To me, there is absolutely nothing like starting my day off with a warm drink. It’s one of my few daily rituals that I stick to. I also realized this morning that it’s one of the few Still Moments that I have everyday and it always starts the day off right. My morning usually starts very early and there is something about making coffee or pouring tea that calms, rejuvenates, and prepares me for the day ahead. It’s a time where I contemplate the dreams that are still on the edge of my consciousness and turn my thoughts to what’s in store.
We all need morning moments that speak to us whether it’s coffee, prayer or meditation, or maybe lacing up your shoes for a run. What is yours? I encourage you to revel in your personal still moment this morning and start today feeling reawakened.
As a professional photographer its incredibly important to me not to forget to capture my everyday life. Don’t get me wrong, there is a side of my brain that never stops taking pictures. I see them EVERYWHERE and try to capture the most I can. But there are times when I get so focused on work, bookings, editing etc, that I forget to take a breath and look around me.
It’s been awhile since I’ve contributed to the Still Moments series that I’ve been collecting. But this moment hit me the other day. What is more still and than a quiet house and a cat appreciating a sun beam? I don’t know, there’s just something about it that is peaceful. Pets themselves bring so much comfort and peace to our lives. I try to keep my crazy cat lady tendencies to a minimum but it doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciate our pets. There are times when they drive me nuts but at the end of a bad day they can also be a great comfort. I know many of you feel the same way. So enjoy a cup of tea (or maybe something stronger) and cuddle up with that pet today. Here are a few of the “runners up” for the still moments for this entry.
In the post The St. Clairs I mentioned that I was in Lexington, Va to see my new niece and nephew! So the time has finally come to show these two cuties off. I was in Lexington for several days and while I was there it was my goal to not only get some pictures of these new babies in my life, but also just photograph the surrounding area.
So I was recently introduced to this book by Ken Haedrich which has 300 tried and true recipes for pie. You may not know this but I have had a love affair with pie for a long time. Sure, there was that time in college where I ate cake every day, but we prefer not to talk about that….for many reasons. I have always been drawn to pie. So many choices, so little time! But I realized after seeing this book that I really haven’t explored with my love of pie. I have a couple recipes that I LOVE and I stick by them. Maybe, just maybe, it’s time for a Great Pie Experiment (GPE for short). So if you will dear readers, follow me along this experiment of pie as I test my skills and review this fabulous book. There will be tears, hopefully not blood, happy moments, and yes, lots and lots of pie.
I have to admit when one of my best friends Kristin told me she was thinking about getting a hedgehog, I had my doubts. It wasn’t that I didn’t think Kristin needed a Hedgehog or that her reasoning wasn’t sound, it was that I knew nothing about them. How do you play with them? What do they need? Are they personable? Are they really all that cute? Answer, especially to the last question is, OH YES.
It’s Friday! And that means it’s time for a Friday Photo. I know I have gotten a little behind on this but it’s never too late to start again. On my way back from my birthday trip to D.C. to see the Redskins Game, I stopped by to visit a few friends in my old stomping ground. On the list was my dear friend Clara. Clara and I have known each other for awhile now. We went to the same high school, the same college, were both in the Art Department in college, traveled to Africa together, and have stayed close since college. I cannot count how many times I have photographed her between art projects, gallery shows together, and just traveling. Art and photography always seems to be a main part of our conversation as we have tea dates, sitting on her porch and catching up on life. These small moments and coveted hours together have meant more to me than I could ever express and I cherish the opportunity to share with each other. More often times than not, there’s a camera there with us, like an old friend keeping us company. So of course, on this visit, like so many others I asked if I could photograph her some. This is one of my favorites because it’s so genuine and casual. Just us, sitting on the porch, having some tea, laughing and loving the small moments we have together that make up life.