10% off your JOY PORTRAIT session!

Book your JOY PORTRAIT session before March 1st and receive 10% off!

“I felt loved.
I felt seen.
I felt beautiful again.
I felt free to be me and to see the beauty in that being.
I felt whole.”

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The solo joy portraits will $145 (take an additional 10% off if you book within the next 10 days!) with an option to have a custom-made flower crown for an additonal $25.  If you have a few friends that you’d like to gather, I can do solo JOY PORTRAITS for $99 each (with a minimum of 3 people).

E-mail Abby today for details at loverootsphotography@gmail.com

You are loved.

Guess what?

Even if you don’t have a special “Valentine” today…YOU ARE LOVED. loved

Although my husband and I don’t usually make a big deal of Valentine’s Day, I can see why it exists, and why it really is important for people. I think that it really shows us the longing that each human being has in this world. The deep longing to be loved. To be understood, loved, and connected, is one of our most important needs in this life. And sadly, many people go through their days not believing or even knowing that they are loved. I know not everyone may have the same beliefs about this that I do…but I wholeheartedly believe that there is a Divine and Loving Creator who made us to crave and desire love and connection, and not only that, He wants to be the one to meet that desire. He tells us that “I have loved you with an everlasting love”. He reminds us throughout history and words that His love never fails.  I’ve recently come across a beautiful instagram feed that has given me a refreshed perspective of God’s deep and profound love for his people.  One day when I was really struggling and feeling un-loved, broken, and needing a big reminder, I spend some time reading through posts from thejealouslove on instagram. Here are some words I read and re-wrote to remind myself of the truth about love, God’s love, for me.

“You are mine and mine alone. You are the love I have crowned. I keep a close watch on your heart because it belongs to me. I know the plans and riches I have for you. Ever since I set my gaze on your heart, I chose it forever and I will never be turned away from it…”

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“I know the thoughts that haunt your mind and the cares you carry in your heart. I desire to carry them for you so that I may place the crown of beauty on your head. That I may take your hand and guide you through a passage of endless discovery. The very things you’re wanting are the very things I passionately and desperately desire to give to you…Allow me to have your heart so that you may be F R E E …..”

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“He releases the rhythms of love through the atmosphere of their shared space. It is narrow and only a heart that is childlike can find it. Speculation and doubt can not even see the door, but awe and wonder will pave the path to it’s gates…for this place is not bound by earth’s wisdom, but freed through heaven’s wisdom. It is abundant beauty that never stops unfolding her identity through the King…”

And for those of you who are married and are feeling a little tiny (or not-so-tiny) piece missing because you wish you had the romantic feelings and excitement you may have once had in the beginning, these words from Ann Voskamp are a beautiful reminder of why love and true romance are more than what we see on tv and throughout all types of media. It’s deeper and more beautiful, and although not always easy, it always connects us deeper to True Love Himself.

For any couples out there that would love some time to reflect and laugh together, sharing in a new way while having intimate and meaningful portraits taken, Beloved Sessions are something I absolutely love to do…and I know it will bless you. Contact me through my website if you’d like more information. (loverootsphotography.com)

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Wherever your heart is today, may you know that you are deeply loved. always loved.

 

 

offerings / joy portraits

untitled (572 of 1012)Who doesn’t love to see JOY on the face of their friend, their loved one, or even someone they’ve never even met before!? Joy is one of those authentic expressions that we all love seeing and long to feel.  A few months back I started a hashtag on instagram called #joyportraits. At the time, I didn’t know it would turn into an important part of my business, but now I see how I can bring even more meaning and depth to a portrait session.

The other day it was snowing like crazy, and it was really cold.  I loved the idea of the contrast of winter and spring, of bright colors against the pure white backdrop. And I love moments like these ; one on one, where I get to connect with someone and reveal through the lens a glimpse of their beautiful and unique spirit.

joyportraitsbrandiBrandi and I had a sweet time of running around in the snow and taking photographs. After her experience, she asked if she could write a guest blog post about our time together and of course I said yes! I’d love for people to hear from the perspective of someone on the other side of my camera. Here’s what she wrote:

“I have spent hours scrolling though Abby’s beautiful pictures thinking “oh I would love to do that one day” only to quietly shame myself and soften the urge by following that thought up with, “no one would want to see them anyways.” I figured since I didn’t have a significant other, there was no reason to take beautiful photos. 
 Boy, was I wrong.
 As a long-time friend, I’m pretty sure something inside Abby prompted her to call me on my birthday weekend and ask if I had time for a short photo-shoot with her. She wanted to take pictures in the middle of a snowstorm with crowns of flowers. Each time we hike a mountain together, we pick flowers, put them in our hair and sing the Mumford and Sons song with the lyric, 
“And there will come a time, you’ll see, with no more tears.
And love will not break your heart, but dismiss your fears.
Get over your hill and see what you find there,
With grace in your heart and flowers in your hair.”
 
