Meagan Dwyer Photography: Blog http://www.meagandwyerphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Meagan Dwyer Photography info@mdpics.com (Meagan Dwyer Photography) Thu, 09 Feb 2017 15:47:00 GMT Thu, 09 Feb 2017 15:47:00 GMT http://www.meagandwyerphotography.com/img/s11/v29/u885127474-o962309670-50.jpg Meagan Dwyer Photography: Blog http://www.meagandwyerphotography.com/blog 120 80 Ireland : Summer 2016 http://www.meagandwyerphotography.com/blog/2017/2/ireland-summer-2016 Free·dom

ˈfrēdəm/

noun

  1. the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.

 

It's only taken 7 months to post my pictures from last year's trip to Granny's in Ireland.  Better late than never.

As I went through all my images I noticed an overall theme: freedom.  There's a palpable feeling of freedom in most of the images whether in relation to my children or in relation to the world around them.  There are no confines during our stay with Granny.  There are no digital devices.  There aren't any other kids for them to play with so they are forced to play with each other. I don't drive when we are there so there is no racing around like we do in New York.  The farm and the surrounding area is so vast ... there is so much to explore. And you know what? I never hear "Im bored."

 

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In the Shadows http://www.meagandwyerphotography.com/blog/2016/12/shadows Shadows, the space where there is absence of light; but couldn't exist unless there was light.

Isn't that magical? Something that exists because of light and absence of it all at the same time.  

Shadows are powerful and can tell more of a story than the actual subject casting the shadow.   The darkness of that space draws you in..  It's human nature to try and find something where nothing exists or where we think nothing exists.  The unknown is the attraction...the mystery, the curiosity.  We are always in search of something...in search of feeling...in search of understanding...sometimes you can find these things in the darkness more easily than in any bright spot surrounding it.

The darkness is not a bad thing or bad place, regardless of how we regard it as the opposite of its' brighter, more trustworthy counterpart: light. It's just dark. We can get lost in that darkness; getting lost in search of something. Sometimes you have to get lost in order to be found. 

The possibilities are endless staring into the abyss that is the darkness of a shadow. Something is there. The next time you see a shadow, just look. What do you see? What do you feel? What do you find?

 

 

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info@mdpics.com (Meagan Dwyer Photography) http://www.meagandwyerphotography.com/blog/2016/12/shadows Fri, 16 Dec 2016 12:12:52 GMT
The Art that is Landscape Photography http://www.meagandwyerphotography.com/blog/2016/8/the-art-that-is-landscape-photography I love photography. I love everything about it. I love to capture emotion and connection between people, children and families and I feel the desire to document life with every ounce of my being. If you know my work you already know this. 

I photograph people. I am not a landscape photographer. I absolutely love to document the surrounding lands in a beautiful location.   There are photographers I admire who can photograph the landscape and make the land come alive. You can literally feel the landscape and its' emotion through their photograph as if it were a person. It leaves me in awe and makes me feel a connection with the area they are documenting.  Landscape photography is an art all on its' own.   I often feel I fall short in this area of photography.

Then I discovered the landscape presets and brushes from the Sleeklens called Through the Woods.  Now! Only Now do I feel I have found my tool to create my landscape vision! Just Wow.

Up until now I have been using presets that I would use to edit photos of children and families.  Well, you just cannot mold the true essence of landscape with those presets.  

Will you get close? Sure.   

I know there are those out there that are saying to themselves right now, "It's not the presets or editing process that create the perfect landscape photo! It's the composition and the use of light!" Well, of course! However to create the final piece of art these presets by the SleekLens certainly helped ME in creating my final vision.

Here are some of the landscape photos I have taken in the last few months.  Some of them are from my trip to Ireland and some are the Long Island sound. Two very, very different landscapes.  I think you will see that the Through the Woods landscape presets are an amazing tool to have in your tool box!

Then go try them out for yourself : https://sleeklens.com/product/landscape-lightroom-presets/ and https://sleeklens.com/product-category/lightroom-presets  (These presets are also available for Photoshop users...I use Lightroom).

