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The Best Memories are Made in Flip Flops

School has just started and summer is coming to an end, but as “some of the best memories are made in flip flops” (Kellie Elmore), we better photograph those moments to keep them fresh.

My summer in  a nutshell has consisted of lots of family time filled with grieving and celebrating.

On May 30th, something bittersweet happened. My grandfather decided it was time to stop his suffering and join my grandmother in the afterlife. That same day, 5 years before, my grandmother passed on their first grandchild’s wedding day.  She was at least able to watch my sister’s big day from above.

This portrait of them was taken when I was in college, and it was my very first time to experiment with a Large Format camera.  They will both be forever missed and forever remembered.

Stephanie-Anne-Studios---Austin-Texas---Family-Portrait---Grandparents---Large-Format

After some passing time my husband and I regrouped and went to visit his side of the family for a 4th of July celebration. There, we were completely surrounded by the love and joy of family with no contact to the outside world. We couldn’t even “google it” while trying to prove a point.  That’s what I call a real vacation. Plus, I got to take lots of pictures. 🙂

Stephanie Anne Studios - Austin Texas - Dog Porrtait - lake

Stephanie Anne Studios - Austin Texas - Child Porrtait - lake -2

Stephanie Anne Studios - Austin Texas - Child Porrtait - lake

Stephanie Anne Studios - Austin Texas - portrait - grandfather - lake

This one (above) is Charlie. It is because of him and his wife, who opened their home, that we got to take this “cut off from the outside world” retreat.

One other very special part, is how Charlie’s son is the leader and organizer of the fireworks show for the entire lake. His shows are incredible, definitely the best I have ever seen. Although, maybe that’s also because we get front row seating about 200 feet away from liftoff. 😉

Here are a few to teasers to see what real fireworks look like before they are shot off…

Stephanie Anne Studios - Austin Texas - Fireworks - lake

Stephanie Anne Studios - Austin Texas - Fireworks Setup - lake

Stephanie Anne Studios - Austin Texas - Family Portrait- fireworks - lake

Above is the firing crew. (Don’t worry, they put on real clothes while they are shooting.)

Last, but not least, here are a few shots from the show.

Stephanie Anne Studios - Austin Texas -Fireworks

Ok, I lied, there is still more. We had one more very relaxing trip with my husband’s immediate family for his Uncles 50th birthday. We all went to the beach, so I couldn’t think of a better time to take some family portraits. Boy, was I wrong.

First of all, the beach is humid, really, really humid. Do you know what a humid beach and a camera that has been in A/C all day does? I sure found out fast, while having a big DUH moment. Basically any part of the camera that is glass fogs up till the camera’s temperature adjusts itself. You can wipe the fog off all you want, but it just comes right back. In the end, the adjustment time took more or less about 10 minutes.

Another obstacle was the lovely wind that suddenly appeared. Getting 19 people together, with hair on their face from the gal next to them, plus sand bolting around caused a little higher stress for the whole family. After shifting everyone to the perfect angle for the wind, taking deep breaths, and making a few jokes, in the end, I am glad we did it.

Stephanie Anne Studios - Austin Texas - Family - ocean - beach

Stephanie Anne Studios - Austin Texas - Family - ocean - beach - Black & White

Before we know it “December’s wintery breath [will start] clouding the pond, frosting the pane, obscuring summer’s memory” (John Geddes), but with photography, it will never be forgotten.

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  • Mary LouAugust 28, 2014 - 3:00 am

    Love it!

  • Terry Mooma HowardAugust 29, 2014 - 3:17 am

    You did a wonderful job with the pictures and the writing! What a talent!