A spontaneous afternoon drive to Newport and Palm Beach was exactly what we needed for a bit of R&R! This is our “picture perfect” day.
Location One: The Newport. If you haven’t been here, and you have a spare day to make the trip; I would highly recommend a visit! We were a bit late for a proper lunch, but made it just in time to grab a quick bite. We enjoyed having the place pretty much to ourselves too! (The perks of having Monday’s off). Can only imagine how crazy busy it must get on a weekend!
Location Two: We hadn’t had our coffee fix for the day, so also stopped over at The Boathouse to ‘refuel’ before the drive home.
One random Wednesday a couple of weeks back- I decided to document my husband, John on his day off from work.
No preconceived plans or ideas. Just me, him, the camera and Casper (our very much loved cat).
He didn’t favour the idea of me photographing him in this manner, but I insisted; and by the end of the day he didn’t even really notice I was snapping away. I didn’t go crazy with it or anything.. in fact I missed some details here and there, but when I grabbed my camera to take a shot- it felt right.
What I got were some raw, honest and unpretentious images of the man I love and our family as it is today. Moments that matter.
Ok, so I will admit.
To some this might seem peculiar and pointless, but to me I am documenting a part of our history.
These are the kind of photos I will be pulling out one day to show our future kids.
These are the photos I will look back on when we are old and wrinkly and say…remember when you were young and had baby smooth skin?!
To me, these are the kind of moments worth capturing, keeping and sharing.
These images hold a legacy – a day that we can never get back. A time capsule.
And, who know’s?
Maybe even one day our own children will pull out these pictures and show their kids, and they will say – you see your Grandfather was young like you once too!
“In just one quick click I had created something that made my heart sing”
I recently read an interview of a popular photographer who was asked the question:
“What is the most memorable photo you have ever taken?”
It got me thinking and reminded me of an image I captured on my travels in India over five years ago.
It has spoken to me as loudly as it did before, but even deeper than it did back then.
It represents a reason, a season and my new beginning.
It may not be the most technically sound of photos but I see a story within the frame. And the amazing thing is, I never even knew her name.
These children and this image capture the core of what being humble and rich truly means. I didn’t realise it but I was seeing them through God’s eyes. I didn’t even know it yet, but he was doing a good work from within.
As I reflect on this image – I watch. I wait. I listen.
It’s communicating to me a true heart song. This is what I see.
Beauty through out all the earth, a tapestry of complexity, of shade and shape and light.
We are His created ones; raw, rugged and yet the most beautiful of forms.
I see passion. Perfect imperfection. I wait.
There’s pain. But His joy will be there’s. They just want to be seen.
There’s a curiosity that is drawing me in. Trust and openness is found.
Hope and yet great desperation. I listen.
He calls to me reminding me that I have so much more to give. That I am on a mission.
I am here to be a part of God’s body – helping put back together the broken pieces of His great masterpiece.
To allow His light, his love and peace radiate from within. I am to create more, love more, and offer more so that true beauty can be seen. I must learn to stop and listen.
Then He may be glorified and glisten.
This can only be made real through trust and obedience.
Have faith that what God says is true.
He has called me to be a vessel, his voice – his vision.