Recent Photography: Siblings, Sparklers, & Sunshine

*waves* How are you doing today? πŸ˜€ I hope your weekend has been wonderful! If not, well… maybe some photos of adorable babies and dogs will cheer you up – continue reading to see both. πŸ˜‰ I have quite a few photos to share today, but I’ve done my best to narrow them down. I hope you enjoy looking through my photography!


We’ll begin with some photos I took on a not-so-recent trip to Arkansas and Texas. πŸ™‚

Here’s my mandatory airplane wing photo. πŸ˜€

Laura and I like to play around with photo ideas while we’re on airplane flights. I got this neat shot of her looking out the window right before the sun came into view and she was blinded. *pats her sympathetically*

This lady was reading a book and her glasses were catching the light just right and I couldn’t resist… photographing strangers isn’t TOO creepy, right? πŸ˜€

Seeing the clouds from above never gets old! *waves to the distant airplane*

Here’s a picture of Laura taking a picture outside a pizza place in Texas.

I took this one in Starbucks. (Their hot chocolate is delicious, by the way.)

Which travel photo was your favorite? Do you think airplane photography is overrated?Β ThoughtsΒ onΒ takingΒ picturesΒ ofΒ strangers?

flora & fauna

I haven’t been in our woods lately, mostly because everything has been so astonishingly wet. However, I did get some photos in my aunt’s backyard. πŸ™‚

My aunt recently moved to a new house, and her yard is so pretty!

Ahh, I can’t wait for spring to come. πŸ˜€ Aren’t these flowers beautiful?

Golden hour in the hayfield is always lovely. πŸ™‚

*pats Maude on the head* This good girl was very patient while I took a bazillion photos of her.

I love this one – she looks so happy!

“Here’s what I think of you and your camera, human.”

Maude loves hunting grasshoppers in the tall grass. It’s very entertaining to watch her pounce. XD

Which photo from this category was your favorite? Do your pets enjoy being photographed?


I just realized that every photo in this category is black and white. O_o I think I’m going through a phase. XD I’ve taken quite a few photos of my siblings lately! First, though, prepare to melt at the sight of an adorable baby. πŸ˜€

AHH SO CUTE. We were at a Christmas party and he was constantly passed from person to person who wanted to enjoy his adorableness. πŸ˜›

*melts into a puddle*

Now for some photos I took on Christmas morning – it was quite fun capturing my siblings’ enthusiastic reactions. XD

Be glad you can’t hear the screaming that went along with Lila’s reaction. I think my ears are still ringing. :’D

The Three Musketeers. Ezra looks slightly panicked for some reason. XD

The other night, a spontaneous dance party broke out and I got a few photos. They’re a little dark, but it was a fun thing to capture. πŸ™‚

Which photo was your favorite? Do you prefer posed portraits or more natural ones? Thoughts on black-and-white photos?


I took a variety of random photos during Christmas and New Years. These first ones are of a light display at the Christmas party we went to. πŸ™‚

More black and white photos… whoops.

This mistletoe was in my aunt’s house when we went there for Christmas. Laura kissed her stuffed reindeer beneath it. XD

We spent New Year’s Eve at our friend’s house, and it was quite fun. What did you do for New Year’s?

I took this 30 seconds from midnight! It’s always fun watching the ball drop. πŸ˜€

I really like this one. πŸ™‚

Any tips for taking photos of sparklers? Did you stay up until midnight on New Year’s Eve?


Now for the random photos that don’t really fit into any one category. πŸ™‚

This is my new camera! πŸ˜€ It’s a 1950s Argus C3 film camera that a friend kindly gave to me after hearing that I loved photography. πŸ™‚ I’ve named it Bea and I’ve loved learning how to use it! It’s amazingly photogenic, which is a fun bonus. XD

The other day, there was a beam of light coming through a window in my parent’s bedroom that illuminated the dust in the air in a really pretty way. I’m not sure how well I captured it, but it was fun to try!

This teddy bear was laying on their bed, soaking up the sunshine. πŸ˜‰

Here’s my BIBPC entry for the category “epiphany”. πŸ™‚

Which miscellaneousΒ photoΒ wasΒ yourΒ favorite? HaveΒ youΒ everΒ usedΒ aΒ filmΒ camera?

Thank you so much for reading my post! I hope you have a fantastic day. 😊

Which category/photo was your favorite? Least favorite?

51 thoughts on “Recent Photography: Siblings, Sparklers, & Sunshine

  1. Ooh those are all so pretty! Laura sent me that photo of her kissing the reindeer. πŸ˜‚ I love those sparklers from New Years Eve. Your candid photos are so pretty. πŸ™‚

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  2. I like the pic of Laura.
    Sadly, I don’t have any pets, but the pics of the dog were nice.
    I like natural photos and I LOVE black and white pics!
    I did stay up for midnight, and we enjoyed shooting off fireworks!

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  3. Thoughts on taking pictures of strangers… it is completely acceptable. nods As long as you aren’t caught, and you aren’t doing it for creepy reasons. πŸ˜›
    I love your photos!

