In-Home Family Photo Shoot by Shannon Heick

This was an in-home session I did this fall for some of my long-time clients. I was so excited when the mom wanted me to come over and shoot in their home. Allowing me to come into your home and photograph is really a blessing to me. I love how these images turned out and as I delve more into the world of in-home photography, I love what I am finding there. It is truly authentic and beautiful. 

If you have been wanting to try something like this, please consider connecting with me and we will set something up! I would love to create more of these sessions across Fargo/Moorhead.

And because I am a mom and I know how this works, please don't even for a second allow the devil to start putting ideas in your head which will talk you out of this. Things like, "ohhhh, my home isn't as beautiful as this....or my home is too messy...or I need to lose weight". Trust me, that is the devil talking. The devil doesn't want you to see photos of your family just being together because he doesn't want you to fall in love with them over and over again. He doesn't want you to see your blessings. He wants you to feel like you aren't good enough or you don't have enough.  The devil is the father of comparison. Tell him, "not today, satan". I do that on a daily basis to keep my mind right. There, that is my little pep talk! ;) 

Your life is amazing just the way it is. Let me capture that truth and show you real beauty. 

Maui Beaches are Divine by Shannon Heick

I don't even know how to begin to describe to you the glory of the beaches of Maui. Even though we took this trip over a year ago, I am still reveling in the memories and the blissful feeling of that place. In fact, we are planning the next trip already and the kids can barely stand the wait! 

There is just something indescribable about the endless sea crashing into your feet while they are sinking into the wet sand of an island surrounded by countless miles of the deepest waters in the world. How can one be thousands of miles away from home and yet feel like this strange, new place is some sort of home, too?  How can one be so exposed to the unbounded waters of the enormous ocean and feel so safe and at ease?  Personally, I think what is happening here, is that we are soaking in the eternal rays of heaven. God is not short on metaphors, my friends. He uses them all over creation. When we wade into the ocean, we are wading into Grace. Endless. If grace is an ocean, we are all sinking.

When we stand at the edge of the beach, we face the limitless seas and skies. That feeling we get of awe and wonder when we turn our face to it, is like the feeling we get when we turn our hearts to God. Awe and wonder. The rainbow represents the promises of God. Those who land in Maui for the first time, will soon find out that those rainbow reminders get painted into the sky so often, it's almost hard to believe as they pop up over and over again, day after day, rainbow after rainbow. Promise after promise. 

I just can't wait to get back there. Until then, I will try to keep posting some of the amazing photos from around the island. For those of us who are in the throws of winter and sub-zero temperatures, I hope these photos warm your heart a bit. ;) Have a great week!