10 on 10 {August 2018}

Holiday Collection

Let the uploading and editing begin! My family and I recently returned from an amazing holiday to England and France. While there is still a ton of unpacking and organizing to do, here is a mix 10 images captured from that trip. 

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10 on 10 {July 2018}

GoPro Adventures - Take One

We had a lovely day out at our community club pool for the July 4th holiday.  It was a day full of sunshine, laughter and experimentations with the new GoPro and dome.  I absolutely love how it can capture all the action below and above surface simultaneously.  Of course, these are early days and I am still getting acquainted with this new little gadget.  Looking forward to taking it out on more water filled adventures and growing my GoPro skills.  So, stay tuned....

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30 Minutes in the Life {June}

Summer Fun

School holidays are in full swing now and we are going full blast with lots of summer fun activities.  Most weekends, you will find us adventuring out on the Gulf of Mexico with friends and family. The vivid colors, beautiful views and wildlife continually bring huge smiles to our faces.  This along with plenty of laughs makes for a very memorable summer indeed!

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10 on 10 {June 2018}

Two Friends

Last year, before we relocated to Florida, I experimented with a prism while watching my daughter and her friend play.  Wonderful memories made that day for my daughter and I. Looking forward to getting out the prism again for some fun and play here in Florida.

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30 Minutes in the Life | May

Let's Be Mermaids

This weekend, the mermaids came out to play and it was wonderful! Watching my daughter and her friend immerse themselves in the magical world of mermaids brought me so much joy. Childhood unplugged (even if it was for just one day) at its best. May their laughter, creativity and curiosity stay with them always.

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10 on 10 {May 2018}

Vitamin Sea

"Smell the sea and feel the sky, Let your soul and spirit fly." - Van Morrison

This past weekend, my daughter celebrated her birthday with a few friends at a beautiful beach. It was a day filled with laughter, salty air and sunkissed hair. 

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30 Minutes in the Life | April

12 Days of Bookstagram

Welcome to this month's 30 Minutes in the Life!  Instead of focusing on a particular 30 minutes of time, I wanted to share with you a collection of of images I took over 12 days this month.  

I absolutely adore Instagram and new creative challenges.  One of the blogs I follow, Anne Bogel's, Modern Mrs Darcy hosted a 12 days of Bookstagram challenge.  To be honest, I needed a little break from the big girl camera and wanted to dive into a challenge that focused on a love of books.  So with my trusty iPhone, I participated, contributed and engaged in some fun chats during this fun challenge on Instagram.  

Without further adieu.......

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Day One | Current Read : Nina George's heartwarming novel, The Little Paris Bookshop. This book had a mix of many things I love: boats, books, wine, good conversations, love and France!

Day Two | Book Stack : Two photography books that were gifted to me over Christmas (People of London and Atlas of Beauty).  The portraits in both are just beautiful and inspires me to work on my portrait skills. Portraits is an area that has always been hit or miss for me.  And, for the icing on the stack, a book that I read time and time again, Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

Day Three | Reading Spot : My main reading spot since moving to a tropical climate is our lanai.  The spot involves lots of sunshine and Vitamin D.  It took some time getting used to initially but I am falling in love more and more with how the light changes throughout the space during the day.  Off to the right is a pool with a small waterfall that occasionally lulls me to sleep. 

Day Four | Favorite Quote : Is it okay to have lots of favorites?  Because I have a library of them! A collection that inspires me and makes me say "yes"!  So, for this particular prompt I chose my latest favorite quote.  Once I reached my mid-forties, I came to the realization that I am indeed a foodie and love to savor the real stuff, enjoy life (all in moderation, of course!) and to only fill my life with the authentic.  Surrounding myself with the things I love, enjoy and appreciate.

Day Five | More Than Books : I chose to put together a few things I love: flowers, photography and good things to read.  I was first introduced to Lodestars Anthology after listening to one of my favorite podcasts, Tea and Tattle - hosted by Miranda Mills and Sophie Perdita.  Lodestars Anthology is an "independent magazine-meets-journal for curious travellers who long to be inspired, see the world and meet interesting characters along the road." 

Day Six | Flat Lay : I chose a special memory for this one.  March 2015 I traveled with my good friend, Melissa Stissi of Melissa Stissi Photography to attend Carolyn Mendelsohn's Wuthering Heights inspired photography residential. It took place in the heart of the Moors of Yorkshire.  We stayed at the amazing Ponden Hall and over several days, took part in a fantastic photography workshop.  It was an experience I will never forget - encompassing many of the things I love: travel, history, photography, adventure, good food and making new friends.  I learned so much about compelling portraiture from Carolyn Mendelsohn and to channel the lives and times of the Brontes during this experience was truly magical. I hope to return one day soon as the time flew by so quickly. I can definitely say, I left a little bit of my heart in Yorkshire.

