Thursday, February 2, 2017

Elisa - Bridals

This lovely lady got married yesterday!
Of course you'll be able to see lovely photos of her with her new husband soon, but today I finally get to share her bridals, which I adore, they turned out beautifully.

Congratulations Elisa, we love you! ♥

Friday, December 16, 2016

Zions National Park

Zions has been on my bucket list for years! Why I have never gone is a complete mystery, it's basically in my backyard. All growing up, we passed it every summer always looking off into the distance "look it's Zions!" but never stopping.

Well, finally, finally, finally, we stopped.
And because it was only for one day, I know I'll be going back to see even more of it this coming spring. I'm now addicted, it's GORGEOUS!!!
You probably already know that though, because you probably didn't wait this many years to go. ;)

Some of my photos for you to enjoy:

Saturday, November 12, 2016

LGBT - Nathan

I want to first say that I am so proud of this man and his courageousness in not only having the idea to do photos like these, but to then follow through with that idea and showcase it to the world to spread the message of love, not only between two people but also love for yourself. His message is so important, and I am absolutely honored that I had the opportunity to work with him, and be part of his journey in expressing his true, authentic self.

Getting to know you, Nathan, was such a treat! Your energy for life just shines through, and honestly I would never have guessed, purely on how happy you are in yourself now, that you might have struggled so deeply in your past. Those struggles build us up into who we are, though, and I love that you embrace yourself for who you are now, and you have overcome so many obstacles to be able to do so.
Thank you for letting me part of this journey with you.

 I want to share these images, with his permission, as a way to reach out to the world and share hope that there really is happiness in embracing who you are. I was amazed by some of the things that he told me about how others have reacted to him. I just can't even begin to imagine the judgement that people really do justify placing on another human's life and feel that they have any right whatsoever to dictate for them what the right way is to live that life.
When I first heard from a friend out of state that I might have this opportunity there was no doubt in my mind at all that I would want to do this. Then I met Nathan, and heard that he had been turned down by so many other photographers in our area and that he feared he would have to look outside of the state just to find someone open minded enough to help him accomplish this, and I couldn't wrap my head around that. Why? Why wouldn't you empower someone else to embrace who they are? Questions I may never be able to answer, because there are things in life that just don't make any sense to me, but it is not my place to judge those people anymore then it is theirs to judge Nathan or others like him. Needless to say, I feel lucky that I was the person he found to do this with him. Through a friend, of a friend, of a friend, our paths lined up.

Nathan has had his struggles like many others in this area of his life, but look at that smile. That, that right there, that's hope. I watched as he shared himself on social media to friends and family, and was just amazed at the acceptance and love that poured in for him. I think too often it is very easy to get wrapped up in the negative emotions that others, who disagree with a certain way of life, might have, and let that overwhelm us, but when you share yourself in the way that he has the love that pours in, that's what is overwhelming. This has proven to me that there are far more people willing to accept you then what you might at first realize.
You should never have to live in that fear that you will be rejected for who you truly are. Unfortunately, too many do, and what is even more unfortunate is that some never have the chance to know just how loved they are or can be, because that fear of being unloved, unwanted can ruin lives.

For anyone else who may be struggling to come out to their friends, and family, or even to the world, let this shine a light in your life that you are loved. You may not be surrounded by the right people right now, but please know that there are people like Nathan, like Nathans friends and family who have accepted him with open arms for exactly who he is, and like me who will never pass judgement on being your true authentic self, and complete strangers who would love you if only they knew that you struggled. You are worthy of love, not just from others, but from yourself. You deserve to love who you are, no matter who you are and no matter what anyone else says or thinks.

Love will always win. Love yourself first.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Something Spooky!

This was a fun shoot! It's been SO LONG since I've done anything fun like this. Enjoy: