|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.|
It was one of those days! I was on the road from Kentucky to Tennessee with my kids and dog in tow. It must have been 405 degrees outside and the air conditioner just stopped working in my car. Today, really?! So we hit the interstate with the windows down (because who doesn't need extra noise and especially crazy hair?) and then we got stuck in traffic for about an hour because I-75 is awesome like that. And there we sat ... me and my two kids and one dog with no air conditioner, the frizziest hair you've ever seen, and we all needed to pee. I considered calling Amy to cancel our session but decided against it. I practiced some deep breathing, thanked myself for leaving a couple hours earlier than I needed to, found the closest exit for a potty break, and pushed through it. We finally made it to Knoxville, swapped cars with my mom ... so now my sainted mother had a car full of kids and dogs with no AC ... and I was headed to Loudon in the cool comfort of a car with working AC. My frizzy hair and anxious mind settled as I headed on and prepared to take beautiful pictures.
It turned out that Amy's day was full of similar crisis involving a plumbing leak and all those fabulous things that make life so lifey. She didn't call to cancel either and there we were ... meeting for the first time, a bit nervous about the photo shoot, and totally exasperated by the toll of having one of "those" days. We made our introductions, shared and laughed about our ridiculous sitations, and proceeded with the session.
And then it was like magic happened. We crossed the property scouting the perfect spot to begin and all the stress of the day fell away. White Stone Country Inn is such a beautiful, peaceful retreat and every where you turn there is a picturesque landscape. It's such a hidden Tennessee treasure. Once I gave Amy and Bill a bit of direction for the first set of pictures I felt that calm creative spirit begin to stir. Their connection with each other was steady, strong, and evident in every touch. I completely forgot about my bad day and found inspiration at every turn: the golden light, the rolling hills, the perfect americana architecture ... and the solid love of two people who have finally found their equal. And I was reminded that the daily obstacles we face are there to make us stronger. They do not block the path ... they are the path.
Now, enjoy some beautiful photos!