Thursday, January 29, 2015

Happiness in a Click

I was incredibly skeptical of beginning this project 52. Sounds like it should be quite easy, as I am continually snapping away for the blog, but I had something distinct in mind for this plunge. 

In truth, I am rather new to the photo world, and it's a complex world with endless learning possibilities. With that spirit in my heart- I am hoping for this to be an opportunity to really focus on practice, on grasping command, and pushing my comfort level.

Lifestyle photography is really what calls to me- capturing moments and emotions, images that pull you in and incite something deep inside. It's also the area that I feel I need the most work in. It is so difficult to capture those fleeting feelings, a look, an action that you so desperately want to hold onto. They are gone in a flash your subjects attention whisked away to something new. Add in the all to important element of lighting and it is a true feat. 

This little shoot has turned out to be one of my absolute favorites. These images fill me happiness. They capture each of their personalities and hold light deep inside the frames. 

On this particular day the kiddos were not feeling all that well, and they weren't wholly thrilled by the prospect of having their pictures taken. So, I gathered up a  great bag of props, brought a speaker, and we traveled down the hill to some open fields. Blaring some poppin music, I left the bag of props out to be dug thru and played with at random. They had the greatest time, laughing and posing, silliness abounding.

The images come with memories lovingly attached- Eleanor in all her fiest and fury-captured perfectly as a beautiful mess in her little boy pajamas and lavender tutu- the incredible contradiction that she is. Aussie, wearing personality glasses and holding Mobley, her best friend and monkey she has carried with her since she was five months old- creative and one of a kind, finding her way between child and girl. Issac and those beautiful eyes, playing a game of peek a boo with a ukulele, while staring deep into your soul, and my Zain- vibrant yet quiet, clever beyond measure and witty as can be.

My, how I love my people.  




  2. Love these photos! So pretty and happy


  3. No one would ever know your new at this game. You play it well!

  4. So glad you are doing this! You images get better and better, well done talented one!



  5. "my, how I love my people." can i make that into a graphic? such good words, and a true statement to sum up the loveliness in these photos - i esp. like the photo of your daughter with glasses/fur/downward stare :)

  6. such gorgeous photos. and such gorgeous children! i mean, it's pretty straight-forward when the subjects are the beautiful. ;) i'm only slightly kidding though because you are obviously a skilled photographer!!
    on another note, i often wonder about photographing older children / how they may react to being in front of the camera. i love your approach, which made it playful and fun, instead of a chore. great thinking!

    1. It made a world of difference, mine aren't always keen to be photographed, like everything- I have to try to make it fun!

  7. Right...I'm back (I was dashing out before, so couldn't leave a proper comment). I'm in awe of your photos; they're just stunning. I'm making a commitment, right now, to upping my game....there *will* be portrait photos next time and I will commit to this as a way of improving my photography. Said. Committed. Thank you: you make me want to become much better at something I love and something that's sadly fallen by the wayside....thank you xxxx

  8. I love how you're sharing your photography with us! Such beautiful pictures and your children are so precious.

  9. bravo, Mama. I'd say you're well on your way. Especially love the close up image with the hat.

  10. Lovely captures of your wilds :)

  11. I like your text. It's really great. It's really lovely :3

  12. Great Job Girl on the photo shoot! Thanks for the idea! I can't wait to take out some photo props in a bag with some music and just see what I capture with my little wilds. It'll be interesting I'm sure!

    I'm like you--- I want to capture real pictures. I want to capture real emotions and moments that fully capture their personality and how things "were". I want to remember the little things- because those are the big things!
    I'm so looking forward to getting better!

  13. Beautiful photos! Your kids are the cutest. Hope you have a nice weekend!


  14. I'm am astonished to hear that photography is a relatively new hobby to you. You are amazingly good.

    Do you mind if I ask what camera you use? Also, I'd love to know what settings you used. It would help me with my practice too!

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  15. I love your idea to bring fun props with you. I may need to try that with my little guy as he is rarely thrilled with the idea of having his picture taken.You got some amazing pictures and it looks like your little ones had a lot of fun after all!

  16. Really, really gorgeous photos :) So glad I found your blog!

    Circus & Bloom

  17. These are seriously just such cute photos - I can't wait to have kids one day and document it all with my camera!

    Rae | love from berlin

  18. These are wonderful. Such lovely children! You have a great eye. I have an Eleanor too :).

  19. Its so hard to capture the quintessential self-involves of children; the way they lose themselves in a game, or a make believe so completely. They fall into their own worlds so deeply, a talent we adults, sadly, tend to lack. This is a beautiful portrait of a carefree childhood: well done!

    PS. The upside-down monkey and the red guitar are wonderful details in the shot :)

  20. Oh my goodness, that last picture with her in the tutu. My heart. I love how you got them into it by bribing them with props and music- smart momma ;) And it was really fun to see what they gravitated towards. I love how each of them have such a distinct personality to them, it's really fun to read about and then see for yourself in the pictures.

    And I think you take wonderful photos! I wouldn't even think you're starting out, honestly. I really hope you keep this project up, it's really fun to see.

    And thank you sooo much on your well wishes on my book! :) I'm super nervous to share it, so hearing your words of encouragement mean *a lot*.

    xo marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

  21. It's just as well that lifestyle photography appeals to you, as lifestyle photography is what you're best at - your blog is a treat! :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice 


  22. So darling! Glad you are still at the challenge. I love seeing each of your kiddos' personality and spunk shine out through these images. So much fun. :) Also enjoying following you on instagram! One more I love to follow: @whynikella - gorgeous travel images... very white washed and sweet. XO -Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

  23. These photos are absolutely darling and you have quite an eye!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes