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October 26, 2012

my blog has been long neglected. i cringe when i look at the date of my last post. in my defense…i have been busy. i have 4 kids 11 and under. so here is the skinny…

i homeschool. i have my own small photography business. i network with photographers i adore and belong to a couple forums. spring 2012 saw me begin growing our own backyard farm. ducks first. then chickens. then geese. we are good with those birds for now. we’ve had a lot of chicken drama throughout all of this and i have learned and done things i never thought i was capable of doing. then my long time friend, my rottie lost his battle with cancer right before my birthday. a birthday we shared. my heart was so broken. a little time passes and we searched to fill the void my friend had left behind and we added a puppy to our family. it had been 9 years since i had done the puppy thing…so wow. that has been pure crazy. we love our little pit bull. yes, pit bull. i have a thing for tough, smart working dogs. what can i say. my rottie was 110 pounds when he was in top shape. my little pittie might break 50 pounds. that’s a huge size downgrade for us. but definitely more manageable around the kids inside the house. my rott and his bog ole booty was constantly and accidentally knocking kids over. poor sweet guy. i miss him.

so now fall. my most favorite season is upon me. the smells. the sights. the sounds. the reminder for being grateful for what i DO have, not what i do not have. i love the colors. the rain. the foilage. the smell. the chill in the air. pumpkin flavored everything. and it’s my 2 month excuse to bake sugar, sugar and more sugar. seriously? ahhh! love it! and this year i have my OWN farm fresh eggs to use. amazing!

and through all this…i suddenly remember…the very thing that got me started in photography has been laid aside. forgotten getting dusty from disuse. the thing I love the most. photographing the real, everyday moments that make up my life as a mom. documenting the messy hair days, the tantrums, sniffles and coughs, joys, quiet moments, snack time, learning to make cookies…just all of that. not the moments we create and pass of as authentic but the truly honest moments that just unfold everyday. november is my favorite month of the year. thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. i am kicking off november on my blog (which has long been neglected) with a daily project that I once did and it fell by the wayside by a busy life…life. right now.

some of you that know me remember this project. if you do and remember- i would love to have you re-join me. if you do not- i would STILL love to have you join me for the first time! or just follow along- whatever your schedule allows. it is a 365 of sorts…but I don’t like to call it that. since life is crazy…sometimes i can post daily…sometimes i might be lucky to post a couple times in a week. the point is not to put pressure on me on yet another project i have to do but rather inspire me to to pick up my camera for myself…for my family. to capture the very things i see everyday. that are not perfect. that are not staged. that are not tidy. that are not fashionably dressed. but that are perfectly imperfect and completely real.

with the new crazy that is now facebook and the fact that only like 15% of my likers (even on our personal pages now) now see my posts…i am going to be working on using facebook less. my blogs more. emails more. possibly even a newsletter. i want to stay connected to people who want to stay connected with me. 😀

my life. right now. project will be what i make of it. since it is my life. my story. my real. then it will sometimes have chickens or ducks or geese. or lizards. or snotty preschooler noses. or spills. or messy laundry piles. hey…i am talking real life here people. my house is not a better homes and garden museum. it’s a real place where i really live with 5 other people and feed 7 at night (my mil joins us for supper nearly every day). since i homeschool, be a mom to my rad kids, keep my home, run a business, care for 30+ farm birds, training a puppy and trying to maintain my super hot relationship with my fantastic husband of 15+ years…my home gets messy. dusty. sometimes…gasp…downright dirty. my life is for my family and i am not trying to impress anyone with my matching pillows, fancy drapes (which i do not have) and sweet winding staircases…it’s not me, it’s not who my family is right now and i love this life so darn much that i refuse to be a slave to a perfect house or ideal the magazines impress upon us.

god first and my family next. the laundry, the messes, the dishes will be there as long as i have children in my home and one day those messes will be gone. so will the children. the laughter. the fighting. the yelling. i will be sad. i will wait patiently for at least one of my kids to have kids. then i will stalk my grand kids. lord help them now. i will bake cookies, i will help my children anyway i can. grandkid sleepovers, making dinner and drop it off to my kids so that the parents can have a break…run errands, clean a toilet, take the kids to the park. i will try hard not to boss…i will probably fail but above all i want to be involved in anyway my kids will let me in their lives and their children’s lives. i. love. my. family.

so november…life. right now. begins.

want to see what’s going on with me now without waiting? follow me on instagram… amymcmaster. it’s pretty darn real there too. but with my project i am going to push myself to pick up my big girl camera and PRINT what i love. less digital hoarding and more printing. this project is less about me as a photographer and more about me as a mom wanting to capture my kids lives so that i have this wonderful gift of their childhood to share with them later. and so that one day…when i start to forget- i can be reminded with the images.

anyway…yeah. so that’s me now. :) i would love to hear from you. as a mom (or dad! there is usually at least 1 main picture taker in the family) have you let this go by the wayside too? photographer or not…capturing the every day we can all get wrapped up in everything going on. with decent cameras on our genius phones we have no excuse. let’s shoot and print!

a few images taken throughout october.

