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Click of the Wild ~ Focus: {Pattern}

July 22, 2014  •  3 Comments

This little COTW gig is pretty awesome.  It's done exactly what we had planned...We've pushed ourselves to notice the beauty and uniqueness in the "everyday".  My choice for COTW was found right here in my little home town!  In fact, my oldest Arlie, suggested it.  When I told her what our focus was, she said, "Hey, let's go to Unionville and you can take pictures of the benches on the playground".  So that's what we did which in turn, led me to my final choice for this focus. 

So here it is, an architectural pattern that I think is really pretty.

Wonder how many little ones have crawled all over these benches over the years?

This church, well, it is one of my favorite places on this little piece of ground that we call home.  It's so beautiful, I never drive through Unionville without admiring this beautiful building!  Maybe one day I'll get to photograph a wedding there, how cool would that be!?

Until next time...

Click of the Wild ~ Focus: {Hands}

July 08, 2014  •  2 Comments

"Hands" is what I've been thinking about with a photographer's eye for the past couple of weeks.  You see, it is this week's challenge over at COTW.  Here are several images that have stood out in my mind but this first image is my final choice. 

One night after a shoot, I stopped by my mom's house to pick up my girls.  She was outside planting flowers and I captured her hands doing what she's always enjoyed...Gardening!

This next image is a picture I happened to find on an old memory card a couple of months ago.  It was my baby when she was just a couple of months old.  What a gem to find these two years later!

Arlie had to get her hands in the dirt helping Mamaw!

And another of my baby's pudgy fingers!

Here is that same baby's fingers...This time 2 1/2 years later picking some flowers for me.

This shot was from another COTW episode from a few months ago.  These hands are of two very special people, my aunt and uncle, Wade & Boots.  An older couple's hands that have stood the test of time enduring the trials of this life together as husband and wife! 

COTW ~ Focus: {Chair}

June 24, 2014  •  3 Comments

Bobbie was in charge of this week's idea for COTW.  I have to be honest, looking at this from an outsiders perspective my first thought would be "Chair...really?" but view it from the back side of a camera, it takes on a whole new beauty.  In fact, if you follow me on Facebook I'm sure you've seen an image of an old blue chair that I photographed at the beach a few years back.  It's one of my favorite pictures to this day.  The empty chair is a subtle reminder of the memories that were made within a week of family time spent among the soul soothing shores of the coast. (See below).  Yeah, I'm getting lost just thinking about it!

So, moving on...Here is the image I chose to feature on COTW.  It's one from a simpler time...one of yesteryear.  Front Porch Sittin' in a old wooden rocking chair is kinda nostalgic and timeless. 

My beach picture from few years ago.

And now the others that were worth mentioning.

This next image was my second choice for this weeks challenge.  I wavered back and forth over this one and the rocking chair but in the end the Front Porch Sittin' won out.

From a wedding I shot a few months ago.

And this next image, well, I'm not sure that it qualifies as a "chair" but kinda thought it went with the theme so decided to post it too.

There you have it, those are some of my favorites for this focus!


Staci's Bridal Sesh (And a Few From Their Wedding)

June 15, 2014  •  5 Comments

Yesterday, Staci and Adam say "I do".  I will be posting their full blog post soon but in the mean time, here is Staci's bridal portraits and handful from their wedding. 

Back in April, we met up at the coast for her bridal shoot.  The exact location, Huntington Beach State Park, where she met her high school sweet heart, Adam.  It was a perfect and fun girls weekend spent with her mom, sister, grandmother and two of her closest aunts.  Preparations started early with this beautiful bride and the pictures show just how excited she is to beginning this new stage of her life. 

Hold on for a long blog post full of tons of pictures, I had a hard time narrowing down which images to post...many, many favorites!

Here's the newlyweds...

And a few from their wedding.

Now onto Staci's bridals...


With Adam's bow

Thanks again Staci and Adam for letting capture this journey with you!  Check back soon for a full "Wedding" blog post!

Click of the Wild ~ Focus: {Bokeh}

May 27, 2014  •  2 Comments

So this weeks challenge over at COTW is "Bokeh".  Bokeh has always intrigued me in photography, to me it can turn an average image into a "wow" image!  In photography,  bokeh is the portion of the image that is out of focus...In other words, the blur that you are used to seeing that separates the subject from the background is the bokeh.  My favorite is when you have lights (especially colored) in the background.   Simply put, it can make the image quite magical! 

So there you have it, here is my examples of bokeh!