Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Dancing in Sunshine...


Don't you just relish being around folks who love you at your worst and yet always make you want to be your best?


That's probably one of my favorite things about my daughter... though the list is quite long.


She has inspired me to want to improve my photography skills by her example... She has become very, very good and she is working to be even better.   I love that!


I want to be better.  So, I've set a goal of taking at least one photography class this year... really trying to get better.  I'm pretty intimidated by the idea of a class... but, there's much I have to learn.


I've been trying to define exactly what it is in a photograph, or any art, that makes me really like it... My answer is that it has to elicit a feeling


I would like to be able to convey the feeling that my knits (or whatever) give me...


One of the things I've learned in life is that we quickly recognize the familiar...


So, maybe the ultimate challenge would be to share that feeling with someone who has never had it... ???

Just pondering here...

A very, very special thank you to Amanda for indulging me with this photo session.  She UNDERSTANDS the desire to capture... and shares the love of the pursuit.

Shawl is Morticia by Boo Knits.  Done in Madelinetosh Lite:  Esoteric. 

The yarn I'm using in the Stripy Crochet is Madelinetosh Tosh DK.  I'll be sharing more about it soon.

My heart's hope is that there is someone in your life who inspires you to be bigger than you are... reach higher... do more... and yet, loves you when you do nothing at all.  We all need at least one of those.  I am blessed to have many. 

Life.  Liberty.  And the pursuit of Happiness.

May you dance in sunshine today.

blessings to all ~ tanna

38 comments:

Deb said...

Very pretty. The shawl goes beautifully with black. Your daughter resembles you. Lovely. hugs, Deb

TexWisGirl said...

such a beauty. :)

i need to take a photography class (or several) just to push me into understanding my camera settings. i've not committed to driving into dallas to do it.

Shug said...

Your daughter is a beautiful lady and she is a wonderful model, not only for your photography, but she wore the shawl so gracefully...good job!
shug

Amy at love made my home said...

Daughter, Shawl, Photographs, all beautiful and lots of feelings there Tanna - joy, life, sunshine, happiness to name just a few! xx

Wanda said...

Oh my words are not adequate. You have made me want to grab my shawl and go dancing outside.

Your daughter, a reflection of you my dear. You are both beautiful..inside and out!!!

Love and Hugs

kathy b said...

What a beauty of a model and shawl. Oh my. She's perfect.

podso said...

What a wonderful tribute to your beautiful Amanda, and your words are inspiring as always. You did really well with this photo session in my humble opinion--good color, action, and even though you are in trees there are no shadows on her face. That's so good! And of course I love the shawl and she sure knows how to show it off!

CJ said...

What a lovely post. I like to be inspired by people as well. I hope you find a photography course that helps you, although your pictures are pretty good already. The shawl is beautiful.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Beautiful post and beautiful pictures! I hope your photography class brings you to the place where you will enjoy taking pictures even more.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

You're daughter is a beauty and wears the lovely shawl so well! I think photography classes would be fun, I wish they offered them here in my small town. Beautiful post, Tanna. You write so well and already take wonderful photos!

Deborah Hamilton said...

Beautiful! The words, the pictures, the daughter, the shawl, the forest...everything is just breathtaking.

Christine said...

I like how you encapsulate, what I would take 15 pages of rambling, into a wonderful and beautiful collage of ideas.
Talk about ART!!! You got it sister!

Susan said...

Love the images of beautiful Amanda. Take your photography class, but I think you are head of the class already.

Cindy said...

Your shawl is beautiful and so is your daughter, and I think the person in my life would be my own daughter. She is one of the dearest people in my life and she makes me want to be better maybe even the best!

Deb said...

Awesome photos Tanna...your daughter is beautiful inside and out I can tell...you really captured her beauty and the beauty and movement of the shawl...I want to take a photography class also...

Betsy Brock said...

Lovely shaw...beautiful daughter. She looks so much like you! I'm looking forward to seeing what you learn in a photography class. What a great idea!

Donna said...

