Highlight Real: 52 weeks of Real Images : LOVE

Week 5!

The past 2 weeks have been all LOVE and HEARTS and sometimes DRAMA, but it was a quick 2 weeks and it's over now, haha.

Week 5 was LOVE and it was probably pretty easy to find something to capture that means love to us. Hopefully you have love around you at all times.

The very first entry was a little different from the rest, and it so perfectly captures something I do love SO MUCH.

Rain. I love the sound, the smell, the feel of it, but I have to say I really love the look of it in stopped motion.

LOVE the rain running off the gutters of this old place after a very long dry spell on the farm. Water in the tanks, water in the dams, followed by sunshine giving us feed in the paddock for the stock. 
Summer is not over yet but the recent rain has been a welcome respite from the dry heat. Billie Leatham

This precious little sweetie is just a doll. She may be working on hearts to give out, but she's stealing them all over the group this week!

Love ~ sleeping on the Valentine's Day cards she just made. - Denise Sebastiano

Love ~ sleeping on the Valentine's Day cards she just made. - Denise Sebastiano

This next one is exactly what I am talking about, people. Cute dad snapping a pic of a perfect little moment in time. When she's 20 and holding out fish like this, they will compare those pictures to all these precious moments they have saved up. I know this for a fact. 

Pictures let you hold on to something longer. They make it last. Even the tiniest moment can be enjoyed for so much longer.

5/52 "Love"

Third one's a charm wink emoticon I can't express the love for our fishery enough. Not only does it supply us with nourishment, but it's also our happy place; we truly are in love with our surroundings. - Amy Bueschel{love} 

This next one is so full of awesome. I love this kid, this snow and this gorgeous bath of heavenly light. There is nothing about this I don't want to be a part of. Great capture.

{love} My daughter is in love with playing in the snow, and we finally got a good storm! April Malo

Ahhh, the love moments. Children are little creatures, beasts, even, sometimes, and our mama hearts just love them so much. When they are this little, their love gestures mean so much. SO. MUCH. I'm convinced it is these little moments that earn them siblings, lol.

Love: I am in love with this photo of Anthony. He took his flower and love sign waved and said bye bye mommy and continued down the path. Then I asked for a hug. He dropped everything and ran back for a hug. Mary Weber Bunevich

I love all the images from Week 5.  Here are the rest of them, in all their beautiful glory.

Thank you so much for going on this journey with me! I love this project and I love seeing everybody's submissions! 

Highlight Real: 52 weeks of real images: week 4: like a girl

Oh guys, life is so crazy busy and I am barely keeping my head above water.

Last week's theme is such a powerful theme, because the words "like a girl" have probably hurt each one of us at some time, regardless of gender. But girls are amazing, not weak, not irrelevant. Girls are taking over the world. They are resilient, strong, full of heart, and most importantly, they are making their way in our world mastering strides never available to women before now.

Girls are amazing. I am proud to be one, to do things like one, to be raising two strong little people who change the connotation of "like a girl" every day.

This group is vulnerable, connected, growing, and cooperative. I love it.

Like a girl.

First up. Powerful image. Girls can kick your ass.

Thank you Amy. Watching you grow as a photographer is a joy for me.

Little girls need to know they can do anything. They can win anything, be anything, defeat anything. They can hit things HARD. Like a girl.

4/52 "Like a Girl"   Yes, another boxing one...this is my daughter and she does everything "like a girl", ha! Heidi is my "ride or die" adventure partner. No matter what challenge lies ahead of us she will never turn down an offer to explore and I hope that spirit lives on in her forever and ever!

4/52 "Like a Girl"
Yes, another boxing one...this is my daughter and she does everything "like a girl", ha! Heidi is my "ride or die" adventure partner. No matter what challenge lies ahead of us she will never turn down an offer to explore and I hope that spirit lives on in her forever and ever!

And this one. Danielle, I can't even type without choking back tears. The feeling here - vulnerable/alone/torn shows the ravages of the war of "like a girl". 

Girls can kick cancer's ass. 

4/52 ~ This photo and the next are of one of the most beautiful, courageous, strong women I know and she is currently Fighting {Like a Girl}. In my job, I deal with the beginning aspects of breast cancer on a daily basis and the women starting their Fights. They all begin in the same place but, unfortunately, they do not all end the same. This woman underwent a double mastectomy in November and currently has expanders in, stretching the skin enough to place implants in the next month or so. The lump on the lower outside edge of her breast is the port where they inflate the implant more and more. The line underneath the scar is a tube that runs from the port to the expander. She wanted a photo to document this time in her life, and I am beyond honored to be able to share it with you all. ~Danielle Bolton

4/52 ~ This photo and the next are of one of the most beautiful, courageous, strong women I know and she is currently Fighting {Like a Girl}. In my job, I deal with the beginning aspects of breast cancer on a daily basis and the women starting their Fights. They all begin in the same place but, unfortunately, they do not all end the same. This woman underwent a double mastectomy in November and currently has expanders in, stretching the skin enough to place implants in the next month or so. The lump on the lower outside edge of her breast is the port where they inflate the implant more and more. The line underneath the scar is a tube that runs from the port to the expander. She wanted a photo to document this time in her life, and I am beyond honored to be able to share it with you all. ~Danielle Bolton

Nothing personal, but these 2 images were so moving, I thought they should stand alone for this week.

