The Sweetest Little Homestead You Ever Did See

"I'm beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all"  -Laura Ingles Wilder

One of the most fun parts of my job is to visit with other families and see how they live and love and do daily stuff together. I may be a tad (TON) bit jealous of this family's beautiful and peaceful homestead. 

Upon driving down the secluded dirt road to get there, I pulled in and saw this... Tip: Always keep your camera out before and after the sessions because you never know what you might miss! I literally stopped the car in their driveway and ran over and started snapping away! 

Let me tell you... this little girl. Hilarious. Mama told me many funny things she's said lately, but my favorite was "plants pour out the old-trients so they can get new-trients to grow and they have straws under ground called roots for drinking water." Ha! She had me laughing the whole time. 

Life with kids is hilarious... and trying to keep up jobs and a whole farm with all that is extra awesome. This family rocked it... and they have fun together doing it! 

Every family is different, but every family is real. Those real lives are memories that deserve to be documented. Contact me to find out more and get your session scheduled! 

The City on a Hill

"Life's most urgent question is: What are you doing for others?" Martin Luther King Jr. 

Coming back from a trip is always hard... but when they rock your world a little bit, it leaves you feeling all messed up inside. 

We knew it would be this way, especially for the man child. The minute he heard his dad announce the trip to the high school students, he started talking about wanting to go.  After talking about it some, we decided he was ready. Yes, he would probably see and experience things beyond his age, but if you know this kid, well, he's beyond his age.  Plus, we don't want our kids to grow up in a bubble. We want them to know the world and love it and all the people in it with all their hearts. 

We did a lot of things while in Boston, but the main thing goal was try to show love in the name of Jesus and his Church. It wasn't anything major, in fact some might look at us and wonder why we were even there. 

People didn't understand why we were giving out free coffee and granola bars at the train stops... To show them they are loved. 

People didn't understand why we were feeding homeless people in the city center... to show them they are loved too. 

Then people REALLY didn't understand why we walked around the city simply praying for the people... so that they know they are loved, even if they don't understand it. 

We may not live in Boston, but we love the city and it's people so much. 

And opening our little man's heart wide for the people there was just icing on the cake. He's still asking questions about things we saw and experienced, and we'll continue answering them as they come... and then maybe it will be time to go back.

Until next time Boston. You're awesome. 

The Unspoken Perspectives Project

A picture is a poem without words.” -Horace

June 5: From Your Car

June 5: From Your Car

I'm super excited to tell you all about this fun project that's been in the making for a while. My friend Jane Howard  and I have been dreaming this up, and it's finally becoming a reality! It all started because Jane and I both are self proclaimed introverts who have little words we speak. But we both LOVE photography and use it to "talk" about the world around us. This is why we created this project! 

The Unspoken Perspectives Project was created to build community with other artists to showcase how each of us views the world through our camera lens, even though we all have our own perspectives and styles.  As photographers, we choose to express our art through photographs, using our camera as our voice. Make sure you check out all photographers and their images from the week! 

Check out our contributors: 

Jane Howard: Jane Howard Photography @janehphoto

Meg Pitts:  Meg Pitts Photography   @megpittsphotography

Amy Smith: A-Love Photography @alovephotography 

Shannon Svensrud: Storied Life Pictures @storiedlifepictures 

Jon Stegenga: Jon Stegenga Film & Photography @jonstegengamedia

Kim Deloach: Kim Deloach Photo @kimdphoto

Judy Kay Kyker: @jkkyker

Gwen Manten: @gwenmanten

To join in the community, follow along @theunspokenperspectivesproject with our prompts and post your images on Instagram with #theunspokenperspectiveproject to be featured our Instagram account!

June 2017 Prompts: 

6/5: From Your Car

6:19: Coming soon! Watch for the announcement! 

Sham of the Perfect: March and April

Sham of the Perfect is an international collective of photographers who are passionate about both documentary family photography and being parents.  Our intent is to tear down the sham of perfection shown in more idyllic work and present life, parenthood, families, childhood, and home as it actually is; full of flaws and full of beauty simultaneously.

It's been a while since I shared some of the photos I've contributed over at Sham of the Perfect. This project is so much fun! Follow along on the site, Facebook, or Instagram to see all the other amazing photographers! 

These were some of my contributed photos during March and April...

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Be sure to follow along with all of us from Sham of the Perfect on Instagram or Facebook and keep tagging your images #shamoftheperfect for a chance to be featured!