“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”
― Edith Warton
I can’t help wondering if maybe there is a way to be both…
The image above is from a shoot I did this week that was the culmination of months of planning that got scrapped and restarted and re-planned and unplanned and completely changed up at the very last minute with a location change because of a rainy day. Experiences like this shoot teach me that it is okay to breathe, that perfection doesn’t mean everything happens as you plan, that God is more in control of all the little things than we think He’d care to be.
I had forgotten that He uses the weak and the fool, that “extravagance” only comes by way of living a life – not by getting all the things you want. I had forgotten that grace means I don’t have to be in “the right place” to ask Him to be with me. I am learning that confidence and humility can go hand in hand, and that limitations merely offer a chance for rest in the busyness that would otherwise consume me.
I feel as though I am coming alive again, as though I am finally able to fuse my work with the voice of my heart instead of the “X would shoot this like that” or the “Y would want to see this” in my point of reference. I’m excited about the authenticity that is beginning to emerge, and I don’t feel as driven to compete as I used to feel, now that I am beginning to see my passion in my own work.
I waited years and years to make some of these images. I cannot wait to show you.
Photography & Creative Direction: Kelly Sauer
Art Direction & Styling: Type A Society
Location: River Oaks Charleston
Makeup & Fashion Styling: Dannon K Collard, Like the Yogurt
Models: Marissa R. & Micah, Millie Lewis Models & Talent
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Calligraphy: Elizabeth Porcher Jones
Silk Ribbon, Scarves, & Candles: Silk & Willow
Ring Box: The Mrs. Box
Hatbox: Trousseau & Co.
Shoes: Ivanka Trump
Gown: Jill Jill Stuart via Rent the Runway
Floral Source: Whole Foods Market
Jewelry, Table Settings, & Linens: Anthropologie