love, baby! [6/52]

I’ve been feeling a bit of a creative funk since I finished my 365 project at the end of 2010. Since I’m running a creative project this year – focus52 – losing my mojo is not something I like to readily admit! But it happens to all of us at one point or another. Several times, in fact.

I’ve just never had it last this long before.

Maybe it was the ‘at loose ends’ feeling I had, come January 1st, or maybe it’s just because it’s omg cold outside and I feel the need to hibernate. Whatever it is/was, this week’s focus52 prompt really got the creative juices flowing again.

Or maybe it was just having the pleasure of my girl’s company that did it :)

It’s still brutally cold outside, but there’s something about balloons that just adds a bit of fun to everything.

The overlays on the walls (words and hearts) are my own, something I played around with this week.
Kind of fun, right?

and did you know that balloons really do sink like the proverbial ‘lead’ balloon when it’s this cold out? Fact :)

I should have kept count of how many times we jumped in and out of the car to get these shots. Warm up, run outside, snap a few shots, freeze, run back to the car, lather-rinse-repeat. But we got tired of that pretty quickly and went in search of a better location.

And we found the sun …

What a difference! And that’s when I felt it coming back. Finally! Sunshine will do that to you. Sunshine, gorgeous red colours, my girl … what’s not to love?

This is my favorite shot from the day and the one I chose to reflect on with the Mortal Muses.

It’s not like any love you’ve known before. Not like the love you first felt from your parents when you were little, or the puppy love in sixth grade. It’s not the butterflies in your stomach when you’re a young girl or the deep and lasting kind you’re lucky to find as a woman.

No, this love comes along and blindsides you. This love turns your world upside down, grabs hold of your heart, and never, ever lets it go. And from the moment you set eyes on her, you’re inspired to be a better person, a better woman. For her.

Click on over there and have a read, will you? Thanks so much to muse Maureen for inviting me over for the day. I had such a great time taking these shots and writing a little bit on Love. Thank you for giving me the kick-start I was sorely needing. Truly what being a Muse is all about.

Valentine’s Day is on Monday. I have a feeling you haven’t seen the last of all things ‘love’ around here.

EDIT: Tammy Lee Bradley of Bliss & Folly featured my first shot up there on her blog today. Thanks Tammy! What a perfect surprise :)


Hosted at twoscoopz! You can visit or join the focus52 flickr group here. My own focus52 project can be found on flickr here or by clicking ‘my f52’ in the category list to the right.

  • Jillsy Girl
    Posted at 19:29h, 12 February Reply

    I think I’m going to call you Sweet Cakes for awhile. I like it, and it fits you! I don’t know what the heck you are talking about being in a “creative funk”, cause let me tell you something, I haven’t noticed it one bit. But, I do have to admit your fabulous creative and photographic talents certainly shine in this post!

    • janice
      Posted at 19:31h, 12 February Reply

      ROFL!!! Sweet Cakes???
      too funny :)

  • saintseester
    Posted at 19:32h, 12 February Reply

    These are incredibly good portraits – jealous!

    • janice
      Posted at 19:37h, 12 February Reply

      Thanks girl! :)

  • Bari
    Posted at 20:21h, 12 February Reply

    Those are great! I haven’t taken mine. I’ve had ideas all week and I know what I am going to do, but it will have to wait until tomorrow. The man came home tonight from being away all week, so going to hang with him. :)

  • jen
    Posted at 23:21h, 12 February Reply

    love the bright red!!

  • Gwen
    Posted at 00:56h, 13 February Reply

    Oh, I LOVE THESE!!!!! The balloons are perfect, and the sun just adds the perfect touch. I struggled with the prompt this week, because while I had ideas in my head, my kids didn’t cooperate. Still narrowing down my image for the week, but chances are good that it won’t include any of my kids …

  • Beyond the Dog Dish
    Posted at 04:38h, 13 February Reply

    Really love all the colours! So carefree – makes me want to play!

  • Martha
    Posted at 05:44h, 13 February Reply

    Amazing…as usual! Did you create the text overlays yourself? I never think to do that…or I lack the discerning eye to know when to do that and not have it look silly.

    • janice
      Posted at 10:49h, 13 February Reply

      I did, but Jessica over at Vol25 has some really great and fun ones. And she offers them as PS shapes, so you can add them anywhere you want to.
      Here’s her link :)

      • maureen
        Posted at 12:21h, 13 February Reply

        um. don’t think that’s her link, unless i’ve missed something. :)
        you should offer overlays, yours are great.

        • janice
          Posted at 12:24h, 13 February Reply

          ROFL!!! omg.
          fixing now.
          Thanks Mo!!!
          Obviously should NOT do stuff before my first cup of coffee.

  • June
    Posted at 16:37h, 13 February Reply

    You take what I feel and put it into beautiful words – and pictures.

  • Tug
    Posted at 21:22h, 13 February Reply

    LOVE this series J, the last 2 are my faves. Wish I had my loves a little closer, but I did what I could – you’re making me THINK. ugh. ;-)

    Also love the quote, absolutely beautiful.

    • Jan
      Posted at 23:19h, 13 February Reply

      My words, no quote :)

      • Tug
        Posted at 23:30h, 13 February Reply

        Dude. Your photos inspire me, and I always knew you could write, but this? Wow. Beautiful. <3

  • Hannah | Farmgirl in Flipflops
    Posted at 15:51h, 14 February Reply

    Oh, WOW!!! I LOVE those light ones… awesome! I think your mojo is back… haha… =)

  • hootnonny
    Posted at 09:44h, 15 February Reply

    You’re a true artist and each image is proof!

  • YoMomma
    Posted at 23:35h, 16 February Reply

    Your photos must be prostituting because you are the photography PIMP!


    In normal speak, I love them! Especially the first one, I like the ‘graffiti’ on the wall and your daughter is purty. :)

  • Nancy
    Posted at 08:11h, 19 February Reply

    these shots are gorgeous. the colors are fabulous!

  • janice
    Posted at 10:00h, 19 February Reply

    Thanks you guys!
    I had so much fun taking them :)

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