Today, The Boise Depot celebrated 90 years.
Mr. G. and I jumped at the opportunity to tour this amazing piece of Boise's history. What a beautiful site with so much history. As we toured this majestic master piece, I wondered what stories would be told if we could go back in time.
In 1989 when our oldest daughter Deserae was just 9 days old, she and I took a Union Pacific train to Salt Lake City, Utah to visit family. That was the only time Deserae or I have taken a trip by train. An experience I will treasure forever.
If you get the chance to visit this beautiful, historical site... be sure to sign up for the tour. You will see the beautiful architecture inside, take an elevator ride to the top of the bell tower and tour the entire Depot grounds. It is breathtakingly beautiful! You can find information on The Boise Train Depot here.
'Soul Therapy' is right! Today, I met a beautiful young woman at Kathryn Albertson's Park to take her Senior Graduate Pictures and this is what beauty our eyes beheld. Spring is one of my favorite seasons! New life, coddling mama's taking great care of their eggs and little goslings, hissing if we got too close to her protected little ones and trees in full bloom with the most fragrant of smells that I wanted to bottle up and save forever. I even stumbled on a lonely egg just left in the open with no mama protection. So glad I avoided an angry mama goose! Oh how this newness fed my soul and allowed me the therapy of renewal that I so desperately needed. God's beauty is absolutely breathtaking and I am so grateful that I was witness to His beauty today.
Dusting Off My Camera
15 months have flown by since my breast cancer diagnosis. I have spent much of my time resting and taking care of me, spending time with my family and making time to serve others that are walking this journey as well.
After joining a local photography class through the YMCA Art Program for those who have battled or are battling cancer, I knew it was time to dust off my camera again and get creative. I knew this would be a great outlet. I joined the class and I was so inspired by Chad Case at Chad Case Photography I could feel my creativity come flooding back.
The very next day I met up with a couple of people and together we walked the streets of a local town. I have to admit, I was terrified as I walked the streets, wondering if I still had that eye for photography. I decided to just relax and let it happen, to just start shooting. I spent my time walking, observing and allowed myself to see things, to really see things. One thing I have learned on this journey… remove judgement of self and you will be amazed at what happens. Here is what I captured this day.
Thanks Chad for inspiring me to get my camera out and to just go with it.
Meet Baby Colton 2 1/2 Months Old
Awww, meeting Baby Colton for the first time was so precious. He was so tiny and so perfect. His soft, even skin tone made me ponder why our skin must change as we age... Oh, to have that perfect baby skin. There is nothing like holding a brand new baby, their sweet scent and I just love how Colton snuggled up with his legs tucked tightly to his chest and his hands close to his face, the comfort that a wee baby brings, I felt the stresses of my world melt away as I snuggled with this little guy. I was quickly reminded that it was not that long ago that my daughters were once this small. Brittany and Jason, you both made one beautiful baby.
This particular shoot was planned as a 'Lifestyle Shoot'. Just exactly what is Lifestyle Photography? My view of imagery is that it should reflect reality. It should capture your life just as it is. The ups, the downs, the values, the attitudes, the emotions, the personalities, and the life. The greatness and the quality of your life. We often see families posed and smiling, but it doesn't reflect what I think can be captured in 'Lifestyle Imagery'. I want to see and capture life as it is happening... thus 'Lifestyle Photography'. Looking back on my own childhood, there were so many pictures that were perfect shots depicting life as it was unfolding. This is what I LOVE!
Brittany and I walked through her home to find the best light that I could use to capture this little bundle. I was so excited when I walked into a spare bedroom and there in that room was the most radiant light coming into the room. Oh, how I get excited when I score an ideal lighting situation. Propped up against the wall was a mattress and box springs awaiting to be set up (Brittany and Jason had just moved into their home a few days earlier). I asked Jason if he would be willing to help me set the bed up on the floor, with the right angle as to capture the natural light coming across the room. He quickly moved into action. I laid out a beautiful knitted blanket across the mattress and made a make shift bed with pillows leaned against the head of the bed and the wall. It was time to get to work while I had this most perfect lighting. I set my camera adjustments in Manual Mode, Brittany laid little Colton down and I began capturing the new life of baby Colton. He was so amazingly good the entire time. There is something special about photographing a brand new baby... everytime, I get ch
I have been a LONG TIME follower of MCP Actions during my photography career and I was so excited to see this beautiful collection of Patriotism that they have compiled over the years. These are talented photographers and watching this gave me such a beautiful reminder of what an amazing Country we live in. I am so grateful for those who have and continue to sacrifice for the freedoms that we enjoy. So, I thought it would be a good time for all of us to reflect on the weekend coming up. While spending time with family and friends BBQ-ing and enjoying time off from work and time spent with family, take the time to reflect upon those who have sacrificed so much so that we can enjoy these times in our lives. ENJOY! I would love to hear your comments. Have a safe weekend everyone!
On Saturday, Mr G and I decided to get out of town. We needed to get away from the daily grind that we all feel, laundry, mowing the lawn, etc. as well as our addiction to our electronics. Well, okay, that's me that has the addiction to my electronics and I had to catch my breath when Mr G said "No electronics!" Anyway, I was thrilled to be getting out of town. We drove to Terrace Lakes up by Garden Valley, Idaho to spend the day with family, it was so relaxing! The weather was more than perfect at 74 degrees and just being in the mountains breathing that clean air can do your soul some good. I took my camera with the intent to take many pictures of the beautiful surroundings of trees and wild spring flowers, but the beauty of this baby, baby Gary, caught me and I was hooked. This is our Nephew's boy who is just approaching 7 months old. Is he just the cutest? I will have to make another trip to capture the beautiful scenery.
Great photography doesn’t take fancy equipment or college degrees—just passion and a willingness to invest in yourself and in the memories you’ll be preserving for generations to come.