You learn something every day if you pay attention," says a Chinese proverb. Well, today I learned something new and it was simply by watching others with open eyes and an open heart! Today during this family's lightwriting session, I learned that love really is a gift, created in the moments that we forget to realize are even there until we look back and manifests itself in ways we forget to notice until they're absent. A C.S.Lewis quote probably best describes what I mean: "Isn't if funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different."
The task this morning was to capture some of the life in this beautiful family, twelve dear friends of mine who are moving this summer to Pennsylvania and to Idaho for work, for school and for college. We've been continuously looking back and seeing that our friendship and the vivacity of life in it is so different than when we first met, yet day to day when we see each other it seems like we've known each other forever and it's always been that way. I was thrilled to capture some of the fun, the laughs, the funny quips and tricks, teamwork and the chaos of big family love! All the fun times we created are moments we often forget to remember until they are only our treasured memories. The future holds so much, and we can only choose to walk into it with excitement to create more life, love, trust, friends and memories!
Since each family member has their own story to tell, all the handsome big brothers and each precious little girl, their beautiful, faithful mother and their hardworking, loving father, this was my biggest lightwriting project yet, both literally with twelve people to position perfectly inside my viewfinder, and symbolically with this beautiful story! However, together, this whole family's lightwritng story is greater than the sum of all its parts and I couldn't be more excited to be able to capture just a little bit of their story. What's your story? =)
Alexis is 21, twice adopted, and a "lightwriter" ! (Φος+γραφή)
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
― Albert Einstein
"Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still."
“A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light.”
― L DaVinci
“There is some good in this world, and it's worth fighting for.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien
"I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.
― Rabindranath Tagore
"Life isn't a matter of milestones, but of moments""
― R. Kennedy
“You can make anything by writing.”
― C.S. Lewis
"The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity."
― W Whitman
"Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see."
― C. S. Lewis
"The light will always shine. Do not refuse to see it."
― J. Michener
"A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life."
― C Darwin