May 7, 2012 jennyrain

Monday Weigh In | Her

This will probably be my last Monday weigh in post.

I’ve reached my weight goals and by God’s immeasurably intentional grace showered upon me these last several months, I’ve created some new eating patterns to keep my weight stable. That alone is enough to make me celebrate!

What I’ve started to notice about myself in this journey is that the more I get my mind off of “what is wrong” with me, the more time I have to notice other people, celebrate their wins, pray for others, and encourage them in their own journeys of life.

Today, in honor of the “Her” prompt over at Three * From here and there, I want to celebrate Kelly.

Kelly is an online photographer friend who in the last year or so has spoken a lot of life into my photography journey. The way she sees light is like “painting.” This weekend I had an opportunity to photograph two of my friends in a “friends” shoot… but then I found out that Kel was coming into town. I quickly redirected my friends to Kelly’s calendar because something in me said that they needed to meet the woman behind “The Girl in the White Dress.”

What happened was astounding.

Not only did Kelly rock the shot with them, not only was she the perfect blend of the consummate professional as well as the funny, quirky, delightfully beautiful individual I saw her to be online, she was also able to take each of the girls into a very real and deep place within themselves to pull out their inner beautiful.

Similar to my friend Jill, who I have also had the pleasure of meeting in real life, Kelly’s heart for finding a woman’s inner beautiful has changed how I see my role as photographer forever. Kelly has “shown me the light” so to speak, about this gift of photography that God has given me and how I can use it to bless others whether it be weddings or portraiture.

Annnnddd… Kelly *might* have had an impact on my inner Nikonian. She *might* have had the new Canon 5d Mark III and I *might* have picked it up with her 50mm 1.2 lens on it. It is possible that I *might* have almost swooned when I saw the very first picture I took… and the second… and the third… and it *might* have resulted in me considering moving from Nikon to Canon.

See what I mean? Impact!  So today… I am celebrating Kelly! My prayer for her as she moves into this new year of her business is that she will know that…

“The Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He has watched over your journey… the Lord your God has been with you, and you have not lacked anything. Deut 2.7”

Who can you celebrate today?

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I break things and trip a lot. I like to chase things like dreams, goals, ideas, and raindrops. I create things with words. Writing has been an outlet since I first discovered the magic empty space of a journal. Words dance around in my brain and often land amidst scraps of paper, find their way into journals, or etch themselves into blinking pixels. I hope my words fall like rain on tender souls in need of refreshing. Finding photos in random moments helps me share stories. During a trip to Africa the perfect trifecta of my first DSLR, mission trip, and dream-location happened and my love of photography became a reality. I'm currently writing my first book, "Will They Laugh if I Call You Daddy: Growing up with 2 Dads in an Evangelical World," I'm a board member for One Million Kids, and I believe that every kid of an LGBT parent should have an opportunity to #ChangeTheConversation with their story. My bio remains in process because I am.

Comments (10)

  1. Kelly

    Oh Jenny. Thank you, friend. I told Chelsea and Sheena on Saturday that one of the things I love most about you is how truly you love the people with whom you come into contact; this is so much more than I deserve… I am stunned. Thank you for your encouragement, for believing in me, for seeing Him in me. You blow me away.

  2. TJ

    Yay for you making your weight and sticking to it!  And it’s awesome you’re taking this time to celebrate Kelly.  Both of these things inspire me.  =)

    And I’d pick a Canon over a Nikon.  That’s just how my photography teacher raised me.  =)

  3. Ha, Kelly’s Canon had a similar affect on me, a Nikon girl. I met Kelly last week too and wrote about it here: 

    Fun to see a “behind the scenes” view of another of her sessions! 🙂

  4. Aprima07

    this is really neat to see behind the scene pictures, great shots! lots of energy and emotion in them all.

  5. Donna (Texas)

    Love the shots!  I really need to loose about 20 myself…Thanks for the inspiration!

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