What a fun post this is going to be for me to write!
Last week my family and I had the honor of having family portraits taken by Joy Prouty of Wildflowers Photography while she and her family were here in Oregon. Her name serves her right because she really is such a joy to be around! (That probably sounded totally corny but it's so true!) For someone as well known as she is in the photography world, I was beyond impressed with how down to earth and how friendly both she and her hubby were. Such a delightful time spent with them!
Here she is snapping a picture of me...
while I'm snapping a picture of her. :) (poor aaron had the camera around his neck but i got behind it real quick--hence why he's right behind me. hehe)
And here I've got to highlight their trailer. For those of you that follow me on facebook, you already know how thrilled I was to be in the presence of Joy's incredible trailer. Those gorgeous flowers painted on it are the original artwork of Katie Daisy! I mean come on now, how cool is that?! Very.
And as if there wasn't enough about Joy for me to be in love with already, check out this quilt she made for her daughter. Isn't it gorgeous?! Yes, we're both lovers of Grandmother's Flower Garden quilts. I love how she added the blue scalloped edge. I need to figure out how she did that.
Here's a picture that Joy snapped on her phone of the girls. This picture makes my heart happy.
But back to the trailer real quick. It is currently Joy's home as she and her family are traveling the country for the next year. They sold their California house a couple months ago, along with the majority of their belongings, in effort to simplify their lives. How courageous! You can read more of their beautiful story on their blog. It is worth the read, I promise. (Even though the majority of us might not be ready to sale our house and personal belongings, I am sure we can all find ways to simplify our lives of distractions.)
She was kind enough to let me snap a few pictures of the trailer--what a beauty! (and yes, i took my shoes off before entering. :) )
One reason I love Joy's story is that she is so real and honest about their journey and experiences. Yes, they have a beautiful life full of amazing experiences, but she's also very honest about the challenges of living in a 150 sq. foot home with her 4 children. But boy, didn't she make this home a lovely one?
Her choice of prints and colors are perfect.
More quilts! They only kept the ones that were most special to their family. Each of her children have one of their own.
And here's her sweet daughter enjoying one of Kaaren's books that I gave to their children.
So, Joy, if you happen to read this someday, thank you for such a wonderful morning! It is one that I will treasure. I look forward to seeing the beautiful images that you are creating for my family. (And I apologize for the girls being little stinkers for the beginning of the session!) Thank you for your openness and kindness; you are a beautiful person with a beautiful soul. I'm so grateful our paths crossed. I'll see you again at one of your workshops next year!
Pamela, a grateful gal who is feeling ever so inspired in the photography department right now. and quilting. and painting. and just plain old living life! :)