Behind the Stones » Photography

What a joy and breath of fresh air it was photographing this family a few weeks ago. Brent and Elizabeth have hearts overflowing with passion. I was lucky enough to have them share some of that passion with us. They write:

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. Galatians 4:4-5

JI Packer once wrote, “If you want to judge how well a person understands Christianity, find out how much he makes of the thought of being God’s child, and having God as his father. If this is not the thought that prompts and controls his worship and prayers and his whole outlook on life, it means he does not understand Christianity very well at all.”

When you are gripped by the fact that you, a sinner deserving of God’s righteous wrath, were adopted by God and given the full rights and privileges of Jesus, it changes everything about how you live. For us, it changed our hearts about not only the size of our family but what our family might look like to others. There are different skin tones in our family. There are different origins in our family. These are reflective of the truths of the gospel that saved us. God chose a people for himself from every nation, tongue, and tribe and made them his own beloved children in and through Christ. The church is a beautiful reflection of that truth as we worship together with those that don’t look like us and perhaps have a vastly different background than we do. Adoption makes us family. This is true in His Church and it is true in our home.

We have three children that look very similar to their mom and dad. Nothing will ever change the fact that they are our children. We have one child that was abandoned as an infant in a field in Ethiopia. Nothing will ever change the fact that she is our child. We have two children that were frozen in a lab for 10+ years and by many would have been viewed as less than human. Nothing will ever change the fact that they are our children. We were changed forever because God adopted us in Christ. May God be pleased to use our family to reflect that change to the world.

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When I was thinking about what image I should share for this month’s ONE blog circle, I knew it had to be something from our time in Maine. Goodness, I took so many photos, but the one I decided to go with is a landscape image. Maine is absolutely beautiful. Sky for days and days. Clouds that seem so low you could reach up and grab them. We were staying in a small town at the very tip top of the state. ATV trails in the summer. Snow mobile trails in the winter. We had the privilege of exploring the land via these trails. One day, my husband and I road the trails from our house to the restaurant. This image is from that date. Just so beautiful. If I could sum up our experience with just one word….MAGIC.

blog circlePINBe sure to continue around the circle. You won’t regret it! Next up is the super talented Melbourne Family and Newborn Photographer, Jenny Rusby.

  • Tara - That sky is amazing! Maine sounds beautiful and I’m so glad your time there was magical! This photo certainly portrays that <3ReplyCancel

At home newborn sessions are such a treat for me. Seeing families in their own environment loving on their newest addition truly fills my cup. While there is lots of exhaustion at this stage of life, there is so much JOY and awe. I love soaking it in. Welcome to the world little Olivia! Your parents (and their huge loving family) are smitten with you.

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“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” Winnie the Pooh.

This year has been full of ups and downs. The downs have been excruciatingly low. The death of a sibling is incredibly difficult to bear. I am so thankful for the rest of my family. They bring me joy in the midst of sadness. Light in the midst of darkness. The image I chose for this month’s ONE blog circle depicts the joy that my children have with their cousins. I just love them so much!

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I cannot wait for you to make your way around the circle. These photographers are so talented! Next up is the awesome Kalamazoo Child and Family Photographer, Tara Fletcher. Enjoy!

  • Tara - This is SOOOOO fun! I just got the GoPro hero 6, so I might be hitting you up with questions! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Tara - I am so sorry for your loss, Sarah. Praying for you and for your family.ReplyCancel

  • Chelsey - What a fun capture! I’m so sorry to hear about your loss :(ReplyCancel

It is that time again to share ONE of my favorite images from this past month. At the beginning of April, we packed up the PUP (aka…pop-up camper) and headed down to Charleston, SC. My sweet man had to go down there for his job, and instead of leaving us behind at home, we got to tag along. We explored all sorts of places in Charleston and had an absolute blast. A week was not long enough to see all that historic town had to offer, so we will just have to plan to go back. Even though there were so many places to visit, one of my favorite days on our trip was the day we just hung out at the campground all day. This image was taken at the playground and truly represents how we feel about camping. It brings our family so much joy. We already have several camping excursions planned for this year. We even have remodeling the PUP in mind, too. That will be super fun! I will most definitely plan to share that adventure. What about you? Do you like to camp? Tent camp, PUP camp, RV camping? Please share! Now, check out my image and then head on around the loop to see what the rest of these talented ladies have to share!

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Next up in the loop is the ever so talented Halifax Newborn Photographer, Samantha Covert. Enjoy!

Powerful. Inspiring. Raw. These are a few of the words that come to mind when I think about the sacred experience I had just a few short days ago. On Friday of last week, I hopped into the car and traveled to Nashville with the hopes and dreams of gleaning from one of the most unique photographers I have ever seen. Her work speaks to my soul. It is real, emotive, and overflowing from the heart. Ten days ago, Joy Prouty was an inspiring photographer in my Instagram feed. Today, she is my mentor who has a piece of my heart. Not only does Joy have a piece of my heart, but each and every lady that joined me on this journey does, as well. I went into the weekend knowing that it was going to go beyond just technical photography learning. I knew that it would be soul stirring. Well, my soul wasn’t just stirred. It was flipped, pressed, torn, basked in love, and flipped again. Does that even make sense? This self portrait was taken for myself, for my God, and for my Wildflowers Workshop sisters. They will understand why I chose it. I wish I could explain it to you, but for now, just know that the Lord is good and he surely speaks to the heart.

For April’s ONE blog circle, I chose to share about a special experience I recently had. To hear from some other amazing photographers, please enjoy as you travel around the circle. Next up is the ever talented Amanda Myers with Crane Creek Photography.

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