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a craving to create

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

If you’ve tried out pinterest, you’ve seen tons of inspiration and ideas floating all over the place. Ideas on how to decorate your dream house alongside tutorials for creating shamrock wreaths. How to make creative lunches for your children and what workouts best tone your body in 30 days. You name it, it can be found on pinterest. I search far and wide for ideas to decorate and craft and cook but there is one thing I actually avoid when perusing pinterest:: photography. In some ways, I feel like its cheating myself. Every once in awhile something will be re-pinned from people I follow and I will stash it away for inspiration but I really want to be careful. Aside from the whole “plagiarism” mentality poured into our noggins at the elementary level, this borrowing of inspiration from others is what is contributing to (I think) my creative block. How can I CREATE something original if I’m copying someone else’s creations? A light bulb burns dimly above my head. I crave to create, not copy. I crave to create something that is representative of me and who I am– a tangible expression of the insides of Elizabeth that only Elizabeth can produce. My work, my art is an intimate expression of who I am. If I’m not creating, then… am I lying?

I close my eyes and dream a little. I imagine horses galloping across a tall sunlight field at sunset. I see colors: pink, orange, yellow. I see texture: flowing manes, blades of tall grass, dust, dirt. I see light. I see peace. I see inspiration.

My heart starts to soar as I imagine what the image in my mind will look like huge on a wall. This is the essence of creating. I imagine this is what God does when he dreams up a new soul in heaven… This is creation. We are unique. Each and every one of us. And we all have something awesome to contribute. Closing our eyes to the distractions and looking inside will reveal magnificent ideas, stories and images all within our own capacities.

When you close your eyes, what do YOU see?

facing the giants

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Encouragement, inspiration and a few goose-bumps to accompany; this is worth it. (more…)

how important it really is

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

I watched a seminar last week by a (now) favorite photographer of mine: Jerry Ghionis. He was talking about the precious value in the images we take for our clients which I’m not sure I really captured until I heard how he explained it.

A grown man holds up a snapshot taken 32 years prior. It is sized 2in by 2in (more or less the size of a wallet photo) and its color is faded. The paper is wrinkled and torn at the edges. He keeps it in his wallet and obviously close to his heart. The image is of him with his father… a father that he hardly knew. His dad died when he was 3 years old.

If I took this snapshot of his and ripped it to shreds right in front of his face, do you think he would tell me, “it’s just a piece of paper?”

If it were you, what would you do?

I think, as I became a mother, all of this became a big deal to me as I realized how truly precious it is to “hold” a moment that is extremely fleeting– in my hands forever. Think about it–the ability to recapture a memory is amazing. If only we could truly transport ourselves back in time and re-live some of these incredible moments we experience day to day! The blessing of photography is that we can use our photographs to help us as our memories fail over time. We use images for everything… and now-a-days, we very rarely HOLD those pictures in our hands. We see them on our phones, our iPads, our computers, our TVs but not as often anymore on our walls. One reason I love these canvases so much is that they are (huge) reminders of where I’ve been and the road I’ve traveled along. I can re-experience all of these moments which are almost as special to me as they were when they happened!

“A picture is worth a thousand words” but its SOOOO much more than that. It is more than getting dolled up for a camera. It is more than pretty pictures. It is preserving a space in time… for future generations. Photography tells a story. It speaks! And THAT is what is absolutely priceless about it all. Priceless images– the ones you would run back into a burning building to save. Like the man with the snapshot of his father: what would you do for THAT image in your life? My answer for my own memories is: just about anything. And I think its probably your answer too.

life is sweet. savor it,

new favorite

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

Horse lovers…you guys have got to visit this blog!
Leslie is an eventer, instructor and trainer in Knoxville. She is also a freelance writer so you can bet that her posts are full of fun and are incredibly well-written. But that’s not why I am addicted to it…her sense of humor
and frequent updates (sometimes multiple posts a day) keeps me coming back for more. And its something we all as riders and horse lovers relate to…days in the life of our equestrian pursuits. I have no doubt that once you start reading, you won’t stop. And you’ll think Leslie is your best friend (or you’ll want her to be at least!) because of her kind, candid spirit. Its a fun blog to read and, for me, a great break during the day. Go check it out! And enjoy!

inspired: katy

Friday, April 16th, 2010


This week in my inspired series I want to feature a very special photographer whose work I have admired over the past year and I’m just giddy to share with you all. Her name is Katy Southern and in addition to sharing my new-found occupation, she is also a sorority sister of mine from UT. Her love for the Lord is awesome and its so inspiring to see her talents being used to share His love with others. Recently she took a trip to Honduras. Prepare to get goosebumps… (more…)

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Thursday, April 8th, 2010

I want to take time to share other photographers who inspire me in my own endeavors. (more…)

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