View from a hill in West Cork Ireland

Before RAW Image:

After: cropped and edited with Heavenly Warmth

The Point West Cork Ireland

Before RAW Image:

After: Edited with Calm Sunset

The Cliffs of Moher

Before RAW image:

After: Edited with High Dynamic Range

Cliff of Moher 2

Before RAW image:

After: Edited with The Real Teal

New York Waterscape

Before NY Waterscape Raw:

After: Edited with Pressed in Time

Farmland in Ireland

Before RAW image:

 

After: Edited with Color Pop

After version 2: Edited with Love Me Tender + Clarity 

After version 3: Edited with pressed in time 

I hope this helps you!  Now, Im off to photograph some awesome landscapes!!

 

 

 

 

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Navigation http://www.meagandwyerphotography.com/blog/2016/5/navigation Here's the thing. There's no navigation system for life; no map,  no clear path.  Just a series of twists and turns....we guess which way to go, get lost, turn around and try again. Sometimes we end up on the right path. Sometimes, we think we are on the right path only to find out, often too late, that it's the wrong path altogether. Then we are left with yet another choice: stay the path or hop off into the unknown (again)?  The kicker is this, there's  no right or wrong answer. Confused yet? If not, then you are better off than me - LOL!

I think I am an optimist.  If something isn't right, I figure it out, look for the positive aspects and move on. You can cry over the "spilt milk", which will help and is perfectly acceptable, but at the end of the day, it's still your "spilt milk". The tears don't make it go away. So cry, mourn what isn't (or what is) but accept it and move forward.

As I watched my daughter weave in and out of the weeping branches of this tree, I had these thoughts. She dodged, weaved and pretended she was lost. In the small gaps of clearance between the hanging branches she smiled and laughed. As she approached clusters of twisted branches she carefully maneuvered through them, parting them ever so carefully.  It felt so much like life.  I just clicked away even when I didn't have a clear view of her....again, so much like life. Things will rarely be clear to us. Oftentimes it won't be until very much later that we understand the reasons why things happened as they did.  

Acceptance...

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info@mdpics.com (Meagan Dwyer Photography) http://www.meagandwyerphotography.com/blog/2016/5/navigation Fri, 20 May 2016 10:48:45 GMT
New York City http://www.meagandwyerphotography.com/blog/2016/2/new-york-city I love New York City.  I never went in as a kid so when I graduated college and got my first job in the city I was terrified.  All those streets and taxis, rushing people. How do I hail a cab? How do I get ona subway? Oh forget about the subway! The job was at 34th and Madison.  Where the heck was I going!  My Dad showed me how to get around. He told me which direction the avenues went and which direction the streets went.  I still get it confused.  But I did it and I survived. When I had kids one of the things I wanted for them was to not be afraid of the city. I wanted them to know all the ins and outs and not just the 10 blocks from grand central to their first job out of college.  

The great writer Pete Hamill says it best here: "The wanderer in Manhattan must go forth with a certain innocence, because New York is best seen with innocent eyes. It doesn't matter if you are younger or old. Reading our rich history makes the experience more layered, but it is not a substitute for walking the streets themselves. For old-timer or newcomer, it is essential to absorb the city as it is now in order to shape your own nostalgias. That's why I always urge the newcomer to surrender to the city's magic... Listen to its music and its legends. Gaze at its ruins and monuments. Walk its sidewalks and run fingers upon the stone and bricks and steel of our right-angled streets."” 

I have made a really great friend in the photography community.  Her name is Colleen Putman. She's the talent that is Colleen Putman Photography.  She is just lovely and my kind of person: kind, patient, fun and open to anything! My kids call her "Mommy's friend who lives in the city"....they are crazy about her!  We just recently went out on a second excursion with her in the city.  It was amazing...Top of the Rock, Lego Store, St. Patrick's Cathedral and Times Square.  A lot of laughs, a little origami and good conversation were had in between destinations!!  Thank you for an amazing day Colleen and we can't wait to meet up with you again really soon!!!

 

The start of our journey, waiting for the train...

      

It was bone chilling cold....

Waiting in Grand Central for Colleen.

A little lost heart...

You spend a lot of time looking up when you are New York City.

The viewing machines used to be where people looked to see the view, now they catch a glimpse of themselves at the top of the Rock. The viewing machines look confused....

  

Photo bomber....

Colleen is an "origami master"! She taught us how to make these!

Atlas, a man with a lot one his shoulders...

Church World vs. Corporate World

Stain Glass Light

Lego man in St. Patrick's...

Times Square shenanigans...

Mixed messages....

The ride home...

I got caught on camera...his pic is on Instagram...

This blog is part of a a blog circle! Please be sure to click through to see my neighbor, the amazing Nicki Bosch Photography, to see how she spent her 30 minutes this month. Knock here.

