>> Tuesday, October 27, 2009
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>> Friday, October 9, 2009
Today, 27 years ago my parents were married! I'm pleased that my dad made the decision to take the day off to have some downtime at the lake with my mom.
I really can't ask for better parents. They are not perfect, but they know how to love well. I think that is the best quality you can have.. because it automatically trumps all of your flaws. I wish I had some better photos of my parents together, especially now that they're enjoying their almost retirement years and starting to loosen up a bit. You can tell through their expressions that they still are very much in love.. and I hope to one day capture that.
It's not easy going back to living at home after being out of the house for 8 years, but I think I'll definitely look back on this period and be glad that I had the opportunity to watch my parents enjoy their marriage. I get nervous with the idea of "forever".. but I am more at ease knowing that they still care a lot for each other after all of this time.
Seems like the key isn't having similar personalities (my parents are practically opposites) or a lot in common. I'm pretty sure a huge factor is prayer. I've had my battle with faith and I've fought God hard in certain periods, but I can't really argue with the power of prayer. Especially in relationships. It's kind of hard to remain stubborn and selfish when you're thinking about the goodness of God together for a few seconds everyday.
So, thank you mom and dad for family trips, boat rides, the beach, grilling out, fires in the fireplace during "winter", 8 hour monopoly games, Christmas mornings, sports in the yard, pecan pie, bike rides, long talks, movie night, laughing, and helping me move (prob over a dozen times!). I've appreciated every bit of what you've done for me! You are GREAT parents and I don't think I could have had it any better.
Enjoy your love together.
>> Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Funny how 3 days into my photography certification I'm starting to realize that my latest photos aren't up to par. Maybe that's kind of the goal so you know how to improve.. I'm not sure.
I took a couple of photos while at the zoo this past weekend. This photo was the only one I thought was worth saving:
There was also a great sunset above the pond the other night. I feel like the photo itself could have been MUCH better to capture the actual beauty that I witnessed:
I say all of that not to be hard on myself. I'm actually kind of glad that I'm starting to notice the difference in what I'm currently producing and my potential. This class has been a whirl of information and it's a little overwhelming, but slowly everything is starting to come together. Our teacher is a retired scientist who literally took apart a camera to learn about how all of the pieces work to produce perfectly exposed photos. It's amazing how reliant we've become on automatic mode and have been able to get away with decent photography, but are still shortchanging ourselves for what the camera could actually create.
In other news.. I have been lucky to get some calls recently for photo shoots and will try to fill up my weekends as much as I can. I'm also going to try to take advantage of time for road tripping.. hopefully to make it to Tennessee for a couple days and then down to Florida to visit Kristin by the end of the month. And then of course there is Clemson football.. I will definitely be heading up for the WF game. At this point I'm doing it more to visit with friends than for the game itself.. since I'm fairly certain our season might continue to struggle. Poor tigres.
Life is busy but it's still interesting! Will just have to see how next week goes.
Hope everyone is enjoying the wonderfulness that is fall! Namely pumpkin spice lattes :)
>> Friday, October 2, 2009
This afternoon the setting sun hit our backyard just right, and I think for the first time I noticed that Fall has come. There's a tiny red chair that my grandma used to have at her house that for as long as I can remember was "my" chair. I honestly didn't notice it was the same chair until today. It is slightly rusted and shares the same hue of red with the antique water pump next to it. The flower pot in the center used to be the focus with its bright daisies and hanging vines. Now, within the basket among 3-leaf clovers is an old concrete garden ornament with cupped hands saying "By His hands we all are fed".
Of course, I had a lazy Friday night planned out so I decided to pull out my camera and get some shots while also enjoying the mild weather. There are many other fun shots around our backyard so I took some time documenting my mom's little collections.
While I was shooting, the song "Hard Times Come Again No More" by Nancy Griffith was playing in my head. I decided to look up the lyrics and I thought they fit the mood for my afternoon:
While we all sup sorrow with the poor
There's a song that will linger forever in our ears;
Oh, hard times come again no more