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It was so much fun shooting photos for Leopold Designs at the Redress Raleigh Eco Fashion Show a few weeks ago! This is a great video produced by Carl Tyer which shows Kim and her work and many of the photos I took that day!

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Jessie 1998 by Elizabeth Galecke Photography

Jessie 1998 by Elizabeth Galecke Photography

Jessie, Grady and Tammy 1998 by Elizabeth Galecke Photography

Jessie, Grady and Tammy 1998 by Elizabeth Galecke Photography

Pre-wedding Musings:

Jessie marries in two weeks. To a wonderful, loving, generous and kind young man whom we all adore, Ryan. What a turning point this is. My girl on the beach, carefree, silly, full of confidence transitioning into new roles, new relationships, developing deep and powerful connections outside of our immediate family, outside of her relationship with me. I love her so very much, beyond language and images. Feeling the power of this love as strongly as the first time I touched her, nursed her, comforted her.

Jessie will be starting a new job too, a week after they return from the honeymoon—a wonderful position as a 7th grade math teacher that will allow her to use her creativity and competence to craft success for herself and her students in a nurturing and supportive school environment. She’ll be a great teacher—calm, assertive, caring, anxious to do the right thing and to do it well. Needing just practice and experience to feel her feet solidly underneath her. I am rendered speechless by the power of her growth.

For me, quiet mornings alone before the household wakes. Feeding the pups, making coffee, reading the paper then sitting silently allowing thoughts, feelings, fears, images to arise. Watching myself sort through the nuanced stories I tell myself about what all this means. Letting the tears flow. Allowing myself the freedom of feeling what I feel, not judging. Allowing it all to be exactly as it is.
Letting go and trusting her process as well as my own. A deeper place of knowing that she’s got this, she doesn’t need me managing it, even in my own head

How am I changed by my daughter’s growth? What is my role? How can I help? What does this mean for me? What do I wish, hope, and want for her in her marriage? None of that is mine really…it is her life, her love, hers to create.

Yet such strong feelings and needs of my own. Another deeply felt shift of allowing my child the gift of owning her own life without my expectations and needs encumbering her. Feeling deeply the push-pull of attachment, needing to be needed. What lies beyond that? Where does my identity take me now? When both children have stepped firmly into adulthood, who am I then? My adult life devoted to parenting, opening into new places, full of loss, love, fears and possibilities.

 

From Elizabeth: This is the second post from the series, please scroll down to read the first if you missed it!  One of my projects this year is working with long-time clients, going through their files of photographs from almost two decades now, and collaborating on ways to use the images with their voice in words capturing intimate moments and life lessons along the way. My first client, Tammy Finch,  is one who has without fail, had her children and sometimes her and her hubby alongside, photographed every single year for the last 18 years.  Her oldest daughter, who was 4 when I first photographed her, is now getting married in a few weeks. This project is just unfolding and has so much potential.  For now, it will be an ongoing blog series accompanied by the photos that inspired her from that year in their life. But who knows what the creative process will bring, I am looking forward to help facilitate the project and give you a glimpse at a way to use photography and writing to document your life and pass down a lifetime of growth and intimate personal experiences to your families.

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1/2 price on Digital Headshot sessions! $100.00 includes one digital file! Call 919.785.0620 to set up an appointment or email info@elizabethgalecke.com

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