Happy Friday!

Hi Everyone!

Happy Friday to all! After a cold winter here in the South, I’m feeling encouraged of all the signs of Spring popping up. I thought I would share a couple that my little Pixie and I found. My five year old daughter experimented with cutting her hair a couple of weeks a go. We’re waiting on parts of it to grow. :-)

Have a terrific weekend!
Christina
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Joy in Memories

This month I’ve given myself the challenge of photographing something that represents Joy. I didn’t really think about it too much and knew that if I brought my awareness up to what I was looking at through my lens, that the image would come to me. Today, when I walked into Whole Foods, I saw the Pussy Willow branches. I immediately scooped up two of the bundles. My grandmother used to always have these branches in her house. Every time we visited her, there would be a couple of branches and I would get to leave with one of my own. I began to cherish these moments when I visited her. The last time I saw her, she gave one to my oldest son, who was young at the time. Even he associates the tree with my grandmother. :-) We had just planted a Pussy Willow tree last weekend in the yard and he said, “When they bloom, we should cut some branches and put them inside so we can think of your grandmother.” It brought me joy today to be able to find these branches and put them in a vase in my entryway. There definitely is joy in memories.

Hugs,
Christina
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It’s in The Way We Look at It

Moving along my path of taking more soulful pictures, I realize that it is important for me to slow down. I have four children and a very busy lifestyle. My house is far from being a quiet one. :-) I’m always looking for that balance. Giving myself the permission to slow down, breathe, find even five minutes to meditate has a long lasting affect on my mood for the day. It opens up my perspective in seeing…truly seeing what is around me in a different way. Yesterday while I was getting dressed, I noticed my father’s orchid in our bathroom window. This orchid has been there for over a year and is in bloom year-round. However, I noticed how the light was hitting it and thought how beautiful it looked. Why not take a picture, I thought. So, I grabbed my camera, stopped to close my eyes, and breathed in and out for a few moments. Then, I looked through the eye piece and took the pictures slower. I chose this quote to add to the first photo because it has meaning to me. I hope it has meaning to you. This is one area that brings me inner peace.

Hugs,
Christina
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Soulful Photography

Hello! This is one of the few posts that I am making that has more words in it than photos. :-) I think we all have individual goals for the year, in all aspects of our lives. I’ve been thinking a lot about my photography and what goal fits me best. Yesterday, a friend led me to a website that really hit home for the growth that I have been searching for. Please take the time to check her out: http://www.catherineandersonstudio.com/index.html. I think we can find inspiration in the most unusual places and times, if we open our eyes to see it.

I am planning on doing a little bit of “soul photography” throughout this year. There will be more posts coming about this. :-) As well as challenging myself to look more on the inside for inspiration, I am going to post a word once a month for inspiration. I would love for any of you to join me along this journey. Whether you keep your pictures to yourself or share them here, I invite you along. I, personally, would love to see them!

I’m getting started a little late, however, February’s prompt is PEACE. For the next two weeks, look around you and see what it is that brings you peace. It can be an image that brings peace within you or an image that expresses peace in your environment or even the world. The perspective is completely yours. I do have a private Facebook page if you wish to join. We post pictures, positive comments, tips for helping with individual growth in your own photography. If you’re interested in joining, please let me know.

I will post an image soon of what I see as PEACE. I hope to see some of your images as well. :-)

Many Hugs,
Christina
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Happy Birthday, Princess

One aspect about being a photographer that I truly love is being able to see children grow and change. I saw this cutie at six months, Christmas and now for her upcoming first birthday. She. Is. Adorable!! I stopped by her house so we could grab a few pictures of her in her new birthday dress. I can’t wait to see her birthday invitation. :-)

Happy 1st Birthday to one beautiful little princess!
Christina
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