Spontaneous Evening Photoshoot

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Last night my niece, nephew and I decided to spontaneously go shoot a few photos.  We jumped in my car… no props besides whatever junk was in the back of the Yukon and headed out!  The sun was setting and we drove out towards the Buttes Mountain Range.  Randomly pulling over on the side of a dirt road we jumped out and took about 10 shots before the sun went down.   Needless to say we have started a long list of props that we need to gather for future trips, but I think the photo that we did get is pretty good.  The only thing that I would change would be my nephews bright tennis shoes… but you know, that’s what you get when you shoot on the fly!

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Twirp Time!

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‘Tis the season again for spring dances at the local high schools.  Last night was my son’s last Twirp dance.  Ever.   He’s at the ripe old age of 17 and will be graduating in a few months.  Bittersweet.  My son has had a camera in his face pretty much since the moment that he was born so it’s pretty safe to say that he’s over it.  Not interested in the pose, or saying cheese with a toothless grin…  I’ve ruined him.  LOL!  Well he graciously allowed me to take a few photos and I will share the sneak peak with you!

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Oh and one of my gorgeous son by himself…

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One more share of a couple more on their way to the dance!  These kinds of photos are so fun to take & edit!

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Baby coming!

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Spent the afternoon taking some maternity photos… love doing these kinds of shoots!  Sneak peak below!

What to do? What to do?

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I’ve been attempting to figure out where I fit in within the photography world… am I just a hobbiest? No pressures, photographing my favorite things and going along all hunky dory? Or, do I want it to develop into something more… something with a bit more pressure to refine the skills into a more commercial product? Is there a happy medium somewhere where I am focused on learning some mad photography skills, but without any obligations to clients? I am determined to find out this year! I feel as if I have soooooooo much to learn, but at my current pace I am not mastering the art as quickly as I would like…

What to do?  What to do?

I do know that I love photographing life… I drive down the road some evenings and want to stop every few feet to capture another lovely moment in time. It’s ingrained deep within me to take notice and form a mental picture… I see the potential in everyday life being photographed as an art form and yearn to challenge myself to box it in to share with others. Not because I want to show off my talents, or the cool new lens that I got, but because I want them to sense and relate to the beauty that I feel in a simple bit of time.

I think that I’ll begin my journey by honing up the skillsets and photographing with a purpose. Less random, more deliberate. Can’t wait to see what 2014 brings!

I thought that I’d start to go through my photographs, observing what I actually enjoy photographing, do I have a style, or a particular niche that I’m filling? I’m still trying to figure that out but until then, I thought that I’d share some of my very random favorites!

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