I’m happy to announce that I am putting my hat back in the ring of wedding photography! After taking a couple of years off I am ready to get back at it! It really is one of my favorite things to shoot! So without further ado I would like to introduce you to Alan and Kristy!
I have known Alan for a few years and was so excited to hear about his recent engagement to Kristy! They are such a great couple and I love how well they balance each other out; they just seem to make a great team! We were fortunate enough to have a break in from the rain yesterday just in time for their shoot. If that’s not lucky I don’t know what is! I think that is a good omen for their wedding day!
Congrats you two! ! can’t wait to see you guys again in April! It’s going to be a beautiful day!
As some of you may know my church, Crossroads.tv is in the midst of a new series called ‘The Give Back Project’. In keeping with the spirit of what my church is doing I have decided to participate in the best way I know how.
FREE PHOTO SESSIONS!
I honestly love giving back to others by photographing them. I believe that every family’s story is picture worthy and deserving of celebrating. One way I’m choosing to give back this season is to give away free photo sessions. But, here is the catch…you can’t win this for yourself! This is called the “Give Back Project” and that is exactly what we are going to do! We are giving these sessions away to someone else! I will be offering TWO one-hour photo sessions including up to 30 digital images with printing rights to TWO deserving families!
Here is how it will work:
You will submit a family that you feel most deserves to win a photo session. I want to hear why you feel they deserve this gift. Tell me their story, why they are so special to you and why you decided to choose them. I will then choose five family stories that I feel are most deserving. Then (this is where you come in again) you and all your friends will “vote” for the family you think is most deserving. I encourage you to give back to a family whom you feel is most in need of it. Yes, it can be your family members, your best friend, or even someone you may not know that well. It just can’t be you.
(Remember, this is a movement of generosity, a project of giving back! My goal is not to gain followers or to get more business. I only want to give back by photographing a family who may not otherwise have the opportunity.)
Alright, now that you know how it works get your emails ready and send me those stories of your most deserving families. You can submit your stories to me here: email@example.com
I will accept your stories beginning today, Nov.29th and ending Friday, Dec. 6th. I will post the top five families and voting will begin on Dec. 7th. I will let you know all about how that will work when we get to that point!
I am so, so, so excited for this!
Let’s Give Back together!
*(The fine print) Eligible families must live in the Columbus Metro area. All free sessions will expire after 12 months. Only one immediate family per session allowed.
My 30 day challenge has come to an end! Can I get a Hallelujah? There were a couple of days when I wasn’t sure I was going to make it through. I thought that there was no way I could possibly think of something else to photograph or try to come up with something clever to blog. But, alas, I did it!
Today’s challenge was Love Is…To me love is giving. There are many ways to show love but the way that I enjoy doing so is by giving or doing things for others. So today, I am giving you a gift. It’s a very precious and treasured gift that I hesitate to share but because you have stuck it out with me for the past 30 days of ramblings you have earned it!
Here it is, my Dad’s No Bake Cookie recipe! I am not kidding when I say that his no bakes are the best! A few years ago he passed his recipe down to me. I’m trying my best to master it but I still can’t make them as good as Dad can. Each time I pull out this recipe and see it written in my Dad’s handwriting it makes me smile. I know that I will treasure this crumpled up, butter splattered piece of paper for the rest of my life; It’s one of the best gifts I’ve ever received.
Dad’s No Bake Cookies
What you will need:
2 Tablespoons of Cocoa
1/4 tsp. of salt
2 cups sugar
1 stick of butter
1/4-1/3 cup of milk
splash of vanilla
1 cup peanut butter
2 cups of quick oats
Line your kitchen counter with wax paper.
Mix first 6 ingredients in sauce pan over low heat, stirring continuously until boiling.
(To know when your chocolate mix is ready test it by dropping bits of the hot liquid into a glass of cold water; when the chocolate mix balls up or clings together you are ready for the next step.)
Remove chocolate mix from heat, add peanut butter stirring until melted.
Slowly add in oats combining all ingredients together.
Drop the cookie mix by spoonfuls onto the wax paper, allow the cookies cool and set up.
*You can add more or less peanut butter/oats to your liking. In my family the more peanut butter the better!
I hope you love these cookies as much as my family and I do! Thanks again for sticking it out with me for 30 days! See ya soon!
