A Few Favorites

Here are a few things I am delightfully thankful for at the present.

1) Elyse Fitzpatrick. Specifically, her book, “Because He Loves Me”. Precious, glorious reminders on a daily basis of my new identity in Christ. I can’t recommend this book highly enough. Here’s an excerpt I couldn’t stop reading and re-reading this weekend:

“The problem of our ongoing fallibility and failure has been answered in the Gospel. We are, each one, more sinful and flawed than we ever dared believe, but more loved and welcomed than we ever dared hope. The love of God for us in the Gospel assures our hearts and brings us peace, especially when we see our sins and failures. We can rejoice because our basic identity questions have all been answered in him. Who we are as individuals, our place of belonging, the purpose of our lives, the permanence of our existence and work have all been answered forever. We are loved, welcomed, adopted, united to Him, and forgiven. Nothing, not even our sin, will ever change what He has done. The Gospel tells us that our new identity is found in Christ alone. But we forget that we are sinful and flawed and don’t deserve respect. We also forget that we’ve been loved and welcomed by the only Person whose opinon really matters. We’ve forgotten God’s love for us in the Gospel. Our fundamental problem is not our history, our environment, our brain chemicals, or even our bad choices. Our problem is that we’ve got a functional identity that flies in the face of Gospel truth. We’ve ignored and disregarded the fact that Christ has given us His identity: He is our life.” – pg. 57

2) The newest Sojourn album. Specifically, “Early, My God”– which is toward the end. (You can listen to it free here.) The lyrics to all of the songs were originally penned by Isaac Watts. So don’t get too carried away by the soulful vocalists or sweet basslines, because you might miss out on death by edification.

“Early, my God, without delay, I haste to seek Your face. My thirsty spirit faints away without Your cheering grace… my spirit toils with this life’s gloom and fights to stay the course. Remind me of that heavenly hour when you first called me yours.” – lyrics from “Early, My God”

3) My 85mm prime lens, low-light photos, and shooting in manual. The newest additions to 365 below will likely give you an idea why.

4) Pretty much anything produced by the BBC. I’m starting to think about thinking about making one of those pacts with myself where I move to the UK if I’m still not married by the time I’m of a certain age.

5) Any of the following photos.

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6.1.11 – 7:14pm
Body: Canon Rebel XS
Lens: Canon 85mm prime

I was so delighted to take photos for this family AGAIN!! A quick glance at my portfolio will show you that they have been amazing, wonderful models for me throughout their time together! I did their engagement, wedding, and newborn photos at the hospital. I was so happy to do their family photos with 3mo old Addisyn Jane. Here are a couple favorites.

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6.1.11 – 3:00pm
Body: Canon Rebel XS
Lens: Canon 85mm prime

I love this whole series because of how perfectly it portrays what daily life is like with 10 month old twins.

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6.6.11 – 12:17pm
Body: Canon Rebel XS
Lens: Canon 85mm prime

You may be thinking that I’m biased in my photographic love of the Piper kids, but you’re very wrong. It’s just that the older two rarely ever let me take pictures of them. But it would seem I had some very willing models today. (Key word: seem.)

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6.6.11 – 1:06pm
Body: Canon Rebel XS
Lens: Canon 85mm prime

If they were any cuter, I might explode.

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6 thoughts on “A Few Favorites

  1. Gosh, Orison and Morrow are dang cute – of course the twins go without saying. That Orison is going to be a super heartbreaker, I can just tell.

    Excellent work, Katie! You are a fab photographer!

  2. Love the pics! I think i might explode too if they got any cuter! :)
    I thought I might mention though, that the twins are now 10 months. My oh time flies! haha
    (June 2nd has come and gone!!)

  3. Your photos are beautiful and really you should just move to England. Make sure you track down ‘Inside the human body’ if you like BBC documentaries – totally fascinating! X

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