iconi heart faces--a slice of life

It's been awhile since I have participated in the I Heart Faces Photo Challenges, but I was excited to start back up again when I saw the theme for this week: A Slice of Life. I love all types of photography, but lifestyle photography is what I am really passionate about. Like all of us, I get busy with my four kids and I go through stretches where my camera never makes its way out of the bag unless I have a client shoot. I am constantly trying to take more shots that document real life; the good and the bad.

It was so fun for me to look back through my photos to decide which one to enter. I found shots that brought back so many memories and emotions. It helped me to re-commit myself to taking the camera out more often to document what really matters: the everyday moments. It is the little, seemingly insignificant, everyday moments that make us who we are.

This photo of my youngest daughter was taken when she was in the stage of life where she wanted to dress herself, and she wanted to continue to change clothes all. day. long. It made us both crazy at times. I felt like all I did was laundry. Not only would I wash all of the many outfits that she wore and soiled each day, but then I would have to refold or hang the ones she threw on the floor when she couldn't find what she was looking for. In this particular picture she was looking for a ballerina outfit that her aunt had given her earlier that month. She had worn the tutu every single day since it was purchased, so at the time of this picture the outfit was being laundered.

When I walked into the room I had the choice to either break down in tears of frustration or take a picture. I chose the latter, and I am so glad that I did! Not only did it diffuse my emotion at the time, but now I have an adorable memory captured. Every time I look at this picture I smile. Oh how I love that little girl, even when she is being a pill.

Now head on over to I Heart Faces to check out more of the entries for this week and to find your own inspiration to pull out your camera more and capture the everyday moments.


iconmy baby

One of the most common comments I hear when people find out that I am a photographer is "Oh, you must have your walls covered with beautiful pictures of your children." Sadly, that is not the case. *sigh* While I love taking pictures, I hate fighting my children to get them to cooperate. Because they have been bombarded with the camera for all or most of their lives, they usually do not willingly cooperate with my requests to take more pictures.

BUT, it looks like that might be starting to change! The other day my sidekick and I headed out the door to pick up the kids from the school bus. We were a few minutes early, so I thought I would bring along my camera and try to snap a few shots. She brought along her favorite doll, and off we went.

I was so happy when she not only cooperated with my requests, but she actually enjoyed it! We had so much fun playing with her doll and dancing in the spring air! (Almost too much fun because we had to run to make it to the bus stop in time!)

I was shocked the next day when I was folding laundry and she sweetly asked if we could go for a walk so I could take some more pictures of her as soon as I was done with the laundry. I didn't hesitate; I grabbed my camera right then and there, and once again we headed out for some fun and pictures.

I think I have some new pictures for my walls! (Now I just need to convince the other three to follow suit.)


iconI like it all!

Some people are newborn photographers. Some photographers focus on weddings. Others stick to children. And some even specialize in pets. I have thought about specializing in just one thing, but I can't figure out what I would give up. I feel so blessed to be able to photograph so many different kinds of people and situations.

Engaged couples are one category where I haven't had a ton of practice...but I hope to change that! I absolutely loved photographing Ghazal and Ben. They are so in love, and it shows in their pictures. I had a tough time choosing my favorite. Do you have a favorite? I would love to know.

Thanks for looking!