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First Sneak Peak of Heather & Jake’s Wedding

I am excited to present the first round of sneak peaks from Heather and Jake’s wedding!
I had a blast shooting their wedding on September 8th.

I know a lot of photographers enjoy taking the photos probably more so than anything else, but I find that my equally favorite part is the editing process. Which is crazy, I know, because it is so very tedious. I can spend a ton of time on just one picture, but once it’s finished it is worth it. I love seeing the best version of the photos when it’s all said and done. All that attention to detail and OCD (in certain cases) that I have really pays off. πŸ™‚

Anyway, here are the first six photos of many more to come. Enjoy!

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On Hobbies and Obsessions

I’ve never felt blogging pains more than I do right now. I miss the freedom and creativity of it, the communities, the forming of unlikely friendships over rants (or well-put together words) on a page. I just miss writing something.

Sometimes I wish I never quit it, and that I continued my once-a-week, sometimes every other day, postings. It was a constant. I had a good following and a brand, but I got tired of it. My brand didn’t reflect me anymore. Also, I ran out of stuff to talk about. Mainly that.

So now I’m just going to be someone who has tons of hobbies: taking pictures for friends and family and posting them on a blog, reading four books at a time because I get bored of one and have to switch, baking cookies and cakes, drawing (but I’m in a slump), writing (also in a slump), and singing Africa by Toto and anything by Journey when no one is around. And also obsessing over The Lord of the Rings. So much obsessing. And snapping photos of pretty flowers and some of my pop vinyls on Instagram, and never using an obscene amount of hashtags unless it’s to be ironic.

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And photos of Steve. Can’t forget Steve.

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And that one time the sky looked really awesome.

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Just so I’m keeping up with the new theme of the blog, there are your photos for the day. Thanks, Instagram, for helping me out with today’s post! Actually, that might make a good reoccurring theme on the blog.Β  Or just posts with photos of the books I read, or the things I bake, or some really nicely stacked books and writing utensils and notebooks and journals, or my growing Tolkien book shrine. (Obsession, remember? I also obsessively hoard books and journals. Don’t judge.)

I digress.

I missed you blog.

TTFN.

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photo endeavors of 2017

Besides taking a ton of photos of each step of our little cabin that is currently being built, I haven’t had much camera action lately. Sad, I know. But there is still time. A little over half a year to live up to my new years resolution of taking more pictures.
So, back to my original plan of recreating this whole blog. I did do photography in January for my best friend’s adorable son Danger’s second birthday. (That was a loaded sentence. I should probably go back and reword that, but nah. This blog is now mainly about the photos and only slightly about the words that go with them. I’ll just let the pictures speak for themselves, for the most part.)
Here are a few highlights from the party.

 

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So here is the new blog, retooled. Slightly. Just a name change. Happy first post of 2017 for LMLewis Photography! Only four months late!

Happy end of April!

It’s gonna be May!*

untilnexttime

 

*Said in NSYNC tone.


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A letter to 2016

I am the worst blogger.
I used to be pretty good about blogging regularly, but I guess life just happened. 2016 has been a pretty crazy, hectic year. That year included house building, working, wedding planning, etc. I guess keeping up this little corner of the internet just didn’t fit into that crazy, hectic schedule.

I finally realized the other day, when I sat down to fill out my blogger stats for a group I’ve been a part of since about 2012, that I don’t need to keep updating religiously anymore. Things happen. I’m not the blogger I used to be, not even the person I used to be. I don’t think blogging is going to be the same anymore for me. I missed two months of blogging straight. It’s the first time I’ve missed two consecutive months since I created this thing in 2012, pretty much.

So, I was close to sending in stats for a blog that I don’t even write that much for when I realized, hey, I can let it go for a while if I want. So I closed out the page when I only lacked a few more entries in the form.

I don’t need to hold on to stuff. I have a hard time getting rid of the packages my makeup comes in, but I’ve been slowly throwing them away. Granted, I haven’t gotten rid of the bag I threw them away in yet, but it’s the small steps that matter.

I’ll throw the bag out soon.

I’m not really saying that I’m quitting this blog, but I might throw the bag out on the brand and start something completely different in 2017. New year, new blog brand.

I’m throwing the bag out on unnecessary stress, too. It’s not worth stressing about stupid things that when you look back on it in a few years, you’ll regret wasting even that small bit of time on. There is no room in life to dwell on things that will only lessen it, literally. So, hello to happy times and a longer, happier, stress free life.

I’m throwing the bag out on 2016, while I’m at it, after the month of November (my tying the knot will be the last major good thing about the year 2016). Because, let’s face it, 2016 was the year of horrible things mixed with a few nice things. It will be the end and the beginning of a new stage of life for me. I like to think of it like that.

 

So, bye 2016. Bye blog (for a little while), bye stress, and bye old makeup packages. I swear I’ll put you in the next bag going out on garbage day.