 

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Frames in a Day : When Life Hands You Lemons http://www.meagandwyerphotography.com/blog/2016/1/frames-in-a-day-when-life-hands-you-lemons "When life hands you lemons...You take a picture...

lots and lots of pictures...

and then you can make your lemonade.

              

 

 

 

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30 Minutes in the Life : January 2016 http://www.meagandwyerphotography.com/blog/2016/1/30-minutes-in-the-life-january-2016

 

30 Minutes in the Life : A Tale Of Two Walls

 

“The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most.” 
~John Ruskin

The two walls in this post are on the same street in New Rochelle, NY on opposite side of the street from each other.  Of course, I went to this street because of the colored side but my favorite images are from the brick wall side of the street.  It's like anything in life.  We go with the intention of liking something in particular and end up falling in love with something that is the complete opposite. I guess the trick is in allowing yourself the prerogative to change your mind.

On one side...

The colored wall in monochrome...just for giggles...

I love the juxtaposition of nature in the city.

And on the other side of the street...

My favorite below... All her color adds some life to the brick wall....maybe it was the color I loved all along...or it's the best of both world's.

Back to the car...

 

This post is part of a blog circle which means you get to see the amazing art of so many photographers!!  The next in line is Stacey Markel Photography.  Click below to see her awesome 30 minutes!!

http://www.staceymarkelphotography.com/blog/2016/2/-blog-circle-30-minutes-in-the-life-january-2016

Thank you for stopping by!!!

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30 Minutes in the Life : November 2015 http://www.meagandwyerphotography.com/blog/2015/11/30-minutes-in-the-life-november-2015

 

My "30 minutes" this month is more like a full day!! It couldn't be helped!  When your day involves hanging out in the world's greatest city (just my opinion) with an amazing photographer more than 30 minutes is going to be captured!! I had the unbelievable pleasure of meeting Colleen Putman of Colleen Putman Photography!! She is even sweeter in person than I ever could have imagined.  

My kids keep asking me when we will see her again!!  My daughter asked me yesterday, "Mommy, when will we see your friend who is the really good photographer and lives in the city again?" I think it's fair to say that this day will go day in their books as one of the "best days of their life".  

 

I included even the out of focus and mistake images in here as well because I guess it just makes the day seem more real.  My kids moved a mile a minute exploring the city and I didn't want to stop them too often to get the most perfect shot.  I wanted it to have an "on the move" feel. We cannot wait to hang with Colleen again!!!

 

​Without further adieu, my "30 Minutes"...

 

 

 

 

 

Please head on to my neighbor in this fabulous blog circle, the wonderful and talented....Stacey Markel Photography!!!

 

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Frames in a Day : We Made Play-dough http://www.meagandwyerphotography.com/blog/2015/11/frames-in-a-day-we-made-play-dough I have always been a hands-on Mom. I am always doing something with my kids; teaching them something new or creating something.  When my passion for photography developed I spent a little more time on my art and honing my craft.  It wasn't taking up all my time, it never could since my kids are my first priority in every sense of the word.  Lately though I'm reminded more and more how fast this time goes by.  How these little's of mine are growing and changing everyday. Sitting on the floor or creating something together will not be as well received as it is RIGHT NOW.  There's a small window of time. 

My littlest is in pre-school.  Next year she will be a full time kindergartener, which in this day and age means full-time student.  More cerebral time and less imagination time.  Sad, but a sign of the times.  Anyway, a few weeks ago she came home with a recipe for play-dough. Her school was asking parents to make some play-dough with their children and donate it to the school. The recipe lay on my kitchen counter.....for many, many days. I moved it from counter to counter and back again as it got in my way. A week went by, the ingredients of a few night's dinner started to gather on the paper and coffee stained the edges. I knew if I put it in "the pile" it would get lost and we would never make the play-dough. I wanted to make the play-dough with my daughter but more importantly I felt I "needed" to make the play-dough with her; Needed, for memories' sake.

So the day came....I set out one morning, it was my goal for the day. We went food shopping for the ingredients. When we returned home, play-dough making commenced. We have a very small galley kitchen. "I will not care about the mess," I vowed to myself.

And with my trusty canon close at hand, I documented our time together. I wanted this moment documented for us.  I have vague recollections of time doing such things with my Mom. Nothing documented. Life can change in the very blink of an eye....and faster than you can ever imagine.  This is more than just making play-dough for a pre-school classroom. So much more.

