Monthly Archives: January 2015

52-Week Photo Challenge: Daylight Portraits

The idea behind this challenge is to use the natural light streaming through a window to create a great blown out background, while using a reflector to cast light on the face of the subject.

As always, Josh is my test subject. It helps that he is so attractive 😉

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This was the original taken at our house.

At first we tried this at our house. But the window pane was too small, it was always in the picture! I achieved the white background through photoshop.

We decided to go to a newly built building on campus. It has so many windows…there is a lot of great natural light.

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Our very cute spectator

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On location in front of a large window. The first is SOOC, the 2nd is after a bit of touching up in Photoshop.

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Our set up. The only fun gadget I had was my newly acquired reflector.

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Yours truly!

 

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1st Time: 7 Quick Takes!

I am relatively new to this blogging thing. However I HAVE noticed that most of the blogs I read do this really fun “7 Quick Takes”. I thought I would give it a go! Here are a few quick takes about me.

1. My name is Mallory Brisson (formerly White). I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart Josh for about a year and a half (together for almost 10 years!!). We have a gorgeously handsome son Joseph who is an absolute joy. He is almost 5 months old, and if he got any cuter I would probably die.mw_jb-148

2. I started this blog for 2 reasons: #1) I am very extroverted and I needed a way to “meet” new people and have “conversations”. However, this can be a bit difficult as a mom I am finding out. So, here is my blog! The best part: I can do it all while staying on my couch 🙂 #2) I take pictures because I need a way to remember and tell stories. People on Facebook probably don’t care about my stories, but I can throw those pictures on here and tell my story with them! #winning.

4 months (1 of 4)3. Where am I from? A little bit of everywhere 🙂 My dad was in the Canadian army, so we got posted around a lot. I have lived in 9 different Canadian cities! Current residence: Halifax Nova Scotia. Josh and I both did our undergraduate degrees at Dalhousie University. We moved to Ottawa for 2 years (where Josh is originally from and where we went to high school). We are now back in Halifax for Josh’s work, and loving it!

mb_jb-834. Before I became a mom, I worked for an organization called Catholic Christian Outreach. We are a university student movement dedicated to evangelization. We challenge students to live in the fullness of the Catholic faith with a strong emphasis on becoming leaders in the renewal of the world. I worked at Carleton University in Ottawa for 2 years. I found SO MUCH JOY sharing my faith with young 20-somethings. I miss it and try to keep in touch with the women I met there. Read more about my story here.

New games! Our spoils from Christmas :)

New games! Our spoils from Christmas 🙂

5. Josh and I are addicted to board games. Our “date night” usually involves a trip to Value Village where we scour the board game section, hunting for another game to add to our collection. We don’t discriminate – we love common and obscure games. As long as all the pieces are there and it is in good condition, we’ll take it! Hey, for $2.99 I think it’s a pretty fun “addiction” to have 🙂 Board games are featured on here often, so stay tuned!

0146. I love photography and have since I was a pre-teen. My grandparents  bought be a green film camera when I was 13 and I haven’t looked back since. I got a DSLR as a graduation present in 2011. Since then I take every opportunity I can to learn and improve. My goal is to someday be of professional calibre (although at the moment I have no desire to actually be a professional…I just want nice pictures for my blog! hehe).

057_edited-17. I try to thank God everyday for my life. I look around me at all that I have, and I am overcome that I was given these gifts. I was rescued from a life of mediocrity to the most exciting and fulfilling life imaginable. I still can’t believe all the ways that God pursued my heart; that he didn’t give up when I kept my walls up. For all the people that he used to win me – I will be forever grateful.

Pumpkin spice makes me happy

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My new gingerbread mug that Josh bought me for Christmas 🙂

Even though Pumpkin Spice is all the craze in the fall, the cool winter months is when I crave these warm delicious spices the most. Muffins, lattes, pies – you name it. Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, all-spice. Mmmmm. I was a little disheartened to hear that Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Lattes don’t actually have pumpkin in them. And if I’m really honest with myself, is it worth the 5$? Nope! So, I decided to make my own. These are made with ACTUAL pumpkin. Pumpkin Spice Latte (2 of 2)Yum!

What is your beverage of choice on these long winter days?

Snow Day

They were calling for a big snow storm in Halifax (snowpocalypse?), so in anticipation, the city called in a snow day…the day before it even happened! I can’t ever remember that happening growing up in Ontario. Like, the universities called a snow day without even seeing a speck of snow. I love this city. So because Josh works for Dalhousie, he got to stay home from work! What a perfect excuse to stay indoors and do cuddly activities.

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He beat me by two. TWO POINTS. Can you believe that happened the last time we played ?!

He beat me by two. TWO POINTS. Can you believe that happened the last time we played ?!

 

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Rivals of Catan

 

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Snow Day Board Game Tournament: Winner undecided.

What do you like to do on snow/storm days?

 

 

 

Yummiest Love

Yummiest Love by Lisa McCourt and Laura J. Bryant is a book that I read to Joe almost every day. It chokes me up every time I read it to him. I keep borrowing it from the library…I might have to add it permanently to our collection.

I love your wild belly laugh

so delicious to my ears,

I’d do my silly face a hundred times

just to hear it again and again.

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I love your scrumptious smell

when you’re soaped and rinsed

and squeaky clean,

and even when you’re not.

I love the snuddle we invented –

a cross between a snuggle and a cuddle,

but better and warmer than either of them.

Your snuddles are the best thing in my world.

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I love our gentle, quiet times.

And the warmth of your small body

and the beautiful beating of your perfect little heart.

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I treasure every memory we make.

Memories of special days

and all the days in between,

each day wrapped in the yummiest love.

I love all our tickles

and tumbles and smiles.

I love everything you’ve been

and everything you’ll become.

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It seems impossible that I could love you more each day

but that is what happens.

You keep changing and growing and that will never stop.

All I can do is hang on for the ride.

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Encountering the Idea

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Sailboats in Cape Breton NS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To dwell in the realm of ideas is far safer and less threatening than to encounter the reality of the idea.

– Fr. James Mallon in Divine Renovation on experiencing the Holy Spirit.

This quote really struck me from my latest readings of his book Divine Renovation (see here where I introduce it). Going to church can seem like such an ordinary part of my week that I take it for granted. Or while I’m at mass, I don’t truly dwell on what is really happening when I am there. If I did, would I not be overcome by God? Would I lift my hands and sing joyfully to my God? Or maybe there have been those moments when I have truly encountered the Holy Spirit in church but have felt paralyzed to truly express myself. Maybe I want to change that. Maybe I want to show God (and my community) how I really feel.

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Lighthouse in Cape Breton NS

 

Mini Road Trip – Eastern Passage

Josh and I desperately wanted to get out of the house…but didn’t want to spend a lot of time or $$$, so we decided to go for a little drive! Eastern Passage is a little community just outside of Halifax Nova Scotia that has an adorable little waterfront with colorful fishing huts and food places.  It was a really cold day for Halifax (-21C with the wind chill) so we didn’t get out of the car a lot. It’s not as open and busy during the winter months, but it was fun to go and “window shop” 🙂Eastern Passage (1 of 6) Eastern Passage (2 of 6) Eastern Passage (3 of 6) Eastern Passage (4 of 6) Eastern Passage (5 of 6) Eastern Passage (6 of 6)I will never get tired of seeing the ocean. I can’t believe I live here 🙂