Kindness. It’s a word tossed around like a colorful beach ball, bouncing around with minimal effort, falling to the sand when interest is lost. But it’s importance is grand. Our lives are full of trials, hearts are filled with weary thoughts, and true kindness wrapped like a bandage around the heartache of another can take away the sting, even if only for a glimmer of a moment. I think it’s the reason we all experience those hard bits, so that we can recognize them in another. We can feel that hurt and share in the pain by offering all the kindness we can muster. At least it’s what I tell myself. On days when I’m looking for reasons and answers, this is what I come up with; to create kindness, and grace, and understanding, to spread it thick, and let it multiply like fluffy rabbits.

I met her four years ago when she graciously agreed to skype mentor me when I was in my first year of pursuing photography. She was — is the epitome of kindness; incredibly encouraging and I knew instantly she would be a source of support and inspiration in many ways for the years to come. When you mention her name it is met with resounding responses that include descriptions like “she’s the best. She’s a gem. Isn’t she wonderful?” All accurate praise for this friend of mine Jalene Taylor… An incredible talent, beautiful heart, and kindest soul. What an honor to photograph her with her family while in Utah last month.

Full arms, joyful hearts, wholly and truly enveloped by the Son.
I just adore this beautiful family surrounded by those beams of love and light, and I can’t wait to meet their second sweet boy this fall!

(all images shot on film)

You know that fuzziness of where you started and where you’re going and how? It just keeps the why nice and clear and that’s really the thing that drives the car or the hot air balloon or whatever you want to use to get there. To that place of security. To the safeness of where your head lands and who your hand finds and whose heart holds yours in the stillness.

Sometimes to be quiet, to just turn it all down to the volume that only dogs hear, or cats? I can’t remember, but you know what I mean… just flip the switch and let your mind whirl and your thoughts swirl until they feel so tired that they have to rest. You have to be still. That’s when the good stuff is able to filter through, drop by drop or in one whooshing gush, it flows all around and over and throughout and there in that hot tub of warmth and quiet is when you’ll hear the words that have been spoken just for you.

 

I cherish the opportunity to photograph families, and I’m always entirely grateful when they welcome me into their homes, so that I may document their love within their own beautiful spaces. This sweet family had such a light pretty space, filled with so much love. It was an honor to photograph them. Little Thea Brave was just a couple months old, and just the most precious little babe. I loved the softness and emotions that came through in the images, and the authentic love that saturated each interaction.

There was so much love circulating all around that you could almost see it hanging in the air like a pink heart shaped cloud.

This shoot was featured on Belle Lumiere here. | all images shot on film.