Day Seven | On My Nightstand : My nightstand isn't always so neat - usually, you will find books, my daughter's hair bands, sticky notes with 1001 thoughts and reminders and most likely a cup of my favorite tea.  Wanted to highlight my current read at the moment.  Gone: A Girl, A Violin, A Life Unstrung by Min Kym.  It's a captivating memoir of a violin prodigy and world class violinist who has her beloved Stradivarius stolen in the blink of an eye.  After this, she is simply unable to play or function.  It is also a journey about what it means to be so entwined with her instrument and rediscovering her voice after losing what she calls her "soulmate". 

Day Eight | Book and Beverage : I recently learned that Jane Austen not only enjoyed drinking beer but was a bit of a brew master as well! From tea, French wines, champagne, mead and spruce beer - she was a pretty cool 18th century foodie.  Many of her books and personal letters make references to food and drink.  During a little getaway with my Mr, I had some time to get lost in my favorite book by Jane Austen.  In the old days (my 4 seasons days) my beverage of choice would have been a hot cup of tea or a glass of wine - however, as we reside now in a tropical climagte, the Mr chose an ice cold beer!  I'm hoping Jane Austen would have been proud.

Day Nine | At the Bookstore : Question of the day at my local bookstore.  My wish list is pretty big and will most likely take years to get through.  So many stories and adventures await!

Day Ten | Books I Want to Read : These are a collection of EM Forster books I bought back during my teen/college years. I was first introduced to the works of EM Forster via the cinema.  As a young girl, I fell in love with pretty much all of the Merchant Ivory films - which in turn led me to these books and places to travel to one day.  I never did read all of these in full, so this year am hoping to reconnect with these stories once again.

Day Eleven | Bibliophile Life : Books and a bit of vitamin sea kind of day. The bibliophile life is very sweet indeed.

Day Twelve | Shelfie : Here are the new kids on the block for our shelf.  I have this thing for Emma Bridgewater pottery and books.  I was first introduced to Emma Bridgewater when I was marrying a Brit, way back when.  Me and the Mr were gifted our first set of plates, tea sets and serving dishes during our wedding.  The Black Toast and Marmalade collection now fills our home and has lasted 16 years of marriage.  We do love tea.....a lot! So these recent historical additions by Emma Bridgewater are going to be put to good use.  I'm also looking forward to diving into my new book as well - Toast and Marmalade and Other Stories by Emma Bridgewater.  Her quintessentially English pottery holds a special place in my heart.

10 on 10 {April 2018}

Water Baby

Since moving to Florida last year, she has transformed into a complete and utter water baby. The water is her second home; the place where she can splish, splash, dance and be free.  These are the halcyon days of her childhood that I will forever cherish.

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30 Minutes in the Life | March

Homework Break

Just a few images captured during a much needed homework break with my little one. Breaks are always welcome for the both of us. Most times we end up sitting together outside on our sofa.  Sometimes we chat, sometimes we cuddle - whatever the mood may be we are in it together.

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10 on 10 {March 2018}

Ten Minutes

He gave me 10 minutes to practice a few garage portrait shots and even though the time was brief, the quality of that time made up for that.  He's thoughtful, kind hearted and his head is always swirling with a million ideas and thoughts. Sometimes he's quiet and just needs to retreat to his teen habitat and other times he amazes me by how much he has to say.  For these 10 minutes, I got a mix of both and every one of those minutes were precious to me.

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30 Minutes in the Life | February

Ready, Set.....Staycation!

Not bad, February, not bad at all.  In the past, we normally travel during Presidents Week break but this year, we decided to staycation instead.  We absolutely loved it!  With no alarms set during the week or any set plans, we maintained a go with the flow attitude and rather enjoyed the spontaneity of our days.  On this particular day, we headed to a nearby beach for some family time that included plenty of paddle and boogie boarding. 

Thanks for joining me for this month's 30 Minutes in the Life.  Please be sure to follow along the blog circle, starting with the wonderful Stacey Markel of Stacey Markel Photography.  CLICK HERE to see what she has been up to this month.

30 Minutes in the Life | January 2018

Little Vampire

Here she is, my little vampire. On her days off from school she loves to create and play dress up. This particular weekend, she dug out her boldest makeup, her vampire dress and eventually made her way to the garage to find the Halloween decorations. I love to watch her create and bring her imagination to life. Even though I know we will have a big clear up later in the day, I remind myself of the importance of her having a magical childhood in this crazy, busy world of ours.  

Sometimes she doesn't mind if I grab my camera to photograph her and when those opportunities arise, I definitely grab them. She did have two requests - first, applying vampire makeup to my face and second, she would be the ideas girl.  Happily agreed - although, my one request was that occasionally I just may gently say, "please just go near the light".  You see, I'm working on understanding, feeling and seeing the light for my photography -- all sorts of light and I'm still getting acquainted with it in our new home.

This month's 30 Minutes in the Life was one of my most memorable ones ever. It was a Saturday full of love, fun and laughter.  

