It was a joy to photograph these two women! A portrait session at sunrise in the vineyard was an amazing way to start the day, and I know Diana and Mandy and their loved ones will cherish these portraits for a long time. There’s nothing like a really kick-butt portrait of yourself to help you feel empowered, and to remind you of how beautiful you truly are. Diana and Mandy rocked this session and if you’re nervous about getting portraits done, I would invited you to do as they did and book a session with a friend! We had so much fun and I can’t wait to photograph them again.
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.