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song of skye | life. right now. | a 365 project | twenty seven

August 4, 2011

i’m a mom to four kids. i love it. everything about it. the extreme highs and extreme lows. it’s all one messy blessed package.

if you come to my house you will find toys on my driveway. toys on my porch. toys all over my livingroom floor. and couch. and lazyboy. and table. bathroom? yup.

i think every square inch of available space has at least one toy on it. if i move it- something will simply replace it. i homeschool too so that means kids here day and night.

i love it. it’s messy. it’s loud as heck. it’s fun. it’s real. really really real.

we make fart jokes. oh man do we. i think body functions have been a hot topic since my oldest could talk. uhh..6 months old or so? 😛

we are so ‘real’ it’s insane.

my kids get dirty and i let them. their hair gets messy and i let it. their clothes get dirty and i wash them (when i get to the laundry but that’s a whole ‘nother post).

they get hungry so i feed them. in the summer we play in the water old school style- blow up pools and hose fights and sprinkler dashes.

we eat insane amounts of popcicles. my one sugar concession. :)

we drink iced tea. eat deviled eggs. and my toddler runs around in her pullup. my last baby.

everyone is in such a rush to rush things. make them grow up faster. potty train. school at 3. clean up.


  • Shannon Daly · Posted August 4, 2011 at 8:55 am · Link · Reply

    I love this!

  • veronica starr · Posted August 4, 2011 at 9:23 am · Link · Reply

    gorgeous!!!! she is gorgeous and so is the conversion. :)

  • Jenn Jones · Posted August 4, 2011 at 9:35 am · Link · Reply

    What a wonderful gift you’re giving your family with these memories. I loved your post and can relate to it so well. She is a beautiful girl and you sound like an amazing mommy. I love the ones with her blankie!

  • MamaJenn · Posted August 4, 2011 at 9:36 am · Link · Reply

    Love her AB! Love you to…awesome. You are an inspiration to me…like you I have always been a picture nerd but I love the way you just get down with them and go at it. xoxo

  • Casey · Posted August 4, 2011 at 10:32 am · Link · Reply

    love this post! Miss Skyebug is growing so fast, she’s such a cutie! I’m trying to savor everything with Zac since he’s my last too but the kid wants to grow up NOW :( he’s begging me for school already

  • Leigh Ann Hines · Posted August 4, 2011 at 11:41 am · Link · Reply

    <3 love them!

  • Rhonda Morse · Posted August 4, 2011 at 1:02 pm · Link · Reply

    Love this….she is soooo precious….You and I have something in common besides photography…We eat insane amounts of Popcicles…..and not just the kids(: I let them eat the red ones…the rest are for me

  • Stacy · Posted August 4, 2011 at 1:24 pm · Link · Reply

    Lovely. These couldn’t be more lovely. :)

  • Michelle Kirnan · Posted August 4, 2011 at 2:34 pm · Link · Reply

    Just perfect. Such a beautiful capture. For her. For you. Forever. And I’m not just talking about the images. They’re stunning. Her personality truly shines through. But also your words. I can tell that you’re not only an amazingly gifted photographer, but an awesome mommy too! <3 everything about this post!

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  • Nancy · Posted August 5, 2011 at 8:35 am · Link · Reply

    Oh Amy. These are such an inspirational gift. So well written and beautifully captured!

  • Elena · Posted August 6, 2011 at 2:01 pm · Link · Reply

    Gorgeous Black & White pics! I had to add you to my blog list!

  • Natasha · Posted August 7, 2011 at 6:50 pm · Link · Reply

    Beautiful, true words my friend. The pictures are icing on the cake!

  • Sarah Wilkerson · Posted August 7, 2011 at 8:50 pm · Link · Reply

    WOW!! Amy, this set is extraordinary!!!! Beautiful, inspirational work.

  • Amy Lucy · Posted August 8, 2011 at 6:49 am · Link · Reply

    I couldn’t think of a more perfect post! Your words, the images, everything is truly wonderful. Thanks for sharing your heart. :)

  • Ali · Posted August 8, 2011 at 8:28 am · Link · Reply

    Just beautiful!!!

  • jenny · Posted August 8, 2011 at 8:30 am · Link · Reply

    LOVE LOVE your words and your pictures!!!! That is exactly why I LOVE photography as well. SONG of SKYE !

  • Jen Cooke · Posted August 8, 2011 at 9:01 am · Link · Reply

    Beautiful. Love how you captured her purity as a child! So many times us moms stress about getting the perfect photo’s of our kids. Perfectly imperfect!

  • czarina · Posted August 8, 2011 at 9:30 am · Link · Reply

    I love this post! I’m truly inspired by your words and can relate to this. It actually made my eye teary while reading this whole post.

  • Rebecca · Posted August 8, 2011 at 10:57 am · Link · Reply

    Just beautiful! Very inspiring!

  • Tina · Posted August 8, 2011 at 11:09 am · Link · Reply

    couldn’t agree more. a friend said to me a few months back, “wait until he can hold his own bottle, it’ll make things easier”. I suppose but I’m not “waiting” for that day. I know it’ll be here all too fast like many other things. I savor each and everyday..every moment. How could you not?

