beautiful

i mentioned to becca that i thought she had a great nose and i saw when i looked up that she didn't really believe me.

the four of us were gathered in the basement of our church. i was helping becca with a project for school. kelce was modeling, mel was on the floor being sick and giving great suggestions. we had just finished shooting kelce when the nose comment came. when i saw she didn't believe me i said it was her turn to model. i was going to show her how beautiful her nose was.

come to think of it she had pretty fantastic other features too. this may be a little creepy but as an artist i am always evaluating peoples faces. if you have met me, i have studied your face. its just what i do, figure out how i would draw you. and so looking at becca i saw a perfectly straight nose, not to small not to big. i saw huge eyes with dark lashes and a good symmetrical mouth. she also has big hair. which at that age we all seem to hate but once you decide that big hair is the best hair it always works out for the best.

so i made becca sit down on the stool and we took turns photographing her. she actually photographs amazingly. and it was really fun to shoot. we decided that we would all take turns on the stool having our picture taken.

here is what struck me as i was editing these photos to share.

we were there together in the basement. we talked about how our faces were breaking out. how our hair was gross and dirty, how we weren't dressed for pictures, (how we have braces...okay that was only becca.) we talked about bags under our eyes and being sick and wearing no make up. we talked about all the reasons we shouldn't be taking pictures.

i want you to know i didn't retouch one thing on these images, and i think they are pretty powerful. even though we are pretty much just goofing off.  i am reminded today that we are all fearfully and wonderfully made. i wish we could all see the beauty that others see, instead of every wrinkle, zit, or imperfection. let us not diss God's creation by thinking poorly of the way he created us. he is a master artist and once in a while if we are really looking, we can catch what he sees.

something that in our eyes is an imperfection, looks in these photos as if its placed on purpose. have a look.

Rebecca

Melinda

Abigail

Kelce

14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
17 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.
— Psalm 139:14-18
Posted on September 12, 2014 .