I've recently fallen in love with portrait photography. For those of you who know me, I cherish the outdoors, and the beautiful creations that God has provided for us to experience. In my church there is a children's song that goes as follows:

"Whenever I hear the song of a bird,
Or look at the blue, blue sky,
Whenever I feel the rain on my face,
Or the wind as it rushes by,
Whenever I touch a velvet rose,
Or walk by a lilac tree,
I'm glad that I live in this beautiful world
Heavenly Father created for me!"

I love the outdoors more than I can express, and the natural world has oftentimes in my life taken a greater importance than my intera
ctions with people. Strangely enough, I forgot that when God created the world, it was following his rest on the seventh day that, finally, after everything that he had done so far–creating the heavens and the earth, separating the light from the darkness, dividing the waters from the firmament, creating the grass, herb, and fruit trees, the fowl, the great whales, the cattle, creeping thing, and beast of every kind, that He created male and female in His own image.

It hasn't really been until recently after doing heaps of portrait work that I've developed a greater appreciation for the crowning achievement of the Lord's work, namely, mankind. As I go through and retouch each portrait I shoot, I'm reminded about how beautiful people really are, and at the same time how incredi
bly imperfect we all are. It has this incredible way of leveling the social playing field, and helping us to all feel closer to God. I hope you enjoy these photos.

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