Lyra Lee Photography: Blog http://lyraleephotography.com/blog en-us (C) Lyra Lee Photography lyrahelen@gmail.com (Lyra Lee Photography) Sun, 01 Apr 2018 02:03:00 GMT Sun, 01 Apr 2018 02:03:00 GMT http://lyraleephotography.com/img/s/v-5/u897120642-o434198979-50.jpg Lyra Lee Photography: Blog http://lyraleephotography.com/blog 120 80 How Does Lyra Lead her Senior Sessions? http://lyraleephotography.com/blog/2018/3/how-does-lyra-lead-her-senior-sessions I am super excited to have had my husband's help in putting together this video. I talk a little about how I lead my senior sessions and describe how I bring about genuine emotion, rather than stiff and posed smiles. I still have some space on my calendar this summer for some seniors, so contact me today to book your session!

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Shoot and Share Contest Results http://lyraleephotography.com/blog/2018/3/shoot-and-share-contest-results This year, I submitted images to a huge photo contest called Shoot and Share for the first time. I was happy with the results and I learned so much being a part of the voting process. Take a look at which photos did best below...

This image ranked 168/19,330 in the lifestyle/documentary category. 

 

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Booking 2019 Seniors Now http://lyraleephotography.com/blog/2018/3/booking-2019-seniors-now I'm so excited to be launching senior booking today with a very special deal. All Seniors who book by March 17th will receive 15% off the total cost.

Want to know if I'm the photographer for you?  First, scroll to the end of this blog post. Then, look at my portfolio.  After doing that, head over to my FAQ page, where you will find out more about the way I lead my shoots. If you're still interested, click here to contact me. I would love to hear from you! 

 

Contact me today to book your session. $200 deposit holds your spot on the calendar and remainder of balance is due 24 hours prior to scheduled shoot. 

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Senior Session | Paige | Shiloh School http://lyraleephotography.com/blog/2018/3/senior-session-paige-shiloh-school Paige's mom contacted me this past summer when we were traveling across the country by way of Canada. She told me that she felt certain I was the right photographer for them, and this, of course made me feel great. There is nothing better than hearing someone state that they trust you fully with their photography needs. Especially when it comes to a beautiful daughter. I'm so happy they trusted me! We started out downtown and then headed over to my favorite overlook by the Missouri River, here in Bismarck. Here are some of my favorites from our time together.

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Bismarck Senior Session | Erin | Legacy High School http://lyraleephotography.com/blog/2018/3/bismarck-senior-session-erin-legacy-high-school I was so thrilled when Erin contacted me to do an ice skating shoot! She has been skating since the age of 7 and travels to compete regularly with the Capital Ice Chips here in Bismarck. Her team just earned a bronze medal in the National Synchronized Skating championship!!! She will be attending the University of Montana and I have to say I'm a little jealous. I love Montana!!!! 

 

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Mark and Melody | Intimate Wedding | Bismarck, North Dakota http://lyraleephotography.com/blog/2018/2/mark-and-melody-intimate-wedding-bismarck-north-dakota I was so thrilled when Melody contacted me about the small and intimate wedding she and Mark were planning. It was planned for the middle of the day on a Wednesday at the little park beside Memorial Bridge in Bismarck. We met up at the location a couple of weeks before the big day and it was so fun to meet them and discuss how the day would unfold. She said, "You just tell me what to do. I trust you!" YES! I can't tell you how nice if feels to hear those words! These two were such a joy to work with and I absolutely loved to watch them laugh together. They had so much fun and the wedding was so low key and simple. Family and friends surrounded them as they vowed their lives to one another and cheered after the kiss. As I drove away, snow began to fall, so they couldn't have timed it better. It was a perfectly beautiful afternoon for a wedding! 

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Prints for Sale http://lyraleephotography.com/blog/2018/2/prints-for-sale I've decided to offer some of my prints for sale! They are available via the gallery through this link, or you can order directly through me. Here are the images I have available for you to purchase. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me via my website. I'd love to help you get one of these images framed for your wall! I'll post some examples of framing options available via the gallery at the end of this post, so keep scrolling. 

 

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Best of 2017 http://lyraleephotography.com/blog/2018/1/2017-family-favorites As I wrapped up my first ever 365 Project at the end of 2017, I gathered my collection of favorites and have begun trying to figure out which ones I'm going to hang in my house. I get so overwhelmed with this task, that I usually give up and just don't do it. However, I'm determined to get these photos on my walls! So, I'll push through this winter and get it done, one way or another. 

A few months ago, I was asked to submit something to The Honest Lens Instagram hub about my experience so far with the project. I feel like there is so much I could say about how this project shaped me as a photographer this year, but this is a start. Here is what I said....

