Friday, February 11, 2011

love unexpected



Hello and Happy Friday!  I am linking up today with my friend Jeanne's ALL FOUR LOVE series that is going on in the month of February.  Today's theme is {love unexpected}.

For me, one of the most unexpected loves I have found over the last year and a half, has been photography.  In July of 2009, I bought my first digital camera and instantly fell in love with the art of photography.  And that is what it is to me, an art...and a new found passion...

I remember loving the photo below, one that I took very early on after I bought my camera...but I didn't know what I was doing back then or what any of the buttons on my camera were even for!! :)  I look back on this photo and still love the fact that it captures the tenderness of my husband and son together, but I cringe at the technical aspect of the actual picture...



While I'm still no expert at photography {a far cry from it}, I have thoroughly enjoyed learning and practicing along the way...


I love photographing my children {when they choose to cooperate}...


And I love photographing the landscape beauty around me...


...whether it is the quiet beauty of the Midwest...


...or the awe inspiring beauty of far away places like Paris...


Another favorite of mine, is photographing flowers...


...as well as the simple beauty of what I collect and cherish...


But I have built this blog on my passion for decorating...and without my love for photography, I don't think I would have nearly as much fun with this blog as I do!



To play along, or see more {love unexpected} posts, visit Courtney's blog, *HERE*


Have a wonderful Valentine's weekend!!!



Tracey

p.s.  Most of the pictures in this post are not ones I have shown before...it is amazing how many photos one can accumulate when you have a love for photography :))



67 comments:

Yvonne - Frl.Klein said...

Dear Tracey,
How beautiful your children are. Great photos you've made. I wish you a wonderful Valentine's weekend.
Big Hugs,
Yvonne

Jacqueline said...

Beautiful photographs of your family, home and the landscape Tracey.....from the first ( don't they look alike ?) to the last.It is only since I have started my blog that I have returned to photography. It is a lovely medium and, like you, I have thousands stored !!
Have a weekend full of love and photography !!!! XXXX

Courtney Walsh said...

Wow. Wow. Wow. These are sooo beautiful!! The one of the midwest makes me long for home! It's so clear that this is a passion for you... :) Thank you so much for playing along!!

manon 21 said...

Tes photos sont vraiment magnifiques,ta famille aussi...
Joyeuse Saint valentin Tracey.

Manon

Home and Lifestyle said...

What a beautiful pictures...I love them all!

Next month I will follow a photography course...I hope I will learn a lot about my camera!

Wish you a happy weekend! Many hugs, Ingrid

Vintage Home said...

...simple stunning breathtaking....love the one of the farm in the midwest....so evocative!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Your love certainly shows. Lovely portraits of your beautiful family. And don't photos make the most ideal souvenirs?

lulu and family said...

love it all! photography IS so fun (and i have soooo much to learn)!=)

trash talk said...

I was just going to say how about your tablescapes. I love how you capture them in photos.
BTW...your son and husband...Ka-Yute!
Debbie
P.S. Good for you...recognizing your passion while young. You will only get better and better...if that's possible, 'cause you're pretty darn good now!

Cathi said...

Your photos are beautiful and your kids are so adorable!! Have a fabulous weekend! xxoo :)

Ticking and Toile said...

Hi Tracey!
Your pictures are stunning! I especially love the one of your husband and son :)

xoox,
Shellagh

Sanctuary Home said...

i love your photos! If you didn't tell me that you weren't a professional photographer I wouldn't of known any different. BTW, you have a beautiful family. Great photos can elevate any blog, and your's is awesome!
Susan : )
http://sanctuaryhomebysusancooke.blogspot.com/

Pamela said...

Stunning photos! I cannot wait to get a better camera!!
I am having a romantic Valentine giveaway come on over for a peek!
Pamela :)

The enchanted home said...

Beautiful photographs! Dont' our kids make the most wonderful subjects, amazing what having inspriation in front of your eyes can help you to create. Of course a good camera helps, I got the Nikon 3000 recently and having fun..though i have yet to get all the way through the manual. Enjoy taking more pictures...please stop by my blog for a great french chair giveaway.
www.theenchantedhome.blogspot.com

Joyce said...

Amazing photographs. I would have thought you have been a photographer for many years, with a master degree in photos!

Beatnheart said...

Your photography is an inspiration to me. I love what you do with the simple object.

