Eleven…

Good Morning!

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There are now

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days left until I move home to the States.

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Let me just begin this with a bit of an explanation!

Yesterday I looked out the window to find a beautiful sunny day.  I just happen to have an east facing window in my sitting room which is now empty of furniture…

I could not resist taking the opportunity to play with my camera’s settings and mess around with lighting and exposure.

Please excuse the vanity but I have no one else to take pictures of during the day except myself!

(Although I really love how they turned out if I don’t say so myself!)

Okay so here we go…

I have a love affair with parasols.  Victorian era parasols to be precise.

They capture my imagination and transport me to long ago times.  I was lucky enough to acquire a beautiful specimen on ebay last year for about 15 dollars. 

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 I was looking at it yesterday morning, thinking that it would be worth it to take it home in my suitcase.  I was thinking how much I would love to photograph my little niece holding it…  I could just imagine her little hands on the feral…  And of course, once the idea of a shoot with a red parasol took root, I just HAD to try it!

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 So I got out my tripod, my lenses, and my remote and went to town! For once in my two years here I LOVE the fact that I have peach walls.  They make a great backdrop!

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I love the contrast… Oh I can not wait to be back in the desert where natural light is not a rare occurrence!

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 Hurrah for a great editing software!  I really enjoy this wash effect…

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 This was my favorite shot and it was a complete accident.  I was holding the remote in my right hand up inside the umbrella and was talking to the dogs because they were kind of skittish about it being up in the air that way (they have a deep seated mistrust of umbrellas!) and my remote trigger bumped against the feral!  Voila!  Rockin’ shot that makes me look exotic and mysterious!  *SNORT*

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Hope you enjoyed today’s lesson on the evils of vanity.  Ha!!!

 I’m off to enjoy the sun that is shining once more today! 

See you tomorrow!

Courtney 

Twelve…

Today we begin the last leg of my countdown. 

I shall call it,

“Twelve Days ’til Phoenix!” 

(Really, I started with yesterday’s entry but calling it ’13 days ’til Phoenix’ didn’t have the same original ring to it! *SNORT* )

Why am I doing this?  Well, I’m feeling a little guilty for flooding your in-box with little pictures of numbers.

But not guilty enough to stop doing it!  🙂

So to compensate I’ve decided to make them a little more fun.

I promise to write something interesting to accompany every days’ count.  It may be a fact, something about me, a random tidbit that pops into my head, something I’ll miss about Germany or (like today’s entry) something I’m looking forward too when I’m back in the states!

So, here we go!

There are now

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days left until I move home to the States.

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One of my very favorite fast food restaurants is Sonic. (And yes, they have them in Del Rio!  I checked)

Every time I’ve gone home to Phoenix to visit the first thing I want (after Starbucks of course) is a Route 44 Peach Ice Tea.

I particularly love the little crushed ice.

Weird? Maybe, but remember…

I have lived in Europe for three years.  They don’t use ice.  EVER.  AT ALL.

Finding this out when I got here was absolute culture shock!  Remember that I’m from a desert!  NO ICE? NO WAY!

Well, here I am three years later and I have discovered something very disturbing about myself.

I am now Ice Retarded.

I can not drink out of a glass with normal ice in it without slopping it all down my front.  I try, I really do!  If I can unlearn how to drink with ice in three years then I should be able to relearn how to drink with ice in no time.

WRONG.

Apparently sometime in the last three years I’ve passed the Old Dog age line and can no longer learn new tricks.

So Sonic, with it’s lovely little crushed ice is my friend!

Ahhhh, excuse me while I go off to daydream about my Route 44 Peach Ice Tea…

Until tomorrow!

Courtney

 

Thirteen…

I have two equally important things to share with you today.

1st,

There are now

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days left until I move home to the States.

2nd,

Ben & Jerry’s Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream should be it’s very own food group…

I believe the word is AMBROSIA!

In ancient Greek Mythology, ambrosia is the food of the gods, often depicted as conferring ageless immortality upon whoever consumes it.  It was brought to the gods in Olympus by doves (Odyssey xii. 62), so may have been thought of in the Homeric tradition as a kind of diving exhalation of the Earth.” ~Wikipedia~

Yep, that’s B&J’s Peanut butter cup… the ice cream of immortality!  I’m claiming it!!!

Courtney

 

Fourteen…

“There’s a patch of blue sky, let us chase it!”

~Marianne from Sense and Sensibility~

Today Ryan and I saw a patch of blue sky and warm sun.  We ran out with the dogs to enjoy a bit of blue sky chasing.

We ran… and we ran… and we ran…

Until gray was the only color in the sky and blue was but a memory.

There are now

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days left until I move home to the States.

Yep, just two weeks left until I live where blue is all I see!

Courtney

 

Fifteen

 

There are now

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days left until I move home to the States.

I should take one moment to point out that this move back home to the states is a HUGE deal for me.  You may tire quickly of my raptures…

If these daily numbered entries bother you then you might want to ignore me for a while…

I have 14 more pictures of numbers…

One for every single day I have left!

See you tomorrow 

 

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes…

On December 13th of this past year friends of ours welcomed their first child into the world… a little girl.

In the three short months of her precious life I have been invited to photograph her twice.  Today I’ve been given permission by her mother to share with you some of my favorite photos from those two shoots.

Meet Sydney Grace.

She was a joy to work with.  The first time I did a sitting with them she was three weeks old.  I could not have asked for a better baby!  Isn’t she beautiful?

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 I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more perfectly shaped “Cupid’s bow” mouth…

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 Merry Christmas baby girl…

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 I love taking pictures that show the contrast between a newborn and the size of her daddy’s hands…  I especially love this picture… you can see that she has captured his heart!

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A mother’s hands are poignant too… such tender love and care…

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 Beautiful baby girl!

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This past week I was, again, given the opportunity to do a photo shoot of Sydney.  She is now just over three months old and bursting with personality!

She’s all giggles and grins…

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 This is one of my favorite pictures… it just captures Sydney and her Momma, and the love they have for each other…

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 And Daddy’s heart is lost!

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 Busy little fingers… Ten perfect toes! 

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 Then I started on my favorite series of pictures from this photo shoot!  Both Mom and Dad thought that it would be great fun to have some pictures of her with tulips for Easter… STROKE OF GENIOUS!

She was so cooperative!  I love her pinchin’ cheeks! 

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 Such a fun idea!

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 Then out came the Cadbury bunny!  She was so fun during this part because she just loves the *buwak buwak buwak* noise he makes!

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Soft and pretty and so brand new…

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 This was one of my favorite shots from the day… It looks like the cover of a Mother’s Day card!

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There you have it… a sampling of my first two baby shoots! 

Jon and Belinda, thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me this time with your daughter!  She is a true joy!!!

Courtney