the lovewell sessions

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“God asks what it is He’s made us to love, what it is that captures our attention,

what feeds that deep indescribable need of our souls to experience the richness of the world He made.

And then, leaning over us, He whispers, ‘Let’s go do that together.”

bob goff ~love does

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i’m a fan of the back story. sometimes the back story isn’t even known or it’s only known to a select few. sometimes it’s discovered well after the story has already unfolded. often times the back story is what makes the final chapter a beautiful compilation of something simple yet profound. there’s times in our lives, chapters in our own story,  that might look mundane or sometimes even painful, but later we get a glimpse of what’s springing forth from all those little pieces. often times simple and yet profound even still. glimpses of when HE creates good for his glory. when we can see HIS hand was orchestrating a sweet creation all along.

so here’s a back story for you. a few weeks ago a couple precious friends of mine made a year long hope & desire a reality for me. for most folks it wouldn’t be considered that big of a deal in the first place, much less monumental. but for me, it was. when i told dan about what was going on, i told him i wasn’t going to accept these gifts. it would be too humbling. he gently reminded me that sometimes god’s using someone and their resources to answer our own prayers. the acceptance can be just as important as the giving. for several days i spent time just pondering how the lord so many times just blows us away with HIS love &  provision and HE often times lets just regular folks be part of the process.

sometimes we overthink the entire gifting gig don’t we? like, well what i have to give isn’t all that extravagant. or the flip side, what if what i give isn’t even appreciated? whatever. i heard this last week at the grove and i like this mindset a lot better~~ “god is paving a runway of faithfulness in your life where your giftings can become your offerings”. well alright. my giftings, my talents, my time & resources…all of it, i can offer those back to HIM. an offering of praise to HIM, for HIS glory. i’m in.

so in response to thinking about the graciousness i’ve seen in the hearts of several friends, my daughter & my always-giving husband as well, HE put something on my heart to do. logistically i have no idea, no idea at all, how it’s going to shake down. i have no idea if it’s going to be a flop. i have no idea if i’ll hear from no one or if the requests will be so overwhelming that i can in no way keep up. and honestly, all that unknown makes it even more exciting for me. a runway of faithfulness in the unknown right?

i didn’t hear an audible voice, but in my heart, in the blink of an eye, i heard him say~ paige, just give what you have of your time & passion to ME. the gift of your photography, i want you to give it away.

so once a month i’d love to offer a photo session to someone who currently isn’t in a place where the investment is a possibility for them.

i’d love for you to send me a little bit of their story via email. again, i’m not sure how it’s all going to unfold as each one of these has the potential to be simple or could involve some creative logistical maneuvers, but let’s go for it. i’m calling these the lovewell sessions. lovewell because i want to be a person who looks for ways to love others and i bet you do too. lovewell because HE loves us and from that love flows rivers of living waters. lovewell because HE’s created us with passion & purpose and sometimes just doing the next thing right in front of us is a ministry of how to lovewell and use those for HIS glory.

i’m a natural light photographer here in the atlanta area. you can reach me at paigeknudsenimages@comcast.net or just over on the right sidebar you’ll see a “get in touch” button…that link will send you right over. please use #lovewell in your subject line.

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“But the kind of love that God created and demonstrated is a costly one because it involves sacrifice and presence.

It’s a love that operates more like a sign language than being spoken outright.”

bob goff ~love does

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February 24, 2015 - 12:30 pm

marcie - This is amazing!! i’m trying to get in touch thru the contact me button but i’m having trouble – probably on my end or something with the internet and today’s weather :) I’m going to keep trying!!
Marcie

February 24, 2015 - 1:26 pm

Andrea D - So inspiring.

February 24, 2015 - 1:28 pm

chrissi - you make my heart melt. i cannot wait to see how this unfolds for you and how your work reaches out. love is a verb and you certainly capture that in your work.♥

February 24, 2015 - 2:59 pm

Courtney - Just beautiful! You are so precious!!

February 24, 2015 - 4:15 pm

Kim I - Oh Paige – I cannot begin to tell you how much I love this! What a great idea, the recipients will be beyond blessed!! And I’m so happy to see glimpses of your work again – I love your photography. Like CRAZY love it!

February 24, 2015 - 4:27 pm

Becky - what you are doing is so wonderful. You are giving families memories by using your time and talents. When our daughter was two she was diagnosed with leukemia. We had always had our children’s pictures taken by a local photographer each year for their birthday. When she turned three she was on chemo and our life had no normalcy. We also had a six year old son. A few weeks before her birthday that photographer called us to tell us he would photograph her at no cost to us anywhere we wanted. Because her blood counts were low we couldn’t always take her places like a photographers studio. It was one of the nicest things anyone could have done for us. I’m pretty sure without that call we would have not had her picture taken and I would have regretted that. With the love and support of a wonderful medical staff, family, friends, neighbors and church family we made it through that time in our lives. God took care of us and her and next week my little girl will be 25 years old and will soon graduate with a doctorate degree. You are going to help so many families. Thank you.

