Hearts Unleashed 2014: Week 11 {#catchthemoment365}

I’ll admit, I had a really good time with my images this week.  It helps that I had new equipment to play with.

I mentioned last week that I upgraded to full-frame.  If you don’t know what that means, you’re not alone.  I didn’t for for a long time.  Without getting into too much detail right now, I’ll get a little more out of my lenses than I did with a crop sensor.  Well, some of them, but I can explain more about that in another post.

I also started editing in Photoshop a little more this week.  I’ve used Photoshop for a long time now, but not much for my photography.  I’ve mainly used it for my graphic design projects and stuck to lightroom for photo editing.

Oh how I’m loving PS actions!  So. much. fun!  Hopefully I didn’t go overboard.

Today is an emotional day for me and I did a lot of the editing today, so I think that may be coming through.  Today, my grandmother passed and I’m feeling a heightened awareness of the value each day holds.  Life is precious and delicate and I want to cherish each day and the beauty it holds.

The passing of my Nana, makes this project even more special to me.  I want to dedicate this celebration of life to her memory.

Day 71: D was dancing with his friend E to “Let it go” while watching the movie Frozen.  E disappeared upstairs and reappeared with her princess costume just in time for the song.  Reminds me of how much I loved dressing like a princess as a little girl.  So much joy.  Also?  Love that movie!
Day 72:
W snacking by the window.  This is probably his favorite snack (goldfish mixed with raisins).  I don’t like to give him too much of either.  That expression is pretty common, too.  He’s such a little stinker!
Day 73:
I was thrilled to join my my very close photographer friend Ashley for a maternity session on Friday.  Ashley provided this gorgeous wrap and set it all up.  This mom’s an absolutely stunning woman and so much fun to hang out with!  We are planning to photograph her birth in the next few weeks and this was an introduction for me.  I cannot wait!
Day 74:
Saturday the boys were having fun with playdough.  Of course W was making the biggest mess he could.  Did I mention we had just had our house cleaned an hour earlier?  Yup, that’s pretty normal.
Day 75:
Sunday, Andy and I weren’t feeling that well and stayed inside all day.  It was the most beautiful day and the boys were going completely stir crazy, so I decided it would be fun to get them dressed up and test out some props I’ve been considering for future sessions.  That leaf is from Ikea and, technically, belongs on his bed, but it’s way more fun in a field!
Day 76:
I love how expressive W is right now.  Seriously.  So expressive.  He’s imitating everything, but his favorite muse is obviously his big brother.
Day 77:
The boys love their cat.  They’re always trying to hug her and sometimes she doesn’t run away.  She’s more comfortable with D than W at this point but she doesn’t really trust either of them.  I can’t really blame her!

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