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All the pretty horses [road trip Oregon]

Before we started wedding photography Mark & I used to shoot for the fun of it – landscapes, macro, our kids, and anything we thought was beautiful or interesting.  Mark & I met at a photo club (geeky, I know!) and took some darkroom classes together, we bonded and became friends over photo talk back in the day (not so long ago) when you shot slides and tried to nail the exposure every single time, or you played in the darkroom for hours to get a single perfect print.  With slides and in the darkroom there was no photoshop to “save” you, no raw files, no lightroom, and no actions, just the pure simplicity of taking photographs, where the light, the composition, and the art of it mattered.  We were obsessed, and in the process we fell in love with photography and with each other.

Which brings me to a couple of weeks ago when we had a week off.  We decided to take a road trip.  We went with no real destination in mind, just to head South in search of sunnier skies. We took it slow, stopped whenever we felt like it, stayed in whatever dinky motel we could find in whatever little town we happened to be in.  We listened to music, we talked about serious things and about nothing at all, we sat for hours without taking, and we got sunburned through the windshield of the car watching miles and miles go by outside.  If we were inspired we took photos, just for us.  No pressure, no deadline, just for fun.

Heaven.

It’s good to be home, feeling refreshed and ready for the start of this season.  We are dying to photograph every sweet little baby, every family, and every single one of our weddings.  All of these moments that we are so, so fortunate to capture…it is good to remember why we do it in the first place, and to know that we are doing what we love and it’s still fun!

Here’s a little of what we saw.  We stumbled on The BLM Wild Horse Corrals near Burns, Oregon. These wild horses are in captivity waiting to be relocated and for adoption.  A controversial subject.  One day we will take a trip just to see wild horses in all their gorgeousness and free.   http://www.blm.gov/or/districts/burns/wildhorse/corral.php. http://www.lvrj.com/news/wild-horses-preservation-program-flies-out-of-control-135817523.html

The Badlands of Oregon

The Painted Hills.  We got there at dusk.  It was magical although not the best light for photos.  We’ll be back someday when we have more time and find the magic light!

All the pretty horses 
Hush-a-bye, don’t you cry,
Go to sleepy little baby.
When you wake, you shall have,
All the pretty little ponies.
Blacks and bays, dapples and greys,
Go to sleepy you little baby,
Hush-a-bye, don’t you cry,
Go to sleepy little baby.
Daddy’s boy Mama’s joy
Go to Slumberland my baby
When you wake, you shall have,
All the pretty little ponies.
Hush your cries
Close your eyes
Dream of pretty little ponies
Hush a bye don’t you cry
Go to sleep my little baby
Darkness falls and man calls
Go to sleep my little baby
When you wake, you shall have,
All the pretty little ponies.
Up and down round and round
Dream of pretty little horses
Hush a bye don’t you cry
Go to sleep my little baby
Go to sleep my little baby.
Meaning: originally sung by an African American slave who could not take care of her baby because she was too busy taking care of her master’s child. She would sing this song to her master’s child (Lacy 1986, p. 76). Originally, the lyrics were “birds and butterflies, peck at his eyes” but were changed to “birds and butterflies, flutter ’round his eyes” to make the lullaby less violent for younger children. This theory is backed by the reference to “wee little lamby…cried for her mammy” as slaves were often forcibly separated from their own families in order to serve their owners. This verse is in a very different emotional tenor to the rest of the lullaby, suggesting a particular significance. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_the_Pretty_Horses_(lullaby)
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Michelle - Love the pics and the write-up mom.

Kristy Klaassen - These are wonderful. What a truly marvelous vacation – so relaxing and inspirational.

Stephanie Ingram - This is the song I sing to. Elise every night , I didn’t know all the words though so thank you:-) For the beautiful pictures and the e s ngs history. Such a pleasure to see your pictures, as always

whitealbum - That is so cool Steph! It’s a sweet lullaby and it’s interesting to know the meaning of it.

angela hubbard - these are wonderful!