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.
I HAVE to make time for Jesus.
Friends, I have gone back in forth with myself on whether I should even post this or not as this is EXTREMELY personal for me. But I am trying my best to be okay with that. In order to grow and learn, I think it is important to be open to vulnerability. So that is what I am doing.
Have you been there? God is calling on my heart to make time in my life for Him. I have gotten so wrapped up in my life and schedule that I have forgotten to pray, and talk to God. I am so guilty of this. But I am grateful to have a God that is forgiving of my weaknesses. A God that is always there when I call on Him.
How do you make time for Jesus? On your drive to work? Before you fall asleep to rest? In your own thoughts throughout the day? Through helping others? By the work you do? I would love to hear ways you make time for Jesus. I am seeking his words in my life, and I need to retreat to him through not only my struggles, but also my celebrations. Is that something that you also struggle with?
God, forgive me if I asked you more than I thanked you. He has been oh so patient with me, and for that I am blessed.
Today I am going to be honest, open, and raw.
Life can be really tough. Finding a balance for your family, kids, work, and then maybe yourself is not easy. I am starting to realize that there is no shame in being honest. Theres is no shame in being vulnerable. It is the beauty of being human.
So much time and effort goes into this job. From the time you book your session to the time I deliver your gallery, I will have put countless hours into your pictures. I spend days location scouting, finding inspiration, observing light, checking the weather, studying my camera, uploading, culling, editing, styling, researching. Of course I do all this with spit up on my shirt, dog hair on my pants, messy hair, and endless amounts of caffeine, all while the laundry piles up.
Because I want to give you more than pictures. I want to give you an experience. When you look at your images, I want you to remember how special that time in your life was. Even if it was hard, I want you to look at pictures that allow you to remember the hard times and the struggles, but focus on the beauty of it all.
So please, don't wait until you have the perfect outfit, or enough money, or more time. Just make it happen. Because you will want to remember these times for exactly what they are.
Hello lovelies!! It has been awhile since I've blogged! I have been so busy with photography, my kiddo starting school, and keeping a 3 month old happy. But as they say, the beauty is in the chaos. And I wouldn't trade this life I live for anything. Before I took some time off this summer, I had shot this gorgeous wedding with Katie Whalen Photography in Mount Airy, NC. These pictures have been sitting in my computer hard drive just begging to be blogged, so I figured better late than never.
When I second shoot, I always get to go and capture the groom getting ready, and it is becoming a favorite time of mine. I definitely look forward to it before every wedding.
It has been 4 months and I am still swooning over Jake and Jessica's wedding. It could not have been more perfect. They had such a gorgeous venue, sweet first looks with Jessica's dad, their fur baby, heartfelt prayers, authentic moments and so much love. Along with sweet and simple decor, I just had warm fuzzy feelings all day long. The pictures just say it all. My words don't do it justice.
Y'all this styled shoot was AMAZING. I cannot say enough good things about all the fellow creatives I got the opportunity to work with. Katie Whalen, with Katie Whalen Photography reached out to me about having Jaycee be a flower girl in a styled shoot and I just knew it was going to be magic. It really was the perfect day. I was able to work alongside my daughter, how cool is that?? She was so excited to be included and I was so excited to tag along a be able to photograph such a gorgeous setup.
River Creek Lodge was such a gorgeous venue. They have a little bit of everything. It's like rustic meets boho & vintage. The whole property was absolutely charming.
I am beyond grateful that I was able to be apart of this shoot, this industry has just been so welcoming. If you looked up the definition of "creativity over competition" in the dictionary it would literally have a picture of Katie Whalen next to it. She is truly a gem. We rise by lifting others, and Katie has mastered that concept. When women support each other, incredible things happen, and these photos are proof of that.
I couldn't think of a more appropriate session for my very first blog post as an official DOT COM. Yes, you read that right, Maddie Leigh Photography is officially a DOT COM WEBSITE!!! I am so thrilled. I cannot wait to continue to build my website and brand with all of my wonderful followers :)
I figured a blog post about a session of my girls would be a great way to kick it off! I have seriously enjoyed my time off with them this summer. It has been a rollercoaster of crazy and sweet. I'm not against documenting the crazy but this particular session shows off some of the sweet that I am talking about.
Annie has the whole family wrapped around her little finger. Can you blame any of us though? Just look at that baby!! Jaycee has the most cute aggression for her, it cracks me up. I always hear her saying "Oh I wish I could just squeeze her!" "She is soooo cute & precious!" "Oh look at those eyes!" "Heeeeyyyy babyyyy" "Heeeeyy cute little baby!" in the worlds squeakiest voice.
I absolutely love seeing the bond these two already have. Jaycee is seriously the best big sister. She is always so quick to help, and love on Miss Annie. It makes a mama's heart happy.
Next week will be my first wedding back and I am really looking forward to it. I have missed y'all and your beautiful love stories through my lens. Bring on the fall 2017 weddings!
maddie saltz. wedding/ lifestyle/portrait photographer. mama of girls. wife. creative. dog mom. mount ulla, nc. horse lover. country living.