Artists Inspired Blog Circle – Blue

    Our Summer in “Blue”
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The connotation of the word “blue” conjures up so many images and interpretations in my mind!
There isn’t one particular item or subject that I want to shoot or even write about. Whether talking about the color and all of the beauty that exists with various shades of “blue” or whether talking about feelings and the emotions of being “blue,” it can be found everywhere. And, I’d be totally amiss in who I am and in this blog if I didn’t add the beauty and splendor found in my very own Tarheels, and Carolina Blue!

To the point, and when reminiscing about our fast-paced and adventuresome summer, I can picture so much “blue.”

I can feel my “blue” and my children’s “blue” — my little girl will be starting her 4th Elementary School in 6 short years, and my son is now on his 2nd in two years. They loved their school, their teachers, their friends. “Blue” would be a mild understatement to how we feel about leaving this school…

Forest Avenue-1

I can picture the last day that we attended church at Vaughn Forest, saddened as the last lunch with our closest Montgomery friends passed — our times with these friends were amazing, and for their love and friendship, we’ll be forever grateful (and thankful they too are military – albeit, Army 😉 – and know the woes of the military lifestyle…and they’re only a few hours away in Texas).


I can picture the sky behind our Montgomery home, as we loaded our car to move, the gorgeous sun setting, while I grabbed for my phone, since it’s all that I had to capture its beauty.


I can picture our last day at our neighborhood pool, knowing we wouldn’t have one down the road to go to whenever we wanted…so we made the most of it.
And of course, the memories of my son losing his top tooth…naturally, at the pool this day!


Pool-5    Pool-6

I can see my kids faces as we packed our boxes, while Mommy was trying to make the most of a move that we truly didn’t want to make. While playing with a new lens, and bribing him for a picture…he gave me this, so I took it! And, Lensbabys are not my specialty – AT ALL – but this one seems to work for this capture…


I can see our children at our friend’s Alabama lake house, grateful for one more weekend with amazing friends.


I can see the moods of my children in the hotel, and my (thankfully successful) attempts to cheer them up, while living there for two weeks.


And, I feel the blue that I felt when I knew I’d have to leave my well-established photography business and start over again in a new city.

I am grateful for ALL the “blue” memories – they reinforce how God’s plan was bigger than my own.
The blue that we saw and felt our last days in Montgomery have nothing on the goodness that has come from those moments!
Why can I not remember this Proverbs passage and in my heart KNOW that I don’t have to worry?! <sigh>
I hope He just likes sending me reminders. Daily!

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” 

Proverbs 3:5-6

The “blue” in our life now consists of time with friends – roaming the neighborhood(s) or OU in search of Pokemon under the blue skies.


 Pokemon-2  Pokemon-3


Friends who we can visit anytime we want, just five houses down, and enjoy spending time with them during holidays and get togethers…and anytime in between.
And, they get to go to the same school!

Friends-1 Friends-2 

Friends that are near, who we can now go to church and eat lunch with, and the memory of feeling “blue” when we moved six years ago, not knowing all that would be in store for our family, or that we would get to come back to our church home.

First Kids Moore-1

Friends that are far, that we wouldn’t have been able to see if it wasn’t for our move back to Oklahoma City. Do you know we’ve already had visitors from both Texas and Utah and Las Vegas? That definitely wouldn’t have happened if we hadn’t moved back! The blues of losing friends – replaced – we didn’t lose anyone.

We gained lifelong friendships that will hold through time and distance.

And, photography. I’m seeing blue all over the place, but it has nothing to do with feeling “blue!”
God’s plan was so much bigger and better than my own (as He continuously shows me, in spite of myself!)!!

My photography journey is continuing in such a beautiful way, and the friendships I’ve made in this industry and locally, are blowing me away!
Beyond thankful for the love and support of one photographer in particular – Emiley Kuehn of Studio802! She befriended me even before I arrived, and has been a light in what could have been a very dark place in my photography journey. She’s embraced me as a friend, as someone whom she can teach and guide, and as a Sister in Christ. Friends with this type of heart are often hard to find locally, but I am so thankful for her every day! With her support, I’ve also been able to embrace her vision for Law Enforcement Officers and helping to #backtheblue. I’ve already made photography contacts because of her kindness, and moreover, I’ve made friends!

