TRAVEL

We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone. -Katie Thurmes

The moment we got out of the car, and she could smell the sea air and feel the warm sun on her face.
Cocoa Jones– The moment we got out of the car, and she could smell the sea air and feel the warm sun on her face.
This summer we began to explore our city from a new vantage point, kayaking has given us a new perspective and an appreciation for what our city has to offer.
Lorraine Marie Fotography– This summer we began to explore our city from a new vantage point, kayaking has given us a new perspective and an appreciation for what our city has to offer.
We ended the summer with a lazy vacation at the lake. The sunsets were the best part.
Darcy Troutman– We ended the summer with a lazy vacation at the lake. The sunsets were the best part.
I love watching my children play with my siblings’ kids. We live in different corners of the U.S., so it doesn’t get to happen nearly as often as we would like. Fortunately, our children are able to pick up just where they left off the last time like no time has passed.
Susan Ryan Kalina Photography– I love watching my children play with my siblings’ kids. We live in different corners of the U.S., so it doesn’t get to happen nearly as often as we would like. Fortunately, our children are able to pick up just where they left off the last time like no time has passed.
I love summer as it is the time of year when we are able to travel the most.  I love the sense of wandering and adventure.
Orange Moon Photography– I love summer as it is the time of year when we are able to travel the most. I love the sense of wandering and adventure.
"I have nothing but respect for people who travel the world to make art and put exotic Indians in front of linen backdrops, but it's always been my philosophy to try to make art out of the everyday and ordinary." Sally Mann
Megan Gladden– “I have nothing but respect for people who travel the world to make art and put exotic Indians in front of linen backdrops, but it’s always been my philosophy to try to make art out of the everyday and ordinary.”
Sally Mann
TRAVEL

Explore

I knew when I met you an adventure was going to happen.  -A.A. Milne

On our trip to Venice, we promised the kids a gondola ride, so they spent all day checking out the different boats. But by the time evening rolled around everyone was too tired for a ride on the water.
Darcy Troutman–  On our trip to Venice, we promised the kids a gondola ride, so they spent all day checking out the different boats. But by the time evening rolled around everyone was too tired for a ride on the water.
A weekend without the kids traveling through the Banff National Park on the Columbia Ice-fields Parkway,hiking, camping, dining out & traveling on our own. What used to be a rarity is happening more and more.
Lorraine Stehanyshyn-  A weekend without the kids traveling through the Banff National Park on the Columbia Ice-fields Parkway,hiking, camping, dining out & traveling on our own. What used to be a rarity is happening more and more.
Spending the weekend with our friends who have five kids from 3-12 years old is always an adventure. My youngest is almost 9, so it's easy to forget the toddler stage. I love watching Henry explore every inch of his world with such curiosity and enthusiasm.
Susan Ryan Kalina–  Spending the weekend with our friends who have five kids from 3-12 years old is always an adventure. My youngest is almost 9, so it’s easy to forget the toddler stage. I love watching Henry explore every inch of his world with such curiosity and enthusiasm.
"We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time." -T. S. Eliot
Megan Gladden–  “We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”
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He always makes my heart skip a beat because he wants to explore the outside of a climber.
Mindy Sauvageau–  He always makes my heart skip a beat because he wants to explore the outside of a climber.
Explore

Shadows

All the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow. -Leo Tolstoy

This is my favorite time of day at home.  When the sun starts to go down and its light streams through the trees making our shadows dance across the yard.
This is my favorite time of day at home. When the sun starts to go down and its light streams through the trees making our shadows dance across the yard.

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Living in a different city than my parents gets harder every year.  Getting to spend time with my parents is such a blessing.  I value every second we get!
Living in a different city than my parents gets harder every year. Getting to spend time with my parents is such a blessing. I value every second we get!

Susan Ryan Kalina Photography

The kids and I were leaving The High Museum (Atlanta) and as we were leaving they ran ahead and I couldn't help but take a series of photos in the shadows of the buildings that towered above them. Shadows and light really fuel me and fill me up creatively as a photographer so these shots quickly became some of my favorites from the day.
The kids and I were leaving The High Museum (Atlanta) and as we were leaving they ran ahead and I couldn’t help but take a series of photos in the shadows of the buildings that towered above them. Shadows and light really fuel me and fill me up creatively as a photographer so these shots quickly became some of my favorites from the day.

