Photography by H. Sumner/ Births, Landscapes, Portraits: Blog http://photographybyhsumner.com/blog en-us (C) Photography by H. Sumner/ Births, Landscapes, Portraits photographybyhsumner@comcast.net (Photography by H. Sumner/ Births, Landscapes, Portraits) Mon, 05 Mar 2018 02:36:00 GMT Mon, 05 Mar 2018 02:36:00 GMT http://photographybyhsumner.com/img/s12/v172/u208732677-o694350820-50.jpg Photography by H. Sumner/ Births, Landscapes, Portraits: Blog http://photographybyhsumner.com/blog 120 65 Monday Highlight: Light Out of Darkness http://photographybyhsumner.com/blog/2018/3/monday-highlight-light-out-of-darkness Light Out of Darkness

     I had a wordy blog written...it's been an interesting  month of reflection...but I erased it all. This photo is painted with light, a headlamp actually...so many thoughts, memories, parallels, etc but nothing can compare to 2 Corinthians 4, especially verse 6, which is actually from Genesis (fascinates me)... "Let light shine out of darkness"...the only way this photo/life is possible is because the light shines out of darkness. The perspective is totally different when these flowers are lit by the sun in the day time, or simply as a silhouette in the darkness among the stars. Only when the light shines out of darkness, does it create this stunning, unique perspective.

"Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. 12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.

13 It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken." Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak, 14 because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself. 15 All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." - 2 Corinthians Chapter 4

 

     So grateful for the perspectives He gives, even the hard convictions...definitely thankful for the light He has given and continues to give us through the darkness, and the ways He daily provides renewal. We aren't granted exemption from troubles...but we are guaranteed "an eternal glory that far outweighs them all".

     This photo was taken with a Canon 5diii and a 50mm 1.4 lens. ISO 3200, f/7.1, 25 second exposure on a tripod. Flowers lit/painted with a backpacking headlamp...no idea which one, I have several in my bag lol. Always be prepared :) :) :) 

And one more time :) :) :) 

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Weekly Highlight: Sunset Over Mobile Street http://photographybyhsumner.com/blog/2018/2/weekly-highlight-sunset-over-mobile-street Sunset Over Mobile Street

   Most of the time, shots are carefully planned. I know the location I'm wanting to shoot, the time frame I want to shoot it in, and I have the image planned out in my  mind. Sometimes it goes according to planned, more often than not however, it requires multiple trips to the same location. This shot however, was a spur of the moment, 3 images on a quick walk back to the car, and has since been featured by a couple different Alabama instagram feeds.  You just never know...

    I was downtown doing a senior photo session. This senior happened to be the big sister of one of my girls best friends. My little girl joined in as well as her friend and we walked the streets of downtown Florence taking senior photos. Carlie Rocked her session and I'm pretty sure everyone had a great time, in fact, I totally lost track of time. I realized my little girl was about to be late for a choir performance at church. We were almost finished taking photos anyway, just not even close to where we had parked :) Addi (my little girl) and I rushed to our car...relative term, I was only about a month post op from knee surgery. Along the way I happened to look at the sky as we crossed Mobile street and saw this...I had no idea what my camera was set on but I took 3 quick photos, framing up the best I could, and we were on our way.

(these girls...and then just a couple of Carlie, more from that session here)

     When I got home, downloaded these photos I couldn't believe what how incredible the sky was over Mobile street.  This was such a beautiful view of Florence and the small town that I love. I love the stone part of  Mobile street between Legends and the Shoals Theatre.  You can see mainstreet/Court street and the sky...just look at that sky. I am so thankful for these moments and pieces of beauty. Not every day ends this way, nor does a spur of the moment shot become a favorite. In this instance however, I was so grateful to have captured this view of downtown Florence and thankful for time spent with my little girl doing what I love. May you always take a few moments to look up.

