While I was out {My Life}

About a month ago I decided I needed to take a bit of a break from doing any new sessions to catch up on some processing that needed to happen, take care of some other things I had going on at my other jobs, focus on school work, and enjoy a bit of summer fun.  That month seemed to have flown by and crawled all at once. I didn’t achieve the catching up on school-work goal, and there are still some shoots that I’m finishing up, but it was a very productive break in that I got to spend some extra time with the people in my life who make everything worthwhile. 🙂 So before getting back into the swing of shooting this week I thought I’d give you all a glimpse into my month.

Spent a lovely Birthday weekend on the St. Croix River.

Numerous visits to the Farmer’s Markets in St. Paul and Minneapolis

Celebrated my amazing mother turning 50!

Visited with family.

Watched a theater camp final performance, celebrated birthdays and got to spend lots of time with these crazy kids and their wonderful parents.

Spent Monday evenings loving on some neighborhood kids.

Spent time laughing and catching up with lots of friends from all over.  Visited new wineries and restaurants and got to see this cutie and her parents!

Completed my first 5k (walked…here’s hoping for a completed my first 5k ran post this fall).

Now. Back to it!

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Pause.

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.” ~ Albert Einstein

Pause. Take a moment and experience what is happening around you. Do we even know how to do this any longer? In a world of go, go, go, of instant communication and limited privacy do we ever just stop to experience the moment we are in?  I had a conversation tonight with a friend while at a local festival about this.   Throughout the day we had walked around and watched dancers and drummers, enjoyed traditional Japanese food and marveled at the Yukata and other clothing people were wearing. Everywhere I turned there was something photo-worthy, I spent the majority of the afternoon with my camera in hand. We ended the evening by staking out a piece of lawn near the frog pond to watch the lanterns being lit.  The lawn around the pond was full of families and friend laid out on their blankets and along the benches.  And in every group there was at least one person with a camera out, and in at least every six groups there was one person with a DSLR.  As the lanterns were lit the shutter clicks took off, people everywhere were snapping photos left and right, elbowing their way around for the right angle.  Bethany commented that this would be different if people still had film cameras. She estimated that half those people wouldn’t be taking photos. She’s right. In the digital world we don’t have to worry about high processing and film costs, we just click and upload to the computer and maybe to facebook.  Do the majority of these photos we have to take even make it off the computer any longer? It made me think.

As photographers, as a culture of digital cameras and camera phones, when do you stop shooting and just take time to appreciate that which is around you?  When do you pause, put down the camera and experience life?  Tonight there were beautiful lanterns being lit and floated along in the pond. Wonderfully soothing music being played and the temperature was near perfection. It would have been a gorgeously peaceful moment, except that only about 1/16th of the people there were actually in the moment, the rest were trying desperately to capture the moment on camera.   But what good is a moment captured if you don’t actually experience it?  I’m as guilty as the next photographer, I can’t remember the last time I went out without my camera.  Don’t get me wrong, I wholly believe that beautiful moments, that life, should be remembered and experienced again through photos. But I’m challenging myself to start taking time to experience the moments, to pause from time to time and put the camera down. To see the world without the boundaries of my viewfinder.

{Just for Fun} Patterns, Textures and Butterflies oh My!

One of my favorite places to shoot is Como Park, Zoo and Conservatory. Its the perfect location for Senior Portraits, family or couple sessions, but also its just a pretty place to take pictures. I had a free afternoon, my camera with me and decided that Como was just where I needed to be.  I was even able to get there just as the rain broke and the sun came out.  Enjoy this look into the world of Como.  And for anyone checking in hoping to see photos from the Crary wedding on Saturday be patient, new photos will be up within the week.

New Life.

Spring is here. WI may have gotten snow yesterday and there may have been frost on my window this morning but Spring is here. And Minnesotans everywhere have a reason to hope again. We know what we’re getting ourselves into, we sign up for the long winters, the snow emergencies, the scrapping the cars and the bitter cold but come April nothing feels better than a warm day outside.

Today I took a break (at the instruction of my boss) to go out and take photos of a lone daffodil plant. An assignment I was more than willing to accept. Here are just a few of my favorites:

{Romans 6:8-11} Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Living Vicariously.

My cousin Lauren is a journalism major at the U of M in Minneapolis and has some of the best homework assignments of anyone I know. This weekend I went with her to shoot an event for a project she was working on. The event was the closing celebration of The Soap Factory Presents: The New Land of Milk and Honey. I whole heartedly do not agree with their beliefs, but that has never been a prerequisite for photographing something. That’s the beauty in being an observer. These are just a few of my favorite photos of the day.

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A tropical escape…MN style.

I love MN. I do….really. But sometimes, come January, after a month or two of snow, and freezing rain and not being able to just wear one pair of shoes for the day, a girl needs an escape. Unfortunently I’m in that delightful post-college tax bracket that doesn’t allow for a real tropical escape. So what’s a snow-trapped, financially embarrassed, self proclaimed MN girl to do? Head to Como of course! Mom came up for weekend and we promptly headed to Como for some Orchid madness! Here are just a few of my favorites. More can be viewed here.

Mi Madre. a constant inspiration.

Matt and Mindy Preview. State Fair 09.

July and August passed in a whirlwind of mission trips, road trips and misc adventures. Also with lack of any consistent laptop use, hence the lack of photos. I’ve gotten a few up on my flickr account be sure to check those out at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/meghuff/.

And now for the reason for this post. Matt and Mindy. Here are just a couple photos I took of them at the fair tonight. We’re going out for an actual shoot in a week or so, but here’s a little teaser of what’s in store!

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