Friday, February 28, 2014

A New Adventure {Denver Newborn Photographer in Arizona}

I took a very short trip to Phoenix the other day and got do hang out with this sweet family!!  I have known them for quite a few years and could not be more thrilled for this new little adventure in their lives!!


Of course, big brother had to show off his adventuresome toddler self first!! 



Once done showing me his favorite toys, big brother wanted to show me his new brother!!


Baby C was a little like his brother...he must have had some extra energy as he really didn't want to fall asleep in the middle of all the fun!!







Knowing this little guy's parents (and their sense of humor), I wanted to put these two pictures together.  On the left is that serene baby picture that lasts a moment.  On the right is reality!!  I have a feeling the picture on the right may be the one that gets displayed in their house!!!


Congratulations S Family!  May these two little boys be the best adventures you've ever had!!!


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Sweet Expectations {Englewood Maternity Photographer}

There is some expectation in the air around this household.  That beautiful baby bump will soon be a little  boy to hug, kiss and hold!  This sweet family wanted some maternity pictures that highlighted their closeness and the time they have already spent dreaming about and getting ready for their new arrival.


{It is the time you spent on your rose that makes your rose so important}
-The Little Prince

The same is true for our children, and these two are already reading to theirs!!






(The first "baby".)





There were some sweet, sweet belly shots, that will remain for these parents-to-be eyes only...but then we ventured out for a few minutes of fun....



Thanks D & M.  Can't wait to meet your little boy!!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Photo Friday - Valentine Edition (Denver Photographer)




  “He kissed me and now I am someone different”

A world that tells us that commonalities are what bring us (and keep us) together, is a tough world to stay married in. The longer I am married, the more I understand how unsimilar to me this husband of mine is. And the longer I am married, I am not sure I would have it any other way.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning once wrote, “whatever the stuff souls are made of, ours are the same substance.” Not so with my husband and I. We are not made of the same substance; we are quite different from one another. But our souls find completeness in the "strangeness" of the other person.

Our very elemental qualities can be so contrasting at times, that it can cause heat and sparks to fly, but in the reaction, something new is formed. Take sodium & chloride - individually, they are toxic, dangerous elements but together they become salt to the world. We are like that. I need him, he needs me. I have a mystic bent; his is much more the realist. He wants labels, categories, governing dynamics; I thrive within inexplicable events. He is the voice of reason and logic; I am the voice of imagination and emotion. He would live with white walls, and I would paint each a different color (probably at least twice a year!). He is paralyzed by fear, but when fear comes I am ready to pick up my sword and fight. I am paralyzed by being overwhelmed, but in the midst of that he gets calm and becomes an anchor embedded in rock, not tossed by the turbulent seas of emotion.

And so, the realist kisses the mystic and imagination embraces logic...and both are fundamentally changed as they cling to one another. No, my husband is not my soulmate - for that would be far too easy. It could not solidify our love nor provide the practice field for increasing strength, endurance, and honing the skills given by the Creator. No, he is not my soulmate...he is my completer.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Photo Friday {Denver Photographer}

I could call this post "frivolous Friday" because that is what it looks like externally.  I am trying one day each week to get out and photograph the world around me - just for me, for no reason.  It is an act of "wasting time" and frivolity to anyone who doesn't understand, but to those who believe there is beauty all around us and we need only to stop and look, well then, you know it is not frivolous at all.  It is an act of filling the soul.

Our church is moving into a second building in the Denver area.  The building will be new to us, but old to the community.  It began life in 1899 as a Jewish Temple, served the area as an event center and later was used to house a church.  This past Friday, I went down to spend some time in the building.  As the light and shadows danced brilliantly with one another, it made me wish the walls of this old structure could tell me all their eyes have seen.

Outside....


Inside...


It is funny to think how enthralled I am with these chairs.  Maybe it is the red?  Maybe I am intrigued with how many people have sat in them throughout the years.  Maybe I love the wood work, the seat numbers, the rivets that bolt them to the floor.  I don't know.  I just find them beautiful.






Being in the building reminded me a bit of being in a mosque in Turkey.  The combination of the painted plaster frescoes and the stained glass windows felt a little like the Blue Mosque in Istanbul.



Headed upstairs....


Oh how I wish I could hear this pipe organ be played!  Those pipes have the capacity for full, deep, rich music.




Remember that I just photograph whatever seems of interest and beauty to me.  Below are the two sides of the same door....sometimes perspective is all about which side of the door you enter from!




A view out a back alley window....looking out on another church in the area.


And there are already neighbors who call this place home.



May this building continue to be a beacon of light to the community around it!  May many more stories be told in its interior!  And may be all engage in something "frivolous" that fills our soul!!