Taken with a Canon 1-DSii and Canon 100mmL-lens. f/3.2, 800ISO and 1/8000 shutter shot in aperture priority mode

 

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Monday Highlight: Experience is the True Value http://photographybyhsumner.com/blog/2018/2/monday-highlight-experience-is-the-true-value Experience is the True Value

     Fresh air is fabulous. I've tried to instill in my kiddos the same appreciation for the natural refreshment of the soul that can be found in nature. Sometimes it involves them waiting on me to photo the perfect moment, but most of the time, they have just as much fun as I do. This week's highlight, part of the first 2018 release found at Reclaimed Spirit, (in downtown, Florence) was taken along a favorite little walking trail that begins at the Old Railroad bridge. I have multiple photos in the 2018 release from different places along this trail at different times. It just communicates  "this is the Shoals" at so many points along the trail. We brought a friend along for this one...a good friend, who probably gets just as tired as my kiddos get  sometimes with my slight photo obsession ;) The kiddos played, throwing and skipping rocks in the river while I watched and waited on the sunset.

 

 

     Sunset from this spot...beautiful as always. It doesn't matter if it's cloudy, partly cloudy, the sky lights up as the sun sets, fades to pink and purple as it goes away, or on evenings such as this one where there isn't a cloud in the sky. The unpredictable show is part of the glory and refreshment found in the watching. Favorite quote by Monet, who painted the same scenes multiple times in different light....“For me, a landscape does not exist in its own right, since its appearance changes at every moment; but the surrounding atmosphere brings it to life - the light and the air which vary continually. For me, it is only the surrounding atmosphere which gives subjects their true value.” - Monet

"the surrounding atmosphere brings it to life"...the light, the weather, the people you are with or if you are a witness alone..."true value" is found in the simplicity of the experience. Appreciate and enjoy the changes...Get outside and explore :)

Taken with a Canon 5diii, 24mm L lens. ISO 100, f/20, and a 1.0 second shutter on a tripod :)

(weekly favs found here)

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Weekly Highlight...Always Go: Beauty Awaits http://photographybyhsumner.com/blog/2018/2/weekly-highlight-always-go-beauty-awaits Always Go: Beauty Awaits

 

     This week I chose to highlight a favorite taken this week that we almost missed out on. My kiddos talked about taking a little hike to watch the sunset somewhere and we debated where to go. The sky was partly cloudy and looked promising. We were still undecided as to where we wanted to go but as it got closer to time to leave, the sky was totally overcast and completely filled with gray clouds. We didn't really have motivation to go but my husband came inside from working in the yard and said let's just go, we need to get these kiddos out a little bit. We chose a local view of the river in Killen where the kiddos enjoy skipping rocks from the dock. The river water level was down so we ventured off to the right where a little creeks enters the river. We found a rope swing!!! The kiddos had fun swinging out over the water and thankfully neither of them let go :) It is way to cold to swim lol.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     The clouds began to part when we got there and the sky transitioned from the beautiful golden sunset colors to firey pink, then the purples and pinks shown above, and finally the beautiful blue photos where I finally turned the camera from the sky to my kiddos. So thankful we made these memories that we almost missed out on. Always go...reminds me of a favorite quote :)

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”― H. Jackson Brown Jr., P.S. I Love You (I actually had Mark Twain, but read where this quote has been misattributed to Twain...who knows)

     This photo was taken with Canon Mark iii and 24mm L lens. ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/13 shutter speed. I should have slowed down the shutter just a bit but I had already taken the camera off the tripod to photo the kiddos and the sky started to turn purple. I quickly placed it back on the tripod and snapped just two photos before the color in the sky was gone. It all happened so fast. So thankful we decided to get outside!!! 

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Monday Highlight: Finding Your Peace http://photographybyhsumner.com/blog/2018/1/monday-highlight-finding-your-peace Finding Your Peace

     Welcome to the Shoals...love it! The TVA trail is a local favorite of mine. There are actually quite a few side trails and paths along the TVA trail. These aren't really wilderness trails, but a great place for a quick breath of fresh air. This particular photo is taken off the paved path leading to the Rock Pile waterfall. I noticed a flat little area to the left off the trail, down the rocks, along the rivers edge. I honestly forgot my tripod for this one but it actually ended up being a great thing. Sometimes you just use what nature gives you. This time it was a flat little rock barely above the water. The water gracefully flowed around the rocks in this little area sheltered from the Tennessee river by larger rocks. You could see them dam in the distance, a definite Shoals landmark, and the sun had just started to peep over the bluff to the right. I sat there on the rocks for a bit watching minnows, listening to the river roll by, and then took a few photographs.

