Oct 162013
 

I have known Jessie since he was knee high to a grasshopper almost.  I have taught him.  Hung out with him.  Watched him grow into a fine young man.  I love this kids for so many reasons.  Not the least of which that he is truly a family oriented, sweet compassionate kid.  He is wicked smart, incredibly talented.  I am going to be so excited to see where he ends up in life.  I am sure we are just beginning to see the likes of Jessie Strickland.  He is a world changer.

 

 Posted by at 9:48 pm
Oct 142013
 

I met Haleigh last year during a regular school shoot.  I was instantly drawn to her beautiful smile.  She just lights up a room.  Haleigh is in the process of deciding about colleges.  She is so funny and full of child like life.  When we were shooting the senior day it was all she could do not to start climbing trees I think.  I have grown to love this sweet girl and her Mama.  Best of Luck Haleigh in all the adventures God is taking you on.

 

 

 Posted by at 11:20 pm
Oct 102013
 
 Posted by at 12:32 pm
Oct 042013
 

Sweet McKenna just lights up a room.  She is strong and beautiful and full of energy.  She just makes my day a little brighter every time I get to be with her.  She is a perfect reflection of the kind of caliber young lady I am proud to have represent CK Photography in our community.

 

 Posted by at 8:28 pm
Oct 032013
 

Beautiful Brady Parker

 2014 Socastee Senior

 

I have know Brady for a long time, she was one of the kids on our ministry when she was in 7th grade.  I have watched her grow into a beautiful young women.  She is sweet and kind and full of joy.  Everywhere she goes she just brings joy with her.  she is deciding between Coastal Carolina University or Columbia College where she will pursue a career in Sociology.  That seems fitting for this sweet compassionate girl.  I am so proud of you sweet girl!  You were a beautiful CK Senior Model for us.

 

Jul 042013
 

The Fourth of July, or Independence Day, celebrates the anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. It’s a national holiday, celebrated with everything from flag raising ceremonies to backyard barbecues and fireworks. To celebrate our nation’s birthday, here are a few fun facts you may not have known about the 4th of July and American history.

5 Fun 4th of July Facts:

  1. What animal did Benjamin Franklin supposedly prefer as the official national bird over the bald eagle?
    Benjamin Franklin is said to have wanted the wild turkey to be the national bird but was outvoted by both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, who chose the bald eagle, a bird of prey native only to North America, as the official bird of the United States of America.
  2. How many hot dogs are consumed, on average, at barbecues on the Fourth?
    The 4th of July and barbecues go hand-in-hand, so it’s probably no surprise that over an estimated 150 million hot dogs are consumed in the United States each Independence Day. Break that down, and that’s roughly one hot dog for every two people in the U.S.
  3. What year was the 4th of July first celebrated at the White House?
    The first recorded 4th of July celebrations were in 1777 on the one-year anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. The first 4th of July party held at the White House, however, wasn’t until 1801, when it was held by President Thomas Jefferson.
  4. Why were the stars on the original American flag arranged in a circle?
    The 13 stars on the American flag were arranged in a circle to represent equality between the original thirteen colonies. Although there were several versions of the early flag, including one with the stars arranged in vertical lines, the “Betsy Ross flag,” which depicts the stars in a circle, was the most popular.
  5. When was the 4th of July declared a national holiday?
    Although the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence has been celebrated since 1777, the 4th of July was not declared a national holiday until 1941. The 4th of July wasn’t referred to as Independence Day until 1791.
 Posted by at 2:10 pm
Jul 032013
 

I ran across this on the internet and thought it was so cool.  I think I would share it with you. Paris-based artist Anastassia started creating art out of toilet rolls a few years ago and it has rapidly become her signature style. You can see a few of her creations below.  People are so creative.  I just love this.

 

To see more of Anastassia’s work here is her website http://www.anastassia-elias.com/.

 Posted by at 11:35 am
Mar 042013
 

DAY 55

8 Weeks of a broken foot can change a person

Today as I reflect on my long ordeal of a broken foot and how this has affected my life, the pain, the agony, the frustration, there is one scripture that keeps coming to my mind over and over today.

I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Phil 4

Verse 13 is one that every Christian has spoken a time or two for sure.    But verses 10 – 12 is where I keep landing in my mind. Paul’s circumstances were still a challenge, he just learned to be content in them.  I don’t think God did any miraculous change in the things he was experiencing, he just gave him the strength and the wisdom to be content.  Now, if I am being honest, I don’t like that part much, I would much rather God just do it my way.  But He knows how badly my way would mess things up. Instead I am embracing the fact that in spite of my challenging circumstances, I can still expect that God is going to give me strength for this moment.  This is not an easy task, I must take it moment by moment.  Like a few minutes ago when I had to crawl up my steps and throw my scooter up them, I was not feeling very content then.

