Wildflowers Photography http://wildflowersphotos.com Mon, 01 Feb 2016 18:23:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.7 At Home in Texas as a family of 7! http://wildflowersphotos.com/2016/02/at-home-in-texas-as-a-family-of-7/ http://wildflowersphotos.com/2016/02/at-home-in-texas-as-a-family-of-7/#comments Mon, 01 Feb 2016 18:12:02 +0000 http://wildflowersphotos.com/?p=11698   When we arrived in Washington, two years and three months ago, we had merely picked a place on the map and jumped. Drawn to the fresh air, the tall trees and the fog that settled...

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When we arrived in Washington, two years and three months ago, we had merely picked a place on the map and jumped. Drawn to the fresh air, the tall trees and the fog that settled low on the mountains. It was a place to rest, a safe place to grow. We planted seeds and waited through the cold winter. Far from anything and anyone familiar. We wrestled. We surrendered and held our breath awaiting spring. In that cold, as husband and wife, we dug deep into past hurts and saw that although we had been on the adventure together, for so long we had been walking alone. In that moment we chose to fight hard for the good. The light persisted, breaking down all our walls; it was hope. It was gentleness. We began to document all of our gratitude flowing out of the struggle and our list of thanks grew and grew. Our seeds took root and blossomed. Warmth opened the petals and we saw one another anew. The soft springtime breeze carried that love into every corner of our darkness until only hope remained. In April we renewed sacred vows, bare toes in the meadow with the laughter of our children as our melody of grace in all the days that followed. With an undeserved gift woven from all the broken threads being knit together within me, a baby boy. Redemption.

For the first time in our marriage we prayed together. We listened for guidance. And over time we felt a calling to step out, from the mossy forest to a land drenched in warmth. A season for all things new, as we no longer need a place to burrow in; but a place to give, to share, to build community, and to hold our faces up to the sun and exhale. Hearts engulfed, souls exposed, arms open wide, control released, prayers lifted up, we took the leap. With my belly ripe and expectancy hanging thick, we held tight to each other and the calling that whispered from deep within. And now we are here, in the Texas Hill Country, all seven of us, this new tiny babe cooing sweetly upon my chest. We aren’t clear as to what the next chapter holds but we know we must choose gentle words, tenderness and humility to light the way. And for now, we bask in evenings flooded with pink sunsets and wide open skies, giving thanks for the abundant mercy raining down all around us.

 

Here are photographs of our days so far here in Texas… the first half expectant for a miracle and the second half savoring our new baby boy.

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on january 1st, the day ushering in all things new, our son was born. smith james prouty. 7 pounds, 4 ounces and 19 inches long. born in the living room of our new home in the wee hours of the morning.
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Katie & Eli – Golden Age Wedding http://wildflowersphotos.com/2015/10/katie-eli-the-wedding/ http://wildflowersphotos.com/2015/10/katie-eli-the-wedding/#comments Tue, 20 Oct 2015 04:33:11 +0000 http://wildflowersphotos.com/?p=11597 first… their wedding film!  be sure to watch it full screen in HD and then afterward scroll down to see our favorite photographs from their glorious day.     they were married in a magical mossy land...

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first… their wedding film!  be sure to watch it full screen in HD and then afterward scroll down to see our favorite photographs from their glorious day.

 

 

they were married in a magical mossy land of tree houses adorned with hand painted whimsy (by katie, of course), wildflowers tucked into every inch, fig and honey drenched desserts on display, layered homespun attire, butterflies, vines and wild berries woven throughout, with a custom crafted signature whiskey (from eli’s family’s distillery) with the given name ‘the golden age’ which was also the theme of this glorious event. the rain poured down and they let it drip from their hair and lashes as they exchanged vows beneath the towering old growth forest, and as the day turned to night each guest put on their wild animal mask of choice and danced until the wee hours beneath twinkle lights and watercolored blooms. each detail was breathtaking but it was the warmth of the people present who made that chilly autumn day feel like the peak of summer. ‘the golden age’ is defined as: an idyllic, often imaginary past time of peace, prosperity, and happiness… oh, and it was.

