Stars & Sparklers {Night Photography}

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Ahh, I’m so so excited for this post! I’m super proud of how these pictures turned out and can’t wait to share them with you guys. πŸ˜€ Remember last post, when my friends came and I said that we all had a bonfire and Fleet taught me astrophotography? Well, here are the pictures from that evening: stars, sparklers, and a big bonfire. EXCITEMENT.

So much for the words – I’m ready for the pictures!

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Creek Adventures, Terrible Puns, and a Marvelous Weekend

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Last weekend was WONDERFUL because I got to see my best friend! πŸ˜€ Aria just got married (joy!) and moved fifteen hours away from me (sadness…). But recently she came to visit us with her husband Andrew, and Andrew’s best friend, Fleet. It brought back so many memories, like her proposal/engagement, her wedding, and the first time she visited our farm in 2018.

We had a blast exploring the farm, building a dam in the creek, making too much food, finding strange creatures, etc. Enjoy some of my favorite pictures!

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A Family Vacation at Norris Lake

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Gracious, this is the longest break from blogging I’ve had in… ages! I think all the unused busyness from the early COVID months got condensed into these last four weeks or so, sheesh. In part, we went on vacation (obviously), we had a big party + game night on Megan’s birthday, I’ve been toiling over a big design project for a client, we went to my great grandma’s funeral, I started art tutoring and teaching at a local co-op again (with frustrating regulations), and we had a lot of company come over, including my best friend who lives states away!

Of course, I took a bunch of pictures and some of that will make it into future posts if I ever have time to write them, argh. But for now, at least I finally made this post about our vacation. πŸ™‚ We went to Norris Lake in Tennessee this year, and the highlight of the trip was tubing, swimming, and boating. So exhausting, but so fun, and GREAT for water photography! πŸ˜‰ I hope you guys enjoy!

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Sunflower Field Sisters Photoshoot

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Ahh, I love how these photos turned out! Megan and I have been planning this photoshoot ever since Dad first mentioned planting sunflowers months ago. Because, of course, aren’t sunflower fields for taking pictures in? Heh, no, he planted them as a crop for the doves or, more to the point, the dove-hunters. πŸ˜‰

But this field did make for a marvelous photo location. As always, I took the pictures of Megan, and she took the ones of me. Ready for some sunny pictures?

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Watercolor & Gouache Sketchbook Tour

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Yayyyy, an art post! These make me so excited that it’s hard to refrain from ending the title with an exclamation point. πŸ˜› I still have three or four blank pages in this sketchbook, but I figured that was close enough to make a post on it. πŸ˜‰ I mostly filled this sketchbook with gouache and watercolor paintings, but added a few sketches and some different art mediums too.

Okay, let’s get to this huge load of art! I hope you guys enjoy and can find some inspiration for yourself!

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Summer Playlist + Aesthetic {2020}

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Now that it’s August, time for my obligatory seasonal playlist post. πŸ™‚ I usually do these earlier, but I had too many other post ideas, heh. I love discovering new music and artists and I know you guys do too, so today I’m going to share some of my recent favorites with a summery feel.

I hope you guys enjoy this playlist + photos, and maybe find some music to add to your collection!

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Light & Shadow {Experiments in Indoor Photography}

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I had so much fun with the pictures for this post! Usually I justΒ take photos of pretty things, but this time I pushed myself to create photos that tell stories rather than just show what’s already there. Over the past week or so, I’ve been finding interesting patterns of light and shadow around golden hour and incorporating them in my photos. We live in an old farmhouse with big windows that make great photo opportunities, but you can also use any sort of windows, blinds, lamps, and so on.

Light and shadows are two (free!) things to be happy about, so I think they’re worth noticing. πŸ˜‰ I hope you guys enjoy these pictures!

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Chains, Goats, & Flower Gardens {Golden Hour Photoshoot}

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How’s that for a random title? I was looking for something like, “A Post Where I Wander Around the Yard and Take Photos of Lots of Random Things at Golden Hour,” but that would be a tad long. It would have been helpfully explanatory, however, since that’s what this post is about. πŸ˜‰

Walking around and taking pictures is honestly one of my favorite things. It’s so refreshing, plus I get to be creative at the same time. ❀ So yeah, I hope you guys enjoy taking this evening walk with me! πŸ™‚

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100 Questions to Ask Your Pen Pal

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I’m super excited for this post! (How unusual. πŸ˜› ) One of my readers recently requested I write about pen pal questions, so here we are. Asking/answering questions in letters (or in life!) helps you connect with and get to know someone better, plus, pro tip: including questions is one secret to making your letters a lot longer and more interesting. πŸ˜‰ For some of my pen pals, we insert a list of questions in the letter, and for others, we just ask questions as they come up about whatever subject we’re on.

Today I’m going to give you a ginormous list of 100 questions to ask your pen pal – some serious, some funny, all across a variety of topics and categories. If you’re at a loss for what to write, try some of these! I’ll also stick in a little happy mail/envelope art inspo along the way. πŸ˜‰ Alright, let’s do this!

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