Sunday, August 24, 2008

Josh and Anna

About a year ago, before I was ever even thinking about doing photography professionally, Anna told me that I was going to be taking family pictures for her next (this) summer.

She wanted the baby to be about a year old... although I've been around this last year and we could have done pictures once a month and STILL not captured all the cuteness that makes up Jesse.

So, long about March, I began venturing out in my photography skills... I have been taking pictures on and off for about 6 years... but it's finally turning into a business... and hopefully a profession.

When I talked to Anna about what she wanted these pictures to be, I was so inspired...

Each time I looked through the viewfinder I could imagine just what she was asking me for... and again while I was processing them...

Here, let me just tell you through the pictures

(can you see how their heads form the shape of a heart, I love that :)

She told me that her grandparents were married very young and were such a beautiful example of how love makes life beautiful. They were so in love and the evidence of it has stayed them through the years. There is only one picture of them when they were young and she said what a reminder to her and the rest of her family of how amazing the love was between them.

So while we wanted to shake things up a bit and do some really cool and fun pictures, we still wanted to make sure that we captured the love between them and how it has made the two of them into a family.

Looking at these pictures, imagining that they were taken fifty years ago is really amazing...

I can just see it... and it sobers me to know that the most important part of taking pictures is capturing a moment that will forever be lost in time... but is always going to be a part of our lives... and the way that we will remember that space in time.

Can you see the heart in Jesse's ear here?

This is Judah. It's just so amazing to watch kids grow and learn. He has just turned 3 and his personality is just blossoming. He is great company, and I love hangin out with the kid :)

And how sweet are they together... I found this quote and it fits them... "A brother shares childhood memories and grown-up dreams." -Author Unknown

I know that's the prayer of their parents, and it does my heart good to see kids growing up with such amazing guidance.

I am so thankful and blessed to be able to do pictures like these...I've truly been realizing that it is a God-given gift...

and I want to use it not only to the best of my ability...

but to His glory... cuz He's the reason I can do this in the first place!

If you want to see the rest of their pictures, you can visit my photo blog (that's right folks, not an actual website yet, but it's coming!)


9 extraordinary comments:

bethany August 24, 2008 at 11:19 PM  

These are fantastic pictures, Amanda!! Maybe you should take some of MY family, hee. :)

american mum August 25, 2008 at 7:19 AM  

Looking good! Well done on starting the business! I second Bethany. Wanna come down and take pics of my family? :)

Sgt and Mrs Hub August 25, 2008 at 10:33 AM  

You have such a great eye, Amanda! I am sure Josh and Anna were thrilled with their beautiful pictures!


Michelle August 25, 2008 at 8:31 PM  

They look amazing!!! No doubt you are going to be successful with your photography!!!

Elaine A. August 25, 2008 at 10:12 PM  

These are great! And they look like a wonderful family to work with!

Good luck with your photography - you have a great start here.

Chelle August 26, 2008 at 11:04 AM  

Those are amazing!!

Mamasphere August 26, 2008 at 2:32 PM  

Oh my gosh, Amanda, those pictures are amazing! Great job!

You really do have a nack for photography.

G. August 27, 2008 at 1:48 PM  

Oh, Amanda! Absolutely gorgeous! Love them all! And you had some great models, of course. Josh and Anna couldn't look bad if they tried. :) Can't wait until you can take some of us. I'll let you know. :)

Jyl at Mommy Gossip August 27, 2008 at 9:37 PM  

Thanks for visiting my blog. I thought you might love the God picture. I definitely agree with your mom. My greatest prayer is that I can raise my kids to reach back to Him and be like Him. Sooooooo much easier said than done!

BTW: I shared your second post with my friend--the one that is struggling--and it really uplifted her.

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