Monday, November 22, 2010

Still Waiting.....

Do you remember when you were a kid and you didn't know how to swim? You were stuck playing in the shallow end by yourself watching all the 'big kids' play in the deep end. You would get as close as you could to them, trying to prove you were 'big' too and they should pay more attention to you. The less they paid attention the farther out you would go until, all of a sudden, your feet weren't touching the ground anymore. You felt a panic. You were torn between yelling out for help hoping someone would hear or just sinking until your feet were touching something solid then 'bouncing' your way back to the shallow end. Back to where you would feel lonely but safe.
 That is kind of where I am right now. Treading deep waters, trying to fight down my panic and figure out where to go. These next few months are going to be big for me. At the moment I am trying to finish high school a few months early and get my business off the ground. I know that sounds kind of funny, that I am just graduating from high school and trying to start a business. It is true nonetheless. There are still a lot of kinks to work out, and I am a long way from 'professional photographer' status, but photography is my passion, my art, my 'calling', I guess you could say. I have a lot of plans in the works (including getting my business licence) but that is a-whole-nother blog post.
 Right now I am on a precipice between adulthood and childhood. I think it is safe to say I am afraid. Afraid of the unknown. Afraid of failing. Afraid of being wrong. Afraid of my age being viewed as a handicap. I've been praying a lot about this. Praying God would show me what to do and give me peace about the paths I am taking. I have also been praying that I will not 'jump the gun.' I know He has a perfect time for everything. I've seen it over and over again. So, I am still waiting, thanking God for these last few months He has given me with my parents before I head off to college. I will never get these months back.
 These two verses from Psalms 27 almost bring me to tears every time I read them(which is a lot because I wrote them on top of the notebook sitting on my nightstand that I use to jot down my ideas when they are coming so fast I can barely keep up)
 verse 1~ The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
 verse 14~Wait on the LORD: be of good courage and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait I say on the LORD.
 It is like God saw what was going on in my life, reached down from Heaven, and wrote them just for me.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Sneak Peeks...sorta.

I love what I do! I can barely believe I get paid to do this. I get to play with some of the most incredibly fun kids for a few hours and I don't have to worry about telling them no!!! Perfect job right? I think it is!

Here are a couple of really fun kids sessions:

Family Session:: The Morse's

Miss McKenzie::

{All these pictures have been compressed, sharpened, and prepped for Facebook. Please feel free to use them, all I ask is that you not to re-edit them without permission. Thanks & Enjoy!}

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

E-session: Aarin+Chris: Never Kiss Me Goodbye

 Aarin& to describe them? They are so incredibly adorable and their love story is way to cute! I smile every time I think about it...We met at Ruby Tuesday in Oak Ridge. I have worked there since the summer before my sr yr in high school (4 ½ yrs now). It was  April 7, 2007 at about ten o’clock on a Saturday night. He came in and I was his server. I actually forgot to ring in his order at first, and when I remembered I realized that we were out of what he had ordered so I had to go back and have him pick something else. We talked a lot, I kinda liked him and kinda just wanted a tip lol. But  we had a lot in common (we were both about to graduate, I had just been on sr trip to England and he was about to go, he played football I cheered, etc.) anyways at the end of it all he asked for my number and I gave it to him. That Monday we went on our first date to a movie, and we’ve been really close ever since...
 I've known Aarin pretty much my whole life, so when she emailed me about my shooting her wedding in December I was ecstatic! Aarin&Chris are perfect for each other in every way. You can almost see the love when you are around them which makes you want to be around them even more. Their natural affection towards each other was a dream to shoot. They were willing to do anything I asked them which I am so thankful for!

Bahaha! Megan got the idea that this would be a cute picture...poor Aarin!

 Aarin&Chris, y'all are amazing! I can't wait for your wedding! Enjoy your sneak peek!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Inspire me Saturday

Everyday greets me with something even more beautiful and amazing than the one before. Whether it's a story I've heard, a book I've read, or a picture I've seen, it inspires me to live everyday to the fullest. Some people may not get it, and that's fine! Everyone views situations differently, but if by some chance someone out there is inspired by these things too...well, it makes me feel pretty lucky I'm the one that gets to bring it to their attention.
 Not to mention there are some amazingly talented people out there...Their creativity astounds me!
 Here are a few of my fav's from this week...

 This story on my sister-in-laws blog about her great grandma...It makes me wanna go call my Memmaw and just talk...Which we both do very well. : ){LOVE her dress!}

This amazingly sweet image from the girls at Simply Bloom. Their work always leave me breathless!

These illustrated thoughts are adorable!

Love this bridal Halo from Loboheme. Any bride that wants something other than that traditional veil has to check them out!

I love the mix of these prints. So unexpected but it just works! What I would give for an Anthropologie in Fayetteville!

These ADORABLE moccasins....They're a little pricey, but they're also custom made!*love!*

This girls amazing store!

This adorable plush deer head...I am completely smitten!