 

 

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Jessica & Robert Pregnant in Petaluma http://wildflowersphotos.com/2015/10/jessica-robert-pregnant/ http://wildflowersphotos.com/2015/10/jessica-robert-pregnant/#comments Mon, 12 Oct 2015 19:53:51 +0000 http://wildflowersphotos.com/?p=11555   “When it’s over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement. I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms. When it is over, I don’t want to...

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“When it’s over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.

When it is over, I don’t want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.
I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened,
or full of argument.

I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.”
― Mary Oliver

 

these two lovers, jessica and robert, they savor life to the last drop. he is a writer and she is an artist and together they are now on the brink of new life with inspiration bursting from the seams. i had the honor of photographing their wedding a few years back where i saw each detail heartsewn together into a great tapestry that was wrapped around them and warms them now as they embrace this next chapter. they drove up to petaluma, ca from los angeles while i was in northern california last month and we met in the flower fields, basked in the setting sun and watched the moon rise high above the wheat fields. i can say i saw it then and feel it now, these two are no doubt married to amazement.

 

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2016 Travel Sessions! http://wildflowersphotos.com/2015/10/2016-travel-sessions-workshops/ http://wildflowersphotos.com/2015/10/2016-travel-sessions-workshops/#comments Fri, 02 Oct 2015 15:43:17 +0000 http://wildflowersphotos.com/?p=11525 2016 TRAVEL SESSIONS:   austin, texas: april 4-22 tulsa, oklahoma: may 31-june 1 kansas city, kansas: june 2-3 iowa city, iowa: june 5-6 minneapolis, minnesota: june 8-11 waupaca, wisconsin: june 12 indianapolis, indiana: june 18 cincinnati,...

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2016 TRAVEL SESSIONS:

 

austin, texas: april 4-22

tulsa, oklahoma: may 31-june 1

kansas city, kansas: june 2-3

iowa city, iowa: june 5-6

minneapolis, minnesota: june 8-11

waupaca, wisconsin: june 12

indianapolis, indiana: june 18

cincinnati, ohio: june 20

nashville, tennessee: june 22-23

birmingham, alabama: june 24

new orleans, louisiana: june 25

 

we will be taking the above month long midwest road trip starting & ending in austin in june so if you happen to be along this route and are interested in an in-home session rather than one of these exact cities listed above please let me know so i can see about fitting it into the schedule if possible!

to reserve one of the available dates, please email joy@wildflowersphotos.com to secure the session & begin planning the details!  these dates are all open for either harvest sessions (full day sessions) or wildflower sessions (2 hours – sunrise or sunset sessions). sessions will be first come, first serve based on availability.

 

 

WORKSHOP currently open for registration:

 

for why & what i teach & all the other details please go here and read up.

 

AUSTIN, TEXAS –  march 4-6   -2 spots currently remaining for this workshop.

and coming soon… Indianapolis June workshop to be announced shortly!

all inclusive (lodging, meals, education & goodies… everything provided once you arrive at the venue).  these are intimate workshops limited to 15 women each.  workshop will begin at 6pm on day one and end at 10am on day three.     cost: $1850.

to register: click the workshop city above to pay the workshop’s 50% deposit (remaining 50% is due 30 days prior to workshop) & then please email joy@wildflowersphotos.com to complete registration.

 

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Six full hearts in Hawaii. http://wildflowersphotos.com/2015/09/six-full-hearts-in-hawaii/ http://wildflowersphotos.com/2015/09/six-full-hearts-in-hawaii/#comments Wed, 30 Sep 2015 22:00:31 +0000 http://wildflowersphotos.com/?p=11463 “We lose ourselves in the things we love, we find ourselves there, too.” -Kristin Martz   This beautiful mama, Alea, wrote a little background as to the reason for this session and their specific location choice. Here...

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“We lose ourselves in the things we love, we find ourselves there, too.” -Kristin Martz

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This beautiful mama, Alea, wrote a little background as to the reason for this session and their specific location choice. Here are her warm words…

 

“I don’t know what Heaven is going to look like. But there is a part of me that believes that Heaven will look different to each one of us. God has designed our hearts so unique from the other which is why are heart’s stirrings are uniquely our own.

