Picture the Holidays - Day 3
Love is at the top of the list when it comes to the meaning of the holiday season. Love of family, of friends, of ourselves. Love for the Earth, love of the Divine, love for humanity, love of the ages. They say that love is all you need and in so many ways, they are exactly right!
Today, focus on love. Feel it. Be it. Capture it. Share it.
Yesterday Mom and I went to our hometown Christmas parade. The theme was "Supporting Our Troops" so we went decked out in our "Sleep Well America, My Marine Has Your Back" sweatshirts and she pinned pictures of our two Marines to hers. Naturally, I had my camera and almost 1,000 shots later, I had aggravated my "photographer's elbow" so much that I could barely press the shutter towards the end.
It was a lovely day weatherwise, and slightly overcast which made it better for mid-day shooting. I wasn't quite sure how I was going to interpret today's prompt, and when I saw this little girl with her ruby red slippers and leggings with a winged heart on one side and the word "love" on the other, I knew I had my shot.
Even though I have a terrible cold and should have been in bed, I enjoyed our time at the parade. I temporarily forgot my discomfort as I captured all the happy smiling faces waving, and interacting with one another. Only the crankiest of grinches could have sustained a sour mood. If you want to see more photos from the parade, just check out my flickr set here. I'll be adding more as the day goes on and as I feel up to it.
At the parade I realized the need to have some calling cards with my blog and email address printed up as I fumbled around for pens to grab the email addresses of people who wanted copies of the pictures I captured of their children. That goes on the to do list for sure.
If I'd thought about it, I would have given out copies of my patriotic greeting card to folks, as it was fitting the parade theme and potentially raised some more money for the LCpl Franklin N. Watson Scholarship fund. What an opportunity I missed there.
Speaking of Christmas cards, I finally got approval for the card I told you about. I took this shot of a sleigh at Canonsburgh Village, and processed it with Topaz Labs and a wonderful template from The Coffee Shop Blog. By the way, if you have not checked out The Coffee Shop Blog you are really missing out on lots of good tutorials, freebies, and tons of other good stuff. I could spend a year just learning from what Rita has put out there. Many of the photo collages I used for my parade shots were from her site as well.
I'm really loving Topaz for the artistic effects and it worked well for one of my parade captures that I intend to make up as a card as well.
By the way, if you haven't noticed, I'd like to draw your attention to the cute little social media icons I have placed on the top left of my blog. Thanks goes out to Dawghouse Design Studio for these. They were just perfect and here is a tutorial showing how to make more!