You are one.
You are joyful.
You are happy.
You are inquisitive.
You are perfect.
You are one.
I spent time yesterday with the sweetest little puppy. Her dark eyes just melt your heart and her boundless energy was infectious.
As photographers, our goal is typically to capture crisp, focused images, but once in a while it can be a good thing to break the rules. This month, my fellow group of photographers and myself challenged ourselves to take a portrait that was out-of-focus. My images are not typical portraits in that the subject’s face is not seen, but it still captures the essence of this moment: a sign of hope in the midst of the dreariness of winter. In the top image I manually controlled the focus and made it blurry; the second image was taken with my Lensbaby. I don’t use it very often, but each time I do, I realize how fun it is to take photos with.
To continue through our circle of photographers and see their OOF images, you can begin my visiting the amazingly talented, Jessica Holden. Her work is incredible and always so inspiring.
There is an old English proverb that states, ‘the eyes are the window to the soul’ and this has always been a favorite quote of mine. As a photographer, I am always looking at people’s eyes and if you really take the time to look, you can tell so much about a person from their eyes. I am thrilled to once again spend 2014 with an amazing group of women and fellow photographers as we challenge ourselves to try a new portrait theme each month. As noted in this blog post’s title, our theme for February is soulful portraits. I am so thankful for this project because it inspires me to take photos of my children that might otherwise pass me by. I will definitely cherish these soulful images of them.
To continue to be inspired by soulful portraits, you can continue through our circle by visiting the very talented, Cassandra O’Leary.
Aren’t these two boys just the cutest things ever?
I know they are going to be great friends with lots of adventures in their future–and they have their sweet little doggie to join them!
Here I am,
Where I ought to be.
Have you ever seen such expressive eyes on a newborn? This sweet boy seems to know this is exactly where he ought to be–part of a beautiful loving family that adores and cherishes him. Meaghan, thanks for allowing me to photograph your precious boy. I loved meeting both of you.
I have been blessed to have a front row pass to this family’s journey of growth. I photographed their first son when he was just weeks old, so what a gift to be able to return to photograph baby boy number two’s arrival. This new guy looks so much like his big brother and I can tell that they are going to be great buds. Kristie & Joe, congratulations on this beautiful addition to your family and thanks for inviting me to be a part of this amazing time in your lives.
I didn’t want the holiday season to fly by so quickly, but as always, it did just that. I did, though, want to share some of the beautiful families that I was able to photograph this holiday season and make Christmas cards for. I hope you had a wonderful holiday season with your loved ones. Here’s to 2014!
“I carry your heart (I carry it in my heart).” –e.e. cummings
These beautiful words by e.e. cummings perfectly capture the joy of new parenthood. I’m not sure there are adequate words to convey the beauty of new life; that’s why I am so thankful for my camera and moments like these captured.