Every February we go Winter Park and stay at Snow Mountain Ranch for our Mayberry family trip (see 2014’s trip here!) We load up all the siblings and cousins and stay in a huge cabin all together. Each year we get better about sharing meals, bringing the right about of snacks (and beer), and staying longer! I just got my new lens (remember this post) and I totally paid the $3.99 overnight shipping with Prime so that my lens could arrive before our trip. 700 pictures and 4 days later, we were home.


I never thought of myself as a photographer and even years ago I would have never said I was interested in being one. When I got my DSLR in May 2014 I became obsessed and now I cannot get enough of it! Two of the three cars arrived first and we had a chance to walk around our cabin area to work off all that “sitting in the car for 3 hours” energy. While the others unpacked, Bruce and I took care of the little spunky one and set out to discover.


I love these pictures because this little girl is growing up so quickly and I don’t want to forget any of her stages. It is also such a great reminder that a little walk around the block can still be such an adventure, with so many things to discover. Keep an eye open for the little moments. The came be so adventurous!


Where do you discover adventure? What are some of the little moments in your life that warm your heart? Do you take any annual family trips?

Author: Elizabeth Mayberry

  • LOVE these photos! Great job!!!

  • These pictures are perfection! I think I'm buying a new lens today 😉

  • soo cute!! yes the stages go by so fast and who knew so many little things can be filled with such adventure?! 🙂
    just curious, do you usually shoot on manual or do you use auto settings?

  • Eryn Ivey

    Gorgeous!!! Do you edit the photos after? I'd love to see the original comparison and learn how you edit your photos.

  • Eryn,
    Yes, I shoot all my photos in RAW so they need to at least be converted into jpeg before I can post them. I use Lightroom for editing – I am still in the beginning stages of learning to edit so I just stick with a couple settings that I adjust!

    I would love to share a little post on my editing process! 🙂

  • This is the most beautiful thing I've seen so far today!

  • Eryn Ivey

    Yes, I knew you shot in RAW. Would love to see your editing!

  • I love Elsie's maintained grasp on the bread throughout these pics. Girl knows her priorities.

  • Thanks Meg! It is fun to try to capture the little everyday moments – and way fun to learn more about my camera and how to create the shot I see in my head!

  • YOU DID IT! Let's play when we are in Texas!

  • I shoot manual and in RAW! I was so afraid to shoot manual because of all the numbers. But I just tried to learn about of them, and it started making more sense. Now I can only shoot in manual! You have so much more control over the image 🙂

  • she learned from the best of us.

  • Thanks so much!!!! You are so sweet!

  • Thanks! We sure love our role in their lives!

  • It's so beautifully evident. 🙂

  • Wonderful pictures! I love the subtle editing – and the JOY coming from them! 🙂

  • these photos: woah baby! You're convincing me I need to upgrade from my little point and shoot camera.

  • Ahh these pictures are precious! Ps thats one of my favorite lenses, it truly made me excited to pull out my camera every time 🙂

  • Hopping over from The Blue Dishes linkup, love these photos! I'm just now starting to get interested in photography and a DSLR camera is on the wish list…this makes me want to go buy one asap. 🙂

  • DanetteDillon

    Just being with family is the best thing. Anytime. Anywhere.

  • Nicole Mangum

    These are beautiful!! This makes me want to get a new lens for my camera!!

  • You're making me want to pull out my 50mm again!
    One of the best, for sure. 🙂
    There's so much joy in these pictures – such awesome memories being made!

  • Thanks so much Molly!

  • It is really fun and exciting!

  • Thanks Kendra! I am totally in love with it!

  • YES! It is a great lens! I love my camera too 🙂 It was much easier to use than I imagined!

  • AMEN!

  • I am very happy with this investment!

  • YAY! Do it!

  • DID IT!
    Learning manual is so much easier on the 50mm than the lens that came with my kit.
    Falling in love all over again. 🙂

  • These are the cutest :') I love how much love and good feelings are in these photos. It also reminds me to put a 50mm on my list of things to get!

    Sara //

  • Beth! These look so great! You go girl!

  • Are these photos really taken with the 50mm lens? If so, WOW! I need to practice my photography more then! I love this lens, it's my favourite out of the two i've got (the other one being the kit lens) but I probably haven't discovered its true potential. These photos make me want to get it out again!

  • So you're convincing me to pull out my camera more now! I haven't been taking as many photos lately now that I've stopped my 365 Project and have been missing it terribly. I especially want to practice my portraits now! 🙂 The hood-holding photos of you two are adorable!

  • Thanks so much Kiki! It is really fun learning how to take the photos I want to create!