Friday, January 16, 2015

Foto Friday...a birthday rain or shine

This past weekend I once again had the privilege to document Shantal's 7th birthday for my dear friend Angie. She's growing up and this year she went with a cute Hello Kitty theme for her birthday as this little girl always knows what she wants. But her party almost got rained out. Almost! You see, for Angie and her family, parties are never cancelled. They happen whether it rains or shines.

But the rain stopped just enough for the party to go on and I'm so glad because its always fun to see what she does next. She just put up tarps and voila...all good in the rain.

I LOVE her ideas and I always appreciate the beautiful little details Angie puts into her parties. She has friends who are just as creative and help her put this all together, but these decorations are actually just really well executed simple ideas that anyone can do. So that's why  I love posting her ideas here to share with all of you as well.

The rain also became a great background for Shantal's pictures. Its definitely harder to shoot on a rainy day, but we did our best. I took the chance and used the rainy day puddles, her umbrella and rain boots to do something different this year with her. She was happy to comply and used those props to pose and display her personality perfectly.

 These next ones were my favorites as I just watched her walk and be the little girl that she is...

I had so much fun doing these pictures. I tried something different and found a style I'd like to work on and perfect with more practice. I love shooting a natural look. I am still trying to figure out what I want from my photography, and I'm hoping this year will be the year I find some consistency and clarity in that. But for now, I will keep practicing and trying new things.

From my corner to yours...Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

My One litte 'phrase' for 2015...Letting go

Yes, this year I picked a phrase instead of just a single word.  I've been picking a word for many years, but I needed a change, something different to go with because this year is just going to be different... personal.  I mentioned not to long ago, that 2015 is going to be a year of many things - decisions, changes, endings and beginnings, bittersweet yet very exciting moments- and many more things that will entail some kind of  'letting go' for me.

I know it sounds a bit negative, but its not at all. I am consciously choosing not to look at it that way.  I'm choosing to look at 'Letting go' as a positive thing. Something that I need for my spiritual growth. It will be a way for me to accept what is right and what naturally needs to happen in all facets of my life and in the life of those around me this year. To accept and let go without fear but instead with lots of faith, love, happiness and encouragement.

Letting go is also about being flexible, going with the flow. Letting go of stuff- from material excess (ie.-cleaning out closets) to mental excess- silly battles, misunderstandings, habits and thoughts that won't do me any good or empower me to do better.  I struggle with letting go of little things sometimes, and that there are are things that I just can't change because it is what it is.  So learning to let go of these things will help set me free some of the negativity that I am constantly fighting in my head.

This is my goal for this year. 
And as I experience these moments of 'letting go' I will hopefully be able to share them with you as I explore a more reflective journaling and storytelling style this year. 
Let see what happens. 

I hope you'll follow me on this journey.
What is your word OR phrase this year? How do you want it to help you live this year?

From my little's to Letting go in 2015.