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One of the few things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book, or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now.

Similarly, the impulse to keep to yourself what you have learned is not only shameful, it is destructive. Anything you do not give freely and abundantly becomes lost to you. You open your safe and find ashes.

—Annie Dillard, The Writing Life (via bradleyspitzer)

This really pushed me. #authenticityalways

Week 8. 2013.

These 3. My whole heart. Always. I’m posting one of each of them weekly. Until they won’t let me.

Today I was thinking about photography.  And me.  And how we have grown in our relationship with each other.  It’s been such a journey.
Everything I do, my entire life, has been a lesson in my heart.  How to not wear my heart on my sleeve so much, or not let my heart show so much.  Why is this bad?  I am ALL HEART. Everything. I do it all the way.  All heart. I am all heart.
This is me. I’m not changing. IN fact, it’s getting WORSE. My all-heart-ness is becoming stronger.
Guys: here’s the deal. I have a camera. I have photoshop. I have lenses. Etc. Anyone can get these things. But what makes me me, is well, my heart.  And the fact that I’m all heart. And the fact that I believe you should do everything with all your heart. And the fact that when I’m photographing someone, it’s my HEART that is moved. It’s my HEART that sings. It’s my HEART that makes me different and sets me apart.
I’m all heart.
What matters (to me) in photography, is the heart behind the camera.  If I can see that through the images… then yes, I’m in love. I’m moved. I’m a fan.
Going into this weekend with my heart on my sleeve, and glad God made me this way.  Go BIG or go HOME. I’m going big. With my heart. 

Today I was thinking about photography.  And me.  And how we have grown in our relationship with each other.  It’s been such a journey.

Everything I do, my entire life, has been a lesson in my heart.  How to not wear my heart on my sleeve so much, or not let my heart show so much.  Why is this bad?  I am ALL HEART. Everything. I do it all the way.  All heart. I am all heart.

This is me. I’m not changing. IN fact, it’s getting WORSE. My all-heart-ness is becoming stronger.

Guys: here’s the deal. I have a camera. I have photoshop. I have lenses. Etc. Anyone can get these things. But what makes me me, is well, my heart.  And the fact that I’m all heart. And the fact that I believe you should do everything with all your heart. And the fact that when I’m photographing someone, it’s my HEART that is moved. It’s my HEART that sings. It’s my HEART that makes me different and sets me apart.

I’m all heart.

What matters (to me) in photography, is the heart behind the camera.  If I can see that through the images… then yes, I’m in love. I’m moved. I’m a fan.

Going into this weekend with my heart on my sleeve, and glad God made me this way.  Go BIG or go HOME. I’m going big. With my heart. 

In love with serving people.  Today we participated in Help-Portrait. This is a day where photographers get together with makeup artists and hair dressers and whoever else will come along, and we take photos of individuals who normally don’t have the chance to have photos taken. And we print them right there. For free.  Why? Because it’s better to give.
Our time today will always be special to me.  I love what I do. Even more, I love when what I do can benefit others in an unexpected blessing. 
So grateful for friends who want to join in!
Last year our photos meant more than we could have imagined in our little community on our little team. Read here to learn more:
http://help-portrait.com/2012/07/shelly-peters-giving-through-help-portrait/
Love you guys! Honored to give.

In love with serving people.  Today we participated in Help-Portrait. This is a day where photographers get together with makeup artists and hair dressers and whoever else will come along, and we take photos of individuals who normally don’t have the chance to have photos taken. And we print them right there. For free.  Why? Because it’s better to give.

Our time today will always be special to me.  I love what I do. Even more, I love when what I do can benefit others in an unexpected blessing. 

So grateful for friends who want to join in!

Last year our photos meant more than we could have imagined in our little community on our little team. Read here to learn more:

http://help-portrait.com/2012/07/shelly-peters-giving-through-help-portrait/

Love you guys! Honored to give.

