Thursday, March 31, 2011
March 20th was a day at home. I had lots of things I wanted to accomplish, but things got waylaid by an unexpected visitor. One of The Hubby's friends came over with his girlfriend, and her darling little 3 year old. While I wasn't really in the mood to entertain, Sugar Bear was very excited to have a "friend" to play with.
March 21st sent me searching for some sunlight. While I didn't find it....I did find something sunny to photograph. It has been raining here for a month...I swear....rain....rain....rain....but...this flower gave me a bit of a boost in mood. I really needed it.
March 22nd rained as usual, but it happened to stop for a short time, just as we got home for the day. Sugar hasn't had a chance to drive her Jeep in months and months, so we pulled it out, and she gave Ivy her first ride. It was super cute......but....Ivy didn't really LOVE it. The seat was too slippery, and she kept falling off when Sugar would stop.
March 23rd was a Wednesday.....and a rainy one at that. Again...I needed to find some color...some happy...some SPRING. I loved this shot with the water droplets nestled in the flower. I need to remember to take time to notice the little things.
March 24th sent Sugar Bear to Grandma and Grandpa's farm for a few days, and I had some time to get things done. My Aunt was down having a little personal vacation, so I met her at the coast, and had my favorite Fish and Chips.....then I took a few pics with a NEW LENS at the jetty. The weather wasn't very good...kept switching from rain to sun every 30 minutes, but I got a few shots in to test out my new lens. This Seagull was happy to have some attention. :)
March 25th I stayed at home in my jammies the entire day, and finished up some pictures that I so desperately needed to get edited. It was a good day to be inside, but I had to take several trips outside with little Ivy for Potty Breaks. She is so curious, and HARD.TO.PHOTOGRAPH. Man....I so wanted to test out my new lens further...but she wasn't not at all cooperating. :(
March 26th I picked up my little Sugar honey, and took her to a local fire station for a friend's 5th birthday. It was a great party, with the most wonderful children. Usually big get-togethers drive me bonkers, but I had a really good time. I chit chatted with a father of one of Sugar's daycare friends, and really learned a lot about him. I like getting to know folks better.
As for the lens....ugh...this weather is not giving me the situation I want to fully test out this lens. I purchased it for myself...but my motivation was for the THREE weddings I'll be doing this summer. I really want to see how this baby works in sunlight. Come on sun.....say Hello to Corey. She misses you.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
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Friday, March 25, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
It isn't often that I get a chance to hang out with someone that loves photography as much as I do, so while I was in the presence of Miss Carol down in Orange County, I just had to request that she nab some shots of me and my Sugar....and she was more than happy to oblige.
Let's be clear here....we did not prepare of the an official portrait session. It was off the cuff....just a quick, "Hey would you mind getting some shots of Sugar and I?" So, needless to say....we are as we normally are. Sugar looking cute as ever, and I looking the way I do 90% of the time. NO makeup....hair pulled back (to keep from blowing into my lens field of vision, and not very well thought out clothing, but....BUT....I cherish these photos so very much. If you know me at all....you know that I'm a bit over the moon when it comes to my daughter. And as Carol and her family can attest...the feeling is pretty much mutual. How did I ever come to deserve such unconditional love?
The precursor of the mirror is the mother's face. ~D.W. Winnicott, Playing and Reality, 1971
While some of these shots are obviously posed....most you will see are the ones were we let go of the pose, and were just.....TOGETHER. Those are my favorite. The moments when we are just where we want to be. I can not thank Carol enough for capturing these images of my best girl...and me. ♥
A mom reads you like a book, and wherever she goes, people read you like a glowing book review. ~Robert Brault
I leave you with a snippet of a conversation between Sugar Bear and I, on the third evening of our Disney Vacation, as we lay in bed together.
ME: "Sugar......what has been your favorite part of our vacation so far?"
Sugar: (with a shy smile) "You!"
ME: (giggling) "Now Sugar Bear.....I'm serious.....tell Mama what has been the BEST so far!"
Sugar: (quite seriously) "You Mama! Being with you!"
Me: (Wondering why I've just spent a fortune on plane tickets, and Disneyland admission) "Huh, really? Who knew I was better than Disneyland?"
Sugar: (giggling) "I did!"
Our next vacation....we are staying home and visiting a landfill. Apparently...as long as I'm there....it will be FABULOUS! :)