All Things Bright & Beautiful

As a young girl, I hated picture day.

Every summer, my mom would dress my siblings and me in coordinating, full-denim outfits and drag us to the studio for an hour of torture. Maybe it was the cheesy jokes or the robotic poses or the way the photographer made us yell, "Boogers!" to get us to smile. Whatever the reason, it really came as no surprise that I became the one behind the camera.

For four years, I wore the title of photographer and walked around with my camera glued in my hand, capturing every inch of life that I could. Then senior year hit, and my hands got a little busy doing pre-calc and writing speeches and driving to rehearsal and giving hugs and helping three-year-olds do somersaults. It was a beautiful-busy time of life, and in between all this busy there wasn't a whole lot of time to take pictures. And quite frankly, there were many moments that I didn't want to capture. Some of them were really sad and others were the best moments of my life, but what I lack in photos, I make up for in words that are scrawled across the pages of my journal. Someday, I might be able to write them eloquently enough for the whole world to read.

Senior year came and went, but I learned to feel and to love and to see the world differently during those nine months, and it has caused me to see photography in a whole new light. With college approaching next week (ahh!!!) I'm excited to jump back in and start photographing as much as I possibly can.

People take photos to remember, to announce, and to share. In the moment, a senior photo is just some pixels to fill your Instagram feed, but 30 years from now, you will look back at that photo and instantly feel vibrantly 18 again. And you will remember all the stories that grace the pages of your journal. The photo doesn't tell the story--we do. I want to be part of real, true, genuine life, and I feel so thankful that God is allowing me to live in the moment with my camera, too.

To celebrate this new season in life and photography, I am giving away a free photo session!

TO ENTER: 'Like' Abby Joy Photography on Facebook and share the giveaway post!

For additional entries:

1. Leave a comment on Facebook sharing a few of your favorite things

2. Leave a comment on this blog post with your favorite quote


[Contest runs August 31, 2015-September 5, 2015. Winner will be chosen by a random number generator and announced on September 6, 2015. Limit of three entries per person. Free photo session is good for a 90 minute portrait photo session on a date determined by Abby and winner and a disk of edited photos. Does not include event photography, prints or other photo products.]