Sunday Snapshot - "The Field of Dreams"

April 1, 2012

Every Spring people come from near and far to visit Lockridge Park because of the bluebells that grow for about two weeks. No matter what time of the day you visit, there are photographers and families vying for every inch of the bluebell patch.

This year they bloomed quite early and the day I drove by and saw they had already popped up, I put out an all points bulletin on facebook alerting the masses they were here!!!

We happen to live about 5 minutes from this landmark park, but I have a few friends who live a little further away and have been trying to get up here the last two years, and unfortunately, missed the window of opportunity each time.

They did not waste any time this year and both of them decided to meet me and the girls in the park the very next day!

Four in the Bluebells BLOG
It was so cute to watch them all frolic in the field and every once in a while, they would stop and pose for a shot.

Sarah and Ava Picking Blue bells BLOG
But most of the time, they just did their thing, totally oblivious to the cameras.

From me to you Reagan in the bluebells BLOG
There was such a sweetness in the way the girls interacted with each other.

One for you and one for me BLOG
The pretty light beaming down between the trees made the most simple moments.......

A flower for my friend BLOG
almost appear to be magical!

Ava with the bouquet of bluebells BLOG
It was a beautiful afternoon in so many ways.

Reagan looking down in the bluebells while running BLOG
The girls did not want to leave because they were having so much fun.

MJ Roundabout BLOG
But, the littlest one of the bunch, skipped her nap that day and seemed to be hitting the proverbial wall.

Reagan in one hand bluebells in the other SF BLOG
So this Mommy knew it was time to pack up our things and head back home!
We had to say good bye to the both the bluebells and to our friends. The bluebells won't come back again for another year, but fortunately we will get to see our friends many times between now and then!

Ni Hao Yall

Stefanie has made some exciting new changes to Sunday Snapshot!
Make sure you stop by to see what it is all about. She will be picking her favorite photo each week to be entered into a monthly contest. You can post as many photos as you want, but she will only be judging the first photo in your post.

As always, I had a difficult time choosing and in the end, the expressions on all of the girls faces and the "girl power" feel of that first photo, won out!

Stef shared all of her photo info in her post, so I am following suit and will do so each Sunday as well.

These were shot with a 50mm f1.2 lens.
My settings varied a little as we moved around the park.
Aperture was anywhere from f2.0 to f2.8
Shutter Speed was from 1/640th to 1/1200th
ISO was the only thing constant in all photos at 100

Processed with the talented Shana Rae's, Florabella Classic Workflow Set.
Classic Color, Honey Haze, and Brush On Color Pop.

If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask, I am happy to answer:)

Enjoy your Sunday!


Michelle R Photography said...

I would love to have a field like that near me!! Such lovely images of the girls enjoying their frolick in the field!

Have a great week, Lisa!


BA said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!!! So glad we were able to make it this year--finally!! Grass stains totally came out - yea!!!!!

Thanks for alerting us and meeting us at the park!! Love spending time with you and your gals! the pictures as always are gorgeous!

Number 6 and no more counting! said...

"beautiful" doesn't come close!


Amy said...

You always have the most beautiful pictures of your beautiful girls! What I wouldn't give to have a field like that near us! I've always wanted to to do a photo shoot in a field of wildflowers, but haven't been able to find one. Maybe I'll just have to grow my own!! I love the shot of Sarah & her friend with their backs to the camera (I've always had a thing for those types of shots)!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Amy, I almost put that one as my first photo..... but I could not choose! Those top two are my favorites of the series and I went back and forth all night over which one to place up top.

I too have a love for shots like that.... you can't see their faces, but you can imagine what they look like:)

Kimberley said...

Beautiful girls in a beautiful place :)

Ginny said...

So you guys have them too? I thought it was just a Texas thing. Love your pictures as always. I finally got Ps 5 now months after the course. As soon as I have time to go through your notes again, I am sure I will have questions. :)

the meaklims said...

stunning! simply stunning!

Kim said...

YOU are amazing.. Love the photos... I keep saying it .. but one day I am going to take a class.. have too.. Hugz..

Kim said...

Beautiful always! I would love to take one of your classes too...


Diane said...

Ooooooo Lisa, soooooo beautiful. You captured the sweet innocence of sisterly love and childhood friendship so eleoquently. As always, so gracious in sharing your knowledge. Your photography is such an inspiration!
Have a wonderful Sunday:)
God Bless,

tiarastantrums said...

I so want to live near some bluebells!

Gail said...

Everyone of these are incredibly beautiful, Lisa! Don't know how you chose one for your first photo.

Wish we had a bluebell field near great that you could meet your friends.

Have a great Sunday!


Paige said...

Oh my goodness, gorgeous pics!! I so need to take your class!!!! Promise I will sign up next time!!!

Unknown said...

So very beautiful! I love the girls just being girls. There is something so peaceful about these photos! Thank you for all you do:)Teri

Gina Kleinworth said...

Well now I know what I want to do if I ever have the pleasure of visiting you this time of year. These are gorgeous! How fun for them all to hang together & enjoy that beautiful setting.

Jodee Leader said...

Such a pretty place! Cute pictures of the ladies!

Hope you had a great weekend!

Stefanie said...

LOVE these, Lisa!
I have a question... about how many pictures do you take in an average 'shoot'? And how many of your pictures are posed and how many are spontaneous?

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Hi Stef,

It really depends on what or who I am shooting..... I would say 50-100 images is an average range. And I would say with the little ones, it is half posed, half spontaneous. If they are older, it might be more posed versus spontaneous. Hope that helps~



Patricia said...

Wow! What a beautiful place! You sure did choose the right photo (although they are all amazing!)The expressions on these beautiful girls' faces is just priceless!!

Beautiful post, Lisa!

Tara said...

Hi Lisa,

Stunning photos! Thank you so much for sharing your settings. I love to learn from 'studying' those who share! It really does help :) me still!

What a beautiful park you live near. Such a natural place for girls to enjoy themselves and moms to do a photoshoot!

PS~ have to tell you... that newborn photoshoot, ugh... so much harder than I thought... I for sure bombed it... oh well! I think it was working in their house and not outside. Man oh man those cute little babies look so easy... I'm much better at running around kids.

Jboo said...

So pretty!! Love these photos with all the cute girls!!

Hope you have a great week!


Wanda said...

LOVE these Lisa. What a perfect setting. It almost could have been from another era - such a soft feel. The sun light is sooooo soft and pretty. Perfectly captured. the girls are too sweet in their little outfits, frolicking about. Adorable.

Have a great week. (Can't wait to see you up here in July!!)

Dita said...

I'm always amazed each year with your Bluebell somehow seem to manage to get there no matter what...and never disappoint.

All the girls look so adorable in these shots but I am struck how BIG Reagan looks...oh, how I could just smoosh those cheeks and eat her up. Very soon, Miss Reagan....

Great shots and you even inspired me to FINALLY post today. Thanks....I needed that!

Have a great week, my dear!


Unknown said...

I've been waiting for these photos! :P

My eyes are more than happy. And if my eyes love what they see, my heart is also very very happy! lol

Thank you for sharing these. I love all of them.

You are lucky to live so close to the park. We have red poppies fields ouside our city. I hope I will not skip them this year, like it happened in the last three years. :P

Tutus and Choo-Choos said...

I wish we had a field of bluebells here to play in. Great photos!

Pat Fitzpatrick said...

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I am interested in being part of the 1,000 give-away. I need a new but high quality pocket camera, and it would be also be great to look into another high end lens for my Canon..

Heather said...

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