     This particular photo was taken with a Canon 1-ds ii, 24mm L lens, at ISO 100, f/18 and a 1 second exposure with a neutral density and polarizing filter attached. It was taken in the morning, but I don't remember around what time. It takes the sun some time to rise above the bluff and I'm not sure just how late it was. I sat there for a little while before and after photos... didn't really think about the time.

     So thankful for simple places to get away...places where you can crawl down rocks, find solitude, disappear, pray and reflect, even in the business of the Shoals. 

"I think it's very healthy to spend time alone. You need to know how to be alone and not be defined by another person" -Oscar Wilde 

**This weeks highlight is an image from the 2018 premier collection at the studio...weekly favorites from this week here

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Monday Highlight: Patience After the Setting Sun http://photographybyhsumner.com/blog/2018/1/monday-highlight-patience-after-the-setting-sun Patience After the Setting Sun...

    

     Florence, Alabama and the surrounding Shoals area is blessed with diverse local beauty that is easy to access. There are places to bike, swim, hike, kayak...all outside and close by. On this particular evening colder weather was moving in to the area, like dropping into the teens, and I am just not a fan of cold weather. The kids and I explore often and found this quiet little rock bar with an amazing view of the Old Railroad bridge and O'Neal bridge. We've since been to this spot a few times. The clouds in the sky were promising a great sunset and my kids were off on an adventure of their own.  I asked my husband David to take me back. You never know...you just never know what the sky will do until you are there in the moment. Sometimes you simply get the experience of being outdoors with someone you love, which is fabulous in itself,  and then sometimes you get this...a phenomenal and rare view of a familiar location.

     The water had receded even further than a few days earlier, more than I'd ever seen it, and we were able to walk quite a ways out. The colors in the sky and reflections in the water had changed from the blues with white clouds to beautiful yellows and oranges with a mixture of blue and white. I took photos of that too...those photos will be for another day, I took a whole series of keepers on this evening. I set my tripod up in a few different locations. Here I attempted to frame up the bridge, the docs, and the rocks below with the incredible sky.

     The sun set, the canon fired, and we were cold. I told David to hold on for just a little bit longer...the sky is still going to turn, it's not finished yet. We waited, I felt guilty for making him wait, knowing we still had to walk back to our vehicle on the trail, in the cold, possibly in the dark, knowing he was ready to make the hike back...and then the pinks and purples began to appear. They lasted only a few minutes, but a few minutes was all that was needed to capture this photo with my hubs along with this weeks highlighted image of the incredible sky over O'neal and the Railroad Bridge.

     The TVA trail...it goes from the Old Railroad bridge all the way to Wilson dam. You can bike it, hike side trails, walk/run it. This view is from one of the side trail and the closest access is the Old Railroad Bridge parking lot. Adventure awaits...views like this await and it doesn't require walking very far to experience them. Love the Shoals!!!

Taken with a Canon 5D iii and 24mm L lens on a tripod. ISO 100, f/20, 4.0 second shutter.

 

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End of the Favs: Winter Reset http://photographybyhsumner.com/blog/2018/1/end-of-the-favs-winter-reset This is the end of the favorites blog....posting a day early because Monday starts a new trend. I'm resetting things this winter and this is one way I'm doing just that. Stay tuned for other changes here on the website and in studio as well. I'll always have on my website a public album each week of images from that week. All of my albums are private and locked with a password. The intent of weekly favorites was a way to share images that clients have approved but it all seems pretty impersonal. I'm changing it up to highlighting a photo a week from the printed art collection at the studio or simply a favorite from the week. I'll talk about what went into it, settings, etc. In addition, I'll also do blog posts from each photo session or outing. A little more personal, information for those that care or want to learn, a little more condense, and not overwhelming with photos. If you want to scroll through photos, I'll always post when the weekly public gallery is posted, but it will just be that...a gallery of photos you can go look at. If you want the story behind the photos, feel free to head on over to the blog. Here's to the start of something new after these January week 3 favorites. These are mostly my kiddos and our experiences during the arctic Alabama snow week with a fabulous maternity session mixed in. A week out of school and a week of fabulous memories even though this momma is definitely ready for school to start back this week!!!! 

