on a personal note... {personal portrait photography: Denver, CO}

“Spring was moving in the air above and in the earth below and around him, penetrating even his dark and lowly little house with its spirit of divine discontent and longing.” –Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows 

As it so often does, May has descended on our family with its typical force of frenzied schedules and dreaded life change.  Because of this, I apologize for my absence of late. 

Over the last 10 days our family has been mourning the loss of Drew’s beloved Grandmother.  He came home yesterday from time in Buffalo, NY with family celebrating her memory, life and legacy.  She was a lovely and precious woman whose love for Jesus makes her passing full of peace and joy for many those she left behind.  It can truly be said that she is in a better place, for which we are all grateful. 

Since Henry and I could not join Drew and his family, we took a few days off to be in the Springs with my family as we prepare to celebrate my little brother’s recent graduation from High School, as well as his departure to the USAF Special Forces in just two weeks.  Time with him is precious now so I’ve been neglecting my work of late to soak up these last moments with my courageous ‘baby’ brother.

With all the heartache of change, even when change is good, May will also bring some gorgeous weddings, some babies, a photography conference, styled photo shoots, a bit of travel, and the beginning of an exciting personal photo project on our family blog. That means more posts soon, so please keep checking in AND thinking of me as you makes plans to capture the summer fun ahead for each of your beautiful families. 

The quote I began with, from one of my all time favorite books, reminds me that there is light that can penetrate even the darkest moments of sadness and change, creating a longing for something more joyful and adventurous. Personally, I often need a physical reminder, so I close with images from one of Henry and I’s recent adventures, hunting for dandelions and sunshine.  I brought some film along, something I like to do but rarely share here.  I hope these inspire you to spend some time in nature this week.  Nothing will inspire your life and art more then a bit of fresh air.