beginnings, thank yous, and overwhelming heart tugs.

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We just had our reunion of the nine groups that have happened so far and it got me thinking about beginnings. 

This project started about a year and a half ago, in February of 2013, as merely a “thought”, more or less.
As an idea.
As a little shift from the “normal,” just to see what could come of it.
It started because, simply, I feel that communication is powerful. Conversation can breed change.
It continues because that communication has become more powerful than I ever thought possible.

As I’ve said many times over, it started because I was more and more disgusted by the gossip, slander, trash-talking that is common among women. The ONE goal I had was that the eighteen of us in that first group would walk away with a little more understanding and a little more empathy – that we would check ourselves before we think something disparaging about another person, definitely before we voice such a thing to someone else. That we would take the time to realize that, more often than not, there is SOMEthing we have in common with them – that if we took five minutes to really listen to them…to listen about things that matter…our quick-to-judge opinion would change.

The project has continued because that has definitely happened. But, that’s not all that has happened. I receive letters over and over from participants who have gained more self-respect, more self-love. Who, besides being slower to judge others, are also now slower to judge themselves. They are equipped to recall the positive traits about themselves that their loved ones believe to be their overwhelming qualities. They’re not just equipped to do it – they actually DO it.

The project continues because I also receive letters and feedback from those who haven’t even been directly involved yet – those who take comfort in the words of participants that are friends and strangers alike, finding that they’re not alone in their feelings, in their insecurities. That we’re all more and more alike than we sometimes imagine.

One of the things that has impressed me the most about this project is that every. single. time. I orchestrate/facilitate another group or ANYthing related to the project – no matter how nervous I may get – everything flows so effortlessly and easily. It tells me every time that this is what I am supposed to be doing. Things just flow and work with this because it is based in positivity. Because it is solely for building up, supporting, and loving one another.

Even when it came down to organizing a party that would consist of about 130 people – I’ve NEVER thrown a party in which I would need 130 people entertained and happy! But, as I said, because it was for the project, it just came together beautifully and perfectly.

I cannot thank enough those involved with that night.
It’s impossible.
But I’m going to try.

For those of you that didn’t get to attend, however, I will give you an idea of how the night went down, in list form.  

– 80 photos and insecurities – (every single participant) were hung on the wall
– amaaaaazing finger foods
– ridiculously delicious beer and wine
– a photo booth (SO FUN!)
– a spot for the little kids to entertain themselves
– a video that made everyone weepy
– a raffle and silent auction featuring awesome goods from small businesses in the area
– music! My favorite kind of music.
– laughter, tears, and more laughter, with an overwhelming feeling of solidarity

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The night was amazing.
I’ve said many times since that I wish I could have stepped back, taken a breath, and just listened. Just looked around and taken the whole thing in.
I didn’t really get that chance, as there were so many people who stopped me that I desperately wanted to talk to. Everyone was there because they were supporting the project. That alone gave me a constant overwhelming lump in my throat. To see so many people there, whether they have been in my life for long periods of time or short, meant the world to me.
There really are no words to accurately convey how that felt. But, I would not be far off in saying that it was one of the best feelings ever. Like falling in love with 130 people at once. Whoa.

What I can possibly state just in words: the buzz was phenomenal. The party was constant and joyous. I was told multiple times that when guests entered the building, the energy was awesome and contagious. THAT means everything went as it should.
Once again, the project was a success. And it enforced my desire to continue. So, continue I will.
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This party served as a fundraiser as well – as I know that many who attended are curious, the amount raised basically allowed me to break even as far as the cost of the party itself. So, thank you all whom were there for helping me to throw an awesome party!

I will be releasing the Group 9 – Mothers/Daughters blog in the near future, as well as a Kickstarter for the project, so that this can be something that continues as long as possible. Hopefully, this will be out sooner than I currently think. 

Now, I’d like to thank some people specifically:

Rhiannon – my right hand lady – the one who has filmed almost every single group; the one who serves as the part of my brain that is often lacking; the one who tirelessly sets up and tears down all of these things with me. You are amazing. You have my undying appreciation always.

Jamey – I could not have thrown this thing without you. No joke. Your handling of the food – organizing and creating such a delicious array of selections – brought such peace of mind to my planning. Everyone would have had to eat some Little Caesars pizza if I had been handling the food. You and your family did more than I could have ever expected. And I know you had a few other awesome helpers with you – to all of you, THANK YOU. I love you guys.

