Sunday, January 14, 2018

2018 Lifestyle Project - Week 2

You can read the introduction to this project by clicking here.

Second week of this year, just documenting our real life. With my portraits I'll clear and tidy backgrounds, I would have closed cabinet and microwave doors, zoomed in much closer, but by stepping back, using a wider lens, more of the story is told; there'll be more to remember. It's hard for me, this is a discipline, a different way, maybe not as 'pretty' but in some ways freeing...beautiful in it's own way.

This is my older girl. My tween. Such a great help. It was a night last week where time was getting away, she was bored and kindly offered to cook dinner. Win!


Monday, January 8, 2018

2018 Lifestyle Project - Introduction and Week 1

It's been a couple of years since I've attempted a 52 week/year project, but here I am again. When my kids were small I constantly had my camera and would document them and their little lives, our life. When I started my portrait business I wanted pretty portraits and photos that I would be proud to show, which meant I didn't document so much anymore. I didn't wand the boring and messy of our real life. It makes me a little sad; I still have plenty of photos, but real life isn't always picture perfect and it doesn't need to be and those photos are missing. It's about the real memories. So this year's project will be just that; documenting our life as it is. The kids may not be as little and cute and cooperative as they once were, honestly it's much harder now that they spy the camera immediately, sometimes getting cross or frustrated, sometimes (which I prefer) just ignoring me, but these memories are important. I love looking back at them. At the end of the year I'll have at least 52 authentic photos of our life. Thanks for following along and let me know if you are doing something similar.

I will take photos all week and choose a favorite to post no later than the following Monday.

Without further ado: 1/52




If you've been following along for a while, you know that we recently moved our family from California, to Bristol, England. That means I lost all my sunshine; my beautiful light. Seriously, it is cold and by the time the children are home it is already getting dark. It is dreary. A photographer is always looking for the light and I am being forced to use the ugly, harsh artificial lighting as so often we are indoors. Sigh. But it is what it is. This is my reality right now. Littlest working on homework earlier in the week.

And a couple of bonus photos as this was a highlight. We were amazingly blessed to have friends visiting from California over the Christmas break and before they headed back today, we went into London this weekend to spend last precious minutes with them. We met up at Kensington Palace (as you do) and were walking the grounds to find the Princess Diana Memorial and Playground when we stumbled upon an area with parrots. They were not in cages, they didn't appear to be tagged and they were incredibly tame. They would land on the kids and eat seeds or nuts right out of their hands. It was such a sweet surprise and an incredible memory made. We will go back for sure.





Friday, July 21, 2017

My Kids - 2017

So...the Cannans are on the move again, back to the UK! Daddy has gone ahead of us and we already miss him terribly and I realized that I had never taken this year's Father's Day Photo. Since the kids were really little, the youngest just over a year, I have always taken a photo of them for his card, it's been a fun tradition and I love looking back over previous years' photos. So even though it's not Father's Day, these kids have an amazing Father every day, not just one day of the year and this particular photo tradition will continue.

James Cannan we miss you and love you and can't wait to be reunited, lots of love, your kids and wife (and of course Scout). xxx

Monday, June 26, 2017

Couple's Photoshoot

Having photos taken can be a little awkward, let's be honest. Maybe not if you're a supermodel, used to posing all day long, but for most of us who are just regular people, there's nothing worse than being told by your photographer to 'Just pretend I'm not here!'...um, and then what?

I love to capture genuine interactions and people being themselves, so I help create the moment and provide ideas and suggestions, then let you do your thing and be yourselves. I recently did a little shoot for my lovely sister and her Paul....I can't call him her boyfriend, they've been together for seven years and live together, so he's more than that...but they're not married, so he's not her husband. If there's an appropriate term, someone please let me know :P


They're pretty cute together!

Relationships are worth celebrating and documenting, whether you're newly in love, or an old married couple, or something in between. Don't forget who you are together and all that you have. Life gets busy, but the people we love should always be the priority.



Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Five Days New



Becoming a parent, especially for the first time, has got to be the hugest life changing event ever. It's wonderful to get married and that changes life, for sure, but it's more about adding a person to your life, as it is. When you have a child your time is no longer your own. Your emotions multiply exponentially. You are responsible for another human being, who is completely helpless and totally relying on you...for everything. It is amazing and overwhelming and wonderful and truly exhausting in those first months, in a way nobody can explain.


Two of my brothers have just started the journey and I could not be more excited to finally have a new niece and nephew and see them becoming fathers, with their beautiful wives. We were just over in England for a, too short, trip and I was able to meet my brand new niece, still at the true newborn stage...in the hospital. She was a perfect little doll, alert and aware and just gorgeous. My time with them was way too short and I have way more cuddles and kisses to give this beauty, but I was grateful for the time we had.


