What Spring Looks Like (So Far…)

Spring has finally arrived at our little cabin and its brought us so much adventure and excitement.  Im not sure if anything compares to planting seeds into some fresh soil and watching the sprouts shoot up or catching newts & frog eggs down by the pond.  And nothing can quite top the Sunday afternoons spent at the soccer field or the lazy Monday mornings in bed.  Or running outside to feed a baby goat and the treat of bringing your favorite chicken into your bedroom.   Little chickens chirping fill the air along with kids giggling.   There’s hikes in the woods & mud puddle jumping topped with messy braided pigtails.  At the end of the day everyone rinks of that outside kid smell.  Shoes are finally optional and toes are stained with fresh green grass and dirt.   And I never want it to end.

Also make sure to head over to Roxanne Bryant has in store for you.  Her images always make my heart skip a beat.



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April 10 on 10

Thanks for finding your way here from the lovely Annie Otzen’s page!

Our mornings have been looking a bit different this week. We head outside in our pjs, rubber boots, and coffee in hand to feed our new babies. Meet Annabelle Buttercup (Marleigh’s 6th year birthday present) and her buddy Willie Nelson.

A few years ago when we were dreaming of becoming homesteaders we said we would like to have goats for our dairy. And on Saturday we took the first steps on making that a reality and took a mini road trip to our friends farm down in Virginia to bring back these sweet babes. They are Nigerian dwarf goats and are 3 weeks old! Annabelle Buttercup is our future milker, and her buddy Willie Nelson is here to keep her company. An only goat is a lonely goat after all. We have been smitten with loving on these sweet babies everyday. They are bottle-fed and need 3 bottles each a day and constant love and attention. The kids (my kids that is) have been having the best time spending their days letting baby goats follow them around and the sense of responsibility it gives them makes this an excellent learning opportunity. They are in charge of giving them their breakfast and lunch bottle and I take over the 9pm feeding. We will be breeding Annabelle in December and we will have our own babies born on our farm in the spring so we can have our very own milk to drink and for cheese making! We are so excited to start this journey and Im looking forward to documenting it along the way!

Don’t forget to mosey on over to Katherine over at Lamb Loves Fox to see what she has in store for you.  Her images are always such a treat!

April 11, 2014 - 3:50 am

Annie - You have no idea how much I love this post! Every year I go to the fair and dream of taking home a goat. The bottom 3 photos are my favorites! love love love!

April 11, 2014 - 4:44 am

Kristin Hallak - Goodness gracious I am in love. I think I need to officially move out of the city and to a farm. You convinced me in these photo’s but seriously… adorable.

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Freelensing {Unlocked}

For the past 2 months Lindsey Bergstrom Photography and I have been working on this guide and I am over the moon excited to release it today!

Freelensing has become a creative outlet for me.  It creates a magical feel to images, almost like you are in a dream.  It captures emotion in a way that is truly unique.  And it has become one of my most favorite ways to shoot.  And most importantly freelensing has taught me to let go of perfection and to find beauty in the perfectly, imperfect shots.

We broke it all down in this guide.  Everything from a how to do it to digging deeper into the creative side of this craft.  We also included videos to show you how to hack lenses, clean your sensor, and more.  We really poured our hearts into this and I hope you enjoy it!  (Just don’t laugh to hard when you see me on video LOL)

You can follow THIS LINK HERE  to purchase.

After purchasing you will follow THIS LINK  to find your videos. (Password will be on the guide).

And we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.



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March – Film Mama

I cant express to you how excited I am to start this project with a group of crazy talented film mamas! Film is something that has always interested me, but I always put it on the back burner to do. I started shooting film last year, but Im the worlds worst at actually sending my film into get scanned. And a lot of days I let my film camera sit on my desk just collecting dust so when I found out about this project I had to be a part of it to hopefully give me the kick in the tush I need to pick my camera up a little more and actually send in the rolls of film. Unfortunately, the roll of film I took specifically to kick off this project didn’t make it back to me in time so I remembered I had these scans from our summer beach trip that I never blogged. I was kind of disappointed this afternoon when I realized my scans wouldn’t be back for this post, but then as I started going through these images it reminded me about how awesome our summer vacation was. It took me right back to the 3 weeks we got to spend with my mom at her beach house in South Carolina last summer. It will be over a year until I get to see her again so it made that hole in my heart a little bit smaller. That’s the one thing I love most about a photograph. How it can take you right back to a place in time, to where I can feel the sand on my toes, the breeze in my hair, hear my moms laugh, and I can feel that carefree feeling that comes over me every time I head south.

Shot with a Nikon D100, Ilford HP5 Plus, Fuji 400H and scanned by Indie Film Lab.

Make sure to head over to the talented Jessica Simpson to see what film goodness she has in store for you.

March 20, 2014 - 12:24 pm

film mama | march » Carolyn Brandt Photography - […] up, click on over to Deanna McCasland to see her film submission for March. And if you know her work, you know it’s […]

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March 10 on 10

Thanks for finding your way to my little part of the world from Missy Day’s blog!

You can see that Mother Nature has been truly messing with us. One day the ground is covered in snow and the next we don’t even need a coat. We have been super busy around here this past weekend getting ready for our farm animals that will all be here this month! Its exciting, but we are seeing how much hard work really goes into farming. And the animals aren’t even here yet! So while that has been consuming every ounce of my time, here is a collection of images that didn’t make it into my 365.

When you are done, make sure to head on over to Alana Rasbach’s blog to see what she has in store for you!


March 10, 2014 - 5:47 pm

stacey - Beautiful. The second one down is my favorite.

March 10, 2014 - 5:52 pm

Breanna - love all of these, can’t wait to see the magic you’ll make when the animals arrive!

March 10, 2014 - 9:16 pm

Kristin Hallak - Oh my heavens your kids are so adorable. And your use of free lensing is just perfect. Always love seeing your work lady.

March 11, 2014 - 1:10 am

Heather Robinson - Beautiful as always DeAnna. That last shot is pure magic. It gave me goosebumps.

March 12, 2014 - 3:30 am

Annie - Your world is so beautiful and the way you are able to translate it with your camera is amazing. I’ve had to look at these all a few times to figure out my favorites, I love the one of your daughter holding the pitch fork and the one of your son looking out the window, but they are all so good!

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