Mt Hood Snow Anniversary Shoot: Stephen and Anna

Today is their anniversary. They just had their second little girl. 4 Years ago I photographed their wedding… These are the couples I love to photograph:

“Today marks 4 years of being married to the most amazing man! I couldn’t have asked for a more caring and loving husband. I wouldn’t want to go through life with anyone else. I love you infinity, Stephen !! “ 

Little known to most people, Anna writes this as they watch their new little one go through intensive treatment for a blood disorder. Pain and difficulty are inevitable in life, but who you have by your side makes all the difference in the world.

Love to you both and Happy Anniversary even in the struggle. Love, Christa

 

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How to Anticipate Your Photographs

Zenith Vineyard Wedding, Candid of groom and his Father-in-law.

Zenith Vineyard Wedding, one of my favorites of Aaron and Whitney’s Father.

 

 

 

One too many times I have let my camera drop from my eye, only to miss the moment by a split second.

The tear being wiped away. The laugh. The wink.

Moments happen in the blink of an eye and you have to be ready- anticipating them. Seeing the moments before they actually happen. This is what makes a great candid photographer, someone who understands what happens on a wedding day and is PREPARED for it.

The “spray and pray” strategy isn’t a strategy at all.

My goal for 2015 weddings? Step up my game and anticipate the moments on a whole new level.

 

 

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How to Avoid Burn Out

“We all work for an audience, whether we are aware of it or not. Some perform to please parents, others to impress peers, other to win over superiors, while many do what they do strictly to live up to their own standards. All of these audiences are inadequate. Working for them alone will lead to overwork or underwork–sometimes a mixture of the two, based on who is watching. But Christians look to an Audience of One, our loving heavenly Father, and that gives us both accountability and joy in our work.”  - Tim Keller, Every Good Endeavor

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There have been periods in my life when I’m working for myself. For the approval of my associates. For the status that I want to achieve so I can “be somebody”. But these have all lead to burn out. I end up hating my job, or not doing good work, or working for the money which is the lamest reason of all.

But then I am reminded of these words from Tim Keller, I’ve read this chapter in his book at least a dozen times. (I keep forgetting and need to re-read it). And my soul is refreshed. I shed the burden of my own expectations like a dreaded weight and I’m free to actually love my job, to excel- to be the best I can be. Not for my own success, but because I want to honor the One who gave me the gifts in the first place.

We all have our reasons for doing what we do. Perhaps, to you, mine are “out dated” or “too religious”. We live in a post-modern culture right? Christianity has been discarded a long time ago as passe’. But for me, it makes sense. It’s what connects the dots in my work. It gives a reason to prize the beauty of human life and to value long-term relationships. Relationships of love are the foundation for all of reality. When I can capture and celebrate those relationships for the right reasons- then I am truly doing my job well.

 

 

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