I’m an American, I’m a woman, I’m a “caucasian”. But I am a HUMAN first.

This is a message to myself just as much as it’s a plea with humanity.

School shootings, police violence, black lives matter, a heinous nightclub hate crime, marathon bombings, endless amounts vicious attacks based on race, orientation, religion. we take these things seriously, as we should. Everyone seems to be touched and pulled together in times of “ #prayfor….. “ Facebook feeds reeling, mainstream news constant coverage.

But where are we today? In this very moment as real mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, sweet little babies, human beings are being tortured, murdered, massacred. No human should be exempt of the mercy, support, and love that NONE of us deserve. No medicine, no shelter, no hope. How are we ok with this? How are we so oblivious and numb? Why isn’t this being broadcasted left and right?

Because of what? distance? race? religion? The very issues we are fighting. I didn’t know these things were conditional. No mother deserve to see their innocent child slaughtered. If that happened here, the community would be mortified. Just for one. This is a massacre. How is it any less polarizing? How in the hell did we get here?  Before, we didn’t have the internet and media access like we do now. In the age of technology, IGNORANCE is a choice. There is no excuse– we are held accountable for doing NOTHING.

If you saw a baby girl about to be raped, tortured, bombed… wouldn’t you do whatever you could to save her? And if you couldn’t, wouldn’t you be sick with grief? There are hundreds of them! This is real. It’s happening right now. No hospitals to run to or shelter to gather hope. It’s happening as we lay in our warm beds and go to sleep tonight. We need to wake up.

I’m well aware that we can’t suit up and physically go pull people out of there but I guarantee each and every one of us could do something more than we are. Prayer cost nothing. Educating yourself and others is a privilege. Do your homework, don’t just read one article. Read many, from the U.S., Europe, China, Australia; as many as you can. Find the truth and don’t be led astray!  Spread the news that no one else will!

“Showing solidarity with Syrians and showing outrage for what is happening is really important,” Syrian medical activist Elise Baker told The WorldPost. “I feel that one of the things that has been missing in this conflict is significant outrage from American citizens or citizens from outside of Syria demanding action and saying this is unacceptable.”

I’m an American, I’m a woman, I’m a “caucasian”.

But I am a HUMAN first.

I am a body, mind, spirit, & soul before any other label we’ve created.

The fact that this is happening and just because it’s not on our own land (whatever that means) it isn’t the topic of mass disgust is what’s disgusting. I believe we are held accountable for what we know. I pray God has mercy on our souls that we know and turn our cheek. You may wash your blood soaked hands but the stains of apathy will always be present.

Pray for the humans of Aleppo as their reality is something even Hollywood could’t prove more gruesome or disturbing. I am so sorry we have failed you.

Pray for supernatural comfort and peace that only He could provide.

This informative & proactive webpage has great, easy to understand content in all facets of this crisis.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/help-syria-aleppo_us_585160b5e4b0e411bfd498c2

 

White helmet organization are pulling out people who are stuck under those buildings https://herofund.whitehelmets.org/donate/crowdfund?source=twwbty

Save the Children

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Katy + David

I don’t even know where to begin! This was one of the best weekends I have had in a long time & since! Not only did I get to road trip to Tulsa with my little sister (who is my second shooter/apprentice in training!) but this wedding was as dreamy as it gets. There was not a better wedding for my sister to get her feet wet at. I really wanted Siera (sista) to understand that wedding photography is so much more than a “perfect” shot but it’s about becoming immersed in the ambiance of two people’s unique love so you’re able to transfer those emotions to something tangible. Katy & David (along with their friends/family) are two of the most deserving, genuine human beings I have ever been blessed to work with. The day was overflowing with raw & undeniable gratitude for the love they have found. They created their wedding day to be more than a union to each other but to honor all of the people who have made them who they are. Each place setting wasn’t only labeled with names but they added a few words describing something unique & lovely about that person. WHAT! Exactly. Dream couple. It was just a wonderful experience. I won’t even bore you with the deets about the MOST AMAZING HOTEL I’ve laid eyes on! Campbell Hotel in Tulsa,OK. Look it up- you won’t be mad! Our room was a black & gold luxury pad suited for a Persian goddess. Really, I could go on for days so I’ll stop now.

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Justin + Hannah

A couple weeks ago I met up with Hannah & Justin on a beautiful (hello a rare 50 in this eternal winter) evening at the Clinton Lake trails! The week leading up to our session was rainy, dreary, and completely yuck, and while I’m sure these two could’ve warmed up any scenery we had, I was oh so happy to see the sun!!  These two are completely head over heels for one another, and have the kind of happy that every one deserves to feel.  You know that love where nothing else matters when you’re together?  When you forget that other people are even with you?  They totally have that, and it was heartwarming to watch them together, and even better to get to capture it!  These two beauts are getting married this upcoming October & I can’t wait to watch them become Mr. & Mrs. Ross!

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Mama Meg n’ Mason

As my second shoot with this gorgeous duo is swiftly approaching I couldn’t help but reminisce on how stinkin’ adorable little Mason is! If there was a Mason theme calendar, honestly who couldn’t help buying it?! He is naturally so handsome & Megan has done an unbelievable job raising him.

Literally, can’t wait for our our upcoming session!
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3 generations + sunshine

Gosh. I’ve sat here for 10 minutes trying to think of a way to start this post. There is so much I love about this session. Three generations of absolutely beautiful, strong, & spirited ladies, what isn’t inspirational about it? Amanda, her mother, & her daughter truly transpose the essence of classic beauties. Don’t let the adorableness of little Bella completely fool you! She is just a ornery as she is gorgeous & I wouldn’t want it any other way. She was a firecracker running around the grass, riding giant flowers & causing us all to bust out into laughter throughout the session. The sunlight is truly their greatest accessory.

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Matthew + Kayte sitting in a tree

I decided that I am going to take this #TBT (Throw Back Thursday) & use it to my blogging advantage. I have so.many.incredible shoots that I’ve done throughout the years & thinking about somehow blogging them is downright overwhelming. Somehow the thought of showcasing one every #TBT is way less taunting & actually exciting. Now, back to the subject of this post; Matthew & Kayte. You could search high & low without a mere sight of imperfection. Such a lovely Fall day; adorned by spunky people, rustic details, & of course, love.

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