completely by accident

I discovered, completely by accident, an amazingly quick and easy way to use up all those thousands and thousands of images I tend to take.  Here is a stop motion of the first half of our October.  I just love it.  Setting things to music makes them something else altogether, for me.

(make sure you hit the HD button on the bottom right!)


our october 2014 from Carey Pace on Vimeo.
The Pace family in October 2014, Music is "Mantis and the Moon" by Son of Laughter, Chris Slaten


Last weekend, we traveled to South Carolina for Shawn to compete in his first Spartan Race.  It was really fun and we both preferred it to the Tough Mudder he had completed in April.  My camera had what I believe to be a shutter failure right as he crossed the finish line... so that is where the video ends... but I'm thankful it waited until he was done to fail.  Now I'll be sending it in to Nikon and hopefully receive it back quickly!

(make sure you hit the HD button on the bottom right!)


Shawn Spartan Race October 2014 from Carey Pace on Vimeo.
This video shows Shawn's first Spartan Race October 2014, Music is "Wake of the Martyrs" by Secession Studios

Tell me your thoughts?  Do you enjoy watching this, or does it go by too quickly?  This week I shared a Tutorial for how I created these videos over at The Bloom Forum.  You'll have to check it out.

I shot these with my Nikon D800
Nikon 85mm f1.8
Nikon 50mm 1.4D
Sigma 30mm f1.4

the creature project

One of the things I love about photography is how it lets me show others what _I_ see.  It lets you inside my eye to see the world through my own unique 'lens', pardon the pun.  I see such beauty around me all the time. I have always noticed the details and photographed them.  I look for them.  I appreciate them.  I seek them.  One of my hopes with sharing my work online for the world to see is that hopefully one person is affected and motivated to see the beauty and details of their world.

But creatures... I notice details about people and about places.  But I don't necessarily notice creatures.  Something the Buddy has taught me is that if I only but look, and notice, the creatures are all around us.  So often we just hurry and trudge through life, our landscape, and never notice all the untamed wild life coexisting with us.

We spent the last week in my favorite place -- Topsail Island, North Carolina.  The weather was glorious - absolutely glorious.  But not a day went by that the Buddy didn't find creatures.  I would have said they flock to him - and yes, no matter WHERE we go, public or remote, we find them.  But I really think that just as my eye is irretrievably set to see beauty and details, his eye is irretrievably set to notice the life that goes on around him.

We find this, because we seek it.

I believe I will start a new little personal project for him - The Creature Project.


Topsail Island NC beach photo by Carey Pace Topsail Island NC beach photo by Carey Pace Topsail Island NC beach photo by Carey Pace
I shot these with my Nikon D800
Nikon 85mm f1.8
Nikon 50mm 1.4D
Sigma 30mm f1.4

The Creative Mama blog - my first post

I am very excited to share that I am now a contributor to The Creative Mama blog.  I've read this blog for years and it has always felt like a match for me.  You can imagine my joy at actually being part of the team!

I wrote my first piece on a subject very, very near to my heart:  allowing the Little Lady to select her own outfits.  This conclusion was a very hard won one in my life and parenting journey.  God had so much to teach me through parenting my little challenging girl.  I was so battle weary during that time -- but the riches that have come out of those trials.  I wouldn't trade anything for them.  I really learned about control and the cost it has on our lives.

Enjoy this excerpt.  I hope you'll continue the article and let me know what you think of all of her choices.

Dresses to the Beat of Her Own Drum


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Hello, my name is Carey, and I’m a perfectionist.
More accurately, I’m a recovering first born-type A-controller-authoritarian-perfectionist. I’m learning how my tendency to micro-manage negatively affects all aspects of my life. It affects my homemaking, my photography, and even my parenting. Control always comes at a cost. Is it worth it?
When practically every single component of young children’s lives is controlled externally, it is natural for that tension to result in frustrated, defiant children. When my children were tiny, I sought opportunities to give them age appropriate control. As toddlers, that meant they could choose between two options for a snack, or decide if they wanted to play a game or go outside first. Not necessarily all the time for every thing, but often enough. As they grew, this broadened. But I needed them to obey me on issues of safety and issues of their heart. I discovered that they are far less likely to resist me on the real issues if they feel they have control of some aspects of their life.
read the rest here.

I shot these with my Nikon D800
Nikon 85mm f1.8
Nikon 50mm 1.4D
Sigma 30mm f1.4

just an ordinary evening in the backyard

I've always felt like my photos work best together in series to tell my stories.  There are amazing artists out there who tell a whole story through a single image.  I'm not there yet.  Perhaps my verbose nature with words crosses over into my image life and I have to include lots of images to tell my stories, too.

I love golden hour backlight.  It inspires me.  But lately, I've really been enjoying the "golden hour" of our backyard.  We don't get golden hour there because all of the trees surrounding us block it.  But I get this hour of even light.  It's different than all the other times of day.  For most places, you only get a few minutes of this before the sun goes down.  But I feel like our trees at least give me a little more of this time since they take away that golden hour glow.

I notice  my kids' eyes most during this light.  They seem to just pop.  But the other night, I just observed them playing.  I love their little relationship so much.


I shot these with my Nikon D800
Nikon 85mm f1.8
Nikon 50mm 1.4D
Sigma 30mm f1.4