Snow Day | Project Life in Color

It has snowed in Louisville.  So, in these parts, everyone is freaking out.  It started coming down Friday afternoon – I actually decided to work remotely from home that day – I’m happy I did.  I couldn’t believe how many Facebook friends were taking two hours to get home.  All while I was snuggled up in house shoes, drinking good coffee and busting out some work on my laptop.

We did venture out on Saturday and visited with friends.  But on Sunday I hung back again.  Mike headed out early that morning for a business trip and decided to sleep in.  I love sleeping in – I love Pajama Sundays – I took full advantage of his absence.

There’s still snow everywhere, but I didn’t feel like going out with my camera.  I still get weird about taking it out when it’s so cold (condensation, my friends, doesn’t always play nice).  And honestly, I didn’t want to be outside either.  So for this month, I decided to stay in and take photos of my morning life on a lazy Sunday.

Snow Day | Project Life in Color

In all, I’d say we got about 3″ where we are. Enough to make everything look pretty and for the dogs to enjoy.  The BDD does laps in the snow.  Chase usually just does her business – but she can be tempted into playing.  Kick a little snow in the air and she takes off like a rocket.  I’ve definitely gotten more use out of my rain boots in the last week than I have since I got them this summer.

Snow Day | Project Life in Color

So after a wakeup call from the doggins and a quick trip outside, I saddle up to my new best friend: my Keurig.  I’ve had it for a month or two now and I just love that little machine!  Every cup of coffee is perfect and made in like two minutes.  And it makes the water the right temp for sleepy time tea in the evenings before bed.

Snow Day | Project Life in Color

My Pajama Sunday wasn’t too adventurous.  I did a little work, but spent most of my day cuddled up with doggins on the couch.  Watching movies and episodes of Breaking Bad.  But that’s what Sundays are meant for, right?  To catch up, rest and be with family.  So Mike might have been flying to Mexico where it’s warm, but I think I got the better Sunday for sure.

Snow Day | Project Life in Color

So this month will be my last posting for Project Life In Color.  Our blog circle started strong and our group of women have been a fabulous sound board for business and blogging, but the “busy season” definitely threw several of us for a loop.  Myself included.  So while this is my final entry, I’ll definitely be starting a new personal project in 2014 – in the mean time though, see how Kinzie photographed Project Life in Color this month and see more of her work, visit her blog here. Don’t forget to click on through our circle to see how every captured Life in Color!

katie - I see Doc!

Crazy to see so much snow when we’ve had weather bouncing around from the 40s to the mid 70s over the past week. I’m kind of jealous, not gonna lie! And I’m totally wanting a pajama day!

Caili - Love the snow! Love it! Hate the cold. Love the snow.

sarah - i love pajama sundays too! such a small luxury!

Kim - Brooke, that puppy face just melts my heart. Makes me want to go outside and play in the snow with my pups. Or just stay inside with a hot cup of coffee. Every day should be spent this way…I wish!

The Reedys {family} | Louisville Family Photographer

I saw several friends welcome babies this summer.  Some were their first child, others their second… but I not only was able to love on these little babies, hold them over and over and tell them secrets, I got to photograph them.  And Baby Tanner was among them.

If I’m not mistaken, Tanner is four months old now and growing more handsome everyday!  His little lips and furrowed brow are my favorite parts – as are watching mom and dad just smile and smile and smile at him.  Another story of long-time friends turned parents.  My favorite story of late.  So if you fall in love with this family, I can’t blame you – I’ve been swooning over them for quite a while now.

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The train hat and matching mittens were adorable. But that bottom lip takes the cake.

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Mom has the magic touch.  And dad cradles perfectly.

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Lindsay and Aaron have been loving each other for years. And I never get tired of the way they look at each other.

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Lindsay and Aaron, I can’t get over how handsome Tanner is.  His dark hair, light eyes and precious baby lips are oh-so-perfect.  But you know that already. :)  Love on him for me this holiday season and ask Santa to bring him socks that stay on his feet!!  Love you three.  xoxo

Brooke Murphy Photography is a Louisville Family Photographer and works on-location in Louisville, KY and surrounding areas. To see more of Brooke’s work, visit her portfolio. You can also follow Brooke Murphy Photography on Facebook to see her latest projects, specials and sneak peeks.

Mentionable Finds: Gifts For Photographers

I’ve been toting a camera around for a few years now and always looking for new and fun things that the photography world has to offer.  While I do think most of what’s out there is a bit over-the-top or not always useful, I’ve come to find a few things that I love and recommend often.  So with the holiday season upon us, I thought a quick list of places to find a great present for your photography-inspired family member or friend would be useful (and won’t break the bank).

Mentionable Finds: Gifts For Photographers | Brooke Murphy Photography

A Stylish Camera Bag

Camera gear should always be protected – after all, it’s not exactly an inexpensive hobby.  But I just hate those big, square, bulky and all-black bags that camera shops and department stores keep on the shelf.  I’ve been a little obsessed with finding a cute by versatile camera bag over the years and even started a Pinterest board dedicated to my new finds!   With every camera bag I come across that is more feminine and looks more like a purse rather than a black box with a strap, I’ve pinned it.  And I will say that this is a great place to start when shopping for a stylish camera bag – because there’s so many places out there to look!

