{food for thought}
Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances,
for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. {1 Thessalonians 5:16-18}

Monday, January 31, 2011

Roses are {Red}, Violets are Blue...

& i love him times infinity, plus two...

more sweet shots:
Touch Up Tuesday's at the Paper Mama

"you must understand that seeing is believing,
but also know that believing is seeing. " ~D. Waitley

the theme for Shoot & Edit this week is {red}...
head on over to Jill's beautiful blog & link up for her portion of the challenge...
then come come back on Thursday to soak up Ashley's awesome advice & link up your edits!
both these shots are {SOOC}, with subtle hints of reds & i just can't wait to edit them both!

Happy Monday everyone!

Best Face Forward {i heart faces}

Wordless{ish} Wednesday: SNOW Happy
“of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important." ~J. Lane
somebody must have forgotten to tell him!

though this is not his {best face} ever,
it was my {best face} shot from January 2011!
anyone else longing for warmer sunny weather?

more best faces:

what's your best face?

Friday, January 28, 2011

You Capture :: Ü Happiness is... Ü

{their sweet smiling faces}
{apples picked fresh from the branch}
{his face}
{found in anticipation}
{guilty indulgence}
{his kisses & anniversaries}
{fun family portraits & bench mondays}
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{a sweet treat on a hot day}
{kisses with a view}
{flowers found while walking by the river}

{traditions to carry on & memories made}

"happiness is like a butterfly. the more you chase it, the more it eludes you.
but if you turn your attention to other things, it comes & sits softly on your shoulder."

each of these precious happenings was a
beautiful & happily remembered moment...

this week's theme for You Capture is {happy}!

Happy Weekending everyone!!!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Shoot & Edit :: Week 3 {Goodnight}

{Secondary Edit}
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many stated that you couldn't wait to see what i would do for all of my edits! and since the only image that i had not slightly
edited was the last in this post i decided to give these two photos a secondary edit with the use of some textures :)
happy viewing everybody!!! for larger view {original edits here}


{Secondary Edit}
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here is the {SOOC} that i had originally intended to edit... SOOC, Raw, & Final Edit
nothing says {goodnight} to us & our little beans like bedtime stories
& soaking up those last few precious quiet moments of the day!
{Raw Edit}
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here is what i did in {Adobe Camera Raw}:
white balance: as shot
slight use of recovery
increased fill light & brightness
increased clarity
increased saturation & vibrancy
{Final Edit}
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for my final edit:
added vintage photo effect
then used eraser to remove effect from the page area to help sharpen
added some focal soften around the area of the words on the page to help them stand out more
& last but not least i added a tiny bit of vignetting around the image for slight bit of framing to draw your eye in!

the differences aren't that noticeable between the SOOC & Raw Edit but lightening it up some helped to add a pop in the final edit!
not overly thrilled with any of my edits today but oh how i am enjoying having these moments captured to relive & remember Ü

pop on over to Ashley's blog & link up for her part of Shoot & Edit...
& thanks for all the great/helpful tips Ashley & Jill!!!!
more shot & edit:

Happy Thursday!!!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Wordless{ish} Wednesday: Friendly Hearts

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"Remember, the greatest gift is not found in a store nor under a tree, but in the hearts of true friends." ~Cindy Lew
more wordless wednesday at: The Paper Mama, A Beautiful Mess, The Wee View, Seven Clown Circus, & Supermom!

she is such a sweet lil' bit of girl but can definitely hang with the most rambunctious of boys :)
{mmmmmm... hot cocoa made by her mommy on a cold day, just perfect}
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more b&w:
the long road

couldn't leave out the color version of course...
oh how she makes me want a sweet lil' bit of girl all my own!
but i'm lucky cause she's just down the street & i get to see her smiling face quite often.
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so much sweetness... this particular day she walked right over to me, looked up, smiled & said, "You look really pretty today."
OH! MY! heart melting!!! I happily smiled back & replied, "Why thank you! You too look pretty today & I love your pigtails & bows." :)
love it, don't ever want to forget it!

Happy Wednesday!!!
{Christmas Parade 2010}

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

{Life's Little Sweet Treasures}

Daddy really is his best friend & no matter how tall the littlest bean gets he'll always look up to him
& no matter how big, he'll never out grow his Daddy's heart :) {I just love this image ♥}

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"one does not love one's children just because they are one's children but
because of the friendship formed while raising them." ~G. Marquez

And how could this not be my happiness for today!
watching these two strengthen an unbreakable bond daily
is a wonderful sight & it makes my heart sing :)

more happiness:

Also the theme for Shutter Love Tuesday this week is {overlay}!
I used two different gradient overlays of salmon to lighten
& brighten & then added a sun flare overlay for a dramatic fun effect!

more overlays:


well last night while working on getting my Shoot & Edit image the littlest bean came along & made it that much sweeter!!!
oh how he just loves for his Daddy to tuck him in at night & read him to sleep!Love his love for reading {well being read to at least}!!!
Especially anything that has to do with trains or the moon! But last night he choose a classic...

Sweet Shot

more sweet shots:
Sweet Shot Day

SOOC                                                              {Green Eggs & Ham} to be read with his daddy of course!
This is my SOOC shot for Shoot & Edit, it just screams {Goodnight} to me, which is the topic of assignment this week,
head over to Jill's wonderful blog to see more SOOC shots, thanks Jill. Will be back Thursday to link up at Ashley's beautiful bloggy
abode for the edit portion of this image :)

more Shoot & Edit:

Happy Happy Tuesday everyone!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Innocent Wonderment {i heart faces}

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 "The world will never starve for want of wonders, but for want of wonder." ~G. Chesterson

♥ooohh look at all that innocent want wonderment on my little bean's face ♥

more wonderment:

Happy Monday!