I ♥ Faces Week 13 - My Friend and I



Okay, so a mother can dream can't she? There are moments, few and far between, but still, they happen, when I can see into the future and my boys are indeed friends. It may take awhile, but if my brother and I are friends, these two have it in them.

Julie wrote in her blog "I can think of no better friends than my daughter and Karyn's son", and I have to protest! Though Julie and I have not wed, yet, and we haven't resorted to hitting one another out of frustration, yet, we have shared hopes and dreams and stress and a package of fruit snacks or two. I would have to say that surviving a deployment as battle buddies will hopefully have us bonded forever, and our children would never have found one another if the Mommies hadn't connected over email and put forth great effort to organize outings and picnics. So when Julie called me up and mentioned that I Heart Faces was "friends" week I was totally game for an attempt to get the two of us, together, on the opposite side of the lens. The outcome speaks for itself, and really is a perfect portrait of our lives this past year! I will treasure this image as much as I treasure my friend.

Has it really been 13 weeks since I discovered I ♥ Faces ? How cool is this website? I've learned nifty tricks about taking better images, sweet quick fixes for editing problems, and I've made friends on the other side of the United States AND Australia, not to mention I've "bumped" into folks online who are actually living on the same Army installation! This website will boost your confidence (because tons of well meaning people will visit your blog and stroke your ego- this is of course the number one reason I return each week;) ), inspire you to take better photos, introduce you to people with huge talent and even bigger hearts. Don't waste anymore time, come join the fun by clicking on the link below!


Catherine said... at April 5, 2009 at 9:26 PM

THAT is beautiful! Perfect shot. I love the angle and the expressions they both have. Lovely photo.

Shae said... at April 5, 2009 at 9:27 PM

I really like the angle you used.

Karie Lee said... at April 5, 2009 at 9:42 PM

Love the angle AND the capture of pure laughter!

K said... at April 5, 2009 at 9:43 PM

That is such a happy photo! I LOVE it! Amazing job!

Sharon said... at April 5, 2009 at 9:50 PM

Oh, I love the joy in this photo!

Amy @ Living Locurto said... at April 5, 2009 at 9:57 PM

They are adorable! Both smiling and holding still too!! ha. I'm glad to hear you and your brother are friends. I have a boy and girl and sometimes wonder about that.

Thanks for the wonderful praises. We are so happy people are getting something positive from our site. It's so nice to have such a fun community of photographers! Yeah!

I Heart Faces

Randi said... at April 5, 2009 at 9:59 PM

This really couldn't be any cuter! The matching shirts are adorable :)

Lexie Loo & Dylan Too said... at April 5, 2009 at 10:16 PM

That is a beautiful photo-love the angle, too!

rowas said... at April 5, 2009 at 10:29 PM

Wow..beautiful. I love the angle, the chair, and the boys are just adorable! It's a lovely photo!

McFadden Family said... at April 5, 2009 at 10:44 PM

what a great photo of pure joy! I love everything about this one.

Kidd Family said... at April 5, 2009 at 11:32 PM

LOVE it! Love the angle... love the lighting... love the color! Such a great photo!

Sue said... at April 5, 2009 at 11:41 PM

LOVE this photo! So easy to feel the emotion behind it.

Julie Rivera Photography said... at April 6, 2009 at 5:17 AM

They look like they are fresh from a bath, pressed and cleaned...and smiling! What great friends they appear to be here. Very fun picture!

ellie said... at April 6, 2009 at 5:54 AM

Really cute photo :)

Melinda said... at April 6, 2009 at 6:55 AM

Love the composition in your photo!! The angle adds a spark to the photo!

Melinda B

Heather said... at April 6, 2009 at 7:17 AM

What a sweet photo! I really like the way the lighting is falling on them.

Merrie said... at April 6, 2009 at 7:46 AM

Wow, what a cute shot. Love the setting,lighting and angle (just like everyone else). I could picture this in a catalog for a very large store in Maine. Now, there's a new branch for your talent!

Chris said... at April 6, 2009 at 8:13 AM

this is so great... :D

momof3darlings said... at April 6, 2009 at 10:20 AM

what a SWEET shot!! I really like the angle and the lighting in this one!

EL at Through My Own Lens said... at April 6, 2009 at 11:22 AM

Oh, this is just TOO cute!!! I love it!

drewmark19 said... at April 6, 2009 at 11:23 AM

I love the angle on this shot. By all appearances, these boys already are friends. :) I enjoy seeing your pictures each week.

