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 - 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

The Beauty that Surrounds Me - October

One of my photographer friends has set up a blog circle with the intent of all of us looking a little bit deeper at our surroundings and capturing the beauty that we see.  We are oftentimes so busy with our own routines that we glaze over those beautiful moments that bring pure happiness.  This project aims to help us slow down, take a good look around, and appreciate what surrounds us. October, in my opinion, is the best month in which to start a project on recognizing beauty. The trees are a myriad of brilliant colors, the air is crisp and favorite fall activities are enjoyed by many.  Just hearing 'October' brings forth images of hayrides, caramel apples, pumpkin spiced anything and everything, trick or treating, hot cider and spooky movies late at night while snuggled under a warm and fuzzy blanket.

This is our first fall in our new home, and I love watching the leaves on the trees in our yard turning, and the sound of leaves crunching as the boys race back and forth playing with their wagon, or kicking a ball around.  We now have the perfect spot for greeting trick or treaters and enough room to decorate with pumpkins.  I made a good sized dent in the pumpkin bin at Trader Joe's last month and the boys have been having so much fun with them.  We carved a number of jack-o'lanterns yesterday, and the twins loved getting messy helping me carve out the seeds.  This is their first year understanding Halloween, and it was so enjoyable to experience their giggles for the first time when they saw the silly carved faces lit up with candles.

In our home, we have the most beautiful morning sunshine the lights up our kitchen.  I happened to glance up during the pumpkin preparations and saw such gorgeous rays of sun falling on a baby pumpkin that one of the boys had set on the ledge.  It stopped me in my tracks.  I grabbed my camera and tried to capture those rays shining through the windows and the hazy orange baby pumpkin.

As I circled the pumpkin, looking at the different effects the light was casting on it from different angles, I was taken with how vibrant and crisp the pumpkin looked from the opposite angle.  More beauty--just at a different angle.

So, there you have it.  My first post about the beauty that surrounds me, in my little world.  Take a moment and look around you and pay special attention to something you wouldn't typically notice.  You may be surprised at the beauty you find!

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

Genesis Bowen Photography