Our secret ingredient....purple glitter. Because, well, what doesn't pair well with purple glitter!!

and while it cooled....

M + C = Mommy and Caroline... 

There is an amazing documentary photographer, Dawn Blomquist.  What she captures through her work is true documentary and real.  I so wish she could have documented this for me so that I can be in these images as well. She's is Seattle and aI'm in New York. So, distance being it's inconvenient self, my daughter will just have to settle for my hands that made it into some of the images. If you don't know Dawn's work, please click here.  

Thank you for stopping by!!

 

 

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Frames in a Day : All on an Autumn's Day http://www.meagandwyerphotography.com/blog/2015/10/frames-in-a-day-all-on-an-autumns-day “No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face."
~John Donne

 

I have gone through my archives and have found that I process very few images in monochrome during the Fall months.  I guess it seems a shame  to be surrounded by such rich color and not try to harness it, preserve it in some way.  

Just a few images from our quick jaunt outdoors today....

 

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30 MInutes in the Life : October 2015 http://www.meagandwyerphotography.com/blog/2015/10/30-minutes-in-the-life-october-2015 October's Party
"October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came -
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.” 
~George Cooper

 

I love Fall! Everything about it: the arrival of the crisp air, the changing leaves that brighten the sky even on a cloudy day, cozy sweaters, sprinkling cinnamon into coffee and trips to the orchards with my kids. 

So, what better way to document some fall memories than at Outhouse Orchards in North Salem, New York.  Fall always takes me back home.  I grew up just a few minutes from this orchard. 

30 minutes at Outhouse Orchards...

 

Fun commences with the corn maze...

And a pose at the beginning of the corn maze (just in case I lose one as we make our way through....just kidding!)

And, THEY'RE OFF...

The maze is in the shape of a soldier standing on an apple. To help you on your way through the maze there are little military facts which also marks where you are in the maze (whew, thank God, otherwise we'd still be there!)... 

Fallen Corn...

Walk This Way...

Or That Way...

Almost as tall as the corn stalk...

She thinks she's found a way we haven't been... 

We made it out!

Corn Maze Victory Dance...

Some more fun at the end of the maze...

In the Pumpkin Patch

This could be my last year getting him to do this....

My 'Lil punkin...

Shadow on a pumpkin...just cuz'

A little apple cider refreshment back at the car AND, luckily for my kids, I had some cowboy hats in the trunk of the car...how'd they get there (LOL!)...

Until next year! Thank you Outhouse Orchards for a great time!!

Please head on over to my neighbor, Amanda Voelker, to see how she spent 30 Minutes of her life this month! Knock, here.

 

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30 Minutes in the Life : September 2015 http://www.meagandwyerphotography.com/blog/2015/9/30-minutes-in-the-life-september-2015

"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together." ~Vincent VanGogh

Welcome to the 30 Minutes in the Life blog circle for September.  Be sure to click on through to my neighbor at the bottom of this post.

This is 30 Minutes on a Thursday afternoon with my daughter; a bucket of water; a cow; and a toy motorcycle that gets tossed to the side early on.

I started out this day searching to capture a single moment for my 365 project.  Before I knew it, I was sitting there for 30 Minutes just talking with my daughter and clicking away as we chatted.  

After a short while I decided to give my daughter a break from the camera. I looked around me for something else to capture. In the flower basket behind (containing remnants of flowers that died months ago) I found 3 perfectly pink flowers...blooming. Mind you, I have to watered this basket in over a month...like I said, they died....and I saw no hope of resuscitating life into it again.  The only water it has had is the one day of rain we had last week.  

When I downloaded the images and flipped through them I saw my 30 Minutes int he Life post and the story line : God gives us everything we need to make it through.  We just need to be willing to see.  My daughter is my second child. I often feel so guilty and worry that she gets the short end of the stick.  Maybe the flowers were a sign from God that she's going to be okay..that she will "bloom" just fine. (it's ironic that the color of the flowers matches the color of her skirt).

So, a series of small happenings led me to a great thing; a sigh of relief that God will take care of everything.

Or maybe, the flowers are just resilient flowers and God has nothing to do with and there is no real connection there at all. I don't believe this though. What do you think?


cow on a motorcycle...

kissing cows...

 

can cows swim?

laughing cow.... 

drips...

drops...

