Posted on March 25, 2011

This week’s challenge was Out of Focus: Turn your lens on manual focus, purposely expose an image out of focus.  That sounds so easy and I thought  - no problem.  Well for me, it was a challenge.  I am a work in progress and have been trying very hard to get the sharpest photo possible.  This week went against everything I have been working on, but I will say it stretched me outside my box.  I love a challenge! :)   Now after all of that has been said,  I am not sure this is the greatest out of focus photo, but this little fellow intrigued me one afternoon and became my project for this week.  He was only at most 2 inches long and could jump a mile!  So when I decided to get out the macro lens I was praying he would stay very still for me, ha!  Well as you can see he did and below you can see my “Frog on the blog”.  My boys said mom, you have to give it that title!  Isn’t that too funny, they are my biggest encouragers.

Frog on the BLOG :)

Now don’t forget to continue the circle and head over toTamara LaTorre www.tamaralatorrephotography.wordpress.com





Posted on March 23, 2011

Josh met Mary Grace back last summer at the lake with a group of friends.   He came home that weekend and told me, I am going to marry that girl because she is amazing.  He knows that God placed her in his life just for him.  They have never looked back from that lake trip and now wedding bells are in their future.

Josh plays the guitar and sings all the time.  He proposed to Mary Grace by singing the song “Marry Me” by Train.  Believe this or not, they were in the room next to me and I was totally unaware of what was happening.   Mary Grace walked into my scrapbook room with her hand on her hip and a HUGE smile. Oh my, I jumped up and said Josh and Mary Grace are engaged.  I ran over to hug my new daughter and then Preston and Alex, already engaged son and daughter, came running upstairs for a HUGE family hug.  I love my family and feel so blessed.

A couple of days ago, Josh and Mary Grace, were willing once again for me to take some photos of them.  This is their “engaged” photos!  I know there will be more to come and I hope they do not get sick of me taking pictures.  Always capturing the moment :)

Going to the chapel and we're gonna get married!





Posted on March 18, 2011

I am still on this wonderful photography journey.  It has inspired me to actually look around, open my eyes and see,  instead of letting the world pass me by.  Well I missed week 8 and was bummed because I wanted to try and post every week.   Well I am just going to keep moving forward along this journey.   This week was –  The Color Green & Shamrocks: Get outside and discover the green!! Find some shamrocs… some luck?!

I can remember as a kid, you could find shamrock (clover) all around.   My dogs and I have been looking and believe it or not this is the only little (teeny) patch we found.  I know it is a pitiful  little patch but we were determined to find the “shamrocks”.   I am pretty sure Lexis and Gracie really did not care if I found the green shamrock or not –  HA!   On our adventures looking,  I could help but notice how the grass is green and the buttercups and cherry trees are blooming.  It is such a beautiful time of year and shows how life is renewed in us all!  I love spring and I hope you enjoy the green!  Hope everyone had a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!   Remember to continue the blog circle and see what everyone else found green this week.

Now head over to Jennifer Hill, South Georgia Photographer www.hillartandphotography.com/blog





Posted on March 4, 2011

The journey continues and this week is Light filled: Use the sun to your advantage and paint an image of light! I realized that today was Thursday and I needed to be inspired!  This morning, as I was having my cup of coffee and yogurt, I looked out and the sun was rising behind my house.  Of course it does this every morning, but this morning it really seemed to speak to me, maybe because I was looking for it.    So I grabbed the camera and headed out the door.  I have this little church bird house that I bought almost 6 years ago.  I bought it because it reminds me of a song my grandma sang to me about the “Little Church in the Wild Woods”.  When I looked out this morning the sun was shining right over the steeple and the church had a special illumination.  I took these shots minutes apart as I moved around my “little Church in the woods” and you can see  how the light illuminates the church so differently from both sides.  The first one is like rays of hope streaming down from heaven and I could hear my grandma singing so sweetly in my ear.  She also sang that tune to my boys when they were small and before Alzheimer’s stole her away.   I love you grandma!

I should stop with those two – but I had to put the pansies in as well.  When I was headed back into my house these sit on my back porch.  The sun again was casting such a beautiful light on them I had to take a photo and of course I had to share it!   Enjoy and I apologize for the long post!

Every week under my post will be a link to another photographer, and she will link to another photographer, and it’ll keep going until it brings you full circle back here! It is a blast to see through everyones eyes what they saw!  I love that I am getting to know a little about each of you as I follow each week.  The is always a highlight to my week.  Thanks so much everyone!

More incredible photos so be sure to hop on over to find the light at  Julie Livermore, Wyoming photographer, http://julielivermorephotography.com





Posted on March 1, 2011

Sunday afternoon I met with other photographers in downtown Raleigh.  Josh and Mary Grace along with Sarah had agreed to be our models.  It was such a great time and we captured great moments.  This is only my second meeting with the Clickin Moms – but I am really enjoying getting to know them all and learning more about photography.  The weather was so perfect for a photo shoot.  After the shoot, many of the ladies had dinner at Gravy on Wilmington Street.  I came back home to have dinner with my hubby, Steve.

Below are a few photos of the great time we had downtown! :)

Sarah, the SIX represents her 6th year "diagnoseversary" for cancer. Doesn't she look GREAT!

SEXY!

Can't touch this!!

Beautiful

Ahhh - too sweet!

"You are the sunshine of my life"

Match made in heaven :)







Photos property of Robin Moore