Fences | {1500 Miles, 1 Image}

I was on the lookout for fences this week!

Although it may seem random, there are creative ways to photograph fences. Flickr has a surprising number of groups devoted to fences as a subject.  There are pretty and ornamental fences and gates around us, which brings me back to one of the reasons I love photography; it teaches us to observe the world in quiet and subtle ways.

This image is from our brief trip to Austin this week. The light wasn’t perfect, and this is a construction site,  but I love how the colors of spring are coming through the fence.

See how Melisa found inspiration in a fence here.

Homework | {1500 Miles, 1 Image}

My daughter’s school is, unfortunately, somewhat notorious for its homework. Most days we get through it just fine, but some days it can be a challenge. The good news is, she is learning a lot this year. One thing I have enjoyed watching her learn is Mandarin. It’s so interesting to see her writing in Mandarin and speaking some Mandarin. Also, the Mandarin homework is generally pretty mild, and that’s a bonus!

March has snuck up on me! Soon it will be Spring Break, and that means a week without homework! Yay!

See what Melisa’s kids’ homework looks like here.

Creative Techniques | {1500 Miles, 1 Image}

I love trying different things with photography. There are so many ways to push ourselves creatively. One popular technique to try is using a prism to bring interest to an image. Here I held a circular prism up to my lens. I like the effect of how it surrounds my daughter and gives the image a dreamy quality. It’s sometimes hard to predict what exactly a prism will do to an image; I took several images on this day, and this one is my favorite.

Click here to see what Melisa tried this week.

Valentine’s Day | {1500 Miles, 1 Image}

The week of Valentine’s Day is always an exciting one at our house! My daughter’s birthday is on the 12th so we spent the weekend celebrating that. Wednesday was the 24th Valentine’s Day my husband and I have spent together. Every year he buys me a dozen red roses. They are so beautiful and smell so good too. I love photographing them.

I bought my husband a Valentine’s candle (we love candles and light them every night) and we made lasagna for dinner.  It was a lovely Valentine’s Day 🙂

See how Melisa and her family spent Valentine’s Day here.

A Portrait of My Daughter | {1500 Miles, 1 Image}

When I was pregnant and had my 20 week ultrasound, I thought for sure I was having a boy. I was so surprised when the nurse said “It’s a girl”! Now I can’t imagine life without my little girl.

This girl is going to turn 9 next week. She loves to write, read, watch movies, invent things, and play games. Her laugh is contagious. She wants to be either an engineer or a teacher when she grows up (we told her she can teach engineering!). She’s so smart, funny and sweet and most of the time she is even good about letting me take her photo. I’m so glad I have her.

Melisa also has a beautiful daughter (whom you can see here). I am so glad our girls got to know each other before we moved apart. They really enjoyed playing with each other!

The River | {1500 Miles, 1 Image}

San Antonio is of course famous for its Riverwalk! The Riverwalk is indeed beautiful and a great place to take out of town guests, but it’s a bit on the touristy and crowded side at times. It’s great to go down there in the morning before all the businesses have opened for a walk. There are also quieter parts of the San Antonio River, and those are the areas I prefer for walking. I took a very pleasant photo walk this week there.

It’s fun that Melisa and I both live near rivers. Though they are very different, it’s neat to compare the similarities and differences of our cities! Melisa’s river can be viewed here.

After the kid(s) go to bed | {1500 Miles, 1 Image}

Our nightly routine is pretty much the same every night after our daughter goes to bed.

Bedtime has become a lot more “flexible” since we moved to Texas. Part of it is my daughter is getting older and I’m not as strict about following a sleep schedule as I once was. The other issue is she still seems to be on Arizona time after all these months! By that I mean, she is consistently going to bed about an hour later than she used to AND sleeping in (on the weekends) about an hour later than she did in Arizona. I’ll definitely take the sleeping in part!

After she goes to bed (or at least is in her room reading and writing quietly), my husband and I light our candles (we put some in our fireplace too) and have a glass of wine. We catch up on our DVR’d or Netflix shows. Inevitably, our daughter comes back downstairs after a while for one more goodnight hug. We’re nothing if not predictable, but I realized after thinking about this post how much I  love this part of our day.

See how Melisa spends her evening after the kids are in bed here.

Long Weekend | {1500 Miles, 1 Image}

Our long weekend ended up being a little longer than we thought! Monday was a holiday and on Tuesday, school was cancelled due to an ice storm. Who would have thought in South Texas we would have not one but two snow days in the first few months we lived here?!

Before all the ice and cold temperatures headed our way, we all went out for sushi on Sunday night. My husband and I love sushi and have been eating it regularly together since our second date. My daughter isn’t the most adventurous eater, but we are working on it. She promised me she would try something new the next time we went out for sushi and this was her chance. I ordered tamago (Japanese egg omelet) nigiri and she tried a piece. I think she preferred the little bento box she got with chicken and rice, but at least she tried it! She has also gotten good with chopsticks!

It was a fun long weekend overall. To see how Melisa’s long weekend went, click here.

Christmas Tree | {1500 Miles, 1 Image}

More fun with Christmas lights this week!

I wanted to try a double exposure this week with some lights. The problem (or beauty, depending on your perspective) with double exposures is they are unpredictable. This one didn’t turn out exactly as I envisioned it, but it was the best of the bunch. And with homework looming and my subject’s patience for my photography experimentation marginal at best, it was best to move on.

This is our little Christmas tree. It’s artificial, but we were just talking the other day that maybe we will try a real tree again next year. This tree has been moved several times and is starting to show its age. I love all the vintage ornaments we have on it from our childhoods. Every year when we unpack the Christmas decorations, they bring back memories.

You may see Melisa’s beautiful tree here!

Lights | {1500 Miles, 1 Image}

‘Tis the season for bokeh!

I  love capturing holiday lights in their many forms. San Antonio is big on decorating for the holidays; there are plenty of lights around the city this time of year. I love seeing them on the twisty oak trunks. It’s so beautiful at night, and makes an ordinary scene magical.  I hope you are all enjoying the lights this time of year!

See what Melisa’s lights look like here.

After School | {1500 Miles, 1 Image}

We are balancing out last week’s post by visiting what after school looks like this week.

Our  routine goes something like this: we almost always talk on the phone with my mom after school for about 15-20 minutes. I then give my daughter until about 4:15 to do whatever she likes. Then we start homework. Each week we get a homework packet on Monday, and all of the assignments are due on Friday (with the exception of math, which is about 20-25 problems due the next day). I really love this system because we can get most of the homework done early in the week and then just have the math to finish every night. By nature, my daughter is probably more of a procrastinator than I am, but we are working on that!

After homework, we have dinner, take a shower, watch TV, read and then go to bed. And that’s pretty much our after school routine! I’m looking forward to a week off next week for Thanksgiving!

Click here to find out what Melisa’s after school time looks like.  I’m sure it’s busy!

Morning Hustle | {1500 Miles, 1 Image}

Like most of you,  our mornings during the school week are busy. School here starts a full hour earlier than it did for us in Arizona and that has been an adjustment. Gone are the days of leisurely breakfasts and watching The Today Show before leaving for school. These days we head out a little before 7 AM. Fortunately, my daughter has always been a morning person and I don’t have to fight with her too much about getting out of bed. Our “hustle” happens at the 10 and 5 minute warning marks. I don’t like to feel stressed and rushed in the morning; it’s just not a good way to start our day. I try to give us plenty of time to get to school and not worry about being late.

I bet Melisa’s mornings are busy too! Click here to find out what her family’s morning looks like.