Color Story Blue. February 2017

I joined the Color Story Collaboration project back in June 2015 with the color blue, and I fell in love. Like most projects I started, I only lasted a few months. Back in December though, Meghan Hassold, who started the project in the first place, decided it was time to jump back in. February was fun, but it felt difficult to remain motivated to shoot when the outside temps dipped below freezing. Here is the winter version of blue. Enjoy!

-Jess 02 2017 blue

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It’s been a while.

I know, I know. I keep saying I’m going to get this blog on track. Honestly, when I say it, I really mean it at the moment. Life happens though, and family things sometimes get in the way.

I’ve been away from my business since April, and things are finally starting to get back to “normal”. I’m really hoping to start blogging again, for real this time. 😉

Last week, my mini human decided that going outside to see a rainbow and a really cool sky was tolerable, so she twirled for me a few times in the field near us. I think I’m finally ready to get things back on track, just in time for summer sunsets!

Here’s to more sunset twirling in the months to come! -Jess

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My Mini Human, twirling in the field near us. I’m going to miss it when she’s “too old” to twirl in the late spring sunset.

{{.Rainy Days are SO MUCH FUN.}}

Another perk of being a VIP client, is that if ever I need to create an advertisement, I offer my VIPs the first pick! I mentioned on Thursday that the weather was going to be perfect for a “Rainy Day” session, and that I wanted to start advertising on Facebook for it. I posted in the VIP facebook group that I wanted to do the shoot. One of my favorite little families said they’d LOVE to! * yay *

We met at 10:30a on Friday morning at the park. Mom and I chatted a little bit, and then we got right to playing! I’ve been photographing these mini humans for over two years now, and I’m so excited I get to watch them grow. When we meet up, I already know that E will be full of smiles and giggles, and S will want to run around. I knew that I wanted to show them the waterfall, but to do that I would have to take them through an area that snapping turtles use for laying eggs. I told the mini’s that there might be snapping turtles around, and S was a little nervous about being snapped, so I even pinky promised him I would never let that happen.

We had so much fun playing and exploring that before we knew it, we had been playing for almost an hour and a half! I just love when I get to have days like that!

 

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Rainy Day Fun // March 25, 2016 // truelifepics.com

 

To book your rainy day session, e-mail Jess at jess@truelifepics.com today!

{{.First real snow. february 2016.}}

Our first “real” snow of the winter.

I’m a summer baby, so I’m generally unhappy if the weather dips below 70*. Winter is my least favorite time of the year, and I’m not one to hide my hatred of shoveling. However, I feel like there is something to be said about the beauty of freshly fallen snow. I feel a childlike excitement seeing the first “real” snow of the year, every year. By “real” snow, I mean at least 6”, and school closings, not 1-3” of light powder that you can’t even make a snowman with.

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Falling Snow in Southern Massachusetts // February 5, 2016 // http://www.truelifepics.com

 

While I prefer the summer, I can take comfort in the knowledge that winter is only a few short months, and soon enough I can put away the winter clothes for another 7-9months. I hate the winter less if I get a few warmer days (days above 40*), and get to go exploring in the sun.

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What a difference 3 days make, oh New England. // Hassanamesit Woods, South Grafton, MA // Hiking with my Love

 

Our first real snowstorm of the year this year was on February 5, 2016. We got maybe 8-9” of heavy wet snow. It bent and broke trees all over my neighborhood. I had been battling some serious sleep deprivation, and my Love let me nap and took care of the Mini Human (and even cleaned a bunch), since they both got a snow day. He woke me up about 40 minutes before the sunset so I could go for a walk and get some great pictures of the freshly fallen snow, since it had finally stopped snowing. (Did I mention I love him??)

Snow feb 5, 2016

The snow stopped falling, just in time for sunset // February 5, 2016 // South Grafton, MA // http://www.truelifepics.com

xoxo, Jess


PS: I have plenty of dates available for photo sessions in the months of February and March! (If you’re looking for a May date, book ASAP!! I’ve only got 3 available weekend dates in May 2016!)
PSS: If you’d like to purchase prints from my walk in the snow, please {{Prints For Sale}}

{{.Frozen Bubbles, Finally!}}

After seeing an image of a frozen bubble I decided to give it a hand.

I see so many images in my newsfeeds on facebook and instagram that I am guilty of just scrolling by things. A frozen bubble stopped me in my tracks a few weeks ago. I couldn’t stop thinking about it for days. I wanted to see one for myself, in person. It took me three tries to get these shots, so I’ve decided to save you the frozen fingers, and, *gasp* tell you how I did it!

The first time I tried it was at night. It was 18* outside, and quite windy. I set up my cell phones flashlight on the railing of my front steps, and tried to get bubbles to land on the flat white railing in the light from my phone. After about 10 minutes outside with my 50mm, I couldn’t get the bubbles to land and freeze. My Love did a little research on his phone, and suggested I add a little dish soap to the mixture and let it sit outside for a little while to cool.

Failed Bubble January 21, 2016

Failed Bubble – January 21, 2016 – First attempt at photographing a frozen bubble – True LIfe Photography of MA

 

After eating a few bites of dinner, I went outside to try it again. While the mixture set well enough, it was too windy to be able to let the bubbles freeze without popping. My Love suggested I try to catch the bubble on the wand. As the bubbles freeze, they shrink slightly though, and when they started to shrink, they imploded.

Second Attempt Frozen Bubbles January 21, 2016

Not so frozen bubbles and the set up – January 21, 2016 – Second Attempt at a Frozen Bubble – True LIfe Photography of MA

 

This morning though, when I brought the kids out to the bus, it was 21* and the air was pretty still. I brought the bubbles out. The bus came before I could get any to land on the frost on my car, but I finally got them to cooperate!

Thrid times a charm frozen bubbles january 28, 2016

Finally Frozen Bubbles – January 28, 2016 – Third time’s a charm – True LIfe Photography of MA

This is my favorite image of the set, and here are the exact settings for it:

SOOC and Final Edit Frozen Bubbles January 28, 2016

Favorite Bubbles So Far – January 28, 2016 – Straight out of the camera, with my settings, etc // My final edit, out of Lightroom – True LIfe Photography of MA

xo, Jess

ps: Do you like the bubbles? You can order prints of them here: Here