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Here’s to ‘Hope’ing

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I never should have picked ‘hope’ as my inspirational word for ‘one word February’ after the first day I ran out hopeful images.

Here is an example:

23/365 - 16/28 - hope
I let my kids watch Oprah last week. There was an episode about ‘the worlds most talented kids’. One of the acts were contortionists (maybe from a circus?). They’ve been practicing ever since; in the livingroom next to the glass/metal coffee table. I ‘hope’ they don’t need stitches.

(note to readers: I accidentally deleted every photo but this from my camera for this particular day. The horror when I discovered that this was day 16 whether I liked it or not).

I guess I can ‘hope’ that I am more diligent in the future, when it comes to photo deletions.

Here’s a few more ‘hope’fuls:

22/365 - pink flower

15/28 - hope

21/365 - 14/28 - hope

About nine p.m. EVERY night I get all freaked-out, because I don’t have a picture and start taking photos of my nineteen year old’s valentine bouquet (don’t ask)! “GO GET YOUR FLOWERS! AND MY CAMERA CARD!” She’s ‘hope’ing that at some point in her lifetime I stop hollering orders down the basement stairs. (I know I can, I know I can)

24/365 - 17/28 - hope
Or my nine year old still wet out of the tub. She’s thrilled (I ‘hope’).

I think you’re supposed to see ‘hope’, then photograph it, NOT take a photograph and then try and see ‘hope’.

Can you see ‘hope’? (psst … if you can tell me!)

MK xo
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27 comments… add one

  • Ladybird February 20, 2009, 8:54 am

    I see hope in all of your pictures. I was actually thinkin that I ‘hope’ my plants survive the winter when I saw your flower pics. BEAUTIFUL!

    Ladybird’s last blog post..FF – Boys of Summer

  • Madeline February 20, 2009, 9:16 am

    There’s hope for sure. Hope in your humor and in your beautiful images.

    Madeline’s last blog post..I Think Someone Hit The Fast Forward Button

  • Emily B. February 20, 2009, 10:16 am

    What a lovely portrait of your daughter – the focus is perfect. I think your photos definitely reflect hope – there’s always hope to be found in children and flowers. Even more so in a Valentine’s bouquet :) For me it brought a hope for spring.. it’s still -9 today here in Ontario and we got a good dose of snow yesterday… again…

  • Eileen February 20, 2009, 11:39 am

    They are such pretty shots. I love the depth of field. Gosh, I need a new lens. Or a camera that uses new lenses and not just its built-in crappy lens. I see the most hope in those buds…hope they’ll open! :)

    Eileen’s last blog post..Date night

  • debbie February 20, 2009, 11:49 am

    I love it when my kids think they can just learn something immediately!

  • Cindi February 20, 2009, 12:56 pm

    Your pictures amaze me! They really do. I really get a lot of enjoyment out of them. Whether they are black/white or full of color, they do send Hope to me. Thanks, Cindi

  • Nikkapotamus February 20, 2009, 1:01 pm

    I love that first one. The black and white is great with all the blurry movements. I totally feel you on the “Hop”ing the furniture doesn’t get broken!

    Nikkapotamus’s last blog post..Sackboy!

  • Andrea February 20, 2009, 1:34 pm

    Yep…I feel the hope. :) The hope that one day I will take pictures that are as beautiful as yours…I hope I will anyways. :)

    Andrea’s last blog post..One, TWWOOOOO, Three!

  • One Scrappy Gal February 20, 2009, 1:46 pm

    My oldest boy is flexible in a really creepy way. Like… has no bones at all. Use to lower his bottle into his mouth using his feet. You get the idea. He does yoga poses that he holds for a long time, poses that his Nana envies. He’s developmentally delayed and was diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. Whenever I worry about his future… I think about him maybe making a living as a contortionist.

    Your daughter has such beautiful eyes!! So expressive and soulful!