Honestly, I had been struggling that week. I had struggled with my self-image, my self-worth, my own brokenness and longing for more beauty in this world. I struggled with approaching my 33rd birthday alone again. Little did I know that an impromptu photo-shoot with my lovely, grace-filled friend would be such a healing experience. 
 
We went out to Red Rocks in the middle of a snow storm with a beautiful crown of flowers and a few jackets between us. I had no clue what was in store and Abby deftly guided me to exactly the right spots and put me at ease. Quietly, with almost a holy hush, Abby raised the crown of flowers and set it gently on my head while whispering “He bestowed on her a crown of beauty instead of ashes” and my heart leapt with healing. I didn’t feel the need to pose or be fake, but felt at ease to just be me. To be silly in some moments with a crown slipping from my head and to close my eyes when she suggested and simply breathe in the beauty of the cold air around me. I don’t know how she did it or what she said….I only know how I felt
 
I felt loved.
I felt seen.
I felt beautiful again.
I felt free to be me and to see the beauty in that being.
I felt whole.
 
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Little did I know that maybe not having a significant other made it even that much more important for me to take time out of my life to do portraits with Abby. Something happened in that snowy field and in the pictures I’ve seen from those moments, my God met me there. He met me through Abby’s kind spirit, quiet words and gentle, kindred giggle and through her camera lens. He helped me to see maybe a little bit of what He sees in me. He helped me to try on the idea that He considers me beautiful and maybe it’s high time for me to accept His words and truth about who I am. Healing happened in those moments and through those pictures and I will be forever grateful. I’m pretty sure I will need to schedule pictures with Abby as a part of my “soul care” every few months, just to remind myself of the truths that are so dear”.

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After I read this  from Brandi, I felt sooooo grateful. I felt so happy that something I desire so much (that my work would be a true gift to others, that people would know their authentic beauty- the kind that on one else in the world has, and that people would be moved by the images because they made them feel something) was actually coming true.

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I’m thankful to Brandi for writing these encouraging words, and I’m thankful to all who have had the courage to get in front of the camera like this, because it’s not easy.

As I’ve been dreaming about a way to offer more sessions like this, Brandi spurred me on to put it out there!

So I’m offering JOY PORTRAITS.

The solo joy portraits will be $145 with an option to have a custom-made flower crown (I made the one on Brandi).  If you have a few friends that you’d like to gather, I can do solo JOY PORTRAITS for $99 each (with a minimum of 3 people).

Brandi and I are also planning something special together; a unique ‘soul care’ collection for women to come together, understand more deeply their beauty and worth, and will include joy portraits among other special offerings.

I can tell you more details when you get in touch to set one up! Please E-MAIL me or CALL  TODAY if you’d like to know more at loverootsphotography@gmail.com or go to my website to see some more of my work and fill out the contact form there.

Thank you for reading and I CAN NOT WAIT to capture your joy and authentic beauty!

(p.s. I’m running a contest for those who share and comment that they shared about Joy Portraits. You can win a FREE session… to learn more check out my post on my facebook page)

rest.

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As a small business owner, it can sometimes seem impossible to take a break- like a real break for more than a few days. Who will respond to e-mails and phone calls and facebook messages? What if someone inquires about a potential job or wedding and I miss it and they move on? I’m really good at telling others that they need to take time off – to rest – to sabbath. Yet when it comes to myself, I tend to make excuses for why I can’t or shouldn’t take a break. And please don’t be turned off by the word “Sabbath”. I know for some it can create ideas of strict religious demands but the truth is, the sabbath was created for us.  I believe God desires us to rest in Him… to not be controlled or stressed out by the frenzied society we live in. I think that the sabbath was born out of a desire for us, (we are His delight), to be renewed by resting, and trusting…by allowing our creativity and joy to be renewed, not by working harder and working non-stop, but being renewed by Him, through rest. Isaiah 58 says this;

“…The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame.
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.  Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.  If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the Lord’s holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words, then you will find your joy in the Lord, and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob…”

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Why is it so easy to speak truth into other’s lives and not take it to heart in our own lives? I’m guilty of this, and so I’m challenging myself to take a break from photoshoots and correspondence for almost two weeks. I’m going on a trip with my husband and some family and friends (which for me…exploration and being in a new place can be really restful and rejuvenating). I may clean out ‘my studio’ which has become one big closet for all the stuff I have no where to put otherwise. I’ll be reading some books! And I’ll also take some time to dream about what I want for my business in 2014. I’ll catch up with some friends and maybe write a few letters to loved ones. I’ll go snowboarding and take in the fresh mountain air and do yoga because when I’m busy the first things to go are the things that help me be healthier and more balanced…

So for those of you out there who are business owners….will you take some time for yourself and your family this Christmas season? Will you take time to let go and trust that your business will not fall apart if you take a week or two away from your e-mail and telephone and facebook?  I would challenge you, too, to take time to be refreshed! To do the things you put off on a regular basis because you’re too busy with running a business.

