Upper Room Chapel

Close to where my daughter goes to lyra there is a beautiful chapel that I have driven past for years. I have never stopped because I don’t like to go places I have never been before… anxiety. BUT I have been pushing myself lately to get out there, go new places and take pictures of my adventures.

So last week the kids and I finally went to the chapel and walked around, and it was beautiful. I wish I was a better photographer because my pictures do not do it justice.

It apparently was closed for a while and was reopened back in 2010 and is now a functioning church.

The Upper Chapel Room is a replica of the Upper Chapel in Jerusalem and the location of the chapel here has a “Walk of Faith” around their grounds that are plates that quote different verses from the Bible.

There are several plates all around with verses on them. They were very enjoyable to read while walking and snapping pictures.

I don’t know this scene. I am not sure what his happening. I am assuming that is Jesus with the crown of thorns.

I will definitely be returning to the chapel for some peace and quiet and enjoy the Walk of Faith. Like I said, I wish I was a better photographer because there is so much beauty to capture; the shade made it difficult to photograph.

The Colors of Winter

I got an amazing new lens to go with my camera and I have been practicing my photography. It is my absolute favorite thing, I stop taking pictures for awhile and then I start again and I remember how much I truly love capturing moments.

Right now is kind of a bland time to take pictures, there is almost a grey color to everything, but I still find moments of beauty. I also want to take them same pictures throughout the year as the outside world changes with the seasons.

Bearded Hedgehog Mushroom
Our Peach Tree
Our Angel came with our house
This bush attracts SO MANY butterflies during the spring and summer

These are all from my backyard, it is one of the most appealing things about my house and I look forward capturing these pictures during the spring, summer and fall!

Photo Fun

My husband got me a Nikon D3500 DSLR camera for Christmas and if you are a camera snob I KNOW that it is not the best out there, or even the second best. But I LOVE my camera and it is my first DSLR so I have been very excited to use it whenever I can. It took some getting used to, like using the viewfinder again and not the big screen that I had been using for years.

It is so funny to think of now but I have been getting camera’s for presents for over 10 years! I have always loved taking pictures, I used to be the family photographer when we went on vacations/trips. And then I turned into a selfie obsessive individual in my early 20’s and once I started having kids they became the focus of my lens. Phones with cameras have been my favorite invention, probably ever. I love having the ability to snap moments of joy as they happen because I have a camera conveniently located in my back pocket.

So flash forward to having my first DSLR camera and I am over the moon.

I do not have editing software, these are just natural pics and I am pretty proud of them! I know that they are mostly of my kids but honestly, my family is my entire life and I love having beautiful pictures of them to show off to people.

A picture is worth 1000 words

Hopefully I didn’t scare away my 4 followers.

So I am not a sad person, I suffer from depression and anxiety BUT I’m not sad. Reading through my posts these past few weeks makes me seem like a sad, kind of (really) whiny/bitchy type. I can be this way Fo Sho… but in general, I’m happy. I think that I have had a lot on my plate and with the new baby, house and marriage I’m struggling with ME.

I’ve been doing better about setting time aside to work on the behind the scenes part of my business, reading books on marketing and creating a successful business… stuff like that

I even made that bookmark… I know, its awesome! And I have actually been taking pictures again. I have actually always enjoyed being behind the camera. When I was in high school, my family lived on Okinawa, Japan. My parents would drag us around the island to see the sights and the history; I usually got to capture the moments with my parents MASSIVE digital camera that used floppy discs (yeah, I’m THAT old). I took videos and made deep I insightful commentary on what we were doing (my dad would threaten to take the camera away and I would stop). I really enjoyed that. Whenever we went on family vacations or whatever, I took pictures. I discovered the “selfie” one day and stopped taking pictures of other things…. until I had my babies, then I had to capture all those moments. With the advent of smart phones with pretty good cameras I put down the physical camera and just used the super portable thing I was taking anways.

I was given advice by my family photographer (you don’t have one of those??)

Mia Rose Photography

She takes pretty great pictures!! Anyway, she was giving me advice for pictures of my products. So for the first time in at least a year, I took my real camera out of the bag. The feel of the camera in my hand and the strap around my neck (I am SUPER clumsy) felt amazing!! It just felt natural and some of the pictures turned out really nice!!

Here’s a screenshot because they are actually saved on my computer, not my phone. Honestly, the screenshot doesn’t do it justice. But anywhoser… I loved having the camera in my hands again.

I actually got a free Nikon N50 from a Facebook resale page. It takes film so I have been working on my photography again, kind of old school style. I will be taking 2 rolls of film to be developed on Monday and I am really hoping they turn out well, but either way, I am having fun capturing moments and that is all that matters.

So that is my non-depressive blog post. Stay tuned for another whiny one soon!! Hopefully I didn’t scare away my 4 followers.