beyond special. with tears in my eyes…

i asked my friend emily to just write a little paragraph about what she had hoped to get out of our shoot – and her words, combined with the visuals of the photographs has made me tear up. it’s beyond special.

she is so gifted in writing. so here are her words – to go with my wordless love demonstrated in photograph…..

To capture us.

I didn’t want to do a big professional photo-shoot until I knew our family was complete. Getting to that point has been a journey full of ups and downs, but when our third daughter was born I felt we had arrived at “complete” and were ready for some pictures. There was only one person I wanted to capture our crew, my dear friend Stacy, but for a while I hesitated to book a shoot because, well, we aren’t particularly fancy or stylish and I didn’t think our little ragamuffin family was worthy of her talent.

But as I looked through Stacy’s family photo shoots I realized something…it’s not that Stacy photographs only amazingly beautiful people…what makes her photography so lovely, so captivating, is that she somehow captures the natural beauty that is inside each person, each family. That is what I wanted – our family’s signature beauty to be captured.

The 5 of us are a happy, loving, messy, joyful ball of chaos and THAT is what I trusted Stacy to catch and document. I wanted some fraction of how I feel about my spectacular little girls, and how we all feel about each other and this gorgeous place we live to come through in photos. I wanted snapshots of the joy of childhood, the bond between sisters, the innocence and mischief in my girls eyes, the lush green retreat of our backyard, my husband and daughters playing in the water and sand at their most special place. I wanted pictures of the little moments and details and looks that may seem insignificant, but are actually where life happens. I wanted something that my husband and I could look back on together and remember the beautiful mess of this intense, exhausting, gorgeous stage of life.

The experience of the photo-shoot was so natural and fun and actually felt like a gift in and of itself. For two hours I felt like I was outside myself watching these three amazing little creatures God has seen fit to bless me with. I felt close to tears just watching them twirl, and laugh, and run, and fall, and climb, and just be themselves. The fact that this shoot ended up with all of us in the ocean in our clothes is a delightfully accurate portrayal of our family and a testimony to Stacy’s natural style. She let us be us.

I have a feeling we will come across more serene and lovely in the pictures than we really are, but I think that might actually be the true magic of Stacy’s photography. All of that beauty is in all of us all the time, and it just takes a special person to see it and capture it.

Thank you Stacy, for capturing a little bit of us that we can cherish, remember, and hold on to forever. I can’t wait to see what beauty you found through your lens.

on top of the world. your family is amazing. xoxo


Kristen Gough - October 18, 2013 - 6:53 am

tears in my eyes too. thank you, Emily, for your words. And Stacy, thank you, as always, for continuing to pursue your passion and share your gift. The video was absolutely incredible of this precious family in a most exquisite place. xo

ingrid - October 18, 2013 - 7:55 am

emily’s words captured your gifts beautifully… and stacy, you captured this family in the breathtaking, tears in the eyes way that only you can

Caroline - October 18, 2013 - 11:33 am

oh my goodness, you have blown me away again! your work is incredible, and those videos! wow! i may need to hire you to get one of my own…

Shannon Rapo - October 18, 2013 - 11:40 am

In the words of Emily Kates “Oh my word!” Stacy, these pictures and video are AMAZING! I am sitting here with tears streaming down my face after reading Emilys words and seeing how you captured them so perfectly. What a gift you have, thank you for sharing it with us!

Aimee Plasman - October 18, 2013 - 12:47 pm

so amazing stacy!!! love to see your talent blessing so many families.

Carrie Gugger Kelley - October 18, 2013 - 1:20 pm

Thank you for sharing this beautiful family. Their clear celebration of family and love was perfectly captured in a way that can be celebrated and remembered…. Amazing!

Rachel McClenahan - October 18, 2013 - 1:37 pm

I am not sure if I cried because of how wonderful these five are, or because of the beauty that you captured, Stacy. I think both. Abby dragging her sandy dress up the stairs is quintessential Abby – and priceless.

Laura - October 19, 2013 - 7:23 pm

HOW do you do it??? Your photos are incredible and now there’s a phenomenal video too. This family is precious and so fun!!!! I just love your work. :)

Cara miller - October 20, 2013 - 2:20 pm

I’m bawling at the beauty!!!!! xo

Gramma - October 20, 2013 - 6:59 pm

I loved the one of the oldest nestled between her parents, and THEN, when I scrolled through again, I saw that one making the third for the set of three photos grouped together of each of the girls. Love, love, love…

Gramma - October 20, 2013 - 7:03 pm

Is it possible to watch that video without a face-ache-smile and a lump in your throat???????

nicole - November 1, 2013 - 2:28 pm


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