Finally! Fierce Photography

Photography

My adventures with my Canon A-1 have finally hit a good note! The first roll of film that I took to get developed was blank, the developer said. The second roll of film was half blank with only 4 or 5 photos able to be developed and they were baaad. Far too dark type of bad. Finally! I was able to get a roll developed as in 12 prints! Ha! Where the other 12 shots went I am not sure but I am so happy that I finally have some shots worthy of sharing!

Without further ado…

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Baby love! My sweet little gal is a great model! Besides the first 3 photos with the gorgeous lighting that I shared above, the rest are way too dark but I’m learning and hopefully tomorrow or whenever I am shooting next I will remember what I was doing for those shots and can replicate it! Part of me thinks I was just shooting when it was too dark outside and I didn’t have a flash. Ahh well, learnings.

Fiercely counting down the days until I can purchase my digital camera,

Alexandria

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Abortion, Philosophy of Life, Political Philosophy

Fifty-seven million five-hundred and forty-four thousand nine-hundred and eighty-five point one. That is the number of babies that have been aborted since abortion on demand was “legalized” in 1973 due to the Supreme Court case, Roe v. Wade. The Supreme Court was made up of 7 men which I find noteworthy. Within the time it took me to write the above sentences the number increased to 57,545,026.7. And counting. The anniversary of Roe v. Wade is this coming Thursday, the 22nd so it seemed like a good time to say something about this. About a million+ people will be marching from the National Mall to the Supreme Court on Thursday protesting abortion. If that doesn’t impress you, go look up the temperatures in D.C. I was apart of the March for Life in 2013. I had never felt so frozen. It started sleeting/snowing while we were marching. Despite the freezing temperatures, it was definitely one of the best experiences of my life.

For a little light reading today I grabbed a small book that includes Ronald Reagan’s essay called “Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation.” I find it encouraging that Reagan said, “…we know that respect for the sacred value of human life is too deeply engrained in the hearts of our people to remain forever suppressed.” I’m optimistic that legal abortion on demand will end in my lifetime. Reagan makes some great points regarding arguments that the unborn are human, “anyone who doesn’t feel sure whether we are talking about a second human life{in pregnancy} should clearly give life the benefit of the doubt. If you don’t know whether a body is alive or dead, you would never bury it.”Β  The science and medical field support at every stage that an unborn baby is fully human. But that aside, Reagan’s words are to be well advised. As a nation, we shouldn’t be gambling with life. The sin of gambling with life is a game we shouldn’t be playing but unfortunately we have played the game and are now facing the consequences…

In 2006, Mark Steyn wrote a book called, “America Alone.” The quote at the beginning of chapter 1 says, “Civilizations die from suicide, not murder.” As a society, we are aborting our future. Legalized abortion is suicide for a nation. Mark Steyn goes on to say that America will be going to the G-8, NATO and the EU summit with all of it’s partners gone. Where did they go? They committed suicide. In my book, it is largely due to abortion, although Steyn talks about many reasons why. I quote him at lenth here…”The single most important fact about the early twenty-first century is the rapid aging of almost every developed nation other than the United States: Canada, Europe, and Japan are getting old fast, faster than any functioning society ages when its birth rate falls and it finds itself with fewer children and more grandparents. For a stable population – i.e. no growth, no decline, just a million folks in 1950, a million in 1980, a million in 2010 – you need a total fertility rate of 2.1 live births per woman. That’s what America has: 2.1, give or take…” The depressing fact about when you talk about birth rates and how societies are dying because they aren’t reproducing is when you look at the numbers of abortion. If, as a society, we would stop killing our people maybe we could survive as a nation.

Besides the moral arguments against abortion I think the consequences of abortion are reason enough for it to be wrong. I know I only shared one reason but if the death of your nation is not a good enough reason to stop killing unborn children, then, what is?

Fiercely,

Alexandria

“Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone”

Philosophy of Life, Photography

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I found this fantastically fierce quote on a card in one of my friends’ office. It really speaks to my creative mood as of late. I have decided in light of my word for the year being create, that I am increasingly looking for ways to do something new. Something different. Change. Change is good. What is our comfort zone as humans? The thing that keeps popping into my head is routine. Sameness. Therefore, I am always choosing to do something differently as of late. For example, my husband and I may be moving into a new apartment. We like where we are living now, there is nothing wrong with where we are living now. Although, some may argue that we need a second bedroom for our daughter. My main objective in moving besides the extra space is that I want to be somewhere different and new. Plus the complex we are looking at has a tennis court and basketball court which pretty much has me sold! We shall see.

The weather has been in the 50s the past day so naturally I grabbed my daughter late afternoon/ sunset and took a bunch of photos. She just keeps getting cuter! Somehow, she knows that I am using her as a model and she growled at me toward the end of our shoot. Haha. Anyway, I met an old friend today for lunch today and informed her that I am pursing photography and she told me that she could see me doing that! It is always delightful to have positive feedback especially when you’re doing something out of your comfort zone, but hey, that’s where life really happens.

Fiercely,

Alexandria

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I love my happy little girl πŸ™‚

Never Give Up

Photography

Finally! I got a roll of film developed and woe, only 5 or so photographs were able to get developed out of a full roll. It feels like I have failed because even those pictures were far too dark. The only decent one was a profile photo of my dog, Sergeant. It’s very disappointing to say the least. I hate to admit it but I switched my camera to automatic mode because I have failed miserably at manual. I’m learning, the hard way I suspect. I debate whether or not I should even keep practicing with this film camera and maybe just wait until I get my digital in about a month. But, despite having poor to no success I am having fun. Is it even possible to fail at something and still be enjoying it?

Fiercely on the road to owning my employment,

Alexandria

2015

Photography

My hubby and I ringed in the new year with some friends of ours. I didn’t print off the New Year printables that I saw and liked on Pinterest, nor did I create my own list of New Year’s Resolutions. I know what I will be spending this year doing: creating. Last year, I picked a word to guide me spiritually at the suggestion of my pastor and I really like doing that. I can already tell that this will be a year of creating therefore my word for this year is create. This year is going to be so fierce! I’m going to create my photography business. I bought tons of picture frames that were on after Christmas sales because if I’m taking this many photos I’m gonna have adorable frames. I also bought some canvases so I’m going to create some great art. It’s been a little while since I painted.

Many times when I look at my little girl I’ll say things like “You’re so cute, I’m so glad I made you” or to my husband I’ll say, “Hey, you see that painting on the wall? I made that. Oh, see that adorable baby over there? I made her too” and then I laugh at my own cleverness and mutter to myself how fierce I am. Haha. But on a serious level I LOVE looking at something I’ve made myself and being proud of it. I want to live off of loving something I’ve made. I’ve said this before but I want to own my employment.

I will be posting the photographs that I took with my Canon A-1 shortly! I took some tonight of my wedding ring on a piano and I’m in love πŸ™‚

Fiercely,
Alexandria