A beautiful Fall wedding. I was so inspired by Ariel & Jon’s simple but rich love for one another, their faith, and the community they have clearly leaned on and been carried by who was there to celebrate their day. It was a day filled with small moments of big love. Hope you all enjoy the photos and check out their engagement session here!
Though the poet Mary Oliver has pages and pages of inspiring words, her simple phrase “Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” has been the most profound for me. Motivating me as an image maker, and a storyteller, these 7 simple words ignite in me a passion for seeing and partaking in my life with attentiveness, stillness, prayer, and thanksgiving. Image making is an incredibly powerful tool that can be used to shift your perspective from being overwhelmed and discouraged, to finding beauty and grace in the every day. It’s a practice that invites us to believe in the magic that is present in our every day lives- where art and beauty mix to present us with an image that captures time, feeling, growth, truth, and promise.
In order to use image making as a tool for appreciating the beauty in our every day, I’ll be sharing some tips and tricks for taking better images, and also for keeping imagine making an active part of our every day. Maybe some of you are professional photographers who, by the time you get home, are sick of image making. Maybe you aren’t a professional but you own a decent digital camera, or maybe your smart phone is your best and most reliable outlet for documenting.
Whatever the case, I believe documenting your family is a beautiful way of engaging in your story. I hope through this series and your own experiences you find that image making is an essential way to practice attentiveness and thoughtfulness, remembering not to take small moments for granted. Post also published on the Emerald Homestead.
The weather has been exceptionally warm here in Tennessee…50′s and sunny for the past three days! It has me thinking back on my shoots this past Summer and Fall in NY, and I couldn’t help but think of this session first- it was taken on one of the warmest, most gorgeous golden evenings of the year. I love this family for lots of reasons, but one of the biggest ones being their constant attentiveness to the natural world. It made sense to capture some portraits of them on top of the road where they live, which overlooks part of the area and was painted with color and light. Hope you enjoy a peek at their session!