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.
I hope you enjoy each day of your engagement, even though it is hard to focus on today, because all you can truly think about it is being married. Enjoy this time to prepare your hearts for being a spiritual leader of your home, Will. And Lauren spend each day in the word clinging to Proverbs 31. I pray that God will be the center of your marriage through the rough and good times. Yes, there will be very hard days. 🙂 May your love never rely on your feelings and happiness….Love is an act of obedience.
You two were such a delight to work with, and I can only imagine the wedding day being that much sweeter.
Loving God first is the hardest command, but if we do not, we fall into the traps of worshipping other gods of the world. We can justify all day long that we are putting our family first, but, honestly how can we put our family first, if we are not truly giving our life, our thoughts, our actions to God first. These words may seem so simple to read, but, these words are what I am dealing with, and have been dealing with for quite some time. My heart is sick. I have hidden gods of this world in my life that shall be killed.
Keep me safe, O God,
for in you I take refuge.
I said to the Lord, You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.
As for the saints who are in the land, they are the glorious ones in whom is all my delight.
The sorrows of those will increase
who run after other gods.
I have been in the depths of sorrow for months, and why it has taken this long to figure out why, is due to deception of other gods of this world. I have let the god of satisfaction from others to fulfill me, to keep me going, to consume my everyday thought. I no longer want to be in sorrow due to running after gods of this world. I want my true satisfaction, my true love, to come and go to my God that has saved me from the wretchnedness of this world. As I write these very words, I have to fight confessing this, because the selfishness inside me wants to keep it. But the more I realize how far I have gotten from truly enjoying and sitting at the feet of God, the more broken, the more humble, and weak I become, so God can be that much stronger in my life.
I was somewhere in my life I had never been before. I have sat in my living room feeling completely empty–dark–fragile–confused–heart-ache–alone–weak–numb–loss for words–and not able to eat. This is what it feels like to be completely separated from God. Sin separates us from God. What a hard thing to swallow–all things (photography)/people I love the most I have to rebuild and learn to love again the way God would love me. Something was stolen from me, and God is replacing it one moment at a time with His reassurance, His strength, His Word, His touch, His sweet whispers, His loving arms…… The past two days I have walked up the mountain with bible in hand reading aloud, weeping……weeping over my sin and loss of connection with my Creator. I had no idea I was that far from truly worshipping Him. Sin destroys friendships, passions, and anyone around you that you once loved. If we think sin can be kept a secret, we are wrong. Sin only keeps us down, and wanting more sin. I hurt when I write these truths of my life, but, I can not go on living a lie that I had no idea was even there. I no longer want my children seeing me with my phone in my hand all the time, but my bible. I have gone 2 days straight without a phone, and it has felt incredible to be separated from the noise of the world, that is oh so empty.
When I walked back down the mountain yesterday, I deflated that much more, and came to terms with where I want to be in life with my family and with God most importantly.
There was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “my grace is sufficient fro you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong 2 Cor. 12:7-10……for when I am weak, then I am strong……for when I am weak, then I am strong……
The praise of people, the attention we may crave from others, and seeking any sort of comfort from others is all empty in the end is where I am and what I am grappling with now. “Then will I go to the altar of God, to God, my joy and my delight. ” Psalms 43:4…. my satisfaction should only come from the Lord. “The king is enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord.” Psalm 45:11 No person/no object can fill my heart as the Lord does with His unfailing love for me.
Praise the Lord for the conviction of the Holy Spirit, and His grace…. sin is crafty, sin is deceptive, sin is dark…… we may be living in a sin that is easy to justify, but I assure you, that if we are living in a sin that brings no good, we are lying to ourself, to God, and to others. We have a choice to choose, because there comes a time in our life with sin when God will give us over to our sinful desires, and let us exchange the truth of God for lie, and worship and serve created things rather than the creator. (Romans 1:24-25) We choose to keep on living in the darkness that only pulls us further away from God, or we put a halt to it, restore our life with good, restore our life with honest truth that bites us hard, but, only makes us cling to Jesus that much more.
I spill my heart out because one, it is therapeutic for me, and two to encourage anyone to come clean with hidden sin in their life. Am I where I want to be, not even close. I am sitting in pain as I write. There is so much that has to be rebuilt from the bottom up. And as my husband–leader, lover, comforter, fighter, and encourager keeps reminding me….we can take this sin as stepping stones, or we can let these stones bury us. It be so easy to curl up in a hole and bury away from the world, but, why not let God fight for me as He wants to each and everyday. Why not let God have the glory of this battle. I choose to live for Him, and with His strength, and knowing the battle is not over. May God be the glory, Amen.
pressing on toward the love of Jesus Christ, He is my everything….may I never be a stray sheep again, that is taken by a wolf out to kill, steal, and destroy…….
High school life is not forever
It has to be enjoyed however
All happy moments under one shed
No idea how future will be led
It is going to be sad and emotional
This is going to be very natural
The happy moments may emerge on memory lane
We may be going away from school by land or plane
We need to adjust with new challenges
We are not sure whether will be able to manage
It has to be shared on larger platform
We need to go alone and warm
We can’t roam freely and run around
Something new has to be found
It may not look sound
We got to adhere to and are bound
We need worry a lot
We have learn and simply may not be caught
The life had been nice and full of ups and down
It was best even known in the town
We will be permanently separated
The icident will always be related
We may enjoy when slightly occur in mind
The joy will always be there to find
The road is wide open to march on
Many hurdles to be crossed over and won
New adventure to be explored and exploited
Not a single second is to be waited
I had bright yesterday
Tomorrow may provide me fine way
It will give new prosperous opportunity
Life may go on with its continuity
We will set in new big world
The relation may develop very hot and cold
We will stand fast and remain bold
We shall bar the sufferings untold
We will go out from school as seniors
Our place may be taken over by juniors
No one may be called inferior or superior
Everybody has proved good fighter and warrior
I knew this session was going to be a blast, whenever we had to start by climbing over a fence to get to our location….and what makes it even more awesome, is her mom did it too! 🙂 We seriously laughed the entire time! And this girl has a look to kill for, and her hair….omg!!!
