Stacy | Glamour | Winter 2013

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It's hard for me to put myself "out there" especially with things I really care about {like my business}. Sometimes, however, out on a limb is exactly where I need to be.

A couple of weeks ago I posted photo on the captured Facebook page semi-joking about how "fun" my winter photo adventures had been and how I wondered if anyone else would brave the cold weather with me. Not expecting a response, I settled into Friday night in Kansas City with my family, excited to explore the West Bottoms antique market the next day.

Much to my surprise, I woke up the next morning to a message from an old friend from high school who was wondering if she could meet me downtown for a quick shoot. I was so thrilled! A quick text and we were set to meet later that afternoon. A reunion and a photo session-- I love how God uses this business!

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Stacey is an interior architect in Kansas City and is as sweet today as she was when I met her in our high school choir. She's bubbly and full of love for the Lord-- it was so good to reconnect!

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We hadn't talked wardrobe or style because the session came together so quickly and I was absolutely blown away when she stepped in front of the camera. I immediately was transported into another decade. Her beauty and physicality was so unique and so flawless.

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I had taken some engagement photos for my mom and her fiance earlier in the afternoon and suddenly found myself in a predicament-- I only had room for 30 images on my memory card. Typically I carry spare cards with me but since I was visiting for the weekend and not planning to shoot, I hadn't come fully loaded.

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Obviously this was not the session to to run out of space with-- I couldn't get enough of the imagery that was happening in front of the camera! I whispered to myself "don't stress and don't end the session early. Stay calm".

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My goals suddenly shifted from shooting Stacy's every move {my usual approach} to making my portrait visions a reality in each of the 30 clicks I had left.

Nervous yet inspired, I felt truly and deeply like an artist for one of the first times in my life.

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I don't know what affected me the most in this moment-- the urban backdrop with new discoveries around every corner? Stacy's inherent beauty? The realization that I am in control of my work?

Who knew perceived limitations could be so {surprisingly} exhilarating and blissful?

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In a moment where both Stacy and I could have felt trapped/pressured/ rigid we both found freedom and my personal creativity soared.

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On top of shooting with limited memory, I decided to shoot Stacy's entire session with my 100mm 1.8 lens . This is not a lens I typically use for portraiture work, however, I've been falling in love with it over the past month....

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If you'd been nearby to peek down an alleyway while we were shooting, you probably would have thought I was a dancing weirdo. Between the cold, my excitement and my desire to shoot and frame Stacy in new and interesting ways, I was all over the place.

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I'd say it was worth it.

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New goals? Limit my cards more often, don't be afraid to put myself "out there" and end every session with an image like this: staeyblog-2

Stacy,

I've told you a thousand times over the past couple weeks but you are seriously, seriously beautiful. Thank you for reaching out and for stretching yourself in front of the camera-- I am so appreciative!

Here's to new challenges with beautiful outcomes, friends. Find the possibilities around you and face them head on-- goodness is in store!

in His love

Laura