I was thinking about the bible verse you knitted me in my mothers womb over and over again while I drove to this particular newborn session. Many have heard it, read it, and others may just be hearing it for the first time. It comes from the bible, in the book of Psalm, verse 139:13 “You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mothers womb.” I always loved this verse. Even as a young child I liked the feeling of God being so intentional in my life. Him having a plan for me and making me to be exactly who I am today. Despite my flaws, my nature, my strengths, my “me-ness” He was up in that womb knitting me to be me. I was wrestling a bit as I drove to this newborn session wondering if God knit all babies, in all wombs, and if He did (I came to the conclusion He does) knit all babies how could I be intentional in my thoughts and purpose while photographing these little twins, born to these two lesbian women. I felt bad even thinking twice about photographing these completely innocent babies but I did. I am happy to say I have come to a place where I feel completely comfortable in my decision to work with gay and lesbian families in regards to weddings and family photography.
I’m eager to show my love for others, and in so doing I am eager to be apart of all families and marriage whether same gender, divorced and remarried, adopted, virgin, ethnic, or uniquely you. Which fair to say, seems to be a better way to describe family and marriage these days. I love asking couples what marriage and family means to them. If we asked, instead of assumed, I bet we would find more similarities then differences.
As of late, photography has become less about WHO I photograph and more about HOW I photograph. Technique. money, status, & goals aside I have really begun to think about HOW I want to photograph the people I work with. I want to go beyond what is expected from a professional stand point and reach deeper into the hearts of those I work with. Since I really believe in a guy named Jesus, I want His teachings and message to permeate all areas of my life, and not just the hour I sit in church on Sundays. Low and behold a few things have transpired from it all.
1. I am excited to photograph all types of families and marriages!
2. I want to spoil my clients. I want people to physically receive my passion for photography in the small tokens included even if is a finger monster puppet.
3. I want to stay in touch. I feel most content with my work when my clients and I become friends while working together.
4. I want to own a photography studio that literally feels like a home away from home. Warm baked cookies, throw blankets, candles, and familiar faces.
Live, Love, & Capture.