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Life thru the Lens 22:52

Last week, I inadvertently took the week off. Sorry about leaving you all hanging and wondering if Life Thur the Lens would be up and running. The slow motion of the shutdown all began around the 19th. I have been tossing some life ideas around in my head trying to decide if i was going to commit to something rather major, or not.

And then, The Thinker and I had an anniversary that week, our 21st. Since he was gone for our 20th we decided to live it up a bit and to fill that entire Friday, the 22nd doing as we pleased. We took a stroll down a trail, I say stroll because there was no intent of distance mastered that day. I snapped away at flowers, and bugs, and the curvature of the path as we rounded bend after bend.  

Love Flower by Lisa Kerner ©Simply Living Photography

When we lost interest with our hike we hopped over to a quaint little town and spent an hour wandering from antique store to antique store. Afterwards, we headed up the hill to the winery and sat on the veranda listening to all the rambunctious tables around us filled with young people and laughter. And then, we ate the most remarkably divine dinner while we gazed out the window at a wedding ceremony taking place at the wineries venue. 

The Thinker and I spent a vast part of our day discussing my life ideas, the main one being whether I would go back to school, or not. For a long while now I have wanted to go back to school to pursue photography, but I have hesitated because I did not want to be wasteful on obtaining a worthless degree. Over the last few months, several things have come up that have confirmed my thoughts and desires, and last week I finally took the plunge and made the commitment. I am currently in the registration process as we speak. 

Ultimately, the final decision came down to following my own advice. Blue Eyes and Dreamer have both been chatting a ton about what the next step in their lives will be once high school is wrapped up. We have lingered long on our trail with their worries of the "what ifs" and 'how do I knows." I have often given them the advice to pursue something that would fill them up and interest them, even if they cannot find a job in that particular market once their schooling is done. The way that I look at it, our current job market is rather wonky, masses of twenty somethings leave college and struggle to find a job in the college career they choose. If the real possibility of that happening is at stake, then why not pursue a degree you won't look back on and regret? Why not pursue something that when you look back you say, "I haven't found a job in that market but I loved school. I loved learning about that topic, and I loved every second I immersed myself in it."

I am positive that people will read this post and find my thought process completely irrational in logic and not responsible in the nature of parenting.  I am one hundred percent sure that some will roll their eyes at my words and think that I should be encouraging my children to major in a more "successful" degree, seeking an education in a field where the job market is growing by leaps and bounds. That we (I) shouldn't waist our (my) money on degrees such as photography. Maybe you are right. However, the one thing I know is that I would forever regret encouraging my kids to waist money on a degree that their hearts are not attached too. I know that money is not everything in life and the joy and passion that one receives from working in a job that they love will fulfill them more  than money in their bank accounts. If I know and believe that for my kids, then I should know and believe it for myself as well. 

So, my week was full to the brim with paperwork. And, while I felt terrible about leaving you all at my doorstep but not and answering the bell, I also knew it was a now or never moment for me. What time I did spend on the computer, it was stuffed with college applications and transcript requests. My Life Thru the Lens was an excitingly scary week last week... what was yours?!?

I look forward to heading to all of your cyberhomes to hang out with you this week. I so cherish you, and your little places, where I am able to know who you are a bit. 

All of these photos were edited with Kim Klassen's new Studio Presets... you should totally check them out. And, no I receive no compensation for that little plug other than to know I am supporting someone who I can confidently call friend.

I'll be visiting these lovely communities this week... join along... Our World Tuesday Texture TuesdayTexture Twist, and Sweet Shot Tuesday..  

Life thru the Lens @ Simply Living Photography

Life Thru the Lens

1. Share your life through the lens past, or present.

2. Grab my button and link back to this page, so others can find our community.

3.  Visit at least one person and create a community with them through encouraging comments.

The RULES:

~All forms of photography accepted… keep it family friendly please.

~Anyone with any photography skill can participate… we are all learning and growing.

~Any camera you take pictures with is acceptable… the best camera is the one in your hand.

Visit our Pinterest board to see who has been featured. 

Friday Randomness... a little lemoncello

~ Lisa from Peripheral Perspectives challenged me to play along with the 5 Photos, 5 Stories prompt... I thought it might be fun to do so over at Instagram. So, you'll have to head over there to find the story behind these photos. 

~ I am working on a couple other things as well, that I hope to announce soon... one in particular. 

~ The bottle is my Friday Find... along with the books and hanky that I recently purchased at a local antique/junk store. I really love items that have a story behind them; they mean way more to me than an item bought off the superstore shelf.

~ Today is my 21st anniversary. I am super excited to celebrate it with The Thinker this year, since last year he was away for our anniversary. 

~ Dreamer and Blue Eyes are almost done with school for the year. I sit back and look at my almost Senior and Junior and wonder how in the world did they morph from those tiny infants to grown people so quickly?

~ I am hoping to share a little of our Italy travels next Wednesday; it is high time I edited those photos. 

Community is one thing I adore about blogging... my little Life Thru the Lens community rocks, and I love connecting with other communities like....  Little Things ThursdayFriday Photo Journal, Friday Finds

Life Thru the Lens 17:52... One Thing

A recent prompt for my online photography class was One Thing. I made you all guess what the theme was last week. I kind of figured you would all lean toward time. I actually almost put time on the photo because it fit so well. 

