10.19.2014

Monday's Musings - Mom's Watching Over Us

by Mary Denman
Twitter: @MaryDenman

This past weekend, I got to go visit my Daddy. I love getting to hang out with him. We sit a lot. And that's fine with me. 

Actually, on Saturday afternoon, while my husband, son and my brother and his kids all went to the movies, Daddy and I had a contest. He sat on the sofa at one end and I lay down on the other. We raced to see who fell asleep first.  

Daddy won, hands down. But I won for the longest nap! 

We had good North Carolina Bar-B-Que, banana pudding and delicious apples. We read through some of Mom's memories that she and written down. (More about those in another post.) 

We just enjoyed being around each other. As we prepared to leave, I asked my husband to take my picture with Daddy. That's when I saw it. Look in the background of our shot...there are pictures of my Mom on the mantel, smiling and beautiful. Right over our shoulders! 

You know, it feels as if she's still here. I can't believe it's been a year and a half since we lost her. 

I think about her every single day. I feel her love, her encouragement. I miss her for sure! But I love how deeply she's taken up residence in my heart. 

I do feel as if Mom is watching over us, cheering us on. Still loving all of us. 

For that, I am ever so grateful! 

Mary


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10.14.2014

Wordless Wednesday: Fall is Here!

by Mary Denman
Twitter: @MaryDenman
Instagram: MaryFDenman

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Fall is finally here!! 


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10.10.2014

Photo Tip Friday: How to Take Black and White Photos

by Mary Denman
Twitter: @MaryDenman


B&W portrait by Mary Denman Photography


Have you ever seen a black and white shot that just stood out? Have you ever wondered how to take photos like that? 

Today, I'm going to give you tips on how to take great black and whites. 

Let's get started.

TIP 1: Shooting black and white shots is different than shooting in color. 

Why? Can't you just convert a color photo to black and white? 

Sometimes, yes. But not always. 

10.07.2014

Wordless Wednesday - A Day in Our Life

by Mary Denman
Twitter: @MaryDenman
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Today's pictures are from a day spent visiting my son in college...

Camouflage son....

Hubby on the climbing wall

10.06.2014

Monday's Musings - Can One Person Really Make a Difference in this World?

by Mary Denman
Twitter: @MaryDenman
Instagram: @MaryFDenman

Topiaries in Bishopville, SC 
Recently, I thought about the question, "Can one person really make a difference in this world?" 

Or, more personally, "Can I make a difference in this world?"

Not long ago, I found myself in the small town of Bishopville, SC. We had dropped our son off at a Math and Science Camp and were headed out when my husband and I noticed topiaries down the median of the main street in town. Interesting, we thought. A bit unusual. But interesting.

Then, I saw a name on a sign as we drove out of the town. Pearl. 

I asked my husband to turn around and go back to the side road with the sign. I couldn't believe it. We had just driven by the road where Pearl Fryar lives. 

I was so excited. 

9.30.2014

Wordless Wednesday - Roses are Beautiful

by Mary Denman
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Mary Denman Photography: Rose

9.29.2014

Monday's Musings - Wandering

by Mary Denman
Twitter: @MaryDenman
Instagram: @MaryFDenman

Last week, instead of taking the normal route home, I decided to explore a road I had never traversed.

I'm glad I did.

We can get into ruts in our lives. Being productive. Being efficient. Being busy.

While all of those things are fine, in and of themselves, we often forget to dream, ponder, or experience new things because we have so much "to do".

I have certainly found that to be true in my life.

So, I decided to take my camera and see what I could find on the back roads.

9.26.2014

Photo Tip Friday: Tips for Taking Active Pet Pictures, Part 2

by Mary Denman
Twitter: @MaryDenman
Instagram: MaryFDenman

Welcome back to Photo Tip Friday! Today I'm going to talk about how to take action shots with your pets. 

You can read about last week's post here: How do you take pet portraits? Part 1

What is the biggest difference between taking action shots and portrait shots of your pets? Movement. 

Portrait shots may be a little easier because your subject will be still. Or, you will want your pet to sit still for you. But what if they're active and moving around during your photo shoot? I'm going to teach you how to take action shots so you can do both! 

Let's get started. 

9.23.2014

Wordless Wednesday - Rainbow in my Yard

by Mary Denman

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I took these pictures all in one day...
After the first rain

Pouring rain in the sunshine

9.22.2014

Monday's Musings - Life Lessons from Michelangelo's David

by Mary Denman
twitter: @marydenman 
Exact replica of The David


I was fortunate enough to see Michelangelo's The David when I visited Florence (Firenze), Italy. The story behind it is amazing and is changing the way I think and operate in life. 

A very brief history. The statue was commissioned originally in 1464 and some rough work was done to the block by Agostino. He worked on it for 2 years. It was then neglected for 10 years. Then Antonio Rossellino worked on it briefly but was quickly terminated from the project. 

Here's where it gets really interesting. The stone was left in a supine position, in the open courtyard where it was started, exposed to the elements for the next 25 years. 25 years.