My husband and I met in college and we found our common ground was a love for Hawaii, and its beautiful islands. How we loved the mountains, the ocean, and the places where the two meet. Hawaii was a place for each of us where our hearts grew and we truly discovered the beauty of our creator. Since then, he and I have traveled back to Hawaii as a place to find rest, sanctuary, adventure, romance, beauty and a reminder of our one wild precious life.

We had longed to bring our four girls across the pacific, so they too, could see a part of their parent’s hearts. So, we planned, we packed, and we went. We wanted the girls to dive into the culture and experience it fully, so we stayed for 5 weeks. It was incredible to wake up each day with the anticipation of what was in store. We hiked down crazy trails, we had to be really brave, we swam with the fish, searched for sea turtles, climbed down rocks, jumped in waterfalls, took naps in the sand, made friends with strangers, ate tons of shave ice, put flowers in our hair, surfed the waves, traveled through off beaten paths, ate pineapples, and mangos, and guava, some right off the tree, and watched the sun set over the horizon, and soaked it all up, with hearts full, ready to do it all again the next day. It was truly an adventure, and one that I hope my girls will be able to look back and remember how their parents took a risk to allow them to experience.

The place for this session was a place off the beaten path that my husband and I had found when he and I had come out to celebrate our ten year anniversary and where we renewed our vows. It was special to us, and we so thankful to share it with our girls. All our loves in one beautiful place. Joy captured such treasures for us, and gave us such beautiful reminders of our summer under the palm trees.   – Alea”

 

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“Every day God invites us on the same kind of adventure. Its not a trip where He sends us a rigid itinerary. He simply invites us. God asks what it is He’s made us to love, what it is that captures our attention, what feeds that deep indescribable need of our souls to experience the richness of the world He made. And then, leaning over us, He whispers, “Let’s go do that together.” -Bob Goff

 

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Harvest Session: The Solis Family http://wildflowersphotos.com/2015/09/harvest-session-the-solis-family/ http://wildflowersphotos.com/2015/09/harvest-session-the-solis-family/#comments Tue, 22 Sep 2015 08:02:50 +0000 http://wildflowersphotos.com/?p=11366 i received an email earlier this year from a mother asking if she could fly me to her home in hawaii for a harvest session… “Hi Joy, I sought you out to capture this time for us...

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i received an email earlier this year from a mother asking if she could fly me to her home in hawaii for a harvest session…

“Hi Joy,

I sought you out to capture this time for us because I know that this time may not last forever. This is perhaps the last year I will be able to stay at home full time with my girls. The most important thing to both my husband and I is to try and give our children our unconditional love and presence. We aren’t winning any awards on the financial front, but seeing the confidence that my girls have and how happy and sweet they are makes my heart burst. It makes all of the hard work feel so worth it, though sometimes it feels like we’re trying to bail a sinking ship. It’s such a precious time together and I’m so grateful for it. I see this session as an investment in remembering this incredible gift of having this time with my girls. I don’t need new clothes, but I do need to remember this. Plus, I have a crazy fear that if something should ever happen to me and I wasn’t able to raise my girls, that they perhaps wouldn’t know how much I loved them and how hard we worked to give them our best. We really don’t have many family photos and I almost don’t exist in any of them. The girls are still so young. They don’t know how many nights I’ve gone without sleep when they’re feverish or how my sole motivation for every single decision first revolves around them. They wouldn’t know this love either if I was gone tomorrow, because what tangible piece of evidence is there to show them in my home? So, it was my hope with this harvest session is that you would be able to capture a little piece of our enormous love in cinema and photograph. I truly think you’re the only person that could see the beauty in our humble struggle.

Aloha,
Stormy”

 

i went last month. and although we were in a tropical paradise, the only beauty i could see was the intense bond of this family. stormy may have been fearful that her love had a chance of not being remembered, but i know without an inkling of doubt that even one tiny seed of this kind of love could reap endless fields of assured unending harvest. there may have only been one plumeria tree in their yard but when i closed my eyes the aroma was as strong an as entire orchard.


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