Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Sometimes it takes a little time behind the camera to get me back on my breathable islands; where crazy life and schedules are shoved aside to find space to take deep breaths and soak in the lovely parts of life that tend to get so easily brushed under the taken for granted rug when you forget to take the time to appreciate them. I need to see and admire the beauty of Spring, and flowers, and sidewalk chalk, and adorable little sisterlings, and blonde curly hair, and sweet childlike affections. I don't see it so clearly as I do when my camera brings such things into focus. And that's exactly what happened when I went to see these cute energetic girlies and their mother and grandmother. These little Florida girls ignored the Wisconsin Spring chill that set in that evening and happily romped around and did silly adorable things. My heart and camera are happy to have met them.
Saturday, May 10, 2014
The wedding went off without a hitch. Except for it was a hitch, which is basically the whole point of weddings, right? Their wedding was so unique to them in a very beautiful way. The father of the bride built the incredible arbor. The aisle decor was stunning and meaningful. The little touches to include people in special ways... It was all very creative and lovely.
Jeremy & Kayla were (and I think it is probably safe to assume still are) a fun couple, and their wedding party and families were equally fun. And photogenic. Which was a good thing because between terrible lighting and serious time crunching, it was quite the obsticality. (And yes, an experience like that deserves its own homemade word.) I am so proud of everyone for being able and willing to win the world's record for speed and efficiency when it comes to the heinous task of cooperating and smiling (with a healthy dose of goofy and fun just for good measure) for wedding pictures. So thank you, my willing subjects!!
A HUGE thank you goes to my assistants for the day, Bailey & Tabby. You girls were great and made my job much easier. THANK YOU!!!
Monday, May 5, 2014
Cup of coffee and some unhealthy but tasty refined sugar shared with my two favorite people. In our jammies. It doesn't happen often, but it's worth it when it does. These little moments. I treasure them.
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Life is fragile. Sometimes too fragile. Stuff like this doesn't make sense this side of heaven. But should it? Would heaven hold it's beautiful appeal if we could understand the how's and the why's and the pain and the suffering down here? Would the Gospel mean anything to us if all this tragedy made any sort of sense? Would the cross hold any meaning? Would we need hope?
I have more questions than answers right now, but at the end of the day I draw strength from the small beauties like a droplet of rain on a tiny brave little clover growing out of the rocks after a brutal Winter. A miniature hereld that tells me, He sees it all. Maybe these rain drops are His own tears, because I know He too feels the deep pain of our hearts. Even when it feels so wrong and hopeless, He will and He does make all things beautiful in time. The glimpses of beauty here on earth tell me how wonderful and ecstatic heaven will be. We do have hope because Jesus paid it all.
For now, my heart breaks for Hudson Seth's family. Hug them tight, Jesus.
Please feel free to leave them some love here and join me in supporting them with comfort and prayer.