This is my first 365 project, and it has definitely been a challenge. However, I am learning as the year passes that this is exactly what my soul needed. I started out the year thinking it would be a great way to document our last year with our eldest son under our roof. What I didn't know was how hard it would be to let him go, and how much of a healing balm photography would become for my aching Mama heart. There are so many challenges faced when making the commitment to take pictures daily. The main challenge is overcoming my feelings. There are many times I just don't feel like picking up the camera. And, I have to give myself  permission to not pick it up sometimes. But, for the most part, I just keep picking it up anyway, and I'm always glad I did. This project has opened my eyes to how deep photography can dig into the depths of who I am. Recently, at a very low point emotionally, I forced myself to grab my camera and go for a walk. I decided to free lens with my Helios (this has been a great creative push for me). It felt as if life was being injected into me. When I began editing images from my walk the next day, I could feel some important lessons taking root in my soul. I was shooting in the midst of weeds, but there was still beauty to be found there. Isn't this life? Things can be so hard at times, but if I just stop and look around for a minute, I will find beauty. It's always there, waiting to be found.

I would just encourage anyone thinking of doing a 365 to take the plunge, as long as you are willing to give yourself grace. I think it can be too burdensome when we put unrealistic expectations on ourselves. We can’t expect to get a perfect shot every single day. It’s freeing to come to a place of accepting that reality. My goal is to get a shot that best tells a story. Sometimes, it’s not the best shot of the day that makes it into my 365. I choose the shot that best encapsulates a part of the day I experienced. All of the other shots are bonus shots, and I have so many more images than I would have had without this project. I need photography more than I ever realized before beginning this 365.

 

 

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Project 365 | Week Fifty-Two http://lyraleephotography.com/blog/2018/1/project-365-week-fifty-two 358/365

I love the shadow our Christmas tree casts on this wall each morning.

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I can think of no better image to share from Christmas day. She spelled out her Gran-Gran's name unprompted and completely out of the blue. Her namesake is always close to her heart. 

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I love that her brother is teaching her how to sew with her new sewing machine. I know nothing about sewing, so Gage saved the day!

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Christmas blur.

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We went to Michael's and bought these adorable lights to string across her bed. 

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15 years together! How did time go so fast?

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This print of a Millet painting has brought about great conversations in our home. 

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WHOA! I really did it! 365 days complete. I have to admit I was struggling at the end. And, I cheated a little. But, the project is complete. I felt it proper to end this artistic endeavor with a couple of detailed shots from a painting my Aunt Lynda created. I have no doubt that  her creativity influenced me greatly as a child. I always admired her ability to create and will treasure this painting for the rest of my life. It hangs proudly in my dining room and breathes life and beauty into this house daily. 

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Project 365 | Week Fifty-One http://lyraleephotography.com/blog/2018/1/project-365-week-fifty-one 351/365

She loves to dance!

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She even dances with the dog. 

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Shadow and light for the win again.

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Morning light in the kitchen.

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Reverse free-lensing before temps plummeted to -40 windchill.

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He enjoys his view of the neighborhood from our mud room.

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Project 365 | Week Fifty http://lyraleephotography.com/blog/2018/1/project-365-week-fifty 344/365

To accomplish making lunch at home on a Sunday afternoon these days feels like a big feat.

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Shadow and light gets me every time.

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Last light of the day, reflected on this old door.

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She has a real life big pup, but still loves this one. 

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Morning rituals continue.

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He hates decorating the tree, but I'm just happy to have him here to do it. I added extra lights a few days after this and I asked him if he had noticed. His response.."I've been intentionally not looking at the tree because it's so ugly, so no, I haven't noticed." We are considering splurging on a real tree next year. 

 

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Project 365 | Week Forty-Eight http://lyraleephotography.com/blog/2017/12/project-365-week-forty-eight 330/365

Gage is building a heavy duty work table so that he can build a bass guitar. His skills amaze me.

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I'm so thankful for my south facing windows during the winter. Sunlight makes me feel alive. 

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If there is food in his presence he waits patiently for crumbs to fall. 

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They are having a deep discussion about the bible. Her questions are getting deeper and deeper these days. 

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Shea has been enjoying his room lately and has turned over a new leaf by cleaning it regularly. I love that he enjoys his own space and that he has made it his own. 

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We went to the ND Heritage Center museum and met up with some friends. We need to take advantage of this awesome museum more often. It's just a short walk from our house, which is so nice. 

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Every. Single. Morning. This morning, I happened to have my camera ready.

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Project 365 | Week Forty-Seven http://lyraleephotography.com/blog/2017/11/project-365-week-forty-seven 323/365

His morning ritual.

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Magic dust makes us happy. We have plenty in this old house. 

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Anytime I'm just not feeling it with photography, I go out and reverse free-lens anything I can find. It always inspires. 

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She was on her way to an important meeting with leaders in her imaginary land. 

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I know I am biased, but this boy! I still can't believe we have an 18 year old son. This was thanksgiving day, and he took over cooking because I was sick. I sat at the bar and gave instructions, and he did a fabulous job. 

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I finally got around to playing with the rainbows created by our old lead paned windows. Each sunny afternoon, our walls and floors are dancing with color and I've been wanting to find a subject willing to endure my curiosity. She lasted for a few minutes. ;)

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 I went down to the basement to grab a few pictures of my boys building something, but they weren’t there. So, I decided to get creative. We’ve jumped on the Stranger Things bandwagon and my son says this image reminds him of that. We live in a very old house and to me it looks like I’m thinking, “What’s going to go wrong next?”

