"she is everything that is perfect wrapped in a tiny bundle." - bon johnstone
-two super special people
-gorgeous treasure lake
-a baby in her belly
-and their sweet doggie who is just as excited about the upcoming wee one (really, he is! it wasn't just that he was excited to splash in the water:)
can't wait to meet your bundle megan and tom!
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:
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.
"Every child born into the world is a new thought of God,
an ever-fresh and radiant possibility. "
-Kate Douglas Wiggin.
matt & tia,
what an honor to share this new season of your life with you!
i think the world of both of you and my heart is overflowing with joy as i see you hold your precious baby girl.
much love to all three of you!
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!
xoxo forever annie!
to you, doug and your precious ones
whether your pregnancy was meticulously planned, medically coaxed, or happened by surprise, one thing is certain your life will never be the same.
- catherine jones
one of the greatest joys in life is being their aunt