dreamed of living and you know what... it was a lot less scary and a lot more fun than I thought it would be. Now I'm going to have a pickle.