Saturday, January 17, 2009

Sweet friend, sweet day, sweet 350 pictures.

Well, dear people who I love that read my blog....
Today is a fun and special post on...ahem, well, I was going to say 2 days of Anna and I, but it rather turned out to be one big long photoshoot, so I hope you like it. We did. :)

***Note: The pictures are clickable, if you dare, they will be quite large, but you can see detail better. :D

On January 2nd, the Fambrough ladies and Anna met some good friends of ours at the ice rink for skating, and then Anna came back to spend the night at my house, due to most of her family being out of town. I was excited, as an understatement, at the thought of having a photoshoot finally, after quite a lot of planning of one after months. Of course, we had the normal sleepover....food, talking, games, food, talking, (cough) dessert, movie, talking...and of course talking until 2:30, was it? Something like that. Anyway....Saturday started out kind of slow, and in between helping our Christmas tree to lose its ornaments, we had the day of three photoshoots to ourselves. It was sweetness, especially with a best friend/sister like Anna. We took 350 pictures, but I am only posting 63...I think. Oh, and did I mention she did my hair? Aah! I wish you all could have watched her do it, 'cause then you could have told me! Haha, it was SO pretty that when she was done, I just gasped in front of the mirror. Thank you, Anna! For those of you scheduling a photoshoot with Anna, you might want her to do your hair, as well! :D It's worth it. So, of course, I had to take pictures of us getting ready.


Anna and I having fun getting ready before the first photoshoot.

Some props....that we only used two of....yay for my great mind (not), and with Anna's sensibility of a chair and a book, we managed quite well.

Anna took this of herself....I wasn't around, and so it was a surprise to see, going back through all the pictures. :D So lovely of her.

Our first location was in my backyard, against the fence, being Austenian/Little Women. Oh, and we put to really good use my new tripod and remote, those were key here. Getting ready.

This is a Little Women shot to me...I am Amy, and Anna can be - Jo? Meg? Beth? :) She is "sewing", and I am "reading"....haha. 'Twas an old book of the 30's, of fairy tales, which I suddenly decided I did not like.

Haha. I am still reading, trying to get into posing, but Anna has no lack of poses, amazingly enough.

You will see this quite a bit, me with my head down because I am cracking up...and Anna smiling because I am cracking up. It was impossible, I tell you! It was so crazy, and I was supposed to be pushing the remote, and I finally just gave it to Anna.

Trying harder...and still giggling at Anna. I was reading something like "and the frog looked at the fox and said...". You can understand why I was laughing now. :)
My favorite. A true Little Women pose. By the way, my lovely sister made that quilt for me, and it is SO pretty. I love it.
Then we got creative with the chair and book....and ourselves. We didn't see until later that the camera was focusing on the chair and fence (too bright to notice in the shots), but you still can see the fun we had here. :D

Insert "GRrrr!" or "RAWR" here....whichever you prefer. They both apply. Haha.

Awww...I love my friend so much.

Care for a dead leaf? Good shot, Anna!

I really like this one...Anna took it.

And then we laid down in the grass, in some weedy grass, fyi, and stared at the sun until we couldn't see. Not really, but it was about noon, and the sun was incredible to look at.

I love this one, just because you can see Anna....the cut-offness of it, I like. I am not putting all of this very well, am I? Sorry.

We were sleeping. Okay. We were "sleeping". Better?
Later, I wondered if I was supposed to be doing what Anna was doing. Ah, well! No matter.

Haha...I love Anna in this one. She looks SO pretty all splayed out like that, and - big surprise, I am laughing.

Another huge favorite.

We really did not notice the Nikon strap until later, so, please pardon us. This is another favorite. What else can I say? We got some good shots that day. I am thankful.

Then we scrunched up against the fence, and took close-ups for "contrast of our features" Anna said. So, I will explain. Straight hair/Curly hair. Green-gray eyes/blue eyes. Dark blond hair/red hair. Absolutely sweet and Godly spirit/one who knows just how much she is in need of her Savior & trying to be sweet and Godly. (hint: it is a process) Untheologically, I like this one.

And this one!!! Really like it. A lot.

Haha....why am I laughing again? It's impossible!

See? She's just so fun! Told you...I'll bet you are even smiling while you look at these. :D
Anna was fiddling with the camera, and I was fiddling with the flowers/weeds. "Yes, ma'am, Ah, DO live close to Mims...just ov'r yonder that way, we's all so grateful for the camera box."
Putting our eyes to good use.

We took, like, 15 of these, so close it is hard to tell the difference. Ha. But, it was for a good cause...trying to see just how different we look. Not too different, after all.
Can you say "Neat?". By the way, Anna orchestrated this part, because I was just supposed to look at the camera and smile. I had no idea what she was doing, until, like, the last 5 shots.

