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discovering light all over again

light

Still having a blast experimenting with my new camera settings, testing out different shutter speeds and light. I’ll be stepping things up a notch by going into a session tomorrow without my usual bag of tricks. With someone I have never met before.  In a home I have never seen.

Purposely placing myself out of my comfort zone.  To strengthen weak muscles.  To lean on God.  To trust the gentle nudge I so often ignore.

I’ll fill you in on details next week!

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faith & art

I love how God chooses to reveal Himself to us.  Because only He could find a way to connect my bible study, recent photography workshop, and journal work together so perfectly.  Three unrelated activities that share the same clear message.

Have I mentioned how much I love it when that happens?

From all of the uncertainties facing our monthly faithbooking crops to changes taking place in my photography business, the start of 2012 has been one of transition.  [It actually feels more like I’ve been stuck mid-transit.]  I can clearly see what I have left behind but the destination ahead is terribly blurry.

between rains

Which is part of the reason I signed up for Me Ra Koh’s CONFIDENCE workshop, to help clear my creative vision and give focus to the nudge pushing me along inside. Her workshop took place on the heels of a significant week in bible study where Beth Moore was speaking about that very same “in-between” spot I’d been feeling stuck in. Beth reminded us of several important points, one being to accept the beauty of the process.

And that had my attention.

It’s sort of like being stuck in traffic.  Really, truly, honestly – how many of us even recognize there is beauty to be had in a place like that?  After all, we are at a standstill.  On a highway.  With a bunch of other vehicles that are also stuck.

But lo and behold… God may have purposed that standstill to help me work on being more patient.  Or to avoid an accident down the road.  Or to help me be still.  Unfortunately, I have been so focused on focusing in on “what’s next?” I have been missing a whole lot of beauty taking place right now.

So enter Me Ra’s workshop.  And being reminded of the unfolding of the creative process.  It involves mistakes, practice, courage, and time.  To give you just a taste of what I’m talking about, click HERE for one of her recent blog posts entitled, “Are We Okay Not Knowing?”  It’s easy to take for granted the process and forget that oftentimes this is when God’s most important work is taking place.  [I couldn’t help but look up synonyms for the word process, which include: action, advance, development, evolution, practice, progress, progression, routine, and unfolding.]

So both as a child of God and as an artist, I have opened myself up to the beauty of being “mid-transit.”

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we went to north dakota for dinner

North Dakota

Our oldest son was chosen to participate in the MBDA State Honors Band and the performance took place last weekend. While they’ve had several months to prepare for their own part, the middle school students had only ONE DAY of practice together. Let me say this:

IT WAS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!

Here’s a small sample:

We spent the weekend in Fergus Falls where I spotted several colorful, unique, and textured areas that would be PERFECT for photographing families and/or high school seniors. Next time I’m in the area, I will be sure to give a shout out to anyone interested in a session!

But I digress.

Tony and I thought we should take advantage of our close proximity to the border, using it as an excuse to visit North Dakota for dinner. So the boys could at least say they’d been there (I can’t tell you how many times they’ve complained about having a short list of visited states; it seems to come up every year in school).  Needless to say, it was well worth the 30 minute drive. If not for our dinner at the Fryin’ Pan but the lovely image above (taken of Wahpeton, North Dakota while standing in Minnesota).

Here are a couple more images from our stay, which included a gem of a find:  the very Shaun Cassidy album my sister Stacey and I fought over as young girls, which happens to be the same album I practiced kissing on.  [This little known fact elicited an “EEEEEEEW” from my boys.]

me & shaun

This boy in particular.

ren at targetat target waiting for our concert

Give him another year or so.

Becky Johnson - April 24, 2012 - 3:38 pm

Tina, The Shawn Cassidy album;great find. I had that same album too. At the time it was my favorite. Also had Tean Beat magazine pictures of him around the room too. Memories.

Tina - April 24, 2012 - 9:12 pm

You were *SO COOL* Becky, it does not surprise me!!!

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