30 Minutes in February: New Views

30 Minutes in February: New Views

This month has felt very chaotic while we are in the midst of selling the house we’ve called home for the last three years and the home where Elodie was born to move into a new home.  We have slowly picked out each piece of this new home and have many more finishing touches coming soon.  It is a very exciting, albeit a little bittersweet time in our lives.

This 30 minutes photography blog is a circle blog where I join other photographers from around the world in sharing a little moment of our ordinary lives.  Please be sure to see the link at the end to see what Janet Crouch did this month as well.

In our 30 minutes this month, we are taking a look at our new home in it’s somewhat raw form.  It’s not quite ready, although it will be soon.  New construction is an interesting process and this will give you a small peak into what we’ve been up to this month.

Here our daughter leads us to the front door, “Come on in!”

This is the kitchen, it’s almost completed.  The final touches will be done in the next few weeks and then we will be DIY-ing some additional upgrades as well. We plan to do an upgraded faucet and a complementary backsplash.  Open to ideas on colors that will look good, feel free to leave suggestions in the comments!

Have to play peek-a-boo with all these empty closets. “Is this where they keep the treats?!”

I think one of our favorite parts of this home and what we really led us to finalize our decision is these gorgeous sunsets over the lake.

Time to check out the backyard and that view.

Beautiful sunset light pours over the backyard every evening.

As new life is popping up everywhere here too.

Soon we will get to enjoy these gorgeous views daily and we are truly looking forward to it!

 

These photos were all taken with a Canon 5D Mark IV and Sigma 35 mm ART lens and lightly edited in Lightroom.

Thank you so much for joining me in this month’s 30 minutes.  Be sure to check out Janet Crouch Photography for her blog on donuts and find us on Instagram to share your own daily life photography!

 

 

 

30 Minutes in Our Life: Moving

30 Minutes in Our Life: Moving

Moving.  Moving has so many emotions attached to it.  It’s almost always bittersweet as you close one door and open another, literally.  You are moving from one place where you grew your families’ memories to a place where many new memories’ will be built.

For this move, we also get to learn from the knowledge of my husband.  He is a builder.  So our daughter gets to follow along and learn as he checks our house to make sure everything in the process is running smoothly. This month, our 30 minutes in our ordinary life was spent doing just that: our daughter exploring our new home under the supervision of my husband.  They did some quality assurance checks, checking to make sure everything looks up to standards.

Here she is checking out the upstairs with the loft and bedrooms. Yes, she’s in her ballet outfit because we came from ballet but can’t forget boots and a hard hat for safety!

She’s excited and everything looks good!  She’s planning where all of her castles are going…

Next on to check out the downstairs with the kitchen and the tile. And of course, a snack break!

Everything looks good, Dad! High five!

What tips do you have for moving with a little one? We will be moving into this house in just about a month and will be posting about our move daily over on Instagram – we’d love to have you follow along!

All photos were taken with a Canon 5D Mark IV and Sigma 35 mm Art lens, edited in Lightroom.

These 30 minutes in the life blogs are part of a blogging loop so be sure to check out Janet Crouch Photography today as well!

 

 

A Joyous Morning: 30 Minutes in December

A Joyous Morning: 30 Minutes in December

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!

Are you interested in booking a photography session in the Winter Garden, Central Florida area? Please email me at theartofadventures@gmail.com.

30 Minutes in November: Safari

30 Minutes in November: Safari

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.

Pelican

Hippopotamus

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!

giraffe

Giraffe in the way of Safari truck

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.

elephant

elephant

elephant

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

30 Minutes in October: My Location Scouting Buddy

30 Minutes in October: My Location Scouting Buddy

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.

toddler girl on bridge

My Cutie

Toddler girl running on bridge

Running and Playing

Running

Like a Princess

Windermere FL Photography Location

Beautiful Skies and Reflection of Trees

Windermere FL Photography Location

Sunsets Make for Perfect Light

Windermere FL Photography Location

And I’m Always Chasing the Light!

Windermere FL Photography Location

She Says, “Catch Me if You Can!”

Windermere FL Photography Location

Really Loving Being Mommy’s Model

Windermere FL Photography Location

Mostly Because Daddy’s Being Silly!

Windermere FL Photography Location

These Curls – Wild Like Her

Windermere FL Photography Location

We Found Lots of Greenery

Windermere FL Photography Location

And Some Classic Spanish Moss

Windermere FL Photography Location

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 theartofadventures@gmail.com.

30 Minutes in September: Getting a Library Card

30 Minutes in September: Getting a Library Card

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…

Windermere Library Entrance

Windermere Library

Windermere Library Statue

Windermere Library Statue

Windermere Library

To get your library card…

Windermere Library Getting a 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.


Windermere Library

2. Sign your new card!


Windermere Library

3. Smile for your picture (or don’t haha)!!


Windermere Library

Now you have your card and you also get your sticker!

Windermere Library

Windermere Library

Now it’s time to explore some books!

Windermere Library

Windermere Library

You can even read quietly with a friend or family member.

Windermere Library

Windermere Library

Windermere Library

You can read quietly by yourself.


Windermere Library

You can even be silly as long as you’re still pretty quiet!


Windermere Library

There are so many books to explore!

Windermere Library

Windermere Library

They even have computers!


Windermere Library

And movies!


Windermere Library

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!


Windermere Library

Just pick them out.


Windermere Library

Carry them to the front of the library.

Windermere Library

Windermere Library

Hand them to the librarian and ask to borrow them.


Windermere Library

Don’t forget to give the librarian your library card!

Windermere Library

Windermere Library

Now you have your library card so you can borrow books and have access to many resources through your local library!


Windermere 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 theartofadventures@gmail.com.