From our heart to yours, we at Jmotive Photography want to wish you a Merry, Merry Christmas and a Happy and Blessed New Year!
My family and I had the honor of being photographed by the amazing Brandi Lee of Balee Images, a fellow natural light photographer based out of La Porte, IN. She is so awesome and I can’t thank her enough for the beautiful photos she captured for me and my family to cherish for years to come!
It meant the world to me to be able to receive this gift of family portraits, because as a photographer myself it is not too often that I’m able to be on the other end of the camera lens. In fact I can’t think of one family photo of us that was suitable for framing! The ones I’d end up being in would either just be of me with the kids (usually in my pajamas with my hair a mess), or with just Ray and me but never of us all together…and 9 times out of 10 they were just quick snapshots taken from my iPhone :). That’s why it was so important to me to be able to have pictures I can cherish of myself with my family. I know I myself cherish the old family pictures I have of my mom and dad with me and my two brothers when we were little, and I hope one day these photos can also serve the same purpose for my children when they grow older. They then become more than just pictures…if you think about it they are precious and beautiful memories gone in time, but that were captured in tangible images, and we are able to relive them through the gift of photography. That to me is priceless, to me they truly become valuable family heirlooms to cherish for my family and hopefully generations to come.
As we partake in this year’s Christmas celebrations with our own families, let us always remember that each moment with each other truly is a gift. Let us share in love with all those around us, for we all know how fleeting time is. This truth has become so evident in the recent tragedy that has happened in Newtown, CT. We are heartbroken and reminded of the beautiful gifts of life each of those children and teachers were to their loved ones, and who continue to be to this whole world. As we contemplate their short lives, taken too soon, we stand in awe of how precious and beautiful each day and each moment is. Every smile, every hug, every laugh, every meal, every change of a diaper, even times of meltdowns, fights or tantrums seem to be taken for granted…every moment is precious and we should be grateful for them.
This in turn allows us to see the gift of life that each of our own children are, each of our loved ones are, that each of WE are. Sometimes we tend to forget. Our only comfort lies in the truth that the lives we are given on earth are just temporary…and our eternal life really is in Heaven which awaits us all. Those who have gone before us are where they have always meant to be, where each of us long to be whether we know it or not. We all long for Heaven…our whole lives this will be true. But you know the crazy thing is that at this time of year we celebrate as baby Jesus came down to this earth to be born, in whom our longing for Heaven was fulfilled. We received this gift! Heaven itself…here on earth. Let us remember and cherish that profound truth. We await His coming this Christmas. May you and your families cherish these moments of love He has given us on earth this Christmas and New Year’s, from our heart to yours…May God remind us of what the real gifts are for us this Season. <3