Folks, today is my 30th birthday. How can it be? I've never been one to care about age, but somehow 30 feels...significant. Always looking for an excuse to be outdoors, I requested we celebrate over breakfast at a local park with my sister, Meg, and her family. Our morning went something like this:
Cricket and Cousin Iris played and played.
Then they smelled some flowers.
Then we all climbed a big hill (Cricket ran up it, head down, arms pumping) to our picnic table, where Meg served a delicious breakfast of ricotta cheesecake and roasted strawberry buttermilk cake. Yum.
My brother-in-law, Christo, grabbed the camera and took this shot of Nora with her old mom.
Because we met up mid-morning, the golden hour for taking photos was long gone; the sun was blazing. If you've spent any time on my blog or website, you know I love bold colors. But since these photos were a bit stark in the bright light, I decided to run them through a Photoshop action called Heartland by The Pioneer Woman. Have you used actions before? I just added some to my tool box a few months ago and am always looking for opportunities to use them.
The Heartland effect turned out well, but I couldn't resist including a few color shots since Cricket's eyes are so blue. I can't wait to see what color Nora's will be when they finish changing. (Christo also took the photo below of Nora.)
Let my 30s begin!
I'm Julia Soplop, writer and photographer. I believe there is something profound in bearing witness to moments of joy and pain in others’ lives. My husband, three girls and I live outside of Chapel Hill, NC. You can read more about me here.