What do you do when you’re a photographer and weather geek and your neighbor sends you a text at 8:30 at night that there’s a lightning storm occurring?

The answer is simple, you load up the husband and kids and drive to a safe location with your camera and tripod. We found a great spot at Keystone Lake that kept us safely away from the storm but provided a brilliant view of the light show. Safety always comes first when photographing lightning!

Anybody else think that lightning bolts resemble attempts at drawing with an Etch A Sketch?

A lightning storm at Keystone Lake in Northeast Oklahoma photo by April Nienhuis

A lightning storm at Keystone Lake in Northeast Oklahoma photo by April NienhuisA lightning storm at Keystone Lake in Northeast Oklahoma photo by April NienhuisA lightning storm at Keystone Lake in Northeast Oklahoma photo by April NienhuisA lightning storm at Keystone Lake in Northeast Oklahoma photo by April NienhuisA lightning storm at Keystone Lake in Northeast Oklahoma photo by April NienhuisA lightning storm at Keystone Lake in Northeast Oklahoma photo by April NienhuisA lightning storm at Keystone Lake in Northeast Oklahoma photo by April Nienhuis

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  • April 1, 2015 - 12:33 pm

    Nina - Gorgeous, April!ReplyCancel

Um, I don’t even know. He gets his need to wiggle from his father. I thought I was just photographing him reading a book but turns out it was a mini yoga session too. And when I showed him the photos he said, “What am I doing? I don’t even remember doing that.” At least he’s not short on exercise.

Of course, this was all followed by “Mommy, I love you more than anything. Except ice cream. I love ice cream the most.”

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We don’t get a lot of snow here in Oklahoma but this particular weekend we got almost 6 inches – perfect to let the kids play in. Zoey quickly sought out warmth and hot chocolate inside the house while Finn continued to relish in the snow. As I was admiring the light and reflection of Zoey watching Finn in the window, a ball of snow whizzed past my head and I witnessed a full-fledged fight filled with snow and laughter. Although the snowball attack was one-sided, it was equally enjoyed by both sides of the window.

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Of all my kids, none of them enjoys coloring as much as this one. The other two like it, but this girl loves it.

She gets it from me.

I can remember coloring for hours. In fact, I have a very vivid memory of being in the hospital for a few days and my mom finally sneaking in my BFF so we could sit on the bed and color in our Precious Moments coloring books together. There was also the time that our town did a Halloween coloring contest when I was 5 and I took home a few ribbons…

photo of photographer April Nienhuis at the age of 5

There’s so much joy in watching your children learn and enjoy new things but there’s something special about watching them enjoy the same things you did/do. In fact, she’s coloring as I type this, going on about two hours now. And just as equally, she loves to draw. She doesn’t get that from me though. Her love of drawing started when she was 2 when she rocked this portrait of me. Can’t you see the resemblance?

a 2 year olds drawing of her mother

A few weeks ago Zoey seemed to be concentrating extra hard so I thought I’d grab a few shots of her in action. Gotta love those pursed lips!

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  • March 13, 2015 - 9:33 pm

    Lisa Benemelis - I love to color, too!! Beautiful story and images, April. I love seeing your life through your lens. <3ReplyCancel

  • March 14, 2015 - 9:08 am

    Celeste Pavlik - oh my goodness, she’s so cute!! i can’t believe it is totally a mini-you. <3ReplyCancel