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Did you bring the camera?

I am a serial instagrammer. I will admit that I am addicted. I am AMAZED and INSPIRED by what can be created using the iPhone. & I love using mine. But I IG for one reason, and one reason only: my family. We’re on a particularly bad stretch of work hours for my hubby…which will be the case for half of this year (uuuggghhh). I IG because he says he feels closer to us when he can see what we do all day. I know that my parents and his parents and everyone we love feels connected, since the military keeps us far away. I IG for them. I love the iPhone. But…it’s kept me from my other love. My heavy, expensive love of fancy photography. & last weekend when we were at the hospital and sat waiting…waiting…waiting…under these gorgeous windows and I knew I had to put down the phone & get out my big camera. It was way too beautiful here.

Part of the reason I have been saving for the 35L is because I wanted something a little lighter to carry in my bag. I LOVE my 24-70L. But I had become almost too comfortable with it. & it is heavy. I was ready for some new glass. So after saving for what seemed like FOREVER I finally got my new baby. I was so inspired by Andrea’s lila was here blog and I knew she shot only prime lenses while on the go. They are just easier to carry. BUT…once I popped the 35mm on my camera I realized how lazy I had become. Whaaat? I had to MOVE to zoom? Ugh. I took the lens off after a week and took a break. It was pushing me. Forcing me to try new things that made me uncomfortable. I could no longer do my typical series…wide, zoom, shoot from the top, shoot from below. Bam. Series. Well, that worked with the 24-70. But not so much with the 35. So I have been playing and failing, a lot. I thought that I didn’t like it for about a week there, but then…we created these. & I finally feel like I know what we can do together. I am very excited at the challenges ahead. This lens and I are going to do some great things.

These are my little people. We visit daddy on his overnight call days. But sometimes (often), he gets called to so something important just as we arrive at the hospital and we just hang out, knowing that someone else needs him more than we do at that moment. So we play. We run. One of us crawls (at 7 months?! omg). We talk. We eat. We argue. Luckily for me, it’s a beautiful place to stop and wait for his smile.

Boy, am I glad I decided to grab the camera on this day. I even just switched back from my new smaller diaper bag to my fab Kelly Moore Bag so I can have it with me even more. :)

Did you take yours today? Well, don’t forget it tomorrow!

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  • Jayme - I love, love, love this post! I depend entirely too much on Instagram too, and get cowed by my big fancy camera, but now I’m inspired! Thanks Shawna!ReplyCancel

  • Megan - i’m the idiot that did not realize that was your hubs in the background in the last pic. I love all of these! Sometimes the USB scares me. Just the act of having to go an extra step before having my picture BUT still so important. <3 this. thanks for sharing!

    Also – we play the waiting game with daddy a lot here too. Good to see that I'm not the only crazy mama chasing daddy around trying to give the little one some time with him.ReplyCancel

  • Sara - Beautiful light.
    Can I ask where you got the little blanket that Everett is sitting on. It is so cute.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - I am so glad you’re blogging regularly again, I have missed these big posts! Great photos and beautiful babes. Hope you’re getting more ZZZZZs these days xReplyCancel

  • Michelle - LOVE LOVE LOVE those windows, the light and those gorgeous photos you took!!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - BAMC never looked so good ;) I love that you visit- so sweet and so much fun for the kids!ReplyCancel

  • Jenn - That lighting is amazing- great idea to take pictures there. This is a random question, but where do you get all of Caroline’s cute rosette hair clips??ReplyCancel

    • -shawna- - I make most of them! Like this one… :) There are a few flower DIYs on my blog!ReplyCancel

  • Candice - These pictures are breathtaking!!!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - You are so inspiring! I love your photography and these turned out so great! I’ve been addicted to your blog and can’t stop reading your posts. Mainly bc I have two babies, one a newborn and the other a 15 month old boy, and was looking to see how other parents handled the double duty and found time to be creative and blog about it all. I found that I could relate to a lot of the things that you do….with parenting, breastfeeding (especially the scenario of dumping all the breastmilk bc of excess lipase…that was a really sad day) and with being creative. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Kate - Beautiful pictures!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Sheehan - Hi Shawna,
    I’ve been following your blog for such a long time now. Your blog is one of my favorites, and I love all your beautiful pictures. Quick question – do you do all your post processing in just Lightroom and Photoshop or a combination of these 2? Also, do you use any photo action to consistently achieve that same look to most of your pictures (clean, crisp, fresh). Thanks so much –ReplyCancel

    • -shawna- - Thank you! all PP info is in the post under the Photography section linked in the sidebar. :)ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - These are awesome! I think it is time for some before & after post processing posts because you are ahhhhmazing. Love the look and feel of your edits.ReplyCancel

  • Jazmyn - Oh I love, love, love prime lenses! Although it does take some getting used to lol. I’m currently saving up for the 35mm as I just have the 50mm right now and I want something that will be easier to use inside lol. These look great though! :)ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey - I swear this looks just like the hospital from Grey’s Anatomy.ReplyCancel

  • Anna - hi shawna – is it too much to ask about the metadata for these? I’ve spent some months with my 35mm lens and still haven’t mastered manual… i love how light-soaked these are and would love to see your settings.ReplyCancel

    • -shawna- - Each is a little different, but most are around ISO 200 1/2000 at f/1.4. :) Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Anna - p.s. having recently had the 2nd babe (4 months, & have a 3 yr old), I understand this may not be feasible. =)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - Ohh! I also love that blanket that Everett is sitting on! You should make and sell them ;). I would also love to know where the fabric is from!ReplyCancel

    • -shawna- - HA! Make…silly! I don’t sew for fun! & I definitely did not sew this. I had it made. Fabric is mostly Michel Miller.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - I lugged my camera with me to a pumpkin fest at a local farm, and lugged it onto their small roller coaster, and caught pictures of pure joy on my 3 year old’s first roller coaster ride. Priceless. Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Pattyann - beautiful pictures! I was wondering where did you get your baby boy’s outfit. It is so cute! I find it hard to find cute boy clothing that isn’t too country club like or red neck. somehow that leaves mine in overalls most of the time (which his sister loves him in overalls) but we need some versatility! Any boy shopping tips would be greatly appreciated!ReplyCancel

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