Every time there is a baptism in our church, I am reminded of how special and important it is to the church family. Baptisms are wrapped in symbolism, but also a Biblical covenant that holds fast through the ages. Baby Q was wide awake for his baptism. I couldn't resist capturing photos of him with his Mama and Daddy in turn.
Pastor J explaining the use of water.
The children love to gather round and watch up close.
We're remodeling. We're in the depths of home reno's, vehicular changes, and multiple additions to our family. The new year will be bringing many changes, including a whole new look to our blog and website. So to our five whole readers ;o), don't give up on us entirely, we WILL be back.
A newly renovated church needs a newly redone website which means photos. I was asked to take photos of the beautifully renovated Redeemer Christian Reformed church for their new website. After going through my photos later, I realized that this church is not only beautiful, but very functional as well. Lots of large rooms, neutral colours, and some nice pluses like a dishwasher and different sized rooms for small or large gatherings.
A spacious entryway for gathering to chat while removing outerwear.
The sanctuary with (re)moveable chairs for services, concerts, or rolling out the round tables for meals.
The children's worship wing. Room for singing together or playing games and lots of classrooms for learning and craft time.
The nursery for crawlers and toddlers. Just beside this room is a smaller room for sleeping babies.
A spacious meeting area for playing games or sharing a meal.
A modern and very functional kitchen.
A more intimate area wherein to share meals, conversation, etc.
We have had the pleasure of photographing the H family before, but their family has changed a little since the last time. They have added a sweet little boy to their family of four. J has grown their family through the journey of adoption. We have followed their journey from the beginning. It's near and dear to our hearts as we too are on the adoption road.
It is such a gift to see a beautiful family who has completed their adoption journey! Little J has blessed the H family's lives and has changed it in innumerable ways. He has brought much joy to their lives. It was so nice to be able to record a moment in time for them with photos of their family and what they and each of their sweet children are like this stage in their lives.Thank you, M and R for asking us to capture your family again! We greatly enjoyed our time with you!
Murray and I took five teens out on Thanksgiving Monday afternoon for an urban grunge session. What a great time we all had! It was fun to come up with ideas for shots and let the young people run with the ideas they had too. I think we were gone about three and a half hours and if it hadn't been getting chilly and dark, we could have stayed out a little longer yet!
The following are some of the ones of all five of them together.
They worked very well together! My only wish is that Sarnia had more graffitti. Sorry powers that be for the City of Sarnia, but it's true! We had to resort to flowers in the end :o).
I was invited to join our local homeschool group for an afternoon of antiques. It was a marvelous day and the turn out of parents and children was great. To top it all off, Mr. and Mrs. H graciously opened their property to us so we could learn more about how things worked before the modern conveniences of today. Talk about fascinating! I've often wished I lived in a different era, and this afternoon of watching and photographing their awesome collection reminded me again of how different life was back then. It was so awesome for the children to be allowed and even encouraged to touch all the neat things around them!
Family outings are still done in the Model T
Perhaps that's why I like being a natural light photographer. I may be shooting with a high end camera, but ultimately I am at the mercy of the light. The light will never change. There will always be shadows, highlights, hot spots, and bokeh.
Light is simple. It's clean and bright! Life used to be simple. Sometimes it would be nice to bring the simple back. What you see is what you get. It was nice to see and enjoy the simple for an afternoon.
Finally, some more photos from the afternoon...
Whoa that's a lot of tools!
A creamer still in working order.
A doctor's bag. (I've always wanted one of these. Don't know why though).
Very early school books. 10 cents for a book! I wish :o)!
The evolution of pens. It was messy business back then!
It still runs!!
Likewise, it's still in working order.
Breadmaking made easier.
I could post many many more photos of our afternoon, but this would be a very very long post. It was definitely a memorable afternoon for everyone involved! A very warm thank you goes out to the H family and their friends for hosting such a fun and informative afternoon!
It sounds more poetic to say golden, than yellow, but this post is indeed full of yellow. Yellow is one of the dominant colours of the fall -- especially dependent upon where you live. Here are a few yellow photos that I captured one afternoon: