If a photo could speak a million words and emotions, this would be the one. In fact, it took my breath away as I looked through my camera and hit the button to release the shutter.
This is the moment and the photo I’ve wanted to take for years.
Can you count the balloons? There is a strategic amount in this photo. Five. Five balloons to signify the five other positive pregnancy tests. The five other times they were excited for a new life. The five times where the earth turned dark. Five times where mourning was unbearable. Five.
But there is one. One Sally. One sweet amazing life that changed it all. She is perfect. Through her life she has also created a mom and dad. One is all it took. One life that changed the course of these two lives.
This picture takes my breath away. Not because I took it and not because of the color or composition or exposure. It’s because no word in the english language can express what is happening here. Redemption for a family wrapped into one photo.
And it all points to Jesus. The One. One is all we need to change the course of hurt and pain we have endured.
All we need is The One.
We all have a story. Everyday we get up and we add another day, another moment, another chapter to that story. These stories matter and they need to be remembered and retold for years to come.
This is why I love photography. Photography allows me to capture a moment, a look, a movement, a memory that tells a greater story. A story that will be talked about for years to come and maybe even make it’s way into a wedding slideshow or a frame that hangs over the mantle.
What’s included in this class?
This beginners photography class will teach and challenge you to capture Your Story. You will get a free cup of coffee or tea and a dessert from the Hurley House…yum! We will talk through three main elements of beginning photography.
1.) Light: Understanding why it makes or breaks a photo. What time of day/night is the best for photos. How to make sure you get great photos even in the beaming sunlight or dreary day.
2.) Manuel Setting: ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed, White Balancing, Focus Points. All those scary words actually make up amazing photos if balanced correctly.
3.) Composition: How to look for locations, where to stand/sit while taking photos, how to get some very candid and raw photos/ideas for taking holiday photos.
At the end I will allow time for any additional questions and I will tell you about all my current camera gear and my must have gear.
For this class you will need:
1.) Your DSLR camera and camera manual.
2.) A love for photography!
I hope you will join me as we learn how to capture Your Story.
My friend Anna is amazing. Without a doubt one of the most talented ladies I know, and she is adorable and really humble about it, which makes me love her all the more. She is the mastermind behind making my website look awesome and she has designed some cool logos for me as well. You can check out her awesome work right here on her website where she is a quilter (most popular for her quilted name pillows, amazing!!), has designed fabric, is a free lance graphic design artist, and is a stay at home momma. You can also learn more about how you can get a session like this HERE.
Here is Her Story:
It’s been 4.5 months since this little lady has been born and I still can’t wrap my mind around the fact that my daughter is here with me.
I have been dreaming about having a daughter ever since I was a little girl. I would save my favorite things growing up thinking, “One day, I will give this to my daughter.” I have a collection of journals, notes, favorite books and toys from my childhood to give to her. Even as an adult, I would hoard away my most favorite fabrics for years, saving them to make her a quilt with. I carried the name Austen in my heart and knew that was to be her name. My baby girl, whom I didn’t know if I would ever have in real life, lived in my heart for a long time.
When we were having trouble getting pregnant and then miscarried, I saw my dream crumble before my eyes. I grieved over the fact that the baby girl I envisioned was probably not real and just in my imagination. How could I be so sad over someone that wasn’t real? But I was. Throughout the months after my miscarriage, the Lord comforted my heart and I found peace in Him, trusting Him that he knows what is best for my family. I grew content with the little family I had and treasured each moment with my son because life is so precious. Not only am I in control of the number of days in his life but I’m also not in control of who gets to come into this world. What a blessing it is to have my sweet boy.
In my contentment, I started cutting up the fabrics I was saving for my baby girl and making that quilt I had planned for her. I figured, if she comes, then all my prayers were answered. And if not, I will snuggle under this quilt and continue dreaming of her, like I had done all those years.
The day I saw the positive on the pregnancy test, I knew right away it was her. Of course, I had some doubts because I wasn’t 100% sure but I had a feeling that it was a girl. And when we found out it was a girl, I just couldn’t believe it. My Austen girl was real.
I had a lot of fears in my pregnancy, fears that I would lose her during that time. I prayed furiously over her and myself every single day, that the Lord would be gracious to us, that I would see her in my arms.
I also prayed that she would be born on March 24. Her due date is the 25th but the 24th was special to me. It is the same date as my son’s birthday and my husband and I’s anniversary. At midnight on March 24, in the car on the way to the hospital, I could feel my body transition into active labor. She was coming on the day I prayed for.