Megan Gladden

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Your shadow is always your friend.

Orange Moon Photography

Shadows

Emotion

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.
-Helen Keller

"Don't bother too much about your feelings. When they are humble, loving, brave, give thanks for them; when they are conceited, selfish, cowardly, ask to have them altered. In neither case are they you, but only a thing that happens to you. What matters is your intentions and your behaviour” C S Lewis
“Don’t bother too much about your feelings. When they are humble, loving, brave, give thanks for them; when they are conceited, selfish, cowardly, ask to have them altered. In neither case are they you, but only a thing that happens to you. What matters is your intentions and your behaviour” C S Lewis
Cocoa Jones

I get a little emotional when my older children are able to set aside a day and come back home and spend some time with us.  The youngest enjoys when they do and enjoys when they spend time helping him build a castle in the sand complete with a moat.  The joy abounds when it is complete and water is added to the moat.  It’s the simple moments that are a treasure to me.
I get a little emotional when my older children are able to set aside a day and come back home and spend some time with us. The youngest enjoys when they do and enjoys when they spend time helping him build a castle in the sand complete with a moat. The joy abounds when it is complete and water is added to the moat. It’s the simple moments that are a treasure to me.
Orange Moon Photography

"Our homes, a place of comfort and silly moments that bring us joy"
“Our homes, a place of comfort and silly moments that bring us joy”
Lorraine Marie Fotography

Our first family vacation. So much anticipation, joy, excitement, and hotel-bed jumping.
Our first family vacation. So much anticipation, joy, excitement, and hotel-bed jumping.
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I loved watching my sweet girl snuggle up to the donkeys on our camping adventure on a working farm. I think she was drawn to their calm, sweet energy.
I loved watching my sweet girl snuggle up to the donkeys on our camping adventure on a working farm. I think she was drawn to their calm, sweet energy.
Susan Ryan Kalina Photography

Emotion

RELATIONSHIPS

“A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.” – Author unknown

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Andrea Owens – “Something about the oldest and the baby. They have a unique bond. It’s the same way with my husband’s brothers. Always ganging up on the monkey in the middle.”

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Thea Courtney – “Siblings; Sometimes on long journeys they fight in the back of the car over the lack of space . . . then other times, there are moments of peace.”

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Susan Ryan Kalina – “The relationship between a grandfather and his granddaughter is so precious, lovely and pure.”

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Megan Gladden – “My daughter and her dad who adores her so in honor of Father’s Day. He’s something special to his children.”

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Mindy Sauvageau – “Let me take a Selfie.”

RELATIONSHIPS

Wonder

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Darcy Troutman – “My son and his friend recently learned that you can make a wish on dandelions, so they ran around the neighborhood trying to grab as many wishes as they could find.”

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Susan Ryan Kalina – “I love seeing what captures a toddler’s interest from one minute to the next. I wonder what he is looking for?”

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Andrea Owens – “This little guy wasn’t really warming up to the lady with camera, but when I mentioned his new sister on the way, his eyes lit up. He’s already in love.”

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Mindy Sauvageau – “I always wonder what she sees out that window because when you look it is always something different that has caught her eye.”

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Nikki Toth – “The beauty of homeschool is seeing their curiosity and wonder blossom on a daily basis. That, and mid-week breaks at the science center.”

Wonder

FREE!

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will.”
– Charlotte Bronte

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Mindy Sauvageau – “The sense of feeling free as you spin and spin.”

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Andrea Owens – “He began the day fully clothed, but not having close neighbors allows for a certain kind of freedom. Plus, the baby of the family can get away with pretty much anything.”

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Yap Xiu Ling – “We live in a city and one of our favourite activities is to go outdoors and be closer to nature.”

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Thea Courtney – “The kids are happy to be outside, enjoying the longer, warmer spring days.”

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Darcy Troutman – “After dinner we usually walk over to the playground, where everyone is free to do their own thing; at least one of them almost always chooses to do nothing.”

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Nikki Toth – “Feeling free on a warm spring night in grandma and grandpa’s yard.”

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Susan Ryan Kalina – “Two boys. One wagon. Gorgeous day. And off they go.”

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Megan Gladden – “Film at the splashpad. Holga and the beauty of imperfections. That to me is free.”

FREE!