Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Sunday Macro

Easter is the perfect day to break out the macro lens.

One of the things I love about my macro lens, besides the fact that it challenges my skill, is that I really feel close to God through his creation.  When I'm spending time looking at the fine details of flowers I am reminded of his great love.

My God made this flower beautiful down to the stripes on it's petals - and he knows the number of stripes on ever petal.

How much more does he know me?  His love for me is greater than his love for this flower.  This flower makers me appreciate myself as part of God's creation - I am so thankful that he chose me to be his child.

God shows me his greatness in these petals.

I feel so close to Him when I look at this bright pink flower.  He created every detail.

Thank you, Lord, for taking my sin onto yourself.  Thank you for loving me before I was even known to this world. Thank you for your Spirit that dwells in my heart.  Thank you for saving me and loving me despite my sinful heart.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

A Few Macro Minutes Outside

Thursday morning, I was running out the back door to my car because I was late for work, when I stopped dead in my tracks - are those raindrops on the budding bush?  I went back inside, grabbed my macro lens and then was 30 minutes late for work.

I'm so thankful that my job has a flexible schedule.  I just couldn't resist spending some time with my camera, the bush in my backyard and the amazing drops of water covering the buds.

I love that my macro lens allows me to see things that I struggle to see with my own eyes.  I also love that it forces me to take pictures differently and know my camera better.

It was very dark that morning - that sun hadn't quite come up yet and it was very cloudy, but I knew if I wanted to take photos that droplets would be gone by the time I got home.

Look at the way water just hangs on.  It's simply amazing.

It was totally worth working a later than normal to have 15 minutes to capture a small piece of God's creation.

This one is my favorite.  I love the detail.  Isn't it amazing to see those perfectly round droplets of water?  I mean, c'mon. How cool is that?  I think I may need to frame this one.

Let the Grilling Begin!

Last weekend was our first Saturday of absolutely wonderful weather - beautiful sunshine and temps around 60 degrees.  Charlie and I took full advantage of the weather and took a walk.

I brought along my camera in hopes of finding something beautiful in the dead, brownness around us.  I'm sure there's someone out there that could make this brown world look amazing, but it's not me.

There are photos that I've taken that I am very proud of, that make my passion for photography stronger.  And then there's this - this brown, dead flower.  The photos that I love are of things that I am passionate about - Charlie, my family, color.

I think the reason I can't find beauty in this time of year is because I'm not passionate about it.  I love winter for the snow and I love spring for the color.  This in between time has none of that.

I may not have gotten any nice photos, but Charlie and I thoroughly enjoyed our walk (in between avoiding big dogs).

The best part about that beautiful Saturday was having a family dinner.  We grilled.  People, we grilled.  Nothing says spring like a burger hot off the grill.  It was so good.

Est and I stopped at Goodwill on the way to dinner and we hit the jackpot.  Est go an awesome set of horseshoes, I got the PERFECT mirror for my bathroom (for $7 I might add), we got Cam a bunch of tattoos and a little musical instrument for Han.  Seriously, JACKPOT!  Oh, and cups for Char.

For some reason, Dad always has the coldest hands and he likes to make everyone feel how cold they are.

This four year old is a shy guy.

Once the food was out the camera was put away and we all enjoyed a freshly grilled burger.

I love this weather.

A Weekend Sleepover

Char and Frank were out of town for a weekend, so we babysat the kiddoes for them.  The photos don't need a whole lot of explanation, so I'll keep my comments to a minimum.  Those big brown eyes speak for themselves.

We didn't spend the whole weekend in the kitchen, but we were in there quite a bit.  It's so fun to get to spend so much time with my niece and nephew.  I love that I get to live only 20 minutes from them.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Katie's Wedding Shower

On a surprisingly warm and sunny Saturday, we celebrated a beautiful bride who is one of my best friends.  The maid of honor (also the bride's sister) picked an amazing venue for the shower.  Aside from being absolutely gorgeous, it's also great for photos taking.

Here are all the bridesmaids.  We started the day by showing up early to decorate and lay out of the food.

Yeah, this is totally normal. 

The shower itself wasn't a surprise, but the venue was.  So Katie's mom blindfolded her for the ride and the walk up to the door.  Katie's eyes had a hard time adjusting to the bright sun and the snow, but once they did she was very excited.  And so were we!

Here are a few more photos from our little shindig.

Because the barn was already so gorgeous and had lights everywhere, we only needed a few decorations.  We decorated the table and hung this banner.

Aside from bringing drinks, this banner was my only job.  #bridesmaidfail.  Allow me to explain - I made this banner several weeks before the shower.  Once I made each letter, I laid them all out to make sure it actually spelled "he asked, she said yes".  I knew I had every letter.  I didn't string it all together because it would be hard to transport and I didn't know where it would be hanging.

Kristin and Christine were putting together the banner that morning and asked me if I had forgotten to give them a few letters.  Ah!  Two S's were missing.  So it would have read "he asked, she aid ye".  Ah!  Panic.  Panic.  Panic.  I immediately went into panic mode.  It was my one job!  How did I mess this up?

Thankfully, Kristin is calm under pressure.  She managed to make two S's in time for the shower.  Bridesmaid crisis averted.  You couldn't even tell.  Phew.

Randomly - still haven't found the two missing S's.  I'll probably find them in a couple of months in some weird place.  When I do, I will crumple them with joy for giving me so much stress.

I love this photo of Katie, Andy and Andy's mom, Beth.  I love that showers are a great excuse to pose for photos with everyone you know.

Like your Nana.

And a close friend.

And a bridesmaid.

And your mom.

And your aunts.

I love these wonderful people and I can't wait to celebrate their wedding.  Love you Kate and Andy!