During this season of my life, the waiting, the sorrow, the fear, the excited anticipation, what I have learned about the Lord is that he is sovereign. He is sovereign over every single detail of my life. The timing of when things happen, the people that come in and out of my life, the events and details of each single day, he is in charge over all of it. My story that has played out in my life, the good and the bad, is beautiful because it is ultimately His Story. And I am so grateful for the abundant grace to be a part of it.
There are mornings where I wake up and panic that it was all a dream. The pregnancy, the birth, holding her in my arms. But then I look over and see her laying there next to me in bed, breathing deeply and heart beating strongly, and all I can do is thank my Savior that she is real…and that she belongs to me.
My life as a work-at-home mom is challenging. This is the path that both me and my husband both felt like the Lord was leading us on and there has been much peace over it. But the balance of working for yourself and caring for your family is hard and I think will always have to be reevaluated from time to time.
I try to plan out my days where I spend the majority of it with my children (my son is home from school for the summer which has been great bonding time for him and his sister) and then my evenings are scheduled for work. It seems bad that I have to pencil my husband in my calendar for us to hang out but it has to be done or I will put work ahead of him and not even realize it. There are also some days where I just have to work as much as I can the whole day so I let my son watch tv and play as much video games as he wants while the baby plays on the floor next to me while I work. I feel bad for doing it but my son LOVES those days.
If I didn’t have to contribute financially every month, I would not work as hard as I do. Children grow too fast. Literally! I can’t believe my son is almost 8 and is about to start the second grade. Not that long ago, he was the baby and in my arms. It dawned on me the other day that I don’t remember the last time I was able to carry my son and that made me incredibly sad. Don’t work so hard if you don’t have to. Of course, take time for yourself and if you enjoy doing something on the side, please do it. Us moms need an outlet outside of caring for our families and household. Even if we didn’t need my income, I would still create and sew because I love doing it. But I would not be hustling the way I am now. I rather take it slow with my kids and husband then hustle all day long.
I can’t believe summer is quickly coming to an end. My son will start the second grade in two weeks and will also be playing soccer on a big kids league. No more co-ed soccer for this guy. My daughter will soon be enjoying her first holidays: Halloween, Thanksgiving, and my most favorite, Christmas. My freelance graphic business is going very well with new clients coming in almost every week. I can’t wait to see how freelance pans out for me and hopefully this will become a permanent work solution for me instead of going back to work when the baby is bigger.
There’s a lot of unknowns in the future but I know God is sovereign and I can’t wait to see how He will continue writing my life for His Story.
Over the years I have grown to love and cherish the stories of the women in my life. I have realized that I need these stories as a mom, wife, friend, and follower of Christ. Our stories connect us and show our humanity. These stories all add up to one greater story that I believe God is weaving through His people.
Her Story: The Joys, Sorrows, and Hopes of Womanhood will strive to capture these stories through documentary and story telling photographs. My hope in this is to bridge my business with my personal ministry and heart for women. This may be a season that you want to remember for exactly what it is. No frills or fluff, just your life exactly how you see it day after day. I will come to your home or special place of your choosing and just follow your lives. This session will include:
- One private Her Story session
- Digital files of the session
- Custom album of your story
- A mini photography course to help tell Your Story after our session. (optional)
Availability for this session will be limited to just a few per month. Monday thru Friday mornings and early afternoons will be given priority as weekends are reserved for family. I will have one weekend date per month open. For more information on pricing and dates please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or just go to the contact section in the tool bar above.
This session is offered as a way to document the sweetness of the everyday, told from the perspective of the mom, wife, sister, single mom, young adult woman, college girl, the homeless, or whatever season you may be facing. We have so much to share in this journey of womanhood. My son begins kindergarten this fall. These last few years just flew by. One of the things that I want to remember more than anything is what life was like at home before grade school. I have done my best to document this journey on my own, but I would have loved a session like this to remember these days that are fleeting. Maybe its a session in your home before it sells, maybe its a story of a day on your college campus, maybe its a session with your aging parent in their home. Join me on this unscripted adventure (one that I have no idea where it will lead us). Hopefully no matter what the days hold, we can laugh and stand strong, wearing dignity and strength with all that life throws our way as we share Her Story with one another.
“She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.” Proverbs 31:25