INTIMIDATED!!! That is how I felt when the fabulously talented and creative Rae Barnes of Rae Barnes Photography emailed me about doing a shoot swap about a month ago. Any of you that know Rae understand that my feelings of anxiety and inadequacy were unfounded due to the fact that she is totally humble & encouraging, but here was the very artist who inspired me to follow my joy of photographing people asking me to capture HER FAMILY. In my mind I likened it to being asked to sing the national anthem for the president (yes I know I’m dramatic). “Are you sure you want me, Rae?” is what I thought. Aren’t there about 500 other photographers out there that could do a better job? I’m even nervous to publish this post.

On top of that, Rae is more then a wonderful photographer, she is a friend. I’ve known Chris, Rae’s husband (and talented photographer I might add), since he was my Young Life leader in high school, but didn’t actually meet Rae until they moved back to the area a couple of years ago now. Of course I thought I knew Rae from stalking her blog and admiring her awesomeness, but was secretly even more excited to finally meet her in person. Rae was still working full time and posted on her facebook about the need for a nanny, and by God’s providence I gained the privilege of watching their sweet little Claire for about a year, until just before Ellen was born and I had Levi. Don’t get me wrong, I love being a mother, but my days were so full of fun then- going to the park, painting little piggy toes (you can’t do that with boys), reading books, painting/coloring, and sometimes even baking.

Two weeks ago, I met up with Chris, Rae, and the girls for their shoot. We were contained to a small space inside so it was a little bit of a challenge,but  I hope you catch a glimpse of how much love these four have for each other.  Barnes Family- you have been a blessing and encouragement to me in so many ways and I so much hope you enjoy these. Your girls are a precious gift to so many. I also have to note that Levi can’t take his eyes off Ellen every time he sees her picture. I’m pretty sure he’s mesmerized by her, understandably so.

 

Just can’t get enough of this sweet girl.

 

I can just hear her laughter. I love these because Claire can be so serious at times- Daddy sure knows how to bring out the smiles.

Isn’t it obvious why Levi is so enthralled with this beautiful babe?

I had to post this last image- I know it isn’t the clearest (kicking myself now), but how fun would it be if it did come out~



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  • Rae BarnesMarch 1, 2012 - 4:47 pm

    Stop it!! I totally got teary just reading your words, and then, I saw the images! You have blessed us with one of the greatest gifts we could ask for: you captured our love for each other. We miss you so much! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for everything!ReplyCancel

  • Chris BarnesMarch 1, 2012 - 8:42 pm

    Love these Heather! Thank you so much for doing this for us!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy munmMarch 2, 2012 - 12:06 am

    The Barne’s family is one of my favorite families and I think you captured them wonderfully. Thank you for sharing them.ReplyCancel

Yes, I hate not being on time. And yes, that id exactly what happened. Seems to a lot these days. Project 52 Weeks 3-4 are coming tonight. I did them each week, but didn’t get a chance to post. We are teething right now. 🙁

MahinaThe Only Pink in the HouseDebbie MayesWicked Kate Styleberryblog



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  • KateFebruary 4, 2012 - 1:21 am

    No. Worries! I did the same thing last year, and this year it is often a last minute hustle to get my photos up. The whole point is to stay motivated to take pictures each week for YOURSELF. Even if you post in bulk :).ReplyCancel

Little boys are a responsibility. A precious responsibility that is. I was torn this week as I contemplated the concept of responsibility, which was a suggested topic for week 2 over at Paint the Moon. Responsibility can be defined a few different ways- the duties and burdens or the position of responsibility.  I chose to play a little on both. As a mom I have way more obligations and duties then ever before, but I am also in a position to mold and shape the person that Levi becomes. Or at least instill in him values in hopes that he will choose to live with integrity- to become responsible for his choices and actions, and above all to love the Lord with all of his heart, soul, and mind. Levi, you are a precious responsibility  and a joyful responsibility. One I hope to fulfill to the best of my ability.

