Intertwined | Nicaragua 2017

Intertwined | Nicaragua 2017

Before I even begin to tell you about Intertwined, I have to admit that I don't even feel worthy to write this post. I don't feel "good enough" to tell you all about what I've been working on lately. It scares me half to death to put this out into the world, because who am I? The enemy of our souls brought up so many ugly, un-Christlike parts of me this morning and for a while, I succumbed to it all. But I remembered who I am. All of those things, all of the ugly, all of the mistakes, all of the pride, insecurity, hurt, fear, anxiety and sin...all of it is true. BUT God. But God, so rich in mercy, because of His great love called me out of darkness into His light. I am His. Period. Yes, I am a messed up human being, made of dust and ashes, BUT GOD has redeemed me. I am nothing but a sinner saved by grace, and that is why I can share of what He has done today. It has nothing to do with my merit and everything to do with His grace. And honestly, all that ugly that was thrown in my face this morning, only makes me all the more humbled, grateful and passionate about sharing Intertwined with you today.

One of the most incredibly women, Ashlyn, reached out to me in January about her vision of a mission trip for photographers and creatives - something that helps see how faith and business can be intertwined, really how all of life should be intertwined around Christ. Saying you follow Jesus is one thing, but it is often hard to know how that is fleshed out in the nitty gritty of everyday life, especially professionally. I was on board immediately! I feel so much passion about this project. I long to see a shift in the creative world where more beautiful souls are empowered to be bold about their faith. I need this! Maybe you do too. 

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Beauty From Ashes | Charleston Film Photography

Beauty From Ashes | Charleston Film Photography

"The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me...
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives...
to comfort all who mourn;
to grant to those who grieve in Zion -
to give them a crown of beauty instead of ashes,
the oil of joy instead of mourning,
 a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness, 
 a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor.
  They will rebuild the ancient ruins
    and restore the places long devastated;
They will renew the ruined cities
    that have been devastated for generations." 
(Isaiah 61)

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Psalm 23 | Colorado Film Elopement Photographer

Psalm 23 | Colorado Film Elopement Photographer

"The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name's sake. 
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow death,
I will fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever."
 - Psalm 23

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Lady In Waiting - Mentoring Editorial

Lady In Waiting - Mentoring Editorial

Much like the grandiose oaks in these images, growth takes time, growth takes waiting for the fruit to come, and the reward comes to those who wait, persevering until the end. There was a beautiful 300 year old oak in my back yard growing up. I love playing in it's shade and climbing the low-hanging branches. It was for me a kind of stability. I knew it wasn't going anywhere. I could depend on it's strength. Our seaside city was prone to hurricanes, but no matter the force of the winds, it remained firm. It had weathered many a storm. It's roots were deep in the earth and so it stayed firm, never budging or showing any signs of damage. That kind of endurance, waiting out the storms of life, digging my roots deep, is what I hoped to express through these images. This editorial reminds my heart of deeper truths - to find the beauty that lies in the waiting and the joy that can be found for the patient heart. Storms may come, but my soul's roots are digging deep in faith in One who can stand the test of time. 

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Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones

Fear crept into my heart like the grass between my toes. Ever so cautiously my  feet hit the ice cold stone, sending shocks of doubt coursing through my senses. "Take this step" I heard a whisper. I know it's right, but this was not the step I envisioned for my life. The grass is easier, I could go where I want and the path seems clear in my mind - green, flourishing, happy, wide open...The little stone seemed anything but where I wanted to go.

Just a stepping stone. Take the step.

I obeyed in faith, but my tiptoes revealed that my heart stepped begrudgingly. "You'll fall if you don't put your full weight on your feet." Trust. Jump to the next step.  So I did.

That was nearly 6 years ago now.

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