The Sun

Have you ever seen
anything
in your life
more wonderful

than the way the sun,
every evening,
relaxed and easy,
floats toward the horizon

and into the clouds or the hills,
or the rumpled sea,
and is gone–
and how it slides again

out of the blackness,
every morning,
on the other side of the world,
like a red flower

streaming upward on its heavenly oils,
say, on a morning in early summer,
at its perfect imperial distance–
and have you ever felt for anything

such wild love–
do you think there is anywhere, in any language,
a word billowing enough
for the pleasure

that fills you,
as the sun
reaches out,
as it warms you

as you stand there,
empty-handed–
or have you too
turned from this world–

or have you too
gone crazy
for power,
for things?

Mary Oliver
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Cherry Reverie (pt1) // Memphis Portrait Photographer

“The poor young man must work for his bread; he eats; when he has eaten, he has nothing left but reverie. He enters God’s theater free; he sees the sky, space, the stars, the flowers, the children, the humanity in which he suffers, the creation in which he shines. He looks at humanity so much that he sees the soul, he looks at creation so much that he sees God. He dreams, he feels that he is great; he dreams some more, and he feels that he is tender. From the egotism of the suffering man, he passes to the compassion of the contemplating man. A wonderful feeling springs up within him, forgetfulness of self, and pity for all. In thinking of the countless enjoyments nature offers, gives, and gives lavishly to open souls and refuses to closed souls, he, a millionaire of intelligence, comes to grieve for the millionaires of money. All hatred leaves his heart as all light enters his mind. And is he unhappy? No. The poverty of a young man is never miserable. ”
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MUA: Emily Holman

Model: Alaina Hartle

Cherry Blossom Sneak // Memphis Portrait Photographer

“The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It’s the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows & the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.”

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Special thanks to:

MUA: Emily Holman

Model: Alaina Hartle

Shining Spring // Portrait Film Photographer Memphis Tn

“When her doctor took her bandages off and led her into the garden, the girl who was no longer blind saw “the tree with the lights in it.” It was for this tree I searched through the peach orchards of summer, in the forests of fall and down winter and spring for years. Then one day I was walking along Tinker creek and thinking of nothing at all and I saw the tree with the lights in it. I saw the backyard cedar where the mourning doves roost charged and transfigured, each cell buzzing with flame. I stood on the grass with the lights in it, grass that was wholly fire, utterly focused and utterly dreamed. It was less like seeing that like being for the first time see, knocked breathless by a powerful glance. The flood of fire abated, but I’m still spending the power. Gradually the lights went out in the cedar, the colors died, the cells un-flamed and disappeared. I was still ringing. I had been my whole life a bell and never knew it until at that moment I was lifted and struck. I have since only very rarely seen the tree with the lights in it. The vision comes and goes, mostly goes, but I live for it, for the moment the mountains open and a new light roars in spate through the crack, and the mountains slam.”
― Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Tech specs: Contax645, Fuji400h, PPI
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This post is also the third edition of a blog circle with Film Mama.  You can follow the blog around to see work by photographers using film, around the world.  You will end up here again when you are finished! Please enjoy work by fellow film mama, Emily Rainsford, here. See you next time! xo

Cinnamon Girl // Portrait Film Photography Memphis Tn

“A dreamer of pictures
I run in the night
You see us together,
chasing the moonlight,
My cinnamon girl.”

Jesse’s wisteria set is absolutely wonderful.

More soon! xoxo

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Sucre Glace // Beauty Portrait Film Photography Memphis TN

I dreamt of the blossoms all year…

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I visioned them fluttering in the breeze.1321

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I felt the blush and the bark.23

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It will always be timeless.

Thank you Haley. xoxo

Belle Lumiere film image of the year finalist // Film Portrait Photography Memphis Tn

So thrilled to have a favorite image of mine selected as a finalist in Belle Lumiere’s end of the year awards, in the FILM IMAGE OF THE YEAR category!  There are so many amazing artist, it is such an honor.  Voting is still on, so I’d love any vote cast for my image! Thank you! xoxo

Link to vote:  http://www.bellelumieremagazine.com/2013-end-of-the-year-awards

Just copy the link to select “Maggie McLendon” under “IMAGE OF THE YEAR”.blfinalist