Saturday, March 29, 2014

Lydia - Fashion // Cleveland, OH Portrait, Fashion & Wedding Photographer

Lydia is such a fun model with her kind personality and willingness to try different things. Even though the weather kept us from venturing outside, it was such a unique challenge to use the bland building we were at. I am looking forward to helping this lovely woman build her modeling portfolio! 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Innocence - Self Portrait Series // Cleveland, OH Portrait, Fashion & Wedding Photographer

As I spoke to an older friend of mine they made a lighthearted jab about my age and innocence and for a few seconds I felt a sort of shame in that. I felt as though, in that short time, there was almost some sort of mockery in being pure. The next thought that came to mind was Mathew 5:8 "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” In a culture where media floods us with coarse jesting, crude humor, and explicit scenes of sin, we are constantly being encouraged to intake all this as a part of growing up and attaining maturity; almost as if maturity is only achieved through taking part in the world and experiencing, watching, and carrying out sinful acts. It struck me that innocence is something that is often regarded as bad or immature among young adults. 

Innocence – “freedom from guilt or sin through being unacquainted with evil”

That ^ doesn’t sound bad to me, in fact I see my life and what a great and utter lack of innocence I posses. I strive towards innocence and Jesus dying on the cross is the sole reason that “freedom from guilt” is attainable even when I am so blemished by sin! For those who are not acquainted with evil, do not be ashamed. Although people may not admit it and might even tease, many would do anything to be where you are; to not know some of the things they know, to not think some of the things they think. “Everything is pure to those whose hearts are pure. But nothing is pure to those who are corrupt and unbelieving, because their minds and consciences are corrupted.” Titus 1:5

This series is my way of putting a new image to innocence; one that is not lacking in maturity (the old roses which have withered with time representing maturity) and exudes a certain beauty and attraction in a pure heart. I hope that through these images even the slightest impact will be made to the way you see innocence and purity.

"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God." Matthew 5:8

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” – Philippians 4:8

“Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.” – Colassians 3:5
Friday, March 7, 2014

United 2014 // Personal

When an experience is so special and impactful I often find myself struggling for words, more importantly the right words. United 2014 was one of the most encouraging, surprising, thought evoking, and friendship-centered experiences I have had. Seeing people that I've followed throughout the years over social media and being able to give them a hug and talk to them was beyond words. I can only explain meeting these people, some of my photos winning, shooting alongside people I adore, and being able to share my passion and be inspired, as a dream. This might all sound so cliche, but I promise that if you were my shoes, or if you went to United, you would know that I mean every word. As we flew out of Cali I was sad to leave my newfound friends but invigorated by their love for art and people.  Of course, the photographer in me wishes I would have taken more photos of the people around me, but I hope that these photos will give you a bit of a glimpse of what my trip looked like.

 I want to extend a special thank you to David Jay, Andrew Barlow, and Kevin Sturm for all you did for me. My experience at United was a priceless gift that I will cherish forever and talking to each of you was so special.
To Kristin W, Emily W, Sabrina N, Amanda W, Stacy C, Tori W, Kenny K, Eva D, Andrew O,  Jessica D. David M, Jodi I, Phillip N, Mikey and Samantha S,  Lukas and Suzy V, Joel and Maggie R, and so many others. You guys were the greatest. I honestly have not met people with greater hearts or talent. I had such an amazing time hanging out with you and getting to know your quirks and unique gifts. You made the week especially fun and welcoming to me and I want to thank you for that! See you next year ( and if not, then hopefully sooner) !

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