In case you hadn't noticed, I took a couple weeks off blogging as I moved my website over to a new host, as well as did a full site redesign. If you haven't checked out my new site, please do and let me know what you think! I was excited to jump back into the blog circle this week as the theme is Golden Hour. Being a natural light photographer, golden hour is where it's at for me. I had big plans for what I wanted to photograph this week, but unfortunately, golden hour eluded me as our 95 degree weather from last week spiraled to the 60s and 70s and raining. I guess April showers brought May....showers. Luckily, I did shoot some photographs at the end of last week that I will be entertaining you with instead.

Although my husband and I live in the suburbs, we are lucky enough to live in an area that allows us to raise chickens. I've always wanted chickens, so you can imagine my excitement a few years back when I realized that my lifelong dream was about to become reality. When my husband realized he wasn't allowed to eat my chickens, he was less excited about it. This led to us brokering a deal - I would get my hens, who were completely off limits, and he would get a meat chickens that he could raise and process. The first year we did this experiment, we got the meat chickens from our local feed store at about two weeks old. Meat chickens don't go through the same stages as regular laying chickens. They grow too fast for their bodies, and by several weeks they are already awkward looking. They're also messier than our regular layers, all of which helped me not get attached.

This year, we found someone to go in on a group order with us from a hatchery for our meat birds. None of the feed stores around us carry them anymore as there hasn't been a high enough demand. Sadly, this meant the day I picked up the meat chickens, they were cute little chirping balls of fluff. My husband has already remanded me several times for "getting attached to our dinner." Naturally, with something so cute in the house, I had to stage a photoshoot. I took the little peeps (as I've so fondly taken to calling them) out to our backyard, let them run around in the grass for a bit, and captured them in all their fluffy glory.

Follow the rest of the Project 52 group blog circle to see how they used the golden hour this week. Next up Tracy Allard of Penny Whistle Photography fetching portraits in Coppell, Carrollton and the greater Dallas - Fort Worth metroplex. Keep following the links at the end of each blog post until you make it back here to see all of this week's photos!

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