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So this weeks focus over at Click of the Wild is one that just feels like home to me..."The Simple Life, Country"! When we first started out with this challenge, I had the perfect image in my mind of what I truly viewed as "Country". Well, even with the best intentions, sometimes you just can't pull it off, especially if you can't find what you had in mind! So, what does that mean to me as a photographer? Well, it's the whole purpose behind "Click of the Wild"...It pushes each of us to think outside of the box and find beauty in the everyday. I had a tough time deciding what my favorite image was for this weeks focus, so I'm posting all that I pondered using. This first image is ultimately the one I chose. Reason being...It speaks to me. The simplistic structure of a single fence post with rusted barbwire has it's on beauty with the sunlight peeking it's way in the image on the left! Then the corner of the 1920's log cabin on the right is just a subtle accent in the background.
This next image was a tough one for me not to use. I love the old wooden shed, the cotton field and of course that warm sun peeking around the corner! Truly, if I'm being honest, this picture was a tie to the first image...the one I chose.
And these last few were also in the running...
That's it folks...there you have it!
A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of spending a couple of hours with this happy couple...Meet Charli & John Mark! It was a special occasion for these two. You see, they are welcoming their first baby next spring and to add to their excitement they planned an afternoon of family, fun & friends and they learned if they would be having a baby boy or girl. The theme, "Guns or Glitter"! Charli had done an excellent job with making it a beautiful display to remember for years to come. I absolutely loved every minute of my afternoon with them...I was in my element at this party!!! Anyway, so lets go see what they're having...Pink or Blue...Any guess's yet?
Meet Charli, John Mark & Baby Moore
Will they add Guns or Glitter???
Will "it" play with tractors or dress up as a princess?
Cutest baby bump around!
Oh, what will it be...Boy or girl???
Love the emotion in this next picture!
Charli & her Sister
It was a happy day of waiting...
Love this yummy light!
The time has arrived!
Oh, look what they will be welcoming in March!
Big sister Calli sporting her new necklace! ;)
Best of luck, Charli & John Mark...So happy you let me capture this time for you in pictures!!! Know you can't wait to meet baby Lincoln Brooks!!!
Get ready for picture overload. We had a great session with these two partly because the weather was perfect but also because these two were totally comfortable in front of the camera. They were up for anything and tried whatever I suggested. Truly, in photography, confidence spills over into great photographs and these two owned their engagement session! Meet Adam & Staci!
I think Adam was trying to play Patrick Swayze in this next shot! ;)
She will soon be taking his last name!
Love the fun and care free feeling in this next shot!
Thanks again, Adam and Staci! I enjoyed your shoot and look forward to your upcoming wedding!
So, as I mentioned a week or so ago, a few of my photog buddies and I started a new project. The project, Click Of The Wild! Each one of us are given a specific assignment with a word. This word which we call our "Focus". Then as a photographer, we try to capture how we interpret this particular focus. This weeks focus: "Light". So after debating back and forth between which image I wanted to feature, ultimately I chose this one below.
This image came to me one afternoon shortly after I got home from work. And after a few shots, the is what I came up with...The Cross with His light and the 23rd Psalm.
However, over the last couple of weeks, I have played around with my camera trying out other techniques and subjects with different forms of light. Here are some of the others that were in the running.
My big girl with her own little bit of light!
Okay, so this next image was taken last Christmas but I have always loved it and thought of it as soon as I found out what our Focus was for this weeks challenge.
Sometimes, as a photographer we tend to think of all these elaborate places that we'd like to shoot. Then, there are times like this when we find a jackpot right in our backyard. This next image is a local church and on this night, it was perfect. After celebrating my birthday dinner with just my immediate family, we walked around downtown Monroe and I played around with my camera, shooting out of my comfort zone...night photography! It was wonderful!
Meet Dan & Sarah. Saturday, wedding bells rang out for this beautiful couple beneath the oak trees of Dan's sister's home. It was an intimate ceremony with just their immediate families and a few of their closest friends. After the official "I Do's", the love continued to overflow with the fellowship from their extended family and friends in the back yard of where Sarah grew up...Home! It was a beautiful beginning to what I hope is many years of happiness for these two!
With each wedding that I get to be a part of, I realize just how much I love photographing these moments. It's an excitement that is truly once in a lifetime. Most brides, if not all, have probably dreamed of this day for a long, long time. Even rehearsing this day, while they played make-believe as a child. So, to witness these two and their families as they mesh into one big family, is pretty awesome to say the least! Here is a recap of Dan and Sarah's special day! Enjoy!
Home prepared for the wedding...
In the picture above, you'll notice a swing on the far left side. I couldn't help but wonder how many times Sarah must have played on that over the years.
The day is here!!!!
Anxiously preparing to meet her groom! Love that Sarah chose to wear one of Dan's shirts instead of a robe as she got dressed!
This next shot was a request of her Momma's...Sarah's wedding gown side by side to her Christening gown.
A mother's last minute touches!
Sister's getting ready...
He is too cute for words!
The handsome groom!
I love this next image. The mother of the groom needed her own father's love at this moment.
Here comes the bride!
Sarah you are radiant in this next picture!
Momma and her boy!
This next image makes you just feel good!
Now time to celebrate!
Love this memory board!
One last goodbye!
Congrats Sarah & Dan...Wishing many years of happiness as you both spread your own wings together!
Thank you so much for letting me be a part of your wedding!