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March 1st, 2014 was the date this couple chose for their wedding day. It was a bit chilly on this Saturday afternoon but that didn’t stop the excitement of Katie and Cameron's big day. I arrived to the "getting ready" house of Katie's sisters. Her hair stylist, family members and Katie's closest friend were running around and helping her prepare for her big day! The energy was contagious. As Katie sat in the beautiful guest room and had her hair & makeup done, I was able to shoot all the details. The setting was perfect with beautiful backdrops around every corner I turned. One of my favorites was a couple of coral colored chairs that were Katie's grandmother Mangum's! (Of course, we had to include those in pictures.) The lighting was absolutely gorgeous, making this part of a wedding so much fun!!! Enjoy!
Love this text between the two of them from earlier in the week!
Katie, y0ou are radient.
Here is Katie on her grandmother's chairs, she may have gone on but still a part of this day.
Before the guest arrived!
Cameron seeing his bride for the first time...
Even the littles showing her respect during prayer...
I LOVE this next picture of this pretty little girl who was checking out what I was doing.
Watching their boy begin his new life with Katie.
These next two kept me entertained while I was waiting on "Mr. & Mrs. Cameron Simpson" to greet the crowd!
This beautiful cake was made by her sister, Tasha!
Mingling with the guest!
Katie receiving some love from two of her closest friends.
Which soon turned to this...lol
Happy wedding to the both of you, Katie & Cameron!!! Thank you so much for letting be part of your day...Wishing a lifetime of happiness!!!
"Love" is today's focus for Click of the Wild. And well, since I like to paint rainbows in the sky of a world that's not always so colorful, bear with me while I slip on my rose colored glasses and play with this focus word for a minute. "Love", can wear so many different faces but today's pictures express love on a much lighter note, with a positive but fun perception of the "L" word. With my final choice, I see "love" through chubby toddler hands, grasping colorful candy hearts that each contain a love letter of their very own. (Don't judge, I warned you I was slipping on the glasses. ha!)
When I heard what our focus would be for this weeks challenge, I had an idea of the perfect example of how I interpret "love" and the way I view it through my eyes. Truth is, love, like the tried and true, real deal is serious business. And what I had planned to capture was the real thing but unfortunately, the timing just didn't allow me to achieve that image, so instead I decided to take this down a much lighter path. Here are pictures that were in the running for this weeks challenge.
Heart shaped PB & J topped with candy sprinkles for my girls. Sprinkles make anything better, it's like jewelry for your food. ;) Told ya I was gonna see things a little rosy.
Little Debbie, what's not to love about her???
See what I mean, little love letters on sweet candy hearts. Happy Tuesday, folks. It's February, go out and spread some love. In the mean time, go check out how my other photogs interpret love. There's some good stuff over at COTW this week.
And that's my feel good, fun way of showing love on a much lighter note!
"This Moment"...Oh, how it could mean so many things. Over the past two weeks, I have lugged my "big" camera with me everywhere in an attempt to capture the here and now as in "This Moment" in our lives. And now, I'll be honest, I'm ready to put my camera down! Let's face it, toting a very energetic two year old around is tough enough even without the camera but when you add that, a diaper bag, and purse to the mix, my arms are full! But now, looking back at some of these images, I'm so glad that I have them, especially these of my big girl. You see, she started ice skating lessons a few weeks ago and has totally fallen in love with it, as in hook, line and sinker. You can tell, when she is on the ice, she is completely in her element. So, I thought I wanted capture this time in this weeks Focus at Click of the Wild.
This first image is the one I chose to go with in the end. On this particular day, we got to the rink a little early which allowed us to watch some of the more advanced skaters on Ithe ice as they were practicing. Truly, it is amazing to see some of the talent that some of these kids have. They are so graceful gliding across the ice and they make spinning in the air look as easy as tying their shoes. To me, this picture says so much with her facial expressions alone...I can tell what she is thinking just by what was captured in this candid moment.
One night after work, it was actually warm enough for us to head outside for a little while and let the kids play.
The school bell just rang out!
And we'll bring an end to this post like the sun going down behind the trees in this picture. Here, my girl in one of her many cartwheels that she's done while we were out enjoying this past Sunday afternoon!
"This Moment" focus phrase/word belongs to Bobbie this go round, wonder what our next challenge will be...We shall see!
When I first heard what our Focus was for this weeks Click of the Wild challenge, I felt like this...
