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This is Helen and she is nothing short of wonderful.  At the age where her front teeth are missing and she still gets to live in the middle of wonder, I was captured.  Her chicken’s name is tennis ball, its the white one, with fancy feathered feet.  When I spent time with Helen, I left feeling better than when I came, she swept me away in her wonderland and then I had to pack my things and go back to real life.  My days are spent with pre-teens and teens, which I actually love this season, but as they are growing closer to adulthood, some of the wonder fades.  Thank you Helen (and mom) for inviting me in to your castle, where a bit of magic exists19_k440_helen-teeter32_k440_helen-teeter

365 days old

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The first big milestone, the transformation from a baby to a child.

This is an age that I love!  They are very mobile, yet but can be lured in to doing what I need them to.  The new teeth, the slobber and poofy pants.  It’s a pace that I must prepare for, because when it starts is when they are the very cutest.

We are seeing an increase in ONE year old shoots and parents are wanting a timeless image printed to last.  Then we do the next baby at one, then the next, soon we are matching frames and tones to match as they hang in a special space in their home.

This makes my heart sing…

May I introduce Lucia, I had the honor of spending some time with her on her birthday.  She decided to walk for the first time, too.  It was an exciting day at Love Life Stories studio.  I wanted to share her with you.  She had such an incredible personality and captivated me.  Thanks Lucia, for being awesome (her parents, great people,too).

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Bonded with family, it just is.

“It is not always fun to be tightly bonded with the people who you share each day with, forging through what appears to need work, sighing when it all ended up ok.  Wading through is difficult, but it is not what you will remember down the road.  We trot down life’s everyday road, through our story, with these people, our family.  One day we will lose someone and it will change everything.  Until then , I will live in the presence with these people, knowing that it will not be forever, changes how I approach the small stuff.

I am passionate about capturing families together, seeing it live on paper preserves a feeling that you  will never forget when you look at it.  I prefer it organic. staying true to the lifestyle.

I will be launching a couple of new lines in 2017, that will revolve around families.  For those who have shared with me a chance to get a glimpse of your life, thank you.  I honor it and I am proud that you have taken the time to pause and allowed me to archive the thing that means the most to you”.

 

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Delightful

Their names are Christoph and Laura and they both emit an energy that is irresistible.  Together as a couple, they are unaware of their power.  Bets are, they are going to do life together beautifully, shaking up the ordinary, fearlessly and effortlessly we will watch them glide through life’s transition.  The factors that are thrown at us in life and relationships, they will fare together.

To my delight, I share with you Laura and Christoph Keller’s royal like affair.  Many hands were involved in creating this, I was the one that was able to attempt to capture what the human eye saw and the human heart-felt.  The team of vendors will be listed at the bottom.

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Love Life Stories by Carper Creative Photography

Amy Carper – Owner, Photographer/ https://www.facebook.com/carperphoto website: www.carperphoto.com

Event Planner:  Rachel Haynes/https://m.facebook.com/RachelHaynesEvents website: Rachelhaynesevents.com

Hanks Furniture Rentals: www.hankseventrentals.com/

Floral : Tanarah Luxe Floral/https://www.facebook.com/Tanarah-Luxe-Floral-299119830142019 website: tanarahluxefloral.com

Cake: TracyCakes/ www.tracycakesar.com

Catering:  Simply the Best/  website: http://www.simplythebestcatering.com

Soulsation:  http://thesoulsations.com

Lepops:  http://www.lepops.com

Vintage Motor Cars

Arkansas Arts Center:  https://www.arkansasartscenter.org

 

 

My Joy

Reading about where joy comes from, was where I was led to this week.  After too many sad stories of broken dreams, hatred, cutting lives short.  I became overwhelmed with sadness.

I remembered a book that I had fallen in love with a couple of years back, “One Thousand Gifts”, by Ann Voskamp.  She wrote about the true meaning of Joy, what it means and specifically where and when it decides to emerge.

Ann, in her own unique use of words says:

“Fullness of joy is only discovered in the emptying of will.  I hadn’t known that joy meant dying.  All these years, these angers, these hardening, this desire to control, I had thought I had to snap the hand closed to shield joy’s fragile flame from the blasts.  In the storm of struggles, I had tried to control the elements, clasp the fist tight so as to protect self and happiness.  But palms curled in to protective fists fill with darkness.  I feel that sharply, even in this…and this realization in all its full emptiness: My own wild desire to protect my joy at all costs is the exact force that kills my joy”.

