Monday, February 27, 2012

First of all, let me preface this post by saying that I’ve been holding off on writing this for a while. This is kind of a hard post for me to write because it’s so personal. Anyway, here it goes…

Looking back I don’t know why I thought this road was going to be smooth and the way easily defined. It has certainly been nothing of the sort. I expected a challenge, but I did not expect the inner struggle. Back in September I knew the Lord was giving me this photography business. As clear as day I heard Him say, “Use it for Me. This isn’t yours. I give it to You now and I can take it away.” With excitement I bought a camera and started out on this new journey. I quite literally had nothing else. For the first month or two I felt so elated. This was one of my dreams and now it was finally coming to fruition. After a while this question started to plague me, growing stronger with each passing day: How do I use this for Him? The details and necessities for running a business became abundant and I wondered if this is what He wanted. With no clear answer I continued moving forward.
Thankfully, the new year brought with it fresh vision. I was at a conference called Passion when the revelation hit me. I was sitting in my seat listening to the stories of those who are enslaved in our world today. I heard lots of statistics, but the stories…they pierced my heart. This particular story was about a young girl from Europe who was set up on a blind date by her friends. Innocent enough, right? Minutes into the date, her date drugged her drink. He pretended that she suddenly wasn’t feeling well and took her outside. No one suspected. He threw her into the back of his car, bribed the man at the country’s border and was gone. No one even knew where to look or what had happened to her. It hit me that this could happen to anyone. It became personal. That girl could have been my sister. She could have been my friend. Suddenly she was no longer a number in a statistic. I heard her voice, I saw her face and I felt her pain.
Then, I knew.
The rest of this post is over on my new blog here.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Bridal's in St. Augustine

I had a lovely time in St. Augustine with this lovely bride! Read the full post here!

Monday, February 13, 2012

A Valentine's Post

My hubby so graciously agreed to take some Valentine's Day photos with me. The rest are over at my new blog here.

Friday, February 10, 2012

A little update...

Hello guys! It feels like I haven’t written here in a while, probably because I haven’t. Hehe. I’ve been running around like crazy these past few days and well, sleep has been more of a priority than blogging. I love traveling, but it sure is draining. Since Sunday, I’ve been going all over the Jacksonville/ St. Augustine area for sessions and to see my family for a while. There’s been a lot of getting up early and staying up late. Now that I’m home, all I want to do is curl up next to my husband and chill! I’m tired, but very thankful. Anyway, I have several exciting things to share soon. God has given me some new direction and I can’t wait to see how it unfolds! I also have a new baby (camera) coming in the mail tomorrow!!! Woohoo! I’m finally able to upgrade and can’t wait to have it in my hands! Well, that’s about it from me for now! I have to run get the laundry. (My life is so glam! Ha!)
Here’s a preview of what I’ve been up to! I think I may have found a new love for sunrise beach sessions.
I hope you all have had a good week so far!
To see more photos visit my new blog HERE!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Friday Photo Tips

                                          Before                                                                              After

Hey guys! Today I thought I’d share a few little tips on photography I’ve picked up along my journey. I’ve been so blessed by others who have shared their knowledge and I want to pass along the blessing. I’m self taught, so I’ve really appreciated those who are willing to share their expertise. I am so very thankful for those people! I know there are a lot of phenomenal photogs out there and I’m no super pro by any means, but I do want to share what I do know! A lot of you may have learned all of this stuff already, but some of you may not! Everyone starts somewhere! Hopefully I can do several of these, and if you guys like it I will get more and more advanced with each one. :)

To read the tips check out the post on my new blog HERE!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

A cute bow tie and a lovely dress...

You could hear coughing every few minutes. Poor Wesley had some sort of sinus something or other, but that didn’t keep these two from having a good time. Wesley and Lindsey are such an awesome couple. He’s the funny one that makes her laugh and she’s the sweet one that makes him smile. All you have to do is look at them to know that they’re perfect for each other!  My husband actually goes way back with these two. He was able watch their love story unfold first hand. From what he said, they’ve always liked each other but it just took a few years to come to grips with it. They started dating a few months before Lindsey was heading off to college at the University of Mobile. They were planning on doing the long distance thing until Wesley ended up winning a scholarship to UM in a drawing. Funny how things work out! After engagement and graduation, they got married a few months ago. But before Lindsey retired her lovely lace wedding gown to the closet, they decided to a fun “after the wedding” shoot. How could I turn down these two, especially with her in that dress and him with a bow tie? Adorable! Here a few of my favorites from the session. It was so hard to pick! The light was so perfect and dreamy.

To see more visit my new blog HERE!


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