I took this one. Yay for a beautiful subject!

We tromped over to the east side of my house, to take pictures behind the bushes. We had nerve, let me tell you, because the neighbor was mowing his lawn, and we were posing for pictures behind the bushes. A lovely, bright flower.

Anna setting up the tripod, and getting the tripod set up. Haha. I was sneaky and took this.
My abandoned scarf atop the bushes.
Anna changing something, but I had the remote! HAHA! We actually both love this one.
Hello! And wot is going on 'ere?
And....absolute randomness and hilarity won over. You can see me holding the giggles in.
Aaaaaawwwwwwwwwww.
Don't ask me what we were doing...I don't know. But I did have the remote!
Some fun with our lace.
Lady in the bushes. I made her look down, because it was such a "Stone Shot", I said.
And this...I think her eyes turned from green to blue! At any rate, I love this shot.So, then, we were done with that photoshoot, and de-decorated the tree, I believe, and then headed out again in different clothes. Funny story - Anna and I were both in long skirts, hair done, looking dressed up, on bycicles. I truly felt like Anne on her bike riding along PEI's coast, and oh, off track. So, we are riding along a main road to a more "countrified" spot, and Kimberly and a good friend, Amanda, were driving home from Orlando, and they passed us. I wish you could have seen Kimberly's shocked face looking at us through the window, Anna and I busted out in surprised laughter, and wondered just what they were thinking! Later, Kimberly told me that she and Amanda had seen us and were staring at our "strange sight", and said something like - "Girls riding bikes, in long skirts!...We've gotta' know them! Oh, it's Jean and Anna!" :D They weren't the only ones who gave us looks. We got quite a few turned heads and double-takes. :D

Well, we found our "country spot", that would, um....later be a bad idea, and a bad decision. My fault, just in case you were wondering, yes, it was my fault. See, it was this abandoned lot of gravel, weeds, and a fenced in one, at that, the light was perfect, and it was all perfect...set close by was the back of an RV village lot, and a couple houses. Anyway. Here is Anna getting things ready. How can I say this differently? I enjoy the loveliness of this picture. :D

The lovely sun shining all around the thistles and weeds. Our picture lot.
Some thistles giving out plenty of tickly little puffy things.
The setting sun setting off the field and my up-swept hair.

Best, best, bestest of friends. Jean Marie and Anna. Sitting on hard, pointy gravel. Yeah....


Hahhaha....this was planned. A- Look over your shoulder, okay? J- What? Why? (click) Oh.

I thought of this one. :-) This point-giving is crazy. Anna couldn't see what I was doing, so I was describing, then took it, because right after this, I just about fell over from a rock poking me.
A very thistly and sticker-filled patch of weeds that Anna wanted me right up against...yet, it did give us some excellent shots, so it was worth it.

I love how Anna looks like she sees Prince Charming approaching, and I am giggling and swishing my skirts everywhere, and doing a little jig.

Dance, twirl, swirl, dance!!!! Hahahaha ha ha hah heh....but, then -

CRASH! Oh. My. Gosh. What was that loud noise? The moment after this, I said "Down", and we crushed ourselves into little balls in the weeds. Yes. Really. Due to some, ahem, unexpected company of the opposite sex (about 5, older and bigger, plus, we were uhh...girls and alone) in the fields nearby, which freaked us out, we left sooner than we expected, talking loudly- "Quite enough lovely pictures....hey, you got the tripod? Yeah, Mom wants us home by 5...." and such, as to not appear scared, even though we were internally panicking, and wondering why on earth we have not bought guns yet if we are old enough? So. Those were our expressions. :D I look worried and trying to identify the noise, and Anna is just shocked. :)
So...we moved on home, thanking the Lord many times for His protection, and talking about buying Pepper Guns. Seriously, 15 feet of pepper spray? Nice! Anyways, we headed over to the golf course, where the day earlier, we saw some very verdant leafy weeds. Hooray for the weeds again.

No, Anna did not carry the tripod like this the whole time, we set up, Anna got fire ants all over her poor little self, so we moved to a more hospitable area. (grin)


This lovely field next to the green. We weren't really supposed to be there, but hey, at least 1 out of 3 places was legal! We tried, really, we did....and we were quiet. Setting the frames again, while I pretended to model.

HUGS! Dear, sweet Anna and I.

Joy and glee over being protected from harm, and the sheer joy of having nothing to do but take pictures got into us, and we started dancing. More like spinning, because we didn't have anyone else to trade off to. :D Haha. It was such fun.

La, la, la, la, laaa!!!

