Sunday, July 31, 2011

Some of this, a little of that...

First some of this...

A Julie fact. I love firefly's! 

I recently went to a co-workers house to take photos of the firefly's behind her house. Behind her house are fields, so at duck hundreds, if not thousands of firefly's are out twinkling away. It was beautiful and I wish I had some photos to show you. I snapped a bunch of photos but didn't capture anything spectacular so when I got home I read up on how to take photos of these mysterious twinkling bugs. There is a method to taking photos of them, which I'll have to give a go in the near future. 

Here's the only photo that really turned out,  but alas not one firefly showed up in it.

Now a little of this...

Firefly Facts! 

  • There are estimated to be 2,000 species of firefly's.
  • Each species flashes in patterns that are unique to that species. 
  • Each blinking pattern is an optical signal that helps fireflies find potential mates.
  • Firefly eggs glow.
  • Firefly's produce cold light. 
  • Fireflies talk to each other with light.  Fireflies emit light mostly to attract mates, although they also communicate for other reasons as well, such as to defend territory and warn predators away. In some firefly species, only one sex lights up. In most, however, both sexes glow; often the male will fly, while females will wait in trees, shrubs and grasses to spot an attractive male. If she finds one, she’ll signal it with a flash of her own.
  • They are not tasty prey.

There now you're smarter! 

Happy Sunday...

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

What We Have Here...

Friends and neighbors what we have here is a looooooooooong week-end! I'm using three vacation days this week that will run into the weekend, creating five days off!  Holla!  I have a list of things I need and want to do, but so far I'm really doing a whole lotta-nothin! And I like it! Here's what I've been up to today; Slept in, got up, made coffee, drank coffee, got lost in the land of Pinterest for awhile, looked at fonts, downloaded fonts, dinked around on facebook way to long, thought about exercising (but didn't), made more coffee, ate cashews for breakfast, a chunk of roasted chicken for lunch, worked on an art project for Etsy, watched and listened to the thunderstorms (lovely), thought about getting dressed (but haven't yet), placed photo order for an Etsy order, thought about cleaning (haven't).  I think you get the picture...a whole lotta-nothin! Isn't that what vacations are about? 

Speaking of pictures here's some of my favorites from Elaina and Nathan's wedding. Which by the way was as lovely as lovely could be. It's easily in the top five wedding's I've ever done. "Why?" you may ask. Because the bride and groom were so fun, in love and were great to be around. They have surrounded themselves with some quality people, all characters but quality people. It really was a testament to the type of people they are, very special.  Also, because they placed a huge priority on photography which meant I had tons of time to capture their beautiful day. It was just that "A beautiful day!" 

They did what is now one of my favorite things to do at weddings, A "First Look," which is a private intimate time before the ceremony where the bride and groom get to see each other. It truly is a beautiful moment between just them, my job is to set it up and then capture it, and stay out of the way and just let it unfold.  It's truly a wonderful moment. It also allows plenty of time for photos before the busyness of the ceremony and reception begin. If you're getting married I would say do a "First Look," you will not regret it. I promise!

 Seriously, look at his face. 
From there on out he could not stop looking at her! 

 It had been a wet rainy week, 
but the sun came out just as the ceremony started. 

Lovely ladies...

 Handsome men...

A beautiful couple...

 Their reception ended with a photo montage of their lives. 
It solidified the fact that photography was and is 
important to both of these families.
Both of their parents had tons of 
photos of them as babies, kids, adults, etc...
A beautiful ending to a perfect day! 

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Sneak Peek...

Hello Harrell Family sneak peek! 

That's all you get for now! 

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Busy week! Lovely Jammie Day...

It was a busy, busy, busy, very busy week! So today I had what I call a jammie day. I haven't gone out, or gotten dressed, haven't talked to anyone. I've certainly enjoyed my day! Honestly I should be editing wedding photos but I just have to let them sit, I'll start tomorrow I promise thee! I've spent a ton of time on Pinterest! Oh...My...Gosh! It's addictive. I'm a huge fan of vision boards, but, Pinterest takes it to a whole new place.  I am in Love with it! The possibilities are absolutely endless. I took a break from Pinterest to do a little bloggity blog. 

Recently I  did a family shoot with one of my favorite families, the Visser's!" We took a nice walk downtown for our shoot. It was a lovely day, and tons of fun! Here's a few photos from our time together. 

Thanks Visser's for a great time! 

No back to my regularly scheduled program PINTEREST!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


My baby had a baby...
My twenty something son, Patrick, 
and his lovely Katy lady had a baby on Monday. 
Henry Huckleberry O'Dell made his way into this world. 
He weighed in at 8 lbs 3 ozs, and was 19.2 inches long. 
He has a butt chin from my side of the family

I'll tell you what else he has, some people that are so happy he arrived safely, perfectly, and that love him. 
I'll tell you what else he has, a problem with his first bath! 
He didn't love it! 

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Stars and Stripes Forever

We celebrated the 4th of July in our usual spot in 
Wedgewood Park awaiting the Grandville fireworks. 
 There was some wrestling and thumb sucking. 
There was ball throwing. 
Ball dropping. 
And jaw dropping. 
And a lovely little lady eating crackers
 And standing on her own. 

 There was smiling. 
 Planes flying overhead. 
 Cotton Candy Buying. 

 Some cotton candy running. 
 Some men walking.
 Some Crawling.
 Some lovely little lady walking. 
 Some applause. 
 Some help from big sis.

 Some flags flying. 
 Some candy eating. 
 Some toothless smiles.

 Shadows wax long and it's getting closer to go time. 
 It's sparkler time! 

 There were fireflies chased and captured and named Peter. 
 There were some glow sticks.

 The moon came out.
 The sun went down. 

 The fireworks began! 

 Good times!