Candle and Morning Light

The homey warm and outside cool lights of a morning at home. I initially began photographing the candle and morning light on my coffee table out of a fascination with the contrast of the colors: the warm golden glow of the candle alongside the cool blue of early morning.  Then I realized that this presented…

Reflections [Project]

A few weeks ago, I read an article recommending that photographers have a sort of on-going project to keep them developing their personal photography.  The author described it as a sort of photographic sketchbook–studies that might just be an exercise worthwhile in itself, but that might also inspire more public works.  This particular author chose…

Why beauty?

Ever have a moment when you read an article that seems to be the conclusion of a myriad of your own flickering thoughts, doubts, and impressions? Sarah Clarkson’s reflection on the spiritual significance of beauty struck me in that way this afternoon.  Her writing articulates convictions which direct my delight in beauty (most clearly seen…

Hope for Spring

Yesterday, the unseasonably mild weather beckoned me out to walk through what (barring the warmth) looked like the dead of winter.  Brown was the dominant color.  The trees and other vegetation looked like ghosts of themselves. And yet—I was surprised to find these small yellow flowers that had popped up in the thaw that so…

Making Time

Lately I’ve been learning a truth that I was reminded of today in an article posted on “Story Warren”: that unless we carefully guard it, our creativity and imagination can quickly be pushed out of the way by our to-do lists of “grown up” things (work responsibilities being at the top of my present list).…

Life at the start of the term

The life of a couple in school does not feel the most glamorous–especially not during the week, when the house looks nothing like the inspiration pieces posted on decor blogs (or pinterest), and when quite honestly, it seems like the clutter of work surrounds us. Whether the folders and equipment of the engineering student,  …

Something Borrowed

Well…perhaps more than borrowed: received. This necklace, which I became the possessor of due to the clothes-swapping culture among the women in my house church, is quickly growing from a style experiment to a favorite accessory. That is the beauty of the clothing swap: sometimes,  by trying on clothing or accessories that have been culled…

Not the End

Have you ever found yourself driving to a destination when a song–in your collection or on the radio–hits you with an intensity that, because it hasn’t ended when you reach your destination, you stay in the car to hear it end? There you sit, soaking the sound, the lyrics, the feeling in. Gungor’s “This is…