My first blog where I wrote my personal thoughts down was about risk.
I’ve had ideas that I have been wanting to write on that I have yet to do because it’s risky and scary.
So here I am, unsure, and feeling a little risky today.
My hope with my photography and my page that it is not just a series of seemingly perfect images of beautiful people and things, but instead that it leads us all to a deeper appreciation of life and acceptance of ourselves. This year I have challenged myself to write down and actually share the meaningful pieces of what I do.
This project was exactly that. This was second first day of the year because the first day was unexpected and looked like a mountain ahead. So, on the second first day I decided to do this project. To explore what makes us, us in a series of photographs.
A year ago, I would have never taken self-portraits, but last spring in the midst of being in a coaching program and having few people to practice photos on, I had to try out my new ideas through taking self-portraits. It’s one of my favorite things now. You know that idea that seems a little wild and might appear to be too out there to share with anyone else? Yeah ,well those are the ideas that I explore with self-portraits.
What I discover over and over again is that this journey of photography is so much more than pretty things. For me it’s a journey of seeing and acceptance. To see myself more clearly and accept more deeply. It’s the same hope I have for those I take photos of.
It’s so easy to see from the outside what a beautiful life someone lives, but what matters is when they see it.
My hope is that you see more of who you are, the beautiful life you’ve been given, and cherish it. To savor the good, and the not so good that life hands us. It is my hope that you are reminded of that this life is precious and a gift to live it. It is my hope that we become less critical and more in tune with who God has created us to be in our fullest potential and capacity.
Let’s be more gracious to ourselves and find a place of acceptance for the sweet lives we live as we embrace this coming year.
Allie Case is a soulful, modern Wedding and Portrait Photographer, based in Central Valley, California.
Specializing in minimalist images that convey wholeness and living life to its fullest.
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