I MOVED

See my new blog here.

So, friends, redo your bookmarks, change your habit. I know this blog is visited with a dedication to match that of my posting. Which is hardly at all.

BUT. I wanted to start fresh. I still love a lot of my old photos, but they span across four years, with lots of gaps and inconsistencies.

I will be leaving this blog alone, just in case anyone feels like visiting old photos.

All of my new things will be here.

Again, here.

So go here: http://juliamaddenphoto.wordpress.com/

I’m really clever and just took the “graphy” off this domain.

Enjoy!

brand new eyes

You should all check out my lovely friend Lizzy’s blog. I did the other day, and was introduced to free lensing, a photography technique that allows you to manipulate the typical rules of focus fields. Plus, Lizzy takes some stinkin’ amazing pictures.

I’ve been experimenting with free lensing this week, and I wanted to share the results. I’ve been in somewhat of a photography slump for over a year now, and free lensing is making me excited about taking pictures again! It’s new, and challenging. I find it similar to film photography in that it’s difficult to predict what you’re going to get, and every shot counts. I’m find myself whipping off my lens in almost every situation nowadays.

Enjoy!

P.S. keep a look out for more India pictures in the next few days, I’m slowly working through them.

Jeremiah 20:9

“His word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary from holding it in; indeed, I cannot.”

God gave me this passage as sort of a mantra, or something to strive to. In India, we woke up everyday with the single purpose of sharing the Gospel. I wanted His word to be on my heart so heavily, that it wasn’t something I could hold in. It is both an encouragement and a challenge. I’ve been really short with words to describe the two months I spent in India, and I apologize for that. But, finally, here are some pictures!

These are basically a collection from the first half of the trip.

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This summer I had an opportunity I’ve always dreamed about. I have always wanted to travel, to see the world. Any of it, and all of it.

I spent eight weeks in northern India this summer.

Eight weeks seemed like such a huge expanse of time. An unthinkable amount of time in a unfathomable culture. I didn’t try to imagine what it would be like. I just went.

Some students get to study abroad, or have exotic summer internships, or they travel with their school for educational purposes. My trip to India was none of these. I was provided the opportunity to live in and breathe Indian air through the one true God. Myself, and four other college students worked alongside pastors in Northern India encouraging believers in their walk with Christ. Some people ask, “but what did you actually DO?”. We didn’t build houses. We didn’t develop a sustainable water system. Those things are all admirable endeavors, but the Lord called my team to India to forge partnerships and friendships between churches in the United States and in India, to walk along side the body in a different culture, to hike the foothills of the Himalayas to remote villages to encourage isolated brothers and sisters, to spread the Word through storying and henna, and simply, to go.

I am not very eloquent tonight. I’m not able to currently muster up the proper words to describe what I experienced in India right now, or how to tell you why I went and what I learned. I’m still figuring out how to do that.

This was the blog that my team kept over the summer, if you’d like to know more, you can read about some of our adventures here: http://summerhp.tumblr.com/

I literally have thousands of pictures to go through. And it is hard to go through them. I’ve been back in the states for about three weeks. I look at these pictures and I feel like they’re a part of me I’m missing. Like a limb got left behind. There is just this weird sense of detachment. But slowly, I’m going through them, and I will start to share them here.

Right now, you get some pictures of my journal.

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Courtney & David

A little over two years ago Courtney said to me “Who knows when I’ll get engaged, maybe a year, maybe two, maybe seven, but you better be ready to take pictures at my wedding!” What a blessing it was to actually be able to be a part of her special day, years later! ¬†Courtney and David are such a precious couple, and their love for the Lord pours out into all aspects of their life, wedding not excluded.

Coming Soon! Courtney & David

I was blessed to have the opportunity to help document this beautiful couple on their special day! I wish I could edit all day, but school is demanding my attention right now so until I can give you all a real look at Courtney and David’s wedding, here’s a sneak peek.
Courtney and David opted not to do a first look before the ceremony, so instead they held hands around the corner of a barn. So precious.

mill it over

Hello blog! It’s been, what, a good four months since I posted something? Yikes.

Life is so busybusybusybusy. But so GOOD. I’m learning to appreciate moments without a camera in my hand, and these last four months it has been nice not to always feel obligated to be documenting every experience and outing I have. I HAVE been taking photos. I promise. Maybe, if I get the chance I’ll add a few more posts later.

But today I was blessed with an opportunity to rest, which I very much needed. As part of that resting, I went through a few things. Here are some photos from friday. I really do have lovely friends.