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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Melissa + Joy : SATURATED | November Purple

November 15th came and went. I hadn't even looked at the color for the month. Then Joy sent me an email with her purple image. Purple! I had brought home some eggplant from our friend's house in Georgia on our trip in October. It had sat in our kitchen begging to be photographed for weeks, but then I threw it away. Uncooked. Unphotographed. Then I had intention of photographing my purple gloves made for me by the beautiful Becka N., but then I left them at a client's house. Don't worry, they have been found and will soon be retrieved, but my purple photo was still left undone. Then Kelly, my friend from Georgia, drove up and brought me more eggplant. She is such an awesome, thoughtful friend. Wow, I have so many awesome, thoughtful friends...Joy for being my photography buddy and being patient, Becka for making me awesome gloves, and Kelly for bringing me eggplants and hugs from Georgia. So now, on the last day of November, I present you with Melissa + Joy : Saturated...purple!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Brunz Family

We know Becky from church youth group. She married Micah and moved to South Dakota. It's funny because she and Micah married just one week after Stephen and I and they have four kiddos who are very similar in age to our four kids. Becky give good book suggestions and she makes great art. I commissioned her to do a few pieces for D'arcy. They turned out lovely. When we scheduled this session months ago, I thought this would be a maternity session. Becky was pregnant with her fifth baby due in January. But earlier this month, they discovered that their baby had passed away in the womb. I asked them if they would take time to share with me about their baby girl while I photographed them. I wanted to capture a portrait of a couple, almost ten years into marriage, living life together through the sad and the glad. They were sharing with me how the Lord was turning this very sad situation into good things...Kingdom things.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Why do I do this to myself?

So I "liked" a local photographer's Facebook page the other day, and now her photos keep showing up on my news feed.  She is good, and when I look at her photos I go into a "I suck" spiral.  At some point, I stop myself, tell myself I don't suck, remind myself what it is I'm trying to do with my photography.  This is more of a personal venture than a business one.  A venture to find my artsy voice, to find self confidence, and to enjoy the beauty in the world around me.  My artsy voice is different than the next photographer so I shouldn't try to copy them, right?  Right.  Inspiration is good. Imitation is not.  So here is bit of what made me happy from yesterday's session.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Welcome Christmas!

I've been secretly listening to Christmas music for weeks, but now I can come out of hiding and play it loud and proud without haters (including one husband) scoffing at my early merrymaking.  Let Christmas begin. 

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy "Thaks"giving

I asked my kids on Sunday what they were thankful for, and then I asked if we should be sad for the people who have less than us.  That second question doesn't have a simple answer.  But my heart is sad for people who have heavy hearts tonight...because life has been hard or disappointing this year. And at the same time, I'm rejoicing for those who are celebrating things they have waited so very long for.  Tonight, i'm just so thankful for people to cry and laugh with.  And, on that note, Happy "Thaks"giving.     

Becca's beautiful hands.

Saturday, November 19, 2011


Thought these were pretty.  D'arcy picked them and then brought them to her teacher.  Sure hope her teacher appreciated their beauty.  I hope you do too.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Ten Things (or so) I Loved About Aaron & Chandra's Wedding

Chandra & Aaron looking lovely and in love in the woods.
Chandra's dress. It was elegant and formal while still being relaxed. So pretty.

The colors. Perfect for a November wedding.

The super cool car that they drove.

The very personal message that their pastor delivered.

Their sweet faith.

Their sense of humor.

The surprising salsa dance that took place.

The fun photo booth.

The thoughtful, creative guests.

The party that ensued. Their DJ was awesome.

The sparklers that took me back 8.5 years.