.:: W ::. said... at April 6, 2009 at 12:44 PM

These are both great pics!!!! I especially LOVE the adult entry!!!

Sarah and Chadd said... at April 6, 2009 at 1:07 PM

GREAT pics!

Carebear said... at April 6, 2009 at 1:10 PM

Adorable shot of your kiddos! Love it. And the group shot of you and Julie with the kids cracks me up. Plus, it's actually a great picture! You never disappoint - I love coming here every week to view your entries!

Ter said... at April 6, 2009 at 1:13 PM

great photos!!!

Thanks for sharing!! (this is my second week here!)

Julie Rivera Photography said... at April 6, 2009 at 1:18 PM

You make me look GOOD! :) (and are you 12 in this one?) So much fun to the see the two different perspectives, thanks for playing along with me! Your friendship was indeed the glue that helped me survive this past year. And I am celebrating breakfast all day today in anticipation of tomorrow...cereal for lunch, oatmeal for dinner, I think...

Phatchik said... at April 6, 2009 at 1:35 PM

As always, you've entered two awesome, beautiful, creative, inspiring photos!

Stephanie @ bizziemommy.om said... at April 6, 2009 at 2:08 PM

Those are both really great shots.

Merrie said... at April 6, 2009 at 2:46 PM

Wow, I would say Wow is okay to use twice in this comment section. Now, how do two talented ladies get two 3 year olds and a lively one year old to play the game of "let's take a picture in a mirror" and all stay in the same room?(I bet the babe is well anchored) And !! to have everyone looking in the same direction? Awesome friendship with an awesome outcome. Where's Seamus? Julie's (non)entry on her blog is great too.

Bridgette Jerome Patterson said... at April 6, 2009 at 3:31 PM

Very sweet! Creative, fun, inspirational!

Brooke said... at April 6, 2009 at 3:59 PM

I am so beyond impressed at your adult entry! I can barely get a non-blurry picture when I'm looking through the lens, let alone even think of holding my camera off to the side. AWESOME!

And I love the expressions on your kids entry as well.

JUST ME, THE MOM said... at April 6, 2009 at 5:45 PM

Really enjoying both photos and the contract between the two with the bold colors of the little ones and the black and white portrait. A great self portrait! Great job!

theArthurClan said... at April 6, 2009 at 6:01 PM

Your post is making me a bit weepy Karyn. :) What a beautiful tribute to the amazing friendship you and Julie have. You have both been a blessing to so many of us as well!

co-founder of iHeartFaces

Orena said... at April 6, 2009 at 6:06 PM

I really enjoyed your photos!

~~tonya~~ said... at April 6, 2009 at 6:08 PM

Love how you got down on their level. Very good picture!

Anissa said... at April 6, 2009 at 7:47 PM

What a great picture.

Boybarian Dad said... at April 6, 2009 at 11:21 PM

What great pics of all of you. Nice work.

Dianna said... at April 7, 2009 at 7:11 AM

Both entries are fabulous.

SKELLER said... at April 7, 2009 at 1:41 PM

awwwww. your friends self-portrait is perfect and fun and oh-so-in-the-moment of living & photographing with kiddos in tow.... :-)

Becca said... at April 7, 2009 at 1:51 PM

I cannot stand how perfect these are :-) in a good way, I cant stand it! You are talented :-) Both of these are fantastic!

drewmark19 said... at April 7, 2009 at 2:24 PM

Somehow I missed the first photo. What an incredible and yet so fun capture! :)

Miti said... at April 8, 2009 at 12:24 PM

Your photos are GREAT! Now that I'm all grown up, I know that there's no better friend than a sister. Hopefully, your boys will grow up with the same kind of bond. I also really like your photo with Julie. You two are so lucky to have been able to meet face to face through I Heart Faces.

Julie Rivera Photography said... at April 11, 2009 at 7:40 AM

Yeah for your special pick! Who cares who came up wiht the idea...your B&W is gorgeous, I look youthful with perfect skin and your image completely conveys our friendship. I'd love a print...when you have a spare minute. :)

Beth@Pages of Our Life said... at April 11, 2009 at 4:09 PM


Congratulations on being a choice pick! I love the adult friend picture and I think it's because of the kids in the picture with yall that take it over the top for me. When your children are small isn't great to have someone like Julie to be there during those tough times of the tiny tot stage!?

Life with Kaishon said... at April 12, 2009 at 10:11 AM

I loved this picture when I saw it! I am so glad you were a pick of the week! Absolutely fantastic photos!