 

   

 

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Weekly Favs: January Week 2 http://photographybyhsumner.com/blog/2018/1/weekly-favs-january-week-2 Cold temps and prepping for spring both in studio and prepping for all these births that have signed up :) I love birth photography and I love having my landscape artwork at Reclaimed Spirit in Florence. The new series release is available in new 6x6 stands outs!!!! Prints of these available soon :) The kiddos and I also took some time to visit my parents in South, Alabama this week. Enjoying the break before crazy schedules begin :) Spring sessions, senior sessions, family sessions, and lots of birth as well as crazy kiddo schedules!!! Can't wait!!! A little quote love and a few photos from this week!!

“There is so much beauty in these moments He is giving you. And even when you already know it to be true, sometimes it is the little things that remind you His never-ending goodness has never left you.” – Morgan Harper Nichols

 

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Weekly Favs...First week of January!!! http://photographybyhsumner.com/blog/2018/1/weekly-favs-first-week-of-january The first week of January was pretty brutal for north Alabama. I think we had an entire week where it never got above freezing. It also meant icy photos and scenes we aren't used to that were absolutely beautiful. I took a couple of my kiddos out and we enjoyed these freezing temps as much as possible. I also photographed one family who fabulously braved the cold weather as well as photographed a birth (not posted). Take a look at the free birth sessions I am offering here...due to the success of this style already, I've decided to permanently offer this as an option in addition to traditional birth sessions and full package birth stories. I will also be continuing to sell fine art local landscape images printed on various mediums at Reclaimed Spirit in downtown Florence. I love being a part of this studio as well and it has been such a huge blessing in 2017. Thank you so much for your support at the studio, with portraits, and births in 2017!! I love capturing all these moments on camera. I can't wait to see what this year has in store. Here's to a fabulous 2018 despite its cold and brutal start!!! Love this Hemingway quote too. It brings hope for warmer days!!!

...But you knew there would always be the spring, as you knew the river would flow again after it was frozen..." - Ernest Hemingway

 

 

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End of December Favs :) http://photographybyhsumner.com/blog/2018/1/end-of-december-favs Favorites from the end of December...The end of December up until about March, life slows down a bit. No more ball til spring, few portrait photo sessions except the rare ones that embrace the cold, and schedules aren't as busy. I used to dread it as a photographer, almost makes me want a studio...I've had studio space offered before, but it is just not my thing...so now I embrace it and love the down time. It's time to reflect, refresh, and renew :) I have shot a few birth sessions too but they may not ever be posted (I'm always ok with that)...but for the most part, during this time of year, I read, educate, and grow. Enjoy these photos. 2017 was such a great year!! Nothing went according to planned for my family I don't think lol, but in reflection, we made so many great memories as well. The last photo is my beautiful family....so thankful for their love and support :) 

 

 

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Births...Book Your Free Birth Session http://photographybyhsumner.com/blog/2017/12/births-book-your-free-birth-session 2017 has been such a great year in births...highlights to follow :) I can't wait to see what 2018 has in store. I absolutely love birth sessions and they are my favorite to photograph. I would love to capture your birth story as well. There are two different options for booking your birth sessions. You can pay in full and reserve your date before hand (information here, savings of at least $150.00) or you can choose to use the free birth session option and pay for what you want through various packages (read here). I look forward to capturing your birth story!!! Message for details. Now enjoy these highlights from 2017. All birth photos that are posted to social media are selected by family. Privacy is always respected. There are some birth sessions captured this year that were never posted or made public due to family preferences :)

  I love what I get to do. Looking through all of these and compiling them together brings tears to my eyes. The miracle of life is such a beautiful thing. Thank you to all of those that allowed me in the delivery room. Being in the delivery room with a camera is one of my favorite places to be. I love being a birth photographer! 

