i am my beloved’s {one image}

{Beloved}. 

I am learning about how to incorporate this beautiful concept into my photography sessions.

Sean and Emily agreed to let me try it out with them…I’m so grateful.  I can’t wait to share more from this session and hopefully about these two incredible, beautiful people.

Until then, here’s one special moment from our time together.

Thank you, Sean and Em.

With love and gratitude.

Beautiful ladies

All of these women are so lovely and unique!
I really enjoyed our Beauty of a Woman event that Karen (of Elan Photographie) and I put on a few weeks back.

I’m so grateful to these ladies who came and let their light shine for us.

Lauren is a personal trainer (can you tell!?) and is beginning a great company called Thrive, providing healthy and yummy foods for individuals, families, businesses and more.

I hope to pass on her website once she has it up and running!

Marcie is sweet girl with a cool style and has a huge heart for animals.

She is a photographer, too, and a member of HeART’s Speak:  “Working to unite the individual efforts of animal artists and animal rescues into collective action for social change.”

We also got some pictures with her dog, Maggie.

This was the first time I met Amber- we have a mutual friend who sent her our way for the photo shoot.

She is super sweet and is expecting her first baby…who is already destined to be a Redsox fan!

I had the privilege of meeting Kara when I photographed her and her awesome kids awhile back- so much fun!

She is a social worker (like me!) so kind-of a kindred spirit – and she is such a natural beauty!

Ally is a dear friend of mine.  Our husbands know one another from years ago when they worked together at Lake Champion, a young life camp in New York (where our husbands are from).

The funny thing is, Ally and I grew up just a few miles away from eachother and didn’t meet until we were all here in Colorado.

They have two great kids (see below) and are about to have #3!

I’ve known Kari for awhile now, too.  She’s a talented yoga instructor at cambio studios and also has her own business Kari Kwinn Yoga.

I had the honor of joining her and her husband on a yoga retreat to Ojo Caliente last fall- it was wonderful!

Can you tell Kari has some spunk!?  Love these pictures…

I’m so grateful for our time with these women!

We may do more events like this if there is enough interest…so don’t be shy if you want pictures!

We are also thinking about doing a similar event for guys who need professional portraits (or you know, for your facebook profile!)
And a big thank-you to Cassidy of Image by Design.  She offered her amazing hair styling skills (and did a little make-up, as well!) She’s a beauty, too!

Drawing with light

I have had the privilege the last two and a half months to participate in Yoga Teacher Training at cambio yoga studio in Colorado Springs.

It’s been a challenging and fun journey of growth!

Earlier this evening, Some beautiful connections were made in my brain after learning from a wise and humble teacher named Jessica (Thank you, Jessica!).

She shared about the deeper parts of yoga- the parts that many of us in the West might not acknowledge often…

The connection that happened in my brain was really cool- as she was sharing about the role of a yoga teacher, I kept hearing things that applied so much to my desire as a photographer.

“Our role is to illuminate – to shine the light on what is already there”.  

A yoga teacher is not someone who creates a thing for someone else.  He or she serves as a humble reflection, allowing for the ‘student’ to find what is already inside.

To illuminate, or to shine the light one what is already there…This is what photography is!

I think I’ve mentioned this before on my facebook page, or maybe on the blog, but the word photography means, “to draw with light”.

I LOVE this.  I love it because it means as a photographer, I get to play this small role in someone’s life….to draw with light, the true light and beauty that is already present.  It’s so important to me to recognize the original, authentic beauty in each person- and to capture that in an honest way (I write a little about this on my website).

“To Draw with Light”.  Isn’t it beautiful?!

Another beautiful metaphor Jessica talked about tonight was the idea that as a teacher, we are hoping to create a condition for the seed to be cultivated.  In other words, the seed in each person is there- we do not place it- but we may have the privilege to watch it grow.  The goal as a teacher is “helping to remember”.  Yoga is so much more than asanas or “postures” and a “good work out”.  For those who want it, it is a practice of going inward- of remembering who we are in the depths of our hearts- and a practice of allowing that seed to flourish.

