I Heart Faces: Anything but a Face!

Mar
01

 

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly,
but rarely admit the changes it has done through to achieve that beauty.”
{Maya Angelo}
 

 

 

 

From time to time, I join in on the fun at I Heart Faces.  If you are not sure what it is, check it out!  If you have a love for photography,  it’s a great place to learn and be inspired by many great photographers.

This week’s Photo Challenge: “Anything but a Face”. The Photo must have a person in it but should  include  “anything but the face’. 

This is a photo of my daughter who makes our hearts flutter with joy.  

I Heart Faces - Photography Challenges, Tutorials and Tips

Women’s Care Center: “A Day In the Life” {Niles, Michigan Photographer}

Feb
21

“We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah.”

 lyrics from “Better than a Hallelujah”

by Amy Grant

 

 

Sometimes we are in a stage of our life where things may not always lined up perfectly like we had hope for.  

Sometimes our situation just gets more difficult.

Sometimes we do not know how to deal with the unexpected.

Sometimes we have no one to turn to.

In these moments ….

We just want to be heard.

We just want to be loved.

We just want guidance. 

We just want someone to hear the honest cry of our breaking hearts. 

God truly works in miraculous way providing love for those who desires Him.  In our darkest moments, God hears us. As we pour out our miseries, God just hears melody. 

I love that we don’t have to be perfect for Him to love us. 

He loves us and provides for us and all we have to do is have the desire for Him.  He just wants us to seek Him and the rest He will provide.

  

This couldn’t be more true what my heart feels for all the Women’s Care Centers that I have visited.  

As you recall,  I visited the Elkhart location back in August, and visited Notre Dame Ave last month to capture “A Day in the Life” at each of these centers.

As I drove up to a cute blue house situated downtown, Niles, Michigan, I felt an instant warm and inviting  feeling the moment I walked in.

What a beautiful organization Women’s Care Center represents for those who come there to get help. 

A kind place that takes you my your hand and gently guides you through a difficult situation. 

I saw the beauty of Life.

I experienced true Joy that resides in these centers.

I heard  melody.

 

I feel blessed to be part of this project capturing “A Day in the Life” at these centers. 

 

 

To the silent angels who have contributed financially, to the volunteers and staff for their unconditional love and time, to the talents of individuals who have created a vision for this center… I hope this video and all the videos I have created for the Women’s Care Centers help you truly see the life you have blessed, and the joy that you bring to these individuals.  Please continue to support this wonderful organization.  Your giving continue to spread in so many ways that you will never realized.  Life.Joy.These exist there everyday.

Click below to view video: Please make sure your sound is on.

 Women’s Care Center {Niles, Michigan}.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WCC-Notre Dame Ave: “A Day in the Life”{South Bend Family Photographer}

Feb
12

“I’m here for you whatever this life brings
So let my love give you roots
And help you find your wings.” 

Mark Harris—Lyrics from “Find Your Wings”

 

The quote above couldn’t be a more fitting quote of what Women’s Care Center represents.  This Winter, I am honored to be collaborating  with the Women’s Care Center to visit 3 more of  their centers and to capture “A Day in the Life” at each of these centers.  If you recall, last August,  I blogged about my experience at the Elkhart center. The pictures I captured at that center were then used in a video at a Benchmark Fundraising event to raise awareness of the center.  Together with the leadership from a group of amazing women, the help of volunteers, financial contributions from donors, and talents from local artists—– using their  time, treasure, and talent  the evening  generated close to $300,000 and in  the last 6 years brought close to $2,000,000. 

When I was  approached with capturing “A Day in the Life”  for 3 more locations , I asked them to share with me their vision as to why capturing “A Day in the Life” was important.  With this response, I felt a leap in my heart and knew right away that this was a project that I want to collaborate.  

 “The purpose of the images are to tell our story, to show the joy that often exists at our centers and to encourage people to make contributions.”

Alot of the clients who come to “the Women’s Care Center have lives that are messy.  They are typically single and without resources.  They don’t see a way for a baby to fit in. Sometimes the counselors don’t even know what to say as they listen to women whose problems seem insurmountable….they listen and love unconditionally.  And in the process, somehow, young women fall in lofe with their unborn babies.  When women fall in love with their  babies, their babies are saved from abortion.  In the process, the mothers are saved as well.”  A. Manion, President.

This video is a glimpse of what my eyes saw that day at the Women’s Care Cemter, Notre Dame Ave location. I hope that all those who have contributed to this organization realize what a huge impact you have made and that you truly have been their angels. I look forward to visiting 2 more of their locations and blogging about them in the upcoming months. 

