We took a day trip to Lake James last February.
The pictures from it have been tucked away in my photo library ever since.
I was so happy to come across these little gems.
Ryan Longnecker posted a photo on instagram a few months ago.
And the words just resonated with my soul.
His words were :
"Raising daughters is a little terrifying. Some days I feel heavy and dark that they will have to learn how little some people care about each other and how violent and sad it can be. Then I remember about moments like this, and how it's shaped me to want to make beauty if I don't see it, then make and see more; I find hope there."
With all the things happening in the world, and raising daughters of my own,
I often find myself going back to that picture to read those words.
It is so much more than inspiring. It refills my heart with hope.
Hope that love will conquer, and the beauty seekers will keep on seeking.
It reminds me to try to find light in the darkness. And to never let fear win.
My heart has been so heavy lately, as well as many others.
I feel like this is the only way for me to get through, to keep looking for the magic.
And maybe the beauty that I find and share will heal and refill another heavy heart.
maddie saltz. wedding/ lifestyle/portrait photographer. mama of girls. wife. creative. dog mom. mount ulla, nc. horse lover. country living.