Voyager - Outlander-Inspired Puddle Splash Fest -- Killeen/Fort Hood Photographer

Michelle of All Your Heart Photography is a family, maternity, and newborn lifestyle photographer based in Killeen, Texas and serves Fort Hood, Copperas Cove, Harker Heights, Belton, and surrounding areas in Central Texas . She uses natural light to capture meaningful memories of your family with sincerity and authenticity. To contact Michelle or schedule a session, click here.

 

If you've ever asked for book recommendations from me, you've probably heard me mention the Outlander series by Diana GabaldonI'm currently reading My Own Heart's Blood via Audible, narrated by the amazingly talented, award-winning Davina Porter. 

Out of the entire Outlander series, Voyager is my favorite book. There are so many juicy, exciting, and adventurous elements - and soon we'll see the book come to life with Season 3 on Starz! 

Diana Gabaldon's big books start with poetic prologues, vignettes that illustrate a theme in the book; in Voyager, the theme is water. This photography session was inspired by the prologue to Voyager, which is featured below, woven between images. I envisioned lots of splashing and puddles, and it was fun to utilize my daughter's love of water and playing outdoors. From a photography stand point, it's absolutely magical the way light and water work together. Can't wait to do this again! Enjoy! 

When I was small, I never wanted to step in puddles. Not because of any fear of drowned worms or wet stockings; I was by and large a grubby child, with a blissful disregard for filth of any kind.
It was because I couldn’t bring myself to believe that that perfect smooth expanse was no more than a thin film of water over solid earth. I believed it was an opening into some fathomless space. Sometimes, seeing the tiny ripples caused by my approach, I thought the puddle impossibly deep, a bottomless sea in which the lazy coil of tentacle and gleam of scale lay hidden, with the threat of huge bodies and sharp teeth adrift and silent in the far-down depths.
And then, looking down into reflection, I would see my own round face and frizzled hair against a featureless blue sweep, and think instead that the puddle was the entrance to another sky. If I stepped in there, I would drop at once, and keep on falling, on and on, into blue space.
The only time I would dare to walk through a puddle was at twilight, when the evening stars came out. If I looked in the water and saw one lighted pinprick there, I could splash through unafraid—for if I should fall into the puddle and on into space, I could grab hold of the star as I passed, and be safe.
Even now, when I see a puddle in my path, my mind half-halts—though my feet do not—then hurries on, with only the echo of the thought left behind.
What if, this time, you fall?

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June 4 on 4 -- Killeen, Texas Family Photographer

Michelle of All Your Heart Photography is a family, maternity, and newborn lifestyle photographer based in Killeen, Texas and serves Fort Hood, Copperas Cove, Harker Heights, Belton, and surrounding areas in Central Texas . She uses natural light to capture meaningful memories of your family with sincerity and authenticity.
To contact Michelle or schedule a session, click here.



This month has been a whirlwind! It began with a Mother’s Day holiday and ended with a trip to Dallas-Fort Worth for a wedding over Memorial Day weekend. I took my third online photography class this year called Mastering Natural Light Indoors. You can see different techniques implemented in the images below, like the use of soft light, split lighting, and utilizing shadows to tell a story. Before MNLI, I thought “good light” could only be bright and airy, but the class taught me to appreciate shadows as well. More than ever, I realize that photography is more than a digital snapshot, but it invokes the deliberate use of light and shadow to convey a message. Later this month, I will take a class called “Fine Art and Visual Expression.” I cannot wait to start!

I've added another self-portrait from May. I don’t think this image is particularly intriguing, but I think other mothers can appreciate the candid moment. ;) 

Here is what I shared on that day:

136 | 366 - "The Days are Long"

Sometimes (read: a lot of the time) it seems like our days are on repeat: wake up, exercise, attend to crying child, wipe snot, feed child, clean up food thrown on floor, get dressed, dress daughter before she undresses herself, perform miscellaneous errands, return home before nap time, put child in bed only to have her crawl out and sleep on the floor, and clean around the house while toddler undoes the things you just did.

But time passes quickly, in an instant. 6 years ago I graduated from college. 10 years ago (*grumbles* a decade?!) I graduated from high school. ... Even now, I can't believe the year is almost half over!

My daughter is on a waitlist for daycare and they called a few days ago saying that they'll be ready for her soon. It's bittersweet because I know she'll learn and flourish there. She'll learn to speak and begin potty training...

So we commemorate our remaining time together with a photograph. She is teething so she constantly wants me to hold her, but I also suspect that she's insatiably curious about what's going on 3 feet above her eye level. She has her lovey, "blankie," that she likes to chew. The kitchen is constantly askew with random snacks and papers. Snacks.. you know, the organic stuff that she refuses to eat and the papers are remnants of ‪#‎momfail finger painting activities. 

This stage, though, it's all temporary. One year from now, our lives won't look the same - and that's exciting and terrifying all at once.

The day that she can effectively unload the dishwasher and put things away will be nice, though. Now she just wields knives like a lightsaber.

Thanks for reading! This 4-on-4 blog post is brought to you by the Clickin' Moms Blog Circle. Please visit Chrissy Mazer's images from May here. :)

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