And we laid down in the weeds. Again. It was Anna's idea. She made me do it. The girlie herself.

And yet another one of us...in weeds. What a trait weeds have...attracting photographers...I am thankful that we were not allergic. Believe me, I threatened to sue. :D

Our sunlight was quickly fading, but we got a few more good ones.

And then the golfers rather got too close, so we headed over in the dusk light to a good old tree. Believe it or not, it really was hard to get upon the branch, in a skirt, and trying to be dignified all at the same time.

Hello, everyone! Yes, this is Anna and I...posing...on a tree...in the dark and a killer flash. :)

And after we got home, shared our exploits and adventures, and had dinner, and cleaned up, it was time for dear Anna to go home. We had such lovely times together, it was like having another sister around the house. Anna, I totally loved having you over, it was our last vacation before school started back up, we made lots of memories together, I enjoyed every minute, even the scary ones, and the uneventful ones. I loved being with you, and loved you being with me. :)
Thank you so much for the fun. I cherish you as a dear, dear friend, and always will. The man who wins your heart will be a blessed and fortunate man indeed. I am praying for him, and for you. :)

And...after Dad and I took Anna home, I took some pictures of my hair before I took it down, because it was just so fun, pretty and elegant. Hopefully, you can see some of it.

Ooooh. Sigh. Anna, you can do my hair again soon, if you like! :) Thank you again!
And one last shot as we got home after our adventures, of the wintery trees, and not too wintery weather. It was, all in all, a most lovely two days. So very lovely. I cherish them now.I so hope you, Anna, and everyone who reads this, enjoyed reading through those two days. If you could only have seen our many, many bouts of joyous laughter, giggling over nothings, serious talks, spontaneous hugs, and talking about everything and nothing...I think you would cherish those days too. It's my joy to share it with you all. Anna- I lovest thou, and I love you oceans. :D God bless ya'll; be family, and come 'round!
Amazed by God's mercies,
Jean Marie

1 Corinthians 13

Anna posted pictures as well, on her photography blog. You can see them here.

9 comments:

Becca Elizabeth said...

I Love Them!!!!!!
Such lovely lovely photos.I love the one where you two are dancing, in that green field with such pretty trees behind you, and all of them in the bushes:D
I wish I could of seen your sister's shocked face when she saw you guys on your little adventure. You guys must have an interesting sight. I would have loved to see you guys traipsing around :)

I really enjoyed this post, Jean.
Love ya
~Becca

Kimberly said...

Awwww . . . Jean (and Anna), they are gorgeous. I love the pics. I was just thinking . . . you two are such very beautiful girls inside and out. :)

Emily Stone said...

BE-U-TIFUL!
I LOVE THEM!
:)
Beautiful photogs, some of my two favorite girlies in the whole wide world! Glad you both had such a lovely time, Jean.
Love ya oceans! :D *HAHA*
~Em

Anna Grace said...

Jean you are such good story teller. :) You also had SO many more pics then me. Thanks for doing the photo-shoot credit! Each one I look at, I am whisked back in time to the moment it was shot. Let me tell you people...she really WAS laughing like crazy. :D A lovely day it was!
Love you Jean dahlin!
Anna :)

Ashley said...

jean,

i just have to say, that you looked absolutely beautiful/adorable in these pics! i LOVE the hair--so elegant and austenian-ish. :)

they were all such cute pictures that i couldn't pick a favorite!

i want to come to florida and take some pics with you!!!!!!! :D

love you, dearest <3
ashley

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pics! Looks like a lot of fun was had indeed. :)

Anonymous said...

Oops! That last comment was from me-- Laurie! :)

Lydia Grace said...

These pictures are amazingly beautiful Jean! I love them, esp. the close-ups of your faces and the ones of y'all in the feld(s). So pretty! :)

Jean Marie said...

Thank you so much, everyone! I am so, SO glad that you all enjoyed looking at it. :D

Becca - you should come with us next time, and we shall ALL traisp around! :D

Kimberly - thank you, dearest.

Emily- I got tears in my eyes when I heard I was a favorite person. :)

Anna- yours was the comment I most wanted to see. Thank you, darlin', I love you SO...and loved our days.

And yes, Ash - you should come down and take pictures with me! Such fun we'd have!

Laurie- thank you for leaving me a comment! I was excited to see it!

Lyds - thank you as well! I can't tell you how much fun it was, except for the part of choosing 60 out of 350...not so fun. :D

To all - Yes, we did have SUCH fun, Anna said it... I really WAS laughing that much. :D You all would know how fun it was if you knew her...some of you do. :D

Thanks again, ya'll have blessed me with what you said. I am grateful for you all.

In Christ,
Jean Marie