(Devon is not overly-fond of this picture of El...but I just *love* that smile!)
If you take the time and stop by my sister's blog post HERE, you will find that numerous attempts to meet with a professional photographer ended in a flop. The very day the photographer was to meet them, she texted them and said she was too sick. Saying my sister was dissapointed is an understatement. She called me, in tears. She had so been looking forward to having some great family and Eloise photos taken of them. She had even sewed matching dresses for her and Eloise!
Now, I am *no* photographer...I just take simple, normal photos. I have a plain-jane digital camera and don't even always know which "function" to use! *But* I suggested that I would make the trip to her house and would take some photos for them. The great thing about a digital camera is that you can just delete the photos you don't want, without wasting money! I also emphasized the fact that they could *still* have professional photos taken at some point, but since they had the time, it was a beautiful day and she had made the dresses....we may as well take some photos! Her and Cory agreed that would be a good idea...so I made the hour trip over to their house and we started snapping away!
Some of my photos turned out blurry (not sure what I was doing wrong) and they definitely aren't "professional"....but we had fun and I think we got some fun memory photos taken!
Devon and Eloise...
Cory and El (I just love this one...doesn't it just make *you* smile too?)...
I did some playing with black and whites/ sepia and other things...I would like to play some more, with some of the photos...but I just haven't had the time!
I really like this one, although it would have been better if it would have come out crisp and clear. I guess that is why professionals use the large, expensive cameras! :)
Three of the same shot with different looks (please, no harsh critics, I was just playing and have *no* desire to ever go into the professional field of photography!)...
I love how playful and sweet Eloise is here...
She kept holding her foot up for this photo...look at those piggies, I love them!
My amateur-self got Devon's camera in the corner of this photo!...
I love this one...those blue eyes!!!
Again, a blurry one. I am disappointed, too, because I think this is so pretty. Maybe I can make it *look* soft...as though it is *meant* to be blurry...?
I hope you enjoyed the photos. Hop on over to Devon's blog to see the ones they took! :) We had fun and although they aren't "perfect"...I think we got some fun "keepers".
Thank-you, so much, for the loving birthday wishes for Madelyn! She enjoyed them! She had a simple but nice birthday. Today, we'll be enjoying some time with my mom and Aunt Nen (Devon) and Eloise. We're going to have a picnic and another small birthday celebration for Madelyn. :)
I must be honest with you...*every* day, I debate and grapple with myself about whether to continue blogging. Sometimes it's hard to just be another bitty drop in the ocean of blog-mania. But, daily, as I continue to question it, it seems as though God puts someone there to encourage me...whether people I talk to in my life, locals, who read my blog...or through emails from *you*. So, if God is still using me, I will continue....but if, at any time, my blog is not being used by Him, I will be finished. *He* is always in charge!
**Quickly, before I go...I encourage you to watch the hour-long movie, Divided, about the falling away (from the faith) of the church's youth. It is available to order, or you can watch it online at the link I gave above. It is discussing something close to my heart...as much as I love our youth pastor and the teens in our church....youth ministry is *not* scriptural. It *is* the parents job...and *something* isn't working with how things are going today. I love this quote from Voddie Baucham:
"God has designed your family—not the youth group, not the
children’s ministry, not the Christian school, but your family
—as the principle discipling agent in your children’s lives."
It's definitely something to think about, pray about and then talk about and consider! :)
Okay...I'm off! I've shared photos, some daily ramblings and also given you some food-for-thought for today! I look forward to hearing what you have to say about it all!
"We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand... and melting like a snowflake. Let us use it before it is too late." ~Marie Beyon Ray