Before you read this poem and cry your eyes out, let me just say it was a complete joy and honor taking pics of Vania of Simply Bloom Photography. I wanted to go overboard, but at the same time, keep it classy and simple….if that makes sense. 😉 She was gracious enough to let me come into her home and basically rearrange it however I pleased. 😉 Thank-you again, Vania! 😉 I hope you are inspired by these soulful images, and they touch you deep.
I loved you from the very start…
You stole my breath, embraced my heart.
Our life together has just begun,
You’re part of me, my little one.
As mother with child, each day I knew
My mind would be filled with thoughts of you.
I’m daydreaming of the things we’ll share,
Like late-night bottles and teddy bears.
Like first steps and skinned knees,
Like bedtime stories and ABC’s.
I’m thinking of things you’ll want to know,
Like how birds fly and flowers grow.
I’ve thought of lessons I’ll need to share,
Like standing tall and playing fair.
When I first see your precious face,
I’ll pray your life be touched with grace.
I’ll thank the angels from above,
And promise you unending love.
Each night I’ll lay you down to sleep,
I’ll gently kiss your head and cheek.
I’ll count your little fingers and toes,
I’ll memorize your eyes and nose.
I will linger at your nursery door,
Awed each day that I love you more.
Through misty eyes, I’ll dim the light,
And whisper, “I love you” every night.
As mother with child our journey’s begun,
My heart’s yours forever, little one.
I loved you from the very start…
You stole my breath, embraced my heart.
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“Leave it all in the Hands that were wounded for you”
My heart is passionate about healthy sexual marriages. A random fact about me: while studying in school, I thought once I graduated from grad school I would go on to become licensed in sex therapy through a christian facility. But, God had other plans for us…..but I am still being used by Him, which I am grateful for. So, before plunging into this series, I am not saying I am this amazing expert, but I am confident in the Lords leading, and I will obey Him when He guides my heart.
As C. S. Lewis reminds us that physical pleasure is God’s idea, not the devil’s. We are created as sexual beings with sexual desire. “Human sexuality is created as God’s perfect design but is also affected by the consequence of sin, fallen nature and the deviation from God’s original design.” -Balswick
I want to list a few ways sex can be affected by the consequence of sin:
It is so sad how quickly Adam and Eve lost their innocence, after they sinned and fell into temptation. One day Adam is in complete awe of his wife. “this is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called woman, for she was taken out of man.” Gen 2:24 And in the blink of an eye, blind sited they are both hit with temptation and fell….they no longer looked at one another the same, and they hid from God. Separation.
Our fallen nature not only corrupts the beauty of sexuality, it does in many areas of life. Our nature is more inclined to be selfish, rather than thankful for the gift of sex. Sexual abuse is selfish, and forever messes with the victims sexuality. Hidden sexual sin of pornography slowly shatters a marriage. And twisting beliefs of how a married man and woman should perform in the bedroom is corrupted by the deception of the world. Men, do not expect your wives to perform in ways you have fallen and watched on sites you should not be watching.
We all need to be reminded of these truths and cling to them to ever so tightly……
Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. 1 Cor. 6:18-20
We can not have a healthy sexual marriage if we are carrying burdens of sexual immorality, period. We have to start where it hurts to get to the good. I know, it sucks. I can remember when in school, the counselor/professors would always tell us, it has to get ugly before it can be beautiful again. So true. So hard. (Can I just say, I am in tears right now as I am writing, because I know there are so many marriages that are in so deep with sexual sin they don’t even know where to begin) And maybe it was not even your own sexual sin, but a sexual sin someone placed on you. And that affects an individual just as badly in the bedroom. I don’t know what category this may put you, or maybe you are reading all of this and are completely turned away by it because you are naive, or in denial. I know I have said this before, but, I know men are not the only ones that struggle with sexual sin. So–husband and wife, if this is speaking to you and you know you are only slipping further away from one another due to sexual sin read these words from Paul:
There was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Cor 7: 7-10
What great victory we can have in Jesus, if we are willing to let God work. But, oh how much more powerful we can feel when we have let God use us for His glory, to show His power. This may not be you, but maybe your spouse is on the other end of the spectrum. I encourage, encourage, encourage you to do whatever you can for your spouse to keep them pure and free from the traps of sexual sin. And I encourage the ones that have been in this trap, to confess to your spouse so they know how to help you and encourage you. I know that is between you and God, but, nothing is hidden from God and….”today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your heart” Heb. 3:8 Let us all get our hearts and minds right with God first. Then, we can move onto how we truly enjoy the good gift of sex.
As my family and I were out on a walk last night, this branch of leaves really caught my attention. I brought it home, put it in water and looked at it. I noticed on one side it was losing a couple leaves and was lop sided compared to the other side. But, even though it had lost a few leaves in the middle it still kept growing, and the two sides met at the top, as I saw the tiny leaves at the top, it showed new growth, a new beginning. May your marriage find hope and encouragement today, there may be times where there is no growth and you feel so on the other end of the spectrum with one another. But, I encourage you to plunge through the dirty stuff to get to the good.
I am praying for each one of you. May we life our spouses up today in a new light, not out what we can get, but how we can edify the body of Christ.