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I'm Andrea. I'm a wife, mother, full-time computer software developer who seems to never have enough time to do everything I want to do. I married my high school sweetheart, who also happens to be my best friend. I love photography and am a total "mommarazzi" to my son Dillon. I grew up in the South, so I have always been loved, and also love others, with food. So my idea of a good time, is getting together with family and friends, eating some great food, and documenting the whole thing with my camera. So, "food, family, and photos" pretty much sums it up!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Pet Week at I Heart Faces!

I've always had "mutts" for pets and our dog Murphy is no exception. He's a mix of Australian Cattle Dog and something else, we're not sure what, but the combination made for a beautiful dog who is a perfect addition to our family.

If you are considering adding a pet to your family, please don't forget to consider adopting from a local shelter or pet rescue organization. We adopted Murphy in 2005 and he has been a joyful part of our family ever since!


MCP Actions Blog - Project 52, Week 33

"Time Flies"
Week 33 - MCP 52 Week Project Theme: Slow Down & Look Back

"Watch this, Mommy! Watch this!" my son yells to me as he zooms past on his little bike. It seems like such a short time ago we were just bringing him home from the hospital after he was born a month early. He just turned 3 and the time has gone by so quickly. I wish I could make it slow down. He looks back at me, "Watch me, Mommy!" and time stops for just a second as he smiles, but then he takes off again, ready for the next adventure...

Week 33: Time Flies

Also, my photo for this week was picked as a top 10 featured photo on another photographer's blog. Check it out here!

Monday, August 22, 2011

MCP Actions Blog - Project 52, Week 32

Week 32 - MCP 52 Week Project Theme: Favorite Time of Day
My favorite time of day is whatever time I get home from work, and Murphy watches at the door each day for my arrival...

Week 32: Watching

Monday, August 8, 2011

MCP Actions Blog - Project 52, Week 31 - Halfway Point!

"Storm Rolls In"
Week 31 - MCP 52 Week Project Theme: Sky

So this is the halfway point! It's hard to believe that I've made it so far. Honestly, I'm a little bit of a committment-phobe, so I'm sort of impressed with myself that I've stuck it out this long. I have so enjoyed this "photographic journey" and I can really see how this has improved my photography. So, if that's something you're trying to improve, I highly recommend starting a 52 week project.

We went to Virginia this weekend, and I got some great photos of my family that I am very pleased with. I also took a ton of photos of an old barn with a soaring blue sky and puffy clouds with the intention of doing something HDR-ish with them. But as I was going through my photos, this one really spoke to me - so I used it instead. I just love how peaceful this scene looks...and I can always use a little more peace!

Just before the storm rolls in...

Week 31: Storm Rolls In

Sunday, August 7, 2011

MCP Actions Blog - Project 52, Week 30

"To a T"
Week 30 - MCP 52 Week Project Theme: Letters of the Alphabet
T is for Thomas...

Ok, I have to admit to being just a little uninspired this week, so this is what you get. The light was gorgeous and I got some pictures that I love of Ron and Dillon highlighted by the settings sun, but those didn't work for the theme and I've made it this far staying on theme, so I wanted to try and keep it up. So, anyway....I'll try to do better next week... :-D

Week 30: To a T

Saturday, August 6, 2011

MCP Actions Blog - Project 52, Week 29

"Web Weaver"
Week 29 - MCP 52 Week Project Theme: Get In Close
Found this black and yellow garden spider outside of my bedroom door. I'm not a fan of creepy-crawlies and viewing this one up close didn't change that. It's outside, so I'll leave it alone...but spiders inside are a whole different story!

We used to have at least one of these "writing" spiders each summer at my parents house when I was growing up. Honestly, I think the ones in Virginia were quite a bit bigger, but maybe I was just smaller, so they seemed that way. We would call each spider "Sparky" as if it was the same one each year.

Week 29: Web Weaver

Friday, August 5, 2011

MCP Actions Blog - Project 52, Week 28

"Pamletto Sunset"
Week 28 - MCP 52 Week Project Theme: Sweet Relief
A week of vacation at the beach is definitely a sweet relief from our normal day to day routine. It was so nice to spend a week at Myrtle Beach with my family. We all had a fantastic time, especially Dillon. It wasn't his first trip to the beach, but I think it was the first time that he was actually old enough to really enjoy it. I'm ready to go back already, and we just got home...

Week 28: Palmetto Sunset

Thursday, August 4, 2011

MCP Actions Blog - Project 52, Week 27

Week 27 - MCP 52 Week Project Theme: Nature's Finest
I love the lacy look of hydrangeas as they first start to bloom. Our hydrangea bloomed and then died down. I finally cut off the old blooms and just recently noticed that a new one was popping out. It was a nice surprise considering that I thought it was pretty much done for the season. I like that kind of surprise... :-)

Week 27: Lace