Glenna – for tirelessly lending your home time and again for us to have a meeting place. I don’t know what I would have done without you. ❤ Also, a big thank you to you and Abby for more wine! 

Kt – You are just awesome. You are reliable even when you think you’re not going to be reliable. Not really sure how you do that, but you do. You have been so damn supportive of this whole thing and I appreciate all you’ve put into it. I love how our friendship has grown since the start of this. You are definitely a part of our little family now. Thank you!

Ian – THAT VIDEO. WHAT?!?! That is the most beautiful thing. I still can’t watch without crying. You are ridiculously talented and I appreciate every stressful and exhausting second you put into this for me. Thank you so very much!

Aarde, Cheryl and Alan – THAT VENUE! Seriously, you guys, THANK YOU SO MUCH! That was such a perfect place to hold this and I appreciate your kindness in providing it so very much! I don’t know what I would have done without you guys. Aarde, thank you for making it happen.

Ash – While I include you in my thank you to Jamey, you definitely need your own. You were like a machine in your assistance with food and tables and cleanup and music and and and and…so many things I know you did that probably even went unnoticed. You are a great dude. Thank you. So much.

Rosie and Jennifer – You’ve photographed various groups and shared your experiences at each of those and I couldn’t thank you enough for your support in that way. Rosie, I love the photos you’ve shared from that night. I am so thankful that you were kind enough to capture the evening for me, as I was too busy to even take it all in.

Heidi – That wine was so good! You are the biggest of champs for providing that for us. I appreciate you and Precept Wine so very much. Love you, lady.

Dylan and Austen – THAT KOLSCH! Soooooooooo good! Thank you for brewing for me and sharing the deliciousness with everyone there. I know people now can’t wait for you to get some tap room/brewery going’. Love you both. Thank you so much!

Peni – Having my best friend here for this event was just perfect in itself. The fact that you organized and helped orchestrate the raffle and silent auction to take it off my plate, that was even beyond perfect. You helped silence my crazy mind where that was concerned. Thank youuuuu!

Kristen, Ana-Elizabeth and Jen – Thank you for conquering any fears you may have had (except Kristen; you love that shit)  and speaking in front of the crowd. Your experiences still speak to me on a huge scale. You are the reason this continues. I love you guys.

Mara and Melissa – GIRLS, I would probably only have made $5 if not for you both! I cannot thank you enough for your mingling and selling and handling of money! You guys are the best. I love you long time.

All of you who donated for the auction/raffle – Melissa Huston, Peni Massure, Singe Candles, Anna Bailey, Thisisrhi, Heidi Hedge, Justin Tamminga, Dagmar Simard & Sasquatch Cinnamon Rolls, Jennifer Jones, Jamie Haskell, Becca Macdonald & Compass Rose, Mara Christensen, EarthNerd Treasures, Jake Pendle, Drollinger Designs, Kt Wright, Karla Corona & The Red Hot, Erin Stiner & Salon Parente and anyone else that my crazy brain may be forgetting…THANK YOUUUUUU GUYS SO VERY MUCH!!!!! You were essential in the raising of funds. I appreciate it sooooo much!

Jenn, Rhi, Austen, Dylan – Thank you for helping me clean up everything remaining the following day. I think I would have just sat on the floor and sobbed if I hadn’t have had your help.

To EVERYONE who donated money and contributed to raffle/auction monies, I thank you! (To Shari Kalsta and Laura Rossi who donated toward food before we even went shopping…all my love.)

If I forgot anyone, I’m so incredibly apologetic. My brain has been fried since this event and is only sort of coming back to me. You are all amazing.

TO EVERYONE: THANK YOU A MILLION TIMES FOR YOUR SUPPORT. Your support keeps this project in the forefront for me. It makes me keep going even when I think that the work is too hard – when I think of the daunting paperwork it will take to become a non-profit organization; the hours of social networking and administrative work it takes to keep this out there; the exhaustion that is super emotional and, yet, fulfilling with each group. You keep all this love and positivity as the main message for me.
You are this project.
Thank you.

Alana ❤
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eat soup. drink tea. have babies.

