Sunday, January 1, 2012

Memories, Dreams, and Reflection

Me! - picture of yourself (you don't have to show your face). What are you most proud of accomplishing in 2011? 
Mostly I am proud of all I have learned about photography this year...and the friendships I have because of it. 

I Love You - picture of your husband, boyfriend, children, pets, etc.
My husband who supports me and encourages me and entertains the kids when I "disappear" for a few hours because of photography or other events in my life.  

Still Laughing... - a moment you're still laughing about now...tell us a story.
On one of my recent photo walks with friends, my good friend convinced me to climb this giant sand hill.  It was hard, but I had hiking shoes on.  She had to abandon her black heeled boots and was teased by everyone for wearing heeled boots to a beach walk.  She said it was easy to do in bare feet, but oh so cold!  It was November after all.

Winter Wonderland - a picture that reflects Winter.
The frost and sun have been very entertaining this winter! 

Birthday - share a birthday picture (your own or someone you love).
Sunflower, whom I love, turned three in August! 

Friends - a picture with friends (this could be your friends or your children with their friends).
Last April with several of my closest friends on a woman's retreat.  Our next retreat is in March and I cannot wait.  (Last year we were so disturbed by the Scriptural inaccuracy of the teaching that this year our church is planning our own retreat and we four are all on the planning committee.) 

I Was Inspired... - could be a picture of your inspiration (person or thing), or inspired by...
The sun and frost was so beautiful together, I was inspired to spend hours taking pictures...ignoring the cold.  

Spring Fever - a picture that reflects Spring.
 Nothing says spring like short sleeves and buttercups! 

Travel or Vacation - a picture taken on vacation or on a recent travel experience...even if it was only a few miles away.
Our summer camping trip to Mt. Rainier provided lots of opportunities to practice landscape photography. 

Summer Days - a picture that reflects Summer.
 'nuf said.
    A Day In My Life - a picture of a typical day in your life.
    This is a common scene around our house, especially during the Holidays.  Of course sometimes everyone is on their own electronic device--though Sunflower is usually not sitting this still. 

    All Smiles - a picture that makes you smile or of smiling faces.
    This photo makes me laugh every time I see it.  Good thing photos are digitally date-stamped because I cannot tell the season by how they are dressed at all!

    Autumn Harvest - a picture that reflects Autumn/Fall.
     It was one of the most beautiful falls least in our area.  The beautiful light!

    Family or Home - a picture of your family or a picture that represents family/home for you.
     Home is where my family is.  I'll miss the boys when school starts back up on Tuesday.

    Celebrate! - a picture that reflects a celebration. 
    We just finished celebrating the birth of the baby Jesus; though we celebrate Jesus all year long.

    Let's Do It Again... - a picture of something you'd like to do again soon. 
    Saturday I went on a photowalk with several people from my local facebook photography club.  It is so great to hang out with other photographers and encourage each other.  I cannot wait for our next walk or workshop.

    I Miss You - a picture of someone or something you really miss.
    My mom.  She died when I was 15, but there are times when I could really use Mom.  (I'm the girl in blue.) 

    Beautiful - a picture of someone or something you find beautiful.
     Mt. Rainier is beautiful...from any angle.

    Dress Up - this might be a picture from Halloween or not...but someone who is all dressed up!
    He was a magician for Halloween.  I kind of like the blur in his hand as he does his magic! 

    Macro - share your favorite macro or close-up image.
    Oh, I love how close you can get with my friend's macro lens...someday. 

    Holidays - a picture from the Holiday of your choice.
     I really do love Christmas with all the pretty colors and lights and happy children.  

    My Favorite - share your favorite picture or memory from 2011.
     So far this is my favorite edit/photo from the night photography workshop I took on Friday. 

    Don't Ever Change - something you love about yourself, someone, or something that you never want to change.
    I never want how sweet my children are together and how much they really do love each other and take care of each other...Sunflower's ruling of her court change. 

    Just Because...So There! - share any picture(s) that you really want to share, but doesn't fit in any other category.
    Just because her expression and pose make me laugh, but the photo doesn't make it to my top 11 from the year. 

    Hopes and Dreams - share what you hope to come or dream for 2012. Feel free to share an image of your choice.
    Someday I hope to be able to make money doing portrait photography, but first I need alot more practice and I plan to be distracted this spring by our own addition to the family.



    Susan said...

    Such a lovely reflection of the year gone by. So love your family shot and the fun new ones you included. Hope all of your 2012 dreams come true!

    Life with Kaishon said...

    You are so pretty : ) I think that is my most favorite picture. What a lovely smile you have. I hope your retreat this spring is wonderful. Wishing you a year filled with joy Cedar. Much love, Becky

    DaenelT said...

    Beautiful! I love your photographs, so engaging....

    Andrea Dawn said...

    Love these, Cedar . . . your "Just Because" is so cute. Your Mt. Rainier shot is absolutely stunning! I got a lovely shot of it this year too but from the Canadian side of the border. Happy New Year to you and your family.

    Tonya said...

    The photo of Mount Rainier is gorgeous! A lovely reflection of your year!

    No Greater Love said...

    Oh no, I already broke one New Year's resolution by spending too long looking at all your pictures. :) (I was suppose to be cleaning, instead.) But...I'm glad I did...because they are beautiful, Cedar. And the baby one made my eyes water, because I so can't wait for your daughter to come home.

    Em S said...

    What a lovely series! Little Miss Sunflower can have quite the expression on her face...can't she?

    Ashley Sisk said...

    I've always thought the photos of your kids were wonderful, but I forgot how beautiful your nature shots are. WOW. Beautiful work girl. Can't wait to see what you'll be up to in 2012.

    Kathy said...

    I think the composition of your "Spring Fever" is just brilliant!


    Selena @ Stoneyville said...

    Beautiful shots! I love to see the growth that your photography has had! I just love seeing all the favorite shots from the year.

    Ms. Becky said...

    oh my word you take beautiful photos. I'm blown away by the faces of your children, and your landscapes. wow. thanks for stopping by my blog and saying hello, I truly appreciate that. I just love what you do with your camera lens. wishing you all the best in 2012.

    Stasha said...

    I cannot wait for spring. SO happy for you. Wonderful set Cedar, Happy 2012!

    Lenyer Vestal said...

    Wow! I love your nature shots, escpecially the picture of Mt. Rainier. All of your shots are beautifully edited and I love the winter wonderland picture.... the leaves are in the shape of a heart! I hope you have a great new year!

    Cedar said...

    My dear friend, you are sooo talented. I love to see your photography!

    Sara said...

    Gorgeous collection Cedar, love your winter, beautiful and let's do it again. But most of all I love all the interaction in the family shots, so beautiful. Your just because photo is a classic, so adorable!

    thefisherlady said...

    Your winter wonderland, and, I was inspired, are magnificent... I also love to be out in the snow and the sun and try to catch a miracle!
    The ones of you and your precious family are so beautiful! you indeed have an eye for balance and a gift to catch the 'moment'

    Magnolia_Mom said...

    I love the clarity of you pics. The Winter pics is amazing!