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Hi, I'm Julie ... artist, photographer, potter, etc. I am so happy you are here! I consider this blog my creative journal where I can share my recent work, ideas and dreams, and lots of little details about my life. Please make yourself at home. Whether you are a bride-to-be, a photographer, or just a visitor, I hope you will find inspiration here and even become a friend.

Family :: Brandon and Brenda ... and my heart

Can you forget everything you ever thought about what a photo shoot should or would be like?  Can you let go of your expectations and judgments and allow yourself to simply be open? 

I've been practicing a new technique in photographing people called Beloved. This genre is really impossible to describe because it's not something you can explain or see. Instead its something you can feel. So good luck to me in trying to write this blog, right?!

I just have this need for my work to have heart and spirit and purpose. I have become disenchanted with photographing people in a superficial way: Dress up, pretend to have fun, smile on command, etc. The style of Beloved resonated with me in a powerful way. This is how I can get beyond what is superficial and invite people to be real in front of my camera. I am most inspired by moments that are genuine and not just pretending to be genuine (“look happy”... “laugh at each other”) but moments that hold a memory or tell a real story.

And so in an effort to practice the Beloved technique … I held the “home contest” on my blog a little over a month ago. You can read more about it here.  Brandon and Brenda were the contest winners and the following images are a teeny tiny part of what resulted from our session together. I say "teeny-tiny" because we all got so much more out of this session than we expected or planned.

It became difficult for me to edit these images because they made me so emotional. Knowing Brenda's story from her contest entry … and then sharing the time we spent together during the session … It just had me in a beautiful mess. I am so grateful to Brandon and Brenda for being two people who love each other with complete abandon. Their openness and connection to each other was so powerful for me to witness and it has changed me. It was an unbelievable experience for me to tap into a tiny piece of who they are together and create a collection of images that represents a bit of the joy and sadness and everything in between that they have shared together in their 10 years of marriage.   

I want to share Brenda's email that she sent to me after the session, before she even saw the pictures: 

Hey Julie,
I just wanted to email to let you know that our photo session with you will go down as the sweetest, most intimate, most touching moments of my life besides having my daughter. The session with you took us away from the world and placed us in a blanket of love. Sometimes I would completely forget that you were even there … not in a bad way. But in the way that I fell in love with Brandon all over again, and in this world at those moments there was not another soul alive. Somehow some of the things I felt before that were unhealthy for my marriage and my life, they have drifted away like the insecurities were never there.
Thank you for a life changing session. Thank you for putting us back into the honeymoon state. You helped remind me how far I have come and how far I am going to go with this wonderful man and thank you for that too. I love you for what you have done and I love you for what your going to do for other married couples. Thank you so very much again and I can't wait to see the pictures.

Love, Brenda Lynn

Well, I can't read that without getting really weepy.  I am shocked and awed by how powerful and yet how simple the process of Beloved really is.  It's such a beautiful thing that I am honored and humbled to be a  part of.  I feel like I have chattered way too much here ... but if you are still reading, thank you!  I will get on with the images! 

It just so happens that Brandon's wedding band is inscribed with a bible verson (Song of Solomon 6:3) in Hebrew. The translation: “I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine.”

 

Brandon and Brenda ... and my heart, Julie Roberts Photography

Brandon and Brenda ... and my heart, Julie Roberts Photography

Brandon and Brenda ... and my heart, Julie Roberts Photography

Brandon and Brenda ... and my heart, Julie Roberts Photography

Brandon and Brenda ... and my heart, Julie Roberts Photography

Brandon and Brenda ... and my heart, Julie Roberts Photography

Brandon and Brenda ... and my heart, Julie Roberts Photography

Brandon and Brenda ... and my heart, Julie Roberts Photography

Brandon and Brenda ... and my heart, Julie Roberts Photography
Brandon and Brenda ... and my heart, Julie Roberts Photography

Brandon and Brenda ... and my heart, Julie Roberts Photography

Brandon and Brenda ... and my heart, Julie Roberts Photography

Brandon and Brenda ... and my heart, Julie Roberts Photography

Brandon and Brenda ... and my heart, Julie Roberts Photography
 

What do you think? Leave me some feedback!

