This month, our 30 minutes were simple and festive. The 30 minutes it took my daughter to open her Christmas gifts is also just about the most festive thing I can think of. There’s so much joy on Christmas morning. Not because of physical gifts. But because it’s together time; a reminder of all the magic we work hard to provide all year long, wrapped up simply and festively to celebrate the holiday season.
I’m wishing you and your family a joyous and festive holiday season and new year!
Can you tell what her two favorite gifts were?
These were all taken with a Canon 5D Mark IV and Sigma 35 mm Art lens and edited lightly for color in Lightoom.
Please continue on in the Circle Blog by checking out Blueberry Hill Image’s Festive Five as well!
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The Kilimanjaro Safari has always been one of my favorite things to do at Animal Kingdom. We used to go come to Walt Disney World for vacation and now that we live here, it still remains one of my favorite things to do at all of the parks. No two safari rides are ever the same. You often see different animals, they grow and change, they sometimes are closer or more active. It’s a joy to see every time!
Now that we live about 20 minutes from Animal Kingdom, taking a ride on the Kilimanjaro Safari is one of my favorite ways to spend a half hour. The ride is about 20-30 minutes, depending on if there are any surprises like a giraffe-ic jam! It’s such a calm, peaceful experience. When my daughter was younger, she always fell asleep by the end. I hope you enjoy seeing these 30 minutes in our daily life and be sure to go check out the next 30 minutes blog at the end, as this is a photography loop blog.
The hippopotamuses are one of my animals to see. When I was nursing my daughter, a mother hippo was also nursing her baby. The Safari driver told us that while the hippopotamus is a generally a peaceful herbivore, she will do anything to protect her baby, which is very relatable to this plant-based mama!
This is what they call a giraffe-ic jam! The giraffes often hold up the truck while they cross the path. I think they enjoy doing this as I see it often, and it’s one of our favorite parts too.
Another animal I always look forward to seeing is the elephant. Mother elephants are also very nurturing and protective and elephants spend about 12-18 hours a day eating grass, plants and fruits (which sounds fantastic, minus the grass part haha). Asian elephants are categorized as Endangered and African elephants are categorized as Vulnerable due to hunting elephants for their tusks which have no practical use to humans. I hope that we continue to strongly advocate for these beauties so they can continue to live safely in their natural habitats.
I love all of these images, the way they showcase the animals and we get to see a little glimpse of them living their daily life as well. I hope you enjoyed seeing something we love to do with 30 minutes in our life and I will see you next month to share another 30 minutes!
Some technical information about this photography: This session was taken with a Canon 5D Mark IV and a 70-200 2.8 IS II lens. Photos were edited in Lightoom, adjusting for warmth to give that African glow feeling and to highlight the details in the animals. It is a bumpy truck ride, making it difficult to get some images. However, I am pleased with the clarity I got.
Please be sure to check out my friend, Jennifer, at Blueberry Hill Images and her 30 minutes about Bedtime Stories here.
Tell me in the comments, which is your favorite photo or animal on Safari?
Thank you for visiting today and I hope you have a wonderful day! – Jess
It doesn’t get any more real than this. This is an accurate portrayal of our truest every day life. A good amount of our time is spent at Magic Kingdom meeting princesses and eating Mickey snacks, that’s true too.
But this is what working mom life of a toddler looks like.
This cutie patootie will only wear a few dresses right now. And they’re all princess dresses. Her most said words are twirl, shoes and bow. So she’s dressed her part in these photos.
Today, my work led me to checking out a new location. October and November are to a photographer what March and April are to an accountant. It’s busy season! And we are feeling it. I made a commitment to document 30 minutes of our ordinary life each month along side some other wonderful photographers. This month I didn’t get to it until the last minute and that’s another part that just makes this even more real for us.
When people book with me, they can expect me to go above and beyond to make sure they have a good session where they have both a good experience and love their photos. I help with ideas for everything – location, outfits, announcements and more – to help make the session perfect.
So here we are. My cutie patootie running around in her mismatched Disney Princess outfit, helping me location scout. And my husband in the background making sure she didn’t run into water and trying to grab her attention, even if for a few seconds.
Running and Playing
Like a Princess
Beautiful Skies and Reflection of Trees
Sunsets Make for Perfect Light
And I’m Always Chasing the Light!
She Says, “Catch Me if You Can!”
Really Loving Being Mommy’s Model
Mostly Because Daddy’s Being Silly!
These Curls – Wild Like Her
We Found Lots of Greenery
And Some Classic Spanish Moss
And Even the Smallest Amount of Florida Fall Colors Count, Right? Happy Fall, Y’all!
The woman who asked me about this location was looking for authentic Florida with greenery, palm trees and some water. She loves the bridge and the beauty of the location. I agree with her!
