Key to the Soul

Whenever we wonder what is happening inside them, we look to the eyes. Eyes are the window to the souls. While the mouth may say one thing, the eye will betray with a flick of innner emotion. Watch as these pictures reflect the eye of the beholder…

Alaska man… when it is so cold outside, breath becomes frost.

When you, a Photographer, want to capture the subject’s eyes and emotions; you don’t neccisarily have to zoom right up into their face, or ask them to portray a certain emotion. Just take the picture, then later, edit and zoom up into the face (as I’ve done with all the photos here) to focus more on the eyes. Real, non propped emotion, will show through more real than ‘forced’.

This was totaly unposed! Bella walked up behind me, and I just “snapped.” Now this is one of my most loved photos…because it displays an emotion through the eyes.
Photographers do not like shadows, but I play with them. Even though there is a lot of other things in background, Hosanna’s eyes are so big they draw you in; thus making the photo.
This was taken when I first got my Canon, and didn’t know how to focus on both subjects. Though, despite the background disturbance, I think this photo really focuses on his eyes. (And charming smile)
I can’t help but just stare at this photo—those are REAL lashes and REAL eye color! 💜
The very first day I ever wore makeup…Do my eyes tell how joyful I am to be able to cover up acne??
She wanted to be a snow queen. How could I resist those eyes?!
All attitude and fire…captured through the key to her soul. (The Art of Life)
While most newborn photos are of the entire baby, I wanted to try a zoom. Now, that Zephaniah is three months old, I think his eyes described his thoughts of his first twelve-hours in the world! 😀
Hey, who says you can only capture human eye?? This screaming adorable photo qcredit goes to The Art of Life (on WordPress)
p.s Mocha was only doing “big eyes” cause she wanted the camera.:D
A raw photo; beautiful, dirty nails and all.

So, did my photos tell stories through the eyes? If they did, I hope I inspired you to “capture eyes.” It really is very easy, not as hard as it may seem or sound. You don’t have to blur everything around the subject’s eyes, or have some high-tech-zooming-lens…just take the picture, and edit or manually zoom in on you device—or leave the photo the way it is. Either way, the eye will always speak.

“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!” -Mathew 6:22-23

~My Life as a Photographer

Capturing Alaska’s Mountains in Pictures

“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you.”

-Isaiah 54:10

Pictures can canpture a thousand words, as the saying goes. Words can transporting us to different times and worlds; bringing nations together, or tearing them apart. Words are powerful; but a picture can sometimes speak more than all the words in the world can.

Pictures capture an art; the art of the person in front of the lense, their feelings. It can capture the feel of mystic lakes and mountains. Tell a story through eyes. Pictures speak where words cannot.

Just like photos, mountains are a thing to be seen and marveled at. They “ask us to ponder our inner being.” As Jane Kirkpatrick said in her book “Everything she didn’t say.” Mountains also draw us to find their creator—God. Through mountains, people, sense the dawn of time, have found consoles in them. That is why I wish to share a glimpse of the mountains I breath under with you…

As the mountains reflect themselves in the puddles, so one can reflect and see oneself here; in the quite with God.
Nature, animals, and people all in one breathtaking scene.
Sometimes, to capture a photo, you must look at it from a different angle.
I really like how this captured a feeling~ that is every photographer’s wish; to capture the feelings of whatever is on the other side of the lense.
No face will sometimes tell a better story.
“The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing — to reach the Mountain, to find the place where all the beauty came from…”
– C.S Lewis, Till We Have Faces
Sun, mountains and a dog—-some of the best happinesses in the whole world!
Ice from the glaciers breaks loose as more snow falls in the mountains. The ice flows through the rivers, freezing them into solid ice-packs
Often, non-purposeful posinging is the very best kind of posing.
As my hat says—Alaska.
Laying on the ice is always worth it-unless you break through of course!
Sisters make stories together 💜
His face tells the story; The object stands out.
“It was when I was happiest that I longed most…The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing…to find the place where all the beauty came from.” 
― C.S. Lewis, Till We Have Faces
In the darkest season of the year, a splash of sunshine!
The calming…the peace…the joy…the beauty…the light
“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”

― Albert Camus

“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” -Isaiah 52:7

Capturing the Mountains of Alaska

Something we know Alaska for besides its cold and snow, is its mountains.

