Saturday, May 31, 2008
Somewhere in the midst of taking my boards and actually becoming a registered nurse, I wasn't able to edit the photos as much as I would've liked. I am in the middle of it and just taking my time, mostly because there are some GREAT shots I do not want to miss out on.
I love this one of Lindsay and her sister, Lauren... More to come soon. Promise!!
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
First of all, I can't think of a better weekend than the one I just had. I guess it's bitter-sweet, considering the fact that I am back to studying. It was wonderful, though. I take my BIG exam next Tuesday and am hoping that will be the END to the madness!! Wouldn't it be nuts if I was actually a registered nurse? I believe it would be.
I have the neatest story from my vacation... It all started with me and some of my closest friends laying out on the beach. We were literally just lying there: resting, reading, playing frisbee, etc. I turned around from being in the water and saw a family wandering out to the sand in white tops and khaki bottoms. My friend Aubrie and I laughed because everyone else on the beach was in a bathing suit; it was obvious they were going to take pictures!!
Well, as I watched, it seemed apparent to me that the family was just going for some fun-loving family photos on the beach, but the poses they were choosing just made me cringe. I guess it's the photographer in me that was just dying. I know, I know... Ridiculous. Either way, I kept thinking that I wanted to walk up to them and help. I just didn't know how. I was trying to decide if I just wanted to showcase my poor posing skills or if I actually had a desire to help this family. With a complete feeling of awkwardness and some pig-tails, I decided to walk on over there...
I don't remember what I said as I stood next to the couple but ended up running back to the hotel room and grabbing Aubrie's camera. I was afraid to take mine because I'm shooting a wedding this Saturday... Aubrie was kind enough to let me borrow her's, so I did. I grabbed it and ran back out to the beach. I felt like such a fraud frantically trying to manually get the settings fixed, so the pictures would be decent. I was really scared... When I got out there and re-met the family, everything changed. The boys were so precious, and their parents were so appreciative. They reminded me of my dear friend, Christi, and her 3 boys... practically the same ages!! I really enjoyed those 15 minutes of shooting.
When I felt like I got some good shots, I gave them my information and said we would be in contact. The sweet mom then shared the neatest thing with me. When I asked if they were going to be at the hotel longer, she said that they had to leave. They were supposed to have left hours ago, but she was looking for her camera. See, she had lost it the night before (I believe she said she lost it at the movie theater). She had been very upset, even to the point of crying, that she wouldn't have photos of her boys and of their entire family at the beach.
I get chill bumps each time I think back to that story. What an incredible God we serve. I think that, with that experience, I realized how small I think my God is, and I think that's pathetic. He is in control of each aspect of my life and aligns it perfectly. Oh, how I wish that I would trust that more often. Oh, how I also wish that I would be willing to give of my talents more often, as opposed to just when is convenient.
With that said, I am proud to showcase these photos. I have just started the editing process but am hoping to have more to post soon... These boys are so cute!!
Friday, May 16, 2008
wow. i love this picture... i love this moment. wedding ceremonies are always so special to me. i have to admit, too, that i often cry at weddings. it may be weird, but wedding ceremonies and really special and serious to me -- two people pledging their love to each other forever. wow.
congrats again, sweet amy. i love you.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
i have been working for about a week now, trying to figure out how to get slideshows up on my blog. it has been a heck of a process, but i am hoping to be done later tonight... check back!!
for now, though, i'd just like to talk a little bit about my dear friend, amy, and her now husband, matt.... they are wonderful. they are the reason that i can say i am astounded, honored, and blessed to have a hobby in wedding photography. it's such an honor to be apart of someone's wedding. it really is!
amy and i have known each other for about 3 years now, and i have never met someone so -- well, i don't even know the word. she treats the people she is around with much respect but is also one of the most fun people i've ever been around. she's incredible.
i love this part of my job. when i'm not taking pictures, i'm doing nursing of some sort, and i do enjoy that. weddings, though, give me a chance to be in the midst of such an intimate part of someone's day. i love it. i really do...
thanks to everyone who allows me to take photos of them and their special moments in life.... and to matt and amy, i want to be you when i grow up!