 

For anyone participating in Project 52 along with me, leave your link so I can tag back

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  • MahinaJanuary 13, 2012 - 11:59 pm

    The 6:00 am wake up is something I that I am all too familiar with. My Project 52 post was about our “sleepless nights” with our daughter who is teething at http://www.lucasandmahina.com. Linked you to my Project 52 blog! Hope you can link me too.ReplyCancel

  • MeghanJanuary 15, 2012 - 3:33 pm

    I love your theme! My little boy is now three (where has the time gone?!). If you’re ever looking for a great bedtime Story try “Little Boy” by Alison McGhee. It’s been our favorite since he was one. I’m also doing a project 52, if you could link me, that would be great! http://robo-family.blogspot.comReplyCancel

  • McLainJanuary 16, 2012 - 11:16 pm

    I LOVE this! So very true. I really like your theme. Your blog is lovely, as is your photography! I linked you on my blog (thanks for stopping by last week) 🙂ReplyCancel

  • VeronikaJanuary 27, 2012 - 10:01 pm

    Love this! So precious! I have a similar P52 going…

    http://theonlypinkinthehouse.blogspot.com/2012/01/project-52-four.htmlReplyCancel

  • Debbie MayesJanuary 27, 2012 - 10:05 pm

    This is such a sweet post! I just wanted to let you know that I posted a link to your post in my project 52 too 🙂

    http://www.englexas.comReplyCancel

  • KateJanuary 28, 2012 - 7:25 am

    This is AWESOME. I have a little boy, and you nailed it right on the head. Great job, and wonderful picture. See you next week! 😀ReplyCancel

  • ToriJanuary 29, 2012 - 7:51 pm

    What a sweet picture! We are expecting our first boy in April. (We have a 2-year-old daughter.) I can’t wait to see how fun it is to be a mama to a boy! I’d love to link up with you! 🙂ReplyCancel

With New Year’s just past and all this talk about resolution this and resolution that, I decided I was not going to resolve anything, but rather challenge myself. I wanted to find something that would stretch me creatively, but not require tons of time. Something that I could enjoy, and be proud of. And so came the conclusion that I would take part in a Project 52.

It has become popular for photographers and bloggers to participate in a 52 week project that requires input once a week for the year. Once I settled on the idea, I set out to find a theme and accountability. I owe all of my inspirations to  Shawna and her awesomeness last year with her Project 52 on Motherhood. You should go to her blog and fall in love with all of her creative genius just as I have. Trust me you will be addicted to her inspiration and awed by her truthfulness and genuineness.

If you know me then you also realize I am indecisive. Therefore it took me all of 2 weeks and 3 different takes on theme before I made the final decision. And so I settled on “Little boys are…” In light of my recent name change to “Mom” I figured I wouldn’t be at a loss for photos or words on the subject, but hope that one day Levi will be able to look at this project inspired by him and know how special he is.

So here I find myself learning and loving my little boy. And I pray, I pray that he will come to know this one day.



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  • Rosanne PingitoreJanuary 10, 2012 - 12:34 pm

    Your work is beautiful, Heather. Your baby is precious. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • shawna [of styleberryBLOG]January 13, 2012 - 5:33 am

    Thanks for the sweet things you said! Thanks for linking up this year! Happy to have you as a part of the 2012 project 52 circle! *sReplyCancel

  • KateJanuary 13, 2012 - 6:10 pm

    What a beautiful memory! Your site is beautiful, and your images are amazing. Just thought I’d let you know that someone noticed! (I found you through Styleberry’s P52. I’m taking the challenge too! Let me know if you’d like to co-link. Otherwise, I’ll adore your site through Styleberry!)ReplyCancel

Last week I had the wonderful opportunity of photographing three lovely sisters. You may remember them from their beach photos in a post last summer. They were just as fun as ever when we set out through Pennypack to catch some shots with the quickly fading fall colors. It has been a privilege to see each sister change and grow over the past years and catch glimpses of there oh so different personalities in action. You definitely have a special bond as sisters. Girls thanks for letting me tag along and being good sports. Enjoy.

 



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