Monday, December 30, 2013

2013 Year-in-Review

I can't believe that 2013 is coming to a close! God has been good to me this year: plenty of good times with family and friends, success at work, and lots of growth for Uninvented Colors. In addition to new adventures in engagement, weddingand family photography--and a new website and logo--my Etsy shop is still going strong with its best year yet! (I know I said that last year, but it's true again!) These prints found new homes in 18 states and two foreign countries this year.

I am so deeply thankful for my customers. Their (your!) patronage fuels my creativity, which brings so much joy to my life. Most people think Etsy (or even photography in general) is a hobby for me, but it is so, so much more. Because my work as a therapist is so often abstract and ambiguous, I need something visual and tangible to cling to sometimes. It brings me stability, and clarity, and peace, and hope. When I capture a lovely image, I am reminded that God's creation is beautiful and sacred. And since the crowning glory of His creation is humankind, then my therapy clients, regardless (or because?) of their "issues," are beautiful and sacred, too. These reminders keep me inspired to connect to them--to explore the depths of their minds and hearts and to work through all the messy stuff that has to be worked through to bring healing. Because it's worth it, because it's sacred, which makes it beautiful.

It's hard to put this into words, so no worries if this makes no sense to you. But know this: if you've bought a print from my Etsy shop, or hired me to shoot portraits of your family, or even clicked "like" on Facebook or Instagram or Flickr, then you have not only helped me to become better artist, but a better therapist. Which is to say, a better person.

From the bottom of my Christian-photographer-therapist heart, thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

And if you wouldn't mind, please keep it up in 2014. :)

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Lucy & Tom: Ocean Springs Engagement Session

It has been such a pleasure getting to know Lucy & Tom. Not long ago, at church, Lucy started asking me questions about wedding planning because she was expecting a proposal. (After a whispered squeal of delight, I, of course, referred her to my husband, who did all the real work of planning our wedding. Lucky me, I know.) Fast forward a few short months and a few after-church lunch conversations, and now I'm their wedding photographer! It is thrilling to play this role in their love story. Lucy (a teacher) and Tom (a salesman) are both so kind, down-to-earth, and charming in the way that only true Southerns can be. They love the Lord, their families, and their work. And I love watching the way they love each other. Especially through my viewfinder on this perfectly overcast Sunday. Their gorgeous engagement shoot is probably my favorite session to date. I'm sure you can see why. :)

I'm so looking forward to May! What a beautiful and joyful wedding this will be!