Wednesday, October 16, 2013

My Favorite Girl in the Sunflowers ~ A Photo Shoot ~

A couple of months ago now (which seems like ages by the way) I took my girl out for a photo shoot.  I wasn't really planning on it.  One day while we were shopping, she happened to see a dress that she liked and asked me if I would buy it for her.  This caught me off guard because she never asks me to buy her clothes. that's another story...if we are at a store that sells candy she is relentless.  So, I told her that I would buy it for her if she let me do a photo shoot of her in it.  Just so happens my girl has pretty good taste and I really like the dress and thought it would be perfect on her.  She agreed to my surprise since she hasn't really been into wanting her photo taken for a while now.  Of course, I snatched up that dress super quick!  After thinking about where to do her photos I decided to go to the sunflower field.  We'd been there a couple of years ago for her photos so I wasn't sure about using the same location again, especially since it's pretty vivid and would be obvious, but I'm so glad I did.  The shots turned out amazing with her beautiful new dress and he hair all curled (she really got into it!) and the light was gorgeous.  Even though these photos were actually taken in the middle of August they really feel like fall photos to me.  Something about the sunlight and the warmth in them I guess.  I decided to share them because for one, I love them, and secondly, I need your help deciding which one to frame!  I have an old 11x14 frame that I think would look perfect hanging in my front hallway with one of these photos of my lovely girl.  So let me know which one is your favorite!  I have way too many favorites to the point that I could barely narrow it down enough for a blog post.  Here you go!

This is definitely a contender for the frame.  There is a little nursery right there next to the sunflower field and since the sun was still a little too high in the sky we started out there instead and I'm so glad we did.

 I also love that one on the right.  Don't you just love that dress!?

We finally headed over to the field and the light was perfect.

Another favorite.  It's my profile pic for my business page.  I love her hair in this one!

She has such a pretty smile too!

Her kissy face.  This kills me.  I love her lips.

Another with the swinging hair.  She's a pro. :)

More silly pics.  If you know her in real life, then you know these are totally her.  She's a crazy wild child...but she cleans up nice. :)

The sun was almost setting here.

There was some construction going on in the street next to the field and they had left this huge concrete things lying around.  This is probably my favorite photo of her smile, but my least favorite background.  Figures!

This turned out so cute!

Rocking her super serious face.

Last one.  I like this because we were technically 'done' with the photo shoot and she had pulled her hair up in a pony tail and marched off with her arms swinging.  That's my girl.

I hoped you enjoyed them!  I'll get some more Florida pics posted soon, so check back!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

The New View...From the Van

Ever since we've moved, one of the things I have enjoyed is the new view out the windows of our van.  There was nothing really wrong with the old view.  It had it's good points.  My favorite shops I would pass, the kids' old schools, the familiar back roads.  I enjoyed the random corn fields, the patches of wildflowers, and the big beautiful trees.  So this view, this new view, is just so completely different than what I am used to that I am constantly craning my neck to see what else I can find.  It is so beautiful in a much more exotic way.  And the water.  It's everywhere and I hope I never get sick of it.  I really don't know how you could.  I hate to admit that my son already says, "whatever" when I tell him to check out the gorgeous view from when we drive over my favorite bridge.  Kids.  They just take it for granted.  I'm not though.  I'm trying to appreciate every day the beautiful creation that is all around me.  We take walks and find plants and trees and flowers that I have never seen before in my entire life.  It's amazing!  I haven't been taking many photos lately.  I have to say that one of my friends moved and I had been wondering why she didn't post more photos and update her blog more and now I know why.  There is just so much to do and so much to explore and I just keep forgetting to take my camera with me.  That and getting unpacked is just...ugh...if you've done it you know what I mean.  It just kinda sucks the life out of you for a few weeks.  We're getting our lives back though and we've had quite a few fun excursions already.  Now to just remember my camera more often.  I do have some photos to share that were all taken from the front seat of my van.  Not the driver seat though!  My husband was driving.  Here you go...

Palm trees everywhere you look.  There are so many different types that I can't even begin to keep track of all of them.

I love how they have these huge palms lining the middle of the road.  

Had to catch a pic of the sign.  :)  There is an awesome playground by the pier and they have lots of fun stuff there.  We went one night and watched the street (I guess technically pier) performers and looked at all the stuff for sale from the vendors on the pier.  They have family movie night there too that we might have to go back to at some point.  There is a big lawn there and a park and then the huge beach and the pier.  I can kinda see why it won best beach!  We actually don't usually go to the 'beach' there though.  We go to a different one that is smaller and less crowded.

The view on the way over one of the bridges to the beach.  That's the bay on the right and the Gulf of Mexico is on the other side of the buildings.  There is another bride that has an amazing view, but I have yet to take a pic while on it.  I'm usually driving!

Taken from the same bridge, this is the view to the left while driving.  You can see the Gulf in the background.

These were all taken one day when we went for a drive.  So, of course, we had to stop for treats!  I love these so much!

The kids had never had sno balls, and my boy really liked his as you can tell!  My girl didn't really like hers, she's more of an ice cream lover.

Stopped by the drawbridge.  I'm sure if I were in a hurry I would think it was super annoying, but I think it's the coolest thing ever when just out for a drive. :)

Just another gorgeous palm tree.  I promise I'm not trying to rub it in!  I honestly feel bad about posting sometimes because I don't want people to think that I'm bragging or rubbing it in, and really, moving hasn't been all sunshine and roses, but this is our new view, and I want to share our lives just like I always have on this blog.  I just tend to focus more on the positive side, because really, that's the stuff you wanna hear, right?  And I know if I start to complain after posting pics like this you all are gonna feel really sorry for me. ;)

I'm going to try to take some photos from around our condo next.  It's so totally different than this wide open view of palm trees and sky.  It's more like a canopy of trees and shade mixed with some spooky Spanish moss and exotic plants.  Okay, it's hard to explain.  I'll post pics...I promise!


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