Tuesday, October 28

a day

When I was going through some stuff in my office the other day I found a big manilla envelope with an unfinished photo/scrapbooking project inside. It was a "week in the life" project, inspired by scrapbook guru, blogger Ali Edwards. (I think she is getting ready to do this project again soon.) Anyway, I dumped out the envelope and found a week of my life in pictures, from about 6 years ago. (Actual real life pictures! Printed on paper!) We were living in our old house, Max was a toddler, Andrew was farming, I was taking pictures. Lots of pictures. I can't tell you how awesome it was to find that little forgotten (even if it was unfinished) gift in that envelope. So many pictures of everyday stuff: the clothes we were wearing, what the house looked like, Max's toys, recipes. So neat.

I haven't photographed my life these days that extensively, but it would be so fun to do so. A couple Monday's ago I photographed some little details around here. Max is growing green beans in our kitchen window sill. We did an art project. Ada played outside in her pajamas. We had hot chocolate in my grandma's mugs. The leaves were falling, and there were mums on the porch. I even photographed the mess that is our shoe/coat fiasco in the kitchen. Little details that years from now will be so treasured.

*Note: used to things like our van in the picture of Ada bothered me because I thought it took away from the picture as a whole. Now I love details like that because I think it is something that places the picture in time. Does that make sense at all? You know when you look through really old pictures people will reminisce about times through the details. "Remember when we had that van with the broken door handle?" (Not that our van has a broken door handle or anything.)

Have a good day--capture some details!

Thursday, October 16

a sunrise

A few weeks ago I was getting ready to go work an auction. I was walking into the kitchen getting coffee or something, when I saw the most beautiful sunrise. I'm never very good at capturing sky pictures…they always seem to dissapoint me because they don't come close to the real thing. I thought I should try again. "Max! Going out to take pictures!" He was on the couch and was not surprised at all to see his mom go outside with a towel still on her head to take a picture of something.

I was initially wanting to take pictures of the horses in this beautiful fog with the sunrise, but I quickly abandoned that idea and turned my attention to just the sky itself: 
 
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.


(Psalm 19: 1-4)



Wednesday, October 8

inspired

A little random type of post today. I've been feeling a little random lately, so I thought I would just go with it!

I'm often inspired by little things. Sometimes it is even one of the kids' little things! We've had this book for a while, and it is one of my very favorites:
A Sick Day for Amos McGee. Every day Mr. McGee goes to work playing with the animals in the zoo. One day he is sick, so the animals (ride the bus!) and come to see him. I just love it, and every time I read it I feel like I want to give Mr. McGee a hug, then I want to get out all my pencils and draw something. This book was written and illustrated by a husband and wife team, and that makes me like it even more. (I did a little online research about Erin E. Stead, the wife and illustrator, and she looked just like I thought she would. Funny how I could picture her just by looking at her drawings!)
Just look at Mr. McGee in his socks and pajamas! I love it. The drawings in the book are so beautiful. I was a "drawing specialization" in college, and I always love drawings more than other media. The pictures in this story are so sweet and quiet.


Such a sweet book. Go ahead and order it for your kids for Christmas!

Tuesday, September 30

riding daisy

About a week ago Andrew got our horse Daisy out for a little riding session with the kids. So fun. Daisy is an old girl, a "bombproof" horse Andrew says. (She's so old and docile that things don't bother her or make her nervous/jumpy. A perfect thing for little kid riders!) So, Daisy was saddled and the kids all took turns riding around the yard. I went out with my camera:
A moment frozen. I didn't direct them at all, I just followed them around. I was so blessed to find this gem on my camera. It was raining to the north, which made for a dramatic sky, don't you think? I hardly ever order pictures, (I know, bad!) but this one is currently in transit to my house. Can't wait!

Friday, September 19

green

Look at these beauties!
We've grown pumpkins before, but never any this pretty! I love these green pumpkins. Such a different look than the traditional orange ones. I bet we will be picking up some "regular" ones too, because I don't think I will be able to cut into these!

Wednesday, September 10

flowers for me

Even though September is here, and fall is knocking on the door, our garden continues to crank out the flowers. We have 2 boxes full of flowers, and it has been so great to have them. I love that the kids can pick them to their little hearts content. They love to make little bouquets and bring them to me. I, of course, love them.
The garden in general has been so great this year. Every year I think we learn a little more and can plan better for the next year. Expert, I am not, but I am learning. This year we planted the prettiest green pumpkins. You know, the beautiful mint colored ones that you see all over Pinterest. They turned out so good! (Pictures later!) Also, our sweet potatoes have officially arrived. I am quickly learning about sweet potatoes. I thought that you could just pull up one and eat it. Like that day. No, no. Turns out you have to "cure" them in a variety of temperatures for about six weeks first. Who knew? I guess it makes sense that sweet potatoes are always on the menu for Thanksgiving. That's when they're finally ready! We even made a little salsa this year. So fun. I love to go back into our back room and look at all my pretty jars of all lined up. How satisfying to grow something, and not only eat it, but save it for winter. I feel a little like Laura Ingalls and I totally love it!

I hope your September is off to a great start!

Wednesday, August 27

one, two, three

I have become a little lazy about pulling out my big camera to capture our everyday. When things get hectic or busy it is easier to take pictures with my phone, or just to not take pictures at all. Akk! Not a good deal. So, I want to put our everyday back on the front burner. I don't ever want to get to busy to miss these little mundane things. My babies are all growing up, and that in itself is enough reason to pull out the big girl camera every day!

So, the other day Ada was working away cutting some paper. I ran and got the big camera to capture it. I loved her little hands, her concentration, and the fact that she is wearing her swimsuit. No, we were not going swimming, we were just here at home. She just loves her swimsuit! I took a few pictures, and when I went back to look at them I noticed something that I do all the time, that I wanted to share it with you. A little everyday photo tip that can turn a snapshot into something a little more artistic.

I often find myself pushing my perspectives when I take photos. The first one often looks like a "regular" snapshot:
Then, I "push" my perspectives or angles a little bit. Usually this involves getting a little closer to my subject, in this case Ada. This naturally starts to take away some distractions in the background and pulls you into the subject more. See how she is pushed more into the top of the picture and some papers from the refrigerator disappeared?
Finally, I push it a little more. Often times I crop things out so much that parts are subtracted. (The top of her head!) For this photo I actually sat my camera down on the top of the table when I took the picture. This exaggerated angle turned the table into really just a reflective blurry form:
Do you see how in each photo I pushed the perspectives a little bit more? I love doing this, and often my favorite is the last one I take. Just a little something fun to try. You don't have to have a fancy camera to do this, either. You can take your phone and take a photo the same way. Instead of holding the phone up at your eye level sit it down on the table and take your picture.

Everyday pictures are my favorites of favorites. Always. They tell such a story, and it is so fun to try and capture them in a creative and artistic way. I hope you like this little photo tip--I also hope your day is great!