Tag Archives: creativity

Writing a Note to Daddy

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“I love you, Daddy,” in his own words and writing. Look at that pencil-holding form! And his serious focus on his task! What a memory to preserve! He’s the little guy who drops what he’s doing to run to the door and hug Daddy’s legs when he gets home from work. Who could ask for anything more?

This is a sample of my lifestyle (aka “follow the child while he/she plays for precious captures”) photography.

The B Kids in Autumn Colors

Autumn is a favorite time of year to capture children’s photos amid the gorgeous Fall glowing leaf and sky colors!

Being able to document these children and their sweet personalities is pure joy. Each one is so different, so caring and kind, so special! They have great parents and are so blessed in many ways! I feel blessed to know them and see them often!

Fall Fun

Who doesn’t like weaving spider webs for plastic spiders?

Or scraping the guts out of a pumpkin and saving the slimy seeds to roast?

Just a couple “lifestyle photos” in my Fall Family season collection! Super Fall Fun!

Creamy and Dreamy and a Tea Party Too

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Her great aunt wore this organza slip and dress as a flower girl about 70 years ago. She asked that I photograph her grand-niece wearing it, and this is just one of many captures as she played on her bed.

My style is simply to follow a child as he/she plays and capture the memories!

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Sweet P phoned her cousins to ask them to come to her tea party. She was so excited!

Among her guests were Chloe Bunny, Barney Cabbage Patch, Benedict Bunny, and Piglet.

No one minded that this Two served tea and cookies in her pink and white slips.

A good time was had by all!

A Very Hungry Caterpillar

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Little sister brought her baby brother her favorite bookThe Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle–and he was completely mesmerized by it, as you can see!

The cocoon and hat were crocheted by Lake Effect Creations. You can find her Etsy shop online at etsy.com

Isn’t he adorable in it? A beautiful creation in God’s world!

Zzzz.

She Flew

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The sun began to set.

And then she flew.

Tiny dancer!

Tiny Details

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These are a few of my favorite things!

Eyelashes. Ears. Fingers. Toes. Baby skin.

Tiny noses, lips, and chins.

What a precious miracle he is!

Pretty in Pink

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10 days fresh and new!

Waiting for Baby — Week 40

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In the Bleak Midwinter

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In the bleak mid-winter  Frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron, Water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow, Snow on snow,
In the bleak mid-winter Long ago.

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I enjoy photographing nature and little details of God’s creation even on a cold winter day. On this day we had accumulated 9 inches of new snow, and some of our drifts were higher than two feet tall. My boots weren’t tall enough to keep the cold, icy, snow out, but it was well worth the effort in our garden areas to capture these dried flowers still on their stalks, topped with a dollop of snow. The images, plus a mug of hot chocolate, were sweet rewards.

Our God, Heaven cannot hold Him Nor earth sustain;
Heaven and earth shall flee away When He comes to reign:
In the bleak mid-winter A stable-place sufficed
The Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.

Enough for Him, whom cherubim Worship night and day,
A breastful of milk, And a mangerful of hay;
Enough for Him, whom angels Fall down before,
The ox and ass and camel Which adore.

Angels and archangels May have gathered there,
Cherubim and seraphim Thronged the air –
But only His mother In her maiden bliss
Worshipped the Beloved With a kiss.

What can I give Him, Poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd I would bring a lamb;
If I were a wise man I would do my part;
Yet what I can, I give Him – Give my heart.

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When I found this heart-shaped leaf lying in the snow next to our sidewalk, it reminded me of the stanza, “What can I give Him — Give my heart.”

“In the Bleak Midwinter” is a Christmas carol based on a poem by the English poet Christina Rossetti written before 1872 in response to a request from the magazine Scribner’s Monthly for a Christmas poem. It was published posthumously in Rossetti’s Poetic Works in 1904.

The poem became a Christmas carol after it appeared in The English Hymnal in 1906 with a setting by Gustav Holst. 

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Baby Lia

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Nine days new!

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Can They Get Any Cuter?

Can They Get Any Cuter?