I nearly panicked! (Ok, so maybe that is a little bit of an exaggeration but the above picture truly does express how I feel about being on the front side of the camera...I'm much more comfortable on the back side, shooting! This shot was a completely candid moment captured by Bobbie at our last Nerd Night. Even though, at the time, I didn't know what our next focus word would be, I thought this shot totally went with how I felt.)
On a more serious note (pun intended), these next few shots were in the finals for today's focus. Ultimately though, I ended up going with the first B&W image for COTW. Reason being, like most people I like to laugh, have a good time and usually try to keep things "light". But at the end of the day, when all is said and done, and it's just me and the four walls of my home, I'm a thinker. And this first image seems to represent how I view "me" outside of Facebook and away from the rest of the world. So yes, as hard as it is to admit, I tend to over think things, pondering all the "what ifs" ...Did I get on my kids too harshly? Did I get on them hard enough? Did I show them by example what grace is? Am I teaching them enough the importance of prayer? AM I praying enough??? Why did I lose my cool over the 2nd box of cereal being spilled? How can I be a positive influence for my girls?
Without going into too much detail, most of you know this past year has been quite a ride for me. It's no secret, it's been one that hasn't been easiest. But even while saying that, I truly believe there is good in almost every situation, you just have to look for it. And sometimes, the curve balls that life throws at us, makes it a little harder than what we like, pushing us to an uncomfortable level to find the positives. But I believe this is where the tide breaks...Simply put, good people always rise! Even in really bad situations, much worse than what I've ever had to experience, if you look around you will see the 'good' in other people through the compassion they have for others...It's expressions of our Saviour through the works of their hands and the kindness in their hearts. And I think that folks, is the 'good' that He has intended for us to exhibit all the way along! Witnessing so many blessings from so many good hearted people recently, is humbling to say the least.
While believing in staying humble, over the past few months, I have purposely been learning how to truly 'like' myself again...As in finding and doing things that I enjoy and not just trying to please other people. Because, I've realized one thing, that can be exhausting and let's face it, some people you just can't please. Have I arrived? No, not yet, and I'll even go on to say, I don't think "arriving" is necessarily a destination, it is more about the journey. Traveling the road to a happier place takes being conscience of our own existence and conscience of the decisions we make. Ultimately, if we do this, we play a big part in defining the outcome of our own happiness. Ground breaking, huh? ha! All kidding aside, that sounds so simple but I think sometimes we get so caught up in living day to day, that life leads us instead of us leading life. Another part of this growth has also been learning to like not only what's on the inside but also like what I see in the mirror. I love everything about photography, even the nerdy, geeky, technical stuff but hated to see my own self in pictures. So recently, I've even pushed myself to be in more of my own photographs in some form or another, both alone and with my girls.
With all that being said, when I was given the focus word of "self" for this weeks COTW increment, I thought about how it pertained to where I am in my life right now. I tried to capture who I am...Molly. So here she is, both the relaxed, "real me" side and also the more serious side that is ever so present. No, these pictures aren't the best because they were taken in about a span of fifteen minutes but they will have to work!
Whew! That was a heavy mouth full ...during this process, I've learned something else, it's hard to be your own photographer!!! Ha! Thanks to the timer mode on my camera, I've been able to complete this weeks challenge. ;)
This next image is what I like to refer to as my "safe haven" shot. My safe haven is winding down after a busy week on a Friday night with the sound of my girls playing behind me, a cup of coffee lying on the floor with a fire keeping my feet warm. Perfection! (The only thing missing is my phone...You know, got to check out what's happening on social media! lol)
One last picture...
So, there you have it. That's all my "Self" shots. Sure hope our next "focus" word is easier than this weeks challenge. Alicia, that was a tough one!
So this weeks episode of Click of the Wild was a tough one for me. It was one that I thought would come easily simply because I live in a house of girls and my love for all things pink. But when push came to shove, I struggled. The intent of Click of the Wild was to help us stretch outside of our comfort zone and this weeks increment proved to do exactly that. To be honest, I staged several different pink venues but all were a fail, as in a complete flop.
That's when I stumbled on this next image...literally! So, after I nearly dropped my other love, me and my camera captured this weeks focus...PINK! Not my favorite but it's real life...where I am right now and that feels right!
And well, Lucy, she's my best friend every morning for the simple fact that she holds my drink of choice...coffee!
Today is Arlie's first ice skating lesson...Her birthday gift! We're a little excited! (Yes, that is a Christmas tree in the back ground. Don't judge...It's not March yet!)
We like PINK around here! Even bring out my handy tool kit quite often, honestly, bet that I use this little thing weekly.
So there you have it. A look into my life might find you a good bit of pink...hey, what can I say, I'm a girl! See ya next time!