Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The beach!

I've been at the beach this week! A few highlights....


















Sunday, May 23, 2010

IPS | Prize Winning Photography 2

Wow, what an incredible week!! I was so excited going into this workshop, and I'm so happy I went. I am going to try my best to summarize everything we did throughout the week, but I may leave some things out.

I went for Prizewinning Photography 2, which meant a lot of people had already been there for a week after attending Prizewinning Photography 1. I arrived Sunday afternoon, and felt totally welcomed immediately! Everyone was so sweet! There some amazing girls girls there...and I'm so glad I got to meet every one of them!



Sunday night began our first session, which was some review from the previous week, and bit of an overview for the week. I can't even remember what we learned each day, but it was a LOT of stuff on the computer. I'll just try to hit a few of the highlights.

We had a lot of projects that required working with photoshop and lightroom. I've been working in lightroom for a long time, so it wasn't too bad...but photoshop was another story! Talk about a confusing program! ;-) The first two days was a little bit of information overload, but I learned a lot from it.



Wednesday we went to downtown San Antonio where we met a client and did a quick little photoshoot. We were places in groups of three or four people, and each of us had about 30 minutes to shoot by ourselves with someone we didn't know. It ended up being a ton of fun, and I think my group had a pretty amazing model. ;-)





Thursday was a blast! We were finally starting to understand how photoshop worked, and things were making a bit more sense. All of us girls were a bit on the tired side also. Get a dozen giggling girls together, and it's quite a hoot! Poor Rob (our other instructor)...I think we might have scarred him. ;-) It must have not been too bad, because he ended up taking us to McDonalds for some ice cream that night. Although he did make us sit in one of the sectioned off “party rooms”. Haha!



Friday....the last day. We had a big project which included taking pictures of the resort we stayed in, and making two post cards from it. The challenge went well, and it was so fun to see everyone's results! Everyone did such a great job. Later one that night began the goodbyes :( It was so sad to leave so many great friends!









It was a great trip! Many thanks to Sara Danaher and Rob Bennet for their amazing instructions! They taught us so much, not only about photography, but how we can use photography for a great tool in showing the beauty of Christ!





Friday, May 21, 2010

Impossible?

Lately God has been teaching me so much about his power. So many times I see problems and I want to fix them. I'll talk with friends and they'll share about their lives. Many times I think circumstances wont change...that some things just wont work out. I sit there trying to think of solutions and realize there are none and become discouraged. But is it truly impossible? Psalm 118:8 says, “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.” It is impossible if I am trying to figure it out...but not for God. In Philippians 4:13 we see that all things are possible through Christ.






Monday night was a beautiful evening. The sky was so blue and the temperature was just perfect. I was feeling discouraged and needed some time with God. I took my Bible outside and just started reading through the Psalms. Then I prayed for a while...just talking to God about how I felt. I was so humbled by what God showed me. I was enjoying just PART of God's beautiful creation. He made the blue sky, green grass, and the sun that was setting...and so SO much more. If he is so powerful to create and control so much...surely he is powerful enough to work out the things in my life, or my friend's lives, or anyone's life.





The little song that my mom used to sing to us kids came to mind. “He's got the whole world in His hands”. I'm so grateful that He's got the world in his hands, I don't have to worry about a thing!







Psalm 9:10, And they that know they name will put their trust in thee: for though, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.

(Pictures taken at the WILDS)