that time we went to iceland

I spent the whole flight back from Iceland trying to figure out what I was going to say in this post but everything seemed too wordy.  Plus, I don't think you really want to read a play-by-play of how we spent 8-days and how many showers I didn't take.  Hashtag, gross.  And how do you even start the story of camping in a car in the wild of Iceland for a week, anyway!?? We hiked to glaciers, swam in hot springs, and I took photos that don't even do the place justice.

that time we went to iceland

this is us...in snapshots...in may.

May was filled with all of the emotions, y'all. I turned 32, welcomed the chaos of our new norm, and embraced the warmer days.  It seems like we packed a lot of growing into 31-days.
 

this is us...in snapshots...in may.

Nerds, Birds, and a Morning on the Water

My husband and I had a kid-free morning last week (cue the singing angels and glorious harp sounds, please!) and the weather was near perfection so we decided to take our canoe for a spin in the flooded backwaters of the Illinois River.   Now, something you might not know about me is that I'm not really into physical activity.  I love the outdoors, I love doing all things outdoors, but I really don't like doing the work.  That means, 'til death do us part, Kevin will forever be picking up my slack.  Carrying me up the steep parts of hikes and being a solo-paddler in all aquatic endeavors.  Sorry, dude, I have pictures to take and don't like pain. <shrugs shoulders>

Nerds, Birds, and a Morning on the Water

thirty-two

Every May, I write a letter to my kids and tell them about who I am with a series of self-portraits.  I've been writing them monthly letters for years, since Oak was born actually, but it's this letter that I think they will love the most when they are older, the one where they get to know me, today.  And the reason I do it is simple: I'm constantly changing.  I'm not the person I was a few years ago or the person I'll be in a few years.  My ideas and interests will change, the lines on my face will get deeper, and we all know my hair color will change.  I want them to know me now, to laugh at me and to watch me grow like I get to watch them grow.  I know they wont remember, especially these younger years, so I do my best to remind them.

thirty-two

this is us...in {film} snapshots...in April.

AHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! <---excited yell, so read accordingly.

Last month, I decided to shoot all of our everyday snapshots on film.  I'm a total film amateur, but I just swoon over it every time I see it.  Give me all the grain and nostalgia!  I have a 35mm Canon Rebel 2000 and a kit lens, so my gear is totally nothing fancy or exciting.  

this is us...in {film} snapshots...in April.

when the timing is bad

I don't currently watch Grey's Anatomy, but I used to years ago.  All the episodes, though the patients and dramatic discoveries were different, centered around bad timing.  Meredith confessed her love to McDreamy only to have his wife come back into town.  McDreamy confessed his love to Meredith only to have her start dating the vet.  Surgeon struggles, y'all.  Ultimately, the timing was always just so bad.  And while I am currently not a high-earning surgeon that does shots at the bar across the street after a long shift of cutting people open or have dramatic issues that deal with choosing just one soulmate, I get the bad timing bit.  Like, get it to the point I'm pretty sure I own property there.

when the timing is bad

a day in Oak's life

Even if you aren't a professional photographer, I HIGHLY recommend trying a DITL photography project sometime.  It's a lot of work, but it's totally worth it in the end to see the entertaining and weird photos.  I shoot 3 a year (one on each kiddos birthday and one on a random day in August) and have actually shared my tips on these projects over on the Click Magazine blog a few weeks ago (see that post HERE!).
 

a day in Oak's life

3 tips to get you printing your personal work like a boss

In my younger and more carefree years, I was amazing at printing photos on the regular. Then, I got old and busy and tired, and it seems like my print orders got spread out farther and farther until I was so backlogged on photo printing I didn't know where to start.  For me, that was totally unacceptable.  

3 tips to get you printing your personal work like a boss

5 reasons you need to take self-portraits at your next haircut

Last week, I found 4 new (unplanned) dreadlocks in my hair (again) and promptly texted my hair magician Vanessa for an emergency cut.  The last time I told her I had an emergency (2 weeks ago) was because I needed a perm and she refused to move forward with that plan, but this time, thankfully, she obliged and fit me into the schedule...

5 reasons you need to take self-portraits at your next haircut

documenting bath time

What is your favorite routine/scene to document? C'mon, dig deep, I know that one favorite scenario that you can *never* resist to pick up your camera exists. And don't be that person that says "I just love photography, I can't pick!" Nobody wants to hang out with someone so agreeable.

For me, hands down, it's bath time.  My kids can literally be at the point of driving me so nuts I need to be committed but then bath time makes it all better for at least 5-seconds.

documenting bath time

the good news about being too poor for end tables

When my husband and I bought our house years ago, we had no money.  We had just moved off of a boat (I'll tell you that story someday) and had absolutely no furniture (which doesn't really go well with the no money part).  The biggest sticker shock I had when I was trying to fill our house? End tables.  

If you've never been end table shopping, wait until you win the lotto to go do it.  Seriously, what the hell?!

the good news about being too poor for end tables

oh brother!

I thoroughly believe that in the hard times of life, we have options on how we handle the chaos. we can succumb to it or we can embrace it and grow.  in that tired, overwhelming, and soul sucking week, I could feel myself succumbing.  I didn't know how I was ever going to be a productive person again. I thought of selling all of my camera gear because I was clearly never going to be awake enough to take another photo, and I was certain I was going to die in a sports bra, cheap leggings, and a dirty t-shirt on a floor covered in cheerios and dog hair.....

oh brother!

housework in motion

...this workday, I decided to get creative, documenting the super exciting events of my day with a slowed down shutter speed to show the motion of it all.  because that's what creative people do when faced with a non-creative task...

housework in motion