June 2017: Dreamy at Share Six | Fort Collins, Colorado Lifestyle and Fine Art Photographer

The June blog circle theme at Share Six is DREAMY / DREAMS. I hope you’ll take the time to link around the full blog circle (next link at the bottom), and then submit to the Share Six Facebook and/or Instagram pages for a chance to be featured.

Macro photography feeds my soul. I passionately love looking at the world – particularly the natural world – from new and different perspectives. Although it may sound odd to some, macro photography reminds me of my snorkeling experiences, in that it leads me to observe things I simply don’t see everyday. I refer to my macro botanical work as “buds and bugs” as I also love witnessing life at the scale of insects when shooting macro.

For this themed post, I took a little time to shoot in my gardens, something I hadn’t done in recent months. As an aside, you know how when you go biking or running, you often become aware of hills you hadn’t noticed before? The same thing happens when shooting macro in nature and breezes. Those tiny breezes magnify so much. I say this to say the breezes – nay – the WIND – in recent days made several of the subjects I wanted to include unusable, for lack of focus as the plants swayed about! In any event, I love the abstract qualities and the delicious, dreamy bokeh in these images, and hope you enjoy them, too!

I sincerely appreciate you dropping by to check out my take on DREAMY / DREAMS. Next in the blog circle is the highly talented Ceri Herd Photography! Please link over and see the post Ceri  has generated for the theme. For a chance to be featured at Share Six, please submit your DREAMY OR DREAMS images to the Share Six Facebook and/or Instagram pages (tag #sharesix and #sharesix_dreamy or #sharesix_dreams) by July 5th.

November 2016: Texture at Share Six | Fort Collins Fine Art and Lifestyle Photographer

Another month has come and gone, and it’s been an incredibly busy one with fall sessions, head shots, illness, and Halloween. In fact, it has been so busy that I barely had any opportunities to shoot for myself, including new work for the TEXTURE theme. I am disappointed, as I deeply love textures – both visual and otherwise. Hopefully this collection of past work underscores this truth. As usual, I struggled to cull my images to only six! I easily could have shared only macro botanical images, but looked for a wider set of subjects which I believe exemplify textures’ contributions to photography.

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Aged Hardware

I am drawn to hardware, aged metal, aged wood, and – of course – textures. I was walking along a canal in Washington, DC when I stumbled upon this extraordinarily beautiful and simple hardware.

 

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The smooth texture of the water, along with cool tones, are what truly elevate this otherwise ordinary duck photo to something more, in my eyes.

 

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A fun childhood moment – their first (clueless) adventure with Fun Dip. Their innocence, the reflections, and the gritty texture of the candy make this photo for me.

 

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“Buds and Bugs,” more commonly known as “macro photography” is one of my favorite photography styles. I have boundless love for looking at the world at this scale. There are so many wonderful textures, subtle variations in color, and so on that can be seen when we slow down to take it all in.

 

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Crypt Door at Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France. The light beyond, the intriguing bat design, and the aged metal texture and color make this one of my favorite images from my winter afternoon at the cemetery. I became fascinated in the ways in which people honor their loved ones in death in the late 90s and seek out old, interesting cemeteries when I get the chance.

 

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Mist. Is mist a texture? I could have included any number of other images, but I think mist is an interesting texture! Strong sunlight behind my family cast our shadows on quickly moving mist at Yellowstone National Park this summer. It was such an interesting phenomenon as our shadows quickly changed sizes, shapes, and definition. The air is so dry at home in Colorado, it’s hard to imagine such a scene, but this is yet another fascinating occurrence around the thermal features in Yellowstone.

 

Thank you so much for dropping by to see my take on TEXTURE. Now, please visit Sharleen N Stuart Photography to see her take on it, and continue the circle blog to view and comment on everyone’s work.

Please join us for this month’s theme by posting your TEXTURE images on the Facebook page at Share Six  and to the Instagram gallery by tagging #sharesix and #sharesix_texture.

Tulips, Part Deux; Fort Collins, Colorado Fine Art Photographer

Because they are so beautiful to my eye, I am grabbing all of my recent tulip shots and plopping them in here. I took many of them yesterday, but you may recognize the bottom ones from my first tulip post. All of these beauties are growing at my home. The lovely gardens established by the previous owners are the gifts that keep on giving.

