Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Duncan Family

Family is one of the greatest unbreakable bonds that has ever been.

"Blood is thicker than water", some say.
Many would say, "An ounce of blood is worth more than a pound of friendship",
And some believe "God gave us friends, as an apology for our family".

I like what Jane Howard said, "Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. 
 Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one".

Whatever cliche saying we might use, the fact remains,
 our families know us best, love us most, and they are our gift from God.

Today, as I was flipping through you tube videos, scouting out some new music,
I ran across a video from one of those "________'s Got Talent" shows. I don't remember which one.
The artist told of his past and how he came to be on the stage that day.
The story was heart wrenching, as the young man spoke of how he and his brother were born in unfortunate circumstances. The mother had left them in a cardboard box.  Both boys were paraplegics. I can only imagine what might have been going through the mothers mind. There is no need to judge her, as we don't know her heart, or her dilemma. The family was never even given a chance. The mother was gone.
 The children were found in the box, taken to an orphanage, cared for, and eventually found a new mother. She would love and care for them just as they were. The birth of a new family and a new love.
Yes, it was sad that the man had no arms, however,
the thing that moved me so, was the way he spoke of his mother.
How much he loved her was obvious. She had given them a new life.
 Loved them as her own. They had become a family. One of the strongest units on earth!
It was truly emotional and awe inspiring!

One of my all time favorite bands, The Avett Brothers, recorded a song named "Murder in the City",
in which there is a line within the lyrics that says,
 “always remember there was nothing worth sharing like the love that let us share our name”.
It's an absolutely beautiful song, as are many of The Avett Brothers songs.
I think those simple words, strung together just so, are amazingly true and perfectly wonderful.

This session was beautiful.
 Three generations of women who share the bond of family and friendship.
I really enjoyed this full two hour session as we moved from the downtown urban location in the city,
 to the beautiful forests of Tennessee.
It was a wonderful day and one I don't think any of us will ever forget!
It was such an honor to photograph these gals.
Thanks for giving me the opportunity to capture these images
 and I hope that you love them for years to come!

Love you girlie's!!!

I love my family so MUCH! To me family is everything...
I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to capture these images.
Many blessings and much love to all of you!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

In Love With Autumn

Autumn is my favorite time of the year.
Though it fades swiftly, the colors of the leaves, and the cool temperature change,
 bring a much needed breath of fresh air that the muggy, hot summer just didn't offer.

Just as hastily as the wind blows through the trees,
and as promptly as the leaves fall gently to the ground,
 so quickly does life pass before our very eyes.

We grow up in an instant, it seems.
Never knowing until much later in life
how easy and carefree life, was being a child.

We then get busy in our careers.
Many of us marry and begin a family.
The next thing we know, the children are in school,
we are spending our days slaving away in jobs,
and life has all but passed us by...without warning.

Pictures tell stories.
I watch as our youngest daughter, not yet fully reading, looks through picture books.
She usually murmurs the story aloud as she flips through the pages.
She doesn't know yet what the words say, but she is certain to make up her own tale
given by the pictures on each page.

Without these images, she wouldn't be able to tell me her story.
But with them, her mind can ramble and imagine, without restraint.

That's sort of how I feel about taking pictures.
I'm not always good with words.
But with pictures, I'm telling your story, my story, their story.

The setting: Fall in a forest.
The characters: Loving Family; Dad, Mom, and two sisters.
The plot: A family has fun making memories.

This is an amazing family.
They are beautiful, lovely, and precious!
We so enjoyed doing this session.
It was our pleasure to capture this story.