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Weekly Favs: December Week 2 http://photographybyhsumner.com/blog/2017/12/weekly-favs-december-week-2 A week late on week 2...I'll post last weeks favorites tomorrow :) :) Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas! What a great week in photos!! This week includes a birth session!!!! 

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Weekly Favs: December Week 1 http://photographybyhsumner.com/blog/2017/12/weekly-favs-december-week-1 What a fabulous week in photos :) :) :) 

 

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Weekly Favs: November Week 5, Tree Farm Mini Sessions http://photographybyhsumner.com/blog/2017/12/weekly-favs-november-week-5-tree-farm-mini-session

Mini Sessions...I am definitely not a fan. They stress me out. Being a mom of 5, I cannot imagine the stress of prepaying or agreeing to pay up front for a session, getting a crew of kiddos ready, and then praying that they perform perfectly for 15 to 20 minutes. For those photographers that thrive off of this type thing and can get a family to perform, props to you, we all have our strengths :) I am not that girl...I prefer engaging in the lives of the people I am photographing for about an hour. I want to photograph the character of my clients. I want them as relaxed as possible for photos (no session fee or payment up front). And not just spend any hour, but a perfectly timed hour with the sunlight. I'm also a landscape photographer, which means outside...not a studio girl either. I shoot natural light...I find the light...and I love being outside. Problematic when it's 20 degrees outside, yes I know this, but if you plan for it and know business will die in January and February except for a few brave souls, it's all good. Thank goodness I'm a birth photographer too :) Those take place inside, and again, I love capturing the story of the moment with those too.

With all that being said, two years ago I offered my first set of mini sessions. They were offered to friends who really wanted sessions at the Christmas tree farm. As I said earlier, I love to engage in the lives of those I photograph. That is so easy with friends. The best of friends at that and a 20 minute session with the purpose of tree farm photos is fine with people you know. It was a stressful busy time of year, it rained, we took photos in the drizzle and breaks in the drizzle. I only had one day to get them in and we didn't have a choice. We still had a great time and the photos were still a success. The unimaginable took place shortly after however. My dear friend's little boy was diagnosed with a brain tumor and passed away a few months later. The tree farm mini sessions are the last family photos of them all together. Needless to say as a friend I took it hard, as a photographer I took it hard as well. I should have photographed more moments, more expressions, more smiles as this family interacted with each other. When approached by a few to do tree farm sessions the following year I said no. There was just no way. I went to Shell's with my family, but no way could I go and take photos for others.

Fast forward another year later to this year. Again approached to do tree farm sessions and this time I said yes. Again for a group of friends and people I know. I cannot express how thankful I am that we took these. I LOVE them. Loved them enough to offer a second date, and time has run out for a 3rd but next year I will plan better. There is just something about the season, the tree farm, being outside, and families interacting together that makes my heart smile, especially with lessons learned from two years ago. Yes these are quick, not my style because I'd love to spend an hour with everyone, but the lighting or timing doesn't allow it. I shoot the light. Each of these sessions has a slightly different look based on the sun. I like to shoot in the "golden hour" and the only way to do that or get close to it, is to stack sessions back to back and limit them to 15 minutes so everyone gets a piece of that time frame....the Mini Session :) :) :)   

So my favorites this week come from the tree farm (minus one family who is using tree farm photos as a gift) followed by a few from the first tree farm mini sessions in honor of Cooper...I picture him just like he is in some of these...running around enjoying life in heaven. I'll post next week from the other sessions I did this week (loved those as well, and the families I was able to interact with). Included in next week however, taken this week though, photos announcing the pregnancy of my sweet friend (Cooper's mom). This baby has been handpicked by his or her big brother in heaven :) We also say God sometimes lets Cooper paint the sky...and take a look at the sunset the last night I was at the tree farm :) Love it!!! The emotions of this week...this week has been such a blessing to my soul. This week I am so thankful for the blessings seen behind the lens of my camera. I truly love being a photographer and love the families I photograph. 

