Friday, April 30, 2010

Fix It Friday at I Heart Faces...

It is "Fix it Friday" over at I Heart Faces today!  Here was today's photo to fix...

And here are my fixes...

I cropped out some of the image, and then ran an action to lighten up the photo from Paint the Moon.  Next I ran Color Explosion from MCP Actions (photo1).  Then I ran an action called Rusty Vintage with Haze from Kelly Haddad (photo 2). And lastly I used The Pioneer Woman's PW B & W (photo 3).  Of course, all of these actions were fully adjustable, so I played around with them to achieve the look I wanted...feel free to critique!  I want to keep getting better, so suggestions are welcome!  I love Fix It Friday's...Make sure to go check out all of the other entries here, and enjoy your weekend!

Much Love, Jessica

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Week 17 at I Heart Faces...ALL SMILES!

The photo challenge this week over at I Heart Faces is ALL SMILES!  I had the privelage of taking this sweet family's photos a couple of weeks ago, and as soon as I saw the challenge I knew that this was the photo I wanted to enter. I met this family through church, and the mom, Kim, also has a sweet blog that she recently started that you can check out here.  Enjoy and hope that you will go check out the other great entries over at I Heart Faces!

Much Love, Jessica

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Another Great Giveaway...

Since we are still poor seminary students, free giveaways really tickle my fancy!  Willette Designs is having another great giveaway on her blog for photographers.  This week it is a set of SUPER CUTE headbands for infant/newborn shoots from Erin Johnson.  Make sure to go and check out these ladies fabulous blogs!  I really want to buy some of those headbands from Erin Johnson myself!  Thanks again for yet another great giveaway!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Great Giveaway on The Savvy Photographer!

The Savvy Photographer is giving away a Platinum Subscription to The Shoppe Designs!  I absolutely love this site, so please go and check it out if you have the chance.  She has the best resources and marketing ideas.  The Shoppe Designs is another great resource place for photographers, so what bliss to hear that they have teamed up together for this giveaway. 

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Willette Designs...

I love Willette Designs!  She offers great marketing materials for photographers, as well as great posing guides...I can not wait to order them soon.  This weekend she has a fantastic giveaway for a free 5x5 album from Color Inc. (a great photo lab) and also some free 5x5 cover templates!  Make sure to go check out her site here and her shop here!


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

So can you guess where we are moving?

Bryan and I got married knowing that we had a long road ahead of us before life could really start. We were really young when we got married and both wanted to finish school. We have always had big plans, but knew that God needed us to do some things before they could happen. Well, after a 15 month deployment in Iraq, Bryan finishing 4 different degrees, a move to VA for seminary, a beautiful baby boy, and almost 6 years later, God has finally decided to place in full time ministry.

Bryan has always felt the Lord’s leading in pursuing full time ministry since he accepted Christ as his Savior at the age of 14. He entered the army at 17, while he was still in high school, and felt God’s calling into the chaplaincy. His deployment to Iraq only furthered his desire to serve God in this capacity. Though we had talked about other types of ministry, none seemed more fitting with the talents and gifts that God had given Bryan. I can’t say that I have always been big on the idea of active duty, but through many hard lessons I have learned that it is a lot easier when you just do what God wants you to do instead of following after your own desires.

Bryan, being only 24 at the time of submitting his Chaplaincy Packet, was told that he had only a 30% chance of being accepted onto active duty. He would have been given more of chance if he had submitted for Chaplaincy in the Reserves, but we knew that this was either going to be a career or that we would be done with the military when Bryan’s Reserve Contract was up. Besides, we knew if that was where God wanted to place us then He would make it clear. It is a good place to be when you are in a situation where the answer is either yes or no. Ministry is a huge decision and we wanted to make sure that we were in Lord’s will. We left it in God’s hands and waited for the board to meet to make their decisions.

In mid December, Bryan and I were having a particularly awful day. Several events had occurred within a week’s time, and we were both distraught. In the Target parking lot, Bryan received a call from Maryland while we were discussing everything that had been going on. When Bryan answered his eyes lit up, and at that moment I knew that God had answered us. God had placed us on Active Duty. Now to wait for the assignment…

This past week, Bryan received an email asking if we would mind being placed in a particular assignment. This assignment is not one that is given to first time chaplains. So again, we told them that if God wanted us there, then He would place us there. We did not want to be the ones to say no to what God had for us, so we waited and today we received our orders. So…if you want to come and visit us, you will have to buy a plane ticket to….


Isn’t God funny and wonderful? I am sure our next assignment will be in Alaska or Ft. Sill, OK, but until then I am going to enjoy God’s beautiful creation in the middle of the Pacific!

ALOHA with Much Love,


Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Resurrection Sunday...

Why seek ye the living among the dead?  He is not here, but is risen (Luke 24:5b-6a)...

What a great reminder today of the sweet salvation that is available to us through Jesus Christ!  I am so thankful that my Savior chose to die for me, in spite of me, and did not stay in the tomb, but conquered death to save me from my sins.  This gift is for all that want to receive it!

Praise God for His mercy and grace that He extends to us daily.  Enjoy your Easter and remember why we celebrate it...

Blessings and Love,

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Anna and Justin...

I just entered a photo of Justin and Anna at I Heart Faces this past week and wanted to post a few more photos from their mini engagement session.  They are about to get married this June and are seeking the Lord's direction in ministry.  I appreciate that they are always so willing to let me practice, and I am pretty sure that Anna is responsible for about half of the actuations on my camera haha...

Justin and Anna, I am so excited to see all that God has in store for you!  Keep Christ at the center of your marriage and He will make His will clear for you <3

Much Love, Jessica