Free Choice – Two Views No. 7

It’s hard to believe this is our seventh week! We’ve passed Thanksgiving and are now into the Christmas season. A very beautiful time of year. We hope you enjoy today’s post.

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Christmas has arrived at the Miller home.  For the first time in many, many years we put up an artificial Christmas tree.  The last few years it’s been so much work to care for a live tree, so we made the decision to buy an artificial tree.  I know what you are thinking, I just blogged about the tree farm.  Well, I do love the tree farm and live Christmas trees, but sadly, it doesn’t fit our lifestyle any longer (and maybe our age has a little to do with it).

Today’s image was taken at Kaenzig’s Tree Farm in Egg Harbor City, NJ.  I had never been to this tree farm before.  While out scouting for a local spot for a portrait photo shoot I had, I happened upon Kaenzig’s Tree Farm.  I must say, I have never met a nicer bunch of people.  They were so friendly and warm.  Amy, the owner’s wife explained to me, her husband’s grandfather originally owned the farm, he was making wreaths in the back store area while we spoke.  He is in his 90’s and still makes the wreaths, very impressive! Their farm is very different from the others in our area. Not only are the trees absolutely beautiful, but they also have a craft area where they sell wreaths, wooden signs and the most adorable mason jars (featured in my prior blog).  They had hot chocolate for the children and candy canes, all I kept thinking was this is so welcoming.

The photo I am featuring today, is of the building which houses their craft area.  The red barn decorated for Christmas was so old fashioned I needed to photograph it and share it with all of you.  To personalize my photograph, I added the saying  “Peace Be With You” which was designed by Carolyn and can be found on our page titled Freebies.  I hope you enjoyed my Christmas story, there will be many more to follow in the upcoming month.

If you are interested in more of my images, please take a look here.

Until next time … Deb

Today was a beautiful sunny day here in California. There was a chill in the air, but my lavender (and my grandson) drew me outdoors. My little bush is filled with its fragrant flowers. I grabbed a little flower pot and my snips and began to cut.

The little lights, the burlap, ball of twine and mini scissors added a nice touch to the lavender. Each of these items were great finds at local stores or online.

Years ago a coworker suggested I set up displays and take pictures of them. I thought she was crazy! Little did I know that this form of photography would become something I loved. It is what it’s name suggests … something you can be still in. Still life has the ability to take a lot of thought from me and other times the items just seem to fall together.

Are you interested in still life? If so, have you taken it from just an interest to something you are actively doing? The way I began was just by looking around my house for little treasures or items I enjoy. I would find a place with nice lighting and lay them out on a table top as a little display. And then take several shots at different angles. (You never know what will look best!)

If you sign up for my personal photography blog or this one, you’ll get tips and ideas on Still Life and other styles of photography.

Thanks for stopping in and for reading.



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