Picture perfect weather 6’ apart

This is a family session from last November that I guess I forgot to post, I remember the day after I got really sick so maybe that is why, I was late in getting them their edited photographs but THANKFULLY they were super understanding.
This session was all laughs and love, and I can’t wait to photograph them again! Also what an amazing day and location, the weather was calling for rain but we had nothing but cloudy skies (a photographers dream).

Right now is a perfect time to update your family photos because it’s not HOT outside, so if you are local in the NOVA area than drop me a line, and with photography you are able to practice social distancing, now is a funny time to rebuild my photography business, but for some reason I feel that the time is right 🤦🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️😜😷

Now is also a good time to start thinking about all those greeting cards you will be sending out for Christmas! I’m sure and hope that there will be a lot more than normal.

~mary e.J mason

First Friday 7.3.2020 FCCA Fredericksburg, Va

First Friday was a little different this year… as in it did not happen… the gallery that I normally show my work in just reopened…but there was no juror talk… there was no opening reception… no seeing the locals who i only really see when I have work in the gallery, I’m no longer a “local” well i never was really, just passing though a small town, a small community, like i have always done and like i think i always will

i must apologize, i really do know the rules for proper grammar… i just normally blog how the thoughts come racing to my mind, much like a personal journal and if i don’t get the thoughts down as soon as they come, they disappear with the crying of a baby, the buzzing of the dryer, the whining of my puppy, the list just goes on and on…

So back to First Friday…

I did get to go to the gallery to see my work with my children by my side, it was nice because I didn’t have to keep an eye on them with the large crowds that are normally there, and the “eyes” that they are given for grabbing JUST one more cookie and than running away

Definitely less mom stress at this past First Friday, I could get used to that, i could stop brining them… try to find someone to watch them… but i want them to see what i do, i want them to see their mom’s work in a small town gallery, i want them to know that their dreams can come true… I haven’t made it to the big galleries yet and in truth I’m not sure how, but for now I’ll take the small town gallery where people know me from my photography and are surprised to see this new direction i am taking…

So long for now!

~mary e. J. mason

Taylor January 2020

I had the joy of photographing their wedding and the start of their family of two, this past Saturday I once again had the joy of photographing the growth of their family to three, I can’t wait to see you in a month or two to photograph this wee one that is growing inside you!

Their are some people who just become your instant family, this family has definitely taken me in 💕💕💕

First Friday… October 2019

Don’t mind the misplaced words, future embroidery project

Two posts in one day! I might be getting the hang of this! Don’t count on it… 😂

I went to first Friday this evening, you know where the local art galleries have their openings, I did not have anything in a show this go round, but one of my former professors was in a show, so i put the 3 chickadees in the car and dove an hour just to see the work of someone that i used to know.

I have mixed feeling…

The work was amazing…

My children where… not so amazing

8, 4, and 2 not very good ages to have out together, especially when the oldest is board and the other two feed off of her, that and all the sugar they seemed to have consumed in such a short time!

And I’m going to be honest with whoever you are that is reading this, once again i feel like I’m pretending at this artist thing…

I hate how I have to remind myself that i am an artist… that people like my work, i have a very long list of shows where the juror picked my work over so many others. So why do i feel this way!!! Why do I feel like my art is not good enough!? Why do I feel like I’m pretending that i’m an artist?! Maybe if I was around more artists I would feel different?

I had to pick up work that was shown in two past shows, and I found myself trying to hide it form the people that where there, like it didn’t even come close! I mean really how can you compare embroidery that is TINY to these amazing paintings that i could fit 100 or more of my works in? You can’t! I have to remind myself of that!

I want to paint so badly, and if I had the space, the child free space, the toddler free I put everything in my mouth space, than I really think that I could do great things, I have before so why not again!

This session that I’m in… this two bedroom 1,000 square foot 3 children session is not a painting session!

I feel like I’m just doing a craft… I need to stop feeling that way… but how!!!

How do you stop feeling that way when everything you learned in college is telling you that you are doing a craft not an art, but every time i have entered said “craft” into a show it has gotten in…

I need to stop now, it’s late, and my mind tends to wonder… I wish i could be painting right now, it’s Friday night and everyone is asleep, but i have no space to wait for paint to dry…

I need to remember that just because it is small and fits in my bag… my embroidery is no less important… is no less art… than all of the larger paintings hanging on the wall…

Just some rambling from an artist who isn’t feeling much like an artist…

~Mejm

Wedding photography 2019 Gina & Seth

Such love these two have for each other 💕

Such an amazing wedding, not too hot and not too cold! The sun was out when it was calling for rain.

Everything was beautiful

Everyone was joyful

It had been awhile since I photograph a wedding, about two years! I’m not going to lie I was nervous, I checked and rechecked my camera, and repacked my camera bag about ten times! My feet where killing me, I wore the wrong shoes and parked too far away, but it was all worth it.

I have photographed A LOT of weddings and you start to know if the marriage is going to last with how the the bride and groom are with each other with the stress of the big day, and there is no doubt in my mind that these two are going to make it