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Welcome to my blog! I'm Michelle and am a mother and a photographer. You will see pictures of my amazing clients here, as well as my three beautiful children. You may even see some shots of my handsome hubby. I take my camera everywhere I go, capturing life as we know it now. Kick off your shoes and stay awhile. Glad you stopped by.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Life

My grandfather is dying.  My dad and uncles made the tough decision today to not put a feeding tube down his throat. He broke his hip a few days ago and had surgery to fix it.  He came out of it doing well but has taken a turn for the worse. My grandfather is 91 years old has lived an amazing life.  In 1948 he was in the Olympics over in London, and won the silver medal for shot put.  He has had success, loved the Lord, traveled the world, met all of his grandchildren and great children, and has been loved by my beautiful grandmother.  The last few years he has had dementia which has been sad to see.  As I talked to my family today and tonight I said it is his time to go.  He has lived a full life and how truly remarkable to be dying at the age of 91 from old age.  As we went about our day today this song, Good Life, by One Republic kept playing over and over in my head. 





My sweet Grandfather walking hand in hand with my father.



As we dyed Easter Eggs today, and watched the rain and hail I just thought about life.  No one knows the cards they have been dealt.  Life is a journey and some are given a longer journey than others.  My Grandfather is one of those lucky ones.  








Life is a gift.  I am grateful that my Grandfather was able to live a great life and will be leaving a legacy behind him. Today as we were out and about in town Weston said, "Let's pray for Papa Jim", and we did.  We prayed for him to pass quickly and without pain, for my grandmother who he leaves behind, and for all of us who are sad to see him go.  I am thankful my three little ones knew their great grandfather and will hopefully have memories of their Papa Jim.   


“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends. To appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Friday, March 30, 2012

Happy Weekend

Happy Friday!  What is it about Fridays that are so exciting?  All over Facebook you will see TGIF and is it Friday yet? For our family it means my hubby is home. Memories together as a family will be made.  A much needed project may get done.  I just may get some alone time to go shopping, get a pedicure, or not have to do the morning routine.  Weekends usually mean a break from the hustle and bustle of the week going ons.  A delicious well thought out meal will be cooked at least once.  Sports will be played, walks will be taken, and photos will be snapped.  Happy Happy Weekend to all.   



I found these fun Lightroom templates I have been having fun with. 





May you find your shadow this weekend. 

What are you looking forward to this weekend? Do tell.


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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A photo a day!


There is a project called Project 365. Have you heard of it?  Here is some info I found about this project.


Project 365

People will often say that their whole lives flashed before their eyes after they experienced a traumatic event. Perhaps it’s a bit morbid, but we think that sounds pretty incredible.
When Taylor McKnight started taking a photo a day on January 1st, 2004, he never imagined the project would not only serve as a way to remember a year, but also help him understand what was important to him in his life.
Whether it was his relationships, his career, or his fashion sense, recording a photo a day for a whole year left him with a rich visual history of his life. And it made him a better photographer to boot!
Now that he’s in the middle of doing it for a second time, we asked Taylor to write about it for us. Read on for our tutorial on how and why to create your own daily photographic history.
Why do it?
Taking a photo a day is a big undertaking with big payoffs. Here are just a few reasons why you should consider doing it:
  • Imagine being able to look back at any day of your year and recall what you did, who you met, what you learned… (Often we find it hard to remember what we did just yesterday or even last night, let alone a whole year ago!)
  • Your year-long photo album will be an amazing way to document your travels and accomplishments, your haircuts and relationships. Time moves surprisingly fast.
  • Taking a photo a day will make you a better photographer. Using your camera every day will help you learn its limits. You will get better at composing your shots, you’ll start to care about lighting, and you’ll become more creative with your photography when you’re forced to come up with something new every single day.

Tips on How to Do It

Here are six tips on how to create your own Project 365:

  1. Bring Your Camera Everywhere
    Yes, everywhere. Get in the habit. Grocery stores, restaurants, parties, work, and school. Going to a movie theatre? Snap a pic of the flick with your phone–there are photo-ops everywhere. If you have one of those tiny tiny cameras, you have no excuse not to have it in your pocket all the time. And if you don’t? Camera phones are a great substitute.
  2. Make Posting Easy
    You can install blog software like Movable Type or WordPress on your own site and create an entry for each photo, but for true ease of use, try a photo sharing site. Flickr will let you post a week’s worth of photos in 2 minutes flat, and fotolog and Photoblog.com are geared toward a photo-a-day workflow. Making it fast and easy means you’re much more likely to do it.
  3. Vary Your Themes
    Try to capture the day’s events in a single photo. Perform photographic experiments. Take a photo of someone new you meet, something you ate for the first time, or something you just learned how to do. Take a photo of something that made you smile. And don’t forget to take a photo of yourself at least once a month so you can remember how you’ve changed, too.
  4. Tell a Story
    Use your blog entry, or your photo description, to explain what’s going on in each day’s photograph. How good did that dinner taste? What made you want to take a photo of that stranger? It’ll help you remember down the road, and it gives friends following along a better appreciation of why you took the photo you did. You don’t need to write a lot, just enough to add some color.
  5. Don’t Stop, No Matter What
    This is perhaps the most important tip of all. You will get tired of taking a photo every single day. Some days, you will consider giving up. Don’t. The end result is worth the effort. Remind yourself why you wanted to do it in first place.
    There will be times you’ll think there’s nothing interesting left to take a photo of, and times you’ll think you didn’t do anything exciting enough to take a photo of. There’s always a great photo to be made.
    Get out of the house and take a walk. Or stay inside and look around. Take a photo of something important to you. Take a photo of the inside of your house so you can see how your taste has changed over the years. Take a photo of anything, just don’t stop.
    N.b. It helps if you’ve told your friends about the project and asked them to follow along. Their encouragement will keep you going!
  6. Post early, post often
    Plan on going through and posting your photos at least once a week so you don’t get backlogged and feel overwhelmed. Ideally, post every day or two. Again, spend the time up front to make sure it’s quick and easy to post. It’ll make all the difference.

So this is what I want to do. Let's do Project 30.  Let's take a picture everyday for 30 days starting April 1st.  It will be fun and we can do it all together. Taking my camera with me everywhere is one of my favorite things to do. Capturing our life as we live it is awesome.   







So if you want to participate leave your name saying you are in!  Leave your comment on Facebook or on this blog.  I am going to have a a little prize for the person who takes a picture everyday starting April 1st- through April 30th. 

How to play:
You will post a pic to your facebook and tag Michelle Ravencroft Photography in it.  In the description just write a sentence or paragraph describing picture. 

Let's play!!  :)



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Monday, March 26, 2012

Childhood


Childhood is a short season. ~Helen Hayes

This phrase is powerful to me. It has me snapping photos right and left to freeze time.   I want to remember my children right now doing things they love, smiling, laughing, and playing with their favorite things.

Makenna loves her baby doll.  The way she talks to her baby, holds her, and sings to her is the sweetest thing. 









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On the way home today from being out and about we stopped at a new park in town.  This saucer swing was pretty neat and the kids loved it.  As I uploaded this picture tonight I thought when will I look at this picture and say, "Remember when all three of you fit on that swing?"

 


There is a tear jerker book called Let me Hold You Longer.  The author writes about how she wishes she had savored her children's lasts more and to not miss those "lasts" in the hectic busy day of life.  Last days of little league, last days of school. Books like this are such good reminders for me.  Life is busy with three kids.  It is so easy to want to hurry to the next stage of life where you think things will be a little easier.  As I look back at the last five years of motherhood I have noticed that some things have become easier and some have become harder.  One things for certain is that I miss some of those sweet baby days. I know I will miss these days and therefore I try to slow down and capture and savor life as we know it now.

XOXOXO



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Three year old Princess Party

I was able to photograph a three year old's princess birthday party this afternoon at her beautiful home. What fun!






Just a little frosting on the arm!






Five year old Big Sis!


Proud parents!

These friends had fun playing and celebrating Maya's third birthday!

Happy Happy 3rd Birthday Maya!!


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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Baseball, Motocycles, and Pizza

This morning was a very cold Saturday for playing T-ball.  No rain, just quite chilly.  The kids had fun though.







I love that they don't keep score and there are no outs. Just a fun time learning how to play baseball.

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Landon asks for a motorcycle everyday. Today we found one off Craigslist.  It fits him perfectly.



Makenna and Weston think the motorcycle is theirs too. 



 
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Tonight we joined friends and went out to a delicious pizza dinner in Sacramento.


This pizza was amazing!! If you haven't been to Pizza Rock you should go.  Waiters throw pizza dough in the air all while dancing to music, ambience is awesome, and the music is loud so the kids you bring along seem quiet.  I mean pizza with meatballs on it? Delish.


The kids entertained themselves after dinner by dancing around to the music...


Great dinner.  Easy conversation, fun friends, and awesome food. 
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