G & C celebrated 13 years of marriage recently. Their zest for life and love for each other bubbles over to everyone who is around them! They are  cuteness and faithfulness and loveliness personified! So glad they asked me to capture some fun moments in the park!

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Little Details

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A mother’s brooch on a bride’s bouquet

Love Is in the Air

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How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!

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There are SO many quotes about love.

My favorite is “Love is a VERB.”

I pray that this dear couple experiences much love as they prepare to make a life together through marriage and family.

I pray that their third “cord” in their relationship as husband and wife is Jesus Christ, the One who demonstrates perfect love and forgiveness to us all.

I wish you much happiness, D and B!

In the Eyes of a Child

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ImageThere are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million.  ~Walt Streightiff

When I got to capture photos of little W for her mommy and grandma at the playground, I hoped so much to catch the bright lights sparkling in her blue eyes! Though W was working hard on getting new teeth, and enjoyed being held by her mommy while I got some closeups, she had fun on the slide and tilty swing. Her face especially lighted up when she saw the “baa baas” and the mini-goats in the farm area of the park.

Words to describe W include words in these favorite quotes of mine … wonder; radiant; light; fresh; thought of God. And beautiful!

The brightest light, the light of Italy, the purest sky of Scandinavia in the month of June is only a half-light when one compares it to the light of childhood. Even the nights were blue.   ~EUGENE IONESCO, Present Past / Past Present

Every child born into the world is a new thought of God, an ever fresh and radiant possibility.   ~Kate Douglas Wiggin

Eyes are truly the windows to one’s soul. God bless this dear, cherished soul!

Happy 18 month birthday!

 

i heart faces – beautiful b&w

Year-old Ava

hugs her fuzzy cat

then jumps from her white rocker

and gives me her best flirty eyes!

I could eat her up!

Be sure to check out all the beautiful b&w captures for this month’s challenge at i heart faces!

Earth Laughs in Flowers

 Earth laughs in flowers.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Hamatreya”

My best friend/dear husband and I strolled through the Missouri Botanical Gardens yesterday with camera ready.

These are just a few of the hundreds of luscious blooms and new leaves in God’s gorgeous world. Red maples. Crabapples. Red buds. Daffodils. Tulips. Pansies. Viburnum. Johnny Jump Ups. I just want to live there!

Some of my favorite quotes about flowers:

‘Tis my faith that every flower
Enjoys the air it breathes!
~William Wordsworth, “Lines Written in Early Spring,” Lyrical Ballads, 1798

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
~William Wordsworth, “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud,” 1804

I will be the gladdest thing
Under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one.
~Edna St. Vincent Millay, “Afternoon on a Hill”

Look at us, said the violets blooming at her feet, all last winter we slept in the seeming death but at the right time God awakened us, and here we are to comfort you.  ~Edward Payson Rod

Happy awakening! Happy Spring!

Sisters, Flowers, & Chocolate Chips

Sisters are different flowers from the same garden.  ~Author Unknown

And my favorite “sisters quote”:

In the cookies of life, sisters are the chocolate chips. ~Author Unknown

These sisters are definitely flowers AND chocolate chips!

This Girl Loves to Play!

It didn’t matter that she was dressed to a “T” — after some more formal portraits, Miss Reese wanted to play on the park’s playground, and that’s just what we did!

She’s a five-year-old packed with energy and determination, she has a delightful and caring nature, and she shows off her mischievous and teasing personality in her twinkling eyes and cute smile.  I could just keep on taking her photos forever.

Magical Mia

Mia is a magical three-year-old who loves to go barefoot, eat strawberry ice cream, and spend vacation time with her grandparents.

As we roamed around the back yard, we kicked the dry, rustling leaves, and I captured Mia’s spirit–a little bit magical and a little touch of mischievous in her cute grin and sparkly eyes.

Mia wore a very special dress her grandma chose, with tiny yellow flowers embroidered down the front pleated sections.  It seemed appropriate to create a vintage black/white photo to showcase such a special little girl in her dress. And isn’t her haircut adorable?!

I hope you come back another day to play, Mia! And bring your grandma again too!