What do you think? Do you love this location too? Let me know in the comments.
This is a circle blog, so please feel free to join me in checking out the other wonderful photographer’s in this group starting with Janet from Janet Crouch Photography and her amazing blog this month.
If you’re interested in booking a photography session here at this Windermere location or another Central Florida location, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have made the commitment to joining a set of photographers to show you a glimpse of our ordinary, daily life through my lens. This month I’m sharing thirty minutes of our time in the library, where my daughter got her first library card.
This library is located in Windermere, near Orlando, Florida. The Orange County Public Library System is really wonderful. They have programs that range from infant and toddler story time to being able to take classes and rent studio learning spaces for adults and everything in between.
When I was a child, my mom and I spent a lot of time at the library together. I have fond memories of the summer reading programs at our local library. I would get lost for hours reading books and loved the planned activities they held. I hope that my daughter will also develop a great love for reading and that the local library will be a part of that love.
Read all the way to the end for some technical information on my photography and also for a link to the next blog in this photography circle blog.
So off to the Windermere Library we went…
To get your library card…
Step 1. Go up to the counter and ask for a library card, please! Make sure you (or Mom and Dad) have your ID like driver’s license. If you’re little, you just use Mom or Dad’s.
2. Sign your new card!
3. Smile for your picture (or don’t haha)!!
Now you have your card and you also get your sticker!
Now it’s time to explore some books!
You can even read quietly with a friend or family member.
You can read quietly by yourself.
You can even be silly as long as you’re still pretty quiet!
There are so many books to explore!
They even have computers!
You can even borrow some books and take them home with you as long as you take good care of them and bring them back on time!
Just pick them out.
Carry them to the front of the library.
Hand them to the librarian and ask to borrow them.
Don’t forget to give the librarian your library card!
Now you have your library card so you can borrow books and have access to many resources through your local library!
I love my local library, do you?!
For those of you interested in some of the technical information on my shooting process through this, here is some more information. Usually I use my Canon camera for my 30 minutes blogs, but this time I used my Sony A7II with the Sony 50 mm 1.8 lens. What do you think? I think it’s pretty comparable quality-wise! I still prefer my Canon for my professional sessions but I do love the weight and ease of this camera for a situation like this. I have this camera for blogging as it can be a lot easier to take places like theme parks, gardens or libraries. I kept my f-stop at f/2.0 most of the time and adjusted my ISO and shutter speed based on lighting as we were both inside and out so the lighting changed several times. For editing, I used Lightroom and based my editing on a preset with some tweaks to get the lighting and coloring right. I try to keep my tones more warm but I also like true bright whites and creamy skin which can be hard to achieve especially in the lighting and coloring of a library. I am happy with the colors of this session though! My favorites are the ones where the colors of the books really make the phots really vibrant and lively!
This is a circle blog, so please feel free to join me in checking out the other amazing photographer’s in this group starting with Jennifer Blake from Blueberry Hill Images and her blog on fall sunsets this month.
If you’re interested in booking a unique session with me, please email email@example.com.
I’ve made a commitment to spend 30 minutes each month documenting our ordinary, daily life. If you know us, you will not be surprised that our 30 minutes in August were spent at a Walt Disney World Park! What might be surprising to you though is that this adorably themed dinosaur play area is located in Animal Kingdom in Dinoland USA. The Boneyard is open daily for you and your little ones to explore and play! It’s a hidden gem that I find many people I talk with do not know about.
Below you’ll find the 30 minutes of our normal life where my daughter and husband played together at the Boneyard Dino Dig playground and digging sand pit.
The Boneyard play area is open daily, usually from about 10 a.m. to an hour and half before close. The hours are posted daily. There are high climbing spots. So if you have several small children, it may be helpful to have several adults supervising. Strollers are left outside the play area, although I have seen them allow them for sleeping infants. Animal Kingdom is one of our favorite parks to frequent as there is so much to do. This playground definitely makes the top of the list of the fun things to do there!
From a photographer’s perspective, I really enjoyed seeing where the light came in through the canopy and playing around with different light and perspectives. It was fun to get some macro shots of my daughter playing with the sand too! I used my main professional camera which is a Canon 5D Mark IV and my Sigma ART 35 mm lens for the entire 30 minutes. It’s also just really nice to have some beautiful photos of my husband and daughter playing. I really appreciate the push to have some photos of our ordinary life!
Ready to play
Let’s explore, Daddy!
She loves climbing stairs and seeing what big kids can do.
Time to clean off your shoes and go, Princess!
This is a circle blog, so please feel free to join me in checking out the other amazing photographer’s in this group starting with Jennifer Blake and her blog on friendships this month.