their home

On Saturday, I spent the afternoon with close friends.  Friends that I've known for over a decade.  We've truly grown up together - through college, numerous moves around the country, marriage, kids - it's amazing how our friendship has evolved through it all.

And as you can see, their home is bathed with beautiful light.  The kind of light that warms conversation and casts beautiful shadows into the early evening hours.

Their home is a place where you immediately feel at ease.  I'm sure you know the feeling - it radiates from these images.  Shoes come off at the door as warm smiles and hugs greet you.  And as you sink down on the sofa, your feet automatically tuck right underneath you - because there is a familiarity that comes with knowing you are welcome.  You are truly at home.

And this last image below was taken by my good friend, Trey - his very first shot with the hassie.  It was actually my first time letting someone else hold her, let alone take a photo!  I enjoyed showing him how to look through the viewfinder, focus, press the shutter, and pull out the film.  He guarded it closely as it developed, and carefully peeled apart the film to reveal the image he had just taken.  Simply having a physical photo in your hand, mere seconds after you take it, is priceless.  I think he just might love the hassie just as much as I do.  It's quite addicting.

she will take a picture of anything

Film. Fuji Superia 400.

"She will take a picture of anything......"

If it were just that simple.  Just that easy.  Anything?

To you, it may be nothing.

But for me - there will never be another moment like this one.

Another time when the light is exactly how it is now.

Every moment is unique, special, and is part of the story of my life.  My family's life.

And so,  I'll keep my camera close.

Photographing and documenting the simple times. The ordinary, the little details of my life.

sunday night

Usually I wait for the morning light or evening light to take photographs.  But as I was walking around the house tonight, I noticed how beautifully the candle light danced on the walls.  Simply had to share.

I hope that you had a good weekend.

change

I'm not that good at handling change.

It takes me a while.  I like to hold on to what I know, what is familiar, what feels right.  But the only thing that is constant, guaranteed even - is change. But I adapt, I bend, I make it work.  I have to - there are two little girls  that depend on me!  And they make it worth it.

our new space

To say that I am enjoying my new home is an understatement.  I am loving my home.  It simply feels right.  This is the place that we should be.  We are still settling in.  I still have boxes to unpack.  But I wanted to share a few things that I am loving about our new space.

Extras left over from the previous owners of our home - I love this vintage memo board.

A vegetable garden!  I look forward to heading outside for fresh tomatoes, bell peppers, and rosemary.  Thinking about what else I can grow (suggestions welcome!).

Finding my tea pot in the sea of boxes.  I'm back to my morning rituals.

Laundry, laundry, and more laundry.  Not that bad with all of the light this room gets.

A freshly baked cake from a kind neighbor to welcome us to the neighborhood.

A freshly baked cake from a kind neighbor that is good!

Coffee.  Loving the french press.

Setting up the girls' room - finding linens, dressing beds, letting the sun light stream in.

And perhaps my favorite part of our new home - the playhouse.  It needs a bit more cleaning, but my girls are loving it already.

I'm still getting used to the light in this space.  The best times to photograph, the angles, etc.  All in due time....

what makes a house a home

undefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefined Film. Kodak Ektar 100 I've been thinking a lot about that lately.... what makes a house a home.  Is it family? love? traditions? food?  All I know is that each one of these images captures "home" for me.

As I prepare my family for yet another move, I'd love your thoughts on this!

I'll be away from this space next week, happily enjoying some time offline.

See you soon ~