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  • Amber · Posted August 8, 2011 at 12:05 pm · Link · Reply

    This. Is. Beautiful. Makes me rethink some things in my own life. Thank you.

  • Orsi · Posted August 8, 2011 at 2:59 pm · Link · Reply

    So true what you’re saying and the pictures are amazing!!! Very inspirational!!!

  • Sarah · Posted August 8, 2011 at 9:58 pm · Link · Reply

    Thank you for posting this!! I get so caught up in the perfect lighting and the perfect moment that I forget to just shoot!!! I am going to bookmark this and come back to it. Thank you!!! Awesome blog post!!!

  • Gina Newhouse · Posted August 9, 2011 at 6:10 am · Link · Reply

    I feel just like you. mom of 4 boys and sooo blessed. you brought a tear to my eye


  • Stacie · Posted August 9, 2011 at 4:30 pm · Link · Reply

    Loved the pics of skye! They are to die for! Thankyou for sharing this beautiful gift of yours!

  • kelly tonks · Posted August 9, 2011 at 7:16 pm · Link · Reply

    a-ma-zing!! Love it!! every drop!

  • Crystal · Posted August 10, 2011 at 7:26 am · Link · Reply

    You make me miss my babies… now 11 and 12.. no chance I could get them naked. I love this shoot.. and a great feel being all B&W.. thanks for sharing.

  • pamela · Posted August 10, 2011 at 12:49 pm · Link · Reply

    I couldn’t agree more!! Lovely photos.

  • Anne (Capucha) · Posted August 14, 2011 at 4:17 pm · Link · Reply

    When I finished reading your beautiful post and the first photo of your daughter appeared, I cried.
    Your photos are filled with so much grace and love. Thank you.

  • Kathy James · Posted August 18, 2011 at 8:32 pm · Link · Reply

    Amy, these are amazing photos! Your daughter is beautiful with gorgeous eyes, and you know just how to capture her in that stunning light! Also love how you share your settings…I have the Nikon D700 with 50mm 1.4G and 85mm 1.4G lenses and love them. Did you shoot in black and white or convert it in photoshop, and do you use Lightroom? Thanks for sharing your beautiful work…you’re talented, impressive and inspiring :)

    • Amy Beth · Posted August 18, 2011 at 8:42 pm · Link · Reply

      Thanks so much Kathy!
      I always shoot color. I do all my black and whites in Lightroom. I primarily use my Monochrome vol2 presets (on my shoppe site) and one bw preset I have set aside that I made for my own images (it’s really custom- not sure how noce it would look on anyone else hehe). I like to shoot pretty open and expose for the faces usually. I use fill light a lot in LR it helps lift a lot of shadows from the face and then push contrast and blacks. 😀

  • Kathy James · Posted August 18, 2011 at 11:02 pm · Link · Reply

    Thanks for that info Amy! I do not have Lightroom yet, planning on it for the fall when I get a new computer, but realize that I need it and also some actions that would make post-processing easier. Do you offer on-line mentoring classes? Just discovered your blog so will search around and see…I have seen your beautiful work on facebook, but really love your blog and how you share how you got the shot! Of course, I have many more questions, so if you do offer any training please let me know, thanks :)

  • Catherine · Posted January 20, 2012 at 6:04 pm · Link · Reply

    So beautiful and so true!

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re-finding nemo | life. right now. | a 365 project | fourteen

April 12, 2011

we re-found nemo going through some of the boys old toys.

a little girlish squeal of delight was heard

and my oldest son couldn’t resist…

…nemo became hers.

the days have passed and the newness has not yet worn off.

he is so big and she struggles to carry him.

but she refuses help.

he is hers.

if she rides her big red car- she doesn’t care that she can barely see past the steering wheel.

nemo is there.

when she asks to go potty-

nemo is there.

when we go on walks-

nemo is there.

when it’s yogurt snack time-

nemo is there.

at naps and bedtime as she drifts off to sleep…

nemo is there.

how sweet is childhood?

didn’t we all have a nemo?


[d700 + 85mm]


  • Imene · Posted April 12, 2011 at 8:57 am · Link · Reply

    She is so cute!

  • Rhonda Morse · Posted April 12, 2011 at 9:10 am · Link · Reply

    OMGoodness how cute….love these shots…I had to peek…my friends nicknamed me Dori….but I hadn’t seen the movie at the time….I borrowed it..and about DIED…..I am sooo Dori..but she is the hero after all…now does that explain why I type with ellipses…just the Dori in me coming out
    those pictures are toooo adorable

  • Dave Kennedy · Posted April 13, 2011 at 4:42 pm · Link · Reply

    Great boots!

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you're a star | lensbaby love | bokehliciousness

April 6, 2011

mmmm using my composer and the star bokeh disk:

bokeh is one of my photography addictions. :)

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  • ashley dellinger · Posted November 13, 2011 at 9:05 pm · Link · Reply

    I have to ask how you did that! Love the tree especially so fun! Ive seen people make paper attatchments just for messing around with stars and whatnot punched out to form the shapes….does lensbaby sell the attatchment?

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