    I HOPE you liked that comment. ;-)

    One Scrappy Gal’s last blog post..Totally random…

  • kategvt February 20, 2009, 1:48 pm

    yes, i also hope that i can take pics as awesome as u do… i hope i figure out how to have my own blog…learn what all these new tech prgms. do… i love the pictures…the flower ones are awesome. i need u to post another funny video.

  • Hannah February 20, 2009, 2:36 pm

    “The horror when I discovered that this was day 16 whether I liked it or not” … hahaha! At least it’s “real”, right?!

    Hannah’s last blog post..Questionable

  • lucy February 20, 2009, 4:32 pm

    I ‘hope’ you continue taking pictures… they are just lovely. You have a great eye for color, contrast, and great ideas for subjects…

    You have a nineteen yr old????

    lucy’s last blog post..30 days:13

  • Sarah February 20, 2009, 8:49 pm

    Lol! Good luck with your little contortionists!

  • Tracy - Stress coach February 21, 2009, 12:51 am

    I think that hope can be found before you take the picture and inspire you to capture the moment, or you can find it in a picture already taken. Hope is in the eye of the beholder. But no matter what, these pictures are wonderful!

  • Roberta the therapist February 21, 2009, 12:53 am

    It is my first time on your blog, the photos you took and posts you write are inspiring, thank you so much for sharing with us.

  • Deb February 21, 2009, 11:37 am

    I see hope…
    I can only hope to take pictures like yours!

  • Amber's Crazy Bloggin' Canuck February 21, 2009, 11:47 am

    My kids LOVED that Oprah episode. Hopefully they’re not as flexible or ambitious as yours. :-)

    Amber’s Crazy Bloggin’ Canuck’s last blog post..Happy birthday to me

  • ink February 21, 2009, 3:33 pm

    Hope all over those beautiful shots! Especially the one of your daughter (her eyes, particularly). :)

    ink’s last blog post..i am ink’s boiling point

  • Jenn B February 21, 2009, 9:13 pm

    1) the first pic immediately sent me to my childhood. my sister’s & i used to do the EXACT same thing…dreaming of the circus the whole time. that could easily have been a picture of my sisters & i.

    2) zoomed in flower shots always make me think of…well…nevermind. i have been accused of having a ‘one-track-mind’… i’m just sayin’…

    3) amazing. breathtaking. your kids are gorgeous. i’ll pay her $10 if your oldest will succumb (up close front face)….the curiosity is overwhelming, lol.

    4) ok, sorry. $10 is insulting to a 19yo. but i WAS gonna say $5. should’ve just deleted that portion altogether.

    Jenn B’s last blog post..Twitter Updates from 2009-01-18

  • Anneli February 22, 2009, 12:05 am

    Oh wow, that last photo is just mesmerizing! And it definitely fits the “hope” word.

  • Mini Greenhouses February 22, 2009, 4:51 am

    Very cool pictures, my camera sucks I can’t get quality like that EVER! Great site! I really enjoyed this post, I have bookmarked your page and I will be back!

  • Sysbase February 22, 2009, 1:05 pm

    Great Pictures. I love your marco work always so interesting to look at!

  • jafer February 22, 2009, 3:17 pm

    I can see some great macro shots which make me hope that one day I’ll manage to get some as good as that.

    jafer’s last blog post..Chairs Be Gone

  • Fireplace Bucks County April 11, 2009, 12:22 pm

    The last picture of your daughter really captures an intensity in her eyes. I like the use of black and white.

  • Aly April 15, 2009, 2:51 am

    You are a great photographer, and a great image editor. Your pictures capture pure emotion from what’s in front of you with perfect accuracy, thank you for sharing your art with us.

  • May 2, 2009, 8:43 pm

    That last picture melts me. So lovely and haunting at the same time.


    I’ve added a direct link to your photography section on my blog roll’s last blog post..vibrant

  • wedding photographer in swansea November 9, 2009, 4:23 am

    some stunning, sharp portrait work – excellent! how are you getting the black background on some of your portraits? are you doing that on photoshop later? works really well anyway.

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