 

Week 16 | RED; Fort Collins, Colorado Fine Art Photographer

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Thanks so much for the feature, Life’s Experience p52! ~ Tori

Psst! Do you know what my favorite color is? Yup, you guessed it; RED! I just cannot begin to tell you how my heart delighted in viewing all of this past week’s submissions! There is just som…

Click for the Rest from the Source: Week 16 | RED

 

2014 Sample Summer Shots

I want to share some of the natural beauty of Western North Carolina in this post (with more posts on the same topic to come, pending my available time to pull the images together). During my trip to Asheville and the surrounding area this summer, with my young kids in tow, we spent time in downtown Asheville, Black Mountain, and Hendersonville. We spent a lot MORE time in natural settings such as Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Mount Mitchell, Craggy Gardens, Pisgah National Park, DuPont State Forest, and along the Blue Ridge Parkway. I am a mountain girl at heart and one of saddest views I endure is when I look back on the Blue Ridge Mountains in my rear-view mirror.  Alas, as they say, all good things must come to an end. Still, with all the insanity that traveling solo with my kids was, I captured some lovely and fun moments and places. I can’t wait until my next visit, beautiful Asheville and your awesome people! — Hope you enjoy!

PS – Some of these images are currently available for purchase in my Etsy Shop, and others can be made available if there’s interest!

 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC

 

Ladybug on Dahlia Bud, Carl Sandburg Home, Flat Rock, NC
Ladybug on Dahlia Bud, Carl Sandburg Home, Flat Rock, NC

 

After the rain
After the rain

 

Dahlia and hosta, after the rain
Dahlia and hosta, after the rain

 

DuPont State Forest, NC
DuPont State Forest, NC

 

Between Cherokee and Maggie Valley, NC
Between Cherokee and Maggie Valley, NC

 

After the rain
After the rain

 

Blue Ridge Mountains, NC
Blue Ridge Mountains, NC

 

Bee balm, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC
Bee balm, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC

 

Craggy Gardens, NC
Craggy Gardens, NC

 

Bee and Coneflower, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC
Bee and Coneflower, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC

 

Rooster, Carl Sandburg Home, Flat Rock, NC
Rooster, Carl Sandburg Home, Flat Rock, NC

2014.04.12 Tidal Basin Engagement Session; Washington, DC Family Photographer

You may have seen some of these images as proofs before, but the clients only recently selected images for final edits, which are now complete. The timing for this cherry blossom festival engagement session at the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC could not have been better. These guys are self-proclaimed goofballs and there was quite a bit of horsing around throughout the session, as you will see below. Thanks for such a great time, A and D!!! Our next BIG session will be here before we know it!

2014.04.27 Family Session in Georgetown Residential Area; Washington, DC Family Photographer

With spring session work, edits, opening my Etsy shop, a big family birthday, and the school year winding down, I almost forgot to post some sessions. I did post sneak peeks from this one a while back, but here are final edits. We did this session in the residential area around Georgetown. This family was lovely and fun, and little man was full of great toddler boy energy. Sending out a great, big thanks to this family for trusting me with their photos and also to my previous – and also-recent clients who put us in touch! Word of mouth referral is THE BEST!

 

New Etsy Shop + Dusting off My Old Macro Lens

It has always been my goal to shoot lifestyle photography alongside my own photographic journeys, such as travel and nature photography. Inspired by a recent request to provide macro photography for several gallery canvases, I dusted off my old, failing macro lens and started playing a little with it on Friday, for the first time in years. My husband surprised me with the macro lens and a used Nikon FM2 camera, to pair with the Nikon FM camera I already had. Having both accomplished my goal and need of having color film in one camera and black and white in the other. When he bought the lens for me, some 10-15 years ago, unbeknownst to him, it was wrecked. Still, with some patience, I can pull some lovely images out of it. See below and let me know what you think. Click the “detail” images (square) for a much larger version of those. I took a number of shots over the weekend and will be adding more to my brand new Etsy shop soon! So if you are interested in viewing or purchasing my fine art prints, please click on over to my RootsAndTwigs Etsy Shop or contact me directly! Thanks!

 

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Dandelion

 

Dandelion Detail
Dandelion Detail

 

Echinacea
Echinacea

 

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Echinacea Detail

 

Echinops
Echinops

 

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Echinops Detail