Jennifer won our Flip-Pal giveaway and has written this article on one of the ways she has used her Flip-Pal Scanner!
Spring has sprung in Texas! One of the traditions around Easter here in the Lone Star State is to take a picture in a field of bluebonnets. These beautiful little beauties pop up in March and hang around until about the middle of April, or sometimes, if we’re lucky, into early May. As Easter weekend approaches, it’s not unusual to see cars pulled over on the side of the highway, hazards flashing, as kids in their Sunday best wander into a purple-blue ocean. Close behind are Mom or Dad, cameras in hand, waving the kids into position.
Like any other Texan, I love the bluebonnets. I look forward to their appearance, however brief it is, every year. This year was no different. On Easter Sunday, I grabbed my camera, got the kids all gussied up, and headed out. It was a perfect day for outdoor photos! Completely overcast, God had set up His soft box for us. As we walked out the door, I was already planning my scrapbook page.
My daughter, Taliah, asked if she could pick one, but it’s not legal to pick them, so of course, I told her she couldn’t. But as I got to thinking about it, an actual bluebonnet, “large and in charge” on my layout would be so neat! My husband, Bryan, gave me “that look” when I hopped out of the van and ran back in the house for my Flip Pal.
By the time we got out to the area that had the best bluebonnet coverage, my perfect cloud cover was gone. True to reputation, the Texas sun had burned off my soft box and replaced it with brilliant midday sun. The field had no open shade, and my diffuser was not large enough to shade all four kids. Knowing that I was not about to get them all dressed up in their Easter outfits again, we made do. Ultimately, the image I ended up with is far from what I’d envisioned. It’s too bright, my highlights are blown, the kids are squinting, and if there was audio, you’d hear each of them complaining about the sun, or the grass poking them, or the random bug biting them.
Even so, it’s a moment captured, my beautiful family, out in the full glory of Texas springtime (sun and all). Taliah did try to pick a bluebonnet as we got ready to leave, so I let her help me scan one instead. She was tickled – and we averted lawlessness. A win-win for all!
Think about the beautiful, springtime “flora and fauna” in your area. Do you have a state flower that you want to include in your springtime layouts? What about some greenery from the garden? Bring your Flip Pal along and scan them where they grow!
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Article written by Jennifer Hamilton
Owner of www.jhmamarazziphotography.com