brittany + tyler: labelle engagement session

My favorite kind of brides are those who completely trust me, without reservation, and allow me to capture their day or their session, fully relying on me to tell their story through my lens. I think it’s so important that whoever you choose to capture your day is someone you fully trust. Someone that provides ease in knowing that you’ve hired the right person for you and they will undoubtedly be able to capture photographs that you will cherish forever. And I’m always so, so thankful when brides relinquish the control and just let me do my thing.
This was Brittany…and of course, Tyler too. :) Brittany was basically an open book and had no hesitation, letting me know she completely trusted me and she was completely willing for whatever the session held. We had such a great time roaming through Labelle (this little town gets me every.single.time.) and both B+T did so fabulous for the camera. Pretty excited to work with this couple again later this year for their wedding!

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The Today Show!!!

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This past weekend we were so, so thrilled to get word the Today Show had published one of our recent weddings that took place at the Edison Ford Winter Estates! Talk about jaw dropping when I typed in today.com, and right there under Matt Lauer’s face (well, you get the idea) is a photo of Morgan and Dominic featuring their Real Wedding!

Just a little sidenote…my sister and I are HUGE fans. In fact, it’s not uncommon for our morning texting to consist of “watch at 7:12″, or “did you see________”. If we were in NYC (hopefully one day), we would absolutely be the crazy people up in the middle of the night to get our spot on the plaza, of course, signs in hand. Sometimes, I think it may have a little bit to do with the fact that Matt Lauer reminds both of us of our dad.

Anyway, thank you so much to the Today Show for selecting this wedding. Also, huge thanks to Hope Artistry, Tori Weatherford, the Derek Trenholm Band and Fort Myers Floral Artistry for everything they did to make my job easy.

Go read the article HERE. I promise, it’s an incredible love story and a must read!!!

The Osprey.

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(don’t judge…iphone photography at it’s finest..)

What was planned to be a 10 minute favor for a friend (picking her up from a car shop and taking her home), led to a 3 hour adventure filled with curve balls this morning….which included the rescuing of this broken winged osprey.

Reminds me of what God ultimately did for us (and just to be clear, I am in no way comparing myself to Jesus–the only thing good in me is him). This bird couldn’t save himself, he couldn’t walk or fly, and was likely going to starve. As much as the momma bird kept flying in and was trying to help, there was nothing she could do to really bring this bird to being healed, restored to good health and saved. She could only love and try to take care–which was very cool to see–but this bird needed to be picked up and carried. (How desperately I needed this reminder. God is faithful. I am called to love.) How amazing our Ultimate Rescuer is to pick us up and take us in, heal us, help us, comfort us and set us free–with our lives changed forever. The best part of all? This bird, just like us, didn’t and couldn’t do anything to earn rescuing and it’s saving state. Grace is a beautiful thing…and God is good.

Godliness, Glory and Grace.

Every morning my alarm is set for 6am, to be sure I enjoy a cup of coffee and spend some time with the Lord before our little ones are up and the craziness of our day begins. Today was no different…except after I got up, I just didn’t want to. To be honest, I wanted to check instagram, pinterest and pretty much involve myself in any other distraction that would keep me from spending with what matters most. Temptation at it’s finest.

So, with a few minutes before the early morning school routine, I opened my bible, read a little from my reading plan and spent the last few seconds reflecting on the message at our bible study yesterday. I long to read my bible pretty much every morning and this quiet time with the Lord is always well spent. How amazing is it that God works in such a way that the one morning I didn’t feel like spending with Him, He speaks so clearly and so powerfully to me. And even more, pursues me, so undeservingly. Truly, what the enemy means for evil, God is so, so faithful to turn it for our good and for his glory!

Once our kids were up and the kids were dropped off, I jumped right back where I left off. And then it hit me. One of my great friends said yesterday, “Are we living like God’s unconditional acceptance is enough?” Follow me here, because this quote took me back a few days when the Lord challenged me with 2 Timothy 3:5 (and has continue to do so), where it says, “having the appearance of godliness but denying it’s power.” Do I appear godly? Of course I hope so and I’d like to say so–even though I battle my flesh, yell at my kids sometimes, argue with my husband on occasion and fall short every day. Thankfully, there is grace for all these moments and the battle is already won through Jesus’ death on the cross.

But the second half of this verse is what’s convicting me–”…but denying it’s power.” Power is the present, effective working of God in and through believers lives. Although I may be completely off, this denial of power likely comes through words and the vocal expression of God’s goodness, glory and grace. I’m not blatently denying the Lord’s power, but when I fail to speak up and give him the glory, in essence, I’m doing exactly what I don’t want to do (Romans 7:15).

Then the other part of not speaking up deals with my desire for perfectionism. Often, I don’t speak up out of fear that what I say may not perfectly align up with truth, or may make me appear less godly. Going further, I may not speak up since I so often desire to please people, which is clearly not pleasing to the Lord. (For am I seeking the approval of man or of God? Or am I still trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. Galatians 1:10). ┬áSo I say nothing at all. And then, obviously, there’s pride in all of this as well.

Anyway, I know this post is somewhat of a jumbled mess, but I guess that’s just my heart lately (in a good way!). I’m thankful our God reveals truth, frees me from my failure, provides grace upon grace and His acceptance of me really is enough. God is clear in scripture that His power is made perfect in my weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9); isn’t it funny how we’re brought up and taught to be strong, independent people (at least I was), and now as an adult, slowly realizing how much freedom there is in being weak. God is not looking for equality with him, but rather for me to rid me of myself FOR him. One of my biggest prayers this year is that God, in his love, kindness and grace, continues to drive me to a position of weakness in my flesh…where his power can then be made perfect. Happy Friday people!