So, I’ve had this idea in my head for awhile now to do a “Tea Party” theme with Alexandria, then I thought it would be fun to have her cousin Micah join her, I mean, you can’t really have a tea party by yourself! Since Micah just turned 1, this worked out perfect to combine a tea party and her 1 year old smash cake session! Although, Micah was such a lady, there wasn’t too much smashing. These girls were the cutest interacting with each other and actually “playing” with the tea set. I absolutely love these images. I may be bias, but these girls are absolutely beautiful.
So, if you’ve been following me, you know I’ve been doing a project for 30 days – getting my camera out and shooting every single day. (see all images here) It’s been a great journey, and here is the grand finale! I was fortunate to get to check out Station 72! A friend got me in contact with Nate, a firefighter at Shawnee’s Fire Station 72. He worked out some details and invited me to come check out the station, meet the guys, and take as many photos as I wanted!
It was really cool to see where they live while on duty. The station is pretty new, built in 2010, and very nice. They have a nice open kitchen, a living-room area, bunk rooms, a workout room, lockers, and a huge garage with lots of trucks! They work 24 hour shifts, 3 days a week, so it’s long hours and they never know how many calls they’ll have during a shift. Everything is set up with a purpose of getting out of the station as fast as possible. The fire truck doors are open, coats hanging on the truck, boots tucked inside each pant leg on the ground outside each door. It’s all set up to save time which may end up saving a life – every second counts. It’s awesome to see the guys interact with each other, just like family, just like brothers playing jokes on each other. I did love the fact that once I was done shooting, one of they guys sprayed shaving cream on Nate! I have no doubt he’ll get him back.
Thank you to all Firefighters everywhere for your service. You risk your lives to save others every time you’re on duty. Thank you for protecting our city, our homes, and our families. You are the ones who make the choice to leave your families to rescue ones you do not know, and that takes good, caring, brave people. You save lives. I’m very grateful to have met you and for welcoming me into your station.
I have a several firefighter and police officer friends, and I respect all of what you do more than I can put into words. Thanks for keeping us safe!
I’ve started a 30 day challenge for myself. I’m shooting with my camera for the next 30 days. I’ve been bad about not picking it up unless I’m headed out the door to a client session. So, this is a great project, because I can shoot whatever I want and however I want. Yes, it’s going to be hard to keep finding new ideas, but that’s part of this – to make me think and be creative! Once the project is over, I’ll post my favorites on here, but if you want to see what I’ve done so far and follow along, check me out on my instagram – shaunareneephoto!
Anyways, on to this random shoot – my neighbor was on board when I asked if her chickens would model for me, and I’d throw her in for fun. So, she loaded up 4 of them in her chicken stroller (yes, it’s a real thing) and headed across the street with them in tow. Thankfully, she brought her kids too to help wrangle the chickens and my kiddos! This was a very different shoot than anything I’ve ever done, but I loved it and how they turned out. Thank you Tania for going along with all this, you’re beautiful!
So, if you’ve followed my photography journey, you’ve probably noticed my logo/colors/website have evolved over the years. I have been happy with each phase of my business, but I could never quite get my logo perfected, which is why it has been only different fonts/colors and no graphics. I felt like I was missing something, but just didn’t know what, which makes it hard to correct. I didn’t know what image I wanted to brand me – a bird, flower, heart, camera…nothing seemed fitting. I have a passion for my photography, but didn’t feel the passion about my logo that defines me.
In the past year, I started to be drawn towards arrows, but it’s funny because I didn’t really realize it until the past couple months. I came across this and it lit the passion inside me and just fits. I absolutely love the idea of “Raising Arrows.”
Psalm 127:3-4 Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth.
Children are a gift from God and it’s up to us to do our best to raise them to be good people – to show kindness, courage, respect, and compassion for others as God wants us to. It sure is hard and some days I just hope we make it through the day, but every day is new and we try it all over again. We are Warriors. Yes, God created them, but it’s our job to shape our little arrows so they are ready once we release them out in the World.
I love the look of arrows, but once reading the connection with raising arrows, it was a done deal that it must be part of me and my image. After I decided I needed arrows as part of my brand…I started to notice how many things that I’ve picked out in the past year that have arrows on it – decorative signs, my camera strap, clothes, etc. I finally feel complete with my new branding. And, you know what? Everytime I see my branding, it reminds me that I’m raising arrows, which makes me want to give my arrows the best of me.
And, I want to thank my sister in law, Lynsey, for making this happen. I came to her with lots of random ideas, sent her way too many emails, and pinned inspiration that I loved; then asked her to make it to fit me, and she did. It’s perfect and I am so glad to have her and her design skills. What I even love more is she created this arrow just for me. Check out her awesomeness here: The Blue Windmill.
Please take time to check out the rest of my site – there’s a lot of new throughout! And, definitely let me know if you want information or to schedule a session!
Oh those baby smiles. All of the newborn exhaustion is worth it when your sweet baby looks at you and smiles. Mr. Benton will give you the best smiles just because, although little tickles on his belly will bring them out too. You can see his newborn session here.