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in the studio :: 12 year old photography

Welcome to In The Studio, a place to show off your studio and meet some great artists! Earlier this week Joshua and I managed to take his 12 year old photos. I’ve learned over the years not to make this a stressful ordeal but a fun, simple time with me and him. We walk around our campus and find the best spots for the time of day. He makes suggestions. I try some things. It works beautifully, and no one seems to be frustrated in the end.

so handsome

so serious

that smile

laugh

eyes closed

Below are the ones that he liked. I like them, too, but to be respectful of him and the fact that he’s starting to care what photos of him are posted for all to see, I opted to only share the approved ones. 🙂 Ah, this boy of mine is growing up.

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Africa in the studio photography

in the studio :: dead tree collection

Welcome to In The Studio, a place to show off your studio and meet some great artists! So you might be wondering how a dead tree collection could be worthy of something coming out of a studio. In all honesty, my creative side has been a little dormant lately due in part to several things which are not worth discussing on this fine Friday. However, when we were in Kruger Park recently, my husband kept stopping the car to take photos of dead trees. We laughed. We got annoyed. We made fun of. But then I stopped to look and realized that there was a beauty in that leafless mass of sticks that stood in the wide open proudly displaying who it was and not ashamed of it.

dead tree 1

There’s probably a whole slew of analogies I could make here, but since I’m writing this when I should be letting my head hit the pillow, let’s just stick with this one. If we look, we can find beauty in the ordinary. I’m in a season of learning to celebrate the little things. I think finding beauty in the everyday, ordinary, otherwise overlooked things in life, is learning to celebrate. The result is love and joy and peace, all things that I desperately need in my life right now.

dead tree 2

I hope you enjoyed my dead tree collection at Kruger National Park. Look for the beauty in the ordinary this week!

dead tree 3

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Africa Family Fun photography Travel

kruger photo journal

Last weekend we stole away to Kruger for a day. The definite highlight was seeing two leopard through the trees playing. One of them kept picking up a kill in his mouth. It was awesome. Those are the moments that make even slow days of not seeing much in the park worth it. Those are the National Geographic moments that I love.

turtle

zebra and impala

zebra among the trees

sleeping rhinos

leopard

spider

dragonfly

zebra

Crafts creativity in the studio photography

in the studio :: a valentine’s day party

Welcome to In The Studio, a place to show off your studio and meet some great artists! Last week I mentioned that I was planning for a big Valentine’s Day party. It was awesome! I had a great team of people helping out. We spent the entire afternoon setting up so that we could achieve this…

ValentinesParty

The decorations were simple…white tablecloths with re-purposed lemonade bottles used as a vase for red hibiscus. Each table had 2 jars with a tea light candle in them, and the ever so talented Kenneth made awesome serviette rings out of wire to hold the serviettes. We had white sheer curtains up with egg carton hearts and floating wire yarn hearts in front of them. We also had red and white organza and a blue/green organza hanging to create atmosphere. As the sun went down, the lamps provided just the right amount of light to create a soothing, romantic space.

Do you see the wall of art? We had everyone write down what love is on the hearts made out of toilet paper roll cards. We drew cards throughout the evening and read the answer. Whoever wrote it won a piece of art to take home! We featured the following prints…

Cloudy Dream’s Elephants in Love
Little Giggler’s Live In Love
Shaped By Grace’s All You Need Is Love
What’s For Dinner’s Live Laugh Love
Falala Designs’ Love Printable
Studio JRU’s This Is Love featured in Incourage
My Owl Barn’s Owl Lover Calendar

I also had 3 originals up on the wall…

Acacia Love featuring my kids and the awesome acacia tree on our property. Under the tree reads, “You and me, friends we will always be.”

acacialove

Love birds on a bike. Simple and sweet.

BikeBirds

And love birds that say, “Where there is love, there is life.”

LoveBirds

We kept the program simple and let everyone eat while the photo booth was available for those wanting to get a memory of the evening.

so cool

being cute

us!

And the dessert? Well, you can’t have a party without dessert. I made red velvet heart shaped whoopie pies to go with a side of ice cream and chocolate sauce. My mouth is watering just thinking of these bad boys. (Photo taken the day after on my second round, because I ate the first one too fast.)

Enjoying Valentine's Day dessert the day after.

Of course, the evening would not be complete without a little music. Jeremy rocked some love tunes and then this duo did an impromptu diddy that brought the house down. I think this is the best photo of the evening.

getting down

Our special events team is already planning the next party. We may be a little crazy, but we love it!

Now it’s your turn! Remember your “studio” can be anywhere. Let’s celebrate each other’s creativity by linking up and visiting as many as the other studios as you can. Check out the about post for more info and don’t forget to grab the In The Studio button!