I’m a terrible blogger.  I know.
I’d like to believe I’m a better taker-of-photos than I am writer-of-blogguns.  Lately, I’ve put off both, however…at the start of the holidays, everything got postponed.  We traveled to Hawaii (amazing and super fun), flew back to Seattle, and the very next morning i flew out to LA to welcome my best pal’s beautiful little baby boy, Milo, and assist the new parents for a week.  Flew back to my own sick little toddler…sick little toddler becomes also-sick-daughter, also-sick-boyfriend, and, finally, also-sick-me.  There you are, up-to-date.  To give you an idea of how pathetic it is…I am currently writing this while watching Freaks and Geeks, with my hair looking like I may have directly applied butter to it while secured by a headband all Bret Michaels style.  If I come out of this with my family still loving me, it will be a miracle.

There was some shooting that happened before all of the above-mentioned awesomeness/grossness, however.  I’m gonna be a little bit short about this blog, only because I need to go back to nursing some tea, eating some soup, and hiding under a furry blanket.  This is a maternity shoot that I did for the always lovable Tiffany, and her fabulous husband, Dave.  They are a super fun couple, as you’ll see in the photos here…just the way I love ’em!  I will share more when I am able to finish editing, and don’t feel like I’m coughing up multiple lungs.  Until then, here are a few.

p.s. the reason for the photos here, Tiffany and Dave’s gorgeous daughter, Presleigh Ryan, was born last night.  Much love to the beautiful little family!!!!

p.p.s. I’m SUPER excited about the photo shoot featuring some brilliantly honest women coming up.  You should be seeing the results of it here, come mid-February.  🙂  (the inspiration for said shoot is detailed here: https://alanatphotography.wordpress.com/2012/12/06/if-you-dont-have-anything-nice-to-say/)
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ohhhhhh, to be a kid again.

here are some more photos from my fall frolicking with the adorable baylee and ryker.  the first few can be found here: https://alanatphotography.wordpress.com/2012/10/18/fall-frolicking-feelgood-phat-fotos/

i have been taking care of business and editing photos all day today (and drinking some beer with baylee and ryker’s mom and dad.  yay!), to the point that my eyeballs sort of hurt.  so, between that and the fact that i am lacking many words at this moment (and we’ve got a dexter tivo’d and waiting for us), i shall cut my speech short…hopefully, i can make up for it in photos.  because i need my eyeballs to last.

on a quick note, i’ll be back sooner than later this week, as i had another super rad shoot with a super rad family yesterday that i’d LOVE to share with you!  until then, enjoy more of these adorable guys…

fall. frolicking. feelgood. phat fotos.

current mood: on the way to relaxing.  listening to the sound of my son screaming upstairs from what must be him getting his teeth brushed by dad.  traumatic stuff, you know.  also listening to the amazing talent that is regina spektor.

today kinda fried my brain a bit, i think, which may be obvious. for the record, i never write “phat”.  nor do i write “fotos”, for that matter.  i just got carried away.  phorgive me.  ha.  haha.
see?

{if any of you are over 55 and haven’t heard the term “phat” before, 1) count your blessings, and, 2) it means “cool”.  or it did.  as one urban dictionary definition points out:
“‘It has kind of phased out and is mostly used by wannabes, lowerclassmen in high school, or middle schoolers. It is now considered a slang faux pas. I wouldn’t use it if I was you.”
14 year old: “That’s phat man.”
22 year old: “Um, dude, that word got old in the late ’90s'”
yep.  there’s some education for you today, in any case.}

moving on…
I SHOT A COUPLE OF KIDS YESTERDAY!  in the most awesome usage of the word, of course.
my dear friend, jen, and i have had this shoot (starring her children) in the plans for the last couple of months, i do believe.  somehow, about a month and a half ago, she used her super-smart-mom senses and picked the only dry day in probably the next 5 months of rain here to do this.  it was GORGEOUS.  a bit chilly, but gorgeous.
we met at fort steilacoom park, in lakewood, wa.  about 10 different high schools’ track teams, families, and cheerleaders met there, too.  who knew?  we definitely didn’t.  it did provide some amusement as they would erupt in cheering mid-shoot.  i just told the kids that the cheering was for them.  which, as animated as the kids were, it should have been for them.
anyway, beautiful day.  beautiful, HILARIOUS kids.  baylee is six (going on 13, as jen points out), and ryker is 2…together, they provide some serious entertainment.  you’ll see that in the photos.
(let me just say, as a side note, that i have a special fondness for these guys because they remind me so much of my own little family.  granted, my daughter is 12, but she was JUST like baylee at that age…and jen parents very much the way that i do, which i would like to think is the coolest, best kind of parenting ever.  yeah.  just nod.)
jen also has a pretty hilarious blog about her hilarious children that can be found here:  http://projectmomlife.com/
check it out.  do it.  she writes every night, and she writes well.
so, yeah, here are some of the photos so far.  i am keeping the others under wraps at the moment, so that jen and justin can see them before anyone else.  maybe i will share more later…for now, here are some smiles for you…

