Week 9 – Artistic Shadows

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The opposite of light is dark, the absence of light is shadow.

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Clothed in shadows she is beautiful.

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I used my little model and some lace to create these beautiful flowery shadows. The sun was setting on us as we were trying to snap some quick photos. Luckily I had Lane to help hold up the lace and Lily simply posed. The thing she does best! ūüôā

I’m so lucky to have such a beautiful girl… on the inside AND out!

Here are¬†some fun ones¬†in COLOR…

 

Week 7 – Faceless Portrait

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For my husband Andrew, who always goes above and beyond on every project I have ever asked him to help me with.

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He inspires me to work harder everyday by his energy and enthusiasm and motivates me to work those extra minutes, even as the sun is going down.IMG_5041bwlogo

 

I know I am a little late posting this week, but I think it was definitely worth the wait! We¬†welcomed¬†some new Aussie¬†fur babies into our household this weekend and we worked really hard to get them all set¬†up here at the Wesley’s! ūüôā

My best friend Ashley drove with me about¬†6 and a half hours¬†to Missouri on Friday to pick up Bella and Spur. Luke and Lily got to tag along too, but I’m not so sure they enjoyed the trip as much as we did. All I can say is Thank The Lord for cheez-its and Netflix! HA! HA!

So here is where I have to brag on my amazing husband. He got up early Saturday morning and drove to town to pick up everything we needed to get started building their new dog pen.

When he got home he started cutting down trees and underbrush and I helped him clear it. We raked, removed rocks, and Lane helped us snip the smaller saplings. We then set up 4 posts and connected wire paneling to each of those. Then Andrew drove T-posts along the 16 foot panels to help secure them in the middle. This made a great 16X16 square living area!

We had a dog house that was built a couple of years ago for our oldest Aussie Ace, but he never liked to sleep in it much. So¬†we stuck it in the pen¬†for his new brother and sister. ūüôā

It was a long, but definitely satisfying day!

Long story short…. I knew I needed a “faceless” portrait for week 7 and didn’t have any REAL inspiration until Saturday. I really wanted to use him for this assignment and managed to snap some photos of him on the porch. He didn’t even complain when I asked him to be my guinea pig!

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I sure do love this man. I hope he knows how much!

 

 

Axel turns 1!!!

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Hey everyone! I just had to share Axel’s one year/cake smash session with all of you!¬†I met up with Axel and his mom and dad¬†at the¬†Mtn. View¬†city park and¬†he was all smiles from the time¬†mom got him out of the car to the very end when we said bye. He was SO CUTE all dressed up in his mickey mouse outfit!

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I brought a few props to his session, including some balloons, and he was mesmerized! He kept trying to grab his balloons and finally caught one after a few attempts. I think he was a little surprised! Lol!

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It’s amazing how fast one year will go by. It seems like just the other day he came to see me for newborn photos.
I didn’t think he could get any sweeter …but he proved me wrong! ūüôā

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After we spent a few minutes snapping photos we moved to a different area and got ready for the smash cake. Lauren informed me that Axel LOVES to eat so I was excited to see what he would do with his little cake.

She set it down in front of him and he immediately dug in! He didn’t need any coaching or reassurances from mom and dad…. he knew exactly what to do!

 

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He stuck his tongue out at me towards the end and it made for a perfect picture! I think it’s safe to say we all had fun during his photoshoot and watching his little eyes light up was just the icing on the cake! ūüėÄ

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I couldn’t resist¬†snapping a photo of mom and dad before they cleaned him all up! I think he was still trying to find some leftover icing! Lol!

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Week 6 – Candy

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Here is my Week 6 assignment. The kids definitely had fun doing this photoshoot! Lol! No bribing or pleading here… they were happy to help!¬†ūüôā

I really wanted to have fun with these photos and add a really neat filter to make them unique. I used the Coffee Shop Blog action Light Leak on these photos and selected the rainbow colored filter. I thought it went great with my candy theme!

I’m sure it won’t be long and they will be asking to do another candy photo shoot. ūüôā

Fall Mini Sessions 2017

 

Fall mini sessions are now booking! September Sessions will take place at Blanchard Springs from September 16-17 and September 23-24. I will offer more dates if all of the time slots are filled for September.


 

  • Fall Minis are $75
  • ¬†Each session will be 30 minutes long
  • You will receive 10 edited images with print release that you can download from a password protected online gallery
  • A $25 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your session
  • Limited Booking!

 

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Although these sessions are short, they are still very productive! We will photograph the whole family with a few different poses and some individuals of children. There will be a maximum of 5 people per session, if you have more than 5 in your family there will be a charge of $10 per person.

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These sessions will be laid back and fun! Some images will be lightly posed and some will be completely natural. You will get a variety of images to choose from in your online gallery! I’m so excited to photograph you guys this year and I can’t wait for the Arkansas trees to start turning colors!!!

To book your Mini Session please contact me via phone, Facebook Messenger, or email!

Whitney Wesley Photography

501-208-4676

facebook.com/whitneywesleyphotography

whitneywesley952@gmail.com

 

 

Week 5 – B&W Landscape

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This week’s assignment was another landscape photo but this time it had to be black and white. I drove down to a local dam about 15 minutes from where I live and snapped this shot. I was hoping the water would be running over the top, but no such luck… ūüė¶

It still turned out pretty good though. I can’t wait to use this spot again for a fall session. I know the leaves and mountains will look gorgeous around here soon!

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Week 4 – Portrait

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Week 4 – Shoot a portrait of someone.

Hey everyone! I know I’m a little late for my assignment this week, but I’m hoping you guys will understand. It’s been a little hectic and crazy around our house these past couple of weeks. We are trying to get back into the school routine! ūüė¶

There is one thing that is different for Lily this year… and that’s BALLET! She really wanted to go to school with big brother this year but I just wasn’t ready to let her go. I want to keep her home with me as long as I can! Ha! Ha! Yah I’m¬†that mom… ūüôā

So I let her do ballet with her cousin Emmalea and so far she is LOVING it!

I decided to use her for my weekly assignment since I didn’t have any photoshoots scheduled. I just love using my kiddos as models! Heck… they’re the reason I even bought my camera! ūüėÄ

So I hope you guys enjoy our little mini ballet photoshoot that we done in our front yard!

 

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Week 3 – Red

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Hey guys I’m keeping it short and sweet this week. I do want to mention though that since I have been doing¬†this photography challenge I¬†have been¬†finding so many new things that I¬†have never¬†noticed¬†before. It makes¬†you really study all of your surroundings and details seem to pop out at you! I’M¬†LOVING IT!

Here are a few RED things I photographed this week! Hope you guys enjoy!

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I was going through the town of Clinton and I seen this huge letter sign at an awesome little place called the Pottery Shop. They sell all kinds of things from yard ornaments to clothing.

I also noticed this huge cement mixer. The American flag really jumped out at me and I had never noticed it hanging there before! I was looking for RED and I think I definitely found one of the most symbolic and patriotic representations of that color.

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We planted a small garden this year behind our house. We used flower pots and planted tomatoes, peppers, and a few squash plants. My husband built a tall wooden bed for our cucumbers and strawberries. It feels like such an accomplishment to grow your own food, even if it is a small and humble garden! ūüôā

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We also have a small chicken farm here at the Wesley’s! HA! HA! Here is one of our favorite roosters whose name is¬†coincidentally¬†Ole’ Red. ūüėÄ

I caught him mid-crow!

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Last but not least is one of my favorites… Luke… in his little RED wagon.

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Week 2 – Landscape

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Hey everyone! We are on week 2 and my assignment was to photograph a landscape. Over the past few days¬†I have discovered something… landscapes are HARD! I went into¬†it thinking… “I got this! I live in one of the most beautiful places in Arkansas – the Ozark Mountains!” I was pretty confident that I could capture a stunning landscape photo. I think I was a bit over confident… ūüė¶

However, I was excited to dig out my tripod, (that I have never used) and hit the roads to see what I could find. Andrew drove me and the kids around to a few spots that we like to ride 4-wheelers and go Morel mushroom hunting. Living in the country is definitely a big perk! You have an abundance of dirt roads that never end and beautiful scenery to take in.

We stopped by a nearby farm so I could get my camera and tripod set up. I snapped a few photos of the cows grazing with some pretty awesome clouds in the sky. It was around 7:30 in the evening and a storm was brewing. I was hoping for some beautiful sunset pictures with the big cloud formations.

