Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wednesday Rambles

Hello peeps! I thought I'd share a few snaps from my instagram (@emimarg) today as I didn't have a post ready to go and Wednesday are my busy days. The weather around here has finally turned cool and fall-like and I am thoroughly enjoying it (mostly because I can step outside and not start sweating instantly).

This morning I took some photos for an upcoming post that involved me actually being in front of the camera for a change. Let me tell you, standing around in your backyard with a camera on a tripod is a weird feeling. I know a lot of bloggers do it regularly, but I'm not over the feeling that one of my neighbors could step outside at any moment and see me attempting to pose casually in front of a large camera on a stick. But maybe that's just me. I don't think I'm going to become a fashion blogger anytime soon.

Anyway, have you ever noticed that you can have an idea of how you think you look, but when you see a photo of yourself it's not quite what you pictured? As I was editing the pictures from this morning I noticed my hair looked so much darker and reddish than I thought it was. And it's gone kinda ombre on me (sidenote: spellcheck is insisting that "ombre" should be "sombrero". What???)

So now I'm thinking maybe I should dye it but after having a not so great history with hair dye I'm not too sure about it (and yes, I've rambled about changing my hair before). But if I could do anything color-wise, and it would actually look good on me with my coloring, I would do something like this pin or this one or this one.

So there you have it; the profound things I've been thinking about today. What's on your mind today?

Monday, September 15, 2014

What's Up | re-brand, re-focus

[photo from a weekend trip to the smokey mountains this past summer]

I can't believe this blog is over a year old now. 

I started it in April 2013 as a way to share my photography, but I didn't really put that much thought into having a plan. Whenever I would sit down to write a post, I wasn't sure exactly where to go with it. I needed to create a plan because I that's how I work. No plan = no direction = no progress. So, over the past month or so, I've been working to 
re-brand and define my blog's focus. I created a pinterest branding board here if you'd like to see.

While I love looking at great photography, I feel a blog needs more than just pretty pictures to keep me coming back. I felt that's what my blog needed, so I've created my own guidelines for this blog.

My focus is photography and lifestyle. What does lifestyle entail? Well, by definition, it could be anything and everything about how you live your life.  
But that's a rather broad area, so here's the breakdown of my topics:

  • Photography - sessions I shoot, my just-for-fun personal work, places I travel to, tutorials/ informative posts, and photography products I love.
  • Lifestyle-
    • Personal- life updates/thoughts/my rambles.
    • Food- this overlaps with photography, as I have a love affair with food photography (yep, that's completely normal).
    • Style- I photograph people and people wear clothes and do their hair, so... yeah.
    • Books and music- I'm always looking for good books and music, so I'd thought I'd share some of my favorites and new discoveries occasionally.
So, that's what's going to be going on around here. If any of you, dear readers, have an idea for a post you'd like to see that's related to the above, shoot me an email or comment below!

Friday, September 12, 2014

On creating art | some thoughts

I've been reading A Million Little Ways, by Emily P. Freeman, and even though I'm only on the third chapter, it has already made it's way into my list of favorites. If you're a creative person, of any type, I highly suggest you go purchase it. It's gotten me thinking and helped me define exactly why I create art through my photography and I love that. This post is a bit wordy, just as a warning.

"I can't imagine anything more dangerous to the enemy of our hearts than people who know who they are." 
-Emily P. Freeman, A Million Little Ways

Why do I create? Why do I make art? Because I was made in the image of my Creator.

"So God created human beings in His own image. In the image of God He created them; male and female, He created them."
Gen. 1:27

The Creator, the one who created the wondrous, ever-shifting, watercolor sunsets.  It's only a natural, logical progression. 
The Ultimate Creator made us in His image, a reflection of Himself. Thus, we create art that reflects the glory back to Him.

Sometimes I have wondered, does God really care about art? Is my art something worthwhile?
But then I think again. Right now as I write this, it is a cool fall day and my bedroom window is open. There is a hummingbird feeder hanging by the window and the little birds are buzzing and chirping as they fly past. Have you ever seen a hummingbird fly past you on a sunny day? It looks like a flying jewel, the deeply pigmented feathers glinting in the sun. A close-up photograph will show you the amazing details and color of the little flying birds. Do you think that God, who took the time to create those little creatures, with their tiny shining feathers and little chirping voices, cares about art? I do.

And so, as a reflection of Him, I create art. My art comes in many different forms, but it my art, nonetheless. But really, none of it is mine.

The kindness and love I show to people, doesn't originate with me (and on some days, neither does my patience). My photography, though it is my photography, isn't mine. It is merely my interpretation of creation. I didn't create the flower, I only capture its image. I didn't create the mountains or the trees, I only choose how to show them. And neither did I create the person smiling back at me. My photograph attempts to show their beauty, a glimpse of who they are. It is my art, but it is not mine.

This blog is merely another form, another outlet of my art. I hope to use my words as well as my photographs, to show art, to show my personal reflection of The Creator.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Baby H Turns 1 | a first birthday party

What happens when a cute little boy turns one and is given a cake with ocean-blue icing? Keep reading to find out. :) If you've been reading this blog for awhile, you may remember little Baby H from when I took a few photos right after he was born. He has been busy growing and getting even cuter, and this summer he turned one. His parents threw him the most adorable, pinterest-worthy surf-themed party to celebrate. I think the food was so cute- beach umbrella cupcakes, flip-flop cookies, and gummy bears in life rafts in ocean blue jello. But, the cake smash was the best.

Time to let the games begin! Let the cake smashing commence.

"Hmm, what is this stuff? I wonder if I can eat it."

"Oh yes, this tastes pretty good."

Friday, August 29, 2014

Summer In Instagrams + September Goals

This summer was brought to you by food, Doctor Who, more food, and the color blue. 

Can you believe it's September 1st? August went by too quickly. I've always considered the first of September as the unofficial start of fall (despite the Kentucky weather saying otherwise and staying in the mid 90s). I'm sad to see the end of my favorite season, but I'm excited to break out my fall wardrobe. Is that weird? That I get excited about my clothing? (Rhetorical question- don't answer that).

I've been bad about keeping up with blogging lately, so I'm making it a goal for September, to blog consistently. The last few weeks I’ve been trying to better define the focus for this little online space and I wasn’t inspired to write about anything. Now, it seems I have too many things I want to write about. I’ve got a couple sessions, rambles, and travel posts in the works. Last month we took a spontaneous trip to the Smokey Mountain area and I've been slowly working my way through culling and editing the photos from the trip.

Speaking of goals, I'm linking up with Weekly Wishes over at the Nectar Collective this month. Here's what I'd like to accomplish in the next month:

> Blog consistently.
Finish getting the details worked out for the Christmas mini sessions I'm going to offer (and hopefully finish this in the first week or two of the month).
Catch up on my photo editing.
> Read two non-fiction books. I've been reading A Million Little Ways and I am absolutely loving it. It's so inspiring.
Work out regularly. I've started doing a month-long Pilates workout schedule and I'm going to try to stick with it for the entire month.

What are some of your goals for September?

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