She is something else, this youngest child of mine.

Full of curiosity and questions.

She lives full throttle and sometimes it's a race to keep up.  In a few months she will be eleven and I am just beside myself at the thought.

She has my heart though.

She's a writer, an artist, a warrior, and a pest. I'm not sure where life will take her or what His plan is for her and I really hope I can keep up. Because I think it's going to be something to see.

Freelensing is the technique of detaching the lens from the camera and holding it by hand up to the lens mount and manipulating the focal plane to create an image. It gives a really cool affect and can be fun to mess around with. I haven't mastered it well enough to use with portraits although some photographers do so beautifully. For now I'm practicing on flowers and I gotta say I am in love with the results.






The natural dark edges and light leaks create genuinely unique one of a kind images and the fun thing is that I never know what I'm going to get. 

I think the first two are my favorite. But then again I really like the second white one. And the last one is pretty too so who knows?

Do you have a favorite?

I love taking pictures of people...the happiness, the joy and love, the funny.

But I also enjoying capturing nature be it the beach, a flower or a sunset.

For His invisible attributes, namely, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made...

I can't help but see God in the physical world around me and when I start nosing in with my camera, start focusing and really paying attention, I am astounded and left amazed at what He reveals to us of Himself...the beauty, the strength, the grace.

The way a flower blooming hints at the divine unfolding right before our eyes...the story of life, death and resurrection told over and over again and again bearing witness of hope.

Today, look around you at the natural world and marvel that everything was made through Him and for Him.

But ask the beasts, and they will teach you;
the birds of heaven, and they will tell you;
or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you;
and the fish of the sea will declare to you.
Who among all these does not know
that the hand of the Lord has done this?
~ Job 12:7-9 

One of the things I really love about being a photographer is becoming a family's photographer...the one they call when they want/need pictures. It doesn't even have to be a yearly event but the connection gets made stronger each time I have the privilege of capturing moments for the same people over time. I love it.

I met the Barnes family through the school our kids attended. Cameron hired me to take pictures of the kids for Christmas in 2009 and that was the first time I photographed sweet Jenna.

A year later I did mini sessions as a fundraiser and Jenna and her siblings were in front of my camera again. (How adorable was her little brother?)

After that it was family pictures and a 50th anniversary and then a 95th birthday party. I was super delighted when Cameron called back in the spring about doing Jenna's senior pictures. (And surprised because hello? How had time flown by that fast?) They were living in Birmingham but wanted to come home on spring break and also have her pictures done. 

Jenna has grown into a lovely and talented young lady. Not only does she play the cello but she also sings and acts. She plans to attend Samford in the fall and pursue a degree in the arts.

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I loved including her instrument in some of the pictures. 

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And her dress?! Oh my stars, it was fabulous and you probably recognize it from last Friday's Favorite Photo but you couldn't really see the gorgeous shoes she paired with it.

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She didn't spend her whole session in that though. She also went a little more casual in some of the pictures but still with that lovely elegance and poise.

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We headed to Ft Pickens to finish up her session. That is a pretty popular and well known spot for local photographers but we took some of my absolute favorite senior pictures there.

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We decided she should change back into the dress again and I am so glad we did! 

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Cameron and I had the same thought at the same time and wonderful mama that she is she hustled back to her car and brought the cello to us. It was a perfect end to this fabulous senior session and if I ever have a studio this is going to be a giant canvas hanging on the wall.

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All told this session reminded me just how special it is to be invited into someone's life again and again. Cameron left this comment on my facebook ~ It was just so much more than a photo session, it was a refreshing experience, and just filled up my soul with the goodness that being at home and with friends brings and it means more than I can say that the time I invest in taking someone's pictures is about so much more than just the pictures.

So thank you, Cameron, for your sweet words and I can't wait to see you guys in October for that 100th birthday celebration! 

Jenna, I pray that you will find much success as you seek to hone and develop your skills and talents. Also, that you will continue to use them in such a way as to bring glory to the Giver of those gifts.

The life of faith is lived one day at a time,
and it has to be lived-
not always looked forward to as though
the "real" living is around the next corner.
It is for today which we are responsible.
God still owns tomorrow.
Elisabeth Elliot

Sometimes an image becomes a favorite because of the people in it...a child, best friend, love of your life.

