Saturday, April 11, 2009

A gift so great only God could create

I am kinda funny when it comes to gifts. If I get something that I really, really love I will not use or wear that thing for quite a while before I break it in. For example, one Christmas my mother in law got me this awesome smelling perfume, it was great. I mean the bottle was beautiful, and the scent was heavenly. I loved that stuff so much it sat on my dresser for well over a year before I ventured to grace my neck with it. I just liked to look at the bottle, and sniff it every now and then. I guess I just did not want to use it all up then have it be gone. So most of the time it just sat, looking pretty. Weird I know. I do the same thing with clothes, purses, shoes you name it. "Why not just use the stuff if you love it so much?" you ask. I'm not really sure. BUT if you ever give me a gift, and don't see me rockin it right away, don't be mad, just know that I really, really loved it. Really. ;)
Speaking of gifts, the other day I had the opportunity to hold a one of a kind gift that wasn't mine. Yet special none the less. *I guess it was a good thing she wasn't mine cause I probably would have set this one on the dresser for a year for sure! ; )
Baby S was an absolute joy to photograph. She made me work for her photos, little non sleeping girlie, but in the end it was a blessing spending time with her and her beautiful family. Enjoy, as I did, this heavenly gift from above...

♥ j

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Purpose {another PSA}

So, I was talking with a friend of mine about purpose, and she was telling me that every single person on this earth was created with a purpose. Now, I have heard this before, and while I believed it to be true, I don't think I ever really internalized it. What I mean by that is, I don't think I have ever put any real thought into what MY purpose was. As my friend and I started to talk a little more, I realized that a life with out a purpose is directionless, and that for a little while, MY life had been directionless. I am not one of those people that discovered photography at a young age, and have been taking pictures forever. No, I did not get seriously interested until about 3 years ago. Since then I have immersed myself into the world of photography. If there is something to be read I am all over it, something to be had, I try my darnedest to save for it. Granted I don't have all the fancy gear, nor an actual studio yet, but I know I will get there. I have come to the realization that this photography thing has got to be my purpose in life. To me, it is more than just a job, business opportunity, or a way to make money. I live, breathe, and dream in pictures. Now don't get me wrong, I know what my other responsibilities in life are and I take care of those too, but for me discovering what I was made for has been priceless. I love to bless people with my pictures. Taking pictures makes me happy.
Ok, you know what's coming I will go ahead and ask. Have you discovered your purpose? Have you discovered the thing that is within your very grasp that makes you smile from ear to ear? When you don't have a purpose I believe you can become unhappy in the mundane. Life can become boring. Directionless. I believe you have got to discover what makes YOU tick, not compare it to others' ticks and then nourish your own tick whatever that may be.

Alright enough of that, I will go on ahead and step down from my "soap box" for now. ***This has been another j'marie photography public service announcement.***
And because it doesn't feel right without a picture attached...Enjoy this rare self portrait of your fearless leader. ; )

“If a day goes by without me doing something related to photography, it’s thought I’ve neglected something essential to my existence, as though I had forgotten to wake up.”
~Richard Avedon
Be Blessed today, and every day,
♥ j

Friday, April 3, 2009


I'm sorry... I know. I have been avoiding you. Oh blog, sweet blog, you hang around day and night. Light and dark waiting patiently for me to spend a little time with you. And me, knowing that you are beckoning me daily, push you to the bottom of my QT (quality time) list. I don't know why I have been treating you this way. So shady, so shifty, and definitely som-e-timey. Forgive me. I will try and do better....

Promising pictures soon,