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  • Life Through My Lens

    Hi, I'm Angela. I started this blog as a friendly place to explore photography, my thoughts, and how to write about them. I’ve been shooting on and off for the last 10 years, but only recently started practicing street and portrait photography. It's about time, right? Come along for the ride!

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    ‘Round these here parts

    I’ve been pretty busy lately – socially and otherwise. Over Easter weekend my church had an Easter fairView full post »

    Converge Youth Ministry

    A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to take photos of my church’s youth ministry, Converge. It was excitingView full post »

    Candid Disney World Moments

    I love the innocence of this photo. Such a simple moment, but I think it speaks deep to the contrast of childhoodView full post »

I’ve been pretty busy lately – socially and otherwise. Over Easter weekend my church had an Easter fair for the community. I think we can all agree on the best part: me sitting on a stack of hay in the baby animal petting zoo. After all, it’s pretty easy to get the animals’ attention when you’re sitting on their food 😎 . Meanwhile, Michelle was painting faces all afternoon and it turns out she did a really great job!

Jenn’s birthday was last weekend so we celebrated at Rocco’s Tacos and I had the California Fish Tacos. Yes – you should try them…delicious! I also was able to take some nice portraits of Jenn and her husband, Harif, before the night was over. On Sunday, I made my lip sync battle debut and Jenn captured the hilarity of the moment well (kudos!). Afterwards, I got in more practice taking portraits and I included one that I took of Becky.  I’m relieved that everyone is getting more comfortable with me always having a camera around. Actually, some of them might even like it. 😉

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to take photos of my church’s youth ministry, Converge. It was exciting and challenging, especially because I’ve never been ‘on assignment’ during an event before. We were doing a segment about “getting in shape” for spiritual warfare and I was lucky enough to catch some pre-show antics.

In the words of Jenn and Michelle, “First rule of crossfit: always talk about crossfit!”

After telling them to get closer together for the sake of composition, I was able to snap this picture. I’m finding more and more that I love candid shots. Normal studio portraits have their merits, but I believe nothing shows the spirit of a person’s personality more than photos like these.

A student worships God freely

After carefully going through my final set of photos, I found some moments that I dearly treasure. The main challenges of this assignment was mostly non-ideal lighting and figuring out how to capture intimate moments without being intrusive.I wish I had gotten more shots that weren’t from a ‘behind’ perspective, but at the same time I realize that anything more than what I did risked making the worship experience a production… and I definitely didn’t want that!

All in all, I am happy with the results of my first go around. And to know that I can use my camera to capture the essence of an atmosphere like this is even more exciting. My goal is that people will be drawn in by these moments of hope – and maybe even be changed by it, too.

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I love the innocence of this photo. Such a simple moment, but I think it speaks deep to the contrast of childhood wonder and adult responsibility. The man on the right is a dad who selflessly looks on as his son uncovers the next clue of his quest. The boy, reserved and probably shy, peers from behind the gazebo post. From an artistic standpoint, the moment only caught my eye because of the color harmony. But when I reviewed it later, it impressed upon me even more.

Being an Orlando local, I get plenty of exposure to the candid thrill portrayed in theme park advertisements. What really fascinates me is noting the perceived from the actual. Yes, Disney is full of smiles and elation. It’s also full of screaming, tired kids. And finally there’s silly moments like this:

What a strange moment to capture! I was practicing ‘shooting from the hip’  and this was my result. But again, I was drawn in while meditating on the moment itself. A mom helps her daughter eat a melting creamsicle. Another mom squints and tries to process what’s happening. All the while the children get to be children, and relatively worry free.

There’s a beauty in both sides of the story. And it made me think, too. Will these people remember these oddly specific moments? Probably not. But I will, and I’m glad for it. This is what sweet innocence and selfless sacrifice looks like. And I can’t help but to appreciate such a special thing.

Here’s some quick shots from a local favorite, The Strand. There’s not much to say except that they have great locally sourced food, a quaint atmosphere, and you should check it out if you haven’t already. Happy eating!

As I was going through my phone’s many photos of food, friends, and failed jumping poses,  I came across a handful of photos that really made me “feel”.  So here they are in their full glory. Click to see larger sizes. Enjoy! 🙂