 Click below to see video

WCC: A Day in the Life.

These are some of my favorite images from that day to let you see the true beauty and joy of life.

 

 

 

I Heart Faces: Theme Photo Challenge {Elkhart Family Photographer}

Jan
04

It’s been awhile since I submitted my photos to I Heart Faces.   “I Heart Faces is a photography web site that focuses on the art of capturing faces and their various emotions. Every Monday and Tuesday, people from across the world and all levels of photographers have the opportunity to enter their favorite face photos into a themed photo challenge.”

This week’s theme: Best Face in 2010. 

The hardest thing about this week’s challenge is that I can only submit one photo as my Best Face in 2010.  I had a hard time narrowing down to even top 10 in 2010 let alone just pick one as my favorite. After just going back and forth between all the pictures, my heart kept gravitating towards this particular photo.

There’s something so fresh, pure,  sweet and nice about this photo. Her face reminds me of an American Girl Doll.  It makes me think of the saying, 

What are little girls made of?

What are little girls made of?

Sugar and Spice,

And all that’s nice;

That’s what little girls are made of.

If you get a chance, click on the link below to see other wonderful face submissions.

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TEE-rific Session FORE Christmas Cards: Granger Photographer

Dec
28

Creative Session for Christmas Cards

When my client approached me with this idea for her family’s Christmas card, I loved the inspiration!  She had purchased a pair of knickers for her husband the Christmas prior and thought we could some how incorporate that into the session.  We decided that we should go for a vintage-inspired golf theme and the rest was history!

These are the types of sessions that I enjoyed. I loved it when there’s a theme or inspiration. It keeps me challenged and I love a good challenge.  I post edited this session very subdued colors to create back in time feel. 

On the Christmas card it said: ” Best wishes FORE the Holidays and a TEE-rific New Year!”.

Here are some of my fav photos from the session:

 

 

Pushing Beyond: Middlebury Photographer

Dec
28

“I run because it’s so symbolic of life. You have to drive yourself to overcome the obstacles. You might feel that you can’t. But then you find your inner strength, and realize you’re capable of so much more than you thought.”
–Arthur Blank

 

I am a little behind in my blogging of some of my Fall sessions due to rush of Holiday orders and custom design Christmas cards for my clients. I have 2 sessions I will be posting to catch up. Also, look for a post on some new updates I will be introducing for Spring as I am updating my informational package.   

This session was one of the last ones I did in November.  We’ve known “S” for awhile and he and his sister used to babysit our children.  I was looking forward to this session and photographing “S”.

It was a chilly day when we did this photoshoot.  Surprisingly we still had alot of colors and the leaves were still on alot of the trees.  “S” was so patience with me as I made him run numerous times so that I can test out a photography technique I learned that I knew he would like for his Senior Portrait session with me.

In each of my sessions, I try to reflect it to my client’s personality.  Since running is a big part of S activities, I wanted to try out a technique I learned with my camera to show motion and movement called Panning.   

Below are some of my favorite pics from the session.

Good luck to you as you are finishing your senior year, S.  I wish you a wonderful year ahead as you head into a year full of new adventure.

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

Find Your Wings: Elkhart Family Photographer

Oct
29

“I’ll have tears as you take off, but I”ll cheer as you fly.” ~Mark Harris from Find Your Wings

 

I recently came across this song,”Find Your Wings” by Mark Harris and fell in love with it. Here’s part of the lyrics:

“May passion be the wind that leads you through your days…”

“And conviction keep you strong, guide you on your way…”

“May there be many moments that make your life so sweet…”

“I pray that God will fill your heart with dreams…”

“And that Faith gives you the courage to dare to do great things…”

“I am here for you whatever this life brings…”

“I”ll have tears as you take off but I’ll cheer as you fly…”

These children are the most hug-giving kids. They must know that I love love receiving hugs! I enjoyed every moment playing with them.  I am so blessed with so many loving families in this photography journey.  I look forward to my photoshoots like a little kid because I get play with them.  The G Family received me with such warm and loving hearts.  I feel so loved as I keep getting hugs from the kids while taking their pics. What more can I ask for in a “job”?  

Thank you so much for blessing me with the joy of affection from your family. Thank you for trusting me capturing your family’s beautiful moments together. May God bless you and may He continue to guide your children as they soar high in their wings.

