Tuesday, August 30, 2011

i heart faces/white.

Eyes full of tears.
She had been looking at him...then I asked her to turn and look at me.
Enough said.

I follow a blog called i heart faces  that offers all kinds of help and encouragement to photographers.
They also provide a weekly challenge.
Although I've never entered before, when I saw that this week's theme was {white}, I couldn't resist.
Hop on over to  i heart faces and see some amazing work!

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project 52/34.

From this day forward.
Kelly and Jordan
August 21, 2011

More pics to come.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

curse broken.

 Whenever we schedule a time to take pictures of the Larsens, the weather refuses to cooperate.
It seems we're cursed.
This day was no different. 
An hour and a half before this shoot, it was pouring down rain.
And buckets.
But just in time, it miraculously cleared up.
The grass was still soggy, but we didn't care too much!
The curse was broken.

This is one of my favorite families on the planet.
They are strong and beautiful.
Inside and out.
I am blessed to call them friends.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

project 52/33.

{slow down and look back}
When my son was a little boy, we were vacationing in Colorado
and he urged me to look back to get a better view of the majestic Rockies.
"Look behind you, Mommy, and you will be joyful."
His words have been tucked away in my heart ever since.

He left for his final year of college this week.
As I tidied up (as all mothers must do after their children leave home),
I found, in penmanship so much like his dad's, the words to a song he had written the week before.
And so I sat down and did what that boy had told me to do years ago.
I looked back
I was joyful.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

blue eyes, big smile.

 Kelly has both gorgeous blue eyes and a smile that lights up her face! 
With a busy senior year ahead of her, she can check senior pictures off her list.
The weather was perfect, and I think we caught some great shots!

We met on ISU's quad just in time to beat the students who'll be returning this week.
 and a few shots in downtown Bloomington...
 In the hood...

Best wishes for a fabulous senior year, Kelly!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

a tale of two sisters.

 It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.
-Charles Dickens

Once upon a time, there were two sisters named Brie and Kaylee. 
They were both very beautiful and quite brilliant as well. 
But the best thing about these two sisters was how well they loved each other. 
You could look high and you could look low,
but none could be found who had such a strong sisterly love.
They shared childhood secrets, toys, toothpaste and the common cold.
They laughed at each others' jokes and cared about each others' needs.
As Kaylee followed in Brie's footsteps,
Brie said, "I'll show you the way."
All too soon, the time came for Brie to leave home
to further her studies at a fine institution of higher learning.
Meanwhile, Kaylee was also embarking on a new journey in secondary school.
"Two freshmen?"
'Tis true.
And so, as one leaves the other,
it will be sad for a season.
But take heart, dear sisters,
You'll never be able to stay apart for too long.
For you love each other far too much to let that happen.

I'm not sure what just came over me.
Dickens has nothing to worry about, that's for sure!
I just felt like these two needed a little fairy tale in their honor.
They are "super sisters"...best friends to the end!
And if you can't tell...I'm pretty fond of them!

 Let's get serious...

 Mmmm...gorgeous light....gorgeous girls...
There is no better friend than a sister. And there is no better sister than you.
 ~Author Unknown

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

project 52/32.

(favorite time of day}

Fresh Start of a New Day.
You can't see it, but the coffee's cookin'.

Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:22,23

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Sunday, August 7, 2011

project 52/31.

Sunset Cruise.

I thought this would be the perfect choice for my project 52 entry for the theme {sky}.
Two problems:
First, there are parameters on when the shot has to be taken,
and this was taken four hours too early.
Second, I didn't take this picture, my husband did.
Double bummer.

And so the week spun by and alas, I never took any pictures of the sky.
So I took a different perspective.

Look to the Sky (or Sky in Her Eyes).

It may be a stretch.
I'm okay with that.

Friday, August 5, 2011


Everything about their lives has changed.
Abby and Andy have gone from parenting one child to three.
Elly has become a big sister.
Mercy and Silas?
From poverty to riches.
No longer orphans.
New lives.
New names.
New family.
New home.
New futures.

It's a picture of what God has done for us by adopting us into His family.

I come from an adopted family.
I have no biological connection to my parents.
Yet, when I was growing up,
people often said,
"You look just like your dad."
That's what the love of a good father does.
It causes the children to become like him.

I pray that for these precious ones...
that they will become like their father and mother
who desire more than anything to become
like their heavenly Father.

More changes ahead...
Count the number of fingers on Abby's belly.
It doesn't take an advanced degree to figure out the message.
Baby number four will arrive in late February.
God's humor is as extravagant as His grace.

Elly looks like she's doing her own counting...

Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he,
I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you;
I will sustain you and I will rescue you.
Isaiah 46:4

Thursday, August 4, 2011

mr. poopy pants.

No, he didn't poop his pants...that I know of, at least! 

I've been taking pictures of Wells' cousin Fallon for quite some time.
He and his mommy were visiting from North Carolina, so we arranged a six month session.
Though he didn't need much coaxing to put on the big grins, his mommy and aunt only needed to call him
"Mr. Poopy Pants,"
and we were all in stitches.
Let the good times roll!


Sizzling summer heat could not keep three generations of Shaws from gathering for family pictures. 
With lovely smiles on their faces, Grandpa and Grandma Shaw sat front and center.
If only they'd known what was going on behind them!

Shaw brothers and their families...

Twenty people.
Facing the same direction.
Look natural.

Newly engaged:  Barton and Libby 

 Sweet, sweet kiddos!

For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Psalm 100:5