To have seen the redemption in my sister’s life is to have witnessed a miracle. If you’ve had the pleasure of knowing Amanda in any capacity, you know that she does everything with excellence. As a student, an athlete, and then as a therapist she worked tirelessly to be the best. For many years, she experienced an excess of worldly success. Those years were also fraught with doubts and heartbreak and shame. Ultimately, she found herself in a deep dark pit of despair. And there, in her darkest moments, the Lord rescued her from herself and began to breathe new life into her soul.
In a courageous display of faith, Amanda recently made life-altering decisions about her career and her purpose. She has allowed the Lord to direct her steps and she’s committed to following His plan for her life. And His good plan for her story now includes Luis. The beautiful thing about their love story is that it begins with a shared love for Christ. These are two people who have walked two vastly different journeys through pain and loss. Two people who faithfully responded to the Lord’s call on their lives to seek Him above all else. And in the most unexpected way, as they each surrendered their lives to Jesus, their paths began to cross.
The greatest joys rise from the ashes of the deepest sufferings. And sometimes our stories are so unbelievably wild that they can’t be anything but true. It will be beautiful to watch the marriage of these two and see all the good things the Lord is going to do through them.
Jennifer Harvey designs the most beautiful and thoughtful spaces. She took this Dilworth kitchen from utilitarian to utopian. It’s a unique space with amazing natural light and Jennifer saw the potential here to create something beautiful.
Photographed for Jennifer Harvey Interiors
John Michael is the newest little guy in the Garver home. His mama was raised in a house full of girls. And now she’s raising a house full of boys. While the life of a boy-mom is a life of dump trucks and dinosaurs, baseball and bugs, she seems to breeze through it effortlessly. Together with her husband, they are training up a new generation of southern gentlemen. And I am here to glean all of their boy-raising wisdom!
Just a few days before our shoot, Paige received word that she had been accepted to the University of Georgia, her first choice school. Her excitement about being in Athens next fall was palpable. This was my first senior shoot and I absolutely loved it!
There was a fresh dusting of snow on the ground on the morning of Meredith and Drew’s wedding. The snow such a pure and gentle reminder that God makes all things new. The Lord, in His goodness, brought these two together, and on their wedding day their joy was palpable. Joy for the formation of this new family and joy for what the future holds.
One of the joys of my holiday season is getting to spend time with so many lovely people in front of my camera. And it’s no easy task to select just a few images to post here. So enjoy this small collection of highlights from the last few months!
As always, thank you for each opportunity you’ve given me to serve your families in this way!
It was one of those days when the light was just right. We had the park all to ourselves and lots of space to play. This little fireball keeps her mama and daddy on their toes and she was definitely at her happiest when she got to run free!
November is National Adoption Awareness Month. If you are local to Charlotte and looking for a way to get connected to adoptive families, I encourage you to check out Adoption Support Alliance. ASA is working to build community among adoptive families. They offer classes on adoption as well as support groups for those touched by adoption. It’s an organization that has been a gift to my family and one that I am eager to support!
I had the opportunity to serve as one of the photographers at their annual family photo fundraiser again this year. It’s an event that’s open to anyone wanting to have their photos taken and all the proceeds go to support the work of ASA. It was a beautiful day attended by adoptive families, foster families, and folks who were just excited to smile for the camera for a good cause. Many thanks to all of those who came out!
The delightful pops of color, the clean lines, and the eye-catching light fixtures have transformed this house into a dreamy oasis. When a talented and thoughtful designer creates a space that feels like this, why would you ever leave home?
photographed for Jennifer Harvey Interiors
Traveling across the country, with a two year old, to hike at 10,000 feet seemed like a daunting task. But it turned out to be the highlight of our summer. It was the break we needed from the monotony of everyday tasks. The week of fresh crisp air and mountain vistas renewed our tired souls after a year of pandemic living. At Rocky Mountain National Park, our glorious Creator has revealed his magnificence through the grandeur of his creation.
“Here let us feel ourselves more vulnerable and in awe, silhouetted against the backdrop of your beauty and holiness, small beneath towering trees and wide skies, small but known”
– Douglas McKelvey