Well this wasn’t on the “blog calendar” for today…. and I’m more than ok with that. Tonight I was wasting time on Facebook and I saw a status that really caught me off guard. When I was first starting into the photography world, there were several photographers that used Showit that I remember checking out their sites. One of these photographers was Abigail Smith. She caught my attention because she was beautiful and she was a redhead!! I think we emailed a few times and left each other a few blog comments. We never met and we never knew one another in real life but she was a fellow
photographer that was starting her business in her very early twenties and so she stood out to me. I found out tonight that Abigail had been battling cancer for over a year and passed away yesterday. At first, I was shocked and then I immediately felt awful for not knowing about her illness…. and then I saw a link to this video. Evidently Abigail had a near death experience where she wasn’t supposed to make it through the night… but she did… and then she made this video. Michael and I watched this video in its’ entirety tonight in our living room and I encourage EVERYONE to do the same. I bawled and then I apologized to Michael for having an attitude earlier about something ridiculous and meaningless…. it’s like in an instant, I was reminded of how fragile our life is. As I watched this young, beautiful, talented woman talk about the overwhelming PEACE she has as she breathes through oxygen tubes and lives her last days here on earth, I had this thought…. How amazing is it that a girl under SO much continual stress and pain was experiencing such amazing PEACE and dare I say even JOY?? As I watched Abigail talk about her life and her pain and her joy in her relationship with Christ, I realized that this video and her story was meant to be shared…. and it was meant to go viral.
I really don’t know how to put this into words….. but my life, my talent, our business, our house, our marriage….. it’s not my own. I don’t believe we were put on this planet to live, work and die. There is so much that God wants to do with our lives while we are here on this earth and it’s our job to be open and willing to be used. I don’t have a story like Abby’s… but I do have a blog that can reach a lot of people and I think her story deserves to be shared… and shared and shared. What a beautiful, beautiful life. I pray that her story reaches tens of thousands of people. I pray that it changes lives, draws people closer to one another and brings them closer to a God that loves them. You can’t deny the amazing spirit within this sweet girl. Our hearts go out to her family and her friends.
If you’re a photographer, blogger, or social media guru with any type of platform… I would encourage you to share her story. :)
When we first decide if we’re a good fit with our potential KJ Couples, we’re looking for a few things…. one of those things is that this couple keeps joyful! We’ve found over the years that couples what take themselves super seriously aren’t always the best fit for us! We love it when couples let their guard down and allow us to get to know them during their engagement session.
Oh, this wedding day!! What a beautiful Texan dream! I met Melanie when she attended one of our workshops years ago in our home. She had the sweetest spirit and such a kindness about her. I remember loving how she made personal marketing her own and did headshots in a pile of Skinny Pop!! I loved her creativity and her ability to envision what she wanted in her brand.
My review of the Canon EOS R6 after shooting a full wedding day is LIVE on Youtube! I was so nervous to use a brand new camera system for full wedding day… I had my Mark IV ready in my bag just in case… but thankfully, I never had to use it! I was really hoping that I would love it and feel comfortable with it….
This wedding venue may look familiar to some of you who have been following us for a while! I photographed Meghan’s brother’s wedding a few years ago at this very same farm and venue!
Natural light photographers…. (flash photographers, we know how you would handle these scenarios and that’s awesome for your style! This is for the natural light folks!)
I’ve been hoping for this day for a very long time…. but I wasn’t sure that it would ever come. That sounds dramatic but let me explain. I LOVE my website company. Showit is incredible and the more I learn about and experience other platforms for hosting and creating custom websites, the more I realize, they aren’t really, truly “custom” at all. Showit is the website design platform for the creative. Hands-down. It’s so powerful, so intuitive and so easy to use. Years ago, Showit created a way to implement a Showit theme onto a Wordpress blog!!! Genius! I couldn’t wait for my blog to be a Showit blog…. but it never happened.