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Dukes Creek Falls // Personal Post // Helen, GA

Last weekend I decided to take the kids on a "hike".  I love hiking and have been counting the days till Wren could "hike" without being carried most of the way.  My friends at Wander North GA told me that I should start my "hiking" adventures with the kids at Duke Creek Falls in Helen, GA. We packed up and headed out!  The trail is 2 miles round trip and at the bottom they have lovely, safe, overlooks for the falls.  The entire trail is wide, flat, and SHADY!

Wren was able to walk *almost* the entire way!  I went prepared with the sling, and I only had to carry her the very last portion of the up-hill (very small incline) walk.

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Note: I shot this entire trip with my new Sigma 24mm lens.  I am WAY closer to the kids than it appears :-)

Casey {headshot}

athens headshot photos I love this lady.  She's been my bff for 10 years and I can't imagine life without her :-)

Why is it so hard to title a post?

athens children photos I've been blogging on and off for more than 7 years and everytime I go to make a post, I sit and stare at the Title box and wondering what is the most appropriate thing to title my next set of images.

I usually go for easy and use the first names of my subjects, but how many posts can I have titled "Henry, Lucy and Wren"?

This post features my little ones.  Again.  Saturday morning I bribed them to get in front of my camera with a lollipop.  Then, at the first mention of said lollipop, Wren went crazy to actually eat a lollipop, so I had to get creative and find a spot on her body to hide the lollipop while we took the photos.   It's hiding in the waist band of her tights so that the camera couldn't see it and she was still technically "holding" it.

I've always shot with a 50mm lens and I've always loved it for its versatility and normalcy.  It is has been and might always be my go-to lens.  One of the biggest pros is that it gives me the ability to be within talking distance of my clients, keeps them looking normal (no distortion) and it is fast to focus on what I want it to focus on.  But, lately, I've really loving the 35mm lens.  Maybe it's just my constant need to learn and improve something and I've always felt as though I wasn't very good at shooting with the 35mm lens.  At each session, both personal and professional, I've made an effort to put the 35mm lens on my camera and use it for a bit.  To get better with it and to learn how it's best used in different situations.

As I went through the images of the kids, I noticed that the photos that looked the most like the kids were the ones that I had shot with the 35mm lens.  I'm not sure why and I'm interested in the reason. Is it because I always see the kids so close to my own face that the images shot with the 35mm lens makes the kids look more like I see them in real life?  Or is it that I just captured the kids best in that particular moment and the lens I just happened to be using was the 35mm?

These are my favorites of the kids all shot with the 35mm...

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I have no idea why Henry needed to have the bush trimmers in his photos, but...

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I had one rule when dressing the kids that morning.  You must look like yourselves.

Wren loves this dress, those boots, and while she wanted to wear pink tights, I drew line there and insisted she wear purple tights ;-)  Lucy LOVES that "owl shirt" that she has on.  She wears it almost everyday and only lets me wash it at night.  She brings it back and forth between my house and Jeremy's house and it goes with any number of pants.  Although, she will wear the Owl Shirt with many different bottoms, she loves these jeans that Aurie handed down to her.  Henry didn't have a huge opinion on his clothing, but the hat was a must.  A month or so ago, we went shopping at Old Navy for a couple of pairs of new pants and he came across this hat and HAD to have it.  He wears it to school almost everyday!

Photography Classes

saraloganworkshop photos Logan and I are teaching a lot of photography classes this fall!  We are so very excited to be able to add teaching photography to our schedule on a regular basis.  We taught our first photography class together last month and we had a really great time (the photos are from that class)!  All of our scheduled class will be at the very awesome Broad 9A.

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The first class I want to tell you about is our Into to Photography class.  It's all about how to use a DSLR camera in semi-manual mode, the basics of composition, lighting, tips and tricks to make your camera work harder for you and a tiny bit about post-workflow.  For more information and to register, click over to Broad9A's website.   The next class starts September 3rd!

If you've taken our Intro to Photography (or Basic Photography) class, then this next class is for you!  The next class is our Intermediate Photography workshop.  It will be a one-day class packed full of very valuable information.  Learn how to completely shoot in Manual Mode, fine-tune your metering methods, posing people/things, natural reflectors and finding "good" light, post-workflow and editing!  For more information and to register, click over to Broad9A's website. The next class is September 5th!

Henry, Lucy + Wren

Our life has been very unsettled since the first of the year.  While I love change, changing your life in major ways has a way of making time slip by extra fast.  During such large life changes (divorce and moving) the time to plan a photoshoot of my own kids has been far and few between. Yesterday, in a completely unplanned session, it actually happened and the kids cooperated and entertained.  The results are adorable, hilarious and sure to hang on my walls for a long time :-)

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