This couple was just so extremely excited to become parents. I loved the way they looked at each other, so full of love and anticipation. They’ve since had their little baby boy and I can’t wait to share those photos, but first…their loving maternity session.
Being mowed over and licked by giant, loving dogs. Insanely huge balloons accidently let go too soon. Amazing acerage for a little boy to grow up in. This was a wonderful session. I can’t wait to show you the rest of the images soon :)
One of my favorite things to do at the beginning of the school year is purchase new notebooks and binders for the kids. Empty when first chosen, then decorated with glue and magazine cut outs of their favorite animals, those 1″ three ring binders will house their entire school year. I imagine them filled to the brim with drawings, art pieces and self published books. Throughout the year I will have to throw away quite a few pieces of paper that they may deem treasures, but usually if I ask them and they can’t remember why they drew it in the first place, it isn’t a treasure after all.
I remember decorating my own binder as a child. One year I think I glued a cheetah on the front, or maybe it was a kitten. That binder was with me every day and it was mine to place all my schoolwork in. I look at how I homeschool now and I see that I mirror so many things my mom did. She encouraged the arts, drama, plays, writing and reading. She also made sure I excelled at math even though she knew I hated it. I’m equipped to homeschool my own children, not because of how “smart” I am because let me assure you, I have to learn right along side of my kids. I’m equipped because I was in the presence of a creative soul. I was prepped to use my imagination and to dig deep to find my own voice and not just a copycat of someone else’s ideas.
I always say we’re taking homeschool one year at a time, but I’m actually declaring an end to that this year. I can’t imagine not having my kids at home, I can’t imagine someone else providing their education. This is what our family was made for, and I know it is unique! I’m thankful each family can choose the best way to educate their own children. But I was made to teach my own kids. I was made to stay at home with them all day or on a whim grab our nature journals and go spend the whole morning at the pond.
That 1″ three ring binder may be full at the years end, but the true proof of what they learned all year will be tucked safely in their hearts, and I’m so grateful I get to be a part of it.
…who is that strange lady and what is that thing she’s holding up to her face!!?
Even 3 month olds need a slow introduction to the camera, and I love seeing their little inquisitive faces!! This princess made me smile with her own little bewildered looks about who I was and what I was doing. But she started smiling and just about fell asleep by the end of our session, I think she had a good time :)
ps. Edited with “Rich” from the Beloved BW Action Set.
They’ve been married for a few years now…but that didn’t stop them from getting back into their wedding clothes and taking photos all over again. What a gorgeous couple. I’ll be back with more photos at a later date, but for now…
I’m linking up with some amazing photographers this month to show what being “real” means in this day and age full of media and popularity. The honest truth, I’m a real mom. A living, breathing, one day at a time mom. At one point, I was a world traveler. Yep…I had more stamps in my passport than any of my friends and not just because I was taking vacations. I went to places no one dared to go, or sleep, or spend more than an hour touring. I loved every minute of it. I still travel, but it’s not like before. That is absolutely fine with me though because my precious children are my calling and being their mom is what I was made for.
When we aren’t able to travel out of the country as a family, we try our hardest to have small adventures here at home. We love our city and what we do actually centers around seeing our city changed for good. So when the fair was in town, we jumped at the chance to go.
So real life right now looks like adventures to the state fair, us just being us, a family, who moves and breathes and works together, all of us doing our part so we can live each day knowing that we did our best.
After taking a peek at my photos, go visit Kelly Kuntz Photograph – Bozeman Family Photography to see her take on “Real Adventure!”
She certainly was! This is just a quick sneak peek for her parents. They took advantage of the mini sessions that I’m offering right now and I am so glad they did! For more info please use this contact form: Sacramento Family Photography Mini Sessions
I am so excited to announce that I will be offering black and white actions for Photoshop (versions CC-C6)! I’ve spent such a long time on these because my heart is to make the most versatile, easy to adjust, works on as many of your images as possible, black and whites.
For many years now black and white photography has been such a passion for me. I love color and you’ll see so many color images here, but black and white speaks to me in a way color doesn’t.
I remember my Dad who was a photographer in his younger years, say to me, “Amy, with a black and white your blacks need to be black and your whites white.” It’s such a simple concept, but if you truly want a black and white image to shine, it needs to pull the highlights out and enhance the shadows.
So that is what I’ve done for you here, I’ve created 14 different black and white actions to help you find the most lovely one for your images.
Visit the For Photographers page for more info and to see more examples of the actions on images!
I have had numerous photographers beta test them for me and I’ve had an overwhelming response! Here are some of their images edited with one of the 14 Beloved BW’s.
Here’s another Before & After!
Please let me know if you have any questions! I hope these actions are what you’ve been searching for!
Please visit the For Photographers page for more info!
This couple made my night. They were just all around fun to hang out with, and I’m not even kidding. And gosh they are so in love!! For right now I’ll only share one photo, but all of them pretty much are like this…full of light, love and excitement for their new baby boy.
ps. Edited with “Prime” from my new black & white action set coming soon!!!