Your Name
Nov 15, 2011Elaine J.Wilson
Brandon and Brenda, your pics are absolutely beautiful! The pictures made my day and I smiled a big smile!
Nov 13, 2011Sammie Sampley
omg Im crying what wonderful work !!!!!!These are my children and they are truly so in love and you created the perfect essance of love in your photos . Thank you
Nov 12, 2011Michelle Carhart
Took my breath away! Simply beautiful!
Nov 12, 2011Debbie McDaniel
These are beautiful pictures and capture the true beauty inside and out of Brenda and Brandon.
Nov 12, 2011pam
Absolutely beautiful. I have known these two for years and love to see how much they still love each other. Its amazing.
Nov 12, 2011Joan Davis
I absolutely LOVE each and every one of these pictures!! They are so natural and real.
Nov 10, 2011Mary
AHHH Brenda and Brandon these pictures are breathtaking! I loved every bit of it :)
Nov 10, 2011Jennifer Burchfield
Beautiful pictures! This certainly does not look like a couple that has been married for 10 years. Love the way you captured their feelings for each other. My favorite is the black and white with them so close. Just stunning!
Nov 10, 2011Janet Ali
What joy, love, and playfulness you've captured! One might think that Brenda and Brandon are newlyweds! Nice work Julie!
Nov 10, 2011Tam
Amazing, you can feel their love, great job! Beautiful couple!
Nov 9, 2011worley
Brings tears to my eyes, so beautiful
Nov 9, 2011kimmie
I love the pictures, they are amazing. You can truly feel the love they share. Brandon and Brenda are the perfect couple. I love them dearly. You did an amazing job showing the love they have for one another.
Nov 9, 2011Suzette Jaehnig
These pictures have really caught the love these two very special people have for each other. I have personally seen this in them myself. Thank you for sharing these photos. Love, Aunt Suzy
Nov 9, 2011Nancy Morrison
yes! this is what it is all about.. capturing authentic moments that will remind them of how they felt and the love they share
Nov 9, 2011Mom
You really did a most excellent job of capturing who Brenda and Brandon are. They are beautiful and have warmed my heart forever. What you have is a vision from God. You are a blessing
Nov 9, 2011Cassi Tarver
Never have I met two people more in love or more perfect for each other than Brandon and Brenda. These pictures somehow make that true unadulterated love almost tangible. I'm blessed to know both of them. It is so refreshing to see a couple realize how deeply God has blessed them and nurture that precious love rather than taking it for granted.
Nov 9, 2011Dad
The shots of Brenda and Brandon are living proof there is a God!!!! Great shoot Julie.
Nov 9, 2011Kerri Conrad
Amazing Photo shoot Julie! I am so proud of what Brandon has become, I met him on his first day of school at GP, and I saw something special in him... I drove him home more days than I can count, and I learned that he was as special as I thought he was... I am so happy he and Brenda found each other, and that they experience the sweetness of true love... :)
Nov 9, 2011Laura Darby
I absolutely love your Beloved photography! I want to have you photograph me and my beloved.
Nov 9, 2011Annie Moses
LOVE IT!! You're so awesome... they're so awesome!
Nov 9, 2011John Page
My Niece and her husband. Beautiful, we would all love to have the feeling the Photo's describe.
Nov 9, 2011Jeanne Ali
You captured such a beautiful love!
Nov 9, 2011Camille Kimball
Brenda is my Granddaughter, and I know she is beautiful inside and out. When she married Brandon he became my Grandson, and I couldn't believe she found someone who was also Beautiful, inside and out. Your photo shoot of them shows a real genuine love between two people, their love of the Lord shines through in every thing they do. Thank you for allowing me to share my thoughts.
Nov 9, 2011Patty Thomas
Incredible photography. The photos are so beautiful that I keep going back to look at them over and over.
Nov 9, 2011misty
Love love love them and yall!!!
Nov 9, 2011Kris Doroshow
Beautiful!
 

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