donuts

donuts by Lily M-C
donuts, a photo by Lily M-C on Flickr.

Bonus blog post! Because today is my birthday. And not just any old birthday, today is the day that I am 28 on the 28th, my “golden birthday” if you will.

So I’ve been thinking a bit about birthdays. and how we celebrate them. This year is particularly different–we’re in a totally new place, we have new jobs, and, perhaps most importantly, we’re a “we” officially.

Our tradition has always been to go to a county fair for my birthday–as there were always multiple fairs to choose from in Ohio. Turns out in Georgia, the fairs are a little later!

So although I had a thoroughly delightful birthday–I have to pay homage to birthdays of past. And I have to post a fair photo.

This one came, I *think,* from the very first fair my husband (wow, first time using word on here) ever took me to. 4 years ago? in Lorain County, Ohio. The fact that his birthday surprise for me was taking me to this fair? It may have clinched the relationship right then and there. He got me.

Speaking of this photo, I could go for some doughnuts.

ponies

IMG_9254.jpg by Lily M-C
IMG_9254.jpg, a photo by Lily M-C on Flickr.

Ok world–you’re just going to have to bear with me through a short series of posts of horse photos.

I’m still collecting my thoughts on weddings–and sorting through photos–and I’m in horse mode right now, driven by finally uploading and editing this summer’s camp photos, and starting to learn natural horsemanship techniques through my new job.

This pony’s name is Rainbow. If you were curious.

grazing

IMG_9258.jpg by Lily M-C
IMG_9258.jpg, a photo by Lily M-C on Flickr.

Oh man guys.

I have this wonderful bit of free time right now. The wedding planning is over (and was all worth it, by the way), my new job is just beginning to start up and is super flexible, and I am officially, finally done with graduate school.

So what am I doing with my time?

Photo editing! And re-organizing files! And revamping my website!

I should be unpacking–and I am, slowly but surely–but mostly I’m sitting at my computer, psyched beyond belief that I can finally get things back in order and up to date.

here’s one option for the new website, if you’re curious: http://lmcphoto.smugmug.com/About-LMC-photo

I’m hoping to use this influx of free time to really get myself set up to take on more clients, invest a bit more in this photo business, and take on some personal projects. As such, I’m trying to make myself post more–using photos from this summers travels and weddings!

This is a photo from my couple of weeks at camp this summer. I didn’t take as many horseshow photos as I usually do–but some of these ones of the horses grazing turned out kinda cool, especially once I threw them into black and white.

My own wedding, part one

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Yes, this is an Instagram. And no, I don’t have many other photos I took myself during our wedding. It was just too busy, in wonderful ways! And although it felt strange to not be documenting everything myself, I did manage to let go and let other people hold the cameras. It helped that our primary photographers were close friends, and that other trusted photographer friends and family were also present…

But boy, it feels strange not to have photos of my own to post!

Look for more wedding musings to come soon, because getting married myself has given me a new perspective on photographing other people’s weddings, which I hope to continue doing! But for now, I leave you with this photo of our gorgeous flowers (from Pharsalia farm in Nelson county Virginia), packed into my car for the drive into town. Weddings are waaay better than I expected, seriously.

A summer of weddings

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This past weekend I had the pleasure of photographing the wedding of another dear old friend. It was at her family’s farm out in rural Virginia, a place we later realized I hadn’t seen in over ten years, not since we were seniors in high school getting ready for prom.

Now here we are, getting married a week apart in our hometowns, finishing our graduate programs and starting new chapters in our lives.

Terrifying, but wonderful.

Hopefully a few more shots will make their way up here soon, but most will have to wait ’till I return home. For now, so many congratulations and best wishes to both of you (if/when you see this), I’m so glad I was able to do this for you!

down the mountain

IMG_5420.jpg by Lily M-C
IMG_5420.jpg, a photo by Lily M-C on Flickr.

Took a break from my final grad school paper to throw a few photos onto my computer.

I never ever regret going to camp–even when the summer doesn’t turn out quite the way I expect or I still have school work to do or, as in the case of this year, it takes me out of touch with the world for two weeks during the month before my wedding.

It’s like hitting the reset button on my brain. And I really needed that this summer.

This photo was taken a hike to “the rocks,” a quintessential camp hike that literally goes up a mountain and back down. This, needless to say, was during the down portion. The path is so steep that those of us at the end of the line just sat down and slid. This usually happens. And it’s hilarious. And awesome.

Back to work. Miss you camp.