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Today I had the pleasure of sharing an intimate moment with a family close to my heart.  The portraits are raw - both in emotions and in photographic technique.  Yet, despite the lack of perfection, the images speak volumes to my soul...

A precious moment:

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I love the characters coming through in this shot:

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Striking pink tulips, lovingly placed and beautifully framed by nature's foliage:

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I love the subtle connection between this angel's pink tee shirt and the pink of the tulips placed at her sister's resting place:

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Pity this shot isn't perfectly in focus (and of course the hand!) but loving the look of pure joy on this pooch's face:

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Beaches provide such delicious backdrops:

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This pic reminds me of a cross stitch picture I created many, many moons ago entitled "Collecting Sea Shells":

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Not a bad composition considering at this point the model was suffering from a bruised ago:

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Clearly I need to work on focusing when shooting moving objects - but its still a rather cool shot:

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Still life is SO much easier:

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Often it is the most ordinary every day moments that create the most powerful images:

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If you look past the fact that the shells - the apparent 'subject' of the image - are grossly out of focus, you may admire the detail of the tree stump upon which they sit.  Miss Ten says: "It looks as if the shells are sitting on carpet.":

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Somewhat better focus (clearly I was using the wrong lens) but still not thrilled with the image:

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Got to love mischievous boys:

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Love the way the tree frames Satine and whilst I was initially disappointed that she is out of focus, its growing on me as the composition draws the eye to the focal point - the dog lead - albeit, not a particularly interesting subject matter:

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I love the cheeky look on his face:

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This angel is SO photogenic - pity the slightly out of focus shot isn't doing her justice:

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She must have known something and decided to assist the photographer by providing a target:

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Nature provides such cool frames:

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Action shot - in focus for a change:

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Gorgeous lighting conditions for portraits:

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Pity the focus isn't on the girl facing the camera - but a pretty cool shot none-the-less:

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One of my favourite shots of the day.  Perfect focus, great composition and so full of life and character:

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I wonder what he was thinking at this moment:

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I'm pretty happy with this shot too:

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Another potentially gorgeous shot, disappointingly out of focus - my eyes are failing me:

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You can't help but love candid un-posed portraits:

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The vibrancy of the tulips is so beautifully off-set by the dark shades of the foliage:

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Again, the muted colours in the foliage brilliant frame the subjects:

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I love the sombre mood in this image:

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Portraits (particularly of moving subjects) are tricky - but I can't wait for the next opportunity to shoot some more.  Thank you my beautiful friend for sharing this special visit with me today and for granting me permission to share these pics with others. 

I love you.