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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

2011 | A Photographic Journey


What a year this has been! But specifically for photography. I think I enjoyed taking photos more than the previous year- not having to think so hard about the meaning of f.stops and metering definitely made the process a whole lot faster, at least! And I had a lot of fun experimenting and breaking all the composition rules. (But shh, don't tell!)

I thought I would share with you some of my happiest photos from this year. I don't say 'best' because I'm a self-confessing perfectionist and I always think my photos can improve! But these photos all made me smile.

| January |

{taken at Annual Conference - loving the catchlights in her eyes in this photo}

| February |

{cat + warm early morning sunshine = happy photo}

| March |

{photography wise, perhaps this isn't the best photo. But this was taken at a children's program, and the little girl in the picture grabbed my camera and took a self portrait - I thought it was adorable!}

| April |

{because little sisters & fields make me happy}

| May |

{imagine the sound of waves crashing against the rocks, warm sunshine streaming into a rocky cave and the soft gritty feeling of sand under your feet, and you might understand why this photo makes me happy}

| June |

{the joyous strains of a newly acquired viola began to fill our house around this point - I just had to include a photo of this very [squeaky] exciting time}

| July |

{ so many }

{ happy memories}

{and happy smiles from this month}

| August |

{not really focused but I love it anyway}

{happy times with happy people with big cameras}

| September |

{birthday food}

| October |

{because sparklers are happy things}

| November |

{Adoration: music & memories}

| December |

{because little sisters & fields make me happy}

{for God so loved the world that he gave it his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him won't perish but instead have eternal life. John 3:16}

May God bless all of you in the new year 2012!


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

I might.

Merry Almost Christmas, people!

I've been thinking (I know, I know... very unorthodox of me!) about doing a long, exciting, photo-filled end of year post with some of my favourite photos from 2011 in it.

I might.

But do you know what would really motivate me? If all you incredible photographers/bloggers did the same thing!! (Yes, I'm looking at you.)

So, that being said... Happy Blogging!

Monday, December 12, 2011

And the countdown begins... {edited}

It's nearly Christmas. And that equals busyness! And because busyness equals less time to spend writing long interesting (or not so interesting) words for my blog posts, I thought I'd put all the words together in a collage so you can still see what I've been up to lately... 

Before I leave you to return to your happy busy little lives, I thought I'd quickly post a few photos that I took yesterday. One of the really awesome things about Christmas lights is all the bokeh (translation: the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light or as my friend HT would put it: baubles of light!) that you can create!

{Notice the beautiful baubles of light?}

{Not so much bokeh, but you can do really awesome reflection shots, too! Note: I changed this photo because I now have access to Lightroom (yippeee!) and loved the way this photo turned out after I re-edited it there!}

Have a great & busy week!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Upcoming girl's retreat!

I thought I'd give you a break from my usual photography + boring words posts to tell you all about a completely exciting girl's conference that is coming up very soon!

"A Passion for Jesus is a Christian girls ministry reaching the hearts of young ladies. It is our mission to help girls realise their ultimate purpose in life and reach their full potential for Christ!"
This retreat is being run by several young ladies who have a desire to see girls grow in their walk with God. I would highly recommend this conference to everyone - and it's being held in different locations around the country and NZ, so you have no excuse not to come. ;-)


Please prayerfully consider attending this life-changing conference! And bring along your friends and relations and anybody else who might be interested...

Have a great, exciting & amazing weekend, everyone!

(P.S Early bird registration is this Monday)

Friday, December 2, 2011

of moths & of pencil sharpeners

And now you're wondering what moths and pencil sharpeners have to do with anything, right?

Well, nothing really. :D But I did need a blog title...

And now, because this post is definitely in the random category already, I think I'll continue it in bullet points.

  • Firstly, apologies (again) for not fixing up my blog. To be perfectly honest with you, I haven't actually sat down and tried to work it out yet - so any helpful tips would be most welcome. Otherwise, I will set aside some time and try to figure it out on my lonesome! (And it also gives me another opportunity to thank you for being so patient. What a legendary bunch of blog followers you are!)

  • Secondly, I just realized that this is rather an aimless blog post. This is because after studying, practising music and drinking numerous cups of tea for 10 hours straight, my brain either switches into a completely random and crazy mode, or else it functions rather like a computer. I will do what you tell me but don't expect me to think creatively about problem solving and solutions! lol. (And that reminds me, I need to go and work out what is wrong with our vacuum. Hmm.)  
  • I thought I'd leave you with a few random photos and a random verse to think about today! Oh, and you may expect some more rational posts sometime in the future...

{'For I know the plans that I have for you', declares the LORD, 'plans for welfare and not for calamity, to give you a future and a hope.'" Jeremiah 29:11}

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