I had the pleasure of photographing these two lovely young women (tweens) this past weekend at the beach. Both were absolutely stunning and, while we had a time of chasing light to get things right, it turned out well-worth the chase. Such beautiful young women.
I haven't posted anything in awhile because I've been so busy with my photography and other things - and before I realized it, days/weeks have passed by. We are already headed into February! Wow. . .
I have started a couple new things this year, one being a Project 52 on Flickr. I usually do a 52 project every year with my oldest son, but this year I decided to include others in it, as well. So far it's been a real blast to see how differently everyone on it interprets and shoots the prompts. This weeks prompt is "Something You Collect". I have unfortunately run into a bit of snag on this one, as I don't really collect anything - except for dead flowers to photograph - so I will use that. Hmph. . . But I've really enjoyed having more than just my son and I on the 52 this year. You can find the link here to take a peek at what we're all doing over on the Project 52. http://www.flickr.com/groups/2483477@N21/
I've also started a Pinterest board. Well, I actually started one a long time ago but never 'pinned' anything to it. Ha ha. . . I've actually pinned some things there lately and must admit I love how the boards from others there have and do inspire me. A wonderful thing is Pinterest, so I am discovering lately. Here's my link in case you're interested in seeing my collage of "this & that".
And that's all, folks. Really nothing big to tell - only that I've been busy with work and house and kids and life. Lovely, really. So far the new year has brought only blessings my way and I am grateful for that. I hope you're all doing well, staying warm, enjoying the winter season, smiling a lot, feeling joyful, and dreaming big.
I am always amazed by how quickly the sun sets once it begins its decent. What's more amazing to me is how once it does set, that that's it, there will never be another sunset like it ever again. Tonight as I was finishing up my walk along the beach, I hurried to my car to grab my camera so that I could get a shot of it before it disappeared forever. As I stood in the middle of the sand and took my shot, I was reminded of a quote by Buddha: "Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment." It made me smile.
Wishing you all a peaceful week of living in the Present Moment - aka - The Now.
Ah yes.... It is that time of year again where we must choose a word to help guide and represent us for the year ahead. So, for 2014 I have chosen the word *Fear-less*. The reason being simply because I have walked through my life fearing too much - and now feel the need to be lighter in spirit so as to nurture my soul better. I need this.
So... I spent New Years Eve in downtown with my family yesterday. We had a great time people watching, eating, enjoying music and all the wonderful NYE festivities. It was a brilliant way to end the year and welcome in a new one. I ended up taking some shots I'd normally not take, but really wanted to try on my new word for size - so stepped completely out of my comfort zone and took the shots you see below. Ha ha! Felt rather wonderful to be honest. I like my new word a lot. We're going to get along just fine this year.
So, CHEERS to 2014 and to my new word. And, Thank you, 2013, for everything you've given me the past year, the heavy and the light. I am grateful for it all.
Wishing you the best year ahead, whoever you are reading this right now,
do what makes you happy,
express yourself in ways that feel right for you personally,
be kind to yourself and others,
and dream big!
Fearless Photo #1
I happened to be crossing the street when I saw this license plate and my *fearless* side came out. I stopped dead center in front of their car and took a few shots. Afterwards the man smiled and waved big to me, but the ladies? Not so much. Ha ha ha. Oh well...
Fearless Photo #2
This sweet couple you see pictured above were walking across the street in front of me when I happened to notice the mans really cool Minolta camera, so I asked him (which is something I NEVER do), if I could take his photograph? He obliged and even smiled HUGE for me. I was so happy. Ha ha... :)
Thanking all the wonderful people above, even the grouchy ladies [maybe I was a sign sent to them for them to lighten up a bit themselves?], for helping me break in my new word yesterday. I had fun and I really enjoyed ringing in the new year amongst them all. I wish them the best year ever, too!
This is the second to the last photograph I took this year. I will put away my camera now and rest until the new year comes - and then after that I must shoot something 'macro' for the up coming years '52 Photographs Project' I've decided to do again [okay, okay ... so I fell a wee bit behind on last years 52 project- by about 20-something weeks or so], but anyway... this is the second to the last photo I took this year - and I made sure I took it while at the beach - a place I feel most at home at than any other.
Its almost over now. 2013. Wow.
It makes me feel both happy and sad. Melancholic in a way I guess would be the perfect description of how I'm feeling today. But you know, I had a great year, very successful in many ways, and even though I did suffer a few bumps and bruises along the way, and made some mistakes and let frustration [my own personal worst enemy] get the best of me at times, I'd have to say that all in all it was a good year for me despite the fact. I think it's important to acknowledge and say, too, that I am and will always remain grateful to all those who played a part in it and in the evolvement of me. Thank you, 2013.
I thought of this quote just now while writing; its one of my favorites and seems appropriate for this time of year:
"To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one’s self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived—this is to have succeeded."
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
Wishing you all a very Happy, Successful, Prosperous, Kind, Loving, Joyful New Year. Remember, its the heart that really matters in the end.
See you all next year. LOL... I love saying that. So dumb, I know. ;)