clarity…

it never ceases to amaze me how clear things become when you step away from your daily routine and surroundings. Tom took the day off on Friday and we drove to Kearney to take photos. It was a beautiful day for a roadtrip! I brought a couple of magazines I was wanting to look at, a notepad (always!) and the novel I’ve been reading-Heart and Soul ┬áby Maeve Binchy. I finally finished the book, which is a typical Maeve Binchy tale, with LOTS of characters interwoven in a cozy Irish setting. But for most of the drive, we just had casual conversation, and took in the splendor of spring with new baby calves, blooming ditchweeds, quaint (and not so quaint) farmsteads and a constant battle of radio control. I didn’t pull my camera out to document any of the sights….which I usually regret after the fact.

I woke up early Saturday and went to the spring flea market. Which was a bit of a disappointment. The only thing I bought was a Blue Willow platter for my mom. She wants to re-do her living room in blue and white, so I’ve been collecting assorted blue and white transferware plates for a wall grouping. We hope to take a trip to Nell Hill’s to find furniture….still working on Dad. After the flea market, I had a wonderful day full of photoshoots! It feels like winter is officially over now!

Yesterday, we went to church, celebrated Trev’s graduation, and came home for some much needed time in our nest. We had an eclectic dinner (Tom had breakfast, I had an avocado and cheese quesadilla) and then we settled in to watch the finale of Survivor. We thought it was a good season overall and we were glad that Sandra won, rather than Parvati or Russell. Brooke and Grey brought us each a homemade cinnamon roll at 10 pm…which I ate every bite of! I ate pretty unhealthy all weekend, so it’s back on-track today!

Tonight I’m making pasta with tomatoes, spinach and blue cheese. Yum! Last week, I made an Asian chicken salad that I thought I would share the recipe for, but after spending over 2 hours prepping, decided I won’t even bother….way too labor intensive and time consuming. It was tasty, just not sure it was worth all the work.

So on Friday, I photographed Owen and Lucy. Lucy was only 9 days old-can you say perfection? I snapped a few photos of Owen before he went down for a nap (Torri needs to share her secret for getting an almost 2 year old to go down so willingly!), then I focused on the newborn shots of Lucy.

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img_0296-web Shooting on location in people’s homes can be challenging, because you just don’t know what the available light will be. Not to worry in this case! I was happy to see their entryway was flooded with beautiful light, even when it clouded over.

img_0344-web Getting a shot of an almost 2 year old and a newborn can be tough. I never promise that I can make it happen…but I try. Owen did great, even though it was naptime!

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I realize that it’s not just that I love to take photos…it’s so much more than that. I love that I get to connect with lovely people and provide them with images of the times of their lives. I also realize that the images become a part of not only their history…it’s also that they are able to share who they are with anyone who comes in their home, as well as enjoying them each time they walk by a wall grouping or portrait. I wish I were better with words….but I guess if I can convey something through the images I take, that is more important.

Two really special people have birthdays today! Our daughter-in-law Beth and one of my favorite cousins Emma! Beth is one of my favorite DILs too : ) I hope you both have a great and memorable birthday! Love you to pieces!

God bless each of you!

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  • May 17, 2010 - 2:06 pm

    Leonie-Australia - Beautiful photos Becky, how cute does that little guy look in that blue shirt? Have a lovely day.

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