Saturday, May 29, 2010

The Tack Shop

There is a beautiful old store that stands abandoned along a main roadside in a neighboring town.  I love every ounce of this building.  It has such character.  Between it's weathered wood, peeling paint and aging emblem, I am completely drawn into this building.  Can you imagine the history that is forgotten within these walls?  As cars speed by, oblivious to its presence today, something about it simply and utterly captivates my attention.  I am sure one day a developer will come and tear it down.  I suppose you can't stop "progress" but I hope it stands for as long as possible in what is the disappearing history and ever changing landscape of our towns.

 Update:  I have heard today that quite possibly this building was recently torn down to make way for condos.  It may just be a rumor but, let me assure you, I will be checking into it!

A Sad Update:  Alas, it is true.  The beautiful Tack Shop, as rumored, has been demolished to make way for a new set of condos in Goochland.  As much as I wish I had more pictures (I only have this one), I am thankful that I snapped this shot while out and about one day in March 2010.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Father's Day is Quickly Approaching

So, what are you doing for Father's Day?  Did you ever make a little frame out of popsicle  sticks, twigs, sequins or something for your dad?  I remember gluing a picture to a slate stepping stone straight from our backyard, painting on the words "Happy Dad's Day". Genius!

There is not as much hype about Father's Day compared to Mother's Day, so I think dads often get kind of robbed of a well earned celebration.  I want to remind you that Father's Day is June 20 which is quickly approaching!  But I also want to let you know that there is still ample time to set up a time to take pictures that you can have in your hands in time to give to dear ol' dad as part of a Father's Day gift.  Or perhaps celebrating mom and dad is prompting a desire to finally get a family picture taken of the whole gang.  If you're interested in doing that, I am available and would love to take some pictures of the kiddos, the whole family, and whoever else.  Feel free to email me or leave a comment with your desire to put something together!

Remember these photo shoots are free and all I ask is that you share the opportunity with others.  The only cost to you is printing out any pictures you may like, through whichever company you use. I am not a professional but I will do my best to present you with many great images that capture sweet moments and the precious intricacies of relationships in a unique and, often times, a fun way. 

I would love to shoot families, children, those in love, mamas-to-be, newborns, your home, an open field, along the river walk, beside an old factory, on an old rusty tractor, in the hospital room, name it and I will try my best to accommodate. 

I leave you with one more new image, in color and in B&W. Which one do you like better?

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Additional Tanner Family Pictures

I will be sharing the remaining pictures from the Tanners here as I finish editing.  Hope you enjoy!

I enjoy these head and feet shots.  I think they would look neat with one on top of the other.

I love that Lydia has a hole in her jeans.  I love that the soccer ball adds a pop of color in the green grass.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Tanner Family

Can I just say how much I love this family?  They really are pretty amazing.  With a simple desire to practice taking pictures of someone other then my young'ns, I asked my friend (the Pastor's wife, or the First Lady), Megan, if I could steal her children away to take some pictures and amazingly she jumped at the idea.  Sweet!  So after tweaking our schedules, we decided to get up early and head over to this amazing lake near their home. I am in love with this lake.  It is beautiful, especially around 6:30 am or so.  Here are some unedited shots from the lake.

So the one day we decided to do this, happened to also be a morning in which it felt like winter again.  I didn't get the official temperature reading but it was somewhere in the 30's.  Although it made for quite a brisk morning for us, it made the lake especially dreamy with a beautiful layer of fog hugging the surface of the water.  The kids were A.W.E.S.O.M.E., cold, but awesome and super willing to do whatever crazy things I asked of them!

I have not nearly finished editing but I wanted to get something up for Megan to look through until I'm able to get her at least the top favorites!  Take a peak, enjoy, critique...I welcome your suggestions and thoughts.

Did you realize what a model you have on your hands?  He's legite!

Megan, thanks so much for letting me steal your kids away from their learning for 2 hours and for treating us all to doughnuts afterwards...what a great morning!  I can't tell you how much I enjoyed myself and your kids seriously rocked it out!  I hope you get some pics that you love!  I will continue to add more pictures as I finish editing them.  Love you girl!

Living Free Images

It is with great joy that I get this blog up and running.  I have always loved to take pictures of whatever I could get my camera focused on.  My husband blessed me with a Nikon D60 in 2008 and I don't think I know how to put it down!  I am addicted to trying to find new ways to capture each moment of life.  It all really started with taking pictures of my two children, but I have recently begun to seek other opportunities to practice and just honestly do what I enjoy.  I enjoy taking pictures of people, places and things but I seek to see past the obvious in order to capture the spirit, the emotion, and the untold or unseen stories.  If you think about it, we each have a story, even an old abandoned truck. There was a day when that truck stood new and shiny.  Perhaps a young family of humble means scraped together their money to purchase the truck they would use to lovingly tend to their apple orchard.  I imagine that purchasing this truck was a proud moment for that family and although that same truck now sits crowded by weeds, mirrors broken, paint rusting and chipped it was once a treasured possession.

I'm not here to make money although that would be nice.  I love to take pictures.  I love to learn all that my camera is capable of capturing, possibly it's greatest limitation being my own imagination.  I love that God can use a simple hobby for His glory, to minister to others, to bless a young family, and to even just enjoy the beauty of His creation while being constantly pointed back to the Amazing Author and Artist of All, the One True God.  So right now, I keep snapping pictures of the people I love, beautiful things I come across and any friends who will let me steal them away for a "photo shoot".  Who knows!  I hope God will use this to open doors for this hobby to be used to be a true blessing to others.  Perhaps to simply provide some neat family pictures or pictures of children beyond just Portrait Innovations (although they are pretty sweet too!). Or why not dream big!  Maybe I could take pictures that will be a blessing to Military families before their loved ones are shipped away to protect our nation and others around the globe or maybe God will position me to take pictures of children with terminal illnesses or those undergoing chemotherapy, to glam them up, let them enjoy life as the children that they are and have a fun filled time hamming it up for the camera like a true star or perhaps to take family pictures of missionaries who are preparing to head to another part of the globe to reach the lost for Christ!  Oh God is so big, I have no doubt He could take this wherever I will obediently and humbly follow.  I know I'm getting more and more excited writing about it, so let's all see where God will take this!  Keep smiling, you never know where the camera will end up next!