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  4. Ooh, Clara! I love your photography posts. πŸ™‚
    let’s see. Well, I love airplane photography, but maybe that’s just because I’ve only flown once. Heh. That one of Laura was good! AND FLOWERS! Eeep, I can’t wait for spring either. THAT BABY’S EYES ARE SO BIG, OH MY GOODNESS. Ha ha, your siblings ARE enthusiastic, oh my! No one in my family is EVER that enthusiastic. A regular smile is about all you’ll get around here. XD SPARKLER PICTURES! I tried doing those once. It was a little difficult but that was a couple years ago – I need to try again. πŸ˜‰
    As usual, I loved your post! (Ooh, and good idea for the epiphany category. πŸ˜‰ )

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    1. I’m so glad to hear that! Thank you! πŸ™‚
      I love it, too! Ooh, where did you fly to?
      AHH YES, hurry up spring. HA HA, I KNOW. Oh my, that sounds so nice and quiet. Let’s trade, please. XD
      You should totally try it again. πŸ˜€ Thank you so much for the comment, Aria!!

      -Clara ❀


      1. I flew to New York! I’m hoping to fly more, especially once I turn eighteen and get my drivers’ license…then I’m hoping to fly up to Allison’s regularly! (Hoping. Heh.) Ha ha, it’s too quiet! Even I’m like that, I’m afraid. XD I SHOULD! And of course. πŸ™‚

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  5. Great photos! You got some great photos of your siblings, and also of Maude πŸ™‚ .
    That’s neat that you got a film camera! I am getting one for a class that I will be taking! (I thought the class would work with my dslr until my teacher told me that I needed a film camera, oops! So now it is on it’s way from eBay. πŸ™‚ ) It will be interesting learning to use it. Have you enjoyed yours so far?

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    1. Thank you, Gracie! πŸ™‚
      Ooh, yeah – was that the one in your BIBPC entry? It looks so neat! Have you started learning how to use it yet?
      Yes, I have been enjoying mine – I’m currently waiting for my first roll of film to be developed. πŸ˜€

      -Clara ❀


  6. Great photos, Clara! Its so presicou​​s to capture your sibling’s reactions on Christmas morning. Another one of my favorites was definatel​y the photographs of the flowers. Lovely post!

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  7. YAYYYYY CLARA’S RECENT PHOTOGRAPHY! And so soon after the last random post! happy dance XD This was most excellent, dear!

    My favorites of the travel category were the first two, of the airplane wing and Laura. Oh, I love airplane photography! I really want to fly sometime, just so I can get pictures. :’D I think taking pictures of strangers is a TAD creepy if they didn’t know you were doing it… unless it’s just a silhouette like you posted. πŸ˜› XD

    Oh my goodness, the flower photos are PERFECT! They look like stock photos! heart eyes Ooh, that field looks super photogenic, especially with Maude added in. πŸ˜‰ My favorite of her is probably the first one of her chasing grasshoppers, where you can see a little bit of golden sunset. ❀ Our pets don’t mind being photographed too much except they almost always don’t look the camera “in the eye.” XD

    AHH, THAT BABY. HIS EYES ARE SO HUGE, especially in the second picture! Heheheh, I LOVE the photos of your siblings opening Christmas gifts. Their expressions are just the best. :’D I prefer candid photos, definitely, but posed ones can be beautiful as well. I think black and white pictures are excellent for photos where the colors are kinda ugly, or the picture is poorly lit (indoors, for instance). I guess it depends on whether you want to highlight the structure of the picture or the colors. πŸ™‚

    Ooh, I love your favorite sparkler picture too! And HAHA, that’s hilarious about Laura and the mistletoe. :’D Yep, we stayed up til midnight too!

    EEP A NEW CAMERA? IT IS BEAUTIFUL I LOVE IT! My granddaddy has a huge collection of really old cameras – like maybe 50! Old cameras are so neat. πŸ™‚ Ha ha, I love your epiphany picture too! It’s so clean and colorful and bright!

    Ooh boy, now for the hard part… my favorite category was probably either Travel (because of the unique subjects), or perhaps miscellaneous (again, the pictures were unique with a bonus of beautiful colors!)? YIKES I DON’T KNOW. My least favorite was probably Holidays, because the photos weren’t quite as interesting as the others in my opinion. My least favorite pictures were probably the birdbath one (it seemed a bit flat, like it could use more contrast or color), or one of the Christmas light pictures (again, the subject was a bit nondescript without color). My favorite pictures were the first picture of Laura, ALL THE FLOWERS, especially the middle two, the Christmas-gift-opening ones, and your new camera. πŸ˜€

    THERE WE GO, I DID IT! Woohoo, I feel so accomplished! XD XD Thank you for the marvelous post, Clara! I can’t wait till the next one. πŸ˜€

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    1. HOORAY! HA HA, I was feeling generous. XD Thank you so much!! πŸ˜€
      I liked those, too! Ooh, I hope you’re able to fly sometime soon – it definitely provides some great photography opportunities! Heh heh, I agree… but sometimes I just can’t resist. XD
      Awww, thank you! Would you believe that those were taken on Christmas day? XD Haha, I agree – and that’s my favorite photo, too! Yeah, I usually have to use treats to convince Maude to look at the camera. πŸ˜›
      AHH I KNOW. And ME TOO. They’re so funny! XD Ooh yeah, that’s a good way to put it – that’s something I’ll be keeping in mind when I edit in the future. πŸ˜€
      YES YES! I LOVE IT TOO! Whoaaaa, that’s so neat – old cameras are the coolest. πŸ˜€ Thank you so much!
      Yeah, the holidays category was my least favorite as well, and we have the same favorite photos! XD
      YAY FOR YOU! thunderous applause Thank you for the lovely comment, Allison!! ❀

      -Clara ❀

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