I'll admit, at first, I was pretty challenged by this prompt. First of all I had no clue what I wanted to shoot for that long, and second I had no idea how I would change each look up. I also felt like the photos should have some other common denominator, besides the watches, to tie them together... enter the yellow flower in a jar. 

I acquired these watches several years ago; they belonged to our grandfathers. They mean the world to us as we have very little left of our grandparents that are no longer with us. 

The purpose of the prompt was to shoot one thing over several days, or weeks, in different environments and light. I shot these photos in my front door on an overcast day in the morning, in my bedroom in the evening, and in the kitchen in late afternoon. 

This last shot is my favorite one. It is not a perfect shot. You can see where the backdrop is not over far enough, and the folds are not perfect. The flower is a little dark. But, this is the money shot for me. This shot screams interest and a little bit of a disheveled-ness that makes me want to know more about the story.  I have realized, this is the kind of photography I want to be producing every time I shoot something. I want the picture captured to evoke a response of longing to know more. 


I'll be visiting these lovely communities this week... join along... Texture TuesdayTexture Twist, and Sweet Shot Tuesday.


Ack! You all are so awesome, our little community is growing so much. Can you feel my heart exploding with joy. I will be updating the Pinterest Board with all the features this week, so be sure to check over there. 

Life Thru the Lens

1. Share your life through the lens past, or present.

2. Grab my button and link back to this page, so others can find our community.

3.  Visit at least one person and create a community with them through encouraging comments.

The RULES:

~All forms of photography accepted… keep it family friendly please.

~Anyone with any photography skill can participate… we are all learning and growing.

~Any camera you take pictures with is acceptable… the best camera is the one in your hand.

Visit our Pinterest board to see who has been featured. 

Friday Randomness... Let's Eat Yellow, or Not

~I realized I had more yellow photos to share with you. I was so excited about making my video that I had forgotten to edit these. 

~They all were edited in Lightroom, with mainly Presets, and a few tweaks; since I really loved the SOOCs, I did not have to do much to them. I actually really love the challenge of capturing a shot straight out of the camera (SOOC) and then editing to enhance an already perfect shot. There is nothing like the feeling of being happy with your creation. 

~I found those two forks and the hand embroidered doily, along with some other little treasures, at a local antique/junk store. I love digging through stores like that because you never know what treasures you will find. 

~I calibrated my monitor this week. I was so nervous to do so, but knew that it was a step further I needed to take to open my store on my site here, and to also venture into the stock photography world. I'm laughing now at my anxiety, it was super simple

~ Those shots are dreamy... I mean, I know it is tooting my own horn, but boy oh boy I just love how they turned out. 

~ I know what you are thinking! I told you I would showcase more of the pocket watch shots today. And, I made you guess what the theme was. Time was the popular answer; I knew you'd choose that. But, actually it was One Thing. I had to shoot one thing, over several days, in different environments, and light. I really was stumped on what I wanted to shoot. What would I want to make into a series? And then, I saw them sitting there by the front door as I bent to snap a shot of my yellow flower. I knew it had to be these pocket watches, they mean the world to me because they belonged to special people in our lives. On Monday, at Life Through the Lens I will show you the rest, I really love how they turned out. Until then...

And a special gift to you for this Mother's Day weekend... if you would like to download the full resolution photo simply click on it. Happy Mother's Day. 

Linking with... Friday Finds

Life Thru the Lens 16:52... a little yellow for you

We are a growing community her at Life Thru the Lens. Last week was the biggest link-up to date, and boy oh boy that is exciting. I hope you are visiting with one another and connecting, since that is the real goal. I just love having you all at my cyber table. 

This week, in my life through the lens, I have a prompt I am working on for my photography/editing class.... music. Most of the photos coming out of the prompt feature music sheets, but since I do not actually own any music sheets, and I wanted to create something different including my outdoor photography, and because I love this song... 

©2015 Simply Living Photography

{Edited using Lightroom and Kim Klassen's Breezy Preset, then additional PS edits.}

I am working on a few other prompts as well. Can you tell I realized how much I missed my big girl camera. This is a little sneak peak of the next prompt I'll be sharing on Friday. Any guesses to the theme/prompt...

©2015 Simply Living Photography

{Edited in LR with a little crop and Kim Klassen's Still Preset... otherwise it is SOOC.}

Thank you all for your feed back on my portfolio, and my store. For now, I have opened a Society6 store that you can find a collection of my pieces at. I will be opening my store here on my site as well, but that is turning into quiet the challenge. Do not worry I am up for it :-). Until then...

I'll be visiting these lovely communities this week... join along... Texture Tuesday, Texture Twist, and Sweet Shot Tuesday.

I'll also be back on Wednesday for a bit more of our European travels. 

Life Through the Lens

1. Share us your life through the lens past, or present.

2. Grab my button and link back to this page, so others can find our community.

3.  Visit at least one person and create a community with them through encouraging comments.

The RULES:

~All forms of photography accepted… keep it family friendly please.

~Anyone with any photography skill can participate… we are all learning and growing.

~Any camera you take pictures with is acceptable… the best camera is the one in your hand.

Visit our Pinterest board to see who has been featured.