Boys of Summer


"You did not hear them coming.  You hardly heard them go. The grass bent down, sprang up again.  They passed like cloud shadows downhill... The boys of summer, running." - Ray Bradbury I'm reading savoring a bit of Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine this summer for the first time in a long time.  I'm not quite sure when I first happened upon the book.  I loved Bradbury's Sci-Fi stuff in high school.  He was one of the few authors I would read for pleasure in those days.  I probably picked … [Read more...]

Stayin’ Cool


So hot the lens fogged up yesterday.  But we found a way to stay cool. Here's to the almighty sprinkler; that summertime staple which has cooled generations of happy little feet.   … [Read more...]

It’s Oh, So Quiet…

2015 Collage

I know it's been a bit (or a lot) on the quiet side over here on my personal blog as of late.  But that's because it's been anything but over on the Holli Long Photography website and client blog.  So, I thought I would take a moment to give a little peek at what's been going on this spring with the almost 1-year-old business! To see more from recent client sessions, head on over the Holli Long Photography Client Blog.  :)   … [Read more...]

Four, the Half-Way Point


Four has been a good, good age for us.  And it's already half-way through.  Savoring it all we can... … [Read more...]

Weekend Adventure


I think we've discovered the key to vacationing with 4-year-olds. It involves a fort. Some post-hike lounging. And a baseball. Oh, and of course a campfire. Simple enough. But simple enough to wear them plum out. Also, calling it a wrap after 24 hours to come home for a good 3 hour nap.  ;) And so now we're home and already ready (already) for another mini getaway...and soon!   … [Read more...]

Front Yard Storytime


We took advantage of some fresh, spring air this afternoon with a little storytime in the front yard. With an occasional assist from the lady behind the lens, Thing Two led us through a classic tale of Lightnin' McQueen and Friends. And because I don't have the heart to explain that finger to a four-year-old, for now it is suitable pointer.  ;) Lawn stories are the best stories. Especially in the company of your best bro and the green, green grass. … [Read more...]

When Working from Home…


There are definitely many pros to working from home.  I can set my own schedule.  My commute is great.  And, don't tell, but I sometimes (okay or most of the time) can get away with working in my yoga pants.  Bonus. However, there are also some challenges with a home office.  For one, interruptions - even the welcome kind - are frequent.  For example, say you are working on a styled product shoot for the upcoming Mother's Day Holiday, thinking you can get it done "real quick" while the … [Read more...]

April Evening


Warmth has hit the 'burbs with t-shirts and airplane flight. Breathe in, breathe out...spring. … [Read more...]

Let ’em Soar


After a weekend visit to the Air Zoo in Michigan with Nana and a favorite Auntie, it was time to try their little hands at flight. Ready, Mom? If you look closely you can see the sunset in his eyes there...and mom.  I'm there too.  We have lift off! Brother's turn. Ready, set? Let 'er fly, boys.  Let 'er fly. Thankful for their memories of this weekend with Nana, and for mine. … [Read more...]

Shadow Play


We found something today. Something we weren't quite sure whether it had gone away for a season or for good.  But the sun came out, and with it, some warmth.  And we found it. And it was cause for dancing. And jumping. And all-around celebrating. {Superhero style.} We topped 50 degrees here today in the Midwest.  And it was good.  So good. To find it once again. … [Read more...]