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sweet profile | life. right now. | a 365 project | thirty five

December 2, 2011

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Tree Bling 2011-4484

deck the halls with bows

December 2, 2011

this is long. so if you have coffee or tea…you might want to grab it… 😀

so my goal to hit 50 entries on my 2011 life right now 365 project might not make it to 50. but rather than count it as a failure, i am going to feel good about 30+ entries i DID make over the year!

in my facebook feeds i see so many lovely and perfect christmas images. children dressed gorgeously. better homes and gardens trimmed trees- so perfect in all their accessories. i love looking.

i used to feel somewhat ashamed of our own annual tree. it’s not a magazine layout set up. but this year, i revel in our ordinary tree with our homemade ornaments.

christmas is a symbol of a birth of a promise fulfilled by God. one tiny little baby in a manger changed the world. non-believers you can skim past this and roll your eyes. 😉

but it’s what

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  • heidi · Posted December 2, 2011 at 7:51 pm · Link · Reply

    This is our tree too. Heck, last year my preschooler made an ornament outta a paper towel. Just a paper towel with a hole punch and yarn. Not even colored on. Yup. Loved this post. So true, so sweet. Perfect.

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...morning dew | life. right now. | a 365 project | thirty three

December 2, 2011

…morning dew. stop and smell the roses amy!

i am so behind on blogging! i’ve been busy being a mom and runing a two-part business. holidays. and homeschool? insanity!

macro is a not an easy thing for me. i adore looking at it but i personally have a hard time ‘seeing’ in through my own lens. my mil noted that there were dew drops all over one morning, making the grass look like it was kissed with snow and maybe i would want to get that on macro? see. something i didn’t ‘see’ that someone else had to point out. 😛

so i pulled on my blue polka dotted rubber rainboots over my jammy bottoms and grabbed a whatever jacket and my camera with my 60mm on it.

i got a few shots that i just loved. i’m not a flower girl. we have roses all over our property but if my mil didn’t maintain them…they would die. they are lovely to look at but i can never remember how to properly feed them, trim, how often and then water them? ha!

but these were so kissed with dew and so shiny as the sun was coming up that i had to stop and literally..smell the roses.

and photograph them of course.


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introducing nikko

October 8, 2011

ok so maybe i’m a little weird. i’m actually ok with that. more than ok really. weird is interesting. well weird can be just …well weird…but i don’t think i’ve hit that level…umm yet?

😛 i have 4 kids. 3 cats. 1 rottweiler. 4 alligator lizards. and then whatever other strays the kids bring in for the day…baby snakes, bugs of all kinds…

i first spotted the baby bearded dragons in the pet store. now before i go further i have to confess less than a year ago lizards gave me the creepy crawlies. like bad.

but the kids catching 50 trillion of them a day when we moved to the country…well i guess they grew on me.

so back to the baby dragons. have you ever seen how cute they are? like little curious puppies.

for 6 months i literally pined for one. but i decided to wait those 6 months to see if i did really want one or i just thought they were cute and got tired of them.

ok so i not only did NOT get tired of them. as time passed i found that i wanted one EVEN more.

i had done my research too.

the cost to start up is pretty high. like REALLY high. the dragon is the inexpensive part really. and you have to be ok with bugs. i am kinda girly about things like that but i knew i would have to be ok if i ever got one.

well my birthday was in august and my hubby said go get one amy beth. it’s your birthday. just about in tears i grabbed my kids and took them with me.

i am still as excited about him today as i was that day. he is SO strinking FUN. he is to me anyway.

this was him when i first got him.

ok so not the best picture. but it’s one of the few i hurriedly grabbed when i first set up his vivarium.

goodness i think he weighed about 12 grams MAYBE when i brought him home.

those were taken early september before his first shed. he is now going through his second shed. and starting to eat better (they don’t feel so hot when they begin molting)

and here he is from today. now non-reptile peeps might think he is NOT cute but i happen to think he is SOOOO stinking adorable. he snuggles and sleeps on me. he’s pretty rad.

i think he is about 3 1/2 months old or so. the little ‘spot’ on his mouth is a berry stain. licking blackberries. they like darky leafy greens and some non citrus fruits in addition to their buggy diet.

did i skurr you away yet? hahaha most people get puppies. i wanted a baby dragon. i have seen what these little guys grow into and i actually think they are equally as awesome.

watching him grow already- has been fun. unfortunately what has not been fun is that he has developed pseudo gout. not something that has anything to do with his care by me. it’s metabolic and not typical. basically don’t buy these guys from a pet store- buy from reputable breeders if you can. 😉

but i love him (or her. don’t know his sex yet until he’s a little bigger) and don’t regret adopting him. giving him daily medications for his painful pseudo gout and hopefully nursing him back to normal health in several months. 😀

anyway…thanks for meeting my baby nikko-nik.

nikko … was absolutely derived from Nikon. haha i’m so predictable. 😛


  • Hannah · Posted October 8, 2011 at 12:21 pm · Link · Reply

    LOVE these shots Amy!! he/her is so so cute! Love that square shot a few up you got so close…love how he is checking you out :)

  • Jenny · Posted November 21, 2011 at 10:51 am · Link · Reply

    GOJIRA!! 😛

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