2017: A Year of Stories- Week 17

A Year of Stories is a collaborative blog between 15 photographers documenting our day to day lives, and the stories they tell…

Spring is one of our busy seasons, and every night of the week we are going at in least three different directions, as there are three of you and you each do your own thing.  Early Sunday morning as the sun was rising, before baseball, track, winter swim, and dive, there was a quiet moment of togetherness. I took advantage of the quiet and the light, even if the moment was centered on the tablet.5-2-17 blog post-1

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Return to the Year of Stories blog to see more beautiful work!

2017: A Year of Stories- Week One

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A Year of Stories is a collaborative blog between 15 photographers documenting our day to day lives, and the stories they tell…

Our Year of Stories group is so excited to embark on a second year of storytelling together with a new and improved twist.  This year, we are consolidating a single storytelling image from each photographer into a single weekly blog at our new home, Our Year of Stories.  Then, if one of us has additional images that add to our stories, you can follow the links to our individual pages for more!

As for me, our 2017 started with the first snowfall of the winter season; it wasn’t really that much snow, but my kids made the most of it spending the day outside sledding and having snowball fights, and then warming up and relaxing inside while watching the snow fall outside and quietly reading.1-7-17-watching-the-snow-1

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A Year of Stories: Week Fifty-Two

A Year of Stories is a collaborative blog between 15 photographers documenting our day to day lives, and the stories they tell…

This is it; the final week of our inaugural Year of Stories blog circle!  It’s been a wonderful year filled with beautiful images from these amazing photographers! I’m looking forward to our new Year of Stories for 2017. But first…

As my kids finally returned to school today, I had a chance to sit and reflect on our holiday break and out last few days of 2016.  Here are some of those moments:

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Before our neighbor’s party on New Year’s Eve, we all cheered on my little runner as he ran a local road race.  It was a great running season for him, ending with a 10th place finish at the AAU Cross Country National Championship in early December, and he wanted to close out the year with one final race.

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First place in his age group (I was a little too quick for the thumbs up).

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A quick kitchen snapshot to capture the moment before heading out to the party…

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From my house to yours:  Happy New Year!  I hope your 2017 is full of wondrous possibilities!

Follow the circle around to Mel Karlberg, who had the vision to put this circle together! Thanks, Mel!

 

A Year of Stories: Week Fifty-One

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A Year of Stories is a collaborative blog between 15 photographers documenting our day to day lives, and the stories they tell…

With the holiday rush in full swing, I honestly haven’t picked up my camera as much I would like too.  In fact, the only time I have picked up my camera in the last week, was when my Christmas present to myself, a Lensbaby Composer Pro with Sweet Fifty Optic, arrived.

I took it out of the box, put it on the camera, and aimed it at the first thing I saw in the kitchen: my daughter.  She played along for a few shots, but was quickly finished.

Yesterday, I managed to follow the kids as they were setting on a bike ride for some practice.  So, this week is the beginning of my Lensbaby story…

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Check in next week for the final installment of 2016’s A Year of Stories, but first follow our circle around to Tess Runion who has a post full of holiday tradition!

A Year of Stories: Week Fifty

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A Year of Stories is a collaborative blog between 15 photographers documenting our day to day lives, and the stories they tell…

This past Saturday while my husband was away on business, and my daughter was at an early morning practice, I had a few hours to spend with just the boys.  So after a slow, lazy, start to the morning we headed out to CVS and Party Depot for necessary Christmas and New Year’s supplies. I have to take and cherish these moments when I can get them, because I know the day is coming soon when they won’t want to tag along on little errands like these.

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Follow our circle around to Laura Mood, for a post full of Christmas tradition!

A Year of Stories: Week Forty-Six

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A Year of Stories is a collaborative blog between 15 photographers documenting our day to day lives, and the stories they tell…

Each spring and fall, my boys participate in a program called Run Fit Kidz.  The program, in its own words is, “Designed to teach boys and girls of all fitness levels in grades 2-8 about proper running mechanics and form, nutrition/hydration, pacing, and goal setting.”  While focusing on an overall healthy lifestyle, the culminating activity is a celebratory 5K.  One of my boys runs cross country competitively and uses the program as an additional workout, and a chance to spent time after school with friends. My other son uses it to get in running shape and then segues the 5K into a Turkey Trot and few holiday-themed fun runs in December. I love it because it helps them burn off energy on Friday afternoons before coming home for the weekend.

They each set their own goals for the race itself.  One used it as a long run with a PR 5K time before AAU Cross Country Nationals in Tallahassee, and the other wanted to run a sub-28:00 minute 5K.    All in all, a great race, a great program, and a lot of fun!

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A Year of Stories: Week Forty-Five

 

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This past weekend we celebrated my sister and the impending arrival of my new nephew.  She’s actually not due until February, but between the holidays and the potential for bad weather in January, we celebrated her little pumpkin a little early.  There was a lot of food, tons of delicious desserts, a few rounds of very competitive Baby Bingo, great family and friends and a lot of laughs.

My boys weren’t too keen on the whole shower concept, though, and they managed to escape to the basement where they got to play Wii.

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Be sure to check in and see what Tess Runion has been shooting.  Her blog is always worth a stop!

A Year of Stories: Week Forty-Four {A Walk in the Woods}

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A Year of Stories is a collaborative blog between 15 photographers documenting our day to day lives, and the stories they tell…

Amidst the busy season of family fall sessions,  I find myself surrounded by gorgeous foliage on a routine basis. This year, I decided to take a very rare free morning enjoy the colors with my kids.  They knew something was a foot when I suggested they wearing coordinating outfits, but I’ve learned that they respond better to my holiday card photo attempts if I spring it on them at the last moment.  I think I will have to try again to more of a holiday season feel, but I still like the shots I got.  My kids on a walk in the in woods in November…

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Next up is Tess Runion.  Every week I find myself wishing I could tag along on one of her weekend trips, which she captures so beautifully, especially this time of year!!

A Year of Stories: Week Forty-Three {Happy Halloween}

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A Year of Stories is a collaborative blog between 15 photographers documenting our day to day lives, and the stories they tell…

 

The festivities are over and there are three huge bags of candy in my house now, along with a wrapper or few in the trash.  Another Halloween has come and gone, and what fun it was!  My kids played Costume Bingo, were part of a book character parade, and had almost three full hours of trick-or-treating.  Halloween 2016 was a great success!!

 

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Make sure to check out scenes from the talented Tess Runion‘s week!

A Year of Stories: Week Forty-Two {Huntley Meadows}

 

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A Year of Stories is a collaborative blog between 15 photographers documenting our day to day lives, and the stories they tell…

As the leaves start changing, my schedule gets busier and busier with families wanting their portraits done with all the fall foliage.  While Northern Virginia is a very populated, crowded area, the counties do a great job of preserving park land and offering up gorgeous locations for family photos.    I spent my evenings last week dropping whomever off at which ever after school practice was scheduled on that particular evening, and then dragging the other two along so I had someone to shoot in the light.  Fortunately, my kids are outdoor kids, and while they may not have been happy that I had the camera in tow, they were happy to visit the locations.  First up, one of my favorites, Huntley Meadows, which is home to both an historic register mansion and gorgeous wetlands with a boardwalk for wildlife observation.

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It’s such a beautiful location.  I can’t wait to go back with clients!

Next up in our blog circle is the talented Tess Runion, with a photo walk of Richmond, VA!