Wednesday, October 24, 2012

I saw the sky

Friends, I saw the sky yesterday and you know what color it was? It was blue, but not just any blue, it was robin’s egg blue and baby blue, light blue and a crisp deep blue. It was so beautiful!

Where I live, I don’t normally get to see the sky for what it really is. Living in a city that boasts the worst air quality in the entire country, leaves me seeing a brownish gray haze almost every single day. Where the sun’s glare off the smog is so bad, sunglasses are the only way to be able to see where you’re going. Where they post flags at the schools that announce the kids aren’t allowed to play outside because the air quality is too bad that day.

But it rained Monday. And for just a short 24 hours, the air was clean again. And it was good. And it was beautiful. I hadn’t seen the sun shine so crisply or so brightly in months as it did that Tuesday morning. It was a moment that left me praising and thanking God for the beauty all around me with the bright sun shining on the farms and cows. Yes, even the cows looked beautiful in that sunlight. Enough to make me wish I had my camera.

I love the rain. How it washes away the dirt. the grime. How it brings freshness, and a renewed spirit to all that it touches. I’m so thankful I got that 24 hours of clean fresh air to renew my spirit.

A few weeks ago, I had the utmost pleasure of shooting my friend and her family when they were harvesting their raisins on their vineyard. She called me months ago laying out her vision of what she wanted for that day. To capture her beautiful family of 6 all working together to harvest the raisins at sunrise. I didn’t know what to expect but I made sure to bring a couple lenses, my sneakers (because I have this thing with ants getting all over my feet) ((ants love the sugar of certain vineyards)), and my half and half for coffee…because it was a Saturday sunrise shoot after all. This girl needed her coffee afterward!

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The last two are a testament to how hard the family really worked that morning. All of them. It was such a joy to see all the children excited to help Mom and Dad. To see them work hard and proudly to show they can work right along side their parents in the family business. It put my constant yawning and cat naps on their couch  (while their baby slept) to shame as they continued to work.

It’s refreshing to see true work ethic and team work in a family. It was a blessing to spend the morning with them.

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14 comments:

Lisa said...

EMILY...the photos are beautiful, stunning, gorgeous!! Good job girl.

Dilan Dilir said...

amazing photos :D

meme-and-he said...

amazing photos. I love your new watercrest (is that what it's called?) I love those last two photos. What a great idea for a shoot.

debjones:) said...

Love the photography! You're really getting better and better! And good grief! I hate to hear that about the smog! I actually thought of you the other day because we had such awful winds that it kicked the dirt and dust up something awful. Everyone was commenting on how eery the skies looked that day. Kind of orangish, brownish and just plain weird for where we live where the skies are almost always beautiful and blue! You're always welcome to come ANYTIME and enjoy some fresh, CLEAN air! Besides, we all miss you! =)

Natalie said...

I love these photos! Very fall-y =D

Jenni@Story of My Life said...

GIRL, these are AMAZING!!!!

Popcorn, Pugs & Peonies said...

Emily, you have quite an eye. Your pictures are fantastic. What an adorable family.

I also love the newness and clean feeling of rain. It feels like everything has a fresh start again. The first rain of the season is one of my favorite time of the year.

*Erin

Katie said...

Em, you've really got something here. These are seriously amazing! I feel like I was there :)

My-cliffnotes said...

Cutest fam ever

Megan said...

These pictures are AMAZING!!

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

These are great!

The Heart Of A Woman said...

Such cute pictures!!! I really wish we lived closer so you could take photos of my little one when she arrives! I guess I take the sky for granted. It is sooo beautiful and I live in the country. The stars sparkle at night and when it isn't cloudy we see the kind of blue you described.

carissa @ lowercase letters said...

i love these!! the black and whites are my faves. good work girl!!!

Ashley said...

Seriously? Em, these photos are AMAZING!!

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