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the s family | small town near the north carolina coast

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I don’t look on poetry as closed works.
I feel they’re going on all the time in my head and I occasionally snip off a length.
-john ashbery

by Molly Flanagan

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welcome stone | greenville sc | family photographer

The Foys and the Flanagans have something in common. We both suffer from what I like to call “Tiny House Syndrome” … well I actually have never called it that before, I just made it up.  But we both have 3 children crammed in a tiny old house with tiny old closets. However, Pam and Nathan are in the process of building a new home whose closets, I anticipate, will cause me to become overwhelmed with envy.  I hope I can manage to overcome my jealousy and still be friends with them … or at least store my winter clothes there.  Anyway, we got together a while ago to welcome their new baby Stone, as well as document this transitional time in their life.  2 kids to 3, tiny house to one with room to grow.  So much excitement!

xoxo

Interesting Fact:  If you are a photographer and have taken my Visual Storytelling class through The Define School, you have heard me talk about The Foys before.  When their oldest daughter was born, Pam let me stick her in buckets and put bows on her head and take lots of pictures.  But between poses Pam took her daughter to the nursery for a diaper change and I followed along with my camera.  In that moment I was ruined for buckets and bows and I knew that I just wanted to document real life.  So, thanks Pam! You can see those old pictures here:  http://mollyflanagan.com/felicity/

by Molly Flanagan

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welcome memphis grove nightingale | newborn photographer | anderson, sc

The most extraordinary thing in the world is an ordinary man
and an ordinary woman
and their ordinary children.
-
 G.K. Chesterton

When Melinda’s baby Scout was born: Newborn – Scout

by Molly Flanagan

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get out of the road | personal | anderson, sc

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Hey, remember that summer when it was super hot and never rained and the mosquitoes were terrible?  Then one evening a tiny cold front came through and we got to sleep with the windows open and run around in the yard and we knew everything was going to be okay?

In the spiritual life God chooses to try our patience first of all by His slowness. He is slow: we are swift and precipitate.  It is because we are but for a time, and He has been for eternity. Thus grace, for the most part, acts slowly. He works little by little. Sweetly and strongly He compasses His ends, but with a slowness which tires our faith because it is so great a mystery. We must fasten upon this attribute of God in our growth in holiness. There is something greatly overawing in the extreme slowness of God. Let it overshadow our souls, but let it not disquiet them. We must wait for God, long, meekly, in the wind and wet, in the thunder and the lightning, in the cold and the dark. Wait, and He will come. He never comes to those who do not wait. He does not go their road. When He comes, go with Him, but go slowly, fall a little behind; when he quickens His pace, be sure of it, before you quicken yours. But when He slackens, slacken at once: and do not be slow only, but silent, very silent, for He is God.  - Fredrick Faber

by Molly Flanagan

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visual storytelling | the define school

As photographers we have the power to tell stories of extraordinary and mundane moments that will become a part of our collective history. Rather than posing life’s moments, step away from typical photographer-driven pictures and learn to let life speak for itself.

In this 4-week class we will go beyond merely taking a pretty picture. We will explore the key elements one must know to tell realistic and compelling visual stories. We will discover how to work with clients, friends and our family members without manipulating or posing. The end result will be stepping away with a holistic depiction of our lives in photographs.

Lastly, we will learn how to photograph and display our images to best showcase them as they are: stories.

Registration opens Monday, August 25, 2014 at noon EST at: The Define School