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10 on 10 { January 2018 }

Fuji Girl

Here's to a new year and new beginnings!  I recently joined a talented group of photographers from around the globe for a 10 on 10 blog circle.  On the 10th day of every month, we post 10 favorite images. 

For my inaugural contribution to this blog circle, I'm excited to share a few of my favorite images taken on a walk with my girl.  Santa surprised her with a Fuji Instax and she couldn't wait to go out and shoot.  With dad, dog and gear ready, we ventured out for a photo walk together on a little island near our home. 

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30 Minutes in the Life | November

Happiness is a Day at the Beach

A much needed family holiday to the Bahamas was calling us over the Thanksgiving break. This month I chose a fun 30 minutes of time spent with my daughter.  We left our little warm spot on the beach to explore some distance rocks and hidden sandy areas.  

Around one corner we found a wonderful group of wooden statues that were calling out for some fun.  In fact, I think the statues were calling to us to join in rather than just being admired. While my daughter danced and did some yoga moves with these wonderful figurines, I happily took my place behind the lens to capture this scene. It was a 30 minutes of life, love and laughter that I will never forget!

Please be sure to following along the blog circle, starting with the wonderful Sarah Keene of Sarah Keene Photography. CLICK HERE to see what she has been up to in November.

30 Minutes in the Life | October

Monochrome Monday

After all the homework is done, it was a bit of chill time for my two. First stop, a chat with my daughter out on the lanai - her soulful eyes and expressions always stop me in my tracks.  Next stop, a quick game of chess with my son - it's always quick as I'm no match for his chess skills. I'm learning still and appreciate his patience and tips along the way. Finally, we end with a photobomb by our cheeky dog. All in all a very happy 30 minutes in my life.

Thanks for stopping by this month and be sure to follow along the 30 Minutes in the Life blog circle. Starting with my fellow Floridian, Sharleen Stuart.   CLICK HERE to see what she has been up to this month.

30 Minutes in the Life | September

Once Upon a Window

Well, our relocation to Florida this year has certainly been a memorable one! Her name was Irma and she was a very unpredictable and cranky hurricane that bore down on areas in the Caribbean, Florida and beyond. Thankfully, my family and friends were all safe and we personally did not have much damage to our home. For this we are very grateful and our thoughts go out to all those who were not so fortunate.

I made the decision a few days before Irma reached Florida to head north to stay with friends near Atlanta, Georgia.  Staying in their home was very comforting indeed and keeping busy definitely helped to take away any worries about Irma.  They were brief moments of time to forget, yet helpful. 

One such moment, was when my daughter and I each played photographer at the front door window. It was a lovely glass and wood framed door, that reflected the trees, grass and flowers outside - reminded me of a stained glass window effect.

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30 Minutes in the Life | August

It Took a Flood

It took several days of torrential downpours, street flooding and an energetic young girl to wake me up from a very long, drawn out creative funk. A funk that annoyingly dragged on for months. Of course, I shouldn't be so hard on myself as we recently relocated and have been busy getting settled into a new place. And, well, sometimes one has to disconnect to reconnect again.

The rains have continued for days and we have been mostly housebound - streets are flooded, schools cancelled, a few businesses have closed and well..... it's really not sensible to venture out too far unless one has a kayak on hand.

Enter, my little one!  My energetic, loving, full of life girl lit the spark that woke me up from that creative funk. She wanted to play and I felt a desire to create - so that's just what we did together. We played then explored our new home to seek out any natural light we could find......funny we had to seek light out, considering this is southwest Florida!

We found a spot by a small window on the side of our house.  The light falling through was calm and soft.  We set up camp with toys, games, her beloved doggie and my camera.  In the end, I was thankful for time spent with my daughter and her help in pushing me through that funk to create again.

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30 Minutes in the Life | July

Little Mermaid

"I must be a mermaid, Rango. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living." - Anais Nin

Every single day since we moved to Florida, my girl swims. She swims back and forth across the swimming pool, just like a mermaid. I love watching her and the beautiful distortions the water makes by her movements, the textured swimming pool floor and the play of light and shadows.  May she continue to shine and live a life full of meaning - embracing it, daring to take risks, and passionately going for her dreams. Be unapologetically you little one!

I'm so happy to be continuing the 30 Minutes in the Life blog circle with a wonderful group of ladies from around the globe. Be sure to follow along, starting in Scotland with the talented Sophie James of Bluebells on the Green. CLICK HERE to see her 30 Mins in the Life.

30 Minutes in the Life | May

Little Thespian

The month of May has happy written all over it for me.  I was finally able to climb out of a very long creative rut with the help of my very playful daughter. She adores Emma Watson and loves taking part in all types of theatre.  On this particular day, she asked me to get my camera out and follow her into the garden to play "actor". Her zest for life and creative little soul continually inspire me.  Thank you so much my little one!  

Be sure to follow along the 30 Minutes in the Life blog circle, starting with the wonderful Sharleen Stuart.  CLICK HERE to see what she has been up to this month.