Little Things Thursday

Good morning! The day is here.  I’m leaving for Thailand today! I think I have to let that sink in for a minute.

Okay…

It’s been 7 years since I have moved from Thailand to the States. In many ways, I thought I wouldn’t ever get the opportunity to go back.  In other ways, I knew there must be more than just a clean break from the years invested.

The latter came true.

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I’m a mixture of excited and apprehensive. It’s really hard to leave the family behind. I’m just so used to them being right here.  I’m used to being right there.

I’m mustering up all my courage right now. I’m putting on my brave face. I’ve got the “Mommy Knots” in my belly.

Praying people, I need you!

Come along with me, friends.  I’ll be gramming my trip @ kim_littlebylittle.  I apologize for blowing up your feeds in advance.   It’s for my kids and husband…and those friends that love me enough to let me annoy them.  #sorrynotsorry :)

Today, keep me company at the airport and while I’m jet-lagging.  I’ll be checking in when I have access to wi-fi!

First stop Seoul.

I’ll be back in the States October 14, but we will keep the party rolling here next week, too!

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Black and White Wednesday

Today I am sharing one more photograph from the session I had with my friends recently.  I simply loved the light in the barn loft.

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These images in this series pretty much begged for a conversion.

So I obliged.

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These are the days

These are the days you’ll remember.

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And as you feel it, you’ll know it’s true
That you are blessed and lucky.

These are the days.
See the signs and know their meaning.

I had the pleasure of photographing these sweet friends recently. You can see more of their session on www.kimcunninghamphotography.com.

One of the things I most love about photographing families is preserving for them “these days”. I love to show them as they are right in this moment in time, because this time will move forward.

I want them to remember what it was like to be at this stage, because this stage gives way to new stages.  Raising a family is a dynamic thing.  You don’t notice changes until you’ve changed.

I feel so blessed to hit the pause button for families and say, “Look at your beautiful family! These are the days”!

Happy 16th Anniversary, you two!

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Little Things Thursday

Gah! The rush is on here.  I leave for Thailand in one week. Next Thursday morning I will be making my way to the airport to catch the very long flight to Bangkok.  We will leave Atlanta and fly 13+ hours to Seoul and then another 6 on to Bangkok.

As you can imagine, there is much to do to get ready combined with my normal work load.  I’ll be glad for those “quiet” flight hours to recharge, if that is possible.

A few scenes of life around here this past week are:

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1. Ugandan paper beads from Kanzi as gifts for some of our friends in Thailand. If you are looking for some unique gifts with a cause, check them out.

2. Editing my latest photo session to 80’s music.

3. A sneak peek from the session!

4. Homeschool continues to go on.  The most challenging part of the day is teaching multiple math levels at the same time.

5. In between arguments the kids do find ways to play well together.

6. The mornings have turned cool, and have been absolutely lovely.

7. Fall was heralded with a pot of minestrone soup.

8. I finally shopped for unrestrictive flight outfits.  I found some really cozy and trendy “sweatpants” that will be perfect.  They aren’t as bad as they sound, because seriously sweatpants sound awful outside of the house, don’t they? But at the end of the day all I can think of is 21 hours… in economy.

9. 8  7 days to go.

We will be having Little Things Thursday next week, and the Thursday after that as planned. So I hope you will come keep me company while I’m jet-lagged in Bangkok!

Let’s mingle!

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Black and White Wednesday

Hello Wednesday! I’m getting a late blogging start on you.  Today, I’m sharing a few black and whites from the photo play I had with Jasper last week.

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Did you know if you say, “chicken” you can get your kids to laugh and show all their snaggle-toothed glory?

You totally can.

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September

Autumn photo sessions are undoubtedly my favorite.  I just love when everything gets rich and golden.

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September marks the beginning of my busy season, and I just love being able to photograph people bathed in the golden hour light.

Today, as if on cue, the air had a hint of crispness.

Yes, autumn is here and I’m looking forward to capturing it all. Let’s start with a little sneak peek of my latest session.

Linking with Good Random Fun and Songography|September Grass.

 

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Little Things Thursday

I took a pause out of life last night and decided that I really needed some time to shoot.  I was starting to feel creatively dry and I needed to remind myself of how fun it is to exercise those creative muscles.

However, my child totally pulled a photographer’s kid stance.  If you are a photographer and you have kids, I don’t need to go on.  But even in those “I’m too itchy”, “The sun is in my eyes”, and “I don’t know how to smile” moments…you get a few shots anyway.

