Circle of Inspiration - Out of Focus | June 2015

I am part of a blog circle that includes some amazingly talented photographers titled "Circle of Inspiration."  Each month a member chooses a different topic for the group to photograph throughout the month.  The topic this month is "Out of Focus."  I was so excited to shoot images that are out of focus.  I love creating images that create impact without targeting specific subject.  The tones and color speak to the viewer and leave much up to interpretation.  Here are a few of my favorites from this month.

Please follow on through our circle of inspiration and see the beautiful images of the very talented Sarah Joos.

Expecting mama | gorgeous light (NoVa maternity photographer)

A few weeks ago I had the amazing opportunity to shoot a maternity session set up by the amazing Kate Juliet Photography.  It was such a joy to work with this expecting mama and her adorable little guy!  There is just something about sessions with mothers and sons that makes my heart melt.  We couldn't have asked for more beautiful weather!  It is difficult to pick out my favorites from this session, but here are a few.  Enjoy!!!

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Circle of Inspiration - March 2015

I am part of a blog circle titled "Circle of Inspiration".  Each month a member chooses a subject or topic, and we spend the month shooting along this theme.  This month's theme is "Out & About". I made the 11 hour drive to northern New York last week to say goodbye to my ailing grandmother.  It was a bittersweet visit.  The boys and I were able to visit family members I haven't seen in years, but it was heartbreaking to say goodbye to my grandma.  We were in NY for 3 days and I spent a few afternoons walking around my childhood town.  I'm not sure if it was my state of mind, or the muddy weather, or if time has completely changed this tiny town, but I was struck by the gloomy silence.  The bar has burned down.  The general store has closed.  The bingo hall, I believe, is abandoned.  Houses where I had spent so much time as a kid are decrepit - falling down and windows knocked out.  The library, where I spent so many evenings of my childhood, however, has been renovated and stands as a peaceful and joyful memory.  The old mill on the river was renovated and is a gem in this forgotten town.  So many memories in this tiny stretch of neighborhood.  Riding bikes, roller skating, playing kickball, swimming in the rapids, slumber parties at my best friend's house, bazooka joe bubblegum from the general store, sledding down the hill, afternoons at the merry go round near the abandoned one room schoolhouse.  It is such a quaint area, and I hope that it builds back up over the coming years.

Here are a few images from one of my walks.Melanie Besaw | DC Metro PhotographyMelanie Besaw | DC Metro PhotographyMelanie Besaw | DC Metro Photography

Please follow on through our circle of inspiration and see the beautiful images of the very talented Sarah Joos.




The Beauty that Surrounds Me - March

After a very hectic February, I am now catching up with the March entry in the blog circle I am involved in, entitled "The Beauty that Surrounds Me'. Mother Nature was playing some mind games with us this March. There were several snowstorms, severe cold, and then beautiful spring days that would fool us into feeling we were past the winter doldrums.

The beautiful daffodils in our yard were as confused as we were. And very persistent! They decided to break through the snow, determined to open to the sun.

The day following this storm was beautiful and it was pretty amazing the change that the flowers went through within 24-48 hours.

And then we had a second snowstorm within the same week and the poor flowers were again covered in snow.

My husband and I were fortunate to go on vacation to the Dominican Republic at the end of the month, where we basked in 80 degree temperatures, bright sun, turquoise waters and palm trees. It felt like heaven.

{The series continues with the extremely talented Maibritt Olsen - please click on the link and read on to her post!}

Maibritt Olsen

The Beauty that Surrounds Me - December

December flew by this year, and before I realized it, the holidays were over. We did many fun things together as a family, and one thing the boys really enjoyed was walking through the Festival of Lights at Meadowlark Gardens. You have reserved time slots to enter so that you have plenty of time to slowly walk through the gardens and view the amazing light exhibits. The boys had an absolute blast! At the end of the walk, there is a fire where you can make smores and a little stand where you can buy a cup of hot cocoa or coffee. The boys were a little too young and tired out to enjoy the fire at the end of the walk, but I'm sure that will be a different story by next year.

We were super excited for Christmas this year and my mom and stepdad were going to come down to spend it with us. Unfortunately, my stepdad has had some medical issues and had to spend a good deal of time in the hospital, so they cancelled. On Christmas Eve the boys came down with pneumonia and ear infections, so they weren't too playful or too interested in presents. However, I did get a lovely image of Danny enjoying the Christmas tree and giving it a huge hut! I love photographs of ornaments, and took several photos. I found these to be so beautiful that I could just stand and stare peacefully at them for a while.

And, finally, what holiday season can't be complete without some NYE fun! We took our boys out to dinner along with another couple and daughter around the same age as the boys. The little girl's mom made these fun signs that we had the three of them hold up, and this is what is most beautiful to me this month. That joy, sweetness and innocence is pure beauty.

{The series continues with the extremely talented Linda Hooper - please click on the link and read on to her post!}

Linda Hooper Photography

The Beauty that Surrounds Me - November

I've mentioned before that I love the morning light that shines through our kitchen window. On this particular morning, I noticed how the sunlight was filtering in through the blinds, and I sought to capture the beautiful rays pouring in.

Here is a capture of a flower on the windowsill above the sink--this time in the early evening.

As I was spending a lot of time in the kitchen, watching how light was reflecting off of the counters, table, etc., I noted the stack of plates in the cupboard, and how the light was playing such an interesting role in the various tones. I was also struck with the lines formed with the plates, enhanced by the light. I'm in the middle of a workshop that is guiding me into seeing various design elements within my frame. This is simple beauty that would normally be overlooked unless you took the time to really look around you and see it.

{The series continues with the extremely talented Linda Hooper - please click on the link and read on to her post!}

Linda Hooper Photography