Today, as I was standing on my bed, taking photos out of my second story bedroom window of the branches of this tree, (probably creeping out the neighbors) I was reminded of how much I love birds. I love when they come and perch on the limbs of this tree. Often times I recognize the same birds who come frequent the feeder. They swoop in have a snack then take off for their next adventure…
I often wonder what it would be like to be a bird. I love how they can come and go as they please and are so free. They have a view point and vantage of the world that we will never know. They sing in the rain, they sing in the sunshine, they always seem so happy with whatever circumstance they are faced with. I admire the community and dedication that birds have for one another. I love the way they fly together in perfect sync and harmony. They may seem insignificant to some but can you imagine a world without birds? What a sad world it would be.
For several years I have identified myself with birds. Only, I felt like a bird in a cage, I was unable to fly; to be free. I longed to be out in the world, singing, flying…then one day someone opened the cage door and I was allowed to be free. I knew that I was able fly freely if I wanted but was hesitant and insecure. So, instead I sat at the opening of my cage for a very long time…until this year. Finally I have gained the strength and confidence to lift my wings and fly. I have learned to sing in the rain; to be harmonious with my surroundings. For the first time ever I can honestly say I feel “as free as a bird”…what an amazing feeling it is.
It’s day 28, technically it’s more like day 43 or something, but I’m slowly getting this finished! Only 2 more days!
Today’s theme is ‘All About Me’. Which is ridiculous because I feel like all I have done for the last 27 posts is talk all about myself so this day may seem to be a bit monotonous. But here goes…
Oh hey, hi…this is me…
1. Chuck Taylor’s, all day everyday. I own almost every color they make and want all the ones I don’t have. They can’t be just any old Converse either, they can only be ‘All Stars’, none of this ‘One Star’ stuff! I love these shoes and have worn them for years, they are the perfect compliment to my wardrobe. (aka, Jeans.)
2. Cats. Duh. I force my cats to do things like hug, snuggle, listen to me sing, wear reindeer antlers, bow-ties, and Santa hats. Don’t be fooled, they love it. In fact Tugz here is overjoyed with the potential of possibly becoming one of Santa’s reindeer this year.
3. I have a super rad tattoo of a sparrow on my right forearm. (with many more to come!) It makes me smile each time I look at it. It represents my Poppy who is my great grandpa; he always sang the song “His Eye is on the Sparrow” and that is my go to song when I’m feeling down, sad or going through a rough patch. Singing that song reminds me of him, and brings me a feeling of hope, peace, and security. Side note: I’m so happy I waited until I was 35 to get my first tattoo! If not I would have a really ugly, deformed dolphin jumping through a hoop of flowers on my hip that would be a stretched out green blob by now because I’m a 35 year old mother of two! No one wants to see that, ever. No. One. (p.s. taking photos of said tattoo by yourself is not an easy feat.)
4. I love birds. It makes me sad in the winter when all the birds fly south. I can’t say I blame them, if I could fly south every winter I would! My favorite birds are Sparrows (see #3) and Ravens. Ravens are my good luck charm. When I see one I just know that everything is going to be alright and it’s going to be a good day.
5. I was a hipster before ‘hipster’ was a thing. I mean really. When I was in high school I wanted cool bulky framed glasses and they didn’t exisit. I had to go to the old man glasses section to find some awesome Lisa Loeb/ Malcolm X type frames. Original Hipster right here, folks. That’s right I wore old man glasses before they were cool. (I wish I still had those glasses!)
6. I’m a giant dork- obviously. Not in a smart geeky way but in a “are you seriously wearing an old lady cat shirt?” kind of way. It’s ok. I have learned to embrace my dorkdom and accept it. Dorks are awesome. We make things fun and exciting!…and say really dorky things like that…. Anyway, I love to make fun of myself and I try to not take myself too seriously. I just like to be me.
The thing I love most about my “job” is meeting new people. It’s always a fun adventure to show up at someone’s home and get the chance to have a glimpse inside their family life. This family was the best! They made me laugh the entire session and we were instant friends. How could I not be friends with a family who loves Chuck Taylor’s as much as I do AND they have a golden retriever? It was a no brainer! Thank you Burrow’s for allowing me to spend an afternoon with you! Enjoy your preview!
