Beauty & Grace | Chattanooga Senior Photography

Finding the Way

It was my great pleasure to photograph Miss Charis, high school Senior, Class of 2013.

We had amazing light for our session! The sun glistened gold through the loosened leaves of the fall trees, and

like magic, the bees that had buzzed warnings earlier fled as we arrived at our secret spot in the shade of our farm location.

But the butterflies…they stayed to watch! They freely flitted in and out of our background,

and made me wonder if, by some chance, they knew that we had come to capture beauty and grace–not them!

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We were glad to see them linger.

They were nature’s witnesses to the way Charis’ smile lit her eye’s and made them dance shyly in front of my shutter!

(The image below was the first frame of our session. When I first saw it in my viewer, my heart skipped a beat!

Just one example of those nerdy, but magical photographer moments).

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If you look closely you can see one of our butterfly friends to the right in the background below.

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 The name, Charis, means “grace” in Greek — further meaning “that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness:

grace of speech, good will, loving-kindness, favor of the merciful kindness by which God,

exerting his holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ,”

Charis embodies her name by being kind, joyful, enthusiastic, and having a heart to glorify God by loving others.

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Charis also reflects the spirit of our friendly butterflies by being graceful, independent, adventurous, and loving sunflowers! 🙂

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Being on the edge of her college adventure, Charis dreams of owning her own business one day.

She is planning to double major in marketing and business, BUT she wants to leave lots of room for God’s leading.

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The struggle with finding our way in life–our destiny, our purpose, God’s plan or will–is certainly a familiar topic

for most high school Seniors and college students…and for most anyone at most any age.

Matthew 10:38-39 (Message version)–one of Charis’ favorite Bible verses–

reminds us that when we “forget ourselves” that we find not only ourselves but God also.

 It says “If your first concern is to look after yourself, you will never find yourself.

But if you forget about yourself and look to Me, you will find both yourself and Me.”

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Maybe, we can also learn a similar lesson about how to find our way in life from the example of our butterfly friends.

They chose to follow the light and to freely enjoy the beauty and sustenance of the sunlit evening.

Perhaps, we too can unlock our purpose for the future, by seeking the beauty and grace God provides in the present.

Ligt and joy

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  • Sandy Harris - Wow! Beautiful, artistic pictures and commentary of a very special young lady. You bring something extremely unique to your photography!ReplyCancel

    • Caroljean - Thank you, Sandy! Charis is a very special young lady! Your kind comments mean so much! I so appreciate your taking time to encourage! <3ReplyCancel

  • rochelle - Wonderful session, gorgeous images! Love the butterflies. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • DONNA - Love these images and the fact you included the meaning of her name!ReplyCancel

  • Melinda - She is beautiful and the pictures are fun and carefree! Great job!ReplyCancel

  • Jamie Smith - You can tell she’s pretty special just by looking at all the beautiful pictures! Her personality comes through in all of them.ReplyCancel