Christmas Lights Day #15

Cute couple lit by Christmas lights

Thankful November 26th: Love

There are many things that we can live without: extra money, going to movies, a house as big as the Jones. There are some things we can’t live without: food, water, air, and love. Studies have shown that without love, newborn babies stop thriving. There are so many different ways to show love: spouses and partners, friends, family, even complete strangers. The Beatles said all we need is love, and to some extent, they were right.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Happiness Is…

Our daughter is getting married a week from today (PSA: there will be no challenge next Thursday). They asked me to take their engagement pictures (and no, I am not shooting the wedding). The wedding will be in one of the Salt Lake Valley canyons, so we went there to take the photos. We are so happy for them. They are perfect for each other. They make each other happy, as you can see from these pictures. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for them. (P.S. Sorry about the photo dump. We’re a little proud of our children.)

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO OF THINGS THAT MAKE YOU HAPPY OR THAT SHOW HAPPINESS.

Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Each week, I’ll come up with a theme and post a photo that I think fits. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Thursday, when the next photo theme will be announced.
  2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “A Photo a Week Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.
  3. Come back here and post a link to your image in the comments for this challenge.
  4. Follow nancy merrill photography so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Look Up

For more from this challenge, visit Weekly Photo Challenge: Look Up.

Thursday Doors: Peak-a-Boo

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These are the doors to the ward house at the Garden Park Ward in Salt Lake City, Utah. This location is a favorite for portrait and wedding photographers. Access to the grounds is free (though days and times you can be there are limited, so check their schedule), and it is beautiful year-round. This sweet couple wanted to do some really fun shots for their engagements, and the pillars by these doors just begged for a photo.

For more doors, visit Norm 2.0’s Thursday Doors – December 17, 2015.

A Photo a Week: Photo bomb

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We’ve all seen them, and many of us of done them. Photo bombing is so popular that Jimmy Fallon did a photo bombing segment with Cameron Diaz on the Tonight Show. My husband has been known to photo bomb at wedding receptions (making him the bane of many a wedding photographyin the greater Salt Lake Valley area). A well-done photo bomb can create a great photo that you love. A bad photo bomb can ruin an amazing shot. No matter the setting, a photo bomb usually gets most of the comments when looking through photos.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO THAT’S BEEN PHOTO BOMBED.

Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Each week, I’ll come up with a theme and post a photo that I think fits. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Thursday, when the next photo theme will be announced.
  2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “A Photo a Week Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ and “Photo a Week” tags.
  3. Come back here and post a link to your image in the comments for this challenge.
  4. Follow nancy merrill photography so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements.

A Photo a Week: Anticipation

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If you ask a child, waiting is not fun. However, most adults have learned the value of savoring the feeling while waiting for something good to happen. In my research to be a good wedding photographer, I learned that most brides lament the lack of pictures of the couple kissing. However, I find the moment before the kiss is actually a better shot. You can feel the anticipation and joy in the moment. (And there’s the added bonus that the couple’s faces aren’t obscured by being squished into each other.)

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This shot was taken at Heathrow Airport many years ago when I traveled to England with two very good friends. We were waiting for the rest of our luggage to make its way off the plane, onto the conveyor belt, and into our anxious hands so that we could truly begin our adventure.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO THAT SHOW ANTICIPATION.

Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Each week, I’ll come up with a theme and post a photo that I think fits. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Thursday, when the next photo theme will be announced.
  2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “A Photo a Week Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ and “Photo a Week” tags.
  3. Come back here and post a link to your image in the comments for this challenge.
  4. Follow nancy merrill photography so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements.