Photo Story Friday: Two Minutes

  • July 17, 2014 11:27 pm

I read recently that every two minutes, we take more pictures than all the people on earth did in the 19th century combined.

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Sounds about right.

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Photo Story Friday: Reward

  • July 11, 2014 12:15 am

I spent the better part of the week at Girls’ Camp for our church. It was crazy busy, blisteringly hot, completely exhausting…

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…and ridiculously rewarding.

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Photo Story Friday: Drops

  • July 4, 2014 12:06 am

“You are not a drop in the ocean.
You are the entire ocean in a drop.”
~ Rumi

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Photo Story Friday: Blessed

  • June 27, 2014 8:10 am

In a little over a week, I’ve been to Portland for three days, done seven family shoots, a 3 month shoot, a 1 year shoot, and archival and promotional images for a play. I’ve also watched my 15 month old nephew since Sunday, helped with my sister’s kids after her surgery, sent my two older kids off to a youth conference (Gracie for one day, Isaac for three) and had play dates at the house.

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Honestly, I feel like I haven’t gotten a thing done (if you saw my house, you’d agree).

I’d love to say that things will go back to normal, but they won’t. Not anytime soon. Next week I have two family sessions, an engagement session, and a wedding consult. Then Gracie and I go to girls’ camp with our church for 4 days.

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A few lazy days of Summer would be nice.

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Until then though, I think I need to focus on how all of that up there proves that I am a pretty blessed girl.

P.S. I realize these pictures don’t have much to do with my post, but they’re the only non client pictures I’ve taken this week. And isn’t her new haircut so cute?!

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Photo Story Friday: Imperfect

  • June 12, 2014 11:03 pm

After a particularly exhausting week at work (back to back to back days of getting up at 4 AM after very few hours of sleep), I admit that one of the last things I wanted to do last night was go to the park. After an hour an a half there, it still wasn’t high on my list of things I wanted to be doing (sleeping in my bed, however, WAS).

Thank heaven for little moments that make wildly imperfect days a little brighter.

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Photo Story Friday: Not So White

  • June 5, 2014 10:25 pm

It’s day four of Summer, and the white of her new swimming suit is already leaning toward the not-so-white side of things because she insists on wearing the thing every. day. She even wears it under her clothes on days we’re not planning any sort of water activities “just in case”.

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But honestly, as long as she plays in this kind of light, her living in her not-so-white anymore swimming suit is kind of totally okay with me.

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Photo Story Friday: Slice

  • May 29, 2014 4:36 pm

We left a day late.

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When we got there, we discovered we’d booked the campsite for the wrong weekend (thank goodness for a helpful camp host. So much for planning ahead).

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It rained.

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But only the first day. The next day we all got sunburned (darn those deceptive clouds).

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We caught a grand total of zero fish.

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We had to drive over an hour into town to get aloe, ketchup, water, and forks (in typical Cook family fashion, when we got there, we realized we’d brought no drinking water and only one fork. Who brings ONE fork??).

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So much didn’t go exactly as planned. Clearly there was a lot that wasn’t planned. But there is a blissful contentedness in a few days of tent sleeping, burned marshmallows, and all three of my kids giggling in the back seat over their dad singing the wrong words to a Van Morrison song.

This weekend was a little slice of happy.

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Photo Story Friday: Childhood

  • May 23, 2014 12:20 am

A few months ago, after I told her for the sixth time, at least, to wash her face and arms (the kid has the dirtiest forearms of anyone I know), she quipped,

“You know what? Sometimes, my teacher tells me to wash my face too.”

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I laughed.

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During a field trip to a local farm, after trying to spit clean a streak of dirt that ran from her forehead to her chin, I mentioned it to Mrs. Westwood.

She laughed.

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“There are days she comes in from recess looking like she did somersaults in the dirt!”

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She probably did.

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Her hands are always filthy. Her nails are never clean. Her crazy sense of style is always capped off with a hole in the knee of her pants and her shoe laces untied. If she isn’t digging in the grass, she’s creating a new masterpiece.

If there isn’t a streak of dirt on her chin, there’s a spot of paint on her cheek.

She’s messy and chaotic and tenacious. And she is a bright spot.

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Last week, my little bright spot turned seven.

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For the last seven years, I have been reminded constantly that there is an insane amount of beauty in the very basics of life. That childhood is a fascinating wonder.

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What a joy it has been. What a joy it is.

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Photo Story Friday: Fishing

  • May 15, 2014 10:52 pm

“Fishing is boring,
unless you catch an actual fish,
and then it is disgusting.”
~Dave Barry

On most days, I must admit that I agree with Mr. Barry on the subject of fishing.

But on days like this one, when there’s a sort of magic in the air that only seems to happen on spontaneous, fly by the seat of your pants kind of afternoons, fishing suddenly becomes a little bit beautiful (me being able to get a whole boatload of freelensing in didn’t hurt either).

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Oh, they fish too.

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At the two places we stopped that day, and the hours we spent on the shore, they caught a grand total of nothing.

Nothing you can put on a plate, anyway.

What we did catch though, I’ll take over a trout fillet any day.

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Photo Story Friday: Mush

  • May 8, 2014 10:24 pm

So my brains fell out and I missed last week. In my defense…well, I really don’t have a great excuse. Between lots of (super fun) senior sessions, late shifts at the hotel and all the projects and field trips and activities that seem to be crammed into the last month of school, my mind is mushy.

I completely forgot on Thursday night. On Friday morning I spent a few hours staring at my computer screen, blinking. I had TONS of pictures to blog about, and a kind of amazing family day of awesome to go with it…but my mushy brain took over and eventually I closed my laptop and let it go for a week.

I had great intentions to make it up to myself this week. And like I said, I have some great pictures and a great story to go with them. But here I am again, at 10 PM on Thursday night after getting home from yet another school activity that ran long, and I feel like I can’t do it all justice.

So I’ve decided to let my mushy brain take over again.

Luckily though, this week I have a picture that can kind of stand on its own. I do love having a kid whose gears I can see turning the second she sees an umbrella (and who is willing to leap around in the drizzle for a bit while I struggle to find focus free lensing).

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Until next week, when hopefully I’ll be a little more solid, have a great weekend everyone!

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