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My husband and I just watched Wonder Woman again for the third time. Even as a grown woman, I resonate with the desire to be a super hero; a deep desire to be able to save people or have the power to heal or stop bad things from happening. I'm aways inspired by Wonder Woman's intense love and compassion for humanity and the fervor with which she pursues saving the world. She sees the bigger picture, that it's not just good guys versus bad guys. She sees that it is ALL of humanity that can and should be rescued. Even now, thinking about the kind of love that sees beyond our darkness, a lump forms in my throat. Sometimes I wish I had super powers. Sometimes I wish I could change the world. Then I realize, I CAN. I can make a difference and I can do that by being the best me. We have each been created with a unique purpose, unique gifts (super powers) that we can change our world with. 💗
Her face may be familiar to you, as she has graced our blog and social media several times. If you're just now meeting her, she's one of the sweetest, most compassionate women. Jen is gracious and graceful and I always love photographing her. This time around, she wanted to do something different, something that let her branch out, something creative, something that excited her.
She sent me oodles of images for inspiration, mainly featuring a parachute dress. Whilst I don't have a parachute dress in my collection, I knew I could create a dress for her. We sent styles back and forth to each other and then got down to selecting a location. Now, being frank, I was a bit apprehensive about photographing at the Arts Park in downtown Winston-Salem. I'm definitely a bare-feet in the grass, fields of flowers and waterfalls kind of lady! However, if Jennifer was willing to push herself, I was willing to be right there with her.
The final bit of inspiration was a story Jennifer sent me. I asked her to send me a story or a feeling she wanted to have captured with these images. This is her story.
"Once there was a girl who was a dreamer, a lover of life with a big open heart. She believed so much in the good in others and had hope for a fairy tale life for herself. Unfortunately, she tended to let the wrong people into her life and she often got left behind holding the pieces of her heart. These pieces were all that were left for her to start over and she did it again and again, opening her heart and being shattered once more. Yet, she remained strong, and kept building her strength, because she knew God had a beautiful plan for her. Her parachute represents the perseverance that has kept her going all these years and her realization that nothing is going to stop her from believing because she always has always been filled with hope and had her own back."
This is what we created to celebrate her strength and her journey, her love and her resilience. Jen has titled this series "Becoming Fearless" and I couldn't love the name any more than I do because it's perfect for her!
Would you know it was cold, windy and soggy outside from looking at the beautiful smiles on these two beauties' faces? It certainly was but that didn't stop us from having fun playing in the cherry blossom petals just outside Target in downtown Winston-Salem, NC. Bella and Tabitha were really fun to photograph for their Mommy & Me Celebration Session. All 30 minutes were filled with giggles and joy-filled mother daughter bonding. Check out some of Bella & Tabitha's favorite portraits from their session!