We had the privilege of capturing last week's Father-Daughter Dance at St. Marks Cathedral School and wow- the gym was filled to overflowing with love and joy. Girls from ages 2 to 14 were dressed to the nines and fully decked out with their most authentic smiles- the kind of smiles that come from being honored and totally and completely CHERISHED. When our girl hearts feel beautiful and loved like that, we can't help but show it through our giddy grins and shining eyes.
And the thing is, you know how those daddies love so fiercely and with all that they are? God loves us like that. All the time. God loves you like that- so the next time you're in front of our cameras, remember that we want to capture you the way God sees you because He sees you as cherished, unique, honored, and BEAUTIFUL. We understand the fears and insecurities that come with the human condition. The example of good father love has been absent or fallen short in many of our lives, but the good news is that the picture of true fatherly love doesn't begin and end with our own personal experiences as they are built upon human limitations and failures. God's love is not limited and it does not fail and it will never fail you. This little picture we had at this dance of Fatherly love is only that- a brief glimpse.
Yesterday, we listened to Lisa Harper talk about her experiences with her adopted daughter. Every night for forty days, she would declare six things to her daughter: you are strong, you are brave, you are intelligent, you are beautiful, I love you, and Jesus loves you more. This is true for you too. Jesus loves you more. Our prayer is that the love of God changes how our hearts respond to our own self image. That we can communicate to every woman who steps in front of our lenses that they can be their true selves because they are strong, they are brave, they are intelligent, they are beautiful, they are loved by their friends and family, but Jesus loves them more. Because when we know and own that kind of truth, we can wildy and freely be exactly who we are and oh, the joy....
We're gearing up for another great year of Easter mini sessions in Shreveport! This year, all the fun will be at the Pioneer Heritage Center on Saturday, February 24th and Tuesday, February 27th. Sign up now- just click here!
Exciting news at MLP- our beloved Virginia Lee has officially joined the Mama's Love Photography team! We're featuring her senior portrait work here but she can do it all- birth, maternity, newborns, family, senior pics... you name it, she can do it! Virginia began helping us out here and there about a year ago and since then we have absolutely loved her spunky nature and joyful spirit. You can find out more about Virginia on our "Meet the Mamas" page. Welcome to the team, Virginia! We love you!
Our first Mama's Love Photography birth of 2018 came on the sweet mama's actual birthday and now they're mother-daughter birthday buddies for life- how fun! We prayed for this baby as she made her way into the world and we would like to congratulate the Wood family on their brand new baby girl!
And we're announcing our baby's first year package today! This is an easy way to make sure you don't miss capturing each precious stage in the first year of life of your baby. Trust us... TIME FLIES and one minute you're blissfully happy and exhausted and hormonal in the hospital snuggling this new miracle and the next minute, you're grinning ear to ear with your arms straight out, encouraging your wobbly legged baby who's not so baby-ish anymore to take his or her first step in your direction. Let us help you with capturing the big moments and the in-between moments, too. You will never regret it.
"Stop spending all day obsessing, cursing, perfecting your body like it's all you've got to offer the world. Your body is not your art, it's your paintbrush. Whether your paintbrush is a tall paintbrush or a thin paintbrush or a stocky paintbrush or a scratched up paintbrush is completely irrelevant. What is relevant is that YOU HAVE A PAINTBRUSH which can be used to transfer your insides onto the canvas of your life- where others can see it and be inspired and comforted by it." Glennon Doyle
As women, we can be so conflicted. We have a desire and maybe even a need to be seen, to be known as beautiful, but fear holds us back. We hide instead. We settle for photos of our children only, thank you very much. Deep down, we know we need to spend a little time in front of someone else's camera, but what if we don't measure up? What if we're NOT beautiful? The lie we feed our hearts is that it won't be, can't be beautiful. And friends, it is a lie.
Our exhortation for you today is to see that lie for what it is and stand up to it. YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL- we've never met any woman who wasn't. We want to help you prove that lie wrong but it does take some courage on your part. We want to capture your life and your heart so that others can see it and be inspired by it, comforted by it for sure but also so that your memory endures long after this short life is over. Our children don't live life by themselves, they live in families anchored by mothers whose hearts are split wide open for their children. That love, that heart is what we want to capture. The size or shape or state of that "paintbrush" isn't the point- what matters and what we aim to capture is the evidence of kindness that radiates from your eyes, the joy showcased in the curve of your mouth, the love so evident by your posture and poise. Your beauty is all your own- it is beautiful and it matters.
So the next time we come around and you feel like you're not picture-ready, remember to give us a chance to help you be your best, brave beautiful self. Your spouse, your children, the world needs your heart showcased.
Your joy needs preserving.
We see you.
"Be messy and complicated and afraid and show up anyway." Glennon Doyle
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