• Hey You!

    I am an artist that seeks to bring back to life the innocent beauty that once when a child. I want to bring out the real you, the forgotten you, the beautiful you. I am a natural light, boutique photographer based in Northern Alabama specializing in senior and wedding portraiture.
    I am not your traditional type photographer, as my heart races with excitement to dig deeper into who you are as an individual. You will walk away with a flare of poetic imagery that screams your name. I look forward to meeting you, hugging you, and becoming friends.

5 years ago I was introduced to this so called innocent online source for social activity with friends and family; that gave you access to upload daily photos and status updates…you may be familiar with it; Facebook….. I will have to say Facebook has been one of my key sources for booking weddings and sessions. But, it has also creeped into my life as a “filler”, and this filler is a waste of precious time, time that we tell everyone we do not have enough of, but as many times as we check whats going on in others lives, and obsessing over getting up the latest photo of our children (guilty right here), I am taking a stand to the conviction within and what I felt like God telling me to do a long time ago.

Today God came at me at a different angle…”deep down, why do you feel the need to upload pictures everyday to Facebook and Instagram for everyone see?” Honestly, when I felt the Lord asking me that question a few thoughts came to mind.

  • Do I idolize my children? And does everyone really need to know the everyday activities that go on in my home? 
  • Have I ever thought about when Abigail/Jaden (my children) are older and can comprehend what Facebook really is and them lose complete trust in me because I have been showing the world what they do everyday?
  • Am I truly protecting my children?
  • There needs to be a line drawn between my business and personal life, and the choice I feel convicted to make is to keep Facebook solely for business.

Too often Justin(my husband) and I get told our lives look so perfect, and its all because of the pictures these people see on Facebook. I do not want to take responsibility of making one covet something that may not even be true. Justin and I would be the first to admit we do not live some glamorous life and have it all together. We will admit that we are sinners that are saved by grace and strive to live a life that glorifies God, but it is not an easy task. Facebook is known for causing depression in peoples lives because they look online and see what everybody else is doing, what everybody else has, and what everybody else looks like and compares what they do not have. God knew this would be a battle for all humankind and that is why it is one of The Ten Commandments…”you shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” Exodus 20:17

I felt the need to share my heart on my decision and the Lords leading for my life. I will still be using Facebook for my business, but no longer will be using it to showcase my everyday happenings in my life. I hope I did not offend anyone, but if I chose to not do this I would be walking in disobedience.

Saved by Grace,

Anna Pociask

 


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  • KaronMarch 13, 2013 - 5:21 am

    I stand behind you in your decision! Love u!ReplyCancel

  • Laura CarterMarch 13, 2013 - 8:18 am

    I totally understand! FB can quickly become a place to idolize yourself and your family or it can become a place of burden where you feel left out or like you’re an underachiever. I completely support you in this and hope that it brings you peace.ReplyCancel

  • Janine SpainApril 11, 2013 - 10:17 am

    I too have struggled with this and felt convicted at your words. I do follow your work. Hope you are able to stick to this. Promoting your kids on FB is a nasty, evil thing. Why does anyone need to know what we are doing 24/7. We must be content with ourselves and the REAL people in our lives–not “friends” we’ve made on FB.ReplyCancel

When it comes to birthdays I don’t mess around, and I have good reasons why…we only celebrate the day we entered the world once a year, so why in the world would we not make a big deal about it?! But, I will be honest a month ago I was not even going to do a birthday party at all, until my mom encouraged me to do something…and well my “something” turned into a big something, that my son was over the moon about. Maybe you are needing some birthday party inspiration….well, feast your eyes on my sons 2nd bday airplane party. 🙂

Cake was made by the amazing Just Crumbs. The airplane was made by my husband, and clouds, favor airplanes, and paper airplanes my mom and I put together. 🙂

 


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So, this lovely lady flew me to Hawaii just to do her session….I WISH! HAHAHA….but, really, on this first shot it made me think of Hawaii…. No, but for real, this lovely lady wanted to embrace her 31st birthday with some special pictures of just her. And I am so thankful she asked me to do it for her. I truly am blessed anytime someone asks me to be part of such an amazing time of their life. Enjoy some prettiness…and it has already been said she resembles Snow White….and I totally agree!


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Does our relationship with our spouse reveal our relationship with God? Without God’s light we can easily hide the flaws and emphasize  only our best side. We may convince many people we are spiritual superstars, but God knows we are just another ugly Christian who refuses to step into the light. “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” Hebrews 4:13

My husband and I brag over and over again about the body of believers we have gotten to know the past couple of months at Summit Crossing. The church practices what they preach, and the main thing we see and are at ease with is we do not have to have our crap together–or as the world perceives as perfect with the picture perfect smile all the time. Friendships/marriages are based on being real and honest…(okay, I may have been going down a rabbit trail for a bit there…but, having friends you can talk about the dirtiest things going on in your life and marriage with is so important) Accountability is a must…..

Spoiler alert: “we are so evil and sinful and flawed that Jesus had to die for us” –Timothy Keller. I do not say this to make you hang your head in shame, I say this to encourage you; you are not alone–we are all sinful. And guess what–there is hope–His name is Jesus. So, back to the first question I raised–how does the relationship we have with God reflect the relationship we have with our spouse? I look at my spouse as a gift, just as Jesus is a gift. But, sometimes we do not appreciate all gifts we are given, some gifts we throw away when nobody is looking, some gifts get forgotten about, and some gifts simply get neglected. Can anyone relate and see where I am going?

How often do we take for granted the truths that have been entrusted to us, including our spouses…. we may get completely agitated with the truths of the bible because we actually have to work at living out a life that is the opposite of what it actually wills to do. And that same agitation we may feel toward our spouse because they are not thinking or doing something the way WE would do it. I think when we all can come to the realization that our spouses are not the enemy and God is not the enemy we can apply this beautiful truth: marriage has the ability to reveal who we TRULY are, just as the Spirit convicts us within…. Marriage and God should be looked upon as a team; they both have the ability to expose our deepest darkest sins if we let them.

I am going to keep comparing how we treat our spouse is right along side on how we can treat Our Creator…. maybe you have been on the verge of divorce or separation, have you stopped and looked at where your relationship with God is/was? Have you stopped to think, “why discard this partner for someone else only to discover THAT person’s deep, hidden flaws?” We all have flaws, just like that next person you think will fulfill you better than the last person with those unbearable flaws….we can never escape flaws…and we can never escape Gods faithfulness when we have been unfaithful….

saved by grace,

Anna Pociask, MA

 

 

 


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