It’s a Wrap!

As this calendar year ends, so ends Picture the Holidays. 
Since we took some time to be with family and I was away from blogging for 
a few days, I want to share with you my images from this last week for that class.

The idea for this one was to capture a Magic Moment from the holiday,
a detail that tells the story beyond a typical portrait. This is 
Mark, reading to Garrett, and Solo the dog is sitting there, too.
His paws are visible in the upper left.
The Day After.  It does not take long to open those gifts, does it?
What is left behind is paper, ribbon, gift bags. Look at the detail
of the woven green cord. And notice how “merry” is now a blur.
Get a breath of fresh air. This prompt lead me outdoors.
In Illinois there was a nice snow that morning. A neighbor’s 
lights had not yet shut off, and I was fascinated by the contrast
of the red lights in this mostly black and white world.
The main idea for this one was to let light be your muse
and shoot through the looking glass. I found the sparkles on this
ornament to be beautiful.
The prompt for this one was to give a toast to 
the good things of 2011. I chose this one, an image of
a collage made one day in January with my two friends.
We love to create together, and that has given us many wonderful
moments together this year.  (And as you read this, gals, we must plan another event!)
There is no looking back now. The challenge was to visually 
translate the idea of moving forward.  I saw this ornament and
had to capture these mice, arm in arm, moving on.
For today, the prompt was “gather your thoughts”. 
Print some of your photos, frame them, then photograph the photos.
It is rare that I print out my own images, so doing this today was fun.
The first class I participated in online with Big Picture Classes was Picture the Holidays a year ago. It has been a fabulous experience to repeat this exercise, noticing how I have grown and changed as a photographer. The group of folks who participate make it all worthwhile.
Gathering my thoughts about 2012, looking forward, I’m deep in thought today about what I want to accomplish. Much of it involves photography, but there is also cooking, creating more art, journaling more often, listening to and working with my dreams, taking good care of myself. No doubt you’ll read about some of those adventures here. 
I’d love to share the journey with you.
Have a safe, happy, and blessed new year!
Big Picture Classes

10 Replies to “It’s a Wrap!”

  1. Deb,
    Loved following along with your final holiday photos of 2011. All so very lovely, capturing the prompts beautifully. Love the red lights glowing within that black and white world – would make a great card. And the simplicity and beauty of that single gold ornament.

    Looking forward to following your journey into 2012!

  2. What a beautiful series Deborah. I'm glad you ended by printing out some images and I see that beautiful white sparkling ornament among them. I've never done any Big Picture Classes. Looks like this one is a winner.

  3. All of these are just beautiful and so glad to see your images for the PTH. You have been missed! There's a word of the year blog hop going on, so check it out on my blog. Hope you'll share your word on the hop and your blog!

  4. I have had sooo much fun seeing you grow and learn this year. Thank you so much for warm thoughts, creative pictures and heartfelt stories. Excited to see what the new year brings you. Thank you for sharing and Happy New Year wishes to you and your family.

    Lovely photos as always!!

  5. I'm so glad we took this class together! It was such a fun month seeing everyones holiday pictures!! I always looked forward to what you posted in the gallery! You always have beautiful photos and such wonderful thoughts to go with them.

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