Léa Jones
New England Family Photographer

Category: children

Into Something Better. Getting a Christmas Tree in Sturbridge, MA

It’s time for another installment of our blog circle “into Something Better”.  We are a group of mamas who love to take our kids  outdoors and then detach our lens from our camera (freelens) and take images of our adventure.

This month I want to share about our little trip in the wild to get a christmas tree.  I brought my fairy lights along, because they came in the post that morning I just had to try them out!  It was just a scraggly little christmas tree but the adventure was fun and the outcome was really cute.  I am attached to this little tree now, and it lives in my dining room where we homeschool 🙂
At the end of this post you may follow the circle and admire Kate‘s work who is in Switzerland.

Sleeping In The Forest
by Mary Oliver
 
I thought the earth remembered me,
She took me back so tenderly
Arranging her skirts
Her pockets full of lichens and seeds.
I slept as never before
A stone on the riverbed,
Nothing between me and the white fire of the stars,
But my thoughts.
And they floated light as moths
Among the branches of the perfect trees.
All night I heard the small kingdoms
Breathing around me.
The insects and the birds
Who do their work in darkness.
All night I rose and fell,
As if water, grappling with luminous doom.
By morning I had vanished at least a dozen times
Into something better.

 

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and I know this blog circle is about the outdoors but i can’t help sharing what it looks like inside:

Please follow the blog circle and visit Kate‘s beautiful freelensing ( & double  exposure!) work in Switzerland.

have a wonderful Christmas!

xxx

Léa

A few film frames at Martha’s Vineyard

I got a couple of rolls film back, and I just want to share a few faves.  (portra 400). an di am pretty pleased with this double exposure.

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Pumpkin or on the subject of light and color

Wanted to  share a few thoughts on how I create some of my favorite images.

My dad gave this giant pumpkin when he was visiting last week.  Of course Dyllon is in love with it.

Seeing how much he loved it, I decided to do a little photoshoot.  I was heading out to the yard to do a photoshoot on the front lawn because I like the look of our New England home.  As headed I out, I noticed the light on the porch door and I did my shoot just there. Light makes these photos.  my door porch is the ugliest thing around, and i won’t even tell you how much mess there is inside that porch. Light is the number one element of a photo.  I always look for light before anything else.  It pains me to take photos when the light is not interesting.  sometimes you have to, but it is hard.

I also look at colours, and so before heading out I quickly made him change in a color that would work with orange (I think he was wearing red and that would not have worked with the pumpkin), so the nearest blue shirt I could find was just fine.  I usually don’t overdue the clothes, I just try to make the colours work with whatever I have in mind.  Blue of course works great with orange.

The door framed him perfectly .  I always try to put my subject in shape,
and there you have it, one of my favourite series of the fall.

These elements rarely all come together, sometimes I just have light, sometimes just color and sometimes just my composition or framing, I always try to have at least two of these elements, and the main one is light.

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xo,

Léa

Into Something Better – Martha’s Vineyard

I am finally taking some time to share photos with you in this space.  I was so sorry I missed the last instalments of Into Something Better.  My internet connection in France was terrible, and I was far too busy visiting with my family to spend time online.

I have been back in the USA for two weeks and it has been a whirlwind of busy-ness, getting the homeschool schedule off to a good start, being sick (4 of us!), and it even included  a trip to the ER for a chopped finger. Everything is well and we are all healing, but finding time to get out with the kids has been super hard.

We are heading out to Martha’s Vineyard next week, so I thought it would be a good time to share last year’s freelensed photos form Martha’s Vineyard.  I freelensed with the Helios back then, and I love the way the blur renders, I think I need to dig that lens out again 🙂

Sleeping In The Forest by Mary Oliver

I thought the earth remembered me,
She took me back so tenderly
Arranging her skirts
Her pockets full of lichens and seeds.
I slept as never before
A stone on the riverbed,
Nothing between me and the white fire of the stars,
But my thoughts.
And they floated light as moths
Among the branches of the perfect trees.
All night I heard the small kingdoms
Breathing around me.
The insects and the birds
Who do their work in darkness.
All night I rose and fell,
As if water, grappling with luminous doom.
By morning I had vanished at least a dozen times
Into something better.

 

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Please follow this blog circle along to see some beautiful light and freelensing in France with Nadia

Until next moth,
xo,

Léa

Aberffraw, Anglesey

 

A favorite beach in Anglesey, that we love to visit avery year.  You have to walk a long estuary to get to a beautiful beach, with the mountains in the background.

Kids in England and Wales are still in school (they break up mid July), so it is super quiet on week days, just a few people walking their dog.

We had a lovely time.  The boys dug a hole so deep Dyllon could stand in it, and you could only see his little head stick out.  Noa jumped the waves for 2 or 3 hours, and taught me how to ride a wave on a bodyboard.  So much fun. Don’t be fooled by the photos, it was not warm, most walkers were wearing winter jackets.

 

thank you for visiting,

xo

Léa

The Cove, Trearddur Bay

Yesterday we longed for a quiet day.

After a nice visit with Nana in the morning (who is recovering well), we decided we would do short outing to The Cove down the road from Nana’s house. We only planned to do some crab fishing, look for starfish and check out the secret cave ( a cave grandad drew a map to about 10 years ago for Noa and Sandy).
Our outing ended up being longer than expected and the water looked so welcoming that some of us left our clothes behind and jumped in.

Into Something Better: Clynnog-fawr, Wales

 

Hi friends,

Time for our second instalment of Into Something Better, a blog circle from mamas around the world who share their experience in the outdoors and document it with their lens detached from the camera body.

This month I am camping in Wales, and it’s absolutely fabulous, we are loving every minute of it.  We were on a farm for a few days, and I know  the images will speak for themselves.  Dyllon has taken a special love for the chickens. After two days he was cuddling them all.

Please follow the circle to Cindy when you reach the end of this post.

Sleeping In The Forest
by Mary Oliver
I thought the earth remembered me,
She took me back so tenderly
Arranging her skirts
Her pockets full of lichens and seeds.
I slept as never before
A stone on the riverbed,
Nothing between me and the white fire of the stars,
But my thoughts.
And they floated light as moths
Among the branches of the perfect trees.
All night I heard the small kingdoms
Breathing around me.
The insects and the birds
Who do their work in darkness.
All night I rose and fell,
As if water, grappling with luminous doom.
By morning I had vanished at least a dozen times
Into something better.

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please follow the blog circle and visit Cindy Cavanagh ‘s blog,  a super talented photographer in Sydney Australia.

xxx

Léa

Our day in Trawsfynydd, North Wales

I said I would blog as I go along, so today is my first post.  Huge photo dump since I have a little bit of time with WiFi tonight.

We arrived our Cabin (Cae Adda, in Snowdonia, North Wales) at 11pm, after a very long trip from Beauvais in France.   We were exhausted and laid down on little sleeping mats and fell asleep.
We woke up and explored the beautiful site, then headed to town for a tea, milk and the essentials to make it through the day: english sausages.

Here is the story in images.  I think they will tell you about our day much better than my words.  We kept ourselves busy between real Welsh weather.  The clouds and the sun play hide and seek all day long and it gives amazing light!

PS:  do you know what a caterpillar party is? It is when my kids wrap themselves in their sleeping bags when they are cold and start acting silly.  We have had too many of them by now.

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Gloucester Beach, Massachusetts

For the first time we made it to a Massachusetts beach in the summer.  The water was the same temperature as in North Wales, but warmed up nicely as the tide went out.

I played with my new underwater case on my little X70 fuji camera.

We had a lovely day.  thank you Carri and Kate.

 

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Into Something Better: Sturbridge Conservation Area, Massachusetts USA May 2017

Hi friends,

This is the first edition of a series of blog posts I am doing as collaborative with a group  of very talented photographers from all over the world.  Heather Robinson initiated this blog circle, and invited me to be part of it:  thank you, so very honoured.  This series has for purpose to share our adventures in the wild. We all share a love for going on short or long adventures in nature and we love taking our lens of the camera for a fun effect (called freelensing”).
It is no secret that i love spending time in nature, and that it refreshes me.  It makes me feel alive.  I am grateful that my kids share this love of nature and adventure.
I thought I would be able to go on some wonderful adventure in may, but all we had this month in Massachusetts is rain, rain, rain and rain. I kept waiting for a nice day but it never came, so yesterday I headed out to our local conservation area, which is just around the corner form our house.  We actually call it the swamp and most of the wildlife we see consists of snakes, which gets Dyllon, my 6 year old, very excited.  Luckily I did not see a snake yesterday, but we found some beautiful wild flowers in the water which now adorn my kitchen table.  I confess that I struggled to shoot this because I am longing for sunshine and summer looking photos 🙂
I would like to introduce these images with a lot of green, thanks to all that RAIN, with a poem:

Sleeping In The Forest by Mary Oliver
I thought the earth remembered me,
She took me back so tenderly
Arranging her skirts
Her pockets full of lichens and seeds.
I slept as never before
A stone on the riverbed,
Nothing between me and the white fire of the stars,
But my thoughts.
And they floated light as moths
Among the branches of the perfect trees.
All night I heard the small kingdoms
Breathing around me.
The insects and the birds
Who do their work in darkness.
All night I rose and fell,
As if water, grappling with luminous doom.
By morning I had vanished at least a dozen times

Into something better.

Next on the circle is the work of Kelly Sutton from a Thousand Oaks, California.  I have admired her work for a few years now and you will not be disappointed, and my guess is that it will be a lot more summery :-).
You can read and admire Kelly’s work in this link.

Little girls in Paris

they let me take photos of their beautiful family in Paris.  These were all shot on film.