(she has no idea this is in here…but this is a behind the scenes shot of Emiley posing this sweet newborn so myself and another photographer could learn how to achieve the “Froggy” pose)

(this image has no blue at all, but this woman is keeping me from feeling the “blue” emotion, and I am forever grateful!


My most heartwarming “blue” moment came from one of these LEO Mini Sessions, where I was left speechless. One of my clients gave me (ME!…like, she gave ME!) something at the end of our session. I’d love to say it was one of my best sessions and I got a ton of amazing shots and showed them to her right then and there…but, as I tend to be, I told her I really hoped we got some good shots (not even great…just was hoping for the best!). Chasing a tiny toddler and trying to get a 4 month old to cooperate in 100* heat is not for the faint of heart, friends! And, I’m honest to a fault. But, through my honesty, she STILL gave me something that I’ll cherish forever. She handed me a beautiful light blue (almost Carolina colored, so I knew it’d be good!) bag, and enclosed was a Rustic Cuff bracelet! Oh my word, I was nearly in tears, and I was in fact speechless. She shared an act of kindness with me that I’ll never forget, and in that moment, any concerns I may have had about feeling “blue” in business, life, friendships…gone. You can visit one of these sessions here, and I’ve finally just finished this session, so you can check out the {E} Family Session as well!


I am so happy to have had you on this journey with me!
This blog entry is part of a series from The Artists Inspired Blog Circle.
The next artist in our series is the talented Nikki Smith of Nikki Smith Photography.
To see her entry, as well as continue through the circle to see how all of our Artists have interpreted this month’s “Blue” theme, click here.

The Artists Inspired Blog Circle is made up of an exceptionally talented group of photographers from all walks of life, from all over the world. They are wives, mothers, friends, daughters and visual storytellers who draw from their own experiences to create art that is inspiring, unique, beautiful and thought-provoking.


18 thoughts on “Artists Inspired Blog Circle – Blue

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  • August 15, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    I LOVED this blog post!! What a gorgeous tribute to your summer!!!!!

  • August 15, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    A busy summer for sure.

  • August 15, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    Having packed up and left home, family, friends, the familiar and knowing what that felt like, I admire your ability to do that again and again. Trust in the the bigger picture, He has plans for you.

  • August 15, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    what lovely post! God is truly amazing and knows what we need. what a wonderful summer you had 🙂

  • August 15, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    What a lovely story of reminiscence and I’m sure you will treasure not only the memories and experiences, the relationships and blessings, but also the gorgeous way that you captured them! <3 Holding onto the verse you shared today. Blessings!

  • August 15, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    LOVE this blog I can relate 100% we are an active duty Army family as well and moved here to Alabama a year and a half ago making this our half way point in the recruiting phase LOL. We spent 8 years at Fort Carson and so when we left there to come here it was very blue! to leave parts of your military family behind just sucks! plus uprooting the kids and the photography business is a challengeing one. But when all said and done I would not change it for anything the people I have meet along the way have made for an amazing life in the army <3

  • August 15, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    Wow, you had a lot going on this summer to the least! Enjoyed reading this Shelby!

    • August 16, 2016 at 1:30 am

      LOL…yes, just a little busier than our average summer!! Thank you so much for coming by and reading!

  • August 15, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    What a beautifully written, thoughtful, and I spiring blog post. Love every one of your images too!

    • August 16, 2016 at 1:29 am

      Thank you so much, Kathy! I was pretty nervous about where and how to start, but then the words and images just kept coming! I truly appreciate that you came by and read it!

  • August 15, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    What a great way to capture your recent journey, Shelby. Love this!!

    • August 16, 2016 at 1:28 am

      I appreciate it, Tori! I felt overwhelmed by so much “blue” and wasn’t sure which angle to go for…so, I went for it all!

  • August 15, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    Beautiful: in thoughts, in words, in images

    • August 16, 2016 at 1:26 am

      Thank you so very much, Ceri!! I truly appreciate you coming by to check out this post!

  • August 15, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    OH goodness, it looks like you had an amazing summer!! Its the perfect story here.

    • August 16, 2016 at 1:32 am

      Amazing and very busy! Thank you so much — we are very blessed that it has turned out so well for us! We were pretty unsure of how things would go, but I really need to start really having the faith!! It always works out, no matter how stressed I am over whatever the obstacle is!

  • August 16, 2016 at 1:34 am

    I adored reading all about your summer – makes me wish for it to arrive here again.


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