When I took this photo of Maddy, the colors were so delicious that I almost didn't notice how fun and interesting the patterns were. This is exactly the type of photo I love best in black and white! Just look at those circles and stripes and that milky white complexion and jet black hair!
I used Pioneer Woman's free B&W action but it was a bit too cold so I tried Shana's Florabella/Luxe Mink action but it was too brown (warm) for this photo -- so I blended both of them together to get this perfect result. I love it.
But you have to see the color version too. I processed this with the Luxe action, Musette.
I took this photo in the lobby of our hotel in Pismo Beach this weekend. We were there for our 5th reunion of our China adoption travel group. In early September of 2005, 38 families from our agency flew to China to bring home their babies. 39 Children in all:
35 girls (including twins)
We came from all over the USA and many different walks of life but we had this one thing in common and we've come together each year since then to celebrate it: Our adopted child(ren).
This is the first year that the kids have been old enough to remember that they know one another. They played together for hours which finally gave their parents some time to relax and chat. These reunions are certain to only get better and better every year! Here's a pic of a bunch of the kids right after the Pinata burst.
The weather was crisp and cool. It seems like Fall is in the air. I even found a pretty leaf on the ground at Avila Farm.
I picked a special new outfit for the girls to wear this weekend. Gwen was really excited about dressing up - surprising since she's never cared about that sort of thing before. It's possible that she's going to be a girly-girl after all! :)