Winter

Up Close and Personal

Sometimes when people see an interesting subject to photograph, they either don't get close enough or they don't fill the frame (these are kind of one in the same). I know that was the case for me especially in the beginning. I would take photos at eye level (i.e. I wouldn't crouch or lay down to get a shot, etc.). Eye level isn't bad, but the idea is to change your perspective. Even just getting low and looking up can change your subject drastically. Take this tree, for example.

I loved how dreary it looked (as it was quite cold that day), I loved the snow on the limbs and I loved the texture of the bark. So instead of shooting it from afar at my eye level, I decided to snuggle up close to the tree and shoot up.

Filling the frame can make your picture much more interesting--so next time you take your camera out, try to get close to your subject and do something unique. Even if you try it and botch it, it would be better to experiment than to not try at all.

Let me know how it goes!

-Ashley

Meet Calla | Weekly Portrait Project

This girl is so much fun. She is full of energy, smiles and playfulness. And she apparently likes to eat popsicles in the snow. I guess the cold didn't matter to her much! :) This is what her mom has to say about her:

She is the third child of four and can hold her own with her older brother and sister and loves her "baby biolet (Violet)". She makes us all laugh everyday. As much as she likes being with people she loves it when she is by herself and can play whatever she wants. She is a princess through and through and would wear her princess dresses (or swimsuit!) everywhere if mommy let her. We love her!!!


Thanks for stopping by, friend! You should come by more often. In fact, I'd love to meet you, especially if you're in the Dallas area right now.

Want a free photo? We'll trade--I'll take your photo and share your story on my blog and I'll send you the photo I take. What a deal! Email me (ashley@transparentlifephotos.com) and we'll set it up!

-Ashley

Goodbye Winter

Winter is long gone in Texas and probably most places as well, but I have a few more left to share from my trip to Colorado and Seattle. I haven't even shown a few pictures I got from Portland, Oregon yet! 

Canon 5D Mark II, 24mm f/2.8  |  f/14, 1/80sec, ISO-400  |  Estes Park, CO

Canon 5D Mark II, 24mm f/2.8  |  f/14, 1/80sec, ISO-400  |  Estes Park, CO

Hope you are having a relaxed day. Happy Saturday!

-Ashley

Bare Trees

Since I was traveling during winter months to Colorado, I really wanted to get a picture of trees that were bare. I have never seen all seasons before, winter being one of them I've never truly experienced. Living in the hot climates I'm from (Houston, Dallas, Phoenix, etc.), you only experience summer and then what many people would call a mild winter. I wouldn't say it's mild, but my friends in Michigan or Colorado would disagree. :)

Canon 5D Mark II, 50mm f/1.4  |  f/3.5, 1/2000 sec, ISO-250  | Denver, CO, USA

Canon 5D Mark II, 50mm f/1.4  |  f/3.5, 1/2000 sec, ISO-250  | Denver, CO, USA

Now that I'm back in Houston, you can't even tell it was winter in other places. It's sunny, 73 degrees Fahrenheit and really pleasant. We're about to take a walk actually! I'd take this weather over what my friends are experiencing in Denver, CO (36 degrees Fahrenheit right now!). 

-Ashley

Bittersweet

Coming back to Texas after spending time in a cold climate (like the photo above) makes me very happy I'm not from those areas! This photo was taken in Denver, Colorado as we were walking around with some great friends of ours. I miss them already. 

Having great friends in multiple places is a bittersweet thing. It's so fun to visit them, but leaving can be disheartening. Some of these friends I am not sure when I'll see them again. For this reason, I'm so thankful that social media exists--facebook is really a way I can keep up with everyone. I guess one great thing about having friends in several places is that wherever we go we'll have someone to hang out with! :) Be blessed today!

-Ashley

Finding Contentment in Seasons

Canon 5D Mark II; 50mm f/1.4  |  ISO 250; f/3.5; 1/3200 sec

Canon 5D Mark II; 50mm f/1.4  |  ISO 250; f/3.5; 1/3200 sec

The previous picture is very different than this one. When I took this picture, my fingers probably felt like they were going to fall off. It was about 25F/-3C outside and I was literally shaking in my boots. I guess I wasn't cold enough to leave and not take photos though. You can clearly see my priorities. :)

Growing up in Houston, TX, I never saw season changes. It was either hot or cold. Being in these cold places lately have reminded me of how seasons work--they are for a short period of time through the year and all have different aspects to them--whether it be hot or cold, snow or flowers, etc. It also reminded me of how this is also a reality in our lives. Whatever we're doing right now, most likely it's a season of our lives--whether that's raising young children, working on a career, retiring, getting married, etc.

I feel at times it's hard to be content with whatever season you're in. It's so much easier to think of what's ahead and not what you're going through and what you could learn from it.

Lately, the season we've been going through is "waiting". If I would have asked myself 6 months ago if I wanted this season of "waiting", I would have definitely said no, but God had different plans for us! I can truthfully say that it has been the best thing for us and I'm thankful to be where we're at.

I hope that what ever season you're in, that you can find contentment in it. There is a purpose for it and God will reveal it to you if you just ask! Would love to hear about what season you're currently in. Feel free to share it in the comments below.

-Ashley

Meet Samantha | Weekly Portrait Project

This gal is awesome. I met her nine (what?!) years ago in Dallas, Texas, at Watermark Community Church. We joined a community group together and our entire group over a two year period became such close friends who truly shared life together. We shared meals, sorrows, struggles, homes, etc. It was an amazing two years that I do miss. Over the years our group has disbanded, but when we're together it feels like we pick up right where we left off. I could have spent so much more time with Samantha and her family when we visited Colorado! 

I asked Samantha to write something about herself and this is what she said: 

My family and I recently moved from big city Dallas to rural Colorado. We are loving our new town and the natural beauty of the land all around us. I prefer to start my mornings with iced coffee and a whole lot of Jesus to get through the day.

I'm so thankful for this great friend. Thanks Samantha for letting me share about you on my blog! Samantha is also a writer, so you should check out her facebook page here. 

If you want your picture taken for my portrait of the week project, leave a comment below and we can plan something out!

-Ashley

Snowy Landscape

Canon 5D Mark II; 50mm f/1.4 - f/5, ISO320, 1/4000 sec

Canon 5D Mark II; 50mm f/1.4 - f/5, ISO320, 1/4000 sec

We're currently in Colorado and I am amazed by all the snow. This Texan girl has only seen snow maybe.....5 times in her life? That might be pushing it. The entire time we were driving around the city to our friends house, I was very tempted to jump out of the car and jump in all of the snow! It just looked so fresh, white and untouched. Who wouldn't want to jump in it?! :)

Another thing I am not used to AT ALL is the cold. How do people survive in this?! I think my blood has thinned out so much that I have no tolerance for cold weather. There is something wonderful about snow and the cold, but I think I'd prefer heat still. :) Call me crazy--I'm used to it. If you live in the cold/snow props to you. I look up to you. :)

I will hopefully post some more photos of our time here soon. There is a lot of beautiful things to see here. And, I still have my portrait of the week, which will be coming up soon! Enjoy your day today!

-Ashley