Fairplay is known for it's world class fly fishing, breathtaking mountains and epic vistas, but did you know its home to one of the few remaining authentic ghost towns from the gold rush era. The South Park City Museum was the perfect background to Emily and her family's family photo session. Donning some amazing outfits, the McGarvey's explored the town with me in tow, documenting the little moments and taking advantage of a few choice spots for some group shots.
Publications ask when interviewing various self-employed professionals, what their dream client would be? I've thought about this over the years, not particularly in preparation any article but rather for my own benefit as well as any future would-be clients. See, for me, my dream client would be someone with whom bestows upon me a complete and committed trust, someone whose willing to walk out on the edge with me, someone who becomes a true part of the process. I feel we all want those who have "drank the KoolAid" if you will, those who believe and feel the same about life and art.
A true case in point our my clients come friends, Laura and Chris. Having photographed their Costa Rican wedding several years prior, they reached out to me as soon as they found out they were pregnant. I was smitten, as someone who's never really dove into that type of photography, but it didn't matter to Laura and Chris. They knew my style and methods and trusted me implicitly, allowing me the freedom to conjure up whatever I envisioned. This provided the environment I needed to create a series of images from the heart. To live a life filled with friends such as these would be a true dream indeed.
Side note - As Laura had brought several outfits, accessories and more; she only did so to ensure me the most freedom of choice... I ended up choosing to dress her in a blanket I found, which coincidentally was actually the dogs blanket.
Have you ever met anyone that encourages you to push through the hard times? Perhaps not through words necessarily but through their own lives and actions. I've known Chelsea for several years now and have been privy to some of the ups and downs in her life these past years. Fact is, we all endure ups and downs, but Chelsea always seems to find herself in the endurance itself. She's found the secret that needs to be spread around to all of us.
It doesn't take any faith at all to believe there is a God, and if He/She exists , they must hate us. We look inward far too often and judge ourselves poorly, and base a belief that if there is an intelligent being up there somewhere, He/She must share the same feelings about us. We are to be pitied in our lows, and judged and ridiculed in our highs.
It however takes extraordinary faith to believe in a sovereign Father, one who is all good all the time. Sovereign in knowing all the muck and filth that oozes out of us, and Sovereign in seeing no good in us at all. But faith says I am His, and He loves me; because He is loves me, because He loves me. Because that is who He is.
Chelsea continues to endure the highs and lows and embraces life like a roller-coaster, her smile tells me that it's worth the ride. She is learning to become content, in knowing that there is someone who's called Himself Father, and He loves her because He loves her.
Her message, and mine alike; Don't give up. But don't struggle either, just rest in knowing that there is someone who loves you... because He is Love.