Exciting News!!

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“Lisbon’s Lego Land” Lisbon, Portugal

Hi Everyone!

Very exciting news: two of my photos were selected for the Atlanta Photography Group airport show and will be in the Main Atrium September 25-November 18.

So, if you’re traveling through Atlanta during that time you can see them!  Otherwise, if you live in Atlanta, perhaps you’ll be so inclined just to take Marta to the end of the yellow or red line :)

I am thrilled!  This is such a huge threshold for me to have crossed and I am still in awe and full of gratitude.  Thank you all for your support in helping me get this far!

For more info and to find out about other photography exhibits in Atlanta check out APG’s website:  https://apgphoto.squarespace.com/events/2015/8/24/exhibition-airport-apg-to-atl

“Late Night Würstel” Vienna, Austria

Seeing With Eyes of The Heart

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Seeing With Eyes of The HeartI have started something new. It has had such a profound, positive impact on my life I now must share it with you:

I have started perceiving people we customarily refer to as “strangers”, instead as “family members I just haven’t met yet”.

That is what I already believe anyway, I’m just intentionally putting it into practice now. It has changed my world!! Truly. I’m convinced it is what changes our world. It transforms our perspective from one that functions out of reactivity due to fear and thus closing off, to one that functions out of responsiveness stirred by love and curiosity, and thus we open up. It’s a more vulnerable way to live, but let me tell you, that vulnerability is what enables us to have the deepest, richest, most treasured experiences life has to offer. Putting this perspective into practice the last two months I have had encounters with people I would say have been some of the most fulfilling and transformative of my life.

Living with this mindset has taught me how excellent and special our stories are–and that each is worth sharing and certainly worth being heard. We really are marvelous beings! Not based on what we do, though that can contribute to who we are in beautiful ways, but we are absolutely magnificent just because we exist–just because we are.

So, I encourage you to go out and try this perspective on for size. Put it into practice and see what happens. Believe me, it takes practice. It is a conscious effort. Such a way of being and perceiving doesn’t come naturally, our instincts lean toward survival which usually results in defensiveness for protection’s sake. Though, practicing love and facing fears changes that. We discover a life far more satisfying than survival has to offer, one that is truly worthy of being called life.

Golda Kombucha!

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Preyers Newborn Session_April 18, 2015_KatieA-WThis weekend I had the delightful experience of tasting the dazzling deliciousness of Golda Kombucha at Kirkwood Station’s Earth Day Soiree.  It is the first and only kombucha produced right here in Atlanta! Thanks to Melanie Wade, owner and producer of this luscious elixir, and her beloved grandmother, who inspired her with the recipe and for whom the product is named, Atlantan’s now have a local source for this tasty drink of health and happiness!  Cheers to fizzy yumminess for our tummies and loads of dietary benefits for the rest of our bod!

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Visit Golda Kombucha here to read the full story, find out how you can get a taste of it yourself, and learn more about the wondrous drink that is kombucha!  Preyers Newborn Session_April 18, 2015_KatieA-W-4

“Faces of Lebanon” at North Avenue Presbyterian Church

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Preyers Newborn Session_April 20, 2015_KatieA-W-4“Faces of Lebanon” is now up in its newest location and ready for viewing! I have even included a few new photos, so if you saw it before its worth seeing again!The exhibit will be up all week, April 20-26, at North Avenue Presbyterian Church in downtown Atlanta as a part of their two-week missions conference.

The conference concludes with an interactive time of poetry, reflection and prayer with one of the Syrian pastors I met last November while in Lebanon. It is bound to be a rich and powerful time. I hope to see you there! More info here: http://www.napc.org/mission

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Taylor Family Photo Shoot

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Maggie

As some of you know, I am starting a photography business, Life Illuminated!  Through my art I seek to offer visual stories reflecting the natural beauty of our lives as they unfold, weave together, and spring to new life.

Two weekends ago I had the joyous blessing of getting to photograph beloved friends of mine, the Taylor Family.  A family that has welcomed me in as one of their own.  We have found connections within Columbia Theological Seminary–where I graduated from and where Doug, the father, works–as well as worshiping at the same church, and, probably most importantly: we’re all West Coasters.

Our photo shoot was in celebration of their life together as a family and the sending off of their oldest daughter, Maggie, to college in the fall.  Maggie and I enjoyed half the shoot on our own, among the beautiful brick buildings around Grant Park and Oakland Cemetery (sounds morbid, but it’s gorgeous!  The bounteous flowers and exquisite mausoleums reflect new life always abounds…!).  Then, for the second hour we connected with her family and I followed them around getting to document their vivacious, silly, deeply loving interactions.  Here’s a glimpse into their story:

Maggie

Maggie

Maggie and Fiona

Maggie and Fiona

Fiona

Fiona

Jean and Doug

Jean and Doug

The Fam

The Fam

Sisters

Sisters

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