February 24, 2015 - 6:21 pm

Gina - Paige,
You are a blessing to me and everyone else. I can only hope to have a heart like yours some day. I am proud to consider you a friend.

February 26, 2015 - 3:07 am

wynne - “a runway of faithfulness in the unknown” yes i love this. i love you. can’t wait to see how the lord shows his love for his people through you my friend.

February 26, 2015 - 8:31 am

Tina - Your photos exude joy in the moment. Love them. This is s beautiful gift for someone to receive and one that will be treasured.

February 26, 2015 - 2:11 pm

Linsey @ Bravehearted Beauty - Oh, girl, this is BIG! I can feel it! You’re moving in step with the Spirit PLUS asking for your gifts to be used for God’s glory PLUS giving with a cheerful heart! How can that be anything but blessed?!?! I love and admire you! xoxo

baby it’s cold outside

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friends. it’s freezing here. i realize it’s freezing basically everywhere so we need not try to out-frigid-temps each other but ohmygosh it’s so cold. just the other day i was thinking that i wanted winter to last a little longer so i could enjoy a few deliciously soft scarves for a few more weeks. i’ve since changed my mind. windchill of below zero -in atlanta people-is just too much.  down here, south of the mason dixon line, we didn’t really sign up for this.

so in attempt to send some beautiful spring inspired vibes your way…the noonday collection spring line launched this week!!! i was hoping to shoot some fun photos of the girls in some of my favorite new pieces but the aforementioned temps have made that but a dream. so until then, here are a few of my favorites.

  1. my current fave necklaces~tesfanish tassel, velocity necklace & the emebet necklace. you can layer the tesfanish & the emebet for a fun look!
  2. my current fave earrings~ the adorned hoop & the leather leaf.
  3. my current fave bracelets~the bazaar bangles ( set of 5), bonjou bangles ( set of 3)  & the linked horn.

so many new & exciting things brewing around noonday! it truly is an honor to represent these artisans who’s lives are changing because the cycle of poverty is ending for them. they’re receiving a sustainable income through dignified jobs. mamas are able to stay home with their younger children and afford to send the school age ones to school! i listened this week to a video of one of artisans speak of the hope he now has & the dreams he now dreams because he is earning a living wage….and managing over 300 employees!  its just a beautiful cycle.

if you’re local & interested in hosting a show, they’re really fun & i promise not a lot of work for you! you can earn free jewelry too!! shoot me an email if you’re interested!

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i obviously love a gallery wall whether my art is hung or whether it’s simply propped up. as you can tell i love to move things around. the whole propping plan allows me to do that whenever i add a new piece such as this beauty from my sweet friend lindsay letters. mine is a 24×34 framed in gallery gold. the peppermint moss abstract is 30×36.  the fun pastel is He&I from the fabulous britt bass. the stag was painted by savannah last year as a christmas gift. everyone always asks about the letters–i grabbed mine at the country living fair a few years ago. i’m sure if you google metal letters you can find a great supply!

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i obviously love to take photos of the beauty that is whole foods groceries. and i don’t drink beer. the bottle is empty. i just asked if i could purchase it sans the brewsky. ha! now the prosecco, those aren’t empty;)

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beautiful mail & packages that all arrived on the same day. i am so thankful for you mary ann. you have shown me much about loving well. bless you sweet thoughtful, intentional friend!

& valentines day cards. have mercy i love them. i usually pick out or order mine well before the sweet day even gets close. the pink hand embossed cutie is from my big guy & the “you’re my person” i found for him.

okay. so i have a cute story. dan knows i love sugarboo & co. besides anthropolgie, its truly my favorite shop. so he gave me this adorable puzzle shown below. he goes, i know you don’t like using “u” as an abbreviation but its the only way i could make it work. how cute is he. so then he tells me that he was fiddling with it in the shop & trying to make the sentiment work when the owner walked by ( she recognized him because we may or may not cruise over there fairly frequently) and realized what he was spelling out. turns out they spell out a handful of sayings & didn’t realize the “forever and always i love u” option. dan made a craft!

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we headed over to athens sunday to spend a little time with our birthday girl. savannah turned 22 on valentines day!! yes. 22. i totally remember 22 and i wish i was as awesome at 22  as she is.
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04paige knudsensorry i was mia there for a while! i sorta dropped the blogging ball for the last few days and seem to be failing at just keeping up with my work in general.

i photographed two newborns last week & those images are just delicious!!  i can’t wait to share those with you.

and…

i have something that i can’t wait to share with you guys next week as well!!

 

February 20, 2015 - 9:59 am

Lisa - Paige,
My son’s 22nd b-day was Feb 18. I know exactly what you mean by wishing I was as awesome at that age. It is so exciting to witness such ambitious and selfless young people. I’m so excited to see what the future holds for youngsters like your daughter. My son has always been wise beyond his years… although the goofiest kid as well. He is always pushing ME to find happiness in what I do. You and I are so blessed to be the moms of such extraordinary people. Love your blog!!!

February 20, 2015 - 10:50 am

Carla - Love your book collection! Such pretty and colorful bindings, where did you find these?