Alison said...

Beautiful photographs.

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Your photography is wonderful...it has also unexpectedly become a love of mine...although I still have so much to learn. Happy Valentine's Day.
Lots of love in that beautiful family of yours...you can see it in their sweet faces.

flowers on my table said...

Oh my goodness I am really amazed that you are so relatively new to photography.Perhaps there is hope for me yet!Many thanks for your lovely inspiration. Linda

White and Rust said...

Your're right photography is an art, and you do a beautiful job :)!
I love looking at your pretty pictues.

Heidi

Roberta said...

Looks like we're in the same boat Tracey, decorating + kids + photography! Your pics are gorgeous, even the beginning ones! Love the 'depth of field' in the flower pic. That alone was worth the money I spent on my class! ha

Morning T said...

Your photography is perhaps my favorite in all of the (blog) land. ;)
What camera (and lens) do you use now Tracey? Have you taken photography classes?
xo~
T

Kerri said...

Your children are precious! And I have always loved your photography! You take such amazing photos! Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!

Jeanneoli said...

What a gorgeous post and perfect for the theme. I agree with you....photography has become such a wonderful passion of mine too. Your photos always take my breath away. You have a wonderful gift.

It's me said...

Your pictures are amazing !!! love your familly....and children....love you......happy weekend.....❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤.......

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

Tracey your family is just lovely....just like you! x0

Leah C said...

Oh my...each photo of yours is a work of art!! We may share a love of photography, Tracey...but, in my book, you are an expert:) These are just magical!! Happy weekend to you, dear friend:)

Rhonda said...

Your blog is the "Queen" of French blogs, in my opinion. So happy I found your blog.

koralee said...

Sending you oodles of Valentine's love my sweet friend....your images are alwys the BEST!!!! xoxoxo

Country Dreaming said...

Great pics.
They tend to gather don't they?

Have a great weekend.

Melinda

Rachel Noelle said...

such beautiful photos Tracey!!;) You are definetely talented!! Hugs,Rachel

French Farmhouse 425
www.shabbyfrenchforme.blogspot.com

June said...

Tracey you certainly are an artist of the highest caliber. Gorgeous images...every one!
hugs

Ruby’s Upcycle Designs™ said...

Tracey, What a beautiful family and terrific talent you have! xoxo Beth

**CREATIVE CARMELINA** said...

Gorgeous photos...so refreshing!

Sweet bliss!
Thanks!
Stop by sometime!

Ciao Bella!
Creative Carmelina

DustyLu said...

I love your photography! You were one of the very first person to give me advice on it! I am forever grateful! I have so many photos I afraid my computer is going to crash one day! Lol, Have a wonderful Valentines day with your gorgeous family! Hugs Lulu

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Your pictures are alway so beautiful!
Just as beautiful as your family!
Enjoy your weekend!
XO

All That Jazz said...

Tracey your photos are so very lovely! Nice work, you have a "natural" eye for a good shot! I love some of the textures and editing you do, too! Especially on those bottles, wow!
~xo/michelle~

Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig said...

Gorgeous!!!
And it's not at ALL unexpected that I love this post!

Hugs,
Anne

Made In The South said...

Such beautiful photos. I agree with you, the picture of your son and husband is touching.
Have a great weekend,
Melissa

My Shabby Roses said...

Your photos are beautiful Tracey!

Stacey@A Sort Of Fairytale said...

i could stare at your photos all day, they are just so beautiful!

texasdaisey said...

Oh your photos are lovely! I hope to take photos that pretty some day. You inspire me.
Debbie

High Street Cottage said...

Tracy, your photography inspires me to no end. I think the minute I see you've posted I dash over. Can't help it, because I know, and anticipate, wonderful images that will motivate me to take better photos myself. I'm learning, it's not my forte', but it is fun, the learning process, none the less. xoxo tami

le ciel flamand said...

Wonderful pictures! They give me a spring feeling...

Annelies

Karrina said...

Lovely, lovely photos. I, too have a love affair with photography. One little tip that helped me immensely and made such an improvement; straighten your horizon. Then it doesn't appear as though the "subjects" are falling out of the frame.

Olde Tyme Marketplace said...

Such a beautiful blog! Love all the photos.
Beth

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Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

Your photos are so wonderful, Tracey. I'm particularly loving your second last photo - just gorgeous!

