Black

As spring awakens bursting forth in color and vibrance here in South-Central PA, it seems strange to be focusing on a color that typically signifies lifelessness. What a joyful challenge for me to capture and share the extent of this color. It’s in the shadows, in the contrast, that the richness and depth of growth and vitality are demonstrated. I’m particularly struck at how in these still springtime images, one can detect movement and spirit.

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This post is part of the Artist Inspired Blog Circle series. Follow the links for more amazing visions of the theme, “Black.” Next up is the talented artist, Ceri Herd of Ceri Herd Photography – Click HERE to enjoy the beauty she has shared.

The Artists Inspired Blog Circle is made up of an exceptionally talented group of photographers from all walks of life, from all over the world. They are wives, mothers, friends, daughters and visual storytellers who draw from their own experiences to create art that is inspiring, unique, beautiful and thought-provoking.

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Connection

A bit of vulnerability. A bit of risk. A bit of freedom. All these feelings combine in my creation of self-portraits. It’s a method by which I not only express my inner realities but also connect to my current external circumstances.

My hope is not only that these images are relatable, but that they also evoke emotion and wonder. For, as an artist, it is one of the highest compliments to know that our still image, captured in a fraction of a second, created feeling and connection in the hearts of viewers.

I would LOVE to hear which (if any) of these you connected with and why. We all have a story… ❤

For this series I used the natural light from one window on a rainy Friday afternoon. My 6 year old was sent home from school with pink eye so she was my “assistant” (and then hopped in the frame at the end). I used 3 different lenses as well as some smoke from a fog machine for some unique effects. ❤

I began with the Canon 24-70 2.8 and a bit of movement.

I’m so happy my hair is long again. Ahhhh…

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I have joined a group of photographers, Share Six, who blog 6 images on the 6th of each month with unique monthly themes. Please click HERE for Katherine of Cobert Photography‘s interpretation of this months theme. Then, follow around the circle for even more beauty and creativity. ❤

Join us for this month’s theme by posting your Connection images on our Facebook page at Share Six  and to our Instagram gallery, by tagging #sharesix and #sharesix_connection. A new theme will come out on May 6th.

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Green

Perfect timing. The landscape is slowly shifting from its neutrals of winter to the renewal of springtime life. With it comes a gradual development of green surrounding us. Revival. Rebirth.

❤ Warning: this post may include a ridiculous amount of photographs. ❤

I’ll begin with my bi-weekly purchase of flowers from Aldi. ❤

My mother began hyacinth (my favorite spring bulb) in vases for the kids. I’m pretty sure I’m enjoying them just as much as they are!

Mark had off work on a glorious spring day so we headed to the mountains. So much life bursting forth in the incredible sunlight.

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That evening we took in the warm breeze at a local park.

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And Saint Patrick’s Day is pretty special around here. My husband’s ancestry combined with some super special birthdays (one of my dearest friends and my daughter, Miriam!) and an incredible story of faith in action really bring this day to life. We have LOTS of St. Patty’s decor and accessories put into good use by my dear family. (Naturally needed to be photographed! 😉

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This post is part of the Artist Inspired Blog Circle series. Follow the links for more amazing visions of the theme, “Green.” Next up is the talented artist,  Ceri of Ceri Herd Photography. Click HERE to  enjoy the beauty she has shared.

The Artists Inspired Blog Circle is made up of an exceptionally talented group of photographers from all walks of life, from all over the world. They are wives, mothers, friends, daughters and visual storytellers who draw from their own experiences to create art that is inspiring, unique, beautiful and thought-provoking.

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Restore

Restore. Renew. Bring back.

For me it was a brief retreat. A short drive after school drop-off to our local State Park on an unseasonably warm winter’s day in South-Central PA. A time to breathe. A moment to reflect. An occasion to move. An opportunity to create in creation.