eat, drink, drink some more, and be merry.

here we are in hood river, oregon.
i’m not gonna write much, because this is a VACATION.  vacations don’t look like blogging, do they?  vacations look like holding hands with my boyfriend and hitting all of the local breweries and wineries because we can.  grandma is at home with the kids (THANK GOODNESS FOR GRANDMAS), so, i basically went into pure relaxation mode the second we hit the road.  it’s been perfect.
guess what?  i didn’t bring my camera.  i love my camera and i love photography, but, it can feel a little bit like work if i’m obsessing about it too much, so, these photos come to you courtesy of the iphone 4s, and some with some extra lovin’ from instagram.

okay, enjoy.  today’s adventure:  wine!  lots of wine.

alana  🙂

hittin’ the road.
if you know us, you know that we always do some obligatory dumb photo of whenever we are going anywhere of substance (camping, hiking, vacationing, etc), so, this was to be no different.

my guy, doin’ the hard driving work.

told you, instant relaxation…in my kirkland costco socks, obviously.

scenic.

and scenic some more.

tunnels are cool.

outside our condo vacation rental. who else prefers vacation rentals to hotels? i certainly do.

ready to start our beer tasting (i.e. drinking a bunch) at full sail brewery…half a block from where we’re staying. can i get a “hell yes”???!!!

ready, set, GO.

aaaaaaaaand, yum.

“are you taking a picture of me AGAIN?”
why, yes. yes, i am.

samplin’ some more…this time at double mountain brewery. more yums.

walking from double mountain brewery to pfriem brewery…i am bad at pictures…

on our way to phriem, there was a lone xylophone player off in the fog.
no. i’m not kidding. he’s right there.

sign in the bathroom at pfriem.
i REALLY want this to happen in tacoma…none of our good breweries allow kids. it’s time for a change…

this morning at breakfast. NOT hungover. wheeeeeeeee!

i put makeup on today.

crab benedict at bette’s place.
it was good…except for the shells i ran into occasionally…

necessity.

satisfied.

my guy figuring out some communication problem between my laptop and my iphone.
what a guy. 🙂

sitting here…just before i started writing this for you guys.
and now, signing off…and drinking more.

wine. the family. not the beverage.

guess what day it iiiiiiiiiiis…
that’s right. sunday blogday.
i’ve decided that i can blog to my heart’s content any day of the week i want, or NOT blog, but i must blog on sunday.  why sunday?  hellifiknow.  i guess i just started this on a sunday.  consistency.  i lack it in so many things, may as well have it in this.

anyway, yesterday was fun.  i had a family shoot with the wine family.  you know how i love to have fun on my shoots?  so do these guys.  my kind of people.  🙂  they have had the more “traditional” type of family shots done each year in the past, but were looking forward to getting out of the box a little bit and having some fun…so, that we did.  it became a “no rules day” for little ava, which ended up meaning that she could go jumping into lake sammamish with her clothes on and have a naked car ride home.  think she’s gonna remember that?  i think so.  🙂

so, i’ll share a few shots here…not too many, for the sake of not spoiling the rest of the images for the wine family and friends…after they have seen the rest, i shall share more with you.

i’m also posting a “review” of sorts that mona (mrs. wine) posted on my facebook page before we had even done their family photo shoot.  it makes my heart smile.  she’s a super awesome lady and i appreciate every word she said.  (also, she sent me home with snacks after the shoot.  yeah, snacks.  how sweet is that??)

review…

“From me, your customer: Why you are going to raise your prices and we are going to love you anyway.

