Happy Tuesday! I Hope everyone is having a great week after Thanksgiving.
I had the pleasure last Friday of being able to photograph Derenda’s Family. We had been trying to plan to plan this for a while and Weston was finally home so we set it up.
Weston and Argent looked particurarly smashing!
The girls had so much energy! The adults were a little mischievous as well.
Overall a day full of fun, smiles, and lots of energy.
Thanks once again for stoping by. I really appreciate you for taking time out of your day.
My Thanksgiving weekend special runs till the end of Monday the 2nd of December. Anyone who purchases a session during this time at $125 will receive a free 11 by 14 canvas. The sitting has to happen before the end of April 2014. To schedule your session email email@example.com and mention code turkeyweekend2013.
Have a wonderful day!
Today I am writing about a better story.
I have just re-read Don Miller’s A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. As I was re reading it I was thinking of my story. How it falls in line with Don’s at all the wrong intersections. Like how I just had to stop watching tv to blog. It is so easy to settle into other peoples stories. To follow their story while avoiding your own. To let distractions come in and take over. Let’s just hop on facebook for a minute and then that turns into hours. To watch the news when ninety-five percent of it does not pertain to us.
A large part of any story is conflict. How the protagonist is out on a mission and overcomes that conflict. But yet I avoid conflict. I go out of my way to make sure the status quo stays the status quo. No rocking the boat in my house. Everybody is happy. But what about conflict…..
The point is a better story involves facing conflict. I am gritting my teeth and laughing at myself at the same time. We will see where this goes.
Anybody out there up for facing conflict with me so that we all have a better story! Let me know in the comments. I will be giving out a copy of A Million Miles in a Thousand Years to one fortunate person who comments below.
As I have mentioned in previous posts this fall has been beautiful. The colors have showcased God’s handiwork. An amazing backdrop for Jennifer and CJ’s wedding at the Burlington Marriott.
It was a day full of joy and happiness. A celebration of love. A day that they will remember always.
Last Saturday I meet one of my inspirations. Someone who is always pushing me and everyone else, Jon Acuff.
I found out about Jon a few years back from his dad, Mark Acuff. As Mark spoke he mentioned Jon with a light in his eyes that only a father shows toward his son. You can see more about that weekend here. Since then I have followed him on Twitter, and Facebook as well as reading his book START. If you are not following him you should be. Jon brings a hilarious look at Christianity and life that makes you say why hadn’t I thought of that before.
He spoke for just under an hour but I am sure could have spoken longer. He spoke of the Prodigal son and how the older brother is the closet Christian in the room. How so many of us have a problem with God’s grace and how he decides to open his arms to those we hold a grudge against. How we get upset because we follow all the “rules” and the other brother doesn’t. Why aren’t we given a party? Yep I’ve been there before and most likely will be again.
He is now a new journey having left Dave Ramsey’s team. I am excited to see what happens. You can keep up with his new adventures here.
If you are interested in learning more you can start by reading START. If you want a copy leave a comment below telling me why and one fortunate reader will win a copy.
This fall has been amazing! We have had some of the most consistent great weather mixed with vibrant fall colors. This all came together perfectly last Saturday when I had the privilege of photographing Rachel Dass for her senior session.
I have come to know the Dass family very well over the past 3 years. They are a family full of joy and hearts that give. They may well be best known for their annual 4th of July party where they open up there home to over 150 guests. There is enough food to feed a small army. I have to admit I love seeing everyone but I love Solomon’s Spicy Kabob’s almost more.
We meet at Gates Pond. A beautiful parcel of land. It presented so many possibilities for photography. It is full of trees, water, and rocks but in some places has just a hint of an urban feel.
Rachel is very thoughtful and deliberate. Through her high school years she has garnered many academic awards due to her great work ethic. You know how wonderful she is by the way her parents glow when talking about accomplishments.
She also is a great leader to so many people around her. This shows from her work as a leader in band. She is an outstanding student of the clarinet.
You also know where she stands with her faith. She takes this cue from her parents who have brought her up to be a intelligent woman of God. This shows in her actions and in her faith.
Good afternoon or evening, or maybe even morning.
I am catching up on one of my neglected summer stories. This one involves the amazing Nilsen Clan.
For a number of years I have known Ryan. He is the pastor of my home church in CT. He has four amazingly smart and wonderful kids. As well as an amazing wife , Kjirstie, who is smarter and funny than he is
We meet up on a beautiful summer evening summer night for dinner at the old family lake house in Woodstock, CT. His grandfather actually built the cabin in 1953. I was in awe when I heard that, 1953. The kids ran and played and faught like kids do while me and Ryan caught up.
Ryan grilled some amazing burgers. The kind with cheese melting off the sides and grilled buns. It isn’t a real grilled burger unless it has melty cheese and toasted buns. As we ate we had an awe inspiring view as the sun went down over the lake.
After the kids went to bed we snuck off to one of my old Nature’s Classroom haunts, Dresser Hill for ice cream. Of course I had my mandatory milk shake. It was very good until the end. For some reason shakes have a hard time holding up when in the end there are air bubbles, a recent problem I have ran across.
It was a great evening of friends, food, and conversation with a family that I love and adore.
Lots of it! It is what comes to mind when I think of Emma and her story.
I meet Emma a few years back at our church, Grace Baptist. She is a wonderful Godly girl who delights everyone around her. Full of energy and laughter and grace. She has a personality that bubbles over and you know she is around because everyone smiles!
When she approached me over the summer about her senior shoot I was thrilled. We meet up at Callahan State Park in Framingham and boy was it a beautiful night. It was the perfect place full of cornfields and brooks with a sky that would make anyone stop in awe of God’s Creation.
As we walked and laughed she was reminded of her trips to Ecuador with the youth group. Especially around the cornfields. She even adopted an ear of corn and named it BOB.
As the sun went down we found an old pumpkin patch. It was a great backdrop to add to the end of Emma’s story.
As we finished up there was no room for drama, or tears, nothing like that. Just lots and lots of laughter.
Yesterday I discovered that an image I submitted to Photo Nights Boston has been accepted as top place holder. A winner.
I am so stoked about this. To be chosen is an honor and I am humbled by it. Everyone wants to be recognized, the think that what they do matters. This is evidence that my work matters and I am so thankful.
Next Thursday the 3rd of October is the big night of the showing. If anyone would like to join me I would be thrilled. It is free to go but you can always donate if you wish. All the details are here.
I hope you all have a wonderful day and remember God loves you and I will try my best
Everybody struggles, tries hard and fails. You have heard me talk about this before in my own life. Last week I was able to find out I am not alone as I captured stories at the Women in Action Symposium in Worcester.
I heard may stories of brave women. Women who ventured out of their comfort zone. Women who over came adversity. There were six women who dared to tell their stories for everyone to hear. They represented 6 different branches of the business world.
It was also a night of celebration.It was put on by Women in Action and focused on entrepreneurship. The struggles and joys of owning and running small business’s. The stories the women told of heart break and success rings true to everyone. Not just women but also men.
Chantel Bethea is the women behind Women in Action. Her organization fills a much needed hole in Worcester.
But I would be remiss if I did not mention my friend Erica Gifford who did a bang up and out of the ballpark job of putting the event together. If you ever need an event planner for any occasion please give her a call at 774-253-6116 and visit her website Bella Events.