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    Travel Locations: Summer 2015
    CROSS COUNTRY ROAD TRIP!!!!!!!!!!
    here are some of the cities we will be passing through
    louisville, minneapolis, seattle, portland/salem,
    san francisco, LA, san diego, dallas, austin,
    salt lake city, kansas city, mississippi.
    Storytelling Session in your home - $1450

the scotts | falkirk, scotland | storytelling photographer

My trip to Edinburgh was so great!!!  I got to sleep till 9:30 every morning and look at castles and eat delicious meal after meal after meal.  Seriously everything I laid my eyes on was beautiful.  And no photograph I took could do it justice.  I would see an amazing ancient building or castle or mountain and take a picture, then look at the LCD screen on my camera and immediately be disappointed.  My pictures did not capture even close to a 10th of the majesty of the place!!!!  So frustrating.  Yet, there was one thing that was even more frustrating…

The colored sunsets and the starry heavens, the beautiful mountains and the shining seas, the fragrant woods and painted flowers, are not half so beautiful as a soul that is serving Jesus out of love, in the wear and tear of common, unpoetic life. –Faber

The only thing more frustrating than trying to communicate the beauty of a PLACE is trying to communicate the beauty of a PERSON.  Oh, that is the cry of my heart as a family photographer!  When entering a family’s home, I experience the same frustration I had when photographing Edinburgh Castle.  How do you capture in 1/100th of a second, the complex beauty of family life?  How do you communicate the things that can’t be SEEN?  Well, I suppose I haven’t figured it out yet, but I do find the wear and tear of common, unpoetic life so very beautiful.  I love the challenge of trying to reflect what I see -taking moments that seem small at the time and magnifying the meaning in them.

So meet Richard and Carole-Ann Scott!  Carole-Ann did a photography mentorship with me last year, and we had a chance to Skype several times.  I was immediately smitten with her Scottish accent and vibrant personality.  She’s smart and funny and I could go on and on but I will try to show some restraint!  Richard and Carole-Ann are both from Scotland, but have spent the last 7 years in Dubai and have recently relocated to Nairobi.  When they are back in Scotland, they stay with Carole-Ann’s parents (the house in the pictures below).  And I was SO happy to be in Scotland while they were home for a visit.  I wondered if it would be weird to have an in-home family session at a place that isn’t even their house. But for Carole-Ann and Richard the word “home” has taken on new meaning.  Home is Dubai.  Home is Nairobi.  Home is Scotland.  Home is scattered literally all over the world.  Home is wherever they find themselves.  On the surface, there is nothing momentous about this afternoon with Richard and Carole-Ann and their baby Munro, but the simple bites of buttered toast, the diaper changes, and sunny afternoon walks are more beautiful and meaningful to me than any historical landmark or scenic view!

xoxo

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the drago family moves | anderson, sc | family photographer

My friends Matt and Erin just bought a new house, so we took some pictures in their old house about a week before they moved.  After waffles we decided to take a quick drive over to the new place.  The best part is — it has a pool!!!  So if you are looking for me this summer, you know where to find me!

Other posts with the Dragos –> familymaternityphen newborn

What we call the beginning is often the end.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
The end is where we start from.

-T. S. Eliot

by Molly Flanagan

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the conway family | Greenville, SC | Family Storytelling Photographer

The colored sunsets and starry heavens, the beautiful mountains and the shining seas, the fragrant woods and painted flowers, are not half so beautiful as a soul that is serving Jesus out of love, in the wear and tear of common, unpoetic life. –Faber

Thanks to Jen Conway (amazing Greenville, South Carolina Birth Photographer) and family. xoxo  

by Molly Flanagan

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nerf war + cupcakes | dallas, texas | family storytelling photographer

Hmm, there are so many things I could write about here.  Like, how my rental car got rear-ended on the interstate in the pouring rain on the way to Chris+Ashley’s house.  Or how Ashley is training to be a midwife.  I could write about how Chris travels a ton for work, yet still finds the energy to execute epic nerf gun battles with his son.  Or how Ashley was a surrogate this past year, and she delivered a beautiful baby for a beautiful family just a few weeks before I came down to take their pictures.

But, the thing that I love about Storytelling photography for families is that the big stuff doesn’t really matter.  I have shared it before, but that won’t stop me from sharing it again.  One of my favorite Paul Tripp quotes–

There simply are not many grand moments of life, and we surely don’t live life in those moments.
No, we live in the utterly mundane.
We exist in the bathrooms, bedrooms, living rooms, and hallways of life.
This is where the character of our life is set.
This is where we live the life of faith.

We think the moments that matter most are the kids perfectly curated Easter outfits, the well deserved job promotion, or that day last fall when every room of the house was clean at the same time.  But the truth is, those places are not where we live.  Those places, while awesome and memorable, are not where our character is built. They are not the places where we become who-we-are.  We become ourselves in the quiet places that no one sees. When we are tying our shoes.  Scheduling a hair appointment.  Reading a bedtime story.  An uneventful morning commute.  When we can’t find our keys and are late for soccer practice.  Those seconds before we hit the snooze button (for the 3rd time).  When we walk to the laundry room to search for a missing sock–

Did you realize the average mom will carry an overflowing laundry basket down the hall more than 10,000 times before her first kid graduates high school? That is a lot of life lived in the hallway!  The mundane moments.  They are important.  Life is not found in bigger+better.  Life is found in snuggles on the couch+cupcake batter+nerf guns+bath-time+daddy’s scrambled eggs.  Those are the moments that count.

by Molly Flanagan

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passenger side window | OBX, NC

 

by Molly Flanagan

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