Thursday, June 4, 2015

new collective

  I joined a new photo collective that began this week. It is called Slowing up and is to be 52 weeks with prompts. I don't like prompts, so I don't know how this is going to work out. But my cheerleader, Geoff says I'll do great and rise to the challenge. I love him for that. 

These are my outtakes for the the prompt 'chair.' Clearly I'm not good at prompts. You can see the one I chose here

Thursday, May 14, 2015

mother daughter photo session

I found Ashley Jennett of The Stork & The Beanstalk where I find every thing that is cool these days, on Instagram. I can't remember exactly how I found her, but I kept coming back to her to work. Her style stands out and each of her photos would draw me in to stay a while. That's tough to do on Instagram, where much of the look is homogenized.

She announced she was having a Mother & Child special for Mother's day and I treated myself to a little mother's day gift. To be honest, I loved that she offered a mother and child session, because I am behind the camera so much and rarely in photos with Chloe. I felt selfish wanting a session of just she and I, but the fact that Ashely offered a Mother & Child session made me more okay with it. Of course now I want a session of all three of us. But I'm so glad we did a shoot of just us girls. 

I love her photos of us.  She is seriously good and a joy to be around. If you want to see more of her work, check out her blog and Instagram stream, but also this session of a super hot mom and her darling son in Old San Juan Puerto Rico. It's stunning.

All photos in this post by Ashley Jennett. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

road trip games

While driving to downtown LA Saturday afternoon Chloe and I were playing random games to pass the time.

She said, "let's play test questions."

"Okay?" I responded.

She went on, "You could go on a three hour trail ride OR go to a fancy French party...with handsome men to dance with and you get to wear a fancy dress in pink or gold?"

She knows me so well. I simply couldn't choose. They both sound perfect to me. I had to ask, "is the party in France?"

"Yes, and so is the trail ride. And they are both three hours."

Oh no. Oh dear. I want both.

Time passes.

"Mamma, you have to chose one."

I can't. They are both so good.

"Okay, the party is after the trail ride, so you can go to both."

This makes me smile to no end. So to Chloe, if you cannot make up your mind, and you hem and ha long enough, you can just have both things. I like her way of thinking. Also I never knew how badly I wanted to go to a fancy French party until she proposed the idea.

I had a harder time thinking up two equally perfect choices for her. Since we had just been to Universal Studios the day before, that choice won over all others, except maybe riding a horse through an empty Disneyland.

Fun questions to think up on a road trip.

Oh, and on our drive to Universal Studios Geoff read trivia questions to us from Trivia Cafe, which was also a good time and we all learned what a monotreme is.