Month: December, 2010
The snowy, delightful weather is here in Wisconsin. It’s magical. The crystals falling from the sky bring with them a peaceful quiet that – for me – create days full of wonder.
When springtime arrives in a few months, I will feel its splendor too. Each time of year brings its own happiness and its own meaning.
While putting together a presentation for 2011 clients, I came across some photographs that I took this past Spring. I don’t remember ever sharing them. I photographed Livy’s schoolmate this past Spring and Livy came to the shoot with me. I took some photographs of the two of them together, however, I never proofed many of them because I was focused on getting the gallery done for the little one I was commissioned to shoot. I took the time today, however, to proof some of them.
I could smell the Springtime air as I went through them. Spring was beginning to rise up into Summer and as I remember it, the day was sunny and warm. While I love the peacefulness of winter, looking at these photographs today brought out the feeling of hope, vibrancy and vigor I feel during Spring.
There is this list. It’s a list of true things.
This list of true things of which I speak is a list a lot of people like.
The list is long.
This list is true things about Jesus.
Yes, Jesus is Savior. Yes, Jesus is God. Yes, Jesus is Perfect.
As I said, the list is very long so I won’t number all of the wonderful and true things about Jesus.
I’m here to tell you that sometimes there is a problem with this list. Problem!!!??? Yes, sometimes.
You see sometimes people believe this list and think that makes them friends with God. That’s the problem. Having all of those true things on a list and believing them in your head can be very deceptive.
Check this out: ”Even the demons believe — and shudder”. That verse is found in James – James 2:19 to be exact.
What does that mean? Well, that means that demons understand the truth and can list the truth about Jesus. And we know that demons are no friends of God. And certainly will not live eternally with Him.
To become friends with God and to know that you have eternal life, takes knowing and loving and trusting Jesus. It means trusting Him with your life. With your everything. It means placing your trust in Jesus and not relying on anything that you have to offer.
For many years, I had the list right. I just didn’t have my heart right. Christmas is the perfect time to ask Jesus for forgiveness for mistakes made and for telling Him that you want Him in your life - that you want Him to be the center of your life.
Our deepest prayer this Christmas is for Jesus to be the greatest treasure in our home and yours.
In the past, I have invited you to call me or email me if you’d like to talk about Jesus. I sincerely mean that. I love talking about Him. So, please feel free to call me or write me and we’ll talk soon!
It’s snowy, windy and cold outside. I love it. When it gets like this, most of the shoots are inside. The only commissioned work I do during the winter months are newborns – I love photographing them with beautiful window light. For the most part, however, shooting ceases until springtime. It gives me time to reflect on what I want to accomplish during the coming year. I do love this time of year.
My hardest shoots these days are my girls. They are tired of modeling and quite frankly they don’t mind me very well when I’m giving direction during a shoot. It’s a bit frustrating – for me and them.
They are both getting so big. Livy is eight now and as full of energy as one could imagine. Mak is 13. I was thinking just yesterday how I love being their mother. As far as teenagers go, I don’t play the I-want-to-be-your-friend-card because I firmly believe in mothering. I believe in giving direction and consequences when needed. I believe in setting boundaries no matter how upset they get. Believe it or not, however, I feel as close to them as my best friends. They share freely with me – even things that are difficult to share. And that’s pretty sweet from where I sit.
There are a few things I’ve learned about the gifts God has given me.
- I’m not the only one with these particular gifts. I’m unique in the ways I use my giftings but I’m far from the only one with the particular gifts that I’ve been given; and
- Most importantly – God gave the gifts. I can choose to use them or not. But the bottom line is that He gave them to me and without His hand in my use of them, I wouldn’t have anything worthy to display.
All that being said, I recognize that God has given me the gift of seeing things and framing them in a way that expresses how I feel about His world. It might be a sunset; it might be a child’s smile; it might be a dragonfly; or it might be love between a mama and her baby. Whatever it is that I see, I try to use the gifts given to me to reflect His world and the way He’s made me to see it. And I attempt to do it with a camera.
The question is - what is the best use of this gift?
My answer: give more away.
Here is where I need your help. My deep desire is to give the gift of custom portrait photography to a family that would never think to commission a photographer to capture their family because of the cost. Let’s face it, custom portraiture is an investment. And often times families without the means forgo something like custom portraiture due to the cost.
If you know a family that may enjoy having a session with me but due to circumstances would never consider it, can you please email me? Not only am I interested in giving to families that fit the above description but I’m also interested in families in need in general (illness, military, unexpected loss). Please send me an email at email@example.com and give me a brief description of the family and why you would like to see that particular family receive a custom photography session. I suggest that when you email me, you don’t send any identifying information about the family and that you don’t let the family know that you’ve submitted them for consideration since I won’t, most likely, be able to accomodate everyone I’d like.
Ok, get to thinking about it! And send me an email when you can.