Sunday, August 17, 2014

Creating Art...Capturing Moments

A field...a canvas...jars of paint...a family. 

I call it a Love Canvas.

I've had this idea for a while, but getting the planets to align with everyone's schedule has been challenging. Of all the months in the year for the planets to align...August. (insert sigh...ugh...sigh here.)
But, it is what is is and I got the girls together early one morning to laugh, paint, create and capture.

The idea in my head was one thing...the reality...more than I expected. The girls had a blast! I got quite the workout running hither and yon dodging the paint with my camera. The little girls even got to splatter paint white sneakers to keep.

The images near the end of the little girls laying on the white sheet are some of my favorites! These were done a bit later in our backyard. It was getting crazy hot and the big girls had to run off...Busy girls! Getting "real" giggling makes for some awesome moments. An added bonus...I got my fence painted!!
(Don't tell anyone...but I just might love the fence more. J )

Love now hangs in our dining room.
(Let me know if you want one for YOUR dining room!)


And I almost know I HAD to do a VIDEO!! J

BONUS...I got my fence painted too!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Unscripted Exploring with Kids | South Florida Photographer

I love these moments. Unscripted. Childhood. Moments....Childhood happening.

I so enjoy photographing my girls and capturing beautiful moments in the process. It makes my heart swell...truly. This time we're on vacation, enjoying a great day out exploring. I was thinking, "Maybe I can get a nice portrait. All of them participating in a smile."

But, walking up and down the beach, picking up sticks, trying to catch crabs and stacking was all we needed. Just part of exploring with your kids and enjoying your time with them.

As a photographer...and a mom, I occasionally I add some words of encouragement for YOUR own photographic efforts. Sometimes I'll challenge you (yeah, there with the camera) to take a different look at how you see photos and hopefully taking pictures yourself.
I posted some of these recently on Facebook with a bit of a statement:

Yeah, I said blurry is OK.
I believe telling the story is MORE important than having "technically" perfect images. The movement of the girls digging in the sand or walking across a fallen tree. That's more important. The story of our day is what I'm capturing.
Think about telling a story the next time you pick up your camera, and maybe not so much about everyone smiling looking at the camera. (Or god forbid...saying "Cheese.")

I LOVE the first group of images...not one of them is looking at me. This was actually towards the end of the afternoon...they were getting tired.

Another favorite is the one of my youngest laying on the tree branch...oh my heart.

Her sisters were busy running over, under and around the fallen trees that were scattered on the beach. And she's simply laying on the tree.
So, I ask her, "What are you doing?"
She replied in a very quiet, still voice, "I'm listening to the ocean with the tree. I could sleep here like they do."

Like I said, oh my heart.




Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Flags & Fireworks - A Fabulous 4th of July

We've made a tradition of heading north every year to visit with family and friends in the oldest city, St. Augustine. Every year we have the MOST amazing vantage point across from the Fort Castillo de San Marcos across the Matanzas River. It never disappoints. This year was no exception.

Every year I'm afforded the opportunity to experiment and stretch my creativity with the fireworks. (See some previous years work at the bottom of the post.)

This year one of my girls was happy to pose with our nation's flag for some truly beautiful images. Yeah...I'm saying it out loud...THESE ARE GORGEOUS!



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