Precious little Thea we love you so much already and can't wait to see the person you will become!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Macro May 2017 - Day 31

Day 31 - and just like that the month is over, one last pretty for you :) thank you for following along!



I love macro photography. The ability to get extreme close ups and focus on details. When you focus on a close object, the depth of field is much smaller and I love this effect, which further draws your eyes to the subject being focused on. It forces me to look at things in a different way. For the month of May I will be taking at least one macro photo a day, to add to my collection. Some may be more artistic than others, some may be more technical but I hope to push myself, grow and have fun. Feel free to follow along and let me know if you are doing a similar project that I can follow or if you have any ideas for something you'd like me to try to shoot.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Macro May 2017 - Day 30

Day 30 - a simple daisy



I love macro photography. The ability to get extreme close ups and focus on details. When you focus on a close object, the depth of field is much smaller and I love this effect, which further draws your eyes to the subject being focused on. It forces me to look at things in a different way. For the month of May I will be taking at least one macro photo a day, to add to my collection. Some may be more artistic than others, some may be more technical but I hope to push myself, grow and have fun. Feel free to follow along and let me know if you are doing a similar project that I can follow or if you have any ideas for something you'd like me to try to shoot.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Macro May 2017 - Day 29

Day 29



I love macro photography. The ability to get extreme close ups and focus on details. When you focus on a close object, the depth of field is much smaller and I love this effect, which further draws your eyes to the subject being focused on. It forces me to look at things in a different way. For the month of May I will be taking at least one macro photo a day, to add to my collection. Some may be more artistic than others, some may be more technical but I hope to push myself, grow and have fun. Feel free to follow along and let me know if you are doing a similar project that I can follow or if you have any ideas for something you'd like me to try to shoot.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Macro May 2017 - Day 28

Day 28 - the prettiest of bugs



I love macro photography. The ability to get extreme close ups and focus on details. When you focus on a close object, the depth of field is much smaller and I love this effect, which further draws your eyes to the subject being focused on. It forces me to look at things in a different way. For the month of May I will be taking at least one macro photo a day, to add to my collection. Some may be more artistic than others, some may be more technical but I hope to push myself, grow and have fun. Feel free to follow along and let me know if you are doing a similar project that I can follow or if you have any ideas for something you'd like me to try to shoot.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Macro May 2017 - Day 27

Day 27 - make a wish



I love macro photography. The ability to get extreme close ups and focus on details. When you focus on a close object, the depth of field is much smaller and I love this effect, which further draws your eyes to the subject being focused on. It forces me to look at things in a different way. For the month of May I will be taking at least one macro photo a day, to add to my collection. Some may be more artistic than others, some may be more technical but I hope to push myself, grow and have fun. Feel free to follow along and let me know if you are doing a similar project that I can follow or if you have any ideas for something you'd like me to try to shoot.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Macro May 2017 - Day 26

Day 26 - Lemon blossom



I love macro photography. The ability to get extreme close ups and focus on details. When you focus on a close object, the depth of field is much smaller and I love this effect, which further draws your eyes to the subject being focused on. It forces me to look at things in a different way. For the month of May I will be taking at least one macro photo a day, to add to my collection. Some may be more artistic than others, some may be more technical but I hope to push myself, grow and have fun. Feel free to follow along and let me know if you are doing a similar project that I can follow or if you have any ideas for something you'd like me to try to shoot.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Macro May 2017 - Day 25

Day 25



I love macro photography. The ability to get extreme close ups and focus on details. When you focus on a close object, the depth of field is much smaller and I love this effect, which further draws your eyes to the subject being focused on. It forces me to look at things in a different way. For the month of May I will be taking at least one macro photo a day, to add to my collection. Some may be more artistic than others, some may be more technical but I hope to push myself, grow and have fun. Feel free to follow along and let me know if you are doing a similar project that I can follow or if you have any ideas for something you'd like me to try to shoot.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Macro May 2017 - Day 24

Day 24 - life cycle...a new bloom, as another dies...life goes on...



I love macro photography. The ability to get extreme close ups and focus on details. When you focus on a close object, the depth of field is much smaller and I love this effect, which further draws your eyes to the subject being focused on. It forces me to look at things in a different way. For the month of May I will be taking at least one macro photo a day, to add to my collection. Some may be more artistic than others, some may be more technical but I hope to push myself, grow and have fun. Feel free to follow along and let me know if you are doing a similar project that I can follow or if you have any ideas for something you'd like me to try to shoot.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Macro May 2017 - Day 23

Day 23 - I can't get away from the pretty flowers...



