While He Sleeps | July 10th

Now to him who is able to accomplish far more than all we ask or imagine by the power at work within us.  Ephesians 3:20

So many thoughts.

It’s been a long time since I’ve blogged.  Not like share-a-beautiful-session blogged, but instead, written-from-the-depths-of-my-heart blogged. I miss coming here to pause, to reflect, to share little pieces of my soul as often seen through the lens of my camera.

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Staying home with the little man this year was a definite change of pace for me and a good one at that.  A humbling busyness, a beautiful fullness that was so much bigger than any parenting book could have described, a slower and more deliberate day-to-dayness.  Blogging, more often than not, lingered at the bottom of a seemingly endless to-do list of errands and chores, and most importantly, time spent with my son.  I don’t regret my priority shift one bit, but I will admit that I miss sharing my Big Sky Love. Lately, I’ve been feeling that desire to write here return.  I’ve started and stopped and started and stopped and started and stopped various posts many times over the past month.  My perfectionist ways tend to overpower just letting my simple little voice shine through.  I’ve hesitated to be present to matters of the heart.  Yet, my faith beckons me here.  I am being called.

Here I am.

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Many of you know that my faith is such a very important part of who I am.  Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been praying more and journaling more.  I’ve been spending time with God through my bible, and it’s been a gift.  God’s words are exactly the ones etched on my heart.  God’s words are exactly the ones that I feel so called to share.

Here I am.

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For some time now, my daydreams have focused on how to more intentionally weave my faith into my creative life and, on the flipside, my creative life into my faith.  There are so many other creative women that, though they have no idea, have inspired me to live my life more fully by doing so.  And so, I’m exploring and stumbling and learning.  I’m getting to know God all over again.  It’s a beautiful, beautiful thing.

I’m planning on returning to a few personal photography projects I started a while back (like this one, While He Sleeps) as well as starting a new one.  One that I hope will further illuminate the Creator as we create.  More on that soon I hope.

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God has planted our dreams deep within our hearts with great purpose.  Our gifts were bestowed upon us to bring those dreams to fruition.  We are called.  I am called.

Here I am.

 

 

Summer So Far

Oh how I live for our summer days…long and slow and perfect…

We make lots of financial sacrifices (big and small) during the year to ensure that neither Greg nor I have to work during the summer, and they’re so totally worth it.  I love, and that’s an understatement, spending every day with my husband and son.  Stuff is replaceable.  Time with my family isn’t.

We’ve been on the road for a couple of weeks now which has made for a quiet blog, but I’m excited to share some quick phone photos with you today.  I edit my phone images with PicTapGo; it adds a white border to the pictures so if the spacing and sizing seem a little off here, that’s why.  I promise I tried to figure out how to get them to all be the same size but my blogsite isn’t cooperating with me this morning!

 

 

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With love from mountains and lakes and all good things,

Us

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Personal Work | Altadena Portrait Photographer

A few weeks ago, I had the amazing opportunity to take a 10 day class with CJ Nicolai.  Titled “Facing Your Fears,” the class truly empowered me to examine what limits me and scares me as well as drives me and inspires me as an artist.  I dug deep and, as a result, created some images that made my spirit sing.  I haven’t been creating as much personal art as I used to for various reasons, but these images reminded me that, often, my photography is where I meet my Creator.  I seek calm in my unknowing.  I find tranquility in my challenges.   Before my God, I am truly me.

I may take more photos on my camera phone these days…my Instagram is much more active than my blog…and that is okay.  I’ve discovered that I’m never going to be one to go after that picture perfect, planned-out portrait of my son.  I want to photograph him in all his spontaneous  boyness.  I seek beautiful light.  I seek emotion.  I seek Love in my photographs.  It’s in the quiet moments…it’s in the in-between…that I come to find myself.  It’s in the joy of my everyday, normal, toys-strewn-all-over-the-floor life that I create art.

I want my client images to hold more emotion and more truth.  My style is gentle, joyful, serene.  Neutral colors seem to emerge again and again in my portfolio.  Warmth is healing.  Light is essential.  Emotion is key.

Since the class ended, I’ve been reflecting on a few personal projects that will really speak to who I am as an artist as well as marry my passion for my faith with my photography.  I’m holding my thoughts on these close to my heart for now, but I hope if and when these dreams are born into reality, you’ll still be here to see them.

For now, here are two self-portraits I took during the class. I’ve recently gifted myself a journaling Bible.  So many of the pages are blank, just waiting to be filled.  I think life is much the same…there are so many beautiful moments yet to come.  I dream and I love and I live.

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Thank you for letting me share a bit of my personal art and my thoughts with you!

Love,

Mary