Suzanne tells the story of how early on she learned what she should look like. Teen magazine is not the place to get that advice, but when she was young and impressionable that is what she saw the world saying the standard should be. She then went on to deal with a lifetime of food addiction. Suzanne bravely shares a truth that most of her friends don't know the extent of. She realizes that she is tired of hiding the struggles that she has daily. We all benefit from the universal lesson to be learned in being more kind to ourselves.
I feel so lucky to get to be part of a world where there are things as magical as horses. Truly, these big majestic creatures are just so gentle and intelligent and yet so powerful. It is no wonder there is so much myth, legend and lore attached to them. I grew up in the horse country of Kentucky. I learned to ride by sitting on the back of a horse…
his story from a dear friend of mine may be hard for any of you that have lost a child. As Kim shares the story of the loss of her baby Garrick, I want to make sure that you have that warning before listening since it is such a delicate subject matter for those of you that have experienced this loss. However, her story is one full of love and laughter. She talks about the things she learned from her son, Garrick. How he taught her to see all the beauty in life and be grateful for it every day. How the love from friends and family really does carry you through.
"Life can only be understood backwards, but must be lived forwards" - Soren Kierkegaard
Sometimes I am taken aback by how beautiful the world around me is, by my daughters laughter, and how fun it is to watch her with friends and then other days I find myself searching for something to spark my interest to capture.
I haven't been keeping up with posting the weekly images from my project here on the blog. So I am going to post several week at a time to catch up.
I have learned a lot about myself during the now 13 weeks since I started this project. I am constantly surprised by being a creative. How sometimes you don't feel inspired or creative at all. Some days the idea of finding something worthy to use as my one good image from the day is beyond daunting. And I feel like I failed myself. On the other hand, when I started I didn't know how in the world I would keep up. How I would find the time to take more photos (on top of my single mom running a business schedule) and then edit them too! What I have discovered though is that, despite the struggle some days, I really love carrying my camera everywhere again. When I was a teen I did this. It is what made me fall in love with photography. It taught me how to be quiet and wait. To see the world silently. To really look and SEE things and appreciate them. To slow down the world.
So yeah, I love this. I am wondering if I will stop after the year is over. I haven't hit my super busy season so I am not sure yet, but either way I love this challenge.
Here are weeks 6-8. More to come soon!
In dreams- Jen
Happy International Women's Day 2018 my friends!! I am celebrating the amazing women in the world today by releasing another podcast telling the story of a strong woman!
Today's story is one of sudden trauma, how your life can change in a split second, and how the inner voice in your head can decide a lot about the way we heal. Your entire life is hugely effected and somewhat decided, I think, by your attitude. Sometimes we forget what a huge role that voice can play. This story is a reminder of how powerful it is to keep our inner voice a positive one!
Here is week 4. I think the variety of images this week is interesting to me. I like that a week can change so much in where you go and what you do. And how you see the things around you.
I hope you enjoy these moments. For what else is there in life, but a collection of beautiful moments to be enjoyed.
On our walk home from school one day Charlie spotted Ollie in the window of Willa Worth's jewelry shop near our home. She stopped and talked to him for a long time. Unbeknownst to me Willa was inside the shop taking this same portrait of Charlie looking in the window. In Willa's shot you can see Charlie's hand pressed against the glass. She posted it on Facebook with a thought about unconditional love. It got a lot of attention. And yes, this is just another moment in day to day life that would be easy enough to see and forget or rush through. Taking the time to slow down and watch Charlie and let her talk to the pup allowed me and Willa both to experience and think about how much love there is in the world. It was a gift for us all.
Here it is. The second week in January. I have quickly realized this will be a great way to record all the things that happen in a year, the mundane, the hilarious, the walks to school, the fits of giggles, the regular sunsets up here on the Eastern Prom, the messy house, the games we play and much more. But also, the passage of time. How things are just the same in our daily routines and yet time passes so quickly regardless.
A photo every day this year. Honestly, that seems pretty daunting even to me. Don't get me wrong, I love getting to look at the world through the lens. I enjoy watching people with my camera. I like the challenge that comes from finding the light and getting the composition that is 'just right'. But doing this every day. In my personal life not my professional work. Even on the days when nothing seems very interesting. When the light is just totally flat wherever I look. When I don't feel inspired or compelled. That is going to be tough, I know it. All the things I listed- have already happened in this first week.
There are so many times every year that I realize I am so much more than a photographer. I am the secret keeper. The observer, the orchestrator, the calm presence or the one who stirs the pot for laughter! I hold your hand and tell you that you are indeed worth it. That it's ok to give yourself permission to celebrate yourself. That it's ok that your family fights in front of me. That it's ok that your children won't sit still.
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We all learn different lessons in life and they come to us in numerous ways. Jesseca shares a lesson that she never dreamed that she would have to learn. It has taught her about love and acceptance of those that she loves in a whole new way. I respect her so much for the way she handled herself in the middle of watching her life fall apart. I also respect what she let that time in her life teach her about the world, accepting others, telling the truth, true love and kindness to ourselves. There are so many things that life will teach us if we choose to learn them.
This special holiday mini-session allows you and your family to update your album just in time for the season. A quick and intimate shoot at my studio that will result in beautiful images of your littles perfect for holiday cards, updated prints for your portrait wall, a canvas for grandma - now's the perfect time to print your memories and share them with those you love!
What is there left to say about this dreamy senior portrait session!? Sophia is a doll. She is super sweet and kind and was so easy to work with! I told her she should be the poster child for diabetes with her fancy purple pump that she is sporting. (: I loved that she shows it off in these portraits instead of trying to hide it!