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Friday, January 30, 2015

A womans best friend

 photo 141205mccandless_093.jpg  photo 141205mccandless_274.jpg  photo 141205mccandless_063B.jpg  photo 141205mccandless_208.jpg Another "balmy" December day with this lovely lady and her furry baby, Charli. I am in desperate desire of having a dog right now. I've always been a cat person, but I think since I'm beyond the baby stage with my kids, and it's way too early for Grandkids yet, I need something to fill in that gap. Miss Charli was so adorable and obviously the most loyal and loving companion M could ask for. I think I would go for something smaller though, as I want a lap warmer while working on the computer. It's still a fence and new flooring away, but if I were to get a dog, what kind do you recommend?

Unusually warm winter makes great portrait opportunities

 photo 141212ovard_083.jpg  photo 141212ovard_170B.jpg  photo 141212ovard_225.jpg  photo 141212ovard_319B.jpg Man, only a couple of weeks of cold and then can you believe this crazy winter? It's been so mild and relatively warm - I can't complain about our January now! Being a photographer is definitely a seasonal job, but this winter it has been incredibly easy to make great portraits in spite of the bare trees and cold. This session was done last December when it was 55 degrees, and even though we had a bit of chilly wind, it was still so much easier than it could have been. I love the tones and color harmony of this family's clothes and the background. I had the distinct privilege of getting to see the final framed portrait in G's home, and I'm telling you, nothing beats seeing that finished portrait in it's place on the wall! Thanks, O family for all the great fun and amazingly easy faces to photograph.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Winning over the Winter Blues

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Ah, January. We have such a love/hate relationship. I don't know if it's a lack of vitamin D, or the post holiday let-down, or just dealing with the cold in general (I'm definitely not a cold fan) but winter has never been my favorite time of year. However, the past few years I have come to appreciate the stark beauty of nature in the winter, and I recognize that there are some very unique photographic opportunities in this season. There is also something about the New Year's resolution thing that makes me feel just the opposite of ambitious. So this year I have resolved not to make any New Years resolutions. And it's helping.
Then yesterday was such a brilliant, gorgeous day. When I dropped my eldest off for school, the sunrise was so beautiful, and the full moon was setting in the West. It was one of those "Man, I wish I had my camera!" kind of moments that I usually let drift by. This time, however, I actually did something about it and got my camera out to make a photo. It had the effect of making me feel really productive and achieving goals and everything! And the past two days have been bright and sunny and I am feeling great today.