This semester I took my first photography class with Liberty University Online. This was a dream! Not only did it strengthen my basic knowledge of photography and heighten the quality of my photos, it gave me a deeper level of joy and gratitude in each photo I take.
My final assignment was to do a slideshow of original photos, and this past trip to Disney proved to be the perfect opportunity to collect some memories! Photographs are my favorite medium, and I hope that through these photos (which were extremely difficult to narrow down) you get to experience not only the joy I get in taking these photos, but some Disney magic!
Thank you to Michael, John-Marc, Matt, Elliot, & Mitchel for their patience in enduring my endless shooting this weekend!
It had been awhile since I’ve been to a Disney theme park. I must say I remember it being fun & magical, but I had forgotten some of the precious details.
This weekend I returned to the most magical place on earth with three of the most magical kids on earth and I found myself not only enjoying the parks with them, but learning so much from them!
Through Alex’s thrill of competition on rides like Toy Story & Test Track, Caroline’s enthusiasm for meeting princesses & singing along to frozen songs, and Theodore’s pure affection & infectious smile, I got to see Disney once again through the innocent, awe-struck eyes of a child.
In these eyes there are no other worries or distractions. Although there can sometimes be less patience and perspective causing some emotional moments… When a child’s joy is perfectly fixated on one thing, moment, or thrill, it is uncontainable and incomparable. Through these little eyes I saw more magic than I thought possible.
I found that once I grasped this magical joy it overflowed from Disney to the drowsy ride home and into the little thrills in life at home. No lines, no fastpass, no magicband required. All I needed was the eyes of a child.
// For Alex, Caroline, & Theodore, I love you //