I think too often I tend to look at God and relate to Him in broader terms, like with words like, eternity, and salvation and holiness.    What I tend to miss is that God wants to be in my every moment.   Even crawling up the steps daily while hurling my scooter behind me.  The good ones and bad ones.  I will say that this has truly been the most frustrating ordeal of my 45 years and  it’s outcome unknown at this point.  This injury will likely affect me for the rest of my life, in the form of pain and limitations.  Now, those of you who know me well, know that I don’t deal with limitations.  I don’t like being told I can’t, and I surly don’t want to be told your body won’t do that anymore.  So to say that this is a challenge would be an understatement.

But what does God want from me in this.

What is He screaming and whispering to me during this time.  Did you ever think about that, sometimes God has to scream and whispers to get our attention.  Honestly, sometimes I just want God to heal me rather than teach me through this because that would be a whole lot easier in my estimation.  But the truth is, each day I am broken a little more, each day I am made more aware of my need for him, and in those moment’s while I would like to say all the frustration, and pain and depression just fly away, they don’t.  What does happen is I become acutely aware of Him.  Yes Him.  My creator God, the one who loves me most.  So, some would say, well if He loves you so much why doesn’t he just heal you?  I would answer because he loves me so much.  For some reason, this event was needed in my life to grow me.  And yes, I hate it, every single moment of it, I hate the pain, the swelling, the stress on my family, the not working, the not working out, the challenges of just going to the store.  I hate that people laugh and point at me, I hate that everything takes thought an planning.  Yes I hate it.

But I am sure of this, that He is who started a good work in me is faithful to complete it. Phil 1:6  This does not mean that every day is happy and pain free, in fact it could mean that not one more of my days on earth are going to be completely happy and pain free.  But it does mean, If I allow God to, he will work this out for my good.  And ultimately for His glory.

The far reaching consequences of this injury and other illnesses I have had in my life  are devastating, physically, emotionally and financially.  But spiritually, these circumstance have the power to shape me, grow me, give me deeper understanding, compassion and insight into hurting people.  It has the ability to increase my faith and dependance on God.  It has the ability to teach my children through my actions and trust in God even through my frustration.  Yes this has that, all the grit and grim and pain that brings out the best in us spiritually.  Could God heal me? Yes.  Have I asked him to? Yes.  But, He alone knows what I truly need.  While my flesh desires to be out of pain, walking, enjoying life again.  God sees deeper into me and knows that this pain and suffering have a deeper purpose than what I can fathom now.  So I will not loose hope.  Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.  Psalms 13:12  My hope is in the Lord.

Everyone is fighting their own battles,  mine in comparison to so many are small.  But I trust that even in those moments when I just want to give up, God says, Oh there you are my girl, helpless without me, now lean on me, I got you, and I am carrying you through.

I am learning to be content.  This is not an easy task but it is one I am striving for.  I know it is possible because God says so.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Posted by at 9:07 pm
Dec 042012
 

One of my favorite things is when I develop a relationship with a family and get to photograph them yearly as their family grows.  I met Vickie several years ago.  They were in Myrtle Beach for vacation and I photographed their families when their kids were really little.  Over the years we have developed a relationship that goes beyond photography.  Vickie, Scott and Hudson are sweet friends I have grown to love.  I got to go to New Jersey to photograph them this time.  I am so grateful for your friendship and look forward to many years capturing your family in pictures and watching you all grow.  Here are my sweet friends.  <3

Nov 262012
 

Weddings are such a mix and array of emotions.  From the nervous bride to the tearful mom, and dad who is trying to be brave.  Then there is the mother of the groom fixing his lapel one last time, dad giving the last hand shake before he takes his place.  Those sweet peek-a-boo moments when he sees her first the first time, and the glow on her face when her groom takes her in.  The dancing, the singing, the celebrating of two families coming together.  As a photographer there is a lot of pressure on these monumental days to capture just the right angle, the right light, that sweet tear being wiped away, the lingering kiss.  But in the midst of that pressure I have a sense of awe at this institution of marriage, two people saying they will forever. It’s a magical thing one that every time I see it and bear witness to it through my lens I am assured that love does exist and people still take chances on each other.

Chris and Ray wondered into my studio almost a year ago, sharing all their big plans.  Secretly Chris showed me her wedding dress on her phone away from the probing eyes of her guy.  We talked venue, music, special shots they want.  Excitement was in the air.  The day finally came and there we all stood watching two people say I do and I felt the weight of capturing these precious moments in time and loving watching love bind two hearts together.

Thank you Chris and Ray for letting me be a part of your very special day.  Your families are a delight and we enjoyed spending the day with all of you.  I wish you a lifetime of love, happiness and health.

 

 Posted by at 5:51 pm