One shot. It took one shot, one photo of my beautiful daughter, to steer me to alana t photography. And it was unexpected. We have been using the same photographer for our candid and natural family photos since my daughter was born. They are terrific photos. I have been happy with them. Have referred folks to this photographer. We also have sat for the obligatory studio photos and they were just ok, but we did them.Then I took my daughter to her friend’s birthday party that alana t. was shooting. In one shot, one camera click, she captured my daughter. Her joy for life, her spirit, her love of fun and her inner happiness. One shot.

I actually have paid more for ok studio photos, and more for the more natural and artistic photos that I have loved. But, they have never come close to “That shot”.Before I looked at the rest of the sample photos on the site, I had booked our families’ annual photo shoot with alana t. photography. I could just tell.My daughter and her spirit and our love for her is priceless. If alana t. photography can capture some of that spirit and love, to me, there is no other choice.”
so. nice.
and then the pressure was on for their family photos…  🙂

good intentions and happy accidents. (part 2)

i’m still sick. blogging in some pj pants and a hoodie.
but, let’s move on…

numero sette…

as you saw in part 1 of this blog (or maybe you didn’t see), all of those photos happened while i was in school.  well, i then became surprisingly and happily pregnant with my son and took off a little over a year from shooting to just focus on mommy-ing.  this photo shoot here brought me back.  meet swamp lady.  a shoot that was a brainchild of my super talented friend, rhi, of rhivolver (you can find her brilliance here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/RhiVolver/238295929552781). anyway, rhi came up with the smart idea of getting a few of us ladies back into shooting by creating a very small women-of-tacoma photography group.  i must thank her for this, because it really brought me back and brought me back strong!  i’m absolutely LOVING shooting again. (thank you, rhi!)
anyhow, we got down and swampy dirty with our lovely model here.  there were creatures greeting our legs beneath the surface that we wouldn’t be able to identify if we tried.  we all felt like we were going to be stuck in the swampy muck at different points while shooting, but we persisted, and i’m glad we did.  it was hilarious, super fun, and somehow empowering.
the technical stuffs: canon rebel xsi, 24-70mm, ƒ2.8, 1/400, ISO 100. 
p.s. are any of you familiar with “The Lady of Shalott” painting?  i remember it on the wall of my dad’s house when i was a child, and when i was editing this photo, it reminded me of that.  just a personal side note.

moving on…

ahhhhhh, maternity photos.  i’ve always dreaded taking maternity photos because i’m not into taking cheesy, super-posed photos.  i do realize that that is what some people want…i just prefer the more photojournalistic/editorial style.
anyway, this is mara and greg.  they were having a baby.  (i say “were”, because they just had their son, balen, a few days ago!  i cannot wait to meet him!!!)  they were awesome and willing to go with my vision of maternity photos and make it about them and how happy they were to soon be welcoming their son.  of course the belly would be in the photos!  it just doesn’t have to be allllll about the belly, you know?  so, we went to places that they like to go together and hang out, and we took some photos of them…being them.  my favorite.
i love this shot because she really looks like she just came to the realization, “WHAT?! WE’RE HAVING A BABY??” and greg is just like, “really..?” mara is always full of expressions and i love this woman for it.  she is suuuuuper easy to photograph.
the technical stuffs: canon 7D, 50mm, ƒ2.5, 1/320, ISO 6400 (yeah, super high ISO, we got a late start and were chaaaaaasing the sun. thank you, 7D, for still making this possible.)

numero nove…

same shoot, obviously.  i felt it was super important to shoot at Husky Stadium, where these guys met, fell in love, and continue to enjoy rooting for their team.  i love the story this photo tells, as greg is telling little balen where he met his mama.  this really captures who these guys are…awesome, fun-loving, hilarious people.
the technical stuffs: canon 7D, 24-70mm ƒ2.8, 1/500, ƒ2.8, ISO 2500.

next…

haha. animals.  i had the pleasure of shooting the copeland family, complete with their adorable dog, darby.  this shot just was priceless.  i love that you can see the spray, complete with their expressions in the background.  mallery’s shock, tony’s amusement, and little owen’s awesome smirk.  yeah, i just love all of that.
the technical stuffs: canon 7D, 50mm ƒ1.4, 1/4000, ƒ1.4, ISO 400.

