Friday, November 18, 2011

Hello!

I've been pretty silent. Our internet has been having issues for quite a while now, and this week it's been out for several days. I've also been working on some major and exciting business changes....which has kept me super busy. I can't wait for you all to see everything! Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Yesterday I took some pictures of this little cutie and her brothers...can't wait to finish them and share!

Monday, November 14, 2011

A Different Take at Positive Thinking

I was reading the book "A Gospel Primer" tonight, and I thought I'd share what I read. It sure does give a different outlook on things, doesn't it?


The more absorbed I am in the gospel, the more grateful I become in the midst of my circumstances, whatever they may be.
Viewing life's blessing as water in a drinking cup, I know that I could discontentedly focus on the half of the cup that seems empty, or I could gratefully focus on the half that is full. Certainly, the latter approach is the better of the two, yet the gospel cultivates within me a richer gratitude than this.
The gospel reminds me first that what I actually deserve from God is a full cup churning with the torments of His wrath (Revelation 14:10, Psalm 75:8). This is the cup that would be mine to drink if I were given what I deserve each day. With this understanding in mind, I see that to be handed a completely empty cup from God would be cause enough for infinite gratitude. If there were merely the tiniest drop of blessing contained in that otherwise empty cup, I should be blown away by the unbelievable kindness of God toward me. That God, in fact has given me a cup (Psalm 116, Psalm 23:5) that is full of "every spiritual blessing in Christ" (Ephesians 1:3) and this is without the slightest admixture of wrath, leaves me truly dumbfounded with inexpressible joy. As for my specific earthly circumstances of plenty of want, I can see them always as infinite improvements on the hell I deserve.
When I look at any circumstance that God apportions me, I am first grateful for the wrath I am not receiving in that moment (the empty part of the cup never looked so good!). Second, I am grateful for the blessings that are given to me instead of His wrath. (Life's blessings, however small, always appear exceedingly precious when viewed against the backdrop of the wrath I deserve.) This two-layered gratitude disposes my heart ot give thanks in all things (1 Thess. 5:18) and it also lens a certain gratitude glorifies God, contributes to peace of mind (Philippians 4:6-7) and keeps my foot from the path of foolishness and ruin. (Romans 1:21-29)

Monday, November 7, 2011

The Mason Girls

My little model friend is back on the blog with her annual photoshoot! =) Miss JaneBatson has been a popular little girl through my photography journey (here and here), and I'm always so happy to take and show off her photos! This year, she had a sister to join her!! I was so glad to meet the newest little addition, and we even got mom in a few pictures this year!
They were only going to be in town for 2 short days, so we literally had a photoshoot right before church on Sunday morning =)





























Thursday, November 3, 2011

Little bits of fun.

Fall is so fun, fall is so crazy, and fall is so wonderful. I've been crazy busy with photoshoots, so I've got lots of prettiness coming to the blog soon. But there's also been a lot of fun happening too. Check it out!

This little fella was a fireman for halloween this year….i thought he looked adorable, so I had to take him out a do a little shoot under the beautiful tree!








Last weekend a group of us headed up to one of my favorite places, the Wilds!! We had a blast! My friend Bekah was so awesome...she bought me this coke. I was pretty excited. The bottle just makes the coke taste better!


Our little travel companions!


It was BEAUTIFUL up there. This is about the only shot I got of the trees...I know, bad photographer-me. But it was fun to enjoy the weekend without even picking up my camera ;-)


Tuesday night, Babbs came, and she photographed ME! (I needed pics for my new website/blog that's in the making.) Ahh! I definitely like being behind the camera better! But she was awesome, and we had a blast! Thanks Babbs!


Well, it's getting later and I still have some packing to do. I'm off for another weekend of fun and work. Have a happy weekend everyone!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Tyler-Man

Check out this little kiddo! This is another one of my nephews...and he's basically adorable. It's crazy that he's already changed a good bit since these pictures were taken a few weeks ago. They grow fast!














If you can't tell...he's a pretty happy little fella!




Monday, October 24, 2011

Andy and Claire :: Engaged

This particular Saturday started off nice and early at 5:30. Anna was at my house for a sleepover, so we got up early and started preparing for the day. We had two shoots lined up for the day. The first one, being a sunrise shoot. I'd never done a sunrise shoot before, but I was dying to try it out. When Claire replied to my email with "We really, really like the idea of a sunrise shoot", I was so pumped!
Anna and I loved shooting Andy and Claire! They were super fun, excited, and really in love! All of those coming together to make our job easy. I loved hanging out with this couple! We had a blast....thanks for coming out so early guys!


































Thursday, October 20, 2011

Room redos, missions conference, and out of town friends!

A full week. That's what last week was. It was certainly full, but certainly awesome! Monday and Tuesday were like a mad rush! I was trying to get things done before the craziness started Wednesday.


It started with the room redo. I've been in the process of switching rooms for more space (now I'll have an office!!), and for some reason I decided to start that process at the beginning of last week. I couldn't have done it without Linz. She put in a ton of time helping me paint. I'm moved in here now, but it's definitely done. Next step is bringing in the accessories and color. I'm so excited!


We had our missions conference at our church Wednesday-Sunday, which means we had missionaries visiting and speaking at our church for those 5 days. I've always loved missions conference, and this year was no different. It was a great time of hearing updates and being challenged.


Another part of the exciting weekend, was my friends coming to visit! When Brittany and I went to Romania a few years back, we met Kendra and JaneBatson, and have kept in touch since. They've visited the last two years, and so we were super excited to have them visit again! I also got to take their pictures again this year…always a highlight for me :)


I hope your week was just as fabulous as mine! Happy Wednesday everyone!



This is my old room....thankfully it doesn't look like this anymore ;-) This became the junk room while we were working.


in the middle of doing my room. It also looks much better now ;-) But those pics are coming....


Friday, Alex and I went to Brittany's house for a pancake and pajamas party...Timmy and Ethan came too!


Friday night was a girls sleepover at our house....what am I saying? Every night is a girls sleepover ;-)


Alex playing wii, and Timmy telling him what to do :P











We can't forget the football game at Saturday's missions conference picnic. They had some pretty hilarious cheerleaders ;-)


Complete with awesome hair!


Saturday night - Sunday was spent having fun with Kendra, JaneBatson, and Baylor Rose. More pics from that coming soon also ;-)




Monday, October 17, 2011

Nephews...

They were staying at our house for a few days while their parents were gone. I had been thinking that I needed to get some updated pictures of them. So I decided to take them to their house, raid their closets, and dress them for a photoshoot. After talking them into wearing the outfits we picked out, Linz and I took them to a close hiking trail and did a little 20 minute photo shoot. The results? Well, I'm pretty sure I'm in love. Those nephews of mine are CUTE! And I think they've been trained well ;-) They did everything I asked them to do. They're basically models. See for yourself!

(Huge, huge, HUGE thanks to my sister Lindsey for coming along to help. She helped pick out their outfits, get them dressed, and hold my lights for me. Oh, and keep them happy....which is always super helpful! hehe)

"Hey Timmy, how does your dad pose?"


























"Ethan, how does your mom pose?"