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San Diego Round Up : Reigniting A Passion

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Long before I started blogging words, I blogged a whole bunch of pictures. When Chad and I lived in San Diego, I started a photography business called Thrive Photography. From the time I was young, I have always enjoyed expressing myself through art. Be it drawing, painting or photography, it has always felt like an extension of who I am as a person. That is the beauty of art. Things that I may not feel I am able to adequately express verbally, I have found can be done in other forms. Most recently, it has been through writing on this blog, but our recent trip to California reignited my passion for photography. It reminded me not just of what I do, but why.


Photography for me has always been more than taking a pretty picture. More than composition and lighting. More than capturing that “perfect moment.” I think my photos show that. I’m far more interested in telling the whole story than I am painting a perfect picture with photos. The fact is, life is a series of high highs and low lows. Though that looks different for everybody it is those moments and everything in between that formulates our story.

When I began my photography career, little did I know how powerful of a tool it would become. I quickly learned that I loved working with families. I loved documenting people year after year. I loved turning expressions into images that would be a reminder of a little personality taking shape. I loved that it felt a little less like a photography session and little more like we were hanging out. I loved that I felt like in some small way I was living out a purpose and a gift that God had given me. But what I loved most, was the way it allowed me to connect with people on a deeper level. That camera in many ways was a window into people’s lives. It was a way to be a small part of a person’s story. In many cases, it ignited beautiful friendships that I still have to this day.

Each time we return to San Diego it feels a bit like a whirlwind. There are so many people we want to see and never enough time. This trip was no exception. I had the best time catching up with friends and family. It feels like we picked up right where we left off. I also had the honor of taking on some photography sessions with past clients and friends. I was reminded of the power of story. That as each year passes more of our story unfolds. The ability to be a part of that is an honor I can’t always put into words.

When I began writing this blog in December, my intent was to create a space that was safe for people to share their stories. My only hesitation was that I wasn’t ready to share mine. What I began to realize though is that our stories are meant to be shared. Not one of them is insignificant and our words have the power to make people feel less alone. To say something they have always felt in a way that makes a little more sense. And our stories can only have power if they are told. Here are a few photos from my time in San Diego this year. Each one of them are portraits of people who all have a unique story. In the coming weeks, some of them will be told by the people in them. They are stories of high highs and low lows. They are unique, but in many ways the same.

It is fun to see the marrying to two passions in this space. For now I leave you with these pictures. I can’t wait to share more about the people in these photos, in their own words. We are all journeying through this life. It’s better to do it together.