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special date…

we went painting today for our “special time” while the little guy was at home with dad getting ready for his nap. aaron has always expressed an interest in artistic endeavors–especially painting and working with bright colors. his focus impresses me. i watch his brush strokes and how peaceful he looks as he places the color on the paper. while in college i found a similar peace with my watercolors and black india inks in my little world of abstracts. (secretly it makes me smile that he has just a little bit of me in him.)

we had a wonderful time together and plan on heading back on tuesday night for a tie dye event. anyone want to join us?

Lori - November 22, 2008 - 11:00 pm

So playful and creative! He’s growing up so much. Love that expression on the last one.

Tuesday sounds possible. Let’s chat.

portraits….getting the right shots quickly

my friends, my models–and, this past saturday, my teachers. i struggle with getting quickly to the ‘real shots’…the relaxed and fun ones. the ones that exist after the poses and the fake smiles. i thought today, since i know these folks pretty well, that i’d get better images of them.
wrong! my time ran out before i could really get the true images…before i could capture the true intimacy that i know exists within this family.
the sun was an issue for sure so there are more shadows in the images than i’d like but we did have fun hiking around this open space park. i ended up taking over 400 images–mostly posed ones. but i did get some candids that i liked.
my lingering question–what is the secret to getting the ‘right’ images in a quick period of time? and how do other photographers factor in the need reel in the fidgety kiddos within that quick time period too?
anyone feelin’ my pain? been there? drop me a line please!

Andi - November 18, 2008 - 3:07 pm

For me, I think of taking photos as something akin to watching a football game – or any sports game. You can see the setup, but you need to wait until the goal to shoot. If you’re patient and watch for it, it gets easier!

Great photos, though!! That light is SO freakin’ hard, but you did great!

photo sessions…

lately-with all that is going on in our new world of “autism”–i’ve been at a loss for words. the only ones i can think of are “overwhelmed” and “stressed” and they come to mind quite often.

but i’ve been on a ton of photo shoot these past two weeks so i’ve got lots of images to share. hopefully they will make up for my lack of words.

Spicy Sister - November 3, 2008 - 3:55 pm

Hey MB, these photos are incredible. You mentioned your new world of “autism” – not sure if I missed news about this on your blog but I can only imagine what venturing into this world might be like for you and your family. My thoughts are with you. I think it is such a gift to your sons that you have such creative energy flowing through you. Whatever either of them is going through I know you will find your way instinctively, intuitively, creatively, and with fullness.

Lori - November 3, 2008 - 8:35 pm

I think your ability to think in images and concepts will help you deal with those who are not so word oriented.

These are gorgeous. I wish I could have made your photo shoot.

time keeps on slippin’ slippin’…

tonight i wish i could stop time.
my family’s visit was peaceful and kind to me–all of us really-(and it is coming to an end).

there is a comfort in having everyone in the same house and a peace that i just can’t find words to describe.

not only were they helpful but they provided much needed love and support to us and the boys during their time here in colorado.

please come back soon mom and dad. very soon.

i miss you both already.


Lori - October 27, 2008 - 7:24 am

Awwww. I can feel the harmony.

Glad you had a great visit!

Sample Photo Shoot

I felt the creativity surging though me this past Saturday. I raced to get the boys’ haircuts, ran to the grocery store to stock up for the week and then dressed them in their fall photo outfits. It was a glorious Colorado day.

The session lasted just under two hours which is what I plan on offer for my clients. My talent lies in capturing the non-scripted moments in a casual and candid way.

Since I am not much of a photoshop user-these photos are pretty much straight out of the camera. I did do some contrast and sharpening in LightRoom 2.

So here is a sample of a typical photo session with me!

I have a passion for photography and feel that this is my future and my true calling.

I’d love to work with YOU in the future!

Lori - October 5, 2008 - 6:54 pm

They are so adorable, so handsome.

I just sent out a blast to the ColoBloggers. Maybe you should write a guest post for Mile High Mamas on how you got into this, and how your family reacts to your talent and drive.

TucsonHillary - October 14, 2008 - 7:27 pm

Gorgeous shots of your ‘men’…You are really doing beautiful work Mary Beth…it is a joy to see your growth and creativity in your art! Keep it up…you have success written all overy your images!!! Hillary