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Assignments
On Assignment: Prayer

On Assignment: Prayer

Photographing something so broad as “Prayer” might seem kinda boring. However, when I got to thinking about how I would photograph it, I started getting excited! Instead of being limited to a certain subject, style, or location, I could take the assignment wherever...

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On Assignment: Motherhood

On Assignment: Motherhood

When Family Conferences asked for photos on the theme of Motherhood for their Mother’s Day social media posts, I was immediately excited. There is such a large variety of ways one could photograph this concept! For this particular assignment, it is a bit of a...

PerspectiveStories & Expeditions
Down At The Dam

Down At The Dam

Kendalyn couldn't believe her ears. "Family portrait will be down at the dam on Buffalo Calf Rd!" The dam?! Murkey brown water. Often covered in algae. Muddy, brushy banks. Surrounded by bare, leafless trees and dead, yellow grass. Along a narrow road, where would...

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On Assignment: Christmas!

On Assignment: Christmas!

Yay, it’s Christmastime again! After having photographed so many challenging assignments over the past 11 months, I wanted to close out the year with an assignment that was fun and easy for everyone. Plus, this assignment is only going to be live for two weeks...

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The Color of Amber

The Color of Amber

The other day, I started reading the book of Ezekiel. Chapter one is quite an interesting read as it describes how the “word of the Lord came expressly unto Ezekiel the priest” to prepare him for his ministry to the rebellious house of Israel. I noticed something...

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"I [God] taught Ephraim also to go, taking them by their arms; but they knew not that I healed them" (Hosea 11:3). It took me a few times reading this chapter to realize just how packed it is with God's love! Isn't that how it is, though? It doesn't matter how often or how much we forget about Him, He is always working on us and helping us to return to Him. 

Reminds me of something that happened yesterday! I was recording various business statistics in the morning and this thought popped into my head: "I've only photographed 1 wedding so far this year. It normally takes 2-3 for supplemental income to stay on budget....I wonder if any more will come up this year." And I kept right on going. I completely didn't even pray about it! Not a single thought to ask the Lord to provide. A great example of forgetting about God in day to day life.

But guess what? God's working on me without me even knowing it. An email came in later that day from a friend, asking if I could photograph their wedding. And I was convicted! "Lord, you provide for me even when I forget about you!" His loves us so much. He wants to provide for us! And now it is fresh on my mind to ask Him for provision so He will receive all the glory and honor for all He does to provide for me. Take me by the hand, Lord, and teach me how to live! 
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New post on the blog about my latest winter photo excursions! www.lenspiration.com/blog
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The perfect sunrise at Nubble Lighthouse, Maine! A perfect illustration of Hosea 5:15, "I [God] will return to My place, till they acknowledge their offense, and seek My face: in their affliction they will seek Me early." May the storms in our lives lead us to repentance of sin. 
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"And they consider not in their hearts that I [God] remember all their wickedness:...they are before My face" (Hosea 7:2). No point in trying to hide anything from the Lord! Instead, he that confesses and forsakes their sin shall have mercy! (Proverbs 28:13) This photo was taken in Garden of the God's, Colorado. The distant storm clouds, red rock, wide open views, and interesting formations made this place such an enjoyable place to photograph! 
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"...your goodness is as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away" (Hosea 8:4). Morning mist can cover a vast area. Dew drops are very tiny. Regardless of size or amount, to God, our own good works amount to nothing in the long run. He desires the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings! The work of Christ in us is the only goodness acceptable to God. Wow, enjoying reading through Hosea!
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"...he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger" (Job 17:9). May we walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God today!
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What an honor to photograph the wedding of this mature young couple! Integrity, self-control, and modesty are rare virtues these days, but where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty! Thank you for being an example of genuine love and living demonstration of the fruit of living after the Spirit, and not after the flesh. Romans 8:13
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Even the simplest of locations can offer an interesting photo when the conditions are right. Already looking forward to the next deep snowfall!
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When I saw a photo of this place for the first time, I could hardly believe such a perfectly picturesque spot could exist! But it does. Heart Lake, in the shadow of Mt. Shasta, deep in the wilderness wastes of California. 
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Winter has finally arrived in West Virginia! 
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Super excited about the January photo assignment, learning how to photograph Moon Scenery! Get the details on the blog (link in bio). 
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Ah, a subject that matches its surroundings! A long forgotten piece of history sitting next to a gravel road somewhere in far eastern West Virginia. 
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Happy New Year! We do not know what the future holds, but we know Who holds the future. May the Lord find us faithful! 
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Merry Christmas everyone! 
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Another full moon coming soon! The day after Christmas. This was last month's full moon, right after Thanksgiving. 
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Enjoyed the challenge of coming up with a great landscape photo in a not-so-great location at a not-so-great time of year! An incredible sunrise really helped here on the shore of a river winding through the northern town of Beauceville, Quebec. 
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Lovely Lane Chapel on the Epworth By The Sea grounds is indeed a lovely chapel!
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While hiking around today I found a neat spot to come back to some day. It's looking due north so it's not the best spot for sunrise or sunset, but I'm sure it could be nice for something. Maybe a misty morning? Always on the lookout for local, easy access spots to come back to at the right time. 
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