Lettering practice…

For my neice’s baby shower (the invite that I designed and posted yesterday), I made some signs that hung in frames. I’m obviously still gaining my lettering confidence because things like this still scare me just a little bit. I’m happy to practice my heart out in my little notebooks – they’re never on display for people to critique.

But I got out of my own head and only a couple times noticed the errors while I was at the baby shower (Isn’t that the worst?! Fortunately I’m learning to not point those mistakes out to every one that sees it!). Baby steps right – how appropriate that my baby steps were with a baby shower.

The supplies I used (aff links):
Tombow dual brush pen in black
Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bleed Proof White
Finetec Metallic Gold
Pentel Aquash Water Brush

Modern Calligraphy

Modern Calligraphy

Modern Calligraphy

Modern Calligraphy

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Baby Shower Invite…

My niece had her baby shower last weekend and I think her family is not so patiently waiting for this bundle of joy to join the family (first grandchild!). They decided to wait until the hospital to find out if its a boy or girl so a gender neutral shower was a must. Here’s the invite which speaks to my niece’s clean and simple style. It fits her perfectly!

Modern baby shower invite

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1 second video project…

I love to shoot photos, yet I often find myself in a rut. I shoot the same pictures. I capture the same expressions. I have many years of similar photos. But they capture a moment in time and for that I’m grateful.

I have to really work to step outside my box, but when I do – I’m never left disappointed. Some of those outside the box photos are my very favorite images.  But it’s easy to fall back into what’s comfortable in photography. Many times I’ve given myself photo projects to give motivation to my shooting. Sometimes they’re small projects and can be completed relatively easy – other times I get a quarter through the project  and ask myself what in the world was I thinking. Cannon’s first year photos are some of my very favorite images but more than a couple times I was willing to throw in the towel because I was tired and didn’t want to shoot. But the need to finish superseded my wanting to stop. I cherish the finished project.

I was ready to step out of comfort zone just a little recently and set a goal to shoot more video. Not like the home videos you might remember from your youth – the five minutes solid of you twirling in the living room over and over again. Instead, I set a goal to shoot a second or two every day – enough to tell a short story. Sometimes it was at the end of the day when I remembered I still needed footage, but I got it in! Some days I had several small clips and I chose which one fit best (typically based on who was in the clip – It made me realize who is more willing to be in front of the camera!) other days, I had just one.

But I made it 31 days and not only do I love it – my kids love it and have already watched it over and over again. And then the thought occurred to me, could I really do this for a year? I’m not sure if I can handle a daily project. But I’ll try it out another month and see how it goes. Who knows!

Never before have video cameras been more accessible to us – could you shoot for just one second for a whole month? A year?

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A homecoming…

I’ve said this before – but there is something special about watching a family reunite for the first time in two years. We witnessed first hand last week the tenderness of this moment when our nephew Max returned from his mission in Taiwan.

missionary homecoming

The excitement was thick waiting for him to get off the plane and you could tell my sister-in-law was anxious. These next two pictures are the pure joy of a mother when she spots her son making his way through the long corridor exit. I teared up just looking back at these photos – so much emotion as is evident on his sister’s faces.  These pictures tell a story on their own.

missionary homecoming

missionary homecoming

missionary homecoming

missionary homecoming

missionary homecoming

missionary homecoming

missionary homecoming

missionary homecoming

We had Briggs right after he left so he looked down and said, “I don’t even know who this is!” It’s hard to keep track of so many cousins, especially when they all changed so much in two years.

missionary homecoming

missionary homecoming

We saw two other missionary homecomings while we were there…I wanted to photograph all of them! So much happiness and even more gratitude to have them home safely!

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Junior High Orientation…

She went to junior high orientation today. She was beyond excited and came home giving me a full report of all the important things regarding electives and such. As we sat on the couch and she recalled all the people she saw there – her cousin and friends from other schools, I started to zone out just a bit.

Who was this girl talking about lockers and summer school electives? She babbled on about how large the school was and how she hopes she has PE later in the day as to opposed to first thing in the morning. What classes she was thinking about. She talked about school tours and hoping for a lunch assignment with friends.

She seemed so old.

I refocused just about the time she thrusted a packet of information into my hands with class descriptions and semester plans. Agonizing about wanting to take a wood working class but not wanting to waste an elective on the prerequisite class. So many decisions.

Luckily- she can go from talking about electives to making up a silly dance with Cannon and I see my little girl again – if only for a glimpse!

Hallie Close up

Nikon D750 | 85mm lens | 1/160 | f 2.2

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