and on…
this photo will go down in history as a top favorite of mine.  maybe you recognize my brother now, from my last post.  this is his family…complete with my niece and nephew, my new sister-in-law, and my new niece, maya.  we did some standard family photos (by standard, i mean photojournalistic style, at a “park” sort of place…), and then we executed my ridiculous and hilarious brother’s vision of doing some pretty white-trashed-out photos.  i don’t think i need to say much more than that.
but, i love all of this…and i think that maya’s expression really takes it over the top.  the radio flyer doesn’t hurt, either.
the technical stuffs: canon 7D, 24-70mm ƒ2.8, 1/60, ƒ2.8, ISO 100. 

numbers twelve and thirteenaΩ…

kids.  the carefree spirit of kids.  these two photos are favorites of mine merely because i love that carefree spirit.  these were taken at a birthday party for a pretty adorable little two year old (more photos can be seen here: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151156208956392.484404.344986076391&type=3).
the technical stuffs: (1st photo) canon 7D, 50mm ƒ1.4, 1/4000, ƒ2.5, ISO 100.  (2nd photo) canon 7D, 24-70mm ƒ2.8, 1/2000, ƒ2.8, ISO 100.  the composition of both of these contributes to why i like them as much as i do, as well.  some photos need SPACE…these are those kinds of photos, in my opinion.

last (but not least) three…

man, i loved this shoot.  the idea for this had been bobbing about in my head for the previous two years, ever since i saw a “trash the dress” shoot for the first time.  (if you are not familiar with the “trash the dress” concept, it is basically when you finally realize that your wedding dress is just going to hang in your closet for the rest of your marriage doing nothing, so, why not do something awesome with it and take it out in style??  therefore, women “trash” their dress…usually in a beach/lake/creek setting, all pretty and dainty-like.) i thought, if you’re going to actually “trash” the dress, why don’t we REALLY trash it?  make it pretty, yet edgy…why not on a pig farm?
for two years i thought about this, with no idea where to shoot it, until i remembered that my cousin and her generous husband own pigs near mt. adams.  after they so kindly agreed to help me out, everything came into play.  this model has never modeled before (i know, unbelievable) – she just lives in the area and was awesome enough to help us out.  she didn’t have to trash her own dress…i was gifted this dress to use (thank you, again, nanette!), which fit jaecee, our model, perfectly.  i did her makeup, we ratted out her hair, and we began shooting – in some swampy reeds, on a 4-wheeler, in some rain, running down a dusty road, laying in the middle of another road, chillin with some pigs, and sittin on top of a truck. (these can all be found on my facebook page as well.)

as far as these photos, specifically…

the top one is one of the first photos of the shoot.  i didn’t want a “model” look to the shoot so much…i wanted it to look like a girl who sorta got left behind on the side of the road for these shots.  thus, the super casual pose and the gun propped behind her – not her posing and holding the gun all model-style.  the setting was also super important to me.  i LOVE that blue wall as a backdrop. when we originally arrived, there was a camper trailer stationed in front of the wall. i almost didn’t say anything about it, but then decided that i would regret not having that backdrop, so, i asked. shane was kindly willing, moved it, and..voila! ask and you shall receive.
the technical stuffs: canon 7D, 24-70mm ƒ2.8, 1/640, ƒ2.8, ISO 100.

the second photo i love because of all of the texture, the positioning of her arms, everything…
i feel like this one has more of an editorial feel to it.  if i’m going to do a shoot with a model, as opposed to a family shoot, or portrait of someone, i’d like it to tell a story.  i feel like this shoot might have accomplished that.
the technical stuffs: canon 7D, 24-70mm ƒ2.8, 1/125, ƒ2.8, ISO 100. 

the third photo…do you even need to ask me this?  when do you see emotion conveyed BY A PIG?  the pig actually took a step back here when jaecee scolded him for getting way up in her business.  🙂  so awesome.
the technical stuffs: canon 7D, 24-70mm ƒ2.8, 1/80, ƒ2.8, ISO 100.

okay.  that is all of my favorites so far.  between this and part 1, there are 16 photos.  maybe there should be less.  maybe there should be more.  i dunno.

bottom line: i love the photos i take to tell a story.  i love emotion.  this is why i love these in particular.

thank you for reading. ❤
’til next time… (which i think will be sooner than later, this week.  there are some questions i have and some things i need to say…)

OH.  P.S. THESE WERE ALL NATURAL LIGHT.  duh.