Turquoise

Photographs tell stories. No words, void of descriptors, simply snapshots in time. Here’s one. Imagine what you will about the environment, the sounds, the conversations… What do you feel? Because part of the beauty of photography is creating art that evokes and connects to emotion and memories and experiences of the viewer. ❤

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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, “Turquoise.” 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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Dreamy

I have never considered myself much of a “dreamy” photographer – I’ve always aired on the side of contrasty, shadowy, and daily lifey (yeah, I know, not a word ;). Yet, at times when I use my Lensbaby Velvet 56 (a “creative” lens), it adds a “dreamy” feel and I find myself moved and inspired. For it’s almost in what is left out: the clarity, the crispness, the detail, I find intrigue and wonder. 2017-6-Dreamy-Blog-96282017-6-Dreamy-Blog-98242017-6-Dreamy-Blog-02942017-6-Dreamy-Blog-01132017-6-Dreamy-Blog-98502017-6-Dreamy-Blog-0261

I am part of a group of photographers, Share Six, who blog 6 images on the 6th of each month with unique monthly themes. Please click HERE for our guest blogger, Ellie of Live Life Inspired‘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 Dream/Dreamy images on our Facebook page at Share Six  and to our Instagram gallery, by tagging #sharesix and #sharesix_dream #sharesix_dremay. A new theme will be posted on July 6th.

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Purple

Hyacinth is my very most favorite fragrant spring flower. It’s scent transports me to springtimes of my childhood – every opportunity I had, I inhaled deeply the rich yet sweet aroma. And sometimes photography nudges me back to those places: kneeling (ok, for some of these I was lying) in the mud, surrounded by raindrops and color, birds and breaths, blessed to witness and capture God’s creation…

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First thing she says when she hops off the school bus, “Mom! Can we pick those flowers now!?!?!” Ok, darlin’. ❤ 2017-5-Purple-69622017-5-Purple-6965

Daddy rolls up on his motorcycle just in time to be a designated flower-holder 😉

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Because they are just as sweet and lovely inside as they are out. Just like my Miriam. ❤

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(All of these images were taken with the Lensbaby Velvet 56 – for inquiring minds 🙂

This post is part of the Artist Inspired Blog Circle series. Follow the links for more amazing visions of the theme, “Purple.” 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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Street Photography

While the definition of “Street Photography” is highly debated, my simplistic view of it is capturing life while walking down the sidewalk. 🙂 Typically with street photography you’ll see candid shots of people or things in city environments. With this general background as inspiration I took a stroll with my family into our downtown. What I love is how a street on which I drive every. day. can look so drastically different when I slow down, change my view, and appreciate the subtleties, light, and colors that emerge. No scripting of my crew, no plans in place, just capturing the world as we walk.

{Note: it’s practically impossible to narrow down street scenes to 6 photos. So here you have 6 x 3 – do the math 😉 }

And if you are interested on the last time I did this, check out this blog post

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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 Claire of Wilhelmina 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 Street images on our Facebook page at Share Six  and to our Instagram gallery, by tagging #sharesix and #sharesix_street. A new theme will come out on June 6th.

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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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