Chicken Day

Chicken Day | happy together
This morning we awoke at our usual time but scurried to get out the door a little bit earlier than usual for a special date. A date with some chickens. Which then turned out to also be a date with some bunnies and turtles too. Our friends own all of these animals and I asked if my girls could come over and help feed them one morning since they both love animals so very much. My girls were so excited they even skipped their breakfast this morning! Fortunately, my good friend had us covered and greeted us with fresh donuts and kolaches from a local bakery. Yum! Now, I want to talk a little bit about photography.

Chicken Day | happy together
I love pictures. I especially love taking pretty pictures. I have taught myself how to shoot in manual mode with raw files and have tried to find my editing style over the years. It’s hard teaching yourself sometimes, but am I ever so grateful for all the people who share their knowledge online. I knew this morning I wanted to really just try and get some fun shots of my girls having fun with the hope to print some out for their rooms. I used my Canon 7D and 32mm f/2 Canon lens. I was happy with the pics and challenged myself in the editing department this time. I would only edit in Lightroom (I have version 3….I know I need to upgrade! lol). I usually do a lot in Photoshop Elements 8 (yes, another one I should update as I think it’s up to 12 or something now). I had bought the VSCO film 1 a while ago because I loved the film look and decided to use that as main editing. I feel like I like the clean and bright sstyle when doing product/craft stuff, but tend to prefer the film or vintage feel on lifestyle photos. I even figured out the right way to export these to the size my blog needs and add a text watermark. It took me hardly anytime to edit a ton of pics! I was so happy. I think I will try this some more and learn more about using Lightroom, especially if I upgrade it. I’m going to go to bed now, so enjoy the rest of the pics. *And make sure to challenge yourself in an area you want to grow in this weekend.* -Jess

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Christmas Pictures at the Park

Christmas Pictures

Happy New Year everyone!  I’m trying to get back into the swing of things over here. I took some time off to enjoy some family that came and visited and to just focus on taking of the girls because my hubby was out of town for a month for some work training. We weren’t able to pull off Christmas pictures as a family, but I did try to get some pics of the girls. They were less than cooperative, but who could blame them? We were in a beautiful state park on a gorgeous day and the deer were out! I will just let the pics speak for themselves for this post ;) I’m happy to be back and ready to share crafty things! I’m hoping to make some good changes over on this little space this year as long as time allows.
-Jess

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Family Session in the Park

M Family Session

I have been a little more busy with photo sessions recently and it’s been so much fun! I did these of my friend and her family and was so excited when she agreed to let me do that at a local state park. I had always wanted to do a session here. We had a lot of fun planning it and all the spots we would use. The park was gorgeous and so was the sunshine! Apparently it’s the place to be too. I bet there were at least 7 other photographers there taking pictures of families. It figures since it’s so beautiful and there aren’t many beautiful places that are public around here. We had to wait our turn at a few of these spots lol.

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M Family Session
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I tried to get a good mix of portrait pics and lifestyle ones. It was fun capturing the boys in their element!

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Tomorrow is a big day of photography for me as well. I’m doing mini sessions! All proceeds will be going to the missions program at my church and I’m excited to see how it goes. I always enjoy trying things out to see if they are for me or not. Anyone else doing family pictures soon?
-Jess

The Wedding

A & L Wedding

It took me long enough to share these didn’t it? I think after everything I needed some rest and then the girls got sick, and then life, so I let the blog go to the back burner for a bit. But with fall in the air (kind of…I mean a high of only 84 was spectacular this past weekend!), I’m feeling ready to get back down to business. Here are some of the pictures I took at my brother and sister in law’s wedding. I have never done a wedding, so I was a bit nervous. Especially since I didn’t really have some of the equipment I would have preferred to have (like off camera flash at night), but it all worked out. Thankfully they are super easy to please and it was fun to be able to bless them with this.

A & L Wedding

They had the wedding ceremony and reception at The Freight Shed in Yorktown, VA. It was such a beautiful day!!!! It was a little cool and the sun was perfect. I worked hard to make sure I got all the standard pics as well as some fun ones. They are a laid back and fun couple and you can see that in their wedding. Everything went well overall and turned out beautiful. I think the only mishap was the bride’s shoes could not be found. Fortunately, there were some other shoes that worked. Enjoy the pics and I plan to be back with some crafty things here soon :)
-Jess
See their engagement pics here
See flower girl dress I made here

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P Family/Maternity Session

P Family Session

I was blessed to do a fun maternity/family photo session back in June with a wonderful family we know. I was so impressed with how open they were to my ideas :) I like being able to throw in some fun pics.

P Family Session

We started the session off with some family photos and then they agreed to the yarn. The littles and dad wrapped up mommy’s belly. I also got some pics of the kids covered in yarn to create the below photo (template is from Paint the Moon’s facebook templates). I had always wanted to do a yarn theme, so I was so glad they obliged.

P Family Session

The rest of the pics are fun, but my favorite is the black and white one of the dad praying over his child while in the womb. It was so precious and I got a little teary eyed when taking those pictures. It was beautiful to see a family together that was full of so much love for each other. You can see more pics from this session here.

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Now I need to catch up on my own photos! We recently went to New Orleans, celebrated miss J’s birthday, and have miss E’s birthday coming up as well. I feel like my to do list is extra long at the moment. But, it’s full of very good things so I can’t complain.
-Jess