 

 

Cooper and his family :)

 

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Weekly Favorites: November Week Four http://photographybyhsumner.com/blog/2017/11/weekly-favorites-november-week-three November hasn't been the easiest of months physically, and a more chaos than normal has been the norm it seems. The physical hardship is temporary and we have so much to be thankful for. Thankful for family, thankful for the "village" of friends and church members. This week was spent with family, celebrating traditions, and a few session that can't be shared just yet :) So thankful...anything experienced here, the good and the bad, is only temporary :) 

"Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.” - Hebrews 12:28, 29. 

 

Photography by H. Sumner: Florence Alabama and Shoals area landscape, portrait, and birth photographer

 

 

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Black Friday, Small Busines Saturday, Cyber Monday, end of November Specials!!!!! http://photographybyhsumner.com/blog/2017/11/black-friday/-end-of-november-specials Birth Sessions and Birth Stories are on Sale!!!!!!!

Birth sessions booked between now and December 1st are now $75.00 off. Full Birth Story packages booked between now and December 1st are $125.00 off. Deposits must be paid by December 1st in order to receive the discount. Please message for booking instructions. Check out the Birth Photography section of the website for more information. Enjoy these few images from previous sessions :) 

 

Birth Announcements

Gender Reveal

Maternity

Birth

Fresh 48 hospital sessions

 

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Favorites: November Week 3 http://photographybyhsumner.com/blog/2017/11/favorites-november-week-3 Thankful for this week, I love weeks where I get to photograph births!!! I'm still limited on how much I can get out and about to photograph landscapes and this isn't all of the sessions by any means. It's portrait gift time and some clients want photos to remain a surprise :) Week 3 of November favorites here on the blog!!!

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Births Are My Favorite: Meet Ann Wallace :) http://photographybyhsumner.com/blog/2017/11/births-are-my-favorite-meet-ann-wallace I love to photograph births and love birth stories (more info here)!!! Meet Ann Wallace! This little cutie was born on November 14th at 12:50pm weighing 8 pounds, 1 ounce and 21 inches long. She is absolutely adorable and perfect in every way. Congrats Blakely and John!!! You two have so much to be proud of! Thank you for allowing me to be a part of these beautiful moments :) 

 

Maternity

Birth

(one day hopefully ECM will allow photographers in the operating room!!! I still love these though!!!!)

The day after birth

I mean she really is absolutely perfect!!! 


 

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Favorites: The First two Weeks of November :) http://photographybyhsumner.com/blog/2017/11/favorites-the-first-two-weeks-of-november A little late...but here are the favorites from the first two weeks of November. It hasn't quite gone according to planned, evident by the surgeon, crutches, and brace. Thankfully I have amazing clients who are patient and I've still been able to photo a little bit :) I also realized this probably wasn't the best time to start back weekly but that's ok too lol. Landscapes have been limited and although I've taken quite a few more family photos, they are being saved for gifts, Christmas cards, etc and not public :) (I always respect privacy and client wishes as far as social media) It has been an interesting two weeks but I still love what I get to do!!!!

 

 

 

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October Favorites: Births, Landscapes, Portraits, Lifestyle...life :) http://photographybyhsumner.com/blog/2017/11/october-favorites-births-landscapes-portraits So I'm going to start back to weekly favorites...Monday will be two weeks of November, then every week. There are just way too many. Minor injury and surgery set back towards the end of this month...late posting and I'm not going to include them all but will include the gallery link plus a slide show if anyone wants to see them :) :)

The first photo is definitely a favorite, slide show and gallery link to follow...attitude and sass...may we all have it, in just the right way, and in just the right amount, whenever we need it :) :) :)  

 

"Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” - Winston S. Churchill 

 

Slideshow :) :)

 

 

Gallery Link

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