Meagan and I met Rylee nearly two years ago when I was frantically looking for a wedding photographer. What we found was so much more—a true, kind and kindred friend. Such a joyful part of both of our weddings, now we can’t wait to see her marry her high-school sweetheart this Saturday!
For Telling’s Sake, is a net to catch the stories of people who inspire us and a place to hang the findings of how sharing life through blogs is a rich and meaningful experience—for sharers and readers.
I started my very first blog when I was 15, and everyday I wrote the things my heart was drawn to. I shared my life, my crafts, and would interview other small artists to encourage them to share their stories, too. That blog is long gone now, but I feel that this was a wonderful beginning to my art today.
Today my blog is simply photographs… Sharing other people’s stories through imagery. And even though there are no words shared between my ‘readers’ and I, somehow it has been a door to many wonderful friendships and collaborations that have birthed more sharing and more giving.
I look at my blog as a way to tell the world what I believe in and what I want to do in this life… a place to connect with like-minded people, not to bring me more business, not to get more of my work published, not to connect with more brides (though it does do those things too, and I am grateful). More, it’s an unspoken love letter. An unspoken invitation. A “This is me. This is how I see. How do you see?”
When someone sees the same way I do—when they connect with my work—it sparks conversation. This is when a like-minded creative writes me to collaborate, to bring more beauty into the world. This is when I get invitations to share more stories.
I feel like the most blessed person in the world because I get to be involved in a Royal Service, to photograph love and light and beauty, and get paid for it too (but hey, that is just the icing on the cake).
The Creator of this universe so clearly holds beauty as one of the most important parts of life. He could have just created the sun for light and warmth and stopped at that, but rather he makes the most amazing sunsets for us everyday. This is true for everything; the trees, the birds, the wind, the water. It’s all a beautiful song and a beautiful masterpiece. He is an artist, and he has passed the torch to us, trusting us with this beauty to paint a small part of his painting. That which we create—these photographs we take, these recipes we make up and serve, these weddings we design for others to enjoy, these flowers we pick up and put in a vase, these blog posts of beautiful words, these seemingly really tiny things that sometimes feel like they’re not really much help to the world—they are. They are some of the most important things to make this world turn round.
When I was 15 I had no idea anyone out there shared the belief that beauty was important. All my life, school taught me math and science and being successful were important, but thankfully my parents encouraged me to pursue something else that was also important. They somehow saw that this space on the internet would bring something more.
This weekend I’m getting married, and it feels like a celebration in beauty and Creation. So many incredible creatives and friends are surrounding my fiance and I to bring their gifts. They are people I have been blessed to connect with online thanks to our shared interest in beauty.
In the in-betweens, we hang lights, plant flowers, put on dresses, play music, say beautiful words… all not in vain. This is so much bigger than just a wedding for a girl and a boy.
Creating and celebrating beauty is a Royal Service, friends. Connecting with like-minded creatives and beautiful minds is no small thing.
Take this with you: write, share images, sing songs, tell the world your heart in anyway you know how. Connect with others, and create beauty. Thank you, Internet, for inviting this.