Reed’s 6 Month Old Photo Session: First Look

Here is a quick look at Reed’s 6 Month photo session. More to come!

I couldn’t love this family more. :)


Interesting: Authentic Manhood

Kennon Vaughan writes a blog on ‘Authentic Manhood’ that a previous Journalism student of mine posted about. He shared this article and I found the ending particularly intriguing

The Gift of Responsibility

It is well documented that a larger and larger percentage of young men are not becoming men. They are not taking responsibility. They are not growing up. They are not showing initiative. I can’t help but wonder how many haven’t been given permission to make mistakes.

For others, making mistakes is the easy part. But when it comes time to own them, I see nothing but a tail tucked quietly between their legs, and the hope that someone else will clean up their mess. And sadly, someone does.

I’m all for grace, but grace should come after our willingness to own our mistakes, not in spite of it.

Fall Photography with Free-Lensing Technique

I was perusing the A Beautiful Mess blog today and came across this post on a photography technique used by Arrow & Apple Photography. Sarah, of A&A Photography, inspired me to try out free-lensing. This technique is about using your camera with the lens removed from the camera. While it was a little tricky to figure out at first, after about 15 pictures I got two that I really loved. If you’re intrigued, feel free to look at some of Sarah’s tips on this technique.

These two photos are straight out of the camera.. only resized. Saweet, right?! Have a great weekend. ♥ B

Wonderful Whimsical Wednesday

I started this post yesterday and finished it up today… so I’m still gonna consider it a Wednesday post :)

I haven’t consistently posted in a while and I’ll tell you why. This was a crazy summer filled with awesomeness and 35-45 hour work weeks with my internship with Mon County Habitat for Humanity. ‘This girl’ was put in charge of coordinating a triathlon! Now Internet, I’m not a runner. I ‘can’ run; I just hate it with a passion. My toe shoes (aka Vibrams) are changing that, somewhat, but I still dont enjoy running like the nutballs who claim to get a “runner’s high” from it. Anyhow, I’m not a runner, I have never coordinated any type of race before, yet participated in one, and here I am, running the entire thing! {Insert crazy woman photo here}

Needless to say, my organizational, multi-tasking, delegating, coordinating skills kicked in and we had a successful kid and adult races with over 350 participants and 150 volunteers. Along the way, though, I did manage to fit in some fun-time this summer. I…..

….went to a Pirates game

…..attended the Man’s graduation

……Watched/photographed these manly men at the Warrior Dash

….. ate along the Ohio River with some the lovely ladies who braved this mudpit with me

….. went on a couple random trips to Audra

…. ate a lot of cupcakes

…. went to the beach and go the bright idea that it’s be cheaper and fun to stay in a tent while there!

not the case! It rained, and pored, and had tropical storm worthy winds! The Man is actually INSIDE the tent holding it down from blowing away. It was a rough time and we only got about 2 non-rain hours on the beach before calling it quits and going home. I do love an adventure though!

…. got to play with this lil girl. A lot!

….. attended my first Seventh Day Baptist Conference. With this lil man (also his first conference).

…. went through a crazy random hail storm in AUGUST!

… dog sat

…. used my first bullhorn at the Triathlon

…. ate some amazing dinners

and… I rounded the whole thing off with a saweeet birthday!

with sweet jet black helmet presents with hot pink mohawks!

and color coded trashcans for recycling

and finally, sweet stuff from people who know the way to my heart… homemade baked goods! Snicker-doodle cookies by the Man, red velvet cookies with cream cheese filling and drizzled on top by my seester, and pumpkin cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting from my Mamma. Nums!

So there you have it… Summer 2012 in a condensed blog post. Have a Happy Thursday!

Angela Nicholson – Singer / Songwriter / Musician

My talented, good friend Angie asked me to take photos for the cover of her soon to be released CD. She’s been working so hard on putting everything together and I cant wait for it to be completed! Here’s a look at some of the photos from the day.

I love the 2 photos below. Candid ones are my absolute favorite, especially ones that document the result of my hilarity!

Did I mention that we took some of these pictures at a Castle?!? It was beautiful and provided several different ‘sets’ for us to work with.

Guitar + Field + gorgeous golden sunlight + feather earrings = saweetness


The last two are probably a couple of my very favorites from the day.

Thank you Angie for your patience, willingness to change in the car on a 90 degree day due to several rural settings, indulging my ideas, and allowing me to be a part of this process. I can’t wait until everything is complete and I can get my copy!