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We are already almost a week into March, and I am falling in love with this project more and more each day. I am so thrilled with the moments I have captured and cannot wait to make an album for my family to enjoy for years to come. The amount of growth I have seen in my photography has been so rewarding. I have been sharing my daily pictures on my personal facebook page, as well as, my instagram. I wasn’t utilizing instagram before this project started and am so thankful that I changed that. It has been such an amazing source of inspiration. So many amazing artists come together and share their work, their lives, and their loves. It has been a real treat. I am only going to post a few of my favs from February on this blog, but if you would like to see more feel free to follow me on instagram here.

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Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails… 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Valentine’s Day is upon us. A day, perhaps THE day, to celebrate love. I have been thinking about writing a devotional blog for quite sometime. Now feels like the perfect time. Having a baby sleep through the night on a consistent basis seems to make a world of possibilities open up. Also, with my photography business, I already have a blog set up. Again, now feels like the perfect time. My desire is to write what God is teaching me and perhaps, through that, minister to others. So from time to time, be on the look out for a little bit of my heart, accompanied with a photo, of course. 😉

Back to Valentine’s Day. I imagine there are many who will be sharing blogs about love. Being lumped in with them is fine by me. I don’t think there is such a thing as too much talk about love. This blog will take just a bit of a turn, however.

“Love…is not proud.” I have thought for a long time that the opposite of love is not hate. The opposite of love is pride. Pride, the thorn in my side. I truly believe that any selfishness, any envy or jealously, any unforgiveness, any sin for that matter has a root of pride. I am not talking about the kind of pride where one is happy for someone close to their heart. I am proud of my loved ones all the time. The pride I am talking about is when we choose our way over God’s way. God says to love our neighbor as ourself. God says to be patient. God says to keep no record of wrongs. God says to be forgiving. God says not to envy. God says not to delight in evil but rejoice with truth. God says not to speak ill of anyone. I could keep going. When our way contradicts God’s way, yet we still go our way, we are victims of pride. Sometimes, we know our way is just bad, yet we still do it. Again, we are victims of pride. I hate that I struggle with pride. I rejoice, as hard and ugly as it is, that God is weeding it out of me. There is so much there that it seems like it is taking an eternity, yet still I rejoice. I want to love like God says is possible. Don’t you? 2 Corinthians 10 tells us that as children of God and by the power of His spirit “we demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” This is how we can demolish strongholds. I know I am not alone when I say that pride is a stronghold for me. I want to demolish it! When seeking the Lord on how to help me take my thoughts captive and stop my pride dead in its tracks, He gave me a little acrostic poem that has already helped me in more ways than one. I would like to share it with you in hopes that it may help you take your thoughts captive, too. How can we battle pride? Remember love…

Lift up praises (thank God for what he has done and will do)

Own up to sin (confess your prideful thoughts/actions)

Vanquish lies with truth (speak God’s word over your thoughts: Philippians 2:3, 2 Corinthians 10:17, Proverbs 17:17, James 4:10)

Elevate others (pray for the blessings of others, especially those you envy)

My prayer for all, myself included, during this Valentine’s season and beyond, is to love like God loves. This is a supernatural love. One that cannot be mustered up. There is too much junk in the world for us to bring about this kind of love within ourselves. Let’s fight the battle against pride and allow His spirit to bring us out of darkness and into the light.

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  • Marcie - The best down to root blog post I have read all week! It drove my nail home today. (Kind of hard to swallow) Thank You for sharing!ReplyCancel

Well, I have officially made it through my first month of the 366 project! This has been so rewarding already. So far, I have successfully taken a picture everyday and will hopefully keep it up. Taking the pictures everyday hasn’t been the hard part. Choosing which picture to go with has been quite challenging at times! There have been several times that one picture just wouldn’t tell the whole story so a story board was needed. Looking back through this month, I feel like I have creatively captured our daily life in an honest way. The good and the bad. The happy and the sad. Being able to share that with others and then eventually share that with my children brings me great joy. I hope this joy spreads to all who get to see and be a part of this project. Here is a recap of our January.

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A few weekends ago, my family went on a mini vacation trip to Chattanooga. We had so much fun, and my husband was so sweet to let me document this time while he tended to the kids. Starting the vacation at the Children’s Discovery Museum was a hit. That place is seriously so so cool! Unfortunately, I didn’t get any pictures of our next adventure…the hotel pool! Audrey is a fish. I cannot believe how brave she is when it comes to water. She is officially just wearing those arm floaties, all the while, jumping in and going under without holding her nose! This makes me so happy because I LOVE to swim. She will definitely start swimming lessons soon! After our night in the hotel, we went to the Tennessee Aquarium. Totally worth the money. I really had to push my camera to it’s limits in the low light setting, but overall, I am thrilled to have these memories set in “stone”. Hope you enjoy!

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Honestly, I had not planned to officially start my business until 2016. I felt that I needed time to really grow and learn before starting a business journey. However, God and my clients had other plans. I am so thankful for each one of you for helping to spark this fire. Below is a collage of some of my favorite shots. Looking back through them, I can see how I have already grown and changed as a photographer. Technically, a photographer should have consistency when it comes to the look of their images. These photos are not consistent by any means. However, I fully embrace this learning process! Trying to find my look and who I want to be as an artist has been both thrilling and tough at times. The inspiration that I am gaining from other photographers, as well as, life itself brings an excitement to my soul for what lies ahead. I cannot wait to see what 2016 holds!

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  • Jessica - I love it! You are a fantastic photographer! ! I love your ideas and your aura. My family sure does love you Mrs. Lewis ☺ReplyCancel

    • sllewis21 - Thank you so much! I love your family, too! So special!ReplyCancel