This is what I’m learning, though: we are not called to have it all figured out. We’re called to be faithful. To show up with our own presence. Purpose and friendship sustain a journey, not a polished five-year plan. Hearts wholly true to Jesus are more valuable than perfection. No matter where we are on our personal journeys or walks together, there is always more. Always more of Jesus to know, more of the Kingdom to experience, more love to receive and give. Let's dare ourselves to take Jesus at His word, to persevere in faith as He leads us. We’re in this together, thank God.
Last month, Erin & Jiawei had an absolutely beautiful wedding. Each detail, from Erin's Chinese qipao (made by Jiawei's mom) to the thoughtful ceremony to the bubble tea (yes really!), made their day special. Erin and Jiawei, your wedding was FUN, Christ-honoring, and graceful. Congratulations, Lius–this is only the beginning!
What happens when Easter is over? After we respond to “He is risen!” with “He’s risen, indeed!” or sing honestly, passionately about Jesus’ victory? How do remember a week, a month, half a year later that He’s still alive and with us?In my head, I know the significance, necessity, and reality of a risen Lord. Yet, once Easter comes and goes, I don’t always consistently, consciously live in a resurrected reality.
Erin and I just met this summer, but we quickly realized we had similar experiences — and, seriously, she exudes joy. She and Jiawei have such a sweet story, and I am so happy for them! Also — they wanted to take some photos in a bubble tea shop, to which I gladly obliged. Congratulations, Erin and Jiawei!
The world’s weary – no secret there. I bet we can think of plenty things – if we’re not carrying them ourselves – and remember weary people – if we aren’t them ourselves.
Why does this taxed, tired world rejoice?
What about Christmas sparks hope? Why do we anticipate this season, the most wonderful time of the year? Part of the reason, I think, is just that: a thrill of hope.
Adrienne and Michael had a lovely wedding in November. It's so fun to see how a couple's wedding reflects them, and the Lindgren's big day was no different! They had special moments throughout their wedding, and I'm excited to share some favorites here.
Jake and Laura had a beautiful wedding in October, and I was honored to capture their special day. It was a rainy day, but the skies cleared just long enough to get some photos outside. Jake and Laura, I wish you the very best!
Our lives as living sacrifices, through love, spread the knowledge of Christ. It’s Christ’s very example that gives this purpose: He loved us and offered everything for us, a pleasing fragrance to God. He lived a life of love.
Earlier this month, I got to spend the morning with Caitlin, her sister, and her mom. Let me tell you – those ladies are so sweet! Cait, it was an honor to capture your senior photos! I wish you the best as you begin your senior year and look forward to what's next.
Timothy and Caitlin's August wedding was just lovely. Capturing their love, some special moments with family and friends, and the all-around FUN of their wedding was an honor. Keep scrolling to see some of my favorite moments from their big day. Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Mead!
His desire is to satisfy us with the Spirit, to give water that springs to eternal life. Life that does not die because it flows from His victorious life. Life that means knowing and trusting and following the Shepherd who gives us Himself, who guides us to this life-giving spring. Life that is a fresh, continuous stream so we may overflow to others who are parched and withering. As we toss aside our busted dirty cisterns, this endless, pure, and cleansing stream will rise to overflow – only to brim again and again.
My purity ring– the one my mom gave me in ninth grade with my name etched on the inside– isn't on my finger anymore. Why? Well, honestly, sometimes I took it off for sports practice and forgot to put it on again, but there's another reason I don't wear it:
I'm not waiting.
Emily and Javan are preparing to welcome their first baby! This was my first ever maternity session, and even though it was a cold day, Emily and Javan were amazing (and I had the best time)! This was something new for me, so I was a bit nervous... Emily and Javan, however, made my job extra fun because their love for their son was so evident!
Over and over again, I've started to become aware of a subtle, striking pattern revealed in Scripture: In the loneliest hours of the soul, during the bleakest situations, when questions start to surface, and when something seems impossible, there is the promise of a bright sunrise chasing away darkness; something new and holy can happen. If we offer them to Him, sometimes the moments in which we feel deserted and doubtful can be used by God to remind us of His deep love, illuminate His constant presence, or birth something truly miraculous.
This is one of many new blog posts I (finally) posted! Check out the blog to see the rest. (And the website– especially the photography section– got a face-lift to kick off 2017!) This family is precious! The girls just wanted to twirl their skirts, and their baby brother was so chill. Plus, this session took place at their home, which happens to be the cutest little farm!
My sister graduates from high school this year. (Whaaat?!) I can't believe it! Somehow it feels like a week and years since I graduated. I'm so excited to see where she'll go next and what she'll do in the years to come!
The Aamots are so full of life, and photographing them was way more fun than should be allowed. ;) And can we please talk about that little pink bow??
Believe it or not, these photos were taken on an extra chilly November day! The Thinesens were troopers, though, and were smiling the whole time. This family is so great (+ lots of fun), and I loved photographing them!
Happy New Year! I'm way behind on blogging photo sessions, but I figured, hey, it's a new year! What better time to start? Over the next week or so, I'll be sharing short and sweet posts featuring photo sessions from the fall.