Where ever you go, the mountains follow. They tower above, making you feel small in such a breath-taking world. Throught the seasons, the mountains change colors— In Winter, they are blue and sparkeling white, reflecting the ever changing colors of the Northers sky. In Spring, green begins to, well, spring! Through the months of Spring, green slowly starts creeping along the mountains as our rivers fill and flood with the me,ting snow and glaciers. In Summer, flowers sprout up, each in their own season. (as well as the insects!) In fall, you will go to bed one night, and awake the nesting morning to find the mountains suddenly yellow. Throught fall, the mountains change into fiery shades of yellows, oranges, and reds. I truly thing they are at their best in the fall months. The maintains reflect onto the lakes and somehow found their way into my lens as well!

This ever flowing, ever changing, river is right across the highway from us, so we go down often. During the winter, it is eather flowing with ice chunks as in this picture, or frozen in small places so that my siblings and I can skate on it. Our two chocolate labs, Mocha and Hazel (shown here) will still swim-even if the water is -20! Their fur gets full of icicles and thier whiskers freeze. 😀
You can see one of the famous glaciers of Alaska here.
One of my favorite things to snap is the people walking in front of me-often in front of mountains.
Sometimes, a picture without makeup or airbrush, is the best beauty.
Here, the mountains are reflecting a pink sunset.
The mountains in transition between fall and winter, bust still warm enough to wear shorts!
The mountains during the summer/fall transition.
Yes, she wore this outfit quite often! 😀
As everyone knows, photographing animals is very hard to do! The best I ever get, is our dogs licking 😀 Still, it’s sweet.
The grass was still green when the mountains were turning white.
My sisters and I actually did this pose in our room, decided it looked so good, that we wanted a better background. This was around Thanksgiving. (American)
My view everyday.
Ah, I miss the green of plants! Spring, fall and winter all in one here!
Mountains make good backgrounds for cute sibling photos! >3

I could post tons and tons of mountain photos, as a lot of my backdrops are the mountains. Alaska is surrounded by mountains, and, in my opinion, it’s best beauty.

Stunning New Snow Photos (and funny accidents!)

Props are super useful when shooting. They give another element to the photo and something else for the viewer to look at. The book here, Everything She Didn’ Say by Jane Kirkpatrick, was just sitting on my dresser and I grabbed it! You should also have a backpack handy to carry all you props in (don’t add to many into the photo or it’ll look crowded!) I pay my siblings (10 of us) a couple dollars to follow me around during my shoots to carry my props!
The lens beams are real here, but you can add them in the Enlight app from the AppStore.
Am I eating the snow or blowing it? Funny story- I use coconut oil to moisten my hair. Our water was down that day so didn’t get to wash the oil out from the night before. I had twisted the sides of my hair and put them up in a twisted bun for the photos, but then had decided it didn’t look right. When I undid my hair, the coconut had frozen in the -12 f Alaska weather and my hair remained wonderfully styled! Now I recommend this for long photo shoots—unless tour water is down!
My sister, Isabella ended walking up behind me and I just shot her photo—look how amazing it turned out!! This is what I call “spur of the moment” photography; the best in my oppinion!
I shot this one right before Joy (MyBrush&Me on WorldPress.com) was about to blow the snow. Her face gave the photo a dramatic look—and a bit fierce!
When taking a photo, try to look at what you are shooting from all different angles. This one was originally Glorianna posing on a large old rusted can. Her face, with the wind, caught my eye so I zoomed into her face. If you are afraid or don’t like getting close into your model’s face, you can use a large lease, but then you’ll have to switch it out with your normal shooting lense often. When shooting in the cold—the quickest things are the best! 😀

This photo shoot in December was super fun and got many more ideas for other shoots flowing! You can read about them in my other blog posts.

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