This hit me hard, as it was truth in my life.

I do not have control of how much joy I feel, but I can do two things that instantly evoke it in me:  dancing to music that I love and being around kids.  You are the lucky one that there is not a dance video of me attached, but I am fairly sure that it would bring you a laugh.  I do want to share an image that shows my joy, it is my sweet client Penelope sitting with me in the middle of the shoot when everyone needed a small breather, so her brother asked if he could take my picture.  If you know me really well, you will know that this is something that is hard for me.  I am really uncomfortable in front of the camera, I will be working on this at some point in my life, but it wasn’t going to be that day.  Joseph, the brother was maybe six years old, my camera was on a tripod, what could it hurt?  All of the reasons I have liability insurance, Joseph snapped away and Penelope wanted to sit with me.  Joy, there it is, unbridled joy.

 

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Beauty with age

Recently, I had a dear friend ask to buy one of my prints.  It was an image that “he had to have”. Actually he said, “I need it”.  I understood this feeling well, when I see something that moves me.

This is the image shot, in northern Italy,  in front of a home built in the mid-1600’s.  The woman was the kind home owner that allowed us to photograph on her property.  The shot was at the last frame of the day, hosting us for a bit of cheese, figs and their estate’s wine.  I will never forget this experience.

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My beautiful associate, Stacy Kinzler was our model/stylist for our Italian excursion.  We were working on building a portfolio  for an estate that is seeking American brides, but on the days were we were not shooting the wedding, we created, and created and created…

 

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This has been a dream of mine for a very long time and to have it come to fruition, well it’s hard to put in to words.  It’s emotional, it’s raw and it is vulnerable. Ciao!

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Heart of a location

IMG_7651 with b07wo font_1I was able to move into a studio of my dreams last year.  It was time, as the company was being run out of 700 square feet and had to get really creative on where to shoot, it was time.

My sweet husband who can visualize in the brain, knowing I needed it to be at least 2d, he made me a pop up (a literal 3d model made from paper, scotch tape and scissors.).  All of the reasons he is the Ying to my Yang.

We began the remodel and here we went.  Trip to Dallas, Home Depot and vintage lumber yards, it was coming together great!

Then the day before we moved in, the main sewer line broke that was underneath my slab in the middle of my concrete floor.  I decided to hide under my covers that day and hoped that it was repairable.  All was restored and we moved in the next day.  As they were digging, there was something very precious found, a sliver spoon.  We dated it back with the markings and it was manufactured in the mid 1800’s.  We carefully placed it in a shadow box and shared it with my lovely building owner.  I will always wish a silver soon on the first day of business.

So as I journey, it is still a journey and on the journey I go.

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Forgetting what summer is like…please remind.

Rain, rain go away.  IT’s either the answer to the farmer’s prayer or a curse that he has feared.  Either way, its wet, gloomy and frizzles your hair-do.

 

I decided to share just a little bit of what summer looks like here at Carper Farm.  We had the privilege of hosting a backyard wedding for my brother in law Phillip and his bride Stephanie (btw, LOVE HER!  Finally another woman on the Carper side).  I also gained Anna Belle, now my niece and oh how she makes life sweet.

You will see summer solstice, as you are taken away by the greenery.  Remember people, summer equals hot!  With this, enjoy a Friday evening, with still a bit of chill in the air as all is preparing for spring.

Love and Breathe,

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L.O.V.E

IT never gets old

IT hurts yet heals

IT evens out fields

IT  trumps the EGO, always.

IT is ageless

IT is limitless

IT holds no prejudices

IT always wins

-amy carper

Ben and Ellianna, it was great to spend V-day with you.  Stunning couple, looking forward to seeing your story together unfold.

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Boys becoming men and the power of connection

It is easier for me to say that I do not need “anyone”  than it is admitting that I need “someone”. -amy carper

 

The reason for this is because when we say that we “need” something or someone, actually hearing ourselves forming the words and telling this to someone, makes us feel vulnerable and potentially weak.  Hopefully, you have chosen wisely the person that will hear you.  Regardless of the recipients response, you have been brave.

This type of exchange is very natural for children, they are less likely to feel bad for asking  for something that they need, they do it without fear or hesitation.  The beauty of asking has faded away with responses of rejection, shame and judgement.  A reminder to our self not to try that again.

I am learning the power of connection.  Photographing these brothers, reminded me of the importance of connection, true connection.  You will see that there is no question that these brothers share something very special.

 

“I feel a bit envious of childhood, next best thing is to stay close to it”.

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