Heather and Mishka: Engaged

•January 12, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I’ve posted about these two before but I wanted to go ahead and post the rest of the pictures I uploaded to Facebook earlier today. This was my first attempt at an “engagement session” and I was pretty pleased with how it turned out!

This is how they exist in my mind:

This is the image that won fourth place in the I ♥ Faces “Sun Flare” photo challenge (and I still love it):

I love the way he looks at her.

Hello, BEAUTIFUL.

I could just eat them up right now. Seriously. So stinking cute.

Not that you’ll ever see this but let me just say this anyway: I love you two to the moon and back. You are such a wonderful addition to my life. I seriously strive to be a better person every time I leave your apartment. I leave feeling like I *can* be a better person. Your trust and your compassion and your enthusiasm for life is addicting. Your sincerity, your passion, and your youthfulness are contagious. I hope you never stop laughing, never forget to smile, and never stop loving each other as fiercely as you do today.

Kumbaya

•December 19, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Today I remembered this:

When I was a little girl, my mom used to want me to play the quiet game on the way home from my grandma’s house. I was quite a little chatter box and it was good for me to calm down on the half hour drive home. (Maybe it wasn’t a whole half hour, but it always felt longer than that anyway, so I’ll go with it.)

My favorite part of these theoretically quiet drives was my mom singing Kumbaya to me and me singing with her sometimes. She would sing Kumbaya and it was as if my heart was transported. (I remember it differently than I’ve seen it recorded but that’s no matter to me.)

Someone’s laughing, my Lord. Kumbaya. Someone’s laughing, my Lord. Kumbaya. Someone’s laughing, my Lord. Kumbaya. Oh, Lord, kumbaya.

I remember thinking of a child laughing somewhere far, far away. It made me happy, it made my heart happy. Then though came a verse which always caught me off guard. Someone was crying and in my thoughts it was usually a woman. I don’t know why it was always a woman, but it always was a woman. Always a woman curled into herself, crying. Hurting. Feeling a pain in the deepest recesses of her heart. How I could imagine at such a young age the pain of a grown woman, I do not know. Perhaps it will forever be a mystery.

Someone’s crying, my Lord. Kumbaya. Someone’s crying, my Lord. Kumbaya. Someone’s crying, my Lord. Kumbaya. Oh, Lord, kumbaya.

The song ends on a happier note, the following verses speaking of someone praying and someone singing. The last one, the one about singing, always made me feel especially close to God and the angels. I felt like I was a part of my God and forever enveloped in the care of the angels. I’ve missed that feeling. Singing this song softly, quietly to myself today, I remembered that feeling and I felt it again. And I was deeply grateful for that experience with my mom, however many times we shared it.

Kumbaya, my Lord. Kumbaya. Kumbaya, my Lord. Kumbaya. Kumbaya, my Lord. Kumbaya. Oh Lord, kumbaya.

I Heart Faces: Pet Week!

•December 15, 2009 • 1 Comment

I ♥ Faces “Pets Only” Photo Challenge

This week at I ♥ Faces, the theme is pets! I don’t have a pet of my own, though I live with five dogs. Because I’m a slacker and don’t check themes ahead of time, I didn’t have time to capture any of the rascals before the deadline today. I did however take some time on Thanksgiving Day to fire a few shots of this little girl whom I just adore. Her name is Wendy and she is my parents’ newest dog.

I think she looks almost majestic. It’s the one word that kept coming back…

She’s sweet and loving, goofy, protective, and a real athlete! I want to get her into some agility competitions soon as she’s shown some impressive moves in the yard! I set up mini courses for her sometimes just to test her and she does a fantastic job. She’s a sweet, sweet, SWEET girl and I will love her until the end of time!

And while I’m talking about this girl, I want to say this too: She and Bessie, a Cardigan Welsh Corgi we lost a few years back, have absolutely changed my life and the way I view the world. I was taught growing up that dogs do not have souls and we would not see them in Heaven. This may be true. But I firmly believe that dogs DO have spirits. They carry with them a small piece of the Great Spirit, and they share it with us who love them.

Head on over to I ♥ Faces and share a photo!

Can I just say CUTE?!

•December 11, 2009 • 2 Comments

So I love my friend Kate to death, if we haven’t been able to tell from the PW post, and I just wanted to take a break from me for a second to pay her a compliment. She is a great mom-tog. Seriously.

This is Miss C.

I just told her not a minute ago that if we lived closer, we could totally be a photography duo. We could learn from each other and push each other to do better. And we both have our strengths, obviously. Hers is making beautiful people. Okay and her pictures of those beautiful people are pretty cool too. 😉

She is really big on getting the perfect shot SOOC and that’s great because it challenges her to be better and better. But I’m all about cleaning things up in PS when you’re done doing that. So that’s what I do. I clean up her art. Isn’t it purdy?

