Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. ~Steve Jobs
I had the privilege of taking photos for another lovely photographer in the Huntsville Alabama area. They were so much fun to work with, they liked my “inappropriate” humor….(that I only do with married couples.) 😉
Jan surprised me with the location they chose. I had never been to a place more glorious than this! Too bad the pink blooms only last a week or two. I would shoot there all the time if that was the case! The romance they have for one another radiated, and created such a chemistry with all the blooms surrounding them.
I kept my style more simple in the first part of the session, and then we headed to a field with purple flowers. I had a little more fun being artsy there, and even brought out some fun in my editing as well.
Hope you enjoy this post and are enjoying this lovely weather!!
Sacred Sex….yep, I said it, S.E.X. You know it really should not be a word that people get all awkward about, but our world has made sex not sacred, they have trashed it, and it is no longer something people wait for until marriage. Sure, I understand, I have hormones too…it is hard to wait since that is the way God created our bodies to be with one we love. But, wow…when I say love, it has a whole different meaning as well. What is love to the world…well…people throw the word love out to anyone and everything.
1 Cor 13 says…love is patient, it is not self-seeking, it always protects, always trusts, and love never fails.
So….if love is all of those things. Why do we give our bodies away to so many people before marriage? We say we love the person we are dating….but when we give ourself away to one another sexually everything changes. If we trust then we can trust that the person will wait for us and respect us until marriage. If we love one another then it will not fail, and working on so many other areas in the relationship that can be enriching. And honestly, sex before marriage is very self-seeking….we all want to feel good, and well, sex is for pleasure. But, IN marriage sex has a whole different level of pleasure….its something a husband and wife perfect, each time it gets more intimate and better.
Chew on this for a bit….”sex is the closest that many people ever come to a spiritual experience. Indeed, it is because it is a spiritual experience of sorts that so many chase after it with a repetitive, desperate kind of abandon, OFten, whether they know it or not, they are searching for God.” In other words, the world’s quest for meaningful sex is also a quest for meaningful life–for God. (Tim Gardner)
It’s amazing how much closer emotionally, spiritually, and obviously physically I am to my husband after sex. I can feel so distant when a week goes by and we have not connected sexually….it all makes sense why sin has twisted the true meaning of sexual intimacy. The world thinks if they look like VS models, their sex life will be fabulous….It is time we awaken to the fact that conformity to a sick society is to be sick.
“The highest purpose of sex is to celebrate and re-create oneness between husband and wife as we represent Christ and the church.”
And I will end on this quote from Tim Gardner……”We can choose to remove God from the picture, but our need for love and intimacy still remains. Without God to guide us and provide of those desires, we confuse sex with love. We long to be loved, we long to know that we matter to someone else, and something tells us that engaging in sex will accomplish what we want.” So, attempting to find our own solution to what will fill this hole in our hearts, we engage in sex outside of God’s boundaries. And pain and destruction follow.
Ask yourself: how often did things go sour after sex before marriage? The innocence is gone. The mystery is gone. Our minds and bodies can not handle what we thought we knew we wanted. But once we open up our bodies, what is left? What is the true purpose behind the sexual relationship? Is it just to feel good?
To the married (woman): if there’s anything you could do to make your spouses life easier or more fulfilling, and if there’s anything you could do to make your mate feel more loved, more cherished, and more valued, why do you hesitate to do those things? (Tim Gardner) LOVE IS ABOUT COMMITMENT AND THE CHOICES WE MAKE. ITS ABOUT DECIDING NOT TO BE SELFISH. Not being selfish is the hardest I have everyday, and I am pretty sure it is something we all struggle with. Everyday I have to quote to myself….(do nothing out of selfish ambition or vein conceit….)
There are so many different areas I could touch on, but I just want us to think deeper on the meaning of sexual intimacy….so i will end on this
“The true goal of sex is a sacred, mysterious oneness. Fulfilling sex can only be an outgrowth of the genuine freedom that comes as another GIFT from a loving God. So, for you that think God is some big guy upstairs throwing these horrible rules down us, He is actually the best GIVER we will ever know…He gave us His Son for one, and He gave us sex as a gift! That is one pretty awesome God!!
Happy Monday to you and your loved one!
And a picture of course to end this lovely post.
You have no idea how this quote speaks volumes to my life…..I have been so afraid to go the extra mile with my editing, because it is not “natural” looking. But, deep down in my soul, fine art is what I wanted to create. From everything I learned at WPPI this year was from Lindsay Adler. She gave a class on photoshop, and she mentioned how people say photoshop is a crutch for when you take a bad picture, but she looks at photoshop as being limitless with your work. We may envision something, but not have all the tools/props there with us to create the art we envisioning…she has unleashed inside me the artist that has wanted to come out. Is there money in this creating? Probably not. But, you know what, it’s a good thing I do not do what I do for money. I do it because I have never been so passionate about something in my life. I am able create art that speaks volumes to me, and maybe speaks to others in complete different ways.
So, whatever your soul years to do….go after it….there is no one else like you. Be who you are made to be. Create.
I could hang out with girls like this all the time. She says, yes mam, please and thank-you, looks you in the eye when she is talking, is humble…and beautiful!!
I have been letting my editing style go a little more deep, actually challenging myself to do what my inner being wants to create. I want to give seniors flare, unique photos that they will remember as an experience of a lifetime.
Here are two images from a shoot I did last night.