Winter Campfire Picnic

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This scene was styled and photographed by me (I think Abby helped place the flowers!). We had a lunch outdoors at Lake Cavanaugh beginning of February. We were lucky the weather was mild. I used some enamel dishes, a vintage tablecloth and served homemade Calico Beans, cornbread, avocado and Mochas to drink. Oh! and mini pies and peaches for dessert (which we never got around to eating because we were obsessed with photography!

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The pink blooms were blooming first week of Feb. Can you believe it?

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The “Mocha” was made from mixing espresso powder with a packet of hot chocolate.

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Eating outside in nature has got to be one of my favorite things!


Winter Adventure Part 3: Abby

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Well…I wonder if Abby might look similar to this on her wedding day (not planned for the near future mind you but she looks so amazing in this Vintage Gown). The below photo Annetta set up this pose which is one of my fav photos!abbybouquetbehindweb

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Those buttons!

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(I told Abby to praise Jesus with this pose and she did well!!)

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Annetta really like this pic I took; so elegant! I learned a lot from Annetta and Abby; thanks girls!


Winter Adventure Part 2: Annetta

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So, Annetta and Abby are opposites when it comes to “modeling.” Annetta moves fast and changes looks before I know whats happening. Abby moves slowly and regally like a queen in a parade. It was close to dark when Annetta ran up the logging trail, got caught in brambles, rapidly moved her head from side to side and ran up and down the trail…

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She is a Damsel in Distress…

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Winter Adventure Part 1

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The above picture cracks me up (me on the left)! with my friends Abby and Annetta!AnnetteachAbbyweb

We went on a spontaneous winter adventure (all about photography of course). We encouraged each other, took lots of pictures, made a floral crown, praised God and ate a campfire lunch. and miracle of miracles the weather stayed nice for our outing.

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The above shot is collected spring blooms and other cuttings on the car dashboard (it was raining on the drive there!)

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Annetta loves to use real film. I’m impressed and afraid. She had some trouble with the exposure of a few shots but here’s one good one:

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By the way, our adventure was to Lake Cavanaugh (east of Mt. Vernon).

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I love this simple photo of “Winter Wood.”

and here’s a collection of Abby doing several different poses and looks:

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As I mentioned, there was not too much planning involved but we had these themes: adventure, lake, nature, etc.

Stay tuned; my next post include elegance and nature with a vintage gown and floral crowns!


Kindred Spirits for highly Creative people

My daughter and I are hosting a monthly group for highly creative people; we started calling the group: Kindred Creatives but I think we are changing the name to Kindred Spirits. We will plan a creative activity and encourage creative collaborations.

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I took these photos a few hours before our first group meeting promoting our “playing with flowers” theme. If you are interested in more info. email me at melaniebeilner@yahoo.com