Engaged | Ray and Kim

During a whirwind fall photography week, I spent some time with my friends Kim and Ray to commemorate their engagement.

I love engagement.  There’s so much hope, so much to look forward to, and, if I’m lucky, I’ve caught the bride- and groom-to-be during a less stressful period of the planning time.

First, we went downtown.

Then, we went to campus, where Ray works and took a few pictures.  I love Browning Amphitheater.

Um, she punched him. Watch for more punching to come.

I’ve been scouting for empty bike racks for years. Finally, we scored!

Finally, we went to a photographer’s favorite location in Columbus, Inniswood Metro Gardens.

Ray played a little bit of groove music.


I sort of had to force these two to kiss. Wonder if that’ll be the case in, say, a year…

I love piggy back pictures. Love.

And then there’s this. This.

We’ll see these two again in a year, when they will finally become husband and wife.

Ray and Kim, I cannot wait to capture your big day!

You’re lovely,
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Important Stats:

How did you meet?

We were set up by a mutual friend. Our friend for unnamed reasons lost his drivers licenses, and Ray had to drive him to Medina to see his girlfriend. I was good friends with his girlfriend and we did not have a choice but to go on the date. Neither of us were interested in spending our day this way. But who knew it was going to be the start of something wonderful! We realized we did actually like each other, two weeks later he asked to date me! About three years of fun, adventures, and getting to know each other he proposed!

Kim’s Job: Kindergarten teacher at Goddard School in Reynoldsburg, Ohio.

Ray’s Job: Service Desk Analysts for Ohio State University

How he popped the question, according to Kim:

Ray came over late on a Sunday night, and got right to his knee and opened a box… but it was my old ring (used to size). As my stomach was flip flopping I realized it wasn’t an engagement ring… so I punched him.. twice. I was watching an awful Lifetime movie at the time. He asked if he could set something up on my TV to show me. By now I knew what was happening so I said when the movie was over. Ray was so fidgety during the last 30 minuets of the movie. He set up the computer to the TV and hit play. He created a wonderful movie of our years together, highlighting our favorite memories. At the end he dropped to one knee and asked me that important question. I said YES!

Three things they like to do together: Golf, shop, car trips

Kim in three words: Beautiful, Compassionate, Exciting

Ray in three words: Caring, Sensitive, Lovable


Jo and Steven |Sneak Peek

Oh, man, oh, man!

I can’t even think of words for this picture.

I have a lot of editing to do and will hopefully be able to edit while I recover from my wisdom tooth extraction [happening tomorrow], but here’s a quick peek at Jo and Steven’s quick couple’s session:



A New Year | 2013

I hate odd numbers.

Just thought you should know.  I mean, after my man proposed, he pointed to two dates on the calendar as suggestions.  I chose the one with all even numbers.  Seriously.  That’s why we got married on that day.

Anyway, that’s why I’m not so sure what to think about entering 2013.

And, since I’m a teacher, I do new year’s resolutions in August.  I’ll say something like, “This year, I’m going to contact parents more,” or “This year, I’m going to push my students more,” or even, “This year, going to spend less time around negative Nancies.”

And this is possibly one of the latest new year posts ever.  Partially because I had flu and strep simultaneously two weeks ago and took about 13 days to get back on my normal feet. But the tardiness of this post is, nonetheless, recognized.

*sigh* So, today’s post will have two parts.  Skip to the part you care about or read both:

2012: Year in Review
Devotion | A 2013 Change

2012: Year in Review

I feel entirely blessed by 2012.  Especially in my photography business.  Here are my favorite 12 images and moments from 2012–in no particular order:

1) Caught Brynn growing up a bit.  Ready for an even number? Two shots of Brynn:

2) This shot of Nina was the final snap of the day.  My fave!

3) Reunited and it feels so gooooooood!  I joined some friends I worked with in Kentucky for some pizza and gossip.  I love these two girls.  And Bob is pretty swell, too.

4) I love this image from Haleigh and Andrew’s engagement:

5) This girl and her Bible.  Beautimus!  I will totally miss her after she graduates this year.

6) These guys were a blast at Jon and Jess’ wedding.

7) This wedding was so sweet!  And the bride and groom’s guests had a bunch of sweet cars!

8) I was honored to grab Alyson and Corey’s engagement shots.  Even though I dropped my camera and, consequently, had a heart attack.  These two were a barrel of fun and I look forward to seeing God work in them and through them in the future.

9)I finally, finally, finally got to visit Japan!  It was so great to visit Jessica in her temporary home country.  I just realized that I haven’t blogged about this marvelous trip since I came back to the midwest without power for days before it got away from me.  Maybe I should do that…

10) My brother-in-law came home from Afghanistan and married his lovely wife.  So glad to see him so happily married.

11) The Hunk and I celebrated two years of marriage at Niagara Falls. He really is the most marvelous gift to me ever.  God knows me so well to have given me such a great husband for life!

12) I became an aunt to this cute face:

Professionally, I was able to grow a lot this year.  I upgraded my gear and continued to hone my editing skills.  One thing I really need: A really good workshop experience.  Maybe that will happen in 2013.


Devotion | A 2013 Change

Disclaimer: This is not a new year’s resolution.

But I do want to get some things realigned in my life.  I’ve shared this with people before as an experienced-based piece of advice: At every point of change in your life, you will have to figure out how to keep Bible-reading and prayer in your regular schedule.  It happened to me when I left for college: I had to fight to keep a Bible-reading schedule.  As is the case with many college freshmen who go to a Christian college, there was a lot of support to help me keep a schedule.  When I got to graduate school, some things changed in my life again.  I lost my college support system and eventually moved to a different church.  Again, I had lots of support–wonderful ladies who poured into me.  But I had a full time job and graduate school at the same time.  I eventually fought my way back to a semi-regular reading schedule.

Then I got married and moved.  Frankly, support looks entirely different here.  As a pastor’s wife, I am the support much of the time.  (Read: Totally okay with me, of course!) But it’s time for me to make these adjustments.  It’s time to figure it out and it’s time to get my reading and praying priority back where it has been in the past and where it should be.

Feel me?

The second thing I miss about my past: Blogging.  I mean a lot.  I used to blog all the time–not just about pictures or my boring exciting life.  I used to pour my heart out over scripture.  I miss that.

So, here’s my resolution goal for 2013: To write one devotional post a week.  Length is not a factor.  Structure is not a factor.  Scripture is a requirement, though.  Scripture and thought.  Some posts may be inspiring.  Other posts may be thought-provoking.  Others may be while I’m cooking dinner or in the mist of a crazy-busy week.

My husband asked if I was going to assign this to a specific day of the week.  I wish I could, but I’m staring down 52 of these posts and I have no idea what the year will bring.  This is simply a goal and a means to an end.

I’ll post these within this category: Devo52.  If you want to join me, use the hashtag #devo52 when you post your blog on Twitter.  That’s what I’ll do.

Sound like a plan?

With joy,