A Book to Learn From

There are a ton of photography books out there and it’s hard to tell which one is right for you.  I have several books just from the last few years; some were gifts, others I picked out and then I have a nice stack of hand-me-down books from my DAd.  But I think one of the best books I’ve purchased is Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson.  He goes into the best detail of how light works with the camera, how to use light and define the exposure that’s best for what you’re trying to capture.  I also love the book gives homework – just a little push to encourage you step away from the pages and actually try out what you’re reading with your camera.

Instant Creative Push

I really love the Fuji Instax Mini.  I don’t have one (sad face), but a friend of mine does and I love the images she’s able to capture with it.  And it is a complete creative outlet.  Being that it uses instant film like a Polaroid camera, you’re more mindful of the shot and the film itself makes it even more interesting.  Flickr has several people who share their Instax images and there’s even a good selection of groups to join too.  But this is a fun gift for someone who really wants to break out from the norm and try something different.

The Nifty Fifty

If you have a newbie photographer that still trying to figure things out, I totally recommend the nifty fifty.  Both Canon and Nikkor have a version, but the 50mm f/1.8 lens is a heck of a deal and really allows a beginner to learn more about exposure and light.  Many of the requests I get from clients for their photo session is “the blurry background” – all that is an open aperture and this lens can help create it – and it’s one of the least expensive lenses to boot.  A few years back on the old blog I wrote a post about the 50mm vs. a kit lens to show how different they really are.  I honestly think this is one of the best gifts for photographers – they’ll love you for it!

A Platform to Share

I’m a big advocate of blogging – it not only allows a more creative atmosphere to share and showcase your images but also creates a community.  So while you may be skeptical to set up a blog for the photography lover in your life, don’t be afraid to encourage it!  Maybe start small and gift them a membership to Flickr or SmugMug. Or a membership to a photography forum like Clickin Moms or the anticipated and upcoming group The Photographer Within.  If  your photographer already blogs, maybe go bigger and purchase a domain name or even a blog site template from ProPhoto.  Support them – and then visit their platform and leave comments. :)

Something Fun+Quirky

The PhotoJoJo Store has a lot of fun things – and a lot of them are really useful – but it’s a place to find quirky things too.  They have iPhone lenses, coffee mugs that look like large camera lenses, photo-related USB drives, photo jewelry, spy lenses… I mean, it’s just fun to shop here!  So find something clever to share. :)

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The Salyers {family} | LaGrange Family Photographer

Watching these kids change over time just wows me.  The Salyer kiddos – they wow me even more.  I can’t get over how 1) fast these two kids are growing up and 2) how much they look alike.  Sure, they have little pieces of mom and dad that I recognize, but Reagan looks so much like big brother Reece.  She’s still got those full cheeks, but there’s so many similarities… too many similarities.

And Reece – I remember when he was still a little guy – he has the same smile he wore at 6 weeks.  Only a bit wider.  And now he’s telling stories on the fly, telling me about things I didn’t know existed… totally wowed.  I mean, in just a year’s time… both of them are so… so much… bigger.

I’m sure Malana and Neil feel the same, watching their sweet babies become little people.  But being an outsider looking it, I get to watch my sweet friends become even more in love with these little people.  It’s the best part about doing what I do.

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Baby girl smiles – Reece doesn’t.  Story of my life.  But I love this one. ♥

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Those freckles.  I can’t help but smile at them.

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And Miss Reagan – I can’t believe she’s already one year old.

Sweet cheeks.  Sweet curls.  Sweet little hands.  Too much sweetness.

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So I have to admit that this photo session with the Salyers flew by fast.  And I  had some requests along the way that were met.  But I didn’t realize until I got home that there was a bit of a “Reece Show” going on.  Reagan had started to check out (as most one-year-olds do), but little man was into it and still smiling away.  So forgive me.  But he was just too darn cute and too darn excited about the possibility of seeing a train that I had to share these!

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I mean, come on!  Kid was on top of the world for a few minutes!

Malana and Neil, thank you for allowing me to spend so much time with your kiddos!  I loved our field trip into downtown LaGrange and all the conversations I got to have with Reece along the way.  I can’t believe how fast he’s turned into a little boy – and I can’t believe he’s already telling stories like he is.  He’s a smarty-pants for sure. :)  Give them love and hugs for me – and do the same for your parents as well! And you guys – keep doing what you’re doing. :) xoxo

Brooke Murphy Photography is a Louisville Family Photographer and works on-location in Louisville, KY and surrounding areas. To see more of Brooke’s work, visit her portfolio. You can also follow Brooke Murphy Photography on Facebook to see her latest projects, specials and sneak peeks.

Kathy Walsh - Absolutely beautiful pictures.

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Being Thankful

I’ve got a lot to be thankful for.  And I could list it all out.  But what I’m most thankful for are the relationships I have.  People make everything better.

I may not be the smartest, the prettiest or on some days before 10am, the nicest person in the room.  But I know that the people I have beside me are the ones that I love most.  Be it my family, my friends old and new, my fabulous co-workers who I’ve come to love even more outside of work… I love them all.

But I’m especially thankful for the one mister that wakes up with me in the morning.  He may make fun of my grumpiness in the mornings and tell me I take too long to get ready to face the world, but he always manages to steal a kiss and tell me he loves me before he walks out the door.

So today, that’s all I’m going to say.  And instead just leave these awesome photos of these awesome people who I am oh-so-thankful for.

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Happy Thanksgiving, y’all.

Susan - Hugs, hugs, hugs, hugs my friend. You’re amazing and I’m so thankful we’re friends. (Wonder twin powers, activate!)