Sammy, Ashley & Bebe: living out their story.

Sammy is the college pastor at the Vineyard Church where my husband & I attend.  We’ve recently gotten to know he & his wife and their newly adopted daughter, Bebe, from Haiti.  In addition to running the college ministry at the Vineyard, Sammy also works for the Mocha Club (an amazing organization….check them out).  He wanted some updated photos for his website, but also a few images with his beautiful wife and new daughter Bebe.  Sammy & Ashley have a huge heart to reach the world and live out their amazing story one page at a time.  We are happy to know such incredible people with a contagious passion for making a difference in the world.  I love doing shoots like this (and this, and this) because it makes me feel like I’m small a part in something bigger than myself.  And that, my friends, is a beautiful thing.  Let us live our stories in the best way we know how, and follow our hearts, wherever they may lead…

A new family, together, at last…

A week ago, those of us that attend the Vineyard Church welcomed two beautiful new faces into our church family, Christilove & Dieubon ! These two are brother and sister, and were adopted from an orphanage in Haiti. Last year, before their adoption, their mom, Vonda, adopted Stormy, all the while knowing there were more children out there waiting for her to give them a home. When she met these two in Haiti earlier this year, it was literally love at first site. I wish I had time to tell you the whole story, it’s beautiful one, and something we know could only be fashioned together by One bigger than ourselves.  My husband and I are happy to be apart of a church with people who have such big hearts that want to change the world.  I can’t wait to see Christilove & Dieubon grow and get acclimated in their new life here in the United States. And I have to be honest, I feel like this adoption and the connection to the Orphanage in Haiti that we’ve built, is only the beginning of greater things to come….

Shannon & Stephen.

Shannon & Stephen came from Columbus for their engagement session. We had never met in person,we’d  only spoken over the phone. However, I was really looking forward to their session because they’re both artfully minded, and with Shannon pursuing a career in photography, I knew we’d get along fabulously.  And yes, yes we did.  It was lovely getting to know them, and I am so thankful for such wonderful couples that are up for being creative and trusting me to just “do my thing.” We caught the beginning of the sunset, and I’ve realized, that lately, I’m having a love affair with lens flare! (I love the summer sky, particularly the summer sunsets.) Anyway, I’m excited to work with these two beauties again the fall for their wedding. (And seriously…aren’t they both SO beautiful and photogenic?)