Every good and perfect gift is from above.
~James 1:17

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Engagement Shoot

Young Love
My friend, Claudia, is starting a photography business. Recently, she had an engagement shoot and she invited me to come along, too! The couple who is getting married are just the most delightful young people you could meet. They are easy going and kind and so sweet with each other. It doesn't hurt that they are gorgeous, too! :-) At the beginning of their relationship, these two had some picnic dates at a local park, so we met there and set up the engagement shoot around a vintage picnic theme. Claudia is very artistic and a master at staging beautiful scenes, so everything was just perfectly dreamy! When we reached the "golden hour" just before sunset, the light was incredible!! We kept oohing and aahing as we clicked away with our cameras before the light slipped away! :-)

That evening in the meadow was definitely one of the most fun times I have had in a long time. I can't quite describe the complete joy I experienced in capturing these images. Claudia says that photography is "painting with light" and I think that is part of it ~ creatively expressing an idea with a camera and light. It is challenging and fun to see what you can create. Another aspect of that evening, though, had to do with experiencing beauty that God has created. Beauty that speaks of God's glory. Everything around us was lovely ~ the meadow grasses, the trees, the sky, the people ~and when we were drenched in that golden sunlight, it was like being transported to some sparkling, enchanted world. And yet, it is more than that. Something about it touched me deeply and brought me to tears... of joy, wonder, delight and the sense that this is just a taste of what is to come.

"The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they display knowledge."

               Psalm 19:1-2

Maybe what moved me so was the realization that if I am so overwhelmed with just a taste of His glory, and with the beauty of what He has created, what must it be like to behold Him face to face in all of His glory??

Whenever I recall that evening, it brings me eventually to that thought. From a fun photography shoot with a friend to the glory of God.  I love photography and am thrilled that I am learning how to, “paint with light.” And I'm finding that photography is leading me to so much more.

Here is an image from the “golden hour” of the engagement shoot. More photos from that evening to come later!

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