Songs in the night He giveth

Heceta Head Lighthouse / Florence, Oregon

Heceta Head Lighthouse / Florence, Oregon

"What though my joys and comforts die, the Lord my Savior liveth; what though the darkness gather round, songs in the night He giveth." - from the hymn How Can I Keep From Singing
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It’s hard to think of God being in the darkness when He is described as the complete absence of it. He is nothing but light. And yet it has been in my darkest times, in the blackest of nights, when I have felt His presence most near.
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In those first few days, weeks and months after my dad unexpectedly passed away I found myself unable to sleep. At night my aching thoughts that ran deep pushed me outside my home nestled in the wilderness. And in the black of night I heard it sing. Every time. “Birds don't sing in the dark?” I thought. But this one did. Each night for me. As if my Heavenly Father was telling me in the darkest of places that it was going to be okay with His own perfect, unexpected tune in the darkness.
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I guess that’s maybe part of why I’m so sentimental about lighthouses. And on this late afternoon stroll on the Oregon coastline where I captured this image I liked to imagine how many times this light pierced the inky black darkness of the Pacific and lead ships safely home.

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:5

Happy New Year! — New Year's Eve Celebration Editorial Photography — Heartland Living Magazine

To say this editorial piece for Heartland Living Magazine was fun to shoot is an understatement. I love when teams come together and just click. That was this crew. I don't think a single one of these nine models had meet before this day and by the end we all had a genuine full on dance party together (keep scrolling to check it out). Plus when I get to work with some of the most talented folks it makes it an extra special treat! Thanks for all who came together to make this amazing! And thanks to Cindy and Jessica at Heartland Living Magazine for dreaming up this celebration fit for ringing in 2018 in big time style!

Design and Planning: Cindy Sebring Adams and Jessica Pleger
Catering: Jessica Pleger with Pink Pineapple
Hair: Jen Maxcy
Makeup: Morgan Mccullers
Talent Agency: Jess Anderson Talent and Modeling Agency
Models: Leja Apple, Breanna Childs, Sarina Hamme, Victoria Huchins, Olivia Jones, Kyle Konopasek, Bryanna Maturen, Nicholas Plumer, Matthew Tanner
Photography: Caroline Maxcy Photography

Laura Lee + James Wedding Preview — Lake Placid, FL Lakeside Wedding Photography

Last weekend I spent my Saturday lakeside celebrating this gorgeous pair for my last wedding of the year and we couldn't have asked for a better day surrounded by lots of golden sunshine and the sweetest family and friends! Congrats Laura Lee + James! 

xoxo, Caroline

Laura Lee + James - At Home Lakeside Lake Placid, FL Wedding with Caroline Maxcy Photography

Laura Lee + James - At Home Lakeside Lake Placid, FL Wedding with Caroline Maxcy Photography

Film: A Practice in the Art and Beauty of Patience.

Cape Perpetua, Oregon / October 2016

Cape Perpetua, Oregon / October 2016

I worked all weekend long photographing my last wedding of the year and a sweet multi-family session on Sunday. So Monday was my full on Sabbath this week. I didn’t set an alarm and slept in with my hubby. I drank not one but two cups of Santa’s White Christmas coffee. I sat on the couch and read my bible and a Christian women’s magazine @deeplyrootedmag that made me laugh and cry and feel totally inspired. I pondered and prayed. Then I loaded up and headed to my favorite park with a rented film camera and a roll of film in hand and wandered. The sound of the shutter all alone in the immense of a forest is something to take your breath away. A sweet gift. I slowed down. I breathed deep. And I waited to press my finger down to release the shutter for just the right time.

Behind the lens I smiled. And I whispered prayers of thankfulness to my Heavenly Father for quiet beauty and space to breathe just one week away from Christmas. And how forever ago when He created Sabbath he thought of me and this moment and how much I’d need it. And when he asks us to be obedient to things He knows what He is doing. He knows what’s best.

The hustle of what we’ve made Christmas pressed in from all sides on this Sabbath but I’m thankful for a moment of wandering in the quiet of the wild and being refreshed by my Savior.

On Tuesday, refreshed, I sent off a handful of film for developing and processing filled with images spanning three weddings, a sweet family session and captures from that restful stroll in my favorite park. And now we wait...

I never imagined (but should have guessed) how much capturing images on film would teach me about way more than just photography. With every roll of film I learn more and more about holding things lighter, about being slow and intentional, thoughtfully responsive and less instantly reactive, patient and purposeful but certainly not perfect. And I'm learning to be okay with that.

It's a practice in the art and beauty of patience. 

Christine + Dan Wedding Preview — Lakeside Wedding Photography — Lake Placid, FL

Christine and Dan's Sunday wedding celebration in Lake Placid was the second of a double header for me last weekend and I left there at the end of the day feeling truly energized and full of so much joy and excitement for the honor of what I get to do. It is all because of the sweet souls and joyous smiles that are in these images! Spending the day with Christine and Dan and their closest family and friends was a gift, just like every one of my Caroline Maxcy Photography brides and grooms. Today I'm off to photograph my last wedding of the year and it can't help but to feel a little bittersweet. Thank you all for inviting me in to tell your story! 

xoxo, Caroline

Christine + Dan – Intimate Backyard Lakeside Lake Placid, FL Wedding with Caroline Maxcy Photography

Christine + Dan – Intimate Backyard Lakeside Lake Placid, FL Wedding with Caroline Maxcy Photography

Laura Lee + James — Lakeside Engagement Photography — Lake Placid, FL

Lake Placid Florida is seriously Central Florida's hidden gem. With rolling hills and lakes abounding and the cutest little quaint downtown full of stroll-able streets, cafes and the most eclectic collection of murals you ever did see it's a photographers dream. And then... and then... there is the dreamiest of sunsets over a glass-like lake. Put this adorable pair up in the mix and we have the makings of a perfect engagement session. Laura Lee and James tie the knot this weekend and I just had to share with you all a little peek into their engagement session which had stops at all of Lake Placid's most beautiful spots including the lakeside family home where they will be saying "I do" tomorrow!

xoxo, Caroline

A Holiday Print Discount

A GIFT FOR YOU: For all my Caroline Maxcy Photography Clients order prints and gifts through your online gallery between now and the end of the month and get 30% off with the code: 2017HOLIDAY30OFF. A printed photo isn't just a gift in your hands. It is a tangible connection to a memory, a moment, a place in time and all the emotions it holds. Whether it is the celebration of your wedding day or your little one's freckles and their crinkled up nose as they laugh, it is my joy to be a part of capturing those moments and it's my hearts desire for those moments to live on and on as an heirloom for generations to come. (BTW - Printed photos are my favorite gifts to give each year too! And they never cease to bring on the sweetest of joy-filled tears.) 

xoxo, Caroline

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