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Jasper| Newnan Children's Photographer
Jasper| Newnan Children's Photographer

What are you shooting to stay creative?

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From a Distance

From a distance we will all have enough.

No hungry mouths to feed.

That’s right.  Half a world away.  I’ll still make your dinner.  It’s my travel insurance.

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16 days to go to departure and I’m finally over the lingering cold.  I’m spending them wrapping up all the loose ends that make my leaving a little easier. I’ve been making freezer meals for the last two days so that my family can eat well when I am gone. And, well, making this investment means that my husband is more apt to say yes to more trips if I don’t leave him in the lurch.

I’m no big dummy.

I’ve made pumpkin bread with freshly pureed pumpkin to freeze for breakfasts.  I’ve made 5 crock pot meals and one casserole. My freezer is full of love… and insurance premiums.

The beer?  Just a experiment gone horribly wrong.  I hate beer.  The Punkin Ale sounded promising.  I still hate beer.

So yep, these next two weeks are all about getting ready.  There is shopping, packing, schooling, scheduling blog posts, and with a side of freaking out a tad.

In a good way.

Linking with Good Random Fun, Songography, Wednesdays Around the World, and Black and White Wednesday…where I am clearly breaking the rules, again. ;)

 

 

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Little Things Thursday

Happy Thursday, Friends!  I know that today is a day of remembrance and sorrow that is forever etched in our minds. The memory that comes to the forefront of my mind is holding my firstborn at 6 weeks old and thinking, “What is this world that she is going to be raised in”?  I really wasn’t sure how to tackle today, but then I thought that the best defense against nightmares is to shine a light on all those little happy moments.

You know what brings me a little happy?

Instagram.  I’m totally abusing it right now.  I have some portrait sessions coming up, plus all the travel photography to come.  I think I’m storing up my editing energy.   At any rate, I just love the ability to capture my days so easily. It’s kind of a blessings log, if you think about it.  If you purpose it to be.

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Like warm soup when you are sick.  The joy of preparing for a much anticipated trip. The battle of the flight socks. ^^^These win. Happy stripes.

September’s Birchbox (aff link) had perfect travel sized beauty products that I’m chucking in my carry-on.

For bonus happy, have you tried hyperlapse by Instagram yet? I’m looking forward to playing with this in Thailand to bring it to life for those following along.  Speaking of that, I’d love for you to come find me at kim_littlebylittle on Instagram! I’ll be sharing primarily there while traveling. And, I love finding new friends that shine a light for me.  The world’s been a little scary lately, so let’s keep shining a light in the dark.

Your turn to share!

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The thing about dreams

During part of our homeschool today, we read the fable about the Tortoise and the Hare.  Funny how I am still learning lessons that childhood teaches.

While reading we learned anew that it isn’t always the fast starting talent that wins the race.  The slow and steady tortoise teaches us that with focus, steady effort, and humility we can reach our goals.

Sounds good, anyway. While success isn’t promised to those who play fair, there is satisfaction in the right kind of focus and perseverance.

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I mean, really there is!  The thing is… there is a lot of nasty out there among photographers.  There are some that seek to derail the careers of others for their own gain through telling falsehoods, public bashings, and etc… There are those who steal and copy.  Like I said, a lot of ugly goes on.  Much of it seems rooted in desperation to be a social media kingpin rather than an actual photographer. It’s sad.  I’m thankful to avoid that behind the scenes mess, but I have watched others navigate this sort of thing.

But you know what? There is also real fellowship and camaraderie out there, too! There are those that want to see you make it just as much as they want to see themselves make it. They walk beside you.   If they are in front of you, its only to lead the way.  It shows in their work and the way they seek to inspire you to see what you might not have seen.  When you find that, it is gold.  When you can genuinely cheer on others walking the same path that says a lot about you.  If you have to destroy others to get where you are going, that also says a lot about you.  Like a ladder in your tights, it will show.

Like Dolly said:

You’re in the same boat

With a lotta your friends

Waitin’ for the day your ship’ll come in

The tide is not guaranteed to turn as she says but, trust me, it’s no gain to reach the top by trampling on others.  At the end of the day it should be about the art, not the accolades.  At least that is how I see it.

Find those fellow photographers that will encourage you to reach your potential through both cheers and constructive critiques. I have been blessed by this kind of community over the years.  Truly, there are some amazing women in my life saying, “Yes, you can!”

Stay slow and steady. Work with humility and grace. Let your work speak for itself.  Promote truth.  Keep improving.

The thing about dreams is that they come to life with hard work and the right support.  If you have to hurt others to win, you’ve already lost.

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