If you know a girl who is struggling, who is being too hard on herself, a girl who needs your help, tell her she's GOT THIS. 

We've got this. together. 

The other submissions were lovely. But these 2 made me cry. Thank you so much for your participation in this space. It means the world to me.

Highlight Real: 52 weeks of real images - Week 3 "extra"

Last week was actually EXTRA busy but I do love the entries, and it is so nice to get to know you guys. I know EXTRA was all around me last week. Extra work, extra chores, extra excitement...and this week I am hoping for a little bit lower key days.

Let's get to everybody's EXTRA.

First up is Lacie Sibley, with some gorgeous extra wet extra long lashes...

Extra 3/52 Bathtime these days is so much fun for this little gal. The splashes and giggles and pure joy that she radiates makes {extra} minutes we spend in the tub so worth it.    

Extra 3/52 Bathtime these days is so much fun for this little gal. The splashes and giggles and pure joy that she radiates makes {extra} minutes we spend in the tub so worth it.

 

I love this one by Billie Leatham. I love this room, I love this old guy and I love the nostalgia in this photo.

Our girls are so lucky to have such a great relationship with their Great Aunt & Uncle. They are our "extra" set of grandparents & for that I am so grateful.

 

This sweet, quiet moment by Cat Runyan. I love sleeping children, Even when they skank the bed.

Every night, one, or two, or three of the kids comes into our bed sometime in the night. Here's my oldest son. None of them sleep normally either, it's always legs in our face or an elbow to the kidney with them... but I don't really mind it too much because I know soon enough I'll miss those extra people coming into our bed at night. (sad face)

Guh. Who is snugglier? the baby or the dog?

This one is all warm and extra fluffy by Denise Sebastiano..

3/52 ~ My Extra adorable little man on an Extra fluffy dog.

Flowers are such a simple way to make any day extra. I love this one, because we all need to be reminded that lovely things spark lovely feelings. And you are lovely. Every day. 

3/52 ~ This is a bit of a cheat considering when I took it, but it is always nice to get a little something {extra} for just being you. 

I  am so sorry I got the blog post out so late, but I do enjoy putting this together. Thank you guys so much for being a part of this group! I can't wait to see the submissions for "Like a girl!".

Highlight Real - 52 weeks of real images WEEK 1: Arrival

Welcome to Highlight Real!

I loved all of the submissions from this week, and I am so encouraged to see the heart in your images already. I tackled my first 52 project last year, and I want you to know, it was amazing - the friends I made and the images I took were such an inspiration I wanted to do it again, (even though I didn't exactly get all 52 weeks completed.)

This year is a project in itself, and I think having a group like this just makes 2016 more fun.

Of all the submissions from this week, this one stood out most, because when I first soaked it in and then read the caption, I burst out in tears, and I don't even know these people. This is moving subject matter. I haven't been able to shake it all week, and have found myself adding this stranger to my prayer list. 

This capture by Mary at Babies and Fur Babies Photography.

The arrival of daddy coming home each day is a blessing.   

The arrival of daddy coming home each day is a blessing.
 

Eye contact. It isn't always straight into the camera, but it is incredibly powerful. Connection is such an ethereal concept to cement, but when that magic is made real, oh, the FEELS.

I love this next one by Billie at  Billie Leatham Photography. So much purity in this little natural child/beast moment that embodies the beauty of childhood. Also I love little frogs.

We arrived home from camping to find frogs had made themselves at home in the corn rows, much to my husbands delight... Now if we could just get the girls to leave them there so they can the pests at bay!

We arrived home from camping to find frogs had made themselves at home in the corn rows, much to my husbands delight... Now if we could just get the girls to leave them there so they can the pests at bay!

Again, another heart skipping arrival - this time by Victoria over at Victoria Majors Photography.  Guh. Daddy's are never so handsome as they are when they are gushing over a baby girl. I absolutely LOVE hospital newborn shoots. The windows, the little clear baby viewer, the fresh new love. The arrival of butterfly kisses and a heart full of promises!

... here is the 'arrival' of a friends baby with daddy seeing her for the first time.

...here is the 'arrival' of a friends baby with daddy seeing her for the first time.

I LOVE love stories, and wedding kisses. The arrival of their new family, their future, their true partnership. This gorgeous in-the-moment image will certainly be a favorite for this beautiful lifetime they are building together. This priceless moment captured by Cat at Cat Runyan Portraits. Lucky THEM!

Arrival.    I photographed a wedding on New Year's day and here's their moment just before their first kiss as husband and wife. I guess you could say they're just arrived at an entirely new point in their lives. 

Arrival. 
I photographed a wedding on New Year's day and here's their moment just before their first kiss as husband and wife. I guess you could say they're just arrived at an entirely new point in their lives. 

Denise from Bella Light Photography sent in this gorgeous capture. I don't know if I am feeling sentimental about the belly, the diaper, or the quiet wondrous look of a tiny seeing something for the first time, but this is beautiful. The light washes over this little with such a perfect sweetness, I just want to snuggle up and kiss this one!

 Arrival. First snowfall.

 Arrival. First snowfall.

Please take a moment to enjoy all of the images from this week...

arrival images of people of loved ones...

arrival images of people of loved ones...

So excited to see the group grow and get to know each other!

arrival images of nature...

arrival images of nature...