The Most Interesting Weed in the World

A Centrical Weed

The Most Interesting Weed in the World

And truly the most abundant in our backyard.

L is for Layers

Breaking Bad

Dandelion SpaceCraft

Whisp away

As annoying as this weed is, I do find it most unusual. A weed or a flower? A seed or a shower of them? A part of child-hood, and a part of Spring. Maybe even a thriving example of the most copious life cycle.

Whether they are annoying or beautiful, I do not know.

And that is why I deem them – The Most Interesting Weed in the World.

The Most Interesting Weed in the World.

Spilt-Second Love Story

Family in town.

Pre-wedding dinners.

Pre-wedding jitters.

All the plans, appointments, and schedules.

All of it coming together.

All because two people fell in love.

In a spilt-second that love captured for all time.

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What a beautiful moment.
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What a beautiful scene.
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What joy love expresses in simplicity…
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…in a spilt-second.

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It takes a second to say I love you, but a lifetime to show it. ~ Anonymous

This is the love story of my niece and her new husband Zane. I am absolutely over the moon happy for her and very blessed to capture their special day.

If you enjoy spilt-second stories (via pictures) find more here.

When Photography is a Gift

It did not even cross my mind the first time I picked up my new Nikon D3000 what gifts it might bring to me, and not to just me, but to others as well.

At first the gift of sharing seemed good enough. Share the digital image, record the moment, and bundle those up in albums to display across Google and Facebook.

And that has been fantastic! Maybe they weren’t always the best images or the most technical, but I was learning and sharing and photographing (I still am!).

So I gifted what I could, as much as I could. Gifts I love to give.

But as the years have gone by and my camera has upgraded to the next model and my lenses have upgraded to sharper glass. Well, it got to be something more…

More from the heart. More concrete. More right now.

Maybe it was my first canvas that sparked a new world of photography within. I wrapped it myself at a canvas wrapping class hosted by the Chics Who Click at Arlington Camera.

I made a terrible error while wrapping, but I saved it by re-ordering the way the picture shows. It is only noticeable on the side. I gave the canvas to my mother to put on her wall at the apartment in her Assisted Living Community.

She LOVES it.

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This is the only photo I have of it from my iPhone.

See, my mom really enjoys gardening more than anyone. She had a tremendous garden filled with a variety of flowers when she lived in her house. Her thumb is fantastically green. She has a small patio container garden where she is now. I think the image helped bring a little more of her gardening love indoors. Plus, she gets to brag to all her friends that the canvas was done by her daughter.

I was disappointed I had messed it up. She beamed with pride.

And so, I stopped being so critical and I accepted the gift for what it is. It’s a choice. A choice to give and a choice to receive. My photography is not a gift of talent, but a gift to gift others with.

So, that is exactly what I did.
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And when the critic in my head cringes over a hand cut-off, or a color not quite right. When it shakes its ugly mug at the print that didn’t come out exactly as it had envisioned. Or when a big frown emerges over a portion of the photo being slightly blown out.

I tell that critic to get out of here. I don’t need their comments.

The only validation I need is right here in these faces. No matter what I think about these photographs, they think something totally different.

And that…

…makes my heart soar.

I think I will continue to gift my photography.

In every way that I can. As much as I can.

What can you gift of yourself? I promise it will be received and it will be amazing.

Merry Christmas Baby!

I remember earlier this year when all the newness of being a future Grandmother was settling into my bones. The shock had (mostly) worn off and I could accept and understand this was really happening and going to happen. My eighteen-year old daughter was indeed pregnant and a baby would indeed be here in the Fall. We had sonogram images, thundering fast heartbeats, and it got real very, very real. And in that moment when the reality truly hit home, I realized…..we are going to have BABY at Christmastime. We will have presents for him/her under the tree. A stocking. A little red Christmas outfit. And a whole new little person will be part of our world.

That seemed so unreal to me. A Baby at Christmas. A first Christmas. And you only get one of those…

So of course, she is here and she is the most expressive, adorable child, ever. I have taken photos. Lots and lots of photos.

Oh, to be a cute baby at Christmas. A baby still trying to balance on her long trunk and stubby legs. A baby just on the brink of all the delightful and fun things ahead, and most especially, her second Christmas.

And now, she is not just real in my head, but in my arms as well.

So maybe, I went a little photo crazy…

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It’s okay to go a little photo crazy…

It’s her first Christmas. And you know what? It’s my first Christmas too. My first being Grammy to this sweet little girl.

And the most difficult thing? Putting her down to take a photo. That is soooo hard. So, believe me when I say, this photo shoot was a huge accomplishment for both of us.

Merry Christmas Baby!

And Merry Christmas to all of you that celebrate. I wish you and yours the merriest of Christmas blessings. From our family to yours.

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