52 Weeks Of Photo Challenges

A theme based photo blog

Sunset Surprise

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I hope all of my fellow bloggers are as excited as I am that August 1st is finally just around the corner! I already love how this project has me looking at everyday things trying to think of how they might fit one of the different themes. I even carry a list of the themes in my purse. I use it to keep notes about where I saw something I might want to go back to after August 1st to photograph!

I have been out snapping photos a lot recently. Some with other photographer friends and some alone. I have especially been taking a lot of sunset photos at the beach. I’m trying to really appreciate living so near the water because soon we will be living back in Lakewood Ranch.

Recently while walking the beach at sunset I had a pretty special photography experience. I went to a favorite lifeguard stand hoping to get a good shot but was disappointed to find a large group of sunset watchers had already laid claim to it. Instead I was forced to move further up the beach to try and get another shot. I kept popping in and out of the sea grasses in an effort to block out the people walking the beach.  As I walked further I noticed a young man and his girlfriend taking photos of each other along the sea grass line. When I got close enough I offered to take a photo of the two of them together with their camera. The girl was so sweet and very appreciative.  I told them that if they were interested I would stop back by after I got the rest of my shots and take a couple practice shots of them with my camera. She said, “oh yes please!” I smiled and kept walking and told them I’d be back! I went on for a few minutes and did a few more practice HDR shots. When I turned around and headed back I noticed them snuggling and kissing. I didn’t think much, I just thought they were young and enjoying the beautiful sunset as a young couple would. When I got closer I shouted out, “I’m back!”  They stepped apart and I asked if they still wanted a photo!? The girl was smiling ear to ear and said, “He just asked me to marry him!” Then held up her hand to show me her new diamond ring! I was so excited for them! I snapped off some photos with my camera to help them remember the moment! I had goosebumps and was actually struggling to hold the camera still! I jotted down their email address so I could send them copies of the photos after I returned home. I didn’t stay there for long because I felt like I was interrupting something so special.  As I walked away I turned back around and snapped a couple more shots of them embraced in each others arms with the sun setting behind them. I was really excited and happy that I was able to do a little something to help them remember such a special time.

I sent them the photos I took and after seeing them they have asked me to take their official engagement photos! I’m looking forward to more unexpected adventures after I begin my 52-Week Challenge next week. I’m looking forward to both sharing and hearing about other photo surprises in the coming months!Image

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Author: Mindy Towns

Hi, my name is Mindy Towns, I live in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. Along with several friends I have been participating in a weekly, theme based, photo blog since August 2012. Each year we receive a new list of 52 themes. We then post a photo each week that fits one of the themes along with a brief description about why we feel the photo fits the theme. Over the years I have learned a lot about my camera, new photography technics and also a lot about my fellow bloggers. I've peeked into their homes, met their families and traveled to exotic places through their photos. This year I am challenging myself further by trying to become even more creative in my posts. I found the cutest little Playmobil person complete with a camera and a little dog. She is going to be my little personal assistant over the coming months. I'm going to use many of the photo skills I have learned from participating in the photo challenge along with some new photoshop tools I have been practicing. I hope you will continue to follow my blog as I change things up a bit this year. Perhaps some of you will raid someones toy chest or toss something cute into your Target shopping cart and get a little silly with me. If you want to see examples of my grown up photography please visit one of my links listed on this blogs home page!

7 thoughts on “Sunset Surprise

  1. What a wonderful story, Mindy. Like you, I am so excited and anxious for August lst when we can begin posting our theme-related photos. I am following everybody and hope they will follow my blog as well. It’s going to be so interesting to see how everybody interprets the themes.

    • Thank you Mary Nell, I agree I can’t wait to see all the different ways the bloggers interpret the themes! It will also be interesting to see how scattered about the photos will actually be taken. We have fellow bloggers either living or planning vacations all over the country!

  2. What an awesome day for the lucky couple. It is great that you are willing to share your talent with others. You could have easily walked farther up the beach to get the awesome shot, but instead… you unselfishly gave complete strangers your time. That’s the sweet stuff.

  3. I LOVE this story! I, too, cannot wait to snapping photos. Thank you for inviting me on this 52 week of journey.

  4. Your so very welcome Julie! Can’t wait to see what everyone posts next week!

  5. Mindy, I had not seen this previously & must say I’m pretty much blown away with the story & your photo. What a wonderful experience.

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