CJ Wilkes

About CJ Wilkes Photography

Capturing Your Dance In The Rain is such a thrill and joy to me. Being able to look back on those special times through beautiful artistic imagery makes it a worthwhile challenge.
Learning to Dance in the Rain has been very easy for me. I am drawn to Water & Life! The exciting part for me is to teach you to enjoy your moment in the dance as I capture it from behind my camera.
Looking forward to Capturing Your Dance In The Rain
CJ Wilkes

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Weekend Starting Spring Break 2014

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

March 30, 2014 ~ The kids are all home from school for spring break and they are taking turns being sick. Oh joy! The nice part though, is that they will sit and watch a movie with me while we do the folding of laundry. They will go in corners and read books. If the sun is out and no rain in sight, they will also find their way outdoors to lounge under the TeePee Poles. Moments like this are what makes the sick days bearable for me. Thank goodness, this day they allowed me to come up with my posse to go all Paparazzi on them. Hee Hee! Love my kids!

When my kids are sick they sport one to two favorite blankets. They lounge in their dad’s art shirts (adult size) with pj bottoms. Of coarse that alone is adorable – but then they go and treat each other like they are the best friends in the world ALWAYS! Reading, building, playing. I don’t deserve so much cuteness – but will take it!

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I love that my husband made them a TeePee. Unfortunately, the outer lining did not survive the wind and rain here. No matter, the kids will play with it still. Here they dragged out a bean bag and blankets, with a favorite comic book.

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Of coarse these guys knew we were about – but it did not stop them from their brother time, reading. So grateful for my kids willingness to assist me at all times. There is no way I could do it without some help. Since moving, finding assistants has not been easy. The wind here was CRAZY! Well, umbrellas and wind make a funny combination as Mimi found out here.

PS – I love my crazy huge umbrella! So awesome for sessions. It has protected me and my camera from downpours so many times! A must have!

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Shortly after the breeze started up and we knew we needed to go in. We settled in to watch Sunny with a Chance of Meatballs 2 when I saw something fly into a tree just out my window. It was an owl! I ran to fetch my camera with my 70-200mm lens. Got the settings where I wanted them, opened the door as silently as possible. Unfortunately, the camera is not all that silent. I was able to poke the lens out the door and take 3 pictures of the owl just outside my window. It then decided that the shutter release was too loud for its liking and flew off. But I got it! I got it! It was a lucky and fantastic moment for myself and the children. They keep telling me how they watched as the owl spinned it’s head around one direction and then the next.

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All in all I consider the day a successful day. So many moments captured to keep our memories alive!  Thanks for taking time to look.

 

 

 

 

Challenging Myself

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

I think that I was blessed with 5 children to help challenge me to be better in every way!  This is true in my photography too.  I was so grateful for my girls and my youngest yesterday when they allowed me to go all paprazzi on them!   A little about my challenge – there is a great group that put out the more natural look challenge.  I went full force and when the kids were in back they were giggly.  My challenge to myself was to find the more serene moments and capture them.  I will let you be the judge of whether or not that was accomplished.  Oh – and a disclaimer for my youngest.  He will be fully dressed, but if we are home he looses all but his undies.  I don’t get it!  But there you go – my little almost streaker is featured as well.

I tell you it was all giggles heee heee heee!

Then of coarse Sir Personality had to join the mix:

Of coarse Miss Mimi makes it easy for me with her cats being near by:

And Miss Thanya reading Anne of Green Gables – so sweet!

But the one set that blows me away and gives me happy chills; the one that I am having framed in a Modern Knot Frame and put on my walls is this!

It is awesome offering my services to other families ~ but when I get to taking pictures of my own then I say “This is why I do it and what makes me LOVE my job ever so much!”

In the near future I will post images of my other two boys.  Thanks for looking.

 

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