I Hope You Dance|Elkhart Family photographer

Oct
27

    

While we try to teach our children all about life,
Our children teach us what life is all about.
~Angela Schwindt

“I HOPE YOU NEVER LOSE YOUR SENSE OF WONDER…..”

“MAY YOU NEVER TAKE ONE SINGLE BREATH FOR GRANTED…”

“GOD FORBID LOVE EVER LEAVE YOU EMPTY HANDED…”

“PROMISE ME, YOU’LL GIVE FAITH A FIGHTING CHANCE…”

 

“AND WHEN YOU GET THE CHOICE TO SIT OUT OR DANCE…”

 

 

” I HOPE YOU DANCE…”

“I HOPE YOU DANCE…”

 

 

 

“I HOPE YOU NEVER FEAR THOSE MOUNTAINS IN THE DISTANCE…”

“NEVER SETTLE FOR PATH OF LEAST RESISTANCE…”

 

“I HOPE YOU DANCE….” 

  

 

 “I HOPE YOU DANCE…” 

 

 

Dear M:  I had so much fun with you at the park that day. I hope you to continue to dance like you did for me that day. I love your sense of wonder and I think you are a mega super star in beauty, strength and personality. By the way, when I grow up I want your closet of clothes and shoes. I love your sense of fashion!  Thank you the D family for your complete trust in me capturing your beautiful precious daughter.  

 

Don’t Fly Away| Elkhart Family Photographer

Oct
25

Lovely little ladybug
sent from heaven above
please watch over my garden
and fill it up with love.
~Author Unknown

  

 

I feel so blessed with meeting so many wonderful families and high school seniors since I began this photography journey.  It really has been something that feeds my soul.  I truly walk away gaining so much from each session.  

Each session, I walked away feeling blessed that I received the gift of experiencing joy from each family.

Each session has a different way of showing me what joy means.

This session brought me to a beautiful place of seeing joy through these children’s eyes and their world of wonders.

 

JOY IS DISCOVERING…

 

     

  

 

  

 

JOY IS MAGICAL….

    

 

JOY IS SHARING SECRETS…

 

  

  

 JOY IS TOGETHERNESS…   

   

 

 

JOY IS LIFE…

  

  

 

  Thank you “K” family for a beautiful afternoon spent with your family. I enjoyed every minute of it with your family and your beautiful and sweet girls.  My favorite was when they found the lady bugs when we first arrived at the park. I also love it when the girls were so thirsty that they drank from the water sprinkler. Priceless!  Thank you for opening my eyes and allowed me to see the beauty of joy in your children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Promise |Middlebury Family Photographer

Oct
24

“The best family path is the road travelled together” Wess Fessler

I have the pleasure of getting to know this special family about a  year ago when they moved here from Atlanta.  The mom went to high school with my husband and moved back to the area with her family. Her 3 boys are  the same ages as my boys so we bonded instantly.  Even though I know her for a short time, I feel like our friendship has quickly blossomed into something special.  When she asked me to photograph her family, I was thrilled.  The first thing that came to my mind was to keep her boys busy. I thought spending the afternoon at a park would be a perfect way to keep them occupied. So that it doesn’t seem like a “photoshoot” for these boys, I suggested my friend to pack a picnic for her family.

It was a beautiful and warm Fall day…..just a perfect day for that picnic in the park and for the “F” family’s photoshoot.  I had all these great ideas for the photoshoot. Oh yes, I even have the perfect spot by the pond for their picnic too.  Maybe I could even capture my friend leisurely relaxing my her husband’s side and the boys all gathered around them playing tags. 

I quickly discovered that a quiet picnic was not what these active boys had in mind.   I also quickly learned that I needed to be in full speed with E, J and S if I wanted to be part of any of their actions!

I think in the first 15 minutes they climbed trees, tread in the water, explored nature, and even tackled each other! I don’t think they even sat still for their picnic!

I love that this session was so natural and reminded me of that old fashioned feeling and family time spent together. 

My friend picked out the song, “The Promise” by Tracy Chapman to go with this session video that I made for her family.  It is a perfect song and the words are very moving.  Try listening to that song while editing this session. Whew! The song reflects the deep love parents have for their children and that we always want them to know they always have a place to come home. As my friend said, this is “The Promise” she wants to make to her family.

Ofcourse, I started reflecting on my own kids and how fast they grow up and reflecting on the words of the song.  Tears…Tears….

Thank you for trusting me capturing this special time spent together! I hope that I have captured the joy that you find in your children daily. May you continue to be blessed with many special memories your family build together.