In a different life, I can be a bug portrait photographer.
For those not in the know, I've been sick with pneumonia and CMV virus for the past month. Sitting around and napping has became the norm. I don't rest, but I rested. I don't nap, but I napped. It has been wonderful for waking me up to what my mind and body needs.
Turns out, it's true! The best way to get out of a rut is to do nothing. I've been experimenting with new tricks and I'm ridiculously excited to dive into family portrait season later this week. Let's do this Autumn!
Last night as we were going to sleep we noticed the light show going on outside. It was 11pm. I was tired, but I wanted to try this moving picture thing again. It is hard to capture this kind of thing without setting up a tripod! I took over 200 pictures before calling it quits and settling for these four. Nothing spectacular, but it was a good experiment. Maybe it's time to start leaving the tripod out and ready for action.
And just like that I have a Kindergartener. Bananas!
I've found succulent propagation tends to be more successful when the cutting is allowed to dry out over a few days. Otherwise, the sampling is more likely to rot. This morning after trimming down my succulents, I decided to use the cuttings as bookshelf filler while I wait. I kind of adore this look. I wish I could keep them there permanently.
Sometimes I'm happy it snows because it means I can go outside and get a few different photos. This late snow was made extra interesting when the fluffed up robins made an appearance. Thanks, Mother Nature!
Yesterday there was this. We took a boat tour along the Chicago River and lakefront. The clouds really were this awesome. I said to my husband, "Take a picture of those clouds with your iPhone and it will blow up. The light is that amazing." I said it because I'm a dork and because ... would you look at that sky???
I've been taking the "break" in August Break really seriously the last few days. I'm not going to allow myself to be sorry. It's been good for me.
She planted this sunflower at our library's first storytime of the season. We never got around to planting it outside, but it looks to be doing pretty well right here in our sunroom.
"Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe,
a moment that will never be again. And what do we teach our children?
We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France.
When will we also teach them what they are?
We should say to each of them:
Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique.
In all the years that have passed,
there has never been another child like you.
Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move.
You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven.
You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel.
And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is, like you, a marvel?
You must work, we must all work, to make the world worthy of its children."
— Pablo Picasso
If you follow me on twitter, you already know I didn't pick up a camera today until after 6pm. I had already given up with no plans to do any shooting when my husband pretty much said go take some pictures you are not quitting on day 2. He was right. I couldn't do that.
I skipped the after dinner clean up and drove to this old building. I've been dreaming about using these colorful walls as a portrait shoot background ever since we moved. Was it a dream come true? Not so much. I took 28 pictures that I don't particularly like. Today just wasn't my day.
Here's to a better tomorrow!
August Break Day 1 has come and gone. My girl has a cold which means I'm doing the run to her every time she sneezes thing to make certain things haven't gone ugly. I'll keep the other details to myself.
I snuck this photograph in first thing this morning right after I opened the curtains in our sunroom and noticed the pretty light. I mean, come on, how could I not grab a camera and create a few pictures of this delicate scene?
Happy August 1st!
A client recently introduced me to Glencoe Beach. Their fantasticly fun family will be featured soon. In the meantime, here are a few iPhone snapshots from another day I went with my girl. We've been thinking about planning a Michigan beach trip, so I thought a little re-introduction to a closer beach was in order. Of course in the midst of the hottest summer in history, we were there on a cool and a bit rainy day. Still, it was pretty perfect.
If I was in her 4 year old head, I imagine the highlight of our weekend came about an hour before bedtime on Sunday night and I'm fairly confident it is the only thing she would remember if asked what she did over the last few days.
On Father's Day, "The best day of the year!", her and her daddy caught a snake. She was beyond excited, beyond giddy. There are no words.
The most exciting part of the weekend for me was going in to the city. Of course! After years of being members of the Lincoln Park Zoo we finally attended the Super Zoo Picnic. Inflatable obstacle courses, free carousel rides, healthy (!) food giveaways, animal interactions and best of all ... there was dancing. It was a blast. If you are a Chicagoan + kids you must attend next year.
The highlight was this. 25 minutes atop the tallest building in the city.
My daily life has never been more documented since VSCO Cam was released. I can go on and on about a lot of iPhone apps, but this one brings me speechless. VSCO Cam helps me make the images out of my iPhone look the way I see them in a few simple taps. Just the way it should be, I say.
Looking out and up is my favorite way to get inspired. And maybe it's just cloud obsessed me, but the skies lately have been awesome. It seems every time we are out I'm telling her to take notice of the clouds. "Its like a painting."