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    Hi! This is the photography and lifestyle blog of Sheena Bean of Photography In the Light. I am a lifestyle photographer based in Kauai, Hawaii. I moved here with my family in January of 2015. My husband is the youth pastor at Lihue Missionary Church and we are raising three little world changers, Noakea, Banyan, and Avenlea Wren. This is His story, our story, and little snippets of life on a 562 square mile rock in the middle of the Pacific.

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The Bean Family Chronicles | “Playground Playdate, or She Discovered the Swings”


Lugging around my “Big Girl Camera” is something I don’t do very often unless i’m using it to shoot a photo session.  For multiple reasons, I am pretty cautious about where I bring it and when I use it.  Besides the size of the camera, I can’t really afford to replace it should it break or should it get lost.  That said, I do feel a little bit guilty sometimes that I own such a nice camera and don’t use it more to take day-to-day pictures of my kids.  When a last minute playdate popped up with some of our favorite friends, I took the opportunity to bring along The Beast and get some lifestyle type snaps of the kids playing.  Noakea, unfortunately, wasn’t with us this morning, so this post is definitely Banyan and Avenlea heavy.

If you have a DSLR camera and don’t know how to use it or are afraid to to bring it along with you, I can’t encourage you enough to learn to use your camera and start carrying it around.  I heard it said once that “the best camera is the one you have with you,” and I couldn’t agree more, but in a world where most of our snaps are on our phones and we rarely print them, I believe that taking the effort to take quality pictures of the day-to-day interactions of our families is well worth the effort.  Pictures like these are the ones i’m going to look back on and be transported back in time by the smiles and faces i’ve captured.  Sometimes I’m worried about being seen as that mom on the playground snapping pictures instead of interacting, but I think it’s possible to do both at the same time.  I don’t take the camera with me very often, but these precious moments frozen in time sure bring me a lot of joy and I know they will for years to come.


The swings…..we have one in the backyard, but for some reason, she’d never used one until today.  Fell.  In.  Love.

I’m a sucker for symmetry.

Oh, Banyan.  His looks have spared his life x1000 times, at least.

Avenlea and Callie have a love/hate/love (more love than hate) relationship.  They were feelin the love today <3 <3

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