during nap times lately, i have been going through older images.  i have been doing this equally to do some re-edits (as my editing style has improved very much since those early years with photography), as well as to simply review my portfolio and old favorites.  when i stumbled upon this image, it took me back to another time in my life.  of a time before becoming a mama, when my only responsibility was these two punks.  and i was always making sure they were entertained, both because i love them and also so i could get crap done.  this image takes me back to what a typical day, pre-baby, looked like.  these two keeping busy (also known as being bribed), on my home office floor while i edited sessions, answered email and blogged.  it was a patterned pastime that was common a couple years ago and images like this remind me why it is important to document simple moments like this.  because a single image can take you back to a moment and make you relive and appreciate the time.  we don’t always know what memories we will cherish tomorrow, so it’s very important that we document today.

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A Patterned Pastime by Bethany Deschamp

A Patterned Pastime by Bethany Deschamp | Bethadilly Photography

this photo was achieved using : nikon d610 and portrait lens.

my settings were : ISO 200 | f/2.2 | 1/60ss

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week 25 of the bethadilly 52 is all about fatherhood.  and to be honest, it is something that i love to photograph.  even before having children, i was excited about the photos i would take of my husband with our children.  for reals, he is the calm one between the two of us.  i am very quick to panic and worry, where he is more calm and thinks through the facts before worrying.  he seriously had to get me through real tears during her first diaper rash, and i don’t even want to remember the story about her first fever.  i was a wreck.  of all the things i appreciate about him as a father, it is his ability to stay calm and…well, logical.  not only is he a strong head of the family and master of diaper changings, he is also the first person to give me a hug and calm my fears when it comes to raising this beautiful little human.  sometimes i think we only think of fatherhood as how a man interacts with his children, but it really is how he holds together the entire family…during a diaper rash crisis and all.

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The Bethadilly 52 Week 25 – Fatherhood

The Bethadilly 52 Week 25 - Fatherhood | Bethadilly Photography

this photo was achieved using : my nikon and wide angle lens.

my settings were : ISO 500 | f/1.4 | 1/320ss

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if you are looking for advice on how to keep plants alive, i am not the girl you should come to.  they say that if you want to have a baby, you should test out your mothering on a plant.  but that is just plain bad advice.  seriously, my plant game may be awful but my little baby girl is perfectly happy!  and plus, babies are so much easier than plants…at least they cry or get your attention when they are thirsty!  plants are just out of sight, out of mind for me.  but that stage after the full bloom can be just as beautiful and definitely work picking up your camera for.

after returning from a wagon ride with our little girl, i noticed our once vibrant roses were now pretty brown.  and by pretty brown, i mean dead and crispy.  i found their final state to be gorgeous and worth grabbing my camera for.  as i photographed their crispy brown petals, i whispered that i would try harder with them the following year.  because let’s be real, these things just keep coming back.  it’s like they give me a second chance again and again and again.  how kind of them?  don’t tell them that i plant on replacing them next year with something less high maintenance.

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After by Bethany Deschamp

After by Bethany Deschamp | Bethadilly Photography

this photo was achieved using : my nikon and wide angle lens.

my settings were : ISO 100 | f/1.4 | 1/320ss

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last week found us on our very first road trip with the baby.  sure, we’ve traveled with her before, but always by plane.  this time our travel plans included 8 hours in the car and days full of sightseeing.  for a moment, we thought we were a little presumptuous thinking that we could achieve all of this with a one year old, but she proved us wrong.  she rallied and showed us that, should we want to plan more travel for the summer, she is more than happy to go along for the ride.  as long as we take a break for kisses, once and awhile.  it keeps morale high.

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of anything that we could have forgotten to pack for our trip, it was our chest carrier, which she absolutely adores.  while touring the biltmore estate in north carolina, we found ourselves kicking ourselves for forgetting it.  while strollers are perfectly welcome and encouraged at the estate, there are lots of stairs.  we were constantly saying, “you grab the bottom, i’ll grab the top” and packing the stroller up and down stairways.  it was a little hot that day too.  but we all still smiled and enjoyed our day.  and if our chest carrier was the only thing we forgot to bring, we claim that we packed pretty darn successfully.

Break for Kisses By Bethany Deschamp

Break for Kisses By Bethany Deschamp | Bethadilly Photography

this photo was achieved using : my nikon and wide angle lens.

my settings were : ISO 100 | f/1.4 | 1/800ss

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negative space is something that i incorporate regularly into my images, making week 23 of The Bethadilly 52 somewhat effortless for me.  in northern virginia, we have been graced with some beautiful summer storms throughout the past couple weeks.  i say graced on purpose, because i really love summer storms.  i love the cozy sound of them, i love the look of them, and i really love heading outdoors after they are over…especially with my camera.  as i was waiting for some clients to arrive at a session, i noticed a beautiful stormy sky overhead.  don’t worry, it didn’t rain out my session.  in order to bring more personality to the image, instead of photographing just the sky, i placed a rooftop and surrounding trees into the bottom third of my frame for more visual interest.  in the end, i loved all of the texture found within the image, from the soft dark clouds to the crunchy leaves, to the smooth metal roof decorated with two crisp looking chimneys.  the texture and negative space within this image really come together to create a compelling image that tells a beautiful story of yet another summer storm brewing.

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The Bethadilly 52 Week 23 – Negative Space

The Bethadilly 52 Week 23 - Negative Space | Bethadilly Photography

this photo was achieved using : my nikon and wide angle lens.

my settings were : ISO 100 | f/2.8 | 1/3200ss

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