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Highlights from the second grade play, in which Lauren played the Farmer’s Wife. It was super cute and very well performed. The backdrop was amazing. I was in awe of how well the teachers prepared the kids for a show this big.

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As part of her costume, Lauren needed a white apron, so I immediately texted Grandma Devanie to ask if she could possibly make one for us in a short time frame; she did even better:AWQ within a half hour, she replied with a picture of an apron that had been made by her great grandma in 1921. It was perfect! She sent it to Lauren, who wore it proudly for the play.

-Julie

Pre Tween

Preteens have been nicknamed ‘Tweens,’ so I guess it is fitting to label this photo ‘Pre Tween.’ Do I love it that she looks so grown up in this picture? No, but times are very different from when I was eight years old. The temporary (emphasis on the word ‘temporary’) pink hair spray. The cell phone and ear buds. Whew, it’s tough to be a parent these days! Deep breaths, open communication, involvement, lots of hugs and kisses…I can do this.

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-Julie

Park Play

Lauren’s soccer team celebrated the end of the season at the soccer complex’s playground on a beautiful weekday evening in May. The sunlight was warm and cozy at this time of day…a photographer’s dream. Watching the kids interact in a relaxed, playful way, as opposed to the seriousness of games and practices, was a treat.

 

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I splurged on a new lens to play with this summer. I have used it a handful of times…lots of experimentation, which means lots of throw away images. These, however, are definitely keepers. I love so much about them, most of all the deep, rich color tones. I’m also rather fond of the two handsome guys…_MG_5773web

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-Julie

Evening Light

 Understanding light is a critical element of photography. Admittedly, learning the ins and outs of light has NOT been easy for me; in fact, it has taken me years and years and years of trial and error and practice and study to finally grasp the bulk of it. I feel like I really turned a corner in regards to light in the past half year or so, and this has opened up a new world for me, photographically speaking.  I shot these photos back in April at  around 7:00 in the evening after a soccer practice, while walking from the field to the parking lot. Lauren had had her eye on this spot for several days because there was a turtle living there and each time we walked past, she checked to see if he was home/awake/showing himself. It’s difficult to put into words, but I just know that a year ago, I wouldn’t have had this success at the time of day these were taken. I think I like the learning part of photography as much as I enjoy the photo taking part of photography; luckily, I feel like I will never run out of things to learn and experiment with.

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-Julie