I’m hoping to do a little more intentional resting so I can be better equipped and more creatively-fueled to do the best job possible for those I get to work for and with. I’m so, so grateful.

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Adventure Always 2013

It was a whirlwind of a trip, and it’s  been a whirlwind since I got back from Adventure Always in Long Beach.

But I just have to share….

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As it is with most beautifully challenging and impactful experiences, I find it hard to put into words the three days that made up Adventure Always.

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After my first Beloved Collective conference, I quickly learned that these are ‘my kind of people’. It may sound strange but it seems that the people that are drawn to Beloved are the kind of artists I could spend lots and lots of time with. Nearly everyone I’ve met within this community are authentic and passionate, kind-hearted and compassionate.  Many are doing so much more than making portraits, or “doing photography”. Some are literally changing the world with the stories they’re sharing, and the dreams they have to leave an impact on other’s lives.  This year, the Beloved Collective conference turned opened up to more than photographers, but artists of other mediums as well. We heard from Brian Andreas, who brought me (and I think many others) to tears with his stories and words. We watched an incredible video (once it is released to the public I will share it!) made by my friend Calvina, who has poured her heart into developing her photography in a way that will impact other’s lives forever…and even work to end slavery and oppression in our world.

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Ash and Jeremy Parsons blew me away with their raw stories of brokenness and their challenge to live life as it is- A GIFT. I don’t believe there was a dry eye in the crowd after they shared. I highly recommend checking out their “never give up” stories of heart-ache, hope, and deep deep love. The conversation they ignited the evening they spoke was one that I believe had the capacity to change people’s lives in a big way. I’m so grateful for that hour with them.  We also got to hear from my friend Liz Arcus, who always inspires me to reach for big dreams…and especially the kind of dreams that have the ability to impact other’s lives. We also heard from Jonas Petersen, Ryan Muirhead, and some awesome instagrammers like @thuglifforevs@seacannon@carmynjoy and others!

(here are a few iphone photos from the trip…)

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My friends that I shared a room with on the Queen Mary also made this trip important for me.  Melissa, Scott, and my new friend Sarah. Melissa took the risk in the beginning during our Beloved Collective morning and shared her heart, her fears, and encouraged us to go towards what makes us weak in the knees. :) She braved the fear of speaking in public and inspired lots of people, including me!

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Some important things I took away and I know will continue to impact me in some way :

Kristen Kalp talked about how to love your life by creating “a business that lights you up”. She asks “What would be the most fun right now?” She also shared these tips that I believe she lives by and encourages others to do the same:                  * dwell in impossibility  * delight yourself  * know what you’re not  * fight perfection  * embrace fear  * out-do yourself *

My friend Josh Solar shared about gratitude and making a life of thanksgiving. He encouraged us to write letters, to notice the gifts we have in our lives, and to not take those for granted. If you haven’t heard of 1000 Gifts or Ann Voskamp’s blog A Holy Experience, gratitude is all over it! He shared some great quotes including this : “The greatest thing is to give thanks for everything. He who has learned this knows what it means to live. He has penetrated the whole mystery of life: giving thanks for everything.” -Albert Schweitzer   

Of course Jesh always has words upon words of wisdom, and I usually find myself either frantically trying to write waht he’s saying or just sitting and soaking it all in. One of my scribbles in my notes from the goodness he shared over the course of the week: “to be an artist is to be a maker of history” is something that could change the course of our work if we really believed and took this seriously. He also asked the question; “What drives you Wild?” He pushes others to a place of dreaming big, of going beyond what they may think are their limits into a space where magic can happen. I love that.

It was such a joy and a gift to be at the first annual Adventure Always! I’m so so grateful to each of the people who shared their hearts…that really is the most important thing in what we do. It’s not about the money. It’s not about being the best photographer in our city or state, etc…

It’s about love, connection, authenticity, and making history by making the world a better place. 

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D + R {a romantic backyard wedding}

Danielle and Russ had a romantic and intimate backyard wedding this summer in Upper Arlington, Ohio (my hometown!)

It was such a joy, such an honor to be there. Danielle is one of my friends from high school (some good ol’ days!) And she and Russ are so beautiful together.  I hope you can feel the love and true joy from these photographs… I know for me, when I see them, I feel something.  And that’s the kind of work I always want to do. I cried going through these images (a few times!) and I’m so grateful Danielle and Russ loved them, too.

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This is the kind of wedding I absolutely love to be a part of.  Thank you, friends.  May you always have this affection and love for one another as you journey together through life!