I try not to get on a soapbox much on my photography page as I have a blog for that, yet what I do want to say is these images represent something so simple yet so hard to find anymore for our young adults. Life is stressful for these kids, growing up today in this crazy media world is much more complicated that we realize. To me these images represent inner freedom, forgetting the junk, the news, the hard stuff, the mean people, the rumors, the big decisions that come with that senior year and just being free in the moment.
I believe many of us should take time to have these free moments, unplugged, just pure joy and laughter… anyway… off soapbox 🙂 Enjoy Miss Mariah, as she is representing a freedom we all need more of.
Sometimes the weather does NOT cooperate with photo-day. I am thankful to Brown’s Memorial Home(https://www.brownmemorialfoundation.com/brown-memorial-home) for allowing us to step inside and do some of the session on the porch and inside the home. I’m also grateful you cannot tell this is a cold and rainy day! 🙂
I am so blessed to know these people. Mrs. Cook is part of the reason I recently went to The Eagle’s Nest orphanage (http://www.eaglesnestint.org/) in Guatemala through an organization called the Orphan Door (http://www.theorphandoor.org/). I am forever grateful that God opened a door for me to be a part of the Medical missions team, and she was the messenger. Thank you. If it wasn’t for this family, and their willingness to allow God to use them, we wouldn’t have been introduced to the life changing experiences of international missions. Thank you for your encouragement and inspiration.
I have no idea what is next for you all, but I have a feeling it will be amazing. Though we live in a fallen and broken world, the Lord is present everywhere, His light shines through… if we just look for it!
Thank you for the opportunity to capture your family. You all are amazing people and I am honored to know you, even if it’s a little bit.
In the grand scheme of life, the one thing we hold nearest and dearest to us is our family. No matter the age, the size, the color, the sex, the job, the birth order, the differences in opinions, the blood line… none of it matters…. There is no separation in family, there are no LABELS in family. I am beyond blessed with such great people to do life with and I was honored to take our own family photos. I love you all dearly.
A quick post this Christmas day to share just a few blessings from above on this wonderful day. God speaks in Nature ❤
This was the first Christmas I can recall in my 41 years in Kansas that thunderstorm watches were in effect and the temps were in the 50s. Though the wind blew and the rain came, at the end of the day, God shone through.
These photos were taken about 30 minutes before sunset. I had been inside all day, enjoying time with my family, opening gifts, playing ping pong, my hubby cooked an air fry turkey(you have to try it! AMAZING!) and just chillin’ with the fam…. I felt the need to get with nature late in the afternoon and took off in my pj’s, yes, I was in my pj’s ALL DAY… LOL. That’s just how we roll on a relaxing day at home on Christmas…. I digress…
Within 15 minutes of leaving the house the skies changed, drastically. It was absolutely breathtaking. What a blessing, truly a gift from God. If you notice the barn photo, the shadow casting on the barn is a cross, it lined up perfect, it was from a telephone pole from behind me, something that usually annoys me in my nature photos, not this time, definitely felt it was meant to be seen and left.
Anyway, enjoy and be blessed by God’s beauty. ❤
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Enjoy your family and friends.
The Barnes Family (Yep I took our own family photo 🙂 Tripod and remote clicker! ❤ )
This fall our family decided to head for the mountains. The 7+ hour drive from central Kansas can be a bit boring going though western Kansas and Eastern Colorado… can we say F L A T? lol. This was our families first trip to Colorado together. My husband and our youngest had never been. We absolutely loved it and the trip was definitely worth it! The adventure hikes at Twin Lakes and up to Beaver Lake, the smell of spruce, the crystal clear waters of the Eagle River and the fresh mountain air are something I will soon not forget. Even though we were visiting at the weird in between seasons, where the leaves had almost all fallen and the snow had not done much of anything yet, it was still absolutely breath taking.
These are a few of the images I took on the trip to capture Colorado. Most of our time was spent around, Beaver Creek, Avon, Vail, Twin Lakes and Glenwood Springs.
I can’t wait to go back!! Enjoy!