Monday, October 22, 2012

Lifestyle Portraits: Sisters

     Last weekend I had a super fun time taking photos of my best friend and her sister. We searched for a beautiful park to take fall portraits, and when we finally found one we packed our things in the car and drove up. After driving in circles to what seemed like the same road for a bit....we finally found the entrance. But boy was the scenery worth it. It was a beautiful clear day, and when I saw the gorgeous field with Willow trees and the beautiful colored flowers I seriously just wanted to ride my horse and let the wind whip through my hair....well if I had a horse I would soo do that I meant. =) 
     They had me laughing the entire time with their sibling quirks and they photographed so well! They definitely worked it and used their smizing potential at this photo shoot. ;) Here are a few of my favorites from the session...Enjoy!

Beautiful Smile!
Simply stunning. 
Sister silliness throughout the session made photographing them so much fun!
Beautiful girls!
Just hanging by a tree lookin' all know how it is ;)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Home Baked Goodness

     Around this time of the year when the weather starts to become cooler, and the days become shorter I find a sudden desire to find a new recipe and bake. Whether it be the cozy home feeling it brings, or perhaps the lovely aroma of cinnamon that it whisks around the rooms, it has become a pleasurable activity to do. Since apples are in season, I found this Apple Cinnamon Upside-Down Cake recipe and thought it was perfect to try. Here are a few photos I snapped while making it. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Morning Dew

Sometimes inspiration can be found right in front of us, all we really have to do is look closer. The other morning I was reading a few pages from my book and took a peek outside to find everything was wet from the previous night's rain shower. I quickly put on my rain boots and took my camera outside to snap a few photos of the leaves with raindrops lingering on them. What I found instead left me utterly surprised, some of the flowers and plants that seemed limp and lifeless were actually so beautiful up close. Plants that one wouldn't even look twice at...turned into a beautiful painting full of vibrant colors and hues. This made me think of all the things we ourselves probably overlook everyday in our lives. What would we discover if we only took the time to look a little closer? Here are a few the photos I took...enjoy!!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Who We Are

       Sometimes I begin to think how would we have preserved our memories had photography not been invented. Years ago a painting would have depicted our life and who we were, perhaps even journals and letters. Photography has become such a wonderful tool to capture a moment in time. Today it is used almost everyday, every minute, every second to showcase the important moments in our lives. I find it incredible that within a snap of a button, a moment is in a sense frozen in time forever. Whatever it is that you are doing, what you are wearing, where you are, who you are with, will forever remain like that in the photograph. 
       When I was away in Italy visiting family this summer, I found an old suitcase and poured dozens of old photos out. I looked through photographs of my grandparents' wedding, my mother when she was my age, and I couldn't help but find a story within every one I came across. Even though I wasn't there to see what exactly was happening in the moment, the photographs were just so beautiful and almost seemed as if they were replaying that memory as I held them in my hands. It is hard to imagine our parents or even grandparents were once just like us, but within the photos I saw who they were. I saw what my mom loved, her happy moments, and in turn that made me so happy. In her I saw myself, and just thought how wonderful it is to have these memories that they captured, which I now was looking at. 
       To me photography is about remembering what things were like in all times of our lives. A photograph has the power to bring you back to that place, that memory can instantly replay in your mind as if it just happened yesterday. It is so beautiful to think one day my children will know who I was at their age, what I loved, who my friends were. We truly are fortunate to live during a time when technology makes it so easy to document a moment. When you have the chance, take the time to look at your family's photos, ask about the stories behind it. Here is a photo I snapped of some of the old photographs I found at my grandparent's home in Italy. Have a great weekend!