maternity & baby

the beauty of bokeh….newborn baby lila

if you have an interest in photography, you may very well be familiar with the term, "bokeh."  according to wikipedia, "bokeh is defined as aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens."

bokeh, generally, is one of the effects in photography that i get asked most about, among photography enthusiasts.

"how do you get that blur?'

"my lens won't blur things, and leave what i want in focus!"

to put it simply, bokeh is achieved best when i shoot at a very low aperture (1.2 or 1.4), while placing my focus points on exactly what i want to remain in focus. 

do you see, i have focused on baby and daddy's fingers, and everything else is a slight blur?  this is bokeh.

i love this look in photography.  i shoot this way very often…it is what pro's would call, "shooting wide open."  to me, shooting with a wide open lens, gives more feeling to an image…it has a way of drawing one into the an image, and creating an intimate or "secret" feeling.  almost as though, you were allowed in to view a special moment that was only captured for you to feel.  

looking through even just one of my recent sessions (with beautiful baby lila and her family), i can see how much i favor this style... 

do you see what i mean?

ok…here is where my thinking starts (and goes on and on…), and really i'm realizing, it why i blog…because shooting and thinking and living and loving…they all go hand in hand for me.

i'm finding in life that as i focus on what i need to…what i'm called to see and focus on for a particular time, that the beauty of the moment, the depth of the trial, the overflow of joy-whatever it is, is all pulled together to create the beautiful picture of life that i live. 

without the moments that are out of focus…without me deliberately bringing one part of my "snapshot in life" in and out of the blur, then i would't get to see the beauty, wouldn't have the moments to recognize the blessings…and really, would in the end miss the big picture that i was called to live - to see.  

because the big picture is:

simple beauty...

it is:


it is balance of the blur and the sharpness, 

and it certainly is:


Deuteronomy 7:9The Message (MSG)

7-10 God wasn’t attracted to you and didn’t choose you because you were big and important—the fact is, there was almost nothing to you. He did it out of sheer love, keeping the promise he made to your ancestors. God stepped in and mightily bought you back out of that world of slavery, freed you from the iron grip of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know this: God, your God, is God indeed, a God you can depend upon. He keeps his covenant of loyal love with those who love him and observe his commandments for a thousand generations. But he also pays back those who hate him, pays them the wages of death; he isn’t slow to pay them off—those who hate him, he pays right on time.




a part of her...maternity & newborn

when i look at the person that i've shared my best memories with for the last 20 years...

when i look at her and remember how we have laughed, the secrets we have shared...

when i think about being young teenagers, and then becoming women...together... 

when i remember how my pain became hers... 

and her pain and struggles mine... 

and then when i hold her babies for the first time,  

i think how natural it is, the love i feel so completely for them! 

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xoxo forever annie!

 to you, doug and your precious ones