Grace. It's the word that comes to mind when I think of these two. Everything about them is grace. They offer grace to one another, to everyone around them, to me. They exude grace in the way they interact with each other, the way they hold each other, the way he leads her, the way she is attuned to him. They gave me grace when I was stuck in the worst traffic of all time on the way to Athens for this session. They love each other and, together, they shine that love and offer it to those who come in to their lives. I am so lucky to have had that opportunity.
I've found more and more on this path of mine that the more I love, the more joy I receive in return. I accept that I may be a short glimpse in someone's life, but if I can show them love, they remember that feeling. If I'm to be honest, I have always been afraid that love is finite. Being an introvert, love seemed like something I had to administer in small doses or else I would be fatigued, it would turn to resentment -- in to guilt. Over the years, as I've gotten married and been given grace over and over and over (and over), and shown love in every circumstance (anger, fear, resentment, laughter, joy hope, death, life, loss, success, the list goes on...), as I've learned from SO many incredible people who have entered my life through my career, I'm learning more now than ever that the love I have to give is infinite and it's become a gift. I can be loved by others and, in return, I can perpetuate their grace in to others.
With Rosanna and Richard, I've been given that grace, the warmth that comes from someone who genuinely cares for others and -- in this season of giving thanks -- I couldn't be more grateful to have had my path cross with theirs.
They're getting married in May of next year and I can not wait to be a part. :o) Take a peek at just a few of my favorites from their session. We started at Washington Farms, a light-filled farm with a zinnia patch in Watkinsville, and scooted down the road to take in the last bit of light within a massive cotton field. Pretty incredible when you give up the reigns and open your heart -- you never know where He will take you! <3
Photographed with both film + digital media.
Film: Shot with Mamiya 645 Pro TL on Kodak Portra 400 film.
Digital: Shot with 5D Mark II with Canon 50mm f/1.2 lens and Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens