Project 52 | Week One: Fresh

This year I’m participating in a photo challenge facilitated by Sarah over at My Four Hens. The goal is to take one picture a week for 2015. Each week Sarah gives us a new theme to help get our creativity going. I’m super excited about this because it will give me a little kick-start each week. My goal is to grow and learn and use my camera much more often.

The theme for week one is “fresh.” Here’s my entry:


This morning we woke up to fresh rain. As you can see by the leaf, even the trees in California are confused by our weather. This January day feels and looks like fall.

001 Fresh

Best Face of 2014

The January challenge at I Heart Faces is “Best Face of 2014.” This picture right here is my favorite face picture of 2014 for so many reasons. The number one reason is, of course, just how very much I love this particular face. I cannot get enough of her. Just cannot.



Check out the rest of the amazing faces here:


Back to It!

This is at least the third post I’ve written saying that my goal is to get back to photography. Third times a charm, right? I have had the most wonderful reason for being away, though.


She’s 1!

One of the best things about living back in the US is being around for family events. Last week, we got to celebrate our niece’s first birthday. Isn’t she the cutest?


In the Distance

As our life begins to settle, I’m finally finding more time to spend with my camera. Yay! This means I can start doing some of my favorite things again, like participating in the I Heart Faces monthly challenges. This month’s challenge is “In the Distance.” This photo is actually from a few months ago when my parents visited, but it’s one of my favorites because it has my three favorite people in it.

In the Distance


Check out the rest of the “In the Distance” photos here:


Miss MelMac

Last week I had a wonderful visit from my dear friend, Melissa. She was in town for a work trip, but was kind enough to make some time to hang out with Matt and me. Melissa was in need of some new head shots for her business, so in between chatting about life and trying to save the world, we headed out for a photo shoot. She is a beauty inside and out, this one.

Melissa is a wildly talented children’s ministry consultant. If you are involved in children’s ministry, I highly recommend getting to know her. You can read about what she does on her website, Facebook, and Twitter.


It was super fun to be home for Easter this year. Dying Easter eggs is way more fun with a toddler.


Saturday Drive

A few weekends ago, we took a nice little drive up to Cachuma Lake. My sweet husband came prepared with a book because he knew we’d be stopping to take some wildflower pictures. It was a beautiful day for a drive and a nice way to get out of the house for a bit.


Mom & Dad Visit

A few weeks ago, my parents came up for a visit. We went to the butterfly preserve and spent some time walking on the beach. It’s so nice to be living close enough to be able to visit without travelling for 24 hours.


Phone Fotos

Wow. Moving across continents is a crazy business. With our lives in limbo for the last six months, photography definitely took a back seat. We did finally get cell phones about two months ago. This is the first time I’ve owned a smart phone, and I’ve been having a great time playing with some of the fun photo apps out there. My favorites so far are Instagram and Flickr. I like Instagram for the social aspect, but I think I actually like Flickr’s editing options better. Here are some of my favorite phone shots so far. If you have any suggestions for fun photo apps, I’d love to hear them!