The kids got out to explore while I was doing my own thing. Lily discovered a big pile of poop and was fascinated! LOL! Sorry, no snapshots of that! ūüėČ

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Then we took off and headed to our high spot on top of one of¬†the mountains close to where we live. God is¬†so amazing! He made this land and sky¬†just for US! I wanted to capture¬†His handiwork¬†but looking at it through a piece of glass just doesn’t compare! I felt like I was struggling. The sun was going¬†down pretty quick so I snapped a few more photos of the¬†sky and mountains in the distance.

I¬†told Andrew to pull the truck up a little so I¬†could get a picture¬†of him and the kids with the sunset. Luke was asleep in the truck at this point!¬†Lol!¬†You know me… I never miss an opportunity to snap some photos of¬†the people I love most!¬†When we got home and I was sorting/culling through what I had taken, the photos of him and the kids were the ones I loved most. I know landscapes aren’t supposed to be of people, but it just seemed emotionless and empty without them in it.

So here it is…¬†¬† oh the FEELS!

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I still didn’t feel completely satisfied with what I had come up with. I loaded all 3 kids up the next day and we were on the hunt again! They were enjoying driving around and they would turn the radio up every time I would get out to snap some photos. We made a big circle on some old country roads and after numerous stops and about 10 songs later, we finally came to a bridge that I thought might look interesting.

We jumped out and the kids started exploring. I chose the picture that had the kids in it. hee hee ūüôā

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Luke was getting cranky so we headed home. I uploaded all the photos from the day and was pretty happy with them. This one was my favorite though.

 

I was on the road quite a bit today. I took Lane and Lily to meet their Nana. They’re going to spend the weekend and this momma is happy for the break! ūüôā I grabbed my camera before I left and thought if I seen something that jumped out at me I would stop and take some photos. I was coming home and was enjoying my little stretch of HWY 74 and looked¬†over at this mountain¬†–¬†(or hill, some of you might be thinking). It doesn’t look like¬†much but it has a lot of meaning to me.

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Just on the other side is where I live. The house that I grew up in, that I bought from my parents, and the house that I’m raising my children in,¬†sits right at the bottom of this mountain.

When I was a kid me and my brother and cousins would climb all the way to the top. We had lots of adventures and fun times together. We made memories that I’ll never forget. This is¬†where¬†I call home and every time I drive by it, it reminds me of why I love this place so much.

I may not own this land on paper, but in my heart it still feels like MY mountain.

So, in conclusion, I have learned that landscapes are not my strong point!¬†LOL!¬†I love nature and all of God’s beauty, but I love photographing people the most! They add character, emotion, and life to a photo and that’s¬†what I want to capture!

-whitney

 

 

 

Week 1 – Self Portrait

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Here it is. The raw me. The no-makeup me. The big forehead me. The messy hair me. The mom me.

My 1 week challenge was to take a self portrait. I know most of you are thinking, “Well that’s not hard! Anyone can take a selfie right?!” You’re absolutely right, but the goal of this 52 week challenge is not only to complete the challenge, but to push myself outside of my comfort zone. It’s about growing and learning.

I wanted to take a self portrait that was really me. The way I look 95% of the time. The way I look to my husband when he wakes up next to me in the morning. The way I look to my kids when I fix them breakfast, play with them, and say their prayers with them at night.


Don’t get me wrong, I love to dress up, wear make-up and fix my hair, but I’m a stay at home mom! My day consists of cooking, cleaning, chasing kids, wiping butts, editing photo sessions, and occasionally Netflix! There’s no time for hair curling and make-up in there! Lol!

 

I’m so blessed to be able to take care of my children and raise them up in the way they should go. It fills me up, makes me proud, and brings me so much joy. But let me tell you …it’s HARD! Some days I just¬†wanna run away from all the noise and when I do… I can’t wait to get back to it. Lol! We moms are kind of like that… ūüėÉ

So now all of you know… most of the time… this is just me. I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. This is the way God created me and he made all of man in his own image. How amazing is that?!!

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We all have to learn to love ourselves. Learn to love the crazy days, the messy hair, the blemished skin, the dark circles.

Learn to love the raw, unedited versions of ourselves.

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