Let us not grow weary in doing good.
Let us put LOVE as our first choice, reaction, and action. Every day. All day long. No matter how hard it is, or how frustrated you are. Love is the best way. Love is the only way. The. ONLY. way.
Let us throw off ANYTHING that hinders us from this. Got people in your life who turn you into yuck? Choose LOVE. Say goodbye and don’t regret it. Got a job that kills you? Isn’t life too short to waste on this? Say goodbye. Choose LOVE. Choose to live the BEST way you can to be the BEST you you can.
Let us RUN this race with perseverance. That means, that when things get hard, we plow in, instead of throwing in the towel and giving up. We persevere. We endure. We build up, not tear down. We go forward.
Let us LOVE one another.  Let us put them first. Why? Because it’s better. Why not? 
As the year draws to a close and everyone’s evaluating what’s next and what goals are ahead, mine is simple. To love more, to love better, and to love smarter. Life is too short. Too too short.
Let’s make the most of these opportunities. Let’s do this 2013. 

Let us not grow weary in doing good.

Let us put LOVE as our first choice, reaction, and action. Every day. All day long. No matter how hard it is, or how frustrated you are. Love is the best way. Love is the only way. The. ONLY. way.

Let us throw off ANYTHING that hinders us from this. Got people in your life who turn you into yuck? Choose LOVE. Say goodbye and don’t regret it. Got a job that kills you? Isn’t life too short to waste on this? Say goodbye. Choose LOVE. Choose to live the BEST way you can to be the BEST you you can.

Let us RUN this race with perseverance. That means, that when things get hard, we plow in, instead of throwing in the towel and giving up. We persevere. We endure. We build up, not tear down. We go forward.

Let us LOVE one another.  Let us put them first. Why? Because it’s better. Why not? 

As the year draws to a close and everyone’s evaluating what’s next and what goals are ahead, mine is simple. To love more, to love better, and to love smarter. Life is too short. Too too short.

Let’s make the most of these opportunities. Let’s do this 2013. 

So proud to photograph people who shine. Who aren’t afraid to stand on their own and be who they are. People with love. And strength. It’s an honor to “see” and even more, an honor to share.

So proud to photograph people who shine. Who aren’t afraid to stand on their own and be who they are. People with love. And strength. It’s an honor to “see” and even more, an honor to share.

mth2012:


You’re overwhelmed.  You don’t have time, patience, money, sleep, rest, or peace right now.  You’re not sure what’s going to happen next or how you will get through.  You feel stuck.  Not sure how to ride the waves instead of being trampled by them. You want the best for the people you love, but stress keeps you from being your best self.  Stress keeps you from acting from a place of love.
Please imagine the following on a giant billboard outside your window:  Fear isn’t tangible.  You can’t touch fear.  Which means, fear can’t touch you.  The tough love is that it’s all in your head.  How do you break out of it?  ACT.  Do something.  Bit by tiny bit, build your life back up.  Build it up new.  Begin anywhere.  Say it, send it, stop it, start it, move it, love, give, forgive, just do.  It’s physical.  Take the positive warnings fear brings, then make a decision and launch.  It’s called a leap of faith for a reason.  A leap not a hop or a step.  It feels like flying, like you may not land, as if for a split second you are weightless.  It’s scary.  But, then you land and something crazy happens.  You have sprouted real wings.  You feel even better than you did in flight.  Do not let fear, the intangible, paralyze you any longer.  Life is too short. 
Right now, stop.  Breathe it all in.  You can do this.  Slow down and feel whatever you are feeling - anger, sadness, joy, pain, whatever.  Feel it, then let yourself remember the great times, the sunsets, the water, the laughter, the joy, the excitement, and the sweet words.  Remember the love.  It’s still there.  It never left in the first place.  You’ve got this.  God had it taken care of before he created the ground you leap from. 
Everything you need, you already have.
Love,
Lara


I needed this. Get out there!!!!!

mth2012:

You’re overwhelmed.  You don’t have time, patience, money, sleep, rest, or peace right now.  You’re not sure what’s going to happen next or how you will get through.  You feel stuck.  Not sure how to ride the waves instead of being trampled by them. You want the best for the people you love, but stress keeps you from being your best self.  Stress keeps you from acting from a place of love.