I love macro photography. The ability to get extreme close ups and focus on details. When you focus on a close object, the depth of field is much smaller and I love this effect, which further draws your eyes to the subject being focused on. It forces me to look at things in a different way. For the month of May I will be taking at least one macro photo a day, to add to my collection. Some may be more artistic than others, some may be more technical but I hope to push myself, grow and have fun. Feel free to follow along and let me know if you are doing a similar project that I can follow or if you have any ideas for something you'd like me to try to shoot.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Macro May 2017 - Day 22

Day 22



I love macro photography. The ability to get extreme close ups and focus on details. When you focus on a close object, the depth of field is much smaller and I love this effect, which further draws your eyes to the subject being focused on. It forces me to look at things in a different way. For the month of May I will be taking at least one macro photo a day, to add to my collection. Some may be more artistic than others, some may be more technical but I hope to push myself, grow and have fun. Feel free to follow along and let me know if you are doing a similar project that I can follow or if you have any ideas for something you'd like me to try to shoot.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Macro May 2017 - Day 21

Day 21 - I used to add textures to a lot of my macro photos, but I haven't been with this May project and am loving how they turn out as shot.



I love macro photography. The ability to get extreme close ups and focus on details. When you focus on a close object, the depth of field is much smaller and I love this effect, which further draws your eyes to the subject being focused on. It forces me to look at things in a different way. For the month of May I will be taking at least one macro photo a day, to add to my collection. Some may be more artistic than others, some may be more technical but I hope to push myself, grow and have fun. Feel free to follow along and let me know if you are doing a similar project that I can follow or if you have any ideas for something you'd like me to try to shoot.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Macro May 2017 - Day 20

Day 20 - the magic of a rose (sigh)



I love macro photography. The ability to get extreme close ups and focus on details. When you focus on a close object, the depth of field is much smaller and I love this effect, which further draws your eyes to the subject being focused on. It forces me to look at things in a different way. For the month of May I will be taking at least one macro photo a day, to add to my collection. Some may be more artistic than others, some may be more technical but I hope to push myself, grow and have fun. Feel free to follow along and let me know if you are doing a similar project that I can follow or if you have any ideas for something you'd like me to try to shoot.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Macro May 2017 - Day 19

Day 19 - Nature's Skeleton



I love macro photography. The ability to get extreme close ups and focus on details. When you focus on a close object, the depth of field is much smaller and I love this effect, which further draws your eyes to the subject being focused on. It forces me to look at things in a different way. For the month of May I will be taking at least one macro photo a day, to add to my collection. Some may be more artistic than others, some may be more technical but I hope to push myself, grow and have fun. Feel free to follow along and let me know if you are doing a similar project that I can follow or if you have any ideas for something you'd like me to try to shoot.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Macro May 2017 - Day 18

Day 18 - California poppy



I love macro photography. The ability to get extreme close ups and focus on details. When you focus on a close object, the depth of field is much smaller and I love this effect, which further draws your eyes to the subject being focused on. It forces me to look at things in a different way. For the month of May I will be taking at least one macro photo a day, to add to my collection. Some may be more artistic than others, some may be more technical but I hope to push myself, grow and have fun. Feel free to follow along and let me know if you are doing a similar project that I can follow or if you have any ideas for something you'd like me to try to shoot.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Macro May 2017 - Day 17

Day 17



I love macro photography. The ability to get extreme close ups and focus on details. When you focus on a close object, the depth of field is much smaller and I love this effect, which further draws your eyes to the subject being focused on. It forces me to look at things in a different way. For the month of May I will be taking at least one macro photo a day, to add to my collection. Some may be more artistic than others, some may be more technical but I hope to push myself, grow and have fun. Feel free to follow along and let me know if you are doing a similar project that I can follow or if you have any ideas for something you'd like me to try to shoot.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Macro May 2017 - Day 16

Day 16 - halfway through, today's inspiration courtesy of my son's windowsill



I love macro photography. The ability to get extreme close ups and focus on details. When you focus on a close object, the depth of field is much smaller and I love this effect, which further draws your eyes to the subject being focused on. It forces me to look at things in a different way. For the month of May I will be taking at least one macro photo a day, to add to my collection. Some may be more artistic than others, some may be more technical but I hope to push myself, grow and have fun. Feel free to follow along and let me know if you are doing a similar project that I can follow or if you have any ideas for something you'd like me to try to shoot.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Macro May 2017 - Day 15

Day 15



I love macro photography. The ability to get extreme close ups and focus on details. When you focus on a close object, the depth of field is much smaller and I love this effect, which further draws your eyes to the subject being focused on. It forces me to look at things in a different way. For the month of May I will be taking at least one macro photo a day, to add to my collection. Some may be more artistic than others, some may be more technical but I hope to push myself, grow and have fun. Feel free to follow along and let me know if you are doing a similar project that I can follow or if you have any ideas for something you'd like me to try to shoot.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Macro May 2017 - Day 14

