Monday, March 19, 2012

baby's first portrait session

Remember those maternity photos I took of my friends a couple months back? Well, their precious baby boy has arrived, and I had the pleasure of photographing him! This is my second time doing newborn portraits, and I have to say, it's HARD. But so, so special. Here are my favorite shots of baby Nathanael.

You can go to my Facebook album to see the whole collection. I'd love to know your thoughts! :)

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Re-decorating my office!

My office just got a facelift! I'm a mental health therapist by day, and the space I use for that isn't ideal--no windows, fluorescent light, walls that need to be painted/cleaned/patched, and artwork that was actually upsetting to more than one client. No more! After months of agonizing over which of my own photos to choose, I finally made a decision, bought prints, frames, and mats, and made it happen!

I may be a bit biased, but the room really does feel more therapeutic now. I get to look at waves rolling in and pine trees reaching toward the sky while my clients gaze at a natural reflection in water and a seagull in the sky. Soaring above it all to gain a better perspective? Reaching toward heaven? Calmly reflecting...? The counseling metaphor possibilities are endless! My mental health is improving already.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

hometown beauty

I finally got around to redecorating my office today at work.  I'll post photos soon, but for now, I want to share something sad that happened when someone walked into my office and saw this photo on the wall.

"Whoa! Beautiful! I wish I could be there!"she said. She believed it was a faraway, exotic land--somewhere she couldn't go, and certainly not somewhere in yucky old Mississippi. Why did this make me sad? Because I took this picture less than ten miles away from where this conversation was taking place. It's in our very own hometown. We live in this amazing exotic place everyday, and some of us miss it.

Please, please, don't miss out on the amazing creation God built for us. No matter where you live, go outside and wander around with a camera (or just your eyes). Leave behind your phone and your attitude. And I promise, you will find beauty.

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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Help me identify flowers!

I need your help, readers! You may have noticed that I enjoy taking pictures of flowers. Some of them are familiar to me (like azaleas, camellias, hydrangeas...), but I must admit that I typically have no idea what I'm looking at. I sometimes put flower photos in my etsy shop with lame titles like "delicate flower," but I'd prefer to be able to be a bit more specific. So... help! If you know what any of these flowers are, please let me know in the comments. Thank you in advance!

I would love for you to share this post on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest so that I can get more eyes on it, too. Thank you, thank you, thank you! :)

***UPDATE: Success! I posted this in my flickr stream and was directed to an amazing flickr user who identified ALL of these for me--thanks, Brent! I'm posting the list here in case you're curious (and so that I can always find it):

1. Centaurea cyanus (pink form)
2. Zinnia (species)
3. Sisyrinchium campestre
4. Lantana camara (purple)
5. Lantana camara
6. Some type of Daisy
7. Some type of Prunus
8. Brugmansia
9. might be a Coreopsis
10. Salvia
11. Gerbera jamesonii
12. Odontonema strictum
13. Lantana camara
14. Lycoris radiata
15. Lonicera sempervirens
16. Magnolia

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