Monday, December 15, 2014

And Then We Snapped - Week #19

It has been dark here. We seriously have not seen the sun for days. We're making the most of it and it has been a really good challenge for my daily photos to take photos in low light. I wouldn’t mind a few days of sunshine this week though. 

“When the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.” 
― J.M. Barrie

“Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.” 
― Mark Twain

“When someone loves you, the way they talk about you is different. You feel safe and comfortable.” 
― Jess C. Scott

“Some of the worst mistakes in my life were haircuts” 
― Jim Morrison

You know Dasher, and Dancer, and
Prancer, and Vixen,
Comet, and Cupid, and
Donder and Blitzen
But do you recall
The most famous reindeer of all

“Do not apologize for crying. Without this emotion, we are only robots.” 
― Elizabeth Gilbert

“It's true, Christmas can feel like a lot of work, particularly for mothers. But when you look back on all the Christmases in your life, you'll find you've created family traditions and lasting memories. Those memories, good and bad, are really what help to keep a family together over the long haul.” 
―Caroline Kennedy

Now head on over to Mel Karlberg Photography's blog and see her week!

Monday, December 8, 2014

And Then We Snapped - Week #18

Happy first week of December everyone! There was a whole lot of Christmas going on in our house this week. The tree went up, Santa’s beard was colored, tears were shed, and on Saturday we even went to go visit the big guy.

“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.” 
― Laura Ingalls Wilder

“Because I am still a little girl who believes in Santa and the tooth fairy and you.” 
― Laurie Halse Anderson

“Think it over, think it under.” 
― A.A. Milne

“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” 
― Oscar Wilde

“People observe the colors of a day only at its beginnings and ends, but to me it's quite clear that a day merges through a multitude of shades and intonations with each passing moment. A single hour can consist of thousands of different colors. Waxy yellows, cloud-spot blues. Murky darkness. In my line of work, I make it a point to notice them.” 
― Markus Zusak

You better watch out
You better not cry
Better not pout
I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town

“Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies!” 
― Francis Pharcellus Church

Let me take a moment to talk to you about the Santa photo. This is by far the most challenging photo I take every year. We visit Santa every year at our Zoo. He sits and meets with the children in a giant event room with every high ceilings that is very dimly lit. To top that off the ceiling is painted black so even if I could bounce my flash off of it the black would just suck it in. Also I only get one chance to take this photo. The last few years have all been major failures. Though this year’s photo isn’t perfect I am still so proud of it. Yes the white balance is off, the exposure isn’t perfect and yes there is some grain, but I love it. I feel I captured that moment, and I captured my children’s emotions and to me that’s the most important thing. I took one shot…and this is what I got and I am so happy with it. 

Now take a moment and head over to Mary Slone Photography’s page to see her week! 

Monday, December 1, 2014

And Then We Snapped - Week #17

"When you're a princess you make up your own rules" - Olivia 

“Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people.”
― C.G. Jung

“I love you because no two snowflakes are alike, and it is possible, if you stand tippy-toe, to walk between the raindrops. ” 
― Nikki Giovanni

“We can't choose where we come from,but we can choose where we go from there.”
― Stephen Chbosky

Big decisions…trying to pick out which sticker he gets for pooping on the potty. He went with the green slime. 

“If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.” 
― Meister Eckhart

Happy Thanksgiving! 

“Spring passes and one remembers one's innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one's exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one's reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one's perseverance.” 
― Yoko Ono

“Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?” 
― George Carlin

Now make sure you follow the blog circle around to Jenny from Through My Lens

Monday, November 24, 2014

And Then We Snapped - Week #16

This was a really regular week. It started with Piper spending 24 hours on the couch due to the flu and ended with a really fun engagement session about 30 miles out of town.

"Embrace Messy Hair" - Unknown

"Well we all shine on
Like the moon and the stars and the sun
Well we all shine on"
-John Lennon

“A two-year old is kind of like having a blender, but you don't have a top for it.”
― Jerry Seinfeld

"Brothers and sisters unite
It's the time of your lives, it's the time of your lives" -Coldplay

“Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?” 
― J.R.R. Tolkien

“Life is like a snowball. The important thing is finding wet snow and a really long hill. ” 
― Warren Buffett

“Love is the bridge between you and everything.”
― Rumi

Now follow the circle around to Jana O'Flaherty's from Photography 2204's page to see her amazing photos! 

Monday, November 17, 2014

And Then We Snapped - week #15

This week started with 2 very tired children traveling back from their Gammy's house and ended with our first snow. We also took a trip to the science center mid-week. 

“Be a child again. Flirt. Giggle. Dip your cookies in your milk. Take a nap. Say you're sorry if you hurt someone. Chase a butterfly. Be a child again.” 
― Max Lucado

“When I was a child my mother said to me, 'If you become a soldier, you'll be a general. If you become a monk, you'll be the pope.' Instead I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.” 
― Pablo Picasso

“Families are designed to nurture the minds, wills, and emotions of its members so that the barriers created by fear of the unknown can be replaced by the confidence that comes from knowing you are loved whether you succeed or fail.” 
― Leigh A. Bortins

“The dark does not destroy the light; it defines it. It's our fear of the dark that casts our joy into the shadows.” 
― Brené Brown

“Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.” 
― Khalil Gibran

I have taken this same shot so many times, and for some reason for me it just never gets old. 

“The truth is that when one is still a child-or even if one is grown up- and has been well fed, and has slept long and softly and warm; when one has gone to sleep in the midst of a fairy story, and has wakened to find it real, one cannot be unhappy or even look as if one were; and one could not, if one tried, keep a glow of joy out of one's eyes.” 
― Frances Hodgson Burnett

“Wow, really snowed last night! Isn't it wonderful? Everything familiar has disappeared! The world looks brand new!
A new year ... a fresh, clean start! It's like having a big white sheet of paper to draw on! A day full of possibilities! It's a magical world, Hobbes, ol' buddy ... let's go exploring!” 
― Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes: It's a Magical World it 

No head on over to see what Allyson Wasmund Photography's page to see what she has been up to this past week. 

Monday, November 10, 2014

And Then We Snapped week - #14

Oh daylight savings you are not my friend! If you have been following my daily photos you will know I love those evening golden light hours. Well It get's a little bit harder to find that type of light this time of year so daily photos are always a bit more of a challenge. We started this week with a trip to Falls Park and wrapped it up with a trip to Gammy's house. It was a fun week even if there is less daylight. 

“How much does one imagine, how much observe? One can no more separate those functions than divide light from air, or wetness from water.” 
― Elspeth Huxley

“a sociable smile is nothing but a mouth full of teeth” 
― Jack Kerouac

"I wouldn’t mind being grownup, she told me, if I didn’t have to get up & be grumpy right away every morning...."
-Story People

“I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being.”
― حافظ

“I wished she’d never stop squeezing me. I wished I could spend the rest of my life as a child, being slightly crushed by someone who loved me.” 
― Gail Carson Levine

“Nothing in this world happens without a reason. That we are all exactly where we are supposed to be, and that the pieces of the puzzle have a tendency to come together when you least expect it.” 
― Jane Green

"We didn't realize we were making memories we just knew we were having fun." - unknown

Make sure to follow the circle to see what Kim De Araujo's past week was like!