Lines

IMG_9580I have this thing with lines and symmetry. When it’s absolutely perfect and straight and your eye continuously follows the lines around the image, it gives me the chills. I took this recently with my iPhone while scouting for a product shoot. I love my DSLR, but my iPhone is so convenient and works great for bright images like this.

Backyard Project

I think it’s so important to have a personal photography project. We can get caught up in the everyday minutiae and lose our passion for this art. Whether you’re in business or photographing your own family, personal projects can help us remember why we love photography.

One of my personal projects is photographing the things we grow in our backyard. I have to admit that I have pretty much nothing to do with the growing of these things. My husband has the understanding and patience to be our backyard farmer. So I’m committed to documenting the beauty that he grows. I cannot tell how how much I love this red rose. I photographed it by the light of our doggy door in my laundry room! That spot is one of my favorite places for good light in my house πŸ™‚

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I hope I’ve inspired you to find a photography project if you don’t have one already. And to find the light to shoot in, even if it’s provided by a doggy door!

Dusty Desert Roads

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Slowly rambling down a dusty desert road in the dad’s truck, annoyed with your siblings but comforted by their presence. The song that’s playing is a favorite by everyone except for one, because with five in the family there is no agreeing on music choice. Mom tells you more than once to “hang on” and “you better not let each other fall” then grabs dad’s hand as they laugh about adult things. The dust swirls up and around you and you feel the crunch of it between your teeth when you swallow. You are happy. You are content. You remember this moment for the rest of your life, if you’re lucky.

Friends

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I’ve been thinking a lot about friendship. My family is everything to me, and this is nothing unusual or unexpected. But what has surprised me as an adult is that my family doesn’t fill all my needs. They are my everything and yet they don’t provide everything for me, and to be frank I don’t expect them to. This is why we have friends. To fill the spaces where family is absent. We seek out those that challenge us, set us straight, love us, respect us, or maybe fill whatever spaces that aren’t inhabited by family. And we hope to do the same for them. So that we may return home to our families, fulfilled and refreshed and ready to love.

The Lake

Today I was thinking about some of my favorite photos that I’ve taken this year and I couldn’t stop thinking about this one.

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It has so many elements that I love to capture in an image: movement, low light, water, and a bit of mystery. I’ve been in a creative rut for a couple weeks and looking back at some of my favorite work has gotten me excited to start creating again. I just know that next year is going to be good πŸ™‚ How do you handle creative ruts? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments.

Camping

We went camping in the desert! We live in Southwest Arizona, which means winter weather is perfect for outdoor activities. I love how the desert resembles Mars at times:

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We hiked a nearby mountain and I grabbed this shot of my husband as we rested at the top:

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We encountered quite a few critters on this trip, including foxes, scorpions, and this furry friend:

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Sometimes we don’t see much wildlife at all. We were camping with my sister and her family and most of us were pretty excited about the critters, some were not so excited πŸ˜‰

What’s the best part about camping? Hanging by the campfire, of course! I couldn’t help but get creative with the kids in this awesome light:

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Yes, they built two campfires. It made for great photos so all was good!

I love being a portrait photographer because the human face is just about my favorite thing ever.

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However, getting out in nature and flexing my landscape photography muscles really stretches my creativity and gives me inspiration for my client work. I’m so happy about these beautiful days we spent in the desert!

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Fall: A Distraction

In case you haven’t heard, we recently had an election in the US. An election that was preceded by at least two long years of political preamble, with the knowledge that in another two years this process will begin again. After election day I was desperately needing a distraction so with my husband away for the weekend, I talked my mom into a trip to apple country- Julian, CA. We live in the desert southwest with plenty of dirt, cactus, and a stunning lack of fall colors (also some incredibly amazing sunsets, but I’ll leave that for another post). A day among the fall flora and fauna was just what we needed! Β  We were excited for cooler weather so I packed my cute, knee-high boots in the car (because boots are a no-go when the temp outside is 80+), slipped on my flip-flops and hit the road. As it turned out, Julian was too warm for boots so I ended up wearing flip-flops with my long sweater and leggings, proving that I’m definitely a desert rat.

But the fall colors!

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Seriously, I could have walked the main street all day taking pictures.

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Eventually though, we had to get some pie. We stood in line a good 45 minutes, as one does for good pie!

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We decided to explore the local cemetery and being that it was Veteran’s Day, we were greeted with small flags throughout. My kids are lucky and haven’t experienced much loss in their life so far. It was a great experience for them to see how short life can be, and how great sacrifice has led to our freedom.

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While walking through the shops I was taken with the light in this stairwell and this one little leaf that was begging to be photographed.

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Our time in Julian, CA was short, but a gorgeous and relaxing break from reality. I think we all found some zen.

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And we had bit of fun trying and sometimes failing to climb trees.

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I was happy to catch a shot of a carriage ride going by. I freaking love horses and will yell “horsey!” every time I see one:)

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Whether it’s fall or spring where you are, I hope you are enjoying it as much as we did on our little day trip!

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