 

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August Play by Sephora Review

This month’s Sephora Play box was the “eye openers” theme. All of it was good. That’s just all there is to it. So many great, high end products that I most likely will never actually buy. But it’s nice to try them out, ya know what I mean? πŸ˜›

Here are my reviews.

  • Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow in I-544

Highly saturated, iridescent pink granite eyeshadow made with a unique gel-powder formula and ultrafine pigments for smooth color.

I absolutely love this shade. It’s so pretty, and it looks great when mixed with other earth tone shades of eyeshadow. Very long lasting, too.

  • Urban Decay Perversion Mascara

Lengthening and volumizing mascara coats eyelashes with triple-black pigment and a buildable, creamy formula.

This is good stuff. It separates and elongates my lashes, and it doesn’t flake and lasts all day.

  • Clean Reserve Warm Cotton

Bright and pure blend of understated floral and musk, reminiscent of the soft scent of fresh linens.

This smells so amazing. Like a freshly washed batch of clothes. I’m in love.

  • Lancome Energie De Vie Smoothing & Glowing Liquid Care Moisturizer

Concentrated energizing liquid lotion visually relieves dullness, diminishes signs of fatigue, and promotes a healthy looking glow.

This smells nice. I need a product like this in my daily routine. Not sure this would be the one for me, but it is good.

  • Algenist Eye Renewal Balm

Soothing and moisturizing eye cream visibly reduces dark circles, puffiness, and wrinkles with anti-aging Alguronic Acid.

Good stuff. Expensive stuff. $80 expensive. Needless to say, I will not be adding it to my routine. But it’s nice to have a little of it to pamper myself with.

  • Sephora Collection Contour Eye Pencil 12hr Wear Waterproof in Love Affair

Creamy, easy-to-apply pencil with long-lasting, 12-hour waterproof formula in a shimmery plum shade that was handpicked for you.

Love it! It’s not a shade I would normally go for, but it pairs perfectly with the Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow. It really does last a long time, too. You almost can’t tell it’s a plum color if you line your bottom lids with it.

 

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Ipsy August Glam Bag Review

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I wasn’t that excited about Ipsy’s August bag. I didn’t like the actual design of the bag at first, but it’s grown on me. I like that it’s durable, well made, and easy to clean. I may actually use it. As for the products, this month’s haul was the least tailored to me out of all the past bags I’ve received. But, be that as it may, it’s still a good haul for only ten bucks. I still approve.

Here are the products, their descriptions, and my reviews of them.

  • Marc Anthony True Professional Nourishing Argan Oil of Morocco Deep Conditioning Hydrating Treatment

Did your beach goddess days of summer wreck havoc on your hair? Instantly condition and restore it with this uber hydrating treatment.

This is good stuff. It tames my frizz and makes my hair soft and pretty. I’ve never tried Marc Anthony products before, so I was excited to try this. I give it two thumbs up.

  • This Works in transit camera close-up

This mask-moisturizer-and-primer-in-one instantly preps your skin for photo-perfect makeup. Posh Spice is a fan (and we bet David likes it too).

I love primers. It’s cool that this product is a three-in-one type thing. Works great, it just smells kind of funny. Like… pickles. Meh.

  • Beauty For Real I-LINE 24-7 Eyeliner in Black Magic

Black magic. This insanely pigmented gel liner wins our title for the smoothest glide. Simple to apply and easy to blend. We’re under its spell.

I love how easily this glides on and how deep and pigmented it is! It lasts all day, too, with minimal smudging. I now have plenty of crayon eyeliners from Ipsy to last me several years. Saves me a ton of money, so that’s nice. πŸ™‚

  • Beau Gachis Paris Pro Series Applicator Sponge

Sponge-worthy. This latex-free wonder is stiff enough for precise application of cream blushes and highlighters, as well as foundation.

I have no need for a sponge applicator, but I’ve always wanted to see what the hype is about them. They’re pretty nifty little sponges. I was excited to get one because I’ve always wanted to try, but never wanted to buy, ya know what I mean? They’re like… twenty bucks at Sephora. So yeah. If I ever decide to start using liquid foundation, now I have the perfect tool for blending.

  • NYX Professional Makeup BORN TO GLOW LIQUID ILLUMINATOR in Sunbeam

Oh, do glow on. Lightweight and lustrous, this illuminator hits the highlights and delivers just the right dose of shimmer and shine.

I thought this would be too sparkly, but it blends pretty well into my skin and doesn’t look too noticeable. I still think it’s a little bling-y though. I’d only wear it for nights out on the town. And maybe as an eyeshadow base.

 

This month was the first time I redeemed points for an extra product! I got Ka-Brow. Unfortunately, they didn’t let me choose the shade it came in. I wanted the darkest, and they gave me the lightest. Boo. But it still works. I love it.

 

 

untilnexttime