If you had to marry your love where you first met, where would it be??
I'd love to capture that summertime magic for your family. 🌠 . . (I mean, since Disney's closed anyway. )
In gratitude, was his motto, said Elijah McClain's sister. . These are days when those words bring me pause. I feel as if I've been staring into an angry, isolated, fear-filled, hate-mongering, violent, confusing, contradictory kaleidoscope of information avalanche for the past few months. Shouts from every direction, intolerance over differences of opinions, absolutes and extremes over moderation and toleration. A loss of the ability to agree to disagree. Calling ppl out for things they've never done. Social media social justice. Armchair arguments. Instagram peer pressure. So much talking, but so few conversations. Categorizing people without knowing them. Name-calling. Hopping from trend to trend. Shouting the latest catch phrase. Bombarded with such important topics that so many important things... are completely forgotten: Humanity. Conversation. Hugs. Smiles. Coffee dates. Not judging a book by it's cover. GRATITUDE.... . Back a few months ago, in the midst of my little family being non-essential, isolated, depressed, and myself recently red-pilled on some hard truths... my neighbor happened to catch me walking out to check my mail. Just interacting with another human being made my heart so happy. He simply said he hoped we were okay and offered up the loquats in his tree to my family... Have as many as you like. It was a simple gesture, but it stuck. I'm frustrated right now with so so much. I'm not one who's quick to jump on the media bandwagon. I do things differently at times. I read a lot of books. I talk a lot around people I know, and listen a lot around people I don't. I'm kinda crunchy, very Christian, not political, a bit homeschool-y, I treasure the simple life and I'm old-fashioned in lots of ways. I don't like being told to do things I don't believe in. (Who does?) I like when ppl can generally make their own choices, take care of themselves, and feel safe and free. I will always fight for that, for all ppl. It might look different than some folks want it to, but that's what I'm doing. That's what I stand for. I'm frustrated, but in everything give thanks will yet be my song in 2020. Thank you for the reminder, Elijah. 🖤
2020 be lookin' at me like...
Thank goodness my job is all about love. 👏👏👏😭😭😭💕💕💕
I have to admit, I was worried about the weather that day. But, at the end of the day, everyone's face hurt from smiling so much and there was no need to have worried so much. If it's about the love, everything else works out eventually.
The thunderstorms played with my head and made me pretend it was fall, and that made me excited for pumpkin things and for sunflowers and for THEIR WEDDING!!!!!
Happy Father's Day! 😭😭😍
It's this sweet dumplin's birthday tomorrow and I just can't believe she's been here for a year already. Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it. (Guess the movie quote w/o Google. . . #pensacolaphotographer #cakesmash #fairybirthday #pensacolaphotographer #familyphotographer #floridaphotographer #alabamaphotographer #gulfcoast
Light and love is honestly my fave. @jcrowephotography, you and your family are amazing. Thank you for choosing me to capture these.
It was raining anyway, so why not?
LOVING DAY. I reached out to my beautiful couple, Katie and Kendrick today after seeing Katie post about this and asked permission to share. I am really hesitant to use my business to speak out, because I don't want it to be perceived as done for me or for my business. This is for these two, and for other beautiful interracial couples. 💛 Their love feels and looks completely natural and beautiful and right because IT IS. And yet, only 53 years ago, the Supreme Court made it illegal for states to ban interracial marriage. How appropriate that the couple, Mildred + Richard LOVING fought to make that happen. Last year, just before Thanksgiving, I met up with these two for tacos at @tacosmexicanos (because it's the best) and we talked about their upcoming celebration. (That literally feels like a decade ago.) I don't know if I've ever laughed as much or enjoyed a wedding consult so dang much. So here's to LOVING DAY and here's to that awesome day next spring when I get to capture this amazing couple's wedding!! 🤗🤗 I KNOW it will be full of joy and love and laughter, and I am so so so honored to be a part of it.
bc faceless photos are some of my favorites. as are mia + anthony.
Summer session time, fam. 🌼☀️ . . . . . #summermemories #sunshinebabies #pensacolaphotographer #wildandfreemamas #letthembelittle #belovedstories #archipelagopresets
Mamas raising up small people in real-life light and love. Thinkers, readers, listeners, do-ers, seekers of truth and justice. It's not a small thing to be an invested mama. It changes lives.
Storms can't stop us.
Social media is not real life. Even our best efforts at authenticity are not the same as real life interactions, conversations, or (our family's favorite thing) sharing of meals and fellowship. . Can we eat lunch with you? We made some hoagie sandwiches, and brought some apples and bananas, and ice cold water. Our kids get so excited when people say yes. (And they usually do.) I feel awkward and unworthy to be there, to give our small offering. We trade some lunch and we're given kindness, life-stories, wild tales, impromptu songs, hugs and handshakes, advice and experience, a shared life. Very few ppl say no. Even though they don't know us, even though we are who we are and we are imperfect. My heart is open to hear, my hand is open to give, my couch is open for conversation. We can share a meal, or some organic popcorn, tea or coffee. I am a flawed, prideful, easily stressed out human, but these things I will do to my best ability. I cannot do everything, but I WILL do something. I will answer Jesus's callings on my life and heart. The Spirit convicts and empowers me to live in obedience to my vocation. We, every one of us, has a vocation in this world. A place we must fill, a mission we are called to. There's a lot of hurting and need, likely even you reading this are hurting and needy. Let's actually live it out. Let's put our energy into real life. And may most of our energy be put into love (And yes, that ANGER!! I feel it too. And I know it has earned it's place.) . . I was compelled to say that I will not use black lives to validate my business or my social media. But I will respond to the imperative to love and lift up, seek justice and correct oppression with my actions, words, and life.
Three adorable babies later, and these two are still wild about eachother. 💛🧡 . . This year holds my husband and I's 10 year anniversary, and goodness, that just makes my heart feel so many ways! So blessed to have all these years and memories and cups of coffee and belly laughs and good cries and prayers and sunsets with my Will. I've been feeling really sad and angry and confused and frustrated and hopeless lately, and so I decided I'm going to start this week fresh soaking in gratitude and pouring out every good thing I can find in the world. And many of the best things I know are right within these four walls of my home. Not sure how you're feeling today. You might feel like there's no way to talk about it. I don't have solutions, but I do know that whenever I refocus on the good things, there is healing in it. It might feel like you're abandoning truth, like you have to keep yourself immersed in the pain because it's all around. But the beautiful, precious, achey thing about life is that the good mixes with the bad. And today, even though my heart is breaking and actually feels like it's melted to my bones, I AM CHOOSING TO SMILE AND COUNT MY BLESSINGS. And maybe I just had to declare it to everyone, for myself. 💛