“My ways are not your ways, nor are your ways my ways”.
This was my second shoot with Jordan Woods. We started by some huge rocks, in a long white dress with a very cold wind blowing past. I was feeling fearful on the way, but I started to focus on love and choose to believe good would come!
Ironically this shoot felt like it was about ‘new life’ and made me think about what new life looks like! I felt I was coming alive again, almost a resurrection scene, coming out from the huge stones all dressed in white!
The more I changed my perception the more freedom I started to experience…
This freedom was beautiful.
I felt really grimy when we originally started shooting, but I asked Jesus how he saw me and I heard Him saying “forgiven and free”. As I saw myself the way He sees me, I felt new and loved. It was incredible. God sees more than I could imagine!
Intimacy with Him is beautiful because despite Him seeing my weaknesses, my past and my failings he still delights in me. That is wonderfully precious.
“FREEDOM COMES WHEN YOU KNOW YOU ARE LOVED”.
” HOPE always is there”
I found this little yellow gift before we took another shoot! I couldn’t believe my eyes.
I keep finding hope through such a beautifully simple thing like a dandelion!
“Precious Lamb you are mine”.
Here I was learning to let go, learning just how loved I am and that I have nothing to fear. I started to focus my mind on God’s unmissable love. I felt I looked awful, with my hair everywhere, but I reminded myself this was a moment with Jesus and that it is HIM that makes us fully beautiful.
I let go in that moment about what I looked like, I just knew I wanted to capture this precious moment of feeling I was coming alive again and he was making my broken pieces whole.
“This picture is what sums up Beauty from Ashes for me”
– Jordan Woods.
This moment felt really special. Looking into the distance with hope and belief that good things can come. I let go and trusted that God sees me as beautiful, despite how I might feel. Mess and all – he is the one that creates the beauty (it’s not about my efforts).
“Be brave, be strong, for the Lord your God is with you”
Caught in action, these were exciting, innovative and fresh.
Not knowing what to expect I let the wind blow me around, catching wisps of my hair, my dress and letting go of everything else.
“Do you know that you are chosen?”
“Freedom comes when fears are faced”
“My favourite things”
Jordan Woods – photos (my editing).
Megan Middleton – amazing chaperone and driver!
Poppy – white dress
Dandelions – sign of new life!