Thank you for visiting my 30 Minutes this month and I hope you enjoyed it! This is a blog circle so be to knock on my neighbor's door, Joni Burtt Photography, to see how she spent her 30 Minutes.  Knock here.

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Frames in a Day : Right of Passage http://www.meagandwyerphotography.com/blog/2015/9/frames-in-a-day-right-of-passage Whenever we are home to Ireland, together as a family, my husband takes my son out to do some farming and for a ride in the tractor;  Grandpa's tractor.  My husband's brothers all did this with their own kids...their kids are older now.  This year was different. This year as I watched it felt like a right of passage as my husband lifted my son up onto his lap in the tractor and let him drive.  

For moment I could see my husband's father doing the same with him.  It was a timeless moment.  I could see the excitement in my son's face and the pride in my husband's face.  My daughter got up into the tractor as well.  But it just wasn't the same pride; happiness but not the same pride. This is a story of fathers and sons. This was an important moment in their relationship; not one they will easily forget.

My husband is not fond of the camera and yet, he's looking right at the camera in these moments.  I was shocked at the time and am still shocked as I look at these images now. 

Before we were married I remember watching my husband's brother do the same with his own boys.  Now they are all grown. They go of to school but when they return home they help take care of the farm.  I'm always amazed by their work ethic and have never once heard them complain, even when they head out to farm in the Irish drizzle.  It's not easy work and not quickly finished.  

When I think of Ireland I think of a love for the land...a love for farming.  No matter the size of the land...there's a pride.  My husband hasn't lived in Ireland if over 20 years and yet when he's home he works the land and the farm along his brother and his son's as if he never left.  The farm is like family.  The farm holds the blood and sweat of the generations of father's and son's who came years and years before.  

Notice how in the next three images Dad's hand gets looser on the steering wheel....

Glowing pride. My husband's Dad is present in this image.  His father died in the days just before meeting our son, his namesake.  This is a monuments moment in my book.

 

 

 

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The Daily Frame : September 18 2015 http://www.meagandwyerphotography.com/blog/2015/9/the-daily-frame-september-18-2015

"There is more to life than increasing its speed." ~Mahatma Ghandi

Stop and "smell the roses" (or look at leaves)....you'd be amazed at what you  might find....

My weekly rewind:

The Daily Frame | 201 of 365:

"The mind is what it thinks. To make it true, think true." ~Nisargadatta Maharaj

The Daily Frame | 200 of 365:
“There's nothing sillier in the world than a teacher telling you don't do it after you already did it.” 
― Frank McCourt

Picture this: Back to school picnic grades 2 - 5.....silly string for sale. I say no more....

The Daily Frame | 199 of 365:
"Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence." ~Vince Lombardi

Wild goose chase....

The Daily Frame 198 of 365:

True friends NEVER EVER miss a beat.

The Daily Frame | 197 of 365:
“Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.” 
~Albert Einstein

He dons a cape while riding his scooter...he must have wanted me to take pictures....I love his imagination...and it will get him everywhere! Keep moving kid...don't let anything or anyone get in your way!

The Daily Frame | 196 of 365:

"Play At Your Own Risk" Really?

We met one of my son's great friends today and played (at our own risk, mind you) for HOURS! They had such a fun time together running, using their imaginations...being 7 year olds (and my daughter being a 4 year old). Good old fashioned, unstructured fun. As they played we talked about how much pressure these kids experience in school, how the cuuriculum is pushing them into places their brains are just not yet ready for...developmentally inappropriate. I think in a lot of ways this "Play At Your Own Risk" sign should be outside of schools these days and say "Learn At Your Own Risk". I feel as bad for the teachers as I do the children....

The Daily Frame | 195 of 365:

Rain....after about two months....it has rained. Never thought we'd be so happy to see a rainy day!

Please stop by my neighbor, Colleen Putnam, to see how she spent her week! Knock here!!

 

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The Daily Frame : September 11 2015 http://www.meagandwyerphotography.com/blog/2015/9/the-daily-frame-september-11  

"In my better sense of mind, I know that I'm far from alone and far from the worst, and the earth keeps spinning. Everything keeps moving, with or without me." ~Phil Anselmo

 

So with that quote and image in mind I am leaving you with my images for the last two weeks.  Life is moving at warp speed!!

Hope...

First Day of Preschool....for George too!

The walk to school....

Running around outside in Pj's before bedtime....

Falls butterfly.... 

