In Shadow & In Sun

Without light, there is no photograph. Without darkness, there is no story.

The day was grim and gloomy. It rained, and then it rained harder, and then it rained harder still. And the murky light filtering in through the windows pushed my camera to its limits and demanded that my unsteady hands find purchase. “Do we reschedule?” I asked Angie and Jordon. “No,” we decided. “We shoot now.


Now is beautiful, my friend Jane tattooed on her forearm, the words staring in at her as she drives, as she cooks, as she photographs, as she holds her loves close to her.

Now can also be painful, tumultuous, exhausting. Now can be exactly where you do not want to be.

But Now is where we are. There is no escaping it. As each second draws the day to a close, Now shifts, following us through our haze of grief, through our enlightenment, through our sorrow and our joy. Now is present. And it is always.


Now is beautiful.

Perhaps not because it is flawless, or painless, or earth-shattering. But because it is in Now that we make our next bold move. In Now we accept the inevitable. In Now we embrace our breath. In Now we release overthinking and puzzlement and uncertainty and confusion and worry.


Now is rain and Now is sun. Now is sweet and Now is bitter.

Now is beautiful.


There is beauty in your Now; seek it.
There is beauty in your story; speak it.
There is beauty in your hurt and in your happiness; relish it.

Find the fragments of grace that filter like light through rain-soaked window screens. Find the dust motes of peace that hover like darkness in a still room.

Find Now in yesterday and in tomorrow. Find Now in shadow and in sun.


Hey, Photographers! Show some love to my favorites over at ShootProof, VSCO, ShootQ, and Fundy. They make my world go ’round. XO

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  1. I just found your website and blog through DEDPXL. What a nice blog! I just looked over the In Shadow & In Sun post. Those pictures turned out really nice. You made great use of the available light. This is of particular interest to me, as I often have the same predicament living in Seattle.

    Did you do anything in particular in-camera or post processing to tease out the colors?

    Thanks for doing this blog. It’s great!

    • Thanks so much!

      I use a highly-tweaked version of the VSCO filter Kodak Portra 400 NC+ (I think that’s what it’s called) in post-production. As for in-camera… not really? I just try to get good exposures – oh, and use good lenses. :) This was all shot with the Canon 50mm f/1.2. :)

      I’m jealous of your dim Seattle lighting! I love moody light!

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