Saturday, February 14, 2015

Choose to Remain: Love

     Love. A four letter word that has been used since the beginning of time. It brings unending joy and happiness into our lives, yet sometimes we also experience heartbreak and pain. How can a simple four letter word cause so much of these emotions to overcome us you may ask. If it was intended to bring happiness, why then does it also cause so much hurt? 
     Our perception of love has vastly changed over the years, from media to music, to the way we speak to one another... we have come a long way since "Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?" Yet, I still believe that deep within every one of us, the longing of being truly loved, not merely idolized for physical attraction, wealth, or temporary desires... but truly loved, and adored for who we are is still very much alive. 
     Though many of us may not want to admit it, we often give up on love. It's easier that way. We don't have to argue, or pursue something we think is long gone or forgotten. We don't have to keep trying, the pain is just too much to bear. So we choose to leave. Now you want to hear the truth? You're probably thinking 'Go ahead Barbara, tell me what can possibly be the truth, other than yes sometimes things don't work out and there's nothing you can do about it?' ....The truth is it isn't about us. 
     Love was never intended for oneself. The very act of love is selfless. When God sent His son Jesus to die, it was the ultimate sacrifice, the ultimate act of love for you and me. I mean Jesus could've easily refused and saw how undeserving we were and that would've been it. Just like that, given up and all would be lost. But He didn't. He chose to love and remain instead. He chose kindness instead of anger. He chose to be patient and wait. And most of all...he chose to stay and forgive. What kind of love is that? It's a love that reaches far past anything we may ever want or need. It's eternal love. It's love without boundaries. 
     Below is a photograph I took of my grandparents the other day. They have been married for over 50 years, and I'm blessed to have seen their love. It's not perfect if that's what you think. They're your typical traditional Italian grandparents who yell at each other and say funny things here and there. With that many years together, I am certain they have had their share of hardships. But amidst it all... they chose to remain.
     They chose that their promise to one another meant more than any hardship or heartbreak could ever separate. Movies and many things we see in society tells us love should be a certain way. We should act a certain way and do certain things, otherwise it's not love.
     Real love is what happens behind the scenes. It's putting that person you love before you, it's letting go of that anger all of the times they were wrong. It's letting go of your pride. Real love is choosing to forgive someone even though they hurt you so many times. Real love is having the courage to turn around and hug someone when all you want to do is walk out the door and leave.
     So friends, choose love. Though the world may tell us we need temporary fixes, bandages over our wounded and lonely hearts... that's exactly what it is. Temporary. But why would you settle for temporary, when your heart and soul was created for an endless and true love? It just seems silly. 
     Choose to forgive. Choose to be kind. Choose to fight for love. Don't ever let the world harden your heart. Don't let anyone tell you true love doesn't exist. You were created beautifully. You were created out of love. You are loved. Always choose to remain and love, for love never fails. Happy Valentine's Day.   
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13

Monday, February 2, 2015

Food Photography Series 1

     I constantly push myself creatively to try new things and discover unknown passions within me. I find that the more I immerse myself in the world of art, the more I notice beauty all around me. I see colors more vividly, feel music more deeply, savor every bite of food with more pleasure, and see just how unique and beautiful each soul in this world is... if you just spend enough time with someone. 
     I have been studying about food photography and love how the details on a photograph can bring it to life. There is just so much involved in the behind the scenes before a photograph is actually taken. The brainstorming, the props, the colors, the theme.... it all plays into the final image! It's been so fun learning all the different methods and so I have applied many of them to some photographs of my own. It's allowed me to really think about what I want to portray to the audience with every image. Happy Monday!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

New Year, New Projects: Calligraphy

     Growing up I remember admiring the way others wrote their notes so neatly and simply as if having beautiful handwriting was only given to the few chosen ones. I anxiously tried different methods, but in my eyes my script was never pretty enough to write notes with---- well partly because as my father would say I speed write 500 miles an hour and by the time I am finished, well it is quite illegible (Dad, I got that from you ;). But I am coming to believe that you can always learn something, no matter how impossible you think it may be.
     I'm so happy calligraphy has made its way back in our time. It was such a beautiful art back then, and I admire the patience it took to write the long letters. I decided to purchase a kit and start practicing. Needless to say, it does take some time and well a lot of patience. I mean I've come to almost the ending of a project and then BAM! I misspell a word, and well then I need to start all over. It's quite nerve-racking, mostly because if it doesn't look straight or something--- I need to create 5 more until I get the perfect one. 
     It's teaching me that like photography, it can't be rushed. In today's world, everything is digital and no one wants to put the time or patience for the simple things such as a hand written letter. Oh, but how much more do you appreciate things that are handmade. It makes you stop and really think about what you want to say before you begin writing. At times I feel as if I belong to a different era...I'm an old soul with a young heart :). Given it's a new year, what better time to start new projects... here are a few I've worked on. I made my own watercolor for the backgrounds and some are a few of my favorite quotes, others are ones I gave as gifts.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

A Look Back Through My 2014

     2014. Gosh what a year it has been. I'm not going to lie but every time I begin to write this end of the year post I think... what interesting things have happened this year? And then I begin to pour through the photographs and am just in absolute awe of how much we can grow within a year. Looking back I honestly can't believe how much has happened... and how much each experience has molded and defined me. 
     I had the absolute pleasure of working with so many couples and seniors this year... and I photographed two weddings! I am beyond grateful for all of these opportunities, but mostly for all of the amazing people in my life that constantly support my dreams and keep me going... even when I feel like I can't.
     I got to travel to Italy and see my family and even visited Sorrento for the first time. I also attended my first workshop and met so many talented photographers... it made me realize how much there is always more to learn and I'm so eager to soak up as much as I can!
     You know that old saying "It doesn't happen overnight"? Well it doesn't but... it does happen over many nights if you keep learning, practicing, and keeping faith that you are on your right path. How about if there are many twists, and SURPRISE!! THISWASN'TSUPPOSEDTOHAPPENNOW along the way? Well... I realize that even though you sometimes may go astray, the "mistakes" or other paths may essentially open up another door you were supposed to end up on anyway! I know I know, it's so much to really understand, but trust me I'm a firm believer everything happens for a reason. 
     Finally, while looking through all of my work and growth that I have done throughout the year.... it wouldn't feel right without saying all of the credit and glory goes to a God that's so great... that he shares a piece of His heart with me. For every single photograph I capture, every idea that comes to my mind... is His light that shines through me. I am simply photographing what He already made beautiful.  
     To my 2014 Clients: Thank you thank you thank you for trusting in me.... I owe you my heart for allowing me to use my passion for capturing the precious moments in your life. I urge everyone to look back through their year and see just how much you've accomplished... it may surprise you. I can't wait to see what 2015 brings!!! 

Thanks to Jamie for capturing this behind the scenes shot at my first wedding.... you get the best 2nd shooter award!