Just her...

"Waffling" (waffle + swing) : Verb 

(breakfast on the swings)

A beautiful porcelain doll handed down to me, that will be handed down to her....

Window light....photographer humor.

Note to self: when she says she's hungry get her food the first time she asks.....she went into the fridge to get something herself....knocked over the opened can of olives... 

Rolling in the grass.... 

two souls...one heart

She turns 4 (a week early)....

Shadows Sharing...

That wraps up my last two weeks...I added a few extra images in here and there. I hope you enjoyed your stay on my page!! I hope to see you again real soon!

 

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Frames in a Day : Trees and Roots http://www.meagandwyerphotography.com/blog/2015/9/thoughts-on-trees-and-our-roots  

“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.” 
― J.R.R. TolkienThe Fellowship of the Ring

 

Trees. I love trees.  I always have. Not just because they are beautiful in nature but because they tell stories.  I love stories; stories that make you think and reflect.  Trees with exposed roots, with grand leafy spreads; even the bare and diseased trees that no longer flower tell us something. There are a lot of trees where we live. I think we take them for granted....like we do anything that is in great supply.  

My 'littlest' loves to jump up and grab at the leaves of a big tree in our backyard.  She's 4. When she was 2, I would watch her reach up on tip-toe trying to reach those leaves. Much to the tree's dismay (or maybe it likes the attention), she can now take a running leap and reach the leaves. When all the leaves fall in Autumn we really miss it's grand presence.  It's a big tree and when it's bare, a gaping hole in the landscape is all that remains until Spring.

This tree has lots of exposed roots, that spread out all around the tree for several feet. Of course, I know trees have roots; I just never realized how far they wandered out.  I guess these roots are a lot like our own roots.  They spread out in all sorts of directions....some roots we understand, we know where they go and where they come from. Understanding where we are from helps us to know which direction we should go and which directions we should avoid. Sometimes, our roots leave us "stumped" (pardon the pun); we don't know what to do or where to go. So we lay down roots of our own and we hope the roots we plant will help guide generations to come.

The images and thoughts were inspired by a photographer that I really admire.  Like me, she's a storyteller and a documenter of life. Her words and images resonate with my soul.  She recently published a blog post that led me to capture my images. After I wrote my words, I read hers and realized that even our words share a common thread.  Please click here to see her blog. 

Thank you for stopping by!

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30 Minutes in the Life : August 2015 http://www.meagandwyerphotography.com/blog/2015/8/30-minutes-in-the-life-august-2015  

 

Welcome to 30 Minutes in my Life!!!

This month I recorded 30 minutes of our time sheep shearing while visiting Granny in Ireland.  My brother-in-law and his sons take on this process.  This August, my husband and kids helped out as well. It's not easy. It is sweat and blood type of work; on the part of the humans and the sheep.  The sheep are a skittish type animal to begin with, then try and capture one in a small pen packed with other sheep...quite a feat.

The sheep are dosed (medicine to keep them healthy), shorn, their tag is recorded in a book, the wool is packed in bags.  Lambs aren't shorn, I have one included in here (he's the cute fella marked with a capital "D" for Dwyer).  This helps other farmers recognize the sheep when they roam away from their herd.  The other sheep will be marked once their wool starts to grow back.

So we head down to the shed .... 

Just outside the sheep shearing has begun...

The capture...

The Dose...

Sheep #772

 

Recording who's been shorn...noting the yellow tag on each sheep's ear.​

 

Shed Shenanigans... 

Farm knees...

D for Dwyer...

"One for my master and one for my dame and one for the little boy that lives down the lane..."

This concludes 30 minutes in my life this August! Please head on over to my neighbor, Amanda Voelker Photography, to see how she spent 30 Minutes in her month! Knock here.

 

 

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The Daily Frame : August 28 2015 http://www.meagandwyerphotography.com/blog/2015/8/the-daily-frame-august-28-2015

It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are.” – Paul Caponigro

 

Welcome to the Daily Frame!  Here's my week in reverse!! Thank you for stopping by!

 

The Daily Frame | 182 of 365:

"To see a world in a grain of sand,
and a heaven in a wild flower,
hold infinity in the palm of your hand
and eternity in an hour."

~William Blake

 

The Daily Frame | 181 of 365:

I had nothing for this day...then I looked at this one...it looks like the sun is shining up at her from the sand.....

