Friday, November 7, 2014

C Family | Portraits


It was a cold, windy, no sun kind of day... but these sweet girls didn't let that keep them from having fun and smiling beautifully!  There was an abundance...

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Preview: K Family | Portraits

Culling through this family's images and remembering why I love October so much... oh, the light!


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Reflections on Business, Worship, and How They Fit Together | Personal


I'm coming back to the heart of worship
And it's all about You,
It's all about You, Jesus
I'm sorry, Lord, for the thing I've made it
When it's all about You,
It's all about You, Jesus
(The Heart of Worship)

You know those songs that you heard so many times growing up  (Hillsong's Songs 4 Worship CD's, anyone?), and how there's just no way that they can't be forever ingrained into your childhood memory?  This song is one of them, and this morning I again found myself humming out the chorus as I was getting around for the day.  When I actually got to thinking about the simple, well-known words I had going through my head, I was reminded of why I'm here. WHO I'm living for.  

It's all about you, Jesus.

Why is it that losing sight of that is so easy??

I want my personal life and the interactions I have with others to reflect Someone who's worth reflecting.  But I want my business to do the same... even though self-promotion is often important for a business' marketing, more than anything I want my business and everything that it entails to shout Jesus' name.  I want my life as a whole to sing a song of worship to the Lord, whether I'm at the grocery store, doing my studies at home, picking up my camera, or writing an email.  I want my life and my business to declare God and His glory because "every little thing I do" flows from a heart that can't help but worship Him.

Photography isn't something I just "do".  It's my way of enjoying and worshiping the Creator of beauty, art, creativity, and my very soul.  Its my way of expressing my adoration for Him.  So even if you're just washing the dishes or running an errand - turn it into an act of worship.  Put your heart into it, and remember who you're really doing it for!

Well, that's the end of my rant tonight.  Kudos to those of you who read all the way through!!  Try taking a break from the computer and go pull out one of those inspirational "kiddie" songs or stories you used to enjoy... just maybe, you'll find a small gem that will bring you a renewed, more child-like perspective!


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Celebrating 25 Years | Faithful Love


Weddings are wonderful... it's a beautiful thing to be able to witness two people coming together and starting something new.  But something I can't help but love more than any wedding is married ...


Friday, June 27, 2014

Spring Farm Tour | Wilstin Farm



Willie and Kristin own a small farm here in Missouri where (among other farm-related work ;-) they raise dexter cattle and stable a few of their horses.  Kristin actually shows ...


Friday, April 18, 2014

"The Lord is risen, indeed!"

"Our religion is little because our God is little.  Our religion is weak because our God is weak.  Our religion is ignoble because the God we serve is ignoble.  We do not see God as He is.


The Psalmist said, "O magnify the Lord with me" (34:3).  "Magnify" may mean one of two things: "make it look bigger than it is", or "see it as big as it is."  The latter is what "magnify" means as the Psalmist used it.

If you want to examine a very small amount of matter, you put it under a microscope and magnify it to make it look bigger than it is.  But it is impossible to make God look bigger than He is.  When we say "magnify the Lord", we mean try to see God somewhere near as big as He is.

This is what I want to do.  This is what, by His help, I have dedicated myself to." (A.W. Tozer)

I read this in a book a week or two ago, and it came back to me tonight as I was thinking about what we're celebrating this weekend.  Thinking about the many wonderful things that were a result of what took place - the opportunity we each have to experience a second chance and a new life, to walk through each day's trials with a Helper and Friend in our hearts, and the hope of a place in Heaven where we'll be with Him forever.  


To accomplish all that, our God couldn't be a little God.   He couldn't be a weak God.  He couldn't be an ignoble God.  He is all-powerful... powerful enough to become a man in the world His own hands created, powerful enough to bring to life what was dead, and powerful enough to give sinners like me a way out of our darkness and destruction.  He is a powerful and mighty God!  And the GOOD NEWS?  The God who raised the crucified Jesus and defeated death forevermore is the same God who continues to work in our world today and resides in the hearts of those who believe in Him.



This Easter, let's worship our all-powerful and almighty God. Let's take the time to ponder what a great King we serve, and let's try to "see God somewhere as big as He really is"!

"You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being." (Revelations 4:11)

Monday, April 7, 2014

Jim & Jeannie | Wedding



Life has been hard for Jim and Jeannie these past few years, as they have equally suffered through the death of a previous spouse as well as the recent and sudden death of Jim's oldest son.  Their wedding was ...


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

A Taste of Spring


When it's winter, and the ground is not covered in snow... well, there's not much for a photographer to photograph.  However, when you have ...

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Blog Update


My blog's URL has recently changed (the website and blog are now separate), thus the feed has changed too!  Soooo, if you were previously following this blog and are still interested in tagging along on my photography ventures (i.e. would like to continue to receive my posts in your dashboard), please add 'blog.annalizphoto.com' to your Blogger reading list.  Sorry for the confusion!  

I have gotten behind on blogging these past few (and full!) months, so there's lots to share! ;-)  Anxious to post some images from a wedding I had the opportunity to help shoot this winter!

Monday, February 3, 2014

The R Family | Portraits



This family is so much fun!  As you will see, their pictures are little late in coming... but who doesn't enjoy revisiting the loveliness of last fall? ;-)  We took ...


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