As I played catch up today on my photo editing I came across photos that I had taken a few weeks ago at a local food pantry. I knew that I had to use this photo for today’s post. What I originally had planned seemed so silly and pointless after I was reminded of this moment:
I remember this moment very clearly. It was the end of the lunch hour at Stowe Mission when this little boy and his father walked in to receive a free lunch. I observed as this child stood on his tip toes peering over the edge of the counter, griping his fork and spoon in his hand, watching as a volunteer prepared a warm plate of food for him. A plate of food that was most likely the only hot meal he would eat that day. He didn’t speak, smile or even get excited about the Oreo cookies that he was given. He simply took his plate, walked to the table and ate his food in silence next to his father. It broke my heart to see a child who was so young appear to be so somber. He should have been bouncing around, laughing and playing like a typical little boy would have been. He should have smiled and been overjoyed about having a cookie. It was so hard to watch this little boy and his father leave. I was concerned for him; did he have a home to go to and if he did what type of environment was it? Was he safe, were his needs being met, was he loved?
I don’t know the circumstances of his family or why his father had to bring him to a food pantry to eat that day. I realize that no one wants to be put in that situation. I’m not bringing judgement on his family or making accusations; I’m bringing awareness. This is my home town; my back yard. This child isn’t in a third world country, he’s right here at home-Columbus, Ohio. How many more children are just like him only their parents are unable, or unwilling, to take them to a food pantry to get a free, hot lunch? I feel helpless when I think of these things. I want to find a way to be more proactive and do my all I can to make an impact.
I know that I was at Stowe Mission on this day for a reason, if only to share with you the needs of those who are all around us. Thanksgiving is only a few days away, we will be happily sitting around a table with our family and friends eating the most delicious food. It’s wonderful thing and I am very excited about it! But, lets not forget that this little boy and others like him might go hungry on that day. So, on Thanksgiving while we are saying our prayers of grace and thankfulness let’s remember to say a prayer for him as well.
If you would like to learn more about the ministry of Stowe Mission visit: http://stowemission.org/
I remember the day I got my iPhone. It was life changing. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made. It was a moment I will cherish forever with great fondness and will never forget. You think I’m kidding…
I LOVE this phone. It’s more than just a phone to me.; It’s my everything, my lifeline, my security, my assistant, my happiness lies within this phone. I feel naked and lost without it, I honestly can’t live without it! OK, OK…but seriously, I don’t know how I ever survived before I converted to the iPhone. The days that I had to suffer through with my POS droid Incredible (more like, not so incredible) were some of the most frustrating of my life. I’m by no means an apple advocate, I don’t care about brand names, but I will tell you this from experience-the iPhone is the best. The best I say!
So, here’s to hoping I never drop it in the toilet, down the garbage disposal, or the stairs. I better never leave it somewhere accidentally or run it over with my car. I hope I never drop it in the ocean because I would cry. Hard. It would be devastating. Horrible. Disastrous. It would pretty much ruin my life.
In case you haven’t noticed. I really, really love my iPhone.
I love a black and white photo. There is something about them that draws me in. I love the emotion and moodiness that can only be captured in black and white. You’re looking past the background and distractions and right at your subject, because of the lack of color you really have to look at it and allow it tell you it’s story. Black and white photos allow you to use your imagination to fill in the blanks. There is a certain raw quality about them that I love.
One of my favorite quotes about photography comes from Ted Grant and it says;
“When you photograph a man in color, you photograph his clothes.
But when you photograph a man in black and white, you photograph his soul.”
I couldn’t agree with this statement more.
I believe that photography is more than just a beautiful photo with correct exposure and cute props. It’s about capturing the soul in it’s purest form. It’s about raw emotion and details. It’s about expression and art. It’s about seeing and sharing those things with the world.
There was no way I could make it through a 30 day photo challenge and not use it as an opportunity to pimp out my favorite place! This is by far our favorite haunt. We try and go here as often as possible. It’s a charming little restaurant/bar that was once a bordello back in the day that’s located in downtown Columbus. If you’re looking for a low key place to go where you can have a delicious meal served by the friendliest wait staff, (Who will quickly become your friend and even know your name. Yes, just like Cheers!) if you love an array of drinks to choose from and the possibility of seeing a ghost; this is the place for you! The food is beyond incredible and affordable! Trust me, we have tried everything on the menu and can’t get enough of it! They are constantly adding new mouth watering temptations and I wish I could eat there every day! Each time we decide to eat anywhere else afterwards we ALWAYS say “We should have gone to the Jury Room.” It’s without a doubt the best place in Columbus! We love Keith, Zach, Laura and Susie and we know you will too! Do yourself a giant favor and check them out! Tell them Roy and Jackie sent ya’…I bet we’ll even see you there!