Sticks aren’t just for crafting.


Happy Labor Day!

Hope you are enjoying an extra day with your friends and family. Here, we’re enjoying the HUGE change in the weather. It was 100 just a couple days ago, and today it’s a high of 67! Glorious, glorious fall!

Playing in the Sprinkler

Who doesn’t love pics of babies playing???

And a bonus picture after we dried off:

Low Light Yard Love

Last week, I was disappointed. It was the week of the County Fair, and I wasn’t able to enter any of my photography shots. Why? They were two weeks too old to enter. Why don’t I have any newer shots, I thought. And then I realized that I haven’t really been shooting much since Clark got here, and to make it worse, I haven’t been shooting much of him lately. I kind of know why – it’s hard to keep him contained since he’s so mobile! But still, that’s not an excuse, especially when I love doing it so much.

I don’t take pictures for other people; I take pictures for me. If you don’t like the way I angle them, or the artsy look I like, or that I over- or under-exposed them during editing, I don’t care. A family member seriously tore down my editing of pictures once publicly, and not only did my friends get really upset (especially the subject of the photos – a friend who had recently gotten married and adored the pictures) but I, too, was offended, because I know I’m not a professional and don’t pretend to be. In hundreds of shots, I might get lucky once, or I might not at all. But I see something that is special to me and I shoot it.

I broke out my old trusty Nikon to take some pictures of Clark’s birthday banner tonight and kind of went crazy. These were shot in really low light (think dusk – when it seems like it’s not dark to your eyes, but to your camera, it’s pretty darn dark) and lightened with editing. Also, I under-exposed these more than I usually do (for the most part – not all of them) and I’m not sure that I dig it. Enjoy

Most people wouldn’t think the next one is beautiful, but I absolutely love it.