Please imagine the following on a giant billboard outside your window:  Fear isn’t tangible.  You can’t touch fear.  Which means, fear can’t touch you.  The tough love is that it’s all in your head.  How do you break out of it?  ACT.  Do something.  Bit by tiny bit, build your life back up.  Build it up new.  Begin anywhere.  Say it, send it, stop it, start it, move it, love, give, forgive, just do.  It’s physical.  Take the positive warnings fear brings, then make a decision and launch.  It’s called a leap of faith for a reason.  A leap not a hop or a step.  It feels like flying, like you may not land, as if for a split second you are weightless.  It’s scary.  But, then you land and something crazy happens.  You have sprouted real wings.  You feel even better than you did in flight.  Do not let fear, the intangible, paralyze you any longer.  Life is too short. 

Right now, stop.  Breathe it all in.  You can do this.  Slow down and feel whatever you are feeling - anger, sadness, joy, pain, whatever.  Feel it, then let yourself remember the great times, the sunsets, the water, the laughter, the joy, the excitement, and the sweet words.  Remember the love.  It’s still there.  It never left in the first place.  You’ve got this.  God had it taken care of before he created the ground you leap from. 

Everything you need, you already have.

Love,

Lara

I needed this. Get out there!!!!!

mth2012:

Details and registration:  www.MakingThingsHappen.com
Life is too short.  Make it happen!

Friends: it’s never too late to rearrange your focus and live your dreams! Go get it!

mth2012:

Details and registration:  www.MakingThingsHappen.com

Life is too short.  Make it happen!

Friends: it’s never too late to rearrange your focus and live your dreams! Go get it!

mth2012:

You know that decision you need to make?  Make it.  Think of how you will feel when you can just MOVE FORWARD. No matter how much planning and calculating and talking it out and preparing you do, you never know what will happen when you finally take action on a dream.  9 times out of 10, the outcome is better and bigger than we ever expected when we finally act on love and make some tough decisions.  You have to literally step out on faith.  Faith means not knowing the final outcome.  Not having complete assurance of what’s ahead, but having full assurance in hope. In what matters. Belief in what you cannot see.  Life is too short, y’all.  Take that risk.  That step.  That giant leap.  Make life happen. - Lara 
P.S. Yes, as per usual, this post is a note to self as well.  We can do this, friends.  We can do anything if we act on LOVE.

mth2012:

You know that decision you need to make? Make it. Think of how you will feel when you can just MOVE FORWARD. No matter how much planning and calculating and talking it out and preparing you do, you never know what will happen when you finally take action on a dream. 9 times out of 10, the outcome is better and bigger than we ever expected when we finally act on love and make some tough decisions. You have to literally step out on faith. Faith means not knowing the final outcome. Not having complete assurance of what’s ahead, but having full assurance in hope. In what matters. Belief in what you cannot see. Life is too short, y’all. Take that risk. That step. That giant leap. Make life happen. - Lara

P.S. Yes, as per usual, this post is a note to self as well. We can do this, friends. We can do anything if we act on LOVE.

Every once in awhile, a couple comes along that takes you completely by surprise.

They weren’t picky. No shot list from a mother in-law.  No worries about … anything. They just wanted to be married.  It was a breathe of fresh air into my soul.  I needed that!

Weddings are about… love.  Not decorations or dances or how many photographs you have of posed things and what kinds of cups your drinks were in.  At the end of a day it’s a story of boy meets girl.  They fall in love.  They get married.  They live happily ever after.

This is what makes me get out bed everyday… the hope of real love.  The love that says, “nothing matters but us.”  

And photographing it is just a true pleasure.  Nothing beats couples that just authentically LOVE each other.  I’m so lucky that I get to see it all the time!

Thanks Nathan and Lucy, for making my summer!