What a wonderful time I had last weekend photographing the 25th Wedding Anniversary celeberation of my dear friend Mary Louise and her sweet husband Raymond. This couple has three beautiful children and when I was around them I felt such a family closeness and love.
I was raised Catholic but left the church after the divorce from my first husband. I felt like I couldn't attend anymore because I didn't want to annul a 16 year marriage. So eventually I joined a non-denominational christian church that I have fallen in love with - Faith Family Church. That church helped me change my life and taught me who Jesus is and how much He loves me and wants to help me have the best life. So this celebration included a Catholic mass and I got to the church about an hour early. When I walked into the church, I was immediately taken in by the scents and the quiet and the peace I felt. There is nothing more peaceful and beautiful than the inside of a Catholic church. A priest came up to me and introduced himself as Father Daniel and he was so sweet, explaining how the ceremony would flow. He and I then sat on the last row and he told me he was going to pray. So I quietly sat next to him while he closed his eyes and went to his personal prayer space. I also closed my eyes and prayed and just let this peacefulness fill me. Wow.
With every photo shoot I learn something new. From this shoot, I learned how wonderful it is to just go to a quiet place, close my eyes and be thankful for the gifts and opportunities that God has given me, pray for whomever I am photographing and pray for the energy I need to complete my shoot. God is so good.
This is just one picture from the celebration. I am currently editing the hundreds of pictures I took, finding the perfect one and making it perfect for this beautiful couple.
I will end this with an appropriate scripture: Psalms 46:10 - Be still and know that I am God.