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lisa denardo photography- open for business

I have been missing in these parts more and more lately. It tugs at my heart strings on some days. My words at times are abundant here, but lately it seems…that all of my words are used with my children, or the dishes, or something else I’ve dreamed up here or there…and maybe I am not necessarily speaking of my actual words, but instead my energy behind the words. The truth is, that I have been working hard on something big, but this big has created a bit of a shift in focus so to speak.

open (1)For many years I have been taking pictures. I got my first real camera, a Canon EOS Rebel GII 35mm Film SLR Camera, when I was in college when I took my first photography classes. A lot has changed since then…including the shift from film to digital, which I resisted for a long time. One Christmas my husband bought me my first real digital camera, a Canon Rebel XSi DSLR Camera, so that I could continue down the photography path. I spent a few years exploring, learning, and getting adjusted the whole digital world.

open (2)open (4)Over the past few weeks I have gotten to really take my photography to the next level, by making it official. Not only was I happy to get a few more experiences under my belt, but I also used my time to build my business it’s very own website. I had the luxury and pleasure of using the Canon EOS 70D for a week, and now I know what my next camera is going to be. I will forever be a Canon girl. So…about that website…

open (5)open (6)open (9)Without further ado, I introduce you to:

Lisa DeNardo Photography

Hop on over, check out what I have been up to, and let me know what you think. If you know anyone who would benefit from learning more about my photography services, please share. I am willing to travel.

their secret hideaway

“And forget not
that the earth delights
to feel your bare feet
and the winds long
to play with your hair.”
~Khalil Gibran

secret hideaway (1)As soon as we moved here, I spotted a nice rambling bush, for lack of a better term. When I peered inside and saw a bunch of dead growth underneath, I immediately knew it would make the perfect little hideaway. Last weekend, the boys and I headed outside with some clippers and got to work. We took turns cutting back the dead branches, and some that were still alive to make a doorway. Little by little, their secret hideaway came to be.

secret hideaway (2)secret hideaway (3)secret hideaway (4)Once the inside was cleared out, and all the fallen dead bits and pieces were removed from the floor of the hideaway, there was a nice big (to them, not me) space inside. It is so spacious everyone can stand up in there. Of course, they needed somewhere to sit, so I asked Jason to make something for the space. He found some bits of leftover cedar logs and dug up some stone from the yard and made a little table and two small benches.

secret hideaway (5) secret hideaway (6) secret hideaway (7)I have memories of when I was little where I dreamed and found and created small special places like this. Obviously, I guess I still do dream and find and create small special places…only it’s not for me anymore, but for my children instead. Having a small special place, fort, tree house, fairy hut, sunflower house, etc. for kids is a great way to bring imagination and nature together. (It also makes a great place to talk to your friend on the phone.) I am always on the lookout to make a small corner here or a small corner there; a small bush here and a hill over there… into something fun and creative for my children, and that applies to both inside and outside. I hope their secret hideaway gets some good use throughout the rest of the summer. I think I will add a little shelf with some small cups and plates on it for impromptu tea parties and teddy bear picnics.