Riviera Brides said...

Ditto. Your pics are gorgeous. Love love love this post + your blog. I'm a new follower, hope you're gonna follow back. All the best, talk soon
www.rivierabrides.com

b_maria_why said...

i love your blog! the pictures are beautiful and i admire how you decorate your home. my style is more colorful, but i've always envied those who can pull off the all-white look. :)

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Tracey,

Your photographs are all beautiful.
Wishing you a wonderful Valentines weekend with your lovely family.

Hugs
Carolyn

Privet and Holly said...

Yes, I'm right
there, with you ~
I started blogging
as a creative outlet
for writing, but have
found the photography
aspect to be another
wonderful creative
avenue. These are all
so beautiful, Tracey.
Happy Valentines Day,
sweet friend!
xx Suzanne

Lila said...

It's good to be passionate about something. What makes a person special is learning everything they can do about that love and making it the best it can be! Way to go!
xoxo
Lila Ferraro

hometown girl said...

you have such a great eye and a natural talent for photography for sure!! hope all is well! susan

Heather from Post Road Vintage said...

Yes, it is obvious that you love it cause you're pictures are darn awesome! It is awesome that you are giving courage and inspiration for others to explore talents they may not have known about! Wahoo! Keep up the great work ;)

Alice said...

Your photos are lovely! I'm just now exploring photography outside a point and shoot, or the manual setting. I'm a slow learner, but hope to someday have beautiful photos like these.

Happy Valentine's Day!

snippets of thyme said...

I wish there was a "like" button because I feel very much as you do about photography. I also bought a camera this year (a good one!) and have discovered a whole new world. Everything changes when you have camera in hand. Its like putting on wonderful rose-colored glasses.

paperbird said...

I am in love with photography and I am always inspired by your images Tracey.
I especially love photographing flowers and your image with the French letters are lovely.

Happy Valentines Day!

Firefly Hill said...

just beautiful Tracey...and what a gorgeous family you are!

xo,
annie

pretty ´n pink said...

Oh my!!!
Really beautiful!!!

Liebe Grüße
von Anja

Secret Garden Cottage said...

Your gorgeous photography has inspired me to constantly strive to take better pictures, Tracey... thank you for that!!! Hopefully some day soon, I will be able to get a new camera that will allow me to push my abilities even further. You can only do so much with a point and shoot... lol!
I love your photos of the bridges and your children... well... all of them really!!! :)
Hope you had a lovely Valentine's Day, Tracey!
xoxo,
Jo :)

Lili said...

You are so gifted in all the things that so many of us aspire to. You set the bar very high indeed, even in your earlier photographs and endeavors. You are amazing! xo ~Lili

Lilybets said...

Your photographs are very nice,made with talent and love !.By some months I love to photograps especially nature and animals,but unfortunately I'm not living in a very green country...so,I'ma happy to visit blog like yours,fantastic!.

Kendra said...

Your photos are gorgeous and a pleasure to look at. I love your blog very much. Maybe if you have time you could visit mine. I like to find interesting people to feature on there.

http://ashadeofwhimsy.blogspot.com/

LLH Designs said...

I so need to move away from the computer and soak up the sunshine outside, but your photographs just captivated me! It sounds like you and I enjoy photography for some similar reasons. Sometimes I think I'm ready to give up blogging, but then I think...what would I do with this love of photography? I'm glad to "meet" someone else who loves walking around their house with a camera.

Happy weekend!
Linsey

Betty's corner of the world said...

Hi Tracey ...I love your photographey..You have a great eye..I also love pictures but I only take pictures with my phone..I'm lucky enough to have a husband and a son who are photographers...I love the picture of you daughter's back siting on the ground..would it be OK with you if I put that one in my blog?
http://youdontneedaface.blogspot.com?
"You don't need a face to tell a story".
Thanks Tracey... Hugz ..Betty

Ashley said...

Hi Tracy! I just stumbled upon this and was utterly blown away by the beauty of your blog. I love the whimsical ethereal vibe you have; you really capture the beautiful moments of life. Your photography is great! How are you enjoying it? May I ask what camera you have? Did you take a class to learn more about the craft, or just began playing around and testing different settings? I would love to learn more!

http://modeofgrace.blogspot.com/2011/04/canon-in-d-light.html

Ashley