A Photo a Week Challenge: Sunshine

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We have a popular hymn at our church called There Is Sunshine In My Soul. I love the words to the first verse:

There is sunshine in my soul today,
More glorious and bright
Than glows in any earthly sky,
For Jesus is my light.

This song reminds me to find light even on cloudy days.

This last weekend, we visited our daughter and son-in-law in Chicago. As a surprise, we took our son with us. It was his first trip to Chicago, and our daughter didn’t know we were bringing him. The kids have had a difficult year. Their mom was killed in August, and they’ve struggled to find any sunshine through their grief and pain. This weekend helped me to know that they will make it through and help each other as they navigate these new waters.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR MORE) OF SUNSHINE

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.
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A Photo a Week Challenge: Getting Your Ducks in a Row

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I’ve noticed a new trend in group photography: putting everyone in a single line. This has the advantage that everyone is in the same plane for your depth of field, but it can also cause its own issues. If you are shooting an extended family picture, they won’t all fit. You can also get too many jarring level changes. For this shoot, the kids in this family weren’t too many for the first problem, and having them sit helped with the second one.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR MORE) OF SUBJECTS IN A LINE OR ROW.

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.

Trevor Carpenter PhotoChallenge: Black & White Portrait

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It’s been a while since I participated in this challenge, but I really like their challenges and helps. For more, check out the Trevor Carpenter PhotoChallenge: Black & White Portrait.

A Photo a Week Challenge: The Great Outdoors

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Living in Utah, I’m surrounded by amazing nature. It is less than 30 minutes to several major sky resorts. The Rocky and Uinta Mountain Ranges dominate the landscape in northern Utah, and the amazing red rock landscape of southern Utah make it one of the most diverse places to visit. In September, we to a short hike up one of the local canyons to these amazing ruins. We’re not sure what this building was or why it was built, but it was a lot of fun to get to and roam around.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO OF NATURE.

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.

A Photo a Week Challenge: The Things that Matter Most

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PSA: Before I begin writing this post, I would like to apologize for the lateness of this post. Christmas is a such a busy time that I’ve found myself getting behind with a lot of things. I am planning on continuing with the challenge, but for the next few weeks, posts might be later than usual. Thank you for your patience.

As Christmas approaches and the New Year rolls around, I like to take time to reflect on the things that matter most to me. Family, friends, beliefs, home. These are the things that I cherish the most. The image above is from our recent trip to Europe. On the grounds of Melk Abby is this lovely, lush grove of trees. As much as I love the trees, I truly love the man looking at me with so much love in his eyes. Our life together is what holds me in place every day. The slideshow below contains a lot of photos (over 60) of the other people in my life that mean the most to me: family. Feel free to watch as long you like.

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IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO OF THINGS THAT MEAN THE MOST TO YOU.

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.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Attitude

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(Sorry this is a day late. )

One thing that really draws me to portrait photography is being able to capture someone’s personality. This little sweetie is my great-niece (and she really is a great niece). I did some family photos for my sister’s-in-law family this summer, and this cutie sure was a blast to work with. She is a twin and completely different from her sister in temperament. She is bold and sassy and utterly adorable.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO THAT PORTRAYS ATTITUDE.

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 Challenge: Gold

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Last fall, I had the privilege of taking senior photos for my nephew. My sister’s yard is an amazing place to do photo sessions, and she’s been so gracious to let me use it whenever possible. As we were walking back to the house after a few shots outside the yard, I grabbed this photo. During editing, I fell in love with how washed in gold it was. Golden Hour becomes truly golden during the fall.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO FEATURING THE COLOR GOLD.

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.