Miss G.

I get jealous sometimes because not only does she have a dSLR to use whenever she wants, she’s got the most beautiful subjects to capture around her at every waking hour! She’s living the DREAM, people!

Miss C again, this time in her baby brother’s hospital hat. What a cutie patootie!

Kate loves her kids to pieces, a fact I think it obvious to anyone who knows her. Although I think it funny when a parent deliberately breaks the unspoken face-time rule just to be funny, Kate really is very good about giving each of the children equal “face time” when posting pictures, even if she took 300 of one child and only 50 of the other three. How she could stop at 50, I’m not sure.

Miss G again. They’re all so photogenic; I just love this face!

I can’t remember how long she’s had that camera (the one I envy) but it hasn’t been too terribly long. And she’s come so far! She really does amaze me sometimes with the things she captures. You can imagine how blush I became when she was jealous of some of MY work. Only a taste of what it’s like on this side of the screen, my dear!

And the eldest of the pack, Miss A. She’s a beauty!

Kate is a beautiful woman, a wonderful wife, and an awesome mother. I have no doubt that her kids will grow up following her incredible example and turn out to be some of the finest citizens this country has ever known. (Okay, okay. But seriously. They’re going to be freaking rock stars. They already are!)

Miss A again. I love the “depth” of this shot.

Did I mention she makes things for other people? And frames her photography to give away to the subjects? Yes, really. And she bakes. Could she be any more Susie Homemaker if she wanted to be? Answer: Likely not.

Mr. X. He’s the last of the four… so far.

She’s seriously infuriating if you stop to think about it. Hot mama, good mama, continually improving photog. Yep, I hate her. Wait… no…

X again, shortly after birth. (Taken in a GA hospital bed.)

I’m kidding. I only hate her a little. Okay, not really. But seriously, if she weren’t one of my dearest friends and biggest cheerleaders, I would hate her. A lot.

Good job, Kate. You rock.

BTW, if you noticed that all of those shots are B&W, this is why: The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond put up a little B&W photo contest today. As I was looking through old photos on Flickr to enter, I ran across some of Kate’s work that I had tweaked. (All photos above are taken by Kate, tweaked by me.) I mentioned to her that if she didn’t have an entry, I had some beautiful shots she had taken that I had converted and tweaked. She had already entered. But the longer I looked, the more I remembered how much I love her stuff. And because I’m a mush, I couldn’t help but post.)

The end.

you know what i’m talking about

•December 8, 2009 • 1 Comment

so i’ve been having a lot … THOSE … moments lately. you know what i’m talking about. those moments when you’re looking at a picture of your friend’s driveway and you can’t figure out why it’s so white. and you think to yourself, “why is that driveway SO white?” and then you start to critique this photo that is clearly overexposed. and you think, why don’t we just stick to automatic for shots like this? it’s outside and would have been just fine. never mind that you were supposed to be looking at birds to begin with. now it’s 20 seconds later and you’re still staring at this driveway. and your friend doesn’t know that this is happening because she’s posted it on her blog (thank the LORD) and can’t see your confusion/judgement/blank stare. so then you’re all ready to tell her what she can do to help the exposure (and thinking of ways to subtly mention that perhaps her copy of photoshop is being manipulated and misused) when you see the NEXT photo. the next photo where you see little fuzzy edges to that overexposed, completely-blown-out driveway from the photo before. and you notice that the grass is actually pretty dark. and you think, “what happened? how did this get messed up?” and then another 30 seconds passes and it clicks. there is snow on the ground.

I Heart Faces Photo Challenge: Sweet Dreams

•December 7, 2009 • 4 Comments

It’s week 48 at I ♥ Faces and the theme is “Sweet Dreams!” I tell ya, I keep getting lucky with these themes. It isn’t my favorite and I know I can do better, but this one of Alex remains one of my favorites of HIM. Alex is such a sweet kid and I love him to death. Watching him sleep makes you think everything is right with the world. Sweet, sweet baby.

This particular photo was taken on the road from Waco. We had gone down to bring a baby shower to our friend and CRHP sister Michelle (who is due in just a matter of days). Little guy slept there AND back! Impressive!

I know it’s silly but Miss Elle (that’s me!) loves the dried up snot on his face. It’s such a baby thing. What a cutie patootie! Seriously. Now if I could just get some of those LASHES…

Okay, enough gushing…

Head on over to I ♥ Faces to see some more sleeping beauties!

i heart faces – tooshie – non-entry

•December 7, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Because I’m a total doofus, I forgot I had this picture and did NOT enter it at i heart faces last week! Dang it!! Oh well. Showing it off now…

Cute little boy tooshie!