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{Family Session} The Drevecky's http://lyraleephotography.com/blog/2017/11/-family-session-the-dreveckys The wind was insane on the day of our shoot, and I came very close to rescheduling. However, this awesome family was the last on my schedule for the fall, and when checking the weather forecast, there were no better days in the future. The day after our shoot, temps dropped dramatically. So, we decided windy and warm was going to be way better than windy and cold. We made the best of our time together and it all worked out. In 2016 when I did their fall session, the boys were not mobile yet, and this year, they were on the go. I love sessions with young children because you just have to go with it and this is how the best shots happen. We met at a field in south Bismarck. Of course, I came with a loose plan of how to direct our time together, but the reality is that I have to let the kids lead, and that's the way it all works out best. Despite the ridiculous wind, the kids had fun, which is what really matters. Thank you, Drevecky's for trusting me in spite of the wind! You guys are the best! 

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Project 365 | Week Forty-Six http://lyraleephotography.com/blog/2017/11/project-365-week-forty-six 316/365

I have to admit this a cheat picture. It wasn't really taken on Day 316, but......I LOVE it and had to include it this week. 

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Morning light in this room gets me every day the sun is out. She continues to love playing with our nativity set and telling the story of Jesus' birth as she plays. Love it! 

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The weather has turned colder around here, but we are still seeing geese in the sky. And, we are trying to get out and enjoy the outdoors before things turn bitterly cold here in North Dakota. Fall is officially over, but winter hasn't hit full force yet. 

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We watched the movie Bridge to Terabithia (so good!!!) and it inspired Bryn to use her imagination at our favorite nature trail. We were visiting a magical world this day, and she was such a joy to watch. 

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All three of my kids in the frame. I'll take it!!! These three have really been enjoying each other lately, and it warms my heart. I love hearing them laugh together. 

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The baby in her arms belonged to her Granny when she was a child and the one on the couch was given to her by Granny. Today, she went over to our beautiful and amazing neighbor's house and picked out an entire wardrobe for her dolls. She is excited to play with them even more now! Thank you, Debbie!!! 

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Our friend James came over to play and these two used their imaginations the entire time they were together. The gift of imagination is  a beautiful thing, and I love how kids so freely share that gift, with no worries or inhibitions. 

 

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{Family Session} The Ault's http://lyraleephotography.com/blog/2017/11/-family-session-the-aults I had such a great time hanging out with the Ault family for their family session this fall. They are so laid back and always willing to trust me. The weather was perfect and location could not have been better. We explored along the shore of the Missouri River in North Bismarck, played on a playground with an old school merry-go-round, and ended our shoot with an incredible sunset high above the river. Eli was so much fun and kept us laughing!  

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Project 365 | Week Forty-Five http://lyraleephotography.com/blog/2017/11/project-365-week-forty-five 309/365

I'm thinking she looks pretty cute in her Daddy's hat. 

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I want to bottle these days up and save them forever. 

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My photography journey started with this boy. As a toddler, his eyes caught my camera and drew me in. I've been hooked ever since. 

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She loves grammar and I love light and shadows. I may or may not get a little distracted during our school days, but it all works out. 

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Around the time we started our school year, I discovered an amazing community of homeschoolers called Wild and Free. I devoured every podcast they had and felt like I had found my people. When I discovered they had this beautiful book, I was all over it. We haven't even dug into it yet, but I can't wait! My kids picked on me and decided I only bought the book because it contains beautiful pictures. They may be on to something. 

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The days of winter static are upon us. Morning light, bed-head, static. I like it. 

 

 

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Project 365 | Week Forty-Four http://lyraleephotography.com/blog/2017/11/project-365-week-forty-four 302/365

These girls had so much fun going to see The Fiddler on the Roof together. They all three are in 3rd grade this year, and Bryn fully embraces the fact that she is the smallest. :) 

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She came downstairs reading Lady of the Lake by Sir Walter Scott. This book was given to us by her Granny, and she's loving it. Poetry is becoming her thing. 

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This is the only picture I took with my "big camera" on Halloween. She chose to wear her Ethiopia dress this year, and of course, she couldn't forget the tiara. This is the first year we've been trick our treating in our neighborhood, because our church normally does a trunk or treat. We walked up to the governor's mansion, just down the street from our house, and went to a few other houses along the way. However, it was very cold, and this girl wanted to come home quickly. 

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Her ability to fix her hair continues to amaze me. She did this all by herself. 

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Cole pup has been in his happy place this week. He doesn't want to come in and stands at the window and door begging for us to come out with him. 

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I can't believe we have this, but this is an old measuring stick from my Grandaddy's tool box! His nickname (everyone called him by this) was Huck. Such a treasure! I miss him so much and seeing this brought back a flood of memories. He was such an incredible Grandfather. 

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She loves this nativity set. And, I love watching her play with it as she narrates the story of Jesus. 

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Project 365 | Week Forty-Three http://lyraleephotography.com/blog/2017/10/project-365-week-forty-three No words this week. Just pictures.....

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