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My Girls

I am a full time photographer, but many of you don’t know I have another part time job.  Its once a week and doesn’t pay anything but it brings me more joy than I can possibly express.   Every Tuesday, I lead a woman’s Christian small group of photographers which we recently named “Spark: Turning Darkness into Light”.   I suggested we start it to two photog friends, Cassi and Amy, who I had just met at the end of last summer, when I started seeing a need for some spiritual support within the wedding photography community.  Its so easy to become isolated for photographers working from home most of the week, and when you are working 7 days a week, its often hard to form a spiritual community elsewhere.  That’s why it made sense to me for a group of women photographers to get together once a week during the day (generally our slow time) to pray together, encourage one another and go deeper in our faith together.  Photography comes up sometimes too ;-)  The group started with 5 ladies and has now grown into a list of 21 different women with our weekly meetings ranging from 7-12 people and continues to grow!   Leading this group has been a blessing beyond anything I could imagine so I wanted to introduce you to a few of the girls who have had a huge impact on me this year…

This is Amy.  A bright silver lining on any cloudy day, this fun girl always says “yes” to life,  and to any question you ask her.   In fact it was her empathic “Yes!” that made me confident to move forward with the group in the first place.   I call her Amy bear, Ames and sometimes boo boo (which we realized we both call our husbands.)  My right hand, Amy is so committed to our  small group rain or shine every week despite her long commute to our meetings from Jersey…

I love moody, pensive, thoughtful pictures, so I had to share this one even though..

this picture captures her personality much better- Amy is always smiling.

Melissa is another chica whose been with us since day one.  She is hard to label and likes it that way.  Spontaneous, decisive, honest and deep only begin to describe the wells of Melissa, who knows what matters to her in life how to prioritize those things.  Getting to know her at a slow but sure pace over the past 6 months has been a true pleasure.  I’ve found her to be a real kindred spirit in many ways.  Probably because we were both INFJs (Myers Briggs, you know I’m obsessed)

 Kristen is another one of our Jersey girls who sadly lives so far away, its hard for her to make it much, but we just love it when she does!   This photo describes her perfectly.   She radiates joy wherever she goes, and can’t help but spread it to all of those around her.   Her child-like honesty and vulnerability make those around her feel free to be real too, a quality that makes her invaluable to a group like ours!

This picture describes Lisa perfectly, as the first words that comes to mind about her are “Fun” and “Colorful.”  That’s exactly what she is!   Lisa always has a funny line at the perfect time, and keeps us all laughing.   What I just love about her is her confidence, independence, her raw honesty and that she not afraid to be herself!

This was our second week having the pleasure of Diane‘s company!  While I still have so much to learn about her, what’s struck me about this Etsy computer software engineer/photographer is her bravery in putting herself out there and being real and honest with people she just met,  her open heart and mind, and the effort she makes encourage other people.

This was Jess’s first week and while I don’t know much about her I do know that this lovely lady is getting married this year, buying her first home and working a new job at the amazing blog Style Me Pretty!  Jess is ambitious, hardworking and has an amazing career a head of her and I am looking forward to getting to know her better!

A little behinds the scenes fun…

The things we do for the shot…

Someone had the idea of getting Kristen up on this ledge…Amy the cheerleader who never says no suggested a cheer leading type lift.  They were successful until they realized she had to turn around.

Remember the Geico commercial where the Lizard looks like he is walking through a grassy field, and instead you find out he’s in some weeds near a parking lot.  That was the story here.  In case you were wondering where we found the grasses in Manhattan, this is where we were.   I don’t know what Lisa is doing, but her hair is pretty much defying gravity which is awesome!

I’m sure anyone who saw us thought we were Paparazzi stalking a celebrity or something…

There are so many other lovely ladies that didn’t make it too the shoot, so I’ll have to do a blog post on them in the future!  Love you Angela, Cassi, Allison, Bethany, Kristy, Christina, Julianne, Judy, Lindsay, Jaine, and Sidney!

 

Kristen Driscoll - March 6, 2013 - 3:24 am

Aw Caroline, this is awesome – thanks! I had a blast yesterday :)

Cambria - March 6, 2013 - 11:55 am

this is too cute!! makes me want to live in nyc so i could join in!

Cassi Claire - March 6, 2013 - 12:30 pm

ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!! I’m sadder than ever that I couldn’t be there! But I had a pretty good excuse haha! Anyway, I hope we can do this again in the spring in some pretty sun dresses!! Maybe Coney Island!? :)

Angela Newton Roy - March 6, 2013 - 1:05 pm

Aww yay! Love this post Caroline! Such a wonderful group of girls and I am so glad to be a part of it. You have such a big heart and I love what you shared about each person. SO bummed I missed yesterday, but we shall have our own photo date soon! This group has made such an impact in my life and I am so grateful!

Christina - March 6, 2013 - 5:03 pm

Awww this is so fun to read and look thru! I’m so happy & grateful to God to be able to call you girls my friends and am making it my mission to get my butt to these meetings weekly!! love you!

Lily - March 6, 2013 - 5:12 pm

What a fun post to read, Caroline! In addition to being a great photographer, you are a wonderful writer!

Sidney Morgan - March 7, 2013 - 12:59 pm

I just love all of these. So sad I had to miss it :(

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