Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Chair Assignment

Last Saturday, I went out with Deirdre in the morning at 6:30am with the assignment to photograph a chair in a creative environment from Digital Photography School. We had planned the chair outing before we knew of the assignment and it turned out to be way more than just the chair with photos of fields, early sun, a rushing river, geese, LUSH green and huge trees. We even stopped for brekkie at Arnies! Fun, fun times.

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These are the details of this photo!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Life in the Fast Lane

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Last week one evening, I was downtown taking senior pictures for the daughter of a friend and we happened upon this car. The owner let us use it for a prop and I had to take a turn too.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Tunnel Vision

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Deirdre shoots through some playground equipment

This morning I woke up before 6am to go out on a photoshoot with my friend Deirdre. We took hundreds of photos and I soon discovered that she, like me, does not tire of taking them! So tunnel vision is a most fitting title. We did stop for brekkie for awhile but we're meeting back up at 4pm for more. Fun times!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Jumping Cousins






A friend of mine commented that she collected photos of people jumping, so here are a few more. I can't tell you how fun these are to take!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The Queen Mother at the Beach

It was a hazy day at the beach and mom & I decided to try to get some cool pix.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Life with Four Daughters

Mom told Dad when they were dating, and I quote, "I want 4 girls." Lo and behold, 4 daughters were born. Only the Queen Mother could get her wish.


Well, the girls grew up and each had a boy first and a girl second. Amazing. But then John & I went and had another girl, but that is because we moved so far away. Soon the oldest grandson got married and that would even things out again.

Life sure is colorful with 4 daughters...

Monday, June 22, 2009


Last week, on our way to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, we stopped for an overnight stay near Washington DC. We got together with our friend Joanne who is working at the Department of Agriculture for her summer break from grad school. We had supper at Union Station and walked around the city at night. Beautiful!


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In the morning, we met her for a church service at the National Cathedral. I took a few indoor photos, but the outdoor one is from last year.

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day!

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The Four Sisters wish Dad a Happy Father's Day in the OBX!

Wishing John a Happy Father's Day also!

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Jumping for joy for the great dad we have!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

These Never Cease to Amaze Me

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I mean, can you believe anything can be so beautiful? They always remind me of this poem by Mary Oliver. I've posted it before, but I will again because of how it captures their wild and perfect beauty the way I try to in the photos.

This morning the green fists of the peonies are getting ready
to break my heart
as the sun rises,
as the sun strokes them with his old, buttery fingers

and they open ---
pools of lace,
white and pink ---
and all day the black ants climb over them,

boring their deep and mysterious holes
into the curls,
craving the sweet sap,
taking it away

to their dark, underground cities ---
and all day
under the shifty wind,
as in a dance to the great wedding,

the flowers bend their bright bodies,
and tip their fragrance to the air,
and rise,
their red stems holding

all that dampness and recklessness
gladly and lightly,
and there it is again ---
beauty the brave, the exemplary,

blazing open.
Do you love this world?
Do you cherish your humble and silky life?
Do you adore the green grass, with its terror beneath?

Do you also hurry, half-dressed and barefoot, into the garden,
and softly,
and exclaiming of their dearness,
fill your arms with the white and pink flowers,

with their honeyed heaviness, their lush trembling,
their eagerness
to be wild and perfect for a moment, before they are
nothing, forever?
-Mary Oliver

Friday, June 12, 2009

Flash Back Friday 122

June 2008, Outer Banks, NC

Tomorrow we leave for the OBX again...for a week of listening to the ocean, taking pix and visiting with the fam.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Love Thursday

John & I are celebrating our 21st anniversary today!!!

Last night I said, "Who knows what tomorrow is??" Bridget said in a monotone, "Your anniversary".

So I said it at a higher pitch to be heard over the baseball game and John said, "Is it the day we got Leo?"

He's still the funniest guy I know.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Bursting Into Bloom

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“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” -Anais Nin

Monday, June 08, 2009

Silver Medal

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Edward's silver medal for the 25K River Bank Run finally came in the mail so he posed for me because he knows (and accepts) how I am.

Saturday, June 06, 2009


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Michael, Vinson, Eric, Ben, Seth, Jeremiah, Daniel & Bob

Friday afternoon, Bridget & I went downtown to meet John for lunch and went to watch our church's band perform in the annual Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts. They were so awesome and I had the fun, fun job of photographing each of them under the bright midday sun! I won't forget this gorgeous day filled with their beautiful music. This is one of the songs they sang which rang through my head the rest of the day:

Everyone needs compassion
Love that’s never failing
Let mercy fall on me
Everyone needs forgiveness
The kindness of a Saviour
The hope of nations

He can move the mountains
For my God is mighty to save
He is mighty to save
Author of salvation
He rose and conquered the grave
Jesus conquered the grave

So take me as You find me
All my fears and failures
Fill my life again
I give my life to follow
Everything I believe in
Now I surrender

Shine Your light and
Let the whole world see
We’re singing
For the glory of the risen King

Friday, June 05, 2009

Flash Back Friday 121

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I just came across Edward & Maria's 8th grade graduation pictures. Yes, John & I were wearing the same thing.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

A Legacy


Tuesday evening, Bridget participated in the 8th grade graduation ceremonies of Legacy Christian School. It was a blessed occasion, complete with a 16 hour trip by the Queen Mother, Opa, and Beatrix. We were also joined at the ceremony by John's mother & step dad. We looked at Bridget's 8th grade project which included a 9 page paper called "Christ Followers and Kingdom Builders" where she showed how God is at work in every subject. We were so, so proud of her and she loved every minute of it.

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Bridget's class sings their class song, "In Christ Alone"

Bridget plays in the orchestra for the prelude

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Bridget with her proud, happy family

Bridget with her proud, happy grandparents

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

While Mowing the Lawn

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I saw these sweet, bloggable little flowers while I was mowing the lawn and immediately stopped and went around them. Such excitement!