Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The calm before the storm...

...except not any normal storm... a beautiful, love filled, fantastic 7 days are coming up. I know I mentioned at some point how INSANE most of this month was going to be for me, but Saturday morning begins quite the stretch of commitments. Caleb and I are shooting two weddings this weekend; one Saturday, and one Sunday. Then Sunday evening, after the wedding, begins our church's annual sports camp, which I'm the photographer for. That goes on from Sunday through the following Friday evenings. That is all on top of my full time job.

It's going to be a whirlwind, but a beautiful one at that. This past Sunday at church our pastor talked a little bit about how exhausting that particular week can be for us volunteers (over 100 of us!), but to remember that through it all, we're teaching these kids (a record number of nearly 300) what the love of Jesus looks like...and that's NOT with tired eyes, exhaustion, or complaints. This shot was taken at last years event...I couldn't resist the selfie opportunity.

No matter how tired I get that week, its so worth it to see these adorable faces!

& I'm able to spend time with people I love more than anything.
my amazing uncle.
& see my super hottie husband lead worship (which he sadly won't be doing this year, he opted to coach basketball instead!)

But seriously, this is one reason I love photography. It can capture so much joy in one single shot...and that's why my job is the best. I can't get enough of it, truly.

I find myself smiling, and crying right along all the happy moments with my clients. This picture is probably my favorite from the recent wedding I shot. So much emotion! From her Dad's look right before he gives her away, to the tears rolling down each cheek...I may have wiped away a tear or two of my own behind my camera.

In the midst of all the craziness...I have to remember how very lucky I am. I have two amazing jobs that I love, and CHOOSE to have... I have an incredible support system, and I serve an incredible God. So, I'm choosing to be thankful today!

13 comments:

  1. The dad's face in that picture! You capture the best moments, Miss Kayla.

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  2. I'm super bummed I will be out of the country for this year's VBS - when they called to ask why I hadn't signed up, I said if they moved it a week earlier or later I could totally do it but currently I can't. I'll live through your pics and hopefully get to do it next year!

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  3. How fun!! I love love love church camp in the summers and being able to help work them! Love the picture you got, the bride is beautiful and her dad's face says it all!!

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  4. That does sound like A LOT to do but all great things!!! :) I'm wishing you lots of rest between all your happenings :) LOVE that father daughter picture - what a great moment to capture go Kayla!!!

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  5. haha- I love that picture of Caleb!! ;) Rest up as much as you can girl!!!

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  6. busy busy busy but it sounds like you truly love it so technically in my book that doesn't make it a job, it is your wonderful life and you just happen to make some money on the side doing what you love :-)

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  7. You are one busy lady! That really is the beauty of great photography...seeing the joy in each shot. Love the ones you got!

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  8. I adore the pictures of the kids. You have such a talent!

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  9. You really are such a talented photographer girl! Gorgeous shots.

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  10. Embrace the craziness. You inspired me to write something about the busyness of this week!

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  11. Aw that last picture is so sweet. I feel like my life has been a whirlwind lately too, but I have to stop and thank God for all the great things happening amongst the craziness! :)

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  12. Oh Kayla! That is my favorite picture thus far! Jordan and her Papa are so close and this moment held so much emotion, you captured it perfectly...down to the tiny tear on her cheek! You do not just take pictures, you capture stories in the moments. Her grandchildren will see this one day and they will know that she was a loved woman! Thank you beyond words...
    Jalal (Mama)

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