Hey beautiful people! I've never wrote an introduction to a blog before so here goes nothing... Today's blog is written by Stephanie Mejias! And let me just say, it's a good one. Steph is one of the best people. She is wild and fun, full of unconditional love, and makes everyone feel welcome. Never once in her presence have I ever felt like I don't belong...which makes the topic she wrote about so perfect. So, without further ado, I give you Belonging.
I love the word. The feeling of it when it becomes a reality. I'm not always fan of the process to get there though.
I think I can speak for all of us when I say we long to be apart of something bigger than ourselves. To feel like we are understood in ways that we don't even understand within ourselves. We search and search for things that will fill the void of not belonging with a certain group, or with our families. So we say we won't let them see our weakness, we won't let them see how much we want to belong. It's almost like we make the deepest parts of who we are unavailable to others out of spite. If they didn't take the time to make me feel apart than it must be their fault and they don't deserve to know all of me.
Can I tell you that it is more than a destination or a mission to have to arrive there?
Trust me when I tell you that even among the people I love the most I sometimes get a feeling that I don't belong here but I have to tell myself that "Steph, this isn't reality."
We get to be the deciders of whether we belong or not.
Don't for a second think you are not worthy of being apart because you are. The process is hard, sometimes messy and lonely but you deserve to belong. We all do <3
HI! I'M LAUREN! I'M A WEDDING AND COUPLE PHOTOGRAPHER IN RECKLESS PURSUIT OF CHRIST, ADVENTURES, AND LOVE. I'M FROM A SMALL TOWN IN PA WHERE MY ROOTS RUN DEEP. I LOVE JESUS WITH MY WHOLE HEART, I WILL JUMP ON (OR OUT OF) A PLANE AT THE DROP OF A HAT FOR AN ADVENTURE, AND I BELIEVE LIFE IS BETTER LIVED OUTSIDE WITH YOUR HANDS AND FEET DIRTY.
ALL THESE THINGS PLAY A HUGE ROLE IN MY PHOTOGRAPHIC STYLE, WHICH I'D DESCRIBE AS NATURAL, VIBRANT, AND AUTHENTIC. OTHER THINGS THAT BRING ME LIFE ARE SNOWBOARDING, FLANNELS, MOUNTAINS, SMALL TOWNS, RAINY DAYS, WILDFLOWERS, AND WEDDINGS! I WOULD TRULY BE HONORED TO CAPTURE YOUR SPECIAL DAY!