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I have joined a group of photographers, Share Six, who blog 6 images on the 6th of each month with unique monthly themes. Please click HERE to Ceri of Ceri Herd Photography‘s interpretation of this months theme. Then, follow around the circle for even more beauty and creativity. ❤
Join us for this month’s theme by posting your Restore images on our Facebook page at Share Six  and to our Instagram gallery, by tagging #sharesix and #sharesix_restore. A new theme will come out on April 6th.

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Red

I’m so thankful for this monthly project to keep me blogging! Since I’m such a blogging slacker I combined 2 posts in one. 7 images each.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, here’s a bit of sisterly love ❤

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Lately during our much-needed breaths of fresh winter air, I’ve been taking my Lensbaby Velvet 56 – it’s so much lighter (my neck and back are thanking me!) and I love the dreamy effect. It creates a bit of wonder to a walk to the playground.

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I remembered that I played soccer back in the day – ha! And now that I’m feeling well, it’s so freeing to join in the family game. ❤

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Big sister gives her sick bro a ride. How did she get tall enough to push a stroller?!? And I told you we need some fresh air. Whew!

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This post is part of the Artist Inspired Blog Circle series. Follow the links for more amazing visions of the theme, “Red.” Next up is the talented artist,  Rachel Haynes of Rachel Cathleen Photography  – enjoy the beauty she has shared.

The Artists Inspired Blog Circle is made up of an exceptionally talented group of photographers from all walks of life, from all over the world. They are wives, mothers, friends, daughters and visual storytellers who draw from their own experiences to create art that is inspiring, unique, beautiful and thought-provoking.

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Grey

 

Fact: It’s January. Fact: I live in South-Central Pennsylvania. Fact: Last year at this time we were gearing up for the biggest snow storm in my memory. Fact: I love sunshine. Sun rays, flare, silhouettes, shadows are my jam.

So here we are, in the middle of winter. Unexpectedly, we were blessed with an unseasonably balmy day: breeze, clouds, warmth. Despite my propensity to seek and capture gorgeous rays of light in my photography, I couldn’t resist the fresh air.

We walked in muck. Ran through the field. There were a few tears. A bit of bribery. 2 snacks. But by the end we were laughing and neither of us wanted to leave.

Embrace the grey.

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“Mommy, look! Weeds! I love weeds! Can I run in the weeds?” Why yes you can, my son. Any time, buddy.

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Finding beauty in the grey.
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This post is part of the Artist Inspired Blog Circle series. Follow the links for more amazing visions of the theme, “Grey.” Next up is the talented artist, Ceri Herd – enjoy the beauty she has shared.

The Artists Inspired Blog Circle is made up of an exceptionally talented group of photographers from all walks of life, from all over the world. They are wives, mothers, friends, daughters and visual storytellers who draw from their own experiences to create art that is inspiring, unique, beautiful and thought-provoking.

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White

For this month’s blog circle, “white” is the themed color. As the white lights twinkle in my home and throughout the community, I’m struck by the nature of light.

It is here that I find my inspiration for this post. For, photography requires light. It’s what defines, shapes, leads, and creates a photograph. Embracing the elements, envision water, in its various forms and illuminated, captured still.

I’m often astonished at how the light, that appeared as white or colorless to the human eye, becomes the full spectrum of colors through the lens. I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to experience God’s creation in this magical and deep way.

May these images cause you to pause. To reflect. To embrace the wonder in your immediate surroundings. To share thankfulness. And please share in the comments below which, if any, of these images spoke to your heart and why?

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This post is part of the Artist Inspired Blog Circle series. Follow the links for more amazing visions of the theme, “White.” Next up is the talented artist, Ceri Herd – enjoy the beauty she has shared.

The Artists Inspired Blog Circle is made up of an exceptionally talented group of photographers from all walks of life, from all over the world. They are wives, mothers, friends, daughters and visual storytellers who draw from their own experiences to create art that is inspiring, unique, beautiful and thought-provoking.

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