I love seeing all the movement in these pictures and the feeling I have is JOY! It's there…you've got this down already!!
Love, d.

steph said...

gorgeous daughter---stunning shawl (which of course, immediately, got queued!!!) love it.

Betty@SouthernGrace said...

Beautiful daughter & shawl. I wish you were not so far away so we could take the class together :)

Rose said...

Gorgeous shawl; absolutely beautiful daughter. She looks like her beautiful mommy! You are doing a great job behind the camera; good luck with your goal to get even better.

Debbie said...

Oh, so much to say to this one! I want to talk about the beautiful shawl, and the beautiful model, and the beautiful words. They spoke directly to me, and I am blessed to have three such people in my life who really stand out. I married one and gave birth to the others. I am a woman most blessed.

Of course, it goes without saying that you are one too!

Amanda said...

Such sweet words - thank you! You just made my day. =) Funny thing, I just took a little break from my composition class to come see your photos - which always make me want to have more creativity! We forge ahead in the pursuit!! =) Love you! xoxo

Bonnie said...

Beautiful daughter, beautiful shawl and beautiful photos! I wish I could take the photography class with you. I had to drive out of town to take the two classes I took at $75 each. They were mostly about camera settings. What I really want is a buddy to take pictures of the same objects and discuss what settings and why. I keep hoping someone will come along as interested as I am. I also did an outline course but still need hands on help. Also you forget when a little time passes what you thought you learned. If anyone out there is interested in Skyping to discuss photography and comparing notes and questions let me know.

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

I can see you in your daughter...such a sweet peaceful face.

Oh the Boo Shawl is so lovely. You did such an awesome job (as always).

Wishing you a day filled with many blessings sweet friend.

Chatty Crone said...

Your daughter is just gorgeous!!!!

Janette's Sage/Simply Your Decor said...

WOW!!! that hit me for some reason. Yes the photos are wonderful, the shawl a piece of art and then the words nailed it for me.
I send you hugs and enjoy the photography class as you reach higher!

Celyn PS said...

cute outfit! loving your photos!

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Mereknits said...

I did not think there could be anything more gorgeous than that shawl until I saw your beautiful daughter. I am trying to get better with my photos, it seems to be something I need to work at because the quality of mine are just not that good.
Hugs,
Meredith

Kerin said...

Tanna, love the goal that you've set for yourself. Sounds like a great one, and one that will be fun too.

Your daughter is a pretty model for the beautiful shawl that you made. She's a great sport in helping you out too.

I, like you, am so blessed to have wonderful people in my life that inspire me to "lengthen my stride", every day .

{{hugs}}
Kerin

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

Beautiful photography and your daughter is gorgeous! November the shawl it looks great with black.

Our photos said...

Beautiful photos!

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

INSPIRING! I have thought I would like to take a photography class as well.

LOVE all photos...my absolute favorite is the last one! Amanda is a doll and the shawl is wonderful!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Amanda looks so beautiful in your photographs, as does your shawl, Tanna!

I would love to take a photography class -- I really need it to learn more about using my DSLR camera. A community college nearby offers classes so it is on my bucket list!

Catherine said...

Dear Tanna, I relate with all of my heart to this post. My daughter is a true inspiration to me too. She makes me not want to, "give in or give up". I want to go forward for her, even though the climb seems daunting inside. I try.
Your daughter is very lovely and I am glad that you have that blessed connection.
The shawl is one of my favorites.
Blessings dear and a hug, Catherine

Judy S. said...

Beautiful shawl and model! You are one productive knitter, Tanna. Oh, and Happy New Year!

Laura said...

Tanna-
This is such a lovely post.
What a wonderful tribute to your daughter.
Yes- my daughters make me want to do better.

You are such a talented at crocheting!

Laura
White Spray Paint

Pride In Photos said...

What a gift you have been given...to have a daughter who has the same love as you! What a journey it will be for the both of you to take this together!! I wish one of my daughters would take this road with me...but it is for me to walk alone I guess.☺

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Amanda is beautiful and the shawl is lovely! Looks like you two had fun with the photo session! I think you are already pretty good at taking photos. And you certainly know how to elicit feelings in your writing! Best wishes, Tammy

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