Another parallel is this idea of “helping to remember”.  A photograph is a beautiful gift that helps us to remember.  Literally, when we see a photograph it can take us back in time to that moment.  It can evoke a feeling, like freedom, hope, longing.  It can stir up memories of a person dear to our hearts that may no longer be with us.  The interesting thing is that, the very act of photographing someone can be a channel for “helping to remember”, too.  The work I want to do is more than just capturing a moment in time, but it is a “drawing with light”  that true (deeper) and authentic person that you may not let everyone see.  This is a challenge in many ways, but I’m inspired even more to make it my goal in each session to draw the out that true beauty of each person I’m honored to work with.

I’m grateful for so many beautiful and brave people I’ve been able photograph- thank you for giving me a glimpse into the true You- and for allowing me to see and be blessed by your light!

wonderfully made.

This is one shot from our Beauty of a Woman event.

Ally is a friend of mine and a really great mom-  about to have her third baby!

She brought this idea for the shoot :  “I am fearfully and wonderfully made”, which is a verse from the Bible.

I’ll be showing more from this shoot (including a couple pictures of her super-cute kids) pretty soon!

austin

AUSTIN is a musician and co-owner of the incredible donation-based cambio yoga studio in Colorado Springs.

He has a new website coming soon for his one-man band…but in the mean-time, you can go ‘like’ his facebook page here: Austin Richman.

We had a really fun photo shoot a few weeks back.  As some of you may know, the weather here in Colorado is very unpredictable.  We almost rescheduled because of some crazy-looking weather rolling in over the mountains, but we were both so glad we didn’t!  Some beautiful snow came just as we were driving into Garden of the Gods…turned into some really cool pictures, I think.

Keep checking Austin’s website…I have a feeling it’s going to be really cool once he gets it up and running!

Thanks, Austin (and Cass!) it was fun hanging out with you and running around in the snowstorm!

Facing the Fear.

I haven’t come out and said it here, but as of January 2012, I am “officially” in business as a full-time photographer.

To be honest, it feels really vulnerable to write that (and say it to people) because of a few things.

1. What if I don’t make it?

Starting a business is far from easy!  Although there are so many wonderful things that come with it, there is great responsibility and a requirement to be somewhat business-savy, which I would admit that I really struggle with that. On the bright side, I get to live out one of my passions in a creative and fulfilling way- what a gift that is!  And I have many people to thank for that.  Dan, my husband, has not only stuck with me but supported me (and put up with my chaos of working full-time, going to grad school, and trying to start a business).   Without him, I would not be doing this…thank you, Daniel!  My family, friends, and clients who have encouraged me by supporting me and some of you hiring me :)  And the many photographers and other artists I’ve looked to for inspiration, advice, and words of wisdom- many have (unknowingly) inspired me to keep going with it..regardless of fear.

2. What if people don’t take me seriously?

If you know me, you know that I’m someone who is always doing something. According to my parents, I’ve been that way since birth.  Sometimes I see this as being adventures and wanting to live a full and meaningful life.  And other times I recognize that I’m too busy- involving myself in too many “good” things, which often resorts to sacrificing the “best” for me and my husband.  So sometimes I fear that people know know me will think “Oh this is just another one of her things she’s trying to do”.

3. What if I actually make it?

This just came to me and I’m reminded of some things I’ve read from some wise souls.  (If you have a moment and want to read from one of my favorite photographer/artist/writer/wise soul, check out Sarah Rhoads here). Sometimes as humans, we can actually fear success.  I’m not totally sure why, but I think it comes down to our view of ourselves.  “Who am I to be great?”  When Dan and I worked at a group home a few years back, we saw this in a more tragic way, but it makes me think about my own tendencies.  Many of the teenagers whom we worked with at the Dale House were with us for months and we often saw great strides.  They struggled as they learned what it was going to take for them to “emancipate” or live on their own after parole, but there were glimpses of hope along the way.  Sadly, when many of the kids were about to be done and go off on their own, they would do something to get them sent back to jail.  It was so hard for us as staff to understand- “Why would they do that!? They were so close….”  Fear.  The tragedy is that fear of the unknown can often be greater than fear of the known (even if it means jail!) One thing I’m grateful I have (which many of the kids didn’t) is incredible support of people around me, and my faith and trust that God goes before me in this.  It makes a world of difference and when I’m tempted to sit in fear and not risk (for the greater good), I’m reminded that it’s worth it.

I’m wrestling with these ideas today and hoping that I continue walking forward in the face of any fear that comes up along this journey.
I’m so grateful for this adventure and thankful for so many who’ve gone before me and those walking with me, and the wisdom they’re willing to share.