Day 14 - Ah lavender, so pretty and smells divine! Also, happy Mother's Day to all the Moms out there :)



I love macro photography. The ability to get extreme close ups and focus on details. When you focus on a close object, the depth of field is much smaller and I love this effect, which further draws your eyes to the subject being focused on. It forces me to look at things in a different way. For the month of May I will be taking at least one macro photo a day, to add to my collection. Some may be more artistic than others, some may be more technical but I hope to push myself, grow and have fun. Feel free to follow along and let me know if you are doing a similar project that I can follow or if you have any ideas for something you'd like me to try to shoot.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Macro May 2017 - Day 13

Day 13 - All our kids got our eyelashes. Stepping away from the flowers again... :P



I love macro photography. The ability to get extreme close ups and focus on details. When you focus on a close object, the depth of field is much smaller and I love this effect, which further draws your eyes to the subject being focused on. It forces me to look at things in a different way. For the month of May I will be taking at least one macro photo a day, to add to my collection. Some may be more artistic than others, some may be more technical but I hope to push myself, grow and have fun. Feel free to follow along and let me know if you are doing a similar project that I can follow or if you have any ideas for something you'd like me to try to shoot.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Macro May 2017 - Day 12

Day 12 -



I love macro photography. The ability to get extreme close ups and focus on details. When you focus on a close object, the depth of field is much smaller and I love this effect, which further draws your eyes to the subject being focused on. It forces me to look at things in a different way. For the month of May I will be taking at least one macro photo a day, to add to my collection. Some may be more artistic than others, some may be more technical but I hope to push myself, grow and have fun. Feel free to follow along and let me know if you are doing a similar project that I can follow or if you have any ideas for something you'd like me to try to shoot.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Macro May 2017 - Day 11

Day 11 - Camera shy snail and I just wasn't patient enough...


I love macro photography. The ability to get extreme close ups and focus on details. When you focus on a close object, the depth of field is much smaller and I love this effect, which further draws your eyes to the subject being focused on. It forces me to look at things in a different way. For the month of May I will be taking at least one macro photo a day, to add to my collection. Some may be more artistic than others, some may be more technical but I hope to push myself, grow and have fun. Feel free to follow along and let me know if you are doing a similar project that I can follow or if you have any ideas for something you'd like me to try to shoot.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Macro May 2017 - Day 10

Day 10 - Velvety petals



I love macro photography. The ability to get extreme close ups and focus on details. When you focus on a close object, the depth of field is much smaller and I love this effect, which further draws your eyes to the subject being focused on. It forces me to look at things in a different way. For the month of May I will be taking at least one macro photo a day, to add to my collection. Some may be more artistic than others, some may be more technical but I hope to push myself, grow and have fun. Feel free to follow along and let me know if you are doing a similar project that I can follow or if you have any ideas for something you'd like me to try to shoot.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Macro May 2017 - Day 9

Day 9



I love macro photography. The ability to get extreme close ups and focus on details. When you focus on a close object, the depth of field is much smaller and I love this effect, which further draws your eyes to the subject being focused on. It forces me to look at things in a different way. For the month of May I will be taking at least one macro photo a day, to add to my collection. Some may be more artistic than others, some may be more technical but I hope to push myself, grow and have fun. Feel free to follow along and let me know if you are doing a similar project that I can follow or if you have any ideas for something you'd like me to try to shoot.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Macro May 2017 - Day 8

Day 8 - Pretty in purple

I love macro photography. The ability to get extreme close ups and focus on details. When you focus on a close object, the depth of field is much smaller and I love this effect, which further draws your eyes to the subject being focused on. It forces me to look at things in a different way. For the month of May I will be taking at least one macro photo a day, to add to my collection. Some may be more artistic than others, some may be more technical but I hope to push myself, grow and have fun. Feel free to follow along and let me know if you are doing a similar project that I can follow or if you have any ideas for something you'd like me to try to shoot.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Macro May 2017 - Day 7

Day 7 - A lucky catch....it was over in less than a second and kind of cool to watch, never seen a dandelion go up in flames before.



I love macro photography. The ability to get extreme close ups and focus on details. When you focus on a close object, the depth of field is much smaller and I love this effect, which further draws your eyes to the subject being focused on. It forces me to look at things in a different way. For the month of May I will be taking at least one macro photo a day, to add to my collection. Some may be more artistic than others, some may be more technical but I hope to push myself, grow and have fun. Feel free to follow along and let me know if you are doing a similar project that I can follow or if you have any ideas for something you'd like me to try to shoot.