Monday, June 18, 2012

children of summer // portraits


I am a child of summer. Born there, grown there, left there to stay.

I drink the warm scent carried upon the balmy breezes of a summer day like a woman drinks her perfume--the scent of freshly mowed grass and drying leaves scattered in the wind, pale roses releasing their petals in soft showers, and blackberries ripening in their homes.

I revel in the long nights, the twinkling stars in a clear sky, and the sun-spotted mornings; the dappled shadows, the deep greens of a shaded grove, and the pure white and gold of daisies sprinkling a yellow field.
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The past few days have been weather bliss. I took advantage of the lush greens and sunny skies and took my camera and tripod out back. There is this lovely little place behind our woodpile that I have had my eye on for some time--a patch of green woods, dappled and leafy. I have been wanting to try some self-portraiture, and this seemed the perfect spot to do so.  

It was hard. And patience-trying. But I emerged from that leafy bower with much learned, much gained, and much happiness that I am not (nor ever could be) a model. 

A little while later Olivia volunteered herself as a model for the benefit of myself, much to my happiness (bless her heart. I can only stand taking photos of my own awkward face for so long). And thus we both reveled in the forest as children of summer. 


Summer, pass ye by slowly. The days are long yet short, and I want to make one hundred daisy chains before you fade.

xo,
lucia

ps-the shirt I'm wearing? handmade. my dad got it for my aunt when he was a journalist in cyprus 37 years ago. she passed it down to her daughter, who wore it for years, and now it's in our family. sweet little relic of history, eh? 

also: braid crowns are my new fave at the moment. video tutorial, anyone? warning: many.bobby-pins.needed. 

34 comments:

  1. Wow. Wow. That's all I can say. Your self-portrait shots are brilliant! And both you and Olivia are such gorgeous girls!

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  3. Beautiful words, beautiful sisters, beautiful pictures, beautiful post, beautiful header, beautiful blog. Love! :D
    -Madi

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  4. braid crown tutorial = YES PLEASE.

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  5. Oh and I'm all for a beautiful braid crown tutorial. :) ok...I know enough of the beautifuls already haha

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  6. summer is such an amazing season! i'm beginning to really appreciate it, hearing about all this 'summery' stuff on many girls' blogs, and living in the middle of a freezing winter! i cannot wait to have summer...it's going to be the best one yet! :)
    you girls are the most gorgeous pair of sisters i've ever set eyes on before!
    and your new design is the best i've seen so far!!! beautiful.
    xoxox

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  7. Beautiful pictures! I really really want a tutorial of how you did your hair! And I love you shirt, too. :)

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  8. Beautiful, Lucia! I am so glad you had time to do this precious little photo-shoot. :) (And no--your face is anything but *awkward*...though I know how self-portraiting goes.)

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  9. These are gorgeous. :) I'm a summer child tooooo.
    gaaah. I want your eyes! And that shirt please too.

    p.s. yes yes yes!! Pleaseeee do a braid crowns tutorial!!!!
    p.p.s. loooveeee the new header!!!

    x.

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  10. Hi Lucia!

    Such pretty pictures, as always!

    Yes, we're enjoying summer down here too. Even though we've had some extremely "hot-in-a-way-that-makes-you-not-want-to-get-out-at-all" kind of days. :)

    Oh yes, please do a video tutorial for the braid crowns hairstyle!

    God bless you!
    Joy :)

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  11. Ah! You both are so pretty! Love the photos, Lucia!

    Nae-Nae

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  12. Oh gosh, you both are gorgeous! And I am the same way. I try taking pictures of myself, and then must give up before I get too discouraged ;) But then there is my sister, Maddie, that could seriously be a model.

    ~Molly~
    mollyslittlecorner.blogspot.com

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  13. lovely. oh so lovely. honestly these are beautiful, I especially love the one you are using as your header. gahh!

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  14. This is so beautiful.
    I love taking self-portraits, but it's not easy to get a good one. Your selfies are great!

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  15. ahhh, so pretty! Great pics, I love the new header pic! and love the daisys and the milk maid braid. :)

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  16. you two are drop dead gorgeous. lovely pictures- you're an amazing photographer!

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  17. just beautiful!!!!! this is simply stunning and captures the true essence of summer.

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  18. Beautiful pictures. I kept thinking it was all the same person till I noticed the brown and blue eyes. =)
    ~Aidyl

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  19. You and your sister are gorgeous!
    what editing software do you use?

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  20. Beautiful pictures, as always. Your photography is absolutely stunning, Miss Lucia! :-)

    --Megan
    www.immeganjune.com

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  21. Lovely!! I love the flowers in I suppose you're hair? =D

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  22. Um. Can you say gorgeous? No wait, thats my job. You. Are. GORGEOUS! I LOVE these pictures!!!!!

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  23. Beautiful photography, Lucia! You and your sister are really lovely :).

    In His love,
    ~Joy @ joy-live4jesus.blogspot.com

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  24. Beautiful photos! You have the prettiest blue eyes, too.

    http://hopefulforhomemaking.blogspot.com

    ~Stephanie

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  25. sooo pretty. UM, i think you could be a model, lu...both of you. :D

    -megan

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  26. this. is. gorgeous. you are so so so talented!!

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  27. Wow, I love your photography! You are such a talented girl! I love your portraits. They are so beautiful. You and you sister are beautiful. :) Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos and words online. :)

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  28. You and your sister are gorgeous! I love the pictures. By the way, is it okay if I steal your old blog name Umbrella Girl?


    http://jumping4jesus.blogspot.com/

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  29. You are both so beautiful!! :) I need to try some self portraits... scary though. :) haha.

    And crown braid tutorial? YES, PLEASE. :)

    xo,
    mikailah

    www.maid4him.blogspot.com

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  30. love love love your blog :)
    these pictures are so beautiful xx

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  31. Yes, do a video tutorial! Your hair looks so pretty like that. :)
    All those photos are absolutely beautiful, Lucia! <3

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