It’s in the Details

Oh, how I love a detail shot. Looking through a tree to find the one leaf that is hidden in the middle so it shows the contrast in light from the leaves above and the ones below. Walking in a slow circle around a flower until I feel the composition is just right to express its true beauty. Seeing a tiny, tiny flower on a big shrub and know that it will just pop with my macro lens.
I love the detail shots, the ones where the composition is simple but full at the same time.
I shot these pictures last night at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden while walking around enjoying the ZimSculpt exhibit with terrific friends. I honestly have never taken a picture of clouds before but a thunderstorm had just come through and I liked the contrast of light to dark clouds. I found it interesting that I could stand in the exact same spot and, with moving very slightly, could get a completly different shot of composition of colors. I think it’s definitely something that I’ll play around with some more.

Hugs to all for a wonderful weekend!
Christina
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ZimSculpt

I had the pleasure of visiting Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens last night to see the Zimbabwean Sculpture exhibit-ZimSculpt. It was breath taking! Each piece that is carefully placed around the gardens was hand made using a chisel, hammer, points, rasps, and chasing hammers from one piece of stone. You’ll notice the different textures and colors on some of the pieces based on how the artist sculpted and sanded the layers of the stone. Each piece is unique to the artist’s vision and you will not find two alike. The pieces are made from four generations of artists raging in age of 16 to 100 years old. All pieces in the garden are for sale and will be on exhibit until the end of September. If you’re local, I highly recommend going to see this magnificent exhibit! If you are not local and would like to find more information, their website is: http://www.zimsculpt.com.

Hugs,
Christina

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NYC

We recently drove to NYC for a family vacation. I love the culture and history that is enveloped into the city! We did a lot of fun things with the kids, but one of the favorites was being able to see The Statue of Liberty up close. We only climbed the stairs to the pedestal but what a magnificent view we held once we stepped out! Afterwards, we took the ferry to Ellis Island and found our ancestor’s names on the wall. I think it’s important for our kids to know the history of their ancestors….what their lives were like at the time their families chose to send them to America.

Hugs for a Happy Sunday!
Christina

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Lifting One Another Up

As I sit at my computer reading through WordPress blogs, I feel inspired and in awe at how many incredibly talented blogs are out there! The stories, the pictures, lessons on life, tidbits of knowledge, recipes, the list goes on and on. What gave me goosebumps was the genuine, love filled comments from others. How we have this blogging community of interconnectedness of lifting each other up. How much better the world would be if we could help transfer that into daily lives….around the world, lifting each other up? Just beautiful, amazing, and certainly inspiring.

Hugs to all!
Christina
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My Etsy Shop is Now Open!

It has taken me a couple of days to navigate the world of Etsy, but it’s a good start! I have my Etsy shop now opened. I would love for you to visit it at http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheBeesKneesNC. I’ve only just begun to add my favorite pieces! Please check back regularly as I continue to add, shoot new pieces, and update. If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you!

Hugs to all,
Christina
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Making Changes

Have you ever had that little nudge? That little inner voice that seems to be guiding you in one direction but life is so busy that you keep turning in another direction? It’s so easy to keep following one path when you know, want, maybe even need a change. For a while now, I’ve had that little nudge. I’ve ignored it and kept along my path saying how busy my life was (I do have four kids :-) ) and I’ll make that change when things lighten up a bit. Hmmmmm…..that time never seems to come. After doing some soul searching, I have finally realized that I need to create the change I want in my own life. I need to be my own leader. There is no time, no event, no person that is going to guide me in the direction that my heart is telling me to go. So…..about a month a go I sent an e-mail out to all of my clients, plus the new ones that I had booked through October, thanked them for being such wonderful clients but that I was no longer shooting family sessions. Whew. It was a tough letter to write and even tougher to hit send. I have some terrific clients and I have LOVED sharing in milestones. After the initial panic :-), I all of a sudden felt lighter. I knew I had made the right decision….right? :-)
So, what are you going to do now? I’ve had that question pop up around me and my answer is…..a new start. A fresh start. Turning my photography towards the way of my little nudge inside. What does that mean? I honestly don’t know 100 percent but I am faithfully trusting that my doors and progress as an artist are going to open up. I have no doubt there because when you listen, truly hear the little messages that pop up around you, then make a move towards that path you will not be failed. Of course there will be new learning curves, new lessons, people to come and go from your lives, but how awesome of an opportunity that you give yourself when you step out of your comfort zone. That’s what I’ve done….stepped out of my box. :-)
For starters, I just opened an Etsy shop which I will post soon. As soon as I figure out how to get that link on here! I have some new pieces I’m shooting and would like to share. I have more blogging in mind and photography tips that I would like to share with you. I hope you come back to my blog, my new “under construction” blog, as you see the new path evolve!

Hugs to all,
Christina

This is one of the pictures that I just listed in my Etsy shop. Right now, I have hand made notecards ready to ship with this print. I will also be selling prints of this picture soon. :-)
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Spring’s Peace at Ciel

Happy Saturday to everyone! I am thrilled to have a piece on display at the Ciel Gallery in Southend of Charlotte for the month of May. If you are local, and have not had a chance to check them out yet, they are definitely worth a pop over. This is me with my friend, Caroline, who encouraged me to enter my piece into the juried selection. I’m feeling so blessed. :-)

Hugs!
Christina
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