 

The Daily Frame | 180 of 365: 

“Even though you may want to move forward in your life, you may have one foot on the brakes. In order to be free, we must learn how to let go. Release the hurt. Release the fear. Refuse to entertain your old pain. The energy it takes to hang onto the past is holding you back from a new life. What is it you would let go of today?” ~Mary Manin Morrissey

*you will notice this is the same outfit she wore yesterday...she also slept in it...picking my battles...

 

The Daily Frame | 179 of 365:
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
~Anais Nin

 

The Daily Frame | 178 of 365:

"Other than a dimple in a cute little chin,
What’s more adorable than a toothless grin?"
~Azu "Betty" Espezia

 

The Daily Frame | 177 of 365:
"Every tooth in a man’s head is more valuable than a diamond." ~Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote, 1605

Upon losing his first top tooth today while on a merry go round at a country fair....the second one came out tonite.....I bet you can't guess what tomorrows photo will be!

 

The Daily Frame | 176 of 365:

Isn't there a quote that goes something like, "When a woman changes her hair style, watch out for big changes!" ?

Well, she starts pre-school in September so that warrants a new hair do....

 
Please click through to my neighbor, Deanna Sackett of Daisy Baby Photography, to see how she spent her week!! Knock here.
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Life Unscripted : August 2015 http://www.meagandwyerphotography.com/blog/2015/8/life-unscripted-august-2015

Unscripted

adjective

  • 1.said or delivered without a prepared script; impromptu
     

Welcome to the blog circle of Life Unscripted. Since I take my camera with me everywhere and it's mostly to capture my kids.  It's safe to say that everything I photograph is unscripted.  I very rarely pose them for photos.  My favorite way to shoot is to let them do their thing and I'm just ready to capture their lives.  These are going to be their photographs one day.  I want them to be able to show their spouses, children, friends, whoever really, what they were like as children.  I want these photos to remind them who they were growing up.  I want these photos to answer questions they may have. Because as much as I want to remember everything, it's just not possible. My children ask me questions about  my childhood....many, too many, questions I can't answer.  I ask my siblings and we all remember different things.  So my kids have photographs.....lots and lots of photographs.  I can't guarantee they will have answers to everything in life, what parent can? But I can guarantee that they will have answered questions about their childhood....

 

My August Life {Unscripted}....

 

Did I like the water as a kid? Yes.

Did I like getting dirty? Did you let me get dirty? Yes and Yes.

Did we ever stop to smell the roses (or examine a lady bug on the car window)? Yes. 

Did you let us get the grossest ice cream choice from The Ice Cream Truck and choose the yuckiest toppings at the frozen yogurt shop? Yes.

(the following shots needed to be in color...)

Did we ever go camping? Did we like it? Yes and Yes.

Did we like amusement park rides? one of you did (the slow rides). one of you didn't.

the only ride your sister liked...

What was it like when I lost a tooth? you were relieved, your cousin was excited and your sister was a little grossed out.

 

One other question all these images answers is,  "Who did we spend most of our time with as kids?" Your cousins; your favorite people in the whole world.

These are just some of the questions that will be answered...but there are so many more.

This completes my August installment of Life {Unscripted}. Please knock on the door of my neighbor, Natalie Wiseman Wheeler, to see her Life {Unscripted}!! Knock here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Daily Frame : August 21 2015 http://www.meagandwyerphotography.com/blog/2015/8/the-daily-frame-august-21-2015 Welcome to my weekly rewind!!  Here's a peek into what my week looked like!! 

 

The Daily Frame | 175 of 365:

"Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in while, or the light won't come in." ~Alan Alda

 

The Daily Frame | 174 of 365

Makin' Mama Proud...

The Daily Frame | 173 of 365:

Heat Wave....

The Daily Frame | 172 of 365:

No words for these.....

The Daily Frame | 171 of 365:

"The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature."

Off to a great start, she is.

The Daily Frame | 170 of 365:

“Sometimes, when we want something so badly, we fear failure more than we fear being without that thing.” 
~Matthew J. Kirby

upon conquering his fear.....

 

The Daily Frame | 169 of 365:
“To cultivate a garden is to walk with God.”
~Christian Nevell Bovee

 

Lots for this day!

The Daily Frame | 168 of 365:
"One touch of nature makes the whole world kin." ~William Shakespeare

Thank you for stopping by!!  Click through to my neighbor in this Daily Frame Blog Circle: 

 

 

 

 

 

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