Sometimes it's just a beautiful image that conveys, joy, serenity.

Sometimes it's a favorite just because it catches the eye...the colors are bold, the pattern flirty.

Sometimes an image becomes a favorite because it breaks the rules and is so far outside of my normal that I just can't help it.

This is one of those. Technically I over exposed it and I did take another shot with it stepped down. But this one caught my imagination and I kept it.

It's my pick for Favorite Photo Friday. 


If you hang out a round the blog at all you might have noticed more pictures being shared. There's a reason for that.

There has been a long going debate about whether a photographer should blog every session or just some sessions. I was a blogger before I really became a photographer though and so for me I would share the occasional picture but that wasn't the point of my first blog. As my confidence grew behind the camera I started a side blog where I did a weekly photo project. It ran into a glitch after a few years and eventually went away all though the project continued on other platforms.

Then there was this weird overlap between a lack of words on my part and more picture taking. I decided to start a whole brand new blog and Life Through My Lens was born. It didn't take long for me to realize I don't live my life divided up into neat little boxes and my photography spills over into my words and my words spill over into photography. But oddly enough I still never shared images from sessions on a regular basis. No particular reason why it's just been the way it has worked out and I still don't have an answer for the all or some question as far as which ones to blog.

However I have recently joined an online photography community and we're encouraged to share more of our work so we can learn from each other, to get feedback and constructive criticism, and maybe show off a little. And I decided that I want to share more of the wonderful people I get to photograph. I don't really have a reason not too. So you'll probably start seeing more of my work on here along with the regular recipes and my own thoughts. And if I'm having a slow season I just might pull up some past sessions and share those.

All that being said, today I am going to share some of my favorite images from a newborn session I did back in May. It was pretty special for a couple of reasons. First, it was twins. Adorable could-not-be-any-more-precious twins. Second, it was the first time I have ever attempted any sort of fandom portrait and it actually turned out really, really cute.

The twins have one beautiful big sister and she was willing to get in a few pictures. This one was just so sweet!


And the boys themselves...oh my goodness they were just the cutest!


They were angels and it was one of the easiest newborn sessions I've ever had. Mom and Dad were both really laid back and the whole time was low key and pleasant.

Ollie is the oldest although his little brother beats him on size by a few ounces. He is quite possibly going to be a redhead.


Mom made these cute little hats for each of them.


Like I mentioned, Teddy is the younger but bigger twin. He is also as dark as his brother is fair.



I keep up with mom on facebook and it is such fun to see them growing and getting bigger.


Mom and Dad are fans of Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings and they brought some neat things to incorporate into a photo. It also happens that people in my house are fans of both series and so I had some things that would help make this set up come together. I might have squealed a little when I saw it on the back of my camera.


I really enjoy newborn sessions and this one was just about perfect. And, pun intended, practically magical.

I think this has become my absolute favorite dessert right now. For reals. It's cool and smooth and tart and with just enough summer tanginess. It comes from a Taste of Home cookbook my mother gave us and my youngest daughter actually picked it out (along with about ten more but this is the only one we've tried so far.)

I have found that opinions can run pretty strong on the matter of lemon flavored desserts but I am solidly in the go for it camp. I think it taste like summer and is so yummy.

This tart is delicious and get a great arm workout.

What you'll need:
1 pastry shell, baked
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 cup milk
3 egg yolks, lightly beaten
1/4 cup butter
1 TBS grated lemon peel
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 cup sour cream

What you'll do:
Combine sugar and cornstarch in a large saucepan.
Gradually stir in milk until smooth.
Cook, constantly stirring, over medium-high heat until it thickens.
Reduce heat and continue to cook and stir for two more minutes.
Remove from heat.
Take a spoonful of the hot mixture and stir it into the eggs yolks.
Return all of it to the sauce pan and return to burner.

Bring back to a gentle boil, stirring the whole time.
Cook for two more minutes.

Remove from heat.
Stir in butter and lemon peel.
Gently add in lemon juice.
Cover and cool completely.
Fold in sour cream.
Pour into pastry shell.
Refrigerate for at least two hours before cutting. 
Garnish with whipped topping.

It really is the perfect dessert for these hot summer days.

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