Thursday, December 4

white as snow

Last week we spent Thanksgiving with Joe's family in West Virginia.  The first morning we were both up very early and decided to sit in the kitchen and study God's word with a hot cup of coffee.  Shortly there after we saw through the kitchen window that snow had started to fall.  


Snow falling is so peaceful and serene...  it reminds me of Isaiah 1:18, "Come now, let us settle the matter," says the Lord. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool..."  

Our sinfulness is washed as white as snow through Jesus our redeemer.  It's hard to imagine our slate is continuously wiped clean when we ask for forgiveness.  We are renewed just as spring brings warmth, new life and growth.  a new season... a new beginning that lasts for eternity.

I am His and He is mine...

Monday, December 1


50mm f/1.8 @ ISO 100, f/3.5, ss 1/60
{that is a very slow shutter-speed for me, typically I try to shoot at least at 1/250}

50mm f/1.8 @ ISO 100, f/4, ss 1/1250

50mm f/1.8 @ ISO 400, f/4, ss 1/125

I purchased my camera {D7000 bundle) two years ago on a Black Friday deal.  I used the stock zoom lens one time and knew it wasn't going to work for me so I purchased my first affordable prime lens {35mm f/1.8} a week or so later.  Shortly thereafter I purchased the 50mm f/1.8 and finally the 85mm f1.8.  Once I started using the 85mm I hardly touched the 35mm or the 50mm due to the lack of image sharpness that they would produce.  Once I started digging more into the issue I noticed that my camera lens was focusing just past my selected single focal point (for portraits, the closest eye).  I wasn't having this issue with the 85mm.  I knew that my lens or camera needed to be calibrated but I didn't want to spend the money to get it fixed as these aren't the most expensive lenses.  Little did I know I owned a camera that I could calibrate the camera to each lens myself!  So I read these fancy instructions how to calibrate here and low and behold I fixed my other two lenses back focusing problem.

I also did another test on each lens to identify their sharpest apertures.  I was quite shocked at what I found on the lack of sharpness around the corners and what I would consider acceptable.  You can read how to test for your lens sweet spot here.

Happy Monday!

My portrait photography can be found at: Senior Portrait Photographer - Amanda English Photography

Monday, November 10

until we meet again

Our local farmer's market is open all year long, but we know that our personal season to visit is nearing an end.  We drove up to the farmer's market on Friday for one of our last hurrahs until next spring.  most likely.  We were both questioning what would still be in season besides apples and hardy vegetables.  We were right, that was about it.  Our goal was to come home with apples, apple cider and local raw honey.   success.

We were unable to go apple picking this year, but in some sense the farmer's market is a great backup.  For one, they have a bunch of varieties to choose from and they have samples to try before you buy.  With apple picking it's typically one variety you can pick straight from the branch, but it's also the experience that makes it so much fun.  There are things that I love about the autumn leading into the winter season, but the lack thereof of the fruit seasons does make me a bit sad.  So until next spring, we will meet again.

You can also follow me here: Senior Portrait Photography | Amanda English Photography {Raleigh, Cary, Apex NC)

Tuesday, November 4

goodbye october, hello november

The calendar was turned back along with our clocks this past weekend.  October was a whirlwind, as is every month right?  GEESH!  Seriously where does the time go?  With my day job, senior portrait work and travelling to Chicago for a family event I blinked and October was over.  The last week of October I spent my time off resting at home which was glorious.  I shutdown from the world, took naps with the kitties, baths to ease my mind and apparently it was much needed.  I think the fur-babies were needing loving it as well.

There are a lot of exciting things coming up in the next two months that I hope to share with you all very soon.  But until then, my personal blogging might be rather quiet.  I can't wait to get back to the swing of things over here and spend more time on this little ole space of mine on the interweb.  See you soon!

Other blog: Senior Portrait Photographer | Amanda English Photography {Raleigh, NC}

Thursday, October 9


Sweater: UO, Jeans: Target, Boots: DSW

I feel like it's been awhile since I've written a blog post....  and it definitely has.  I've been consumed with my two jobs and taking care of a house.  nothing new there.  BUT, it is October and my photography has been busy which I am so ever grateful for. 

Autumn is definitely my favorite season and for good reason:

burning our wood fire place
heat blankets
fluffy kitties {who love to sleep on my heat blanket}
hot chocolate
cuddly oversized pajamas
cozy, fuzzy socks
scarves, hats and boots
harry potter weekends {it's festive for halloween right?}
pumpkin spice lattes
more frequent hot baths {of course using LUSH products}
wearing my hair down {hardly do in the summer since it's too hot}
the feeling that the holidays are approaching
decorating the house for the season

What are you excited for around this time of the year?