Apr 182013

Today I had the privileged to meet Lisa, Bob and Jessie Poudrier.  I was asked to go their home to photograph their family so they could participate in the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church directory.   Lisa was diagnosed in January with stage 4 lung cancer.  She is just a little too tired to make her way to the church for her portraits. These are those moments as a photographer when I am so humbled to be able to serve others.

As I spoke with Lisa after we took the pictures she told me she went to the doctor to check on what she thought was a work injury that was not healing when she received the news that indeed she had cancer.  In a moment, in a conversation, her whole world changed.  Suddenly without warning everything was in question.  She had to refocus her entire life on battling this horrible disease.

Lisa is a fighter, I could see that in her eyes even as they filled with tears as she shared her story.  She is waging war on the war going on in her body.  Would you please pray for her and Bob and Jessie as they journey this difficult road.  We know that God is able to heal her and able to strengthen her through this ordeal.

Ephesians 3 says – For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Love strong …. Live life, it is so fragile. 

Feb 282013

As I have been working through the healing of a broken foot, I have had more time than usual to study and read and sharpen my photography skills.  Sometimes when I get really busy I let my ongoing education fall to the back burner and get stuck in a creative rut.  Well, tell a photographer she has to be off her foot, literally for 2 months, well what do I do.  I could pound my fists and get made or, I can use this time to study, learn, teach and re-energize my creativity and my business.  one of the forums I love is http://chiccritiqueforum.com/.  On this forum you can not only learn a lot but you can engage with other professional photographers who have thriving businesses.  You can get critiques of your work and take classes on building your business.

I really love learning from other photographers and stretching my abilities as far as possible.  I want to continue to provide fresh ideas for our clients.  Check out Chic Critique for some great ideas and great education opportunities that are really affordable.

Just for fun see below, at least I picked a cool color and have sweet friends who will paint my toes to match the beautiful purple.



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