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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

it isn’t pretty but it is beautiful | maternity photographer | greenville, sc

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This has been a difficult pregnancy for my friend Melinda.  It’s summertime in South Carolina//with 4 young children//in the midst of renovating a small country home//and she has been experiencing debilitating back pain for the past several weeks.  The supernatural urge to nest has been replaced with bed rest.  Elaborate nursery decorations are replaced with closet renovations to carve out a spot for another crib.  All the things that a pregnant lady normally finds comfort in have been stripped away, exposing the raw honest truth of the cost we count when becoming a parent.  No matter what the baby magazines tell you, the truth is —  it isn’t pretty. Becoming a parent (and being one … and, well, being a human in general) is messy, painful, humbling, laden with risk, and it smells nothing like baby powder.

It isn’t pretty, but it is beautiful.

Russell Moore, in his book Tempted and Tried, said:  Risk is inherent in every kind of other-directed life. Marriage could result in infidelity. Having children means you may well experience the anguish of seeing one of those children killed in a car accident or shipped home in a casket from a foreign war or sentenced to life without parole in a federal penitentiary. Courage isn’t protecting yourself in a cocoon from these possibilities. Courage is walking forward and embracing others in love even though you may suffer greatly in ways you could never imagine now. Jesus walked that way before you, and he walks that way now with you. That’s the way of the cross.

Risk.  It doesn’t make sense.  It isn’t safe.  And it certainly isn’t pretty.  I so often settle for pretty, manufacturing an organized and predictable life that makes sense.  But, I am learning (so slowly) that life isn’t designed to be safe.  It is made to be given away.  A life of self-preservation only leads to a stagnant existence.  We are created to take chances, be vulnerable, and put others before ourselves.  We are called to break free from the stale cocoon of self-preservation and give all we have freely.  It is messy, humbling, and laden with risk.

When we love with abandon, it isn’t pretty or safe.  But what it births is a fierce and wild beauty that cannot be contained.  My friend Melinda is walking out this kind of deep love –

It isn’t pretty, but it is beautiful.

I do not need safety As much as I need You You’re dangerous But Lord You’re beautiful - Rend Collective

 

by Molly Flanagan

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