inside and out

inside and out


It’s no big secret that I have a passion for photography. I love the medium on so many levels for so many reasons. My life’s journey has been a slow winding road that has surely and steadily brought me where I am today. I am shooting more of my daily life than I ever have before and I am nurturing an entirely new relationship with my camera. It’s as if the muse of ordinary life is my guide; keeping me focused, present and grateful. I have never enjoyed photography more as I have turned my lens toward my own life.

And then recently I had the pleasure of turning my lens outward toward something larger than my own life. A whole other planet actually. A miracle unto itself.

With each click of the shutter I felt it in my bones, ah yes, and I love this too!

It was as if I had never shot a picture before. Like everything was new again and at the same time I knew exactly what to do. Of course I did. With 15 years of experience of photography, I knew exactly what to do. And yet, I have distanced myself from that somehow, forgetting how much I love shooting with an outward gaze as much as one that’s inward. Where my camera is a mirror to someone else’s soul and the images lovingly affirm,

This is you my friend; beautiful, amazing, strong, courageous, real. This is you as you carry everything in your body. You are magic.

Moments like these feel like, old friends that have known you forever. The kind of friends that remind you who you are and where you’ve come from.  How I do love this side of photography and I realize that the looking inside only enhances the beauty and clarity of looking outside again.

And speaking of beauty…can you guess what amazing woman belongs to this beautiful belly? Leave your guess in the comments for a chance to win a copy of my motherhood journal Waiting for Baby. The folks at Ohdeedoh love it! I bet you will too.

The great belly reveal will be tomorrow on this fine mama-to-be’s blog! Stop by tomorrow and I’ll give you the mystery mama’s link!

Edited to add: You all guess it! It’s Gabrielled Blair (aka Design Mom). Isn’t she a beauty?

  • Berandette
    Posted at 11:52h, 03 March Reply

    Lovely post. I have no idea who this beautiful belly belongs to but she looks amazing. Your book looks fantastic. I have just found out I am pregnant again after a miscarriage late last year and so many emotions and thoughts are running through my head. Waiting for baby sounds perfect for getting those thoughts together. Pregnancy is an amazing time, the only time I felt truly beautiful with nothing to hide 🙂

  • Cara
    Posted at 13:22h, 03 March Reply

    Beautiful pictures! I am guessing that is Alex.

  • Heather
    Posted at 13:52h, 03 March Reply

    What a beautiful belly! I’m guessing Gabrielle/Design Mom

  • aileen
    Posted at 14:17h, 03 March Reply

    my guess is Design Mom. Gabrielle Blair.

  • Emily Perry
    Posted at 16:30h, 03 March Reply

    Design mom Gabrielle! what lovely shots of a lovely belly!

  • Nancy
    Posted at 18:43h, 03 March Reply

    Love the full belly shot, I am guessing Alex of Gypsy Girl’s Guide, just a hunch. 😉

  • Shelly
    Posted at 20:04h, 03 March Reply

    I’m guessing Gabrielle! 🙂

  • Alli
    Posted at 21:55h, 03 March Reply

    Gabrielle Blair! THE Design Mom. Gorgeous shots.

  • Katie
    Posted at 21:58h, 03 March Reply

    I guess Design Mom. Love the picture!

  • Lauren
    Posted at 22:00h, 03 March Reply

    I don’t think I would have recognized the belly without the hair! Amazing how you can get to "know" someone through their blog! Great pictures 😉

  • Lauren
    Posted at 22:01h, 03 March Reply

    Oops, I forgot to actually say my guess!! Gabrielle from Design Mom!!

  • Kayla
    Posted at 22:08h, 03 March Reply

    Gabrielle Blair from Design Mom! It’s totally her hair.

  • Celeste
    Posted at 22:14h, 03 March Reply

    Definitely Design Mom, Gabrielle– always sporting those fun curls!

  • Alie Jones
    Posted at 22:19h, 03 March Reply

    Definitely Design Mom, Gabrielle Blair. She’s beautiful.

  • Katie @ goodLife {eats}
    Posted at 22:26h, 03 March Reply

    It’s Design Mom!

  • Kim @ stellacake
    Posted at 22:36h, 03 March Reply

    Unmistakeably design mom, Gabby Blair! Beautiful journal, but after four, I am not waiting for anymore babies! Keep up the beautiful work.

  • Carrie
    Posted at 22:48h, 03 March Reply

    It’s definitely design mom. Her hair is unmistakable. 🙂

  • sally
    Posted at 23:06h, 03 March Reply

    Gabrielle Blair from design mom. Beautiful images!

  • christy
    Posted at 23:49h, 03 March Reply

    That’s Design Mom – Gabrielle Blair – I do believe!

  • Michelle Iverson
    Posted at 23:49h, 03 March Reply

    Gabrielle Blair!

  • april kennedy
    Posted at 23:53h, 03 March Reply

    Absolutely Gabby from Design Mom! I recognize those curls. What a pretty belly.

  • Lisa
    Posted at 00:05h, 04 March Reply

    Totally no guesses (I won’t cheat and look off the others…) :), but had to leave a comment: Gorgeous photos! I love that feeling of connection that comes from finding the soul through the lens. 🙂

  • Shari
    Posted at 00:07h, 04 March Reply

    Gabrielle Blair.

  • Laura
    Posted at 00:14h, 04 March Reply

    Design Mom! 🙂

  • rachel
    Posted at 00:50h, 04 March Reply

    That’s so Gabrielle Blair 😉 Love that lady.. She rocked it at Mom 2.0.

    Tracey, LOVE those shots!

  • Danielle
    Posted at 01:05h, 04 March Reply

    Gabrielle Blair – Design Mom!

  • liso
    Posted at 01:48h, 04 March Reply

    gabby! and for me, the giveaway was the hair, of course! beautiful pics and beautiful words, thank you

  • Veronique Vaillancourt
    Posted at 02:02h, 04 March Reply

    Gabby Blair.

  • julie
    Posted at 02:08h, 04 March Reply

    must be gabrielle…she looks amazing! fabulous pics!

  • Jessica Baer
    Posted at 03:08h, 04 March Reply

    The lovely freckles and the hair give it away! Design mom.

  • Vee Call
    Posted at 03:20h, 04 March Reply

    It’s Design Mom!

  • Sarah
    Posted at 03:21h, 04 March Reply

    It’s design mom, Gabby

  • Leah E.
    Posted at 03:49h, 04 March Reply

    That is totally Gabrielle Blair from Design Mom!

  • Amy S
    Posted at 05:40h, 04 March Reply

    Great pics- great subject. Guessing it is Gabrielle Blair?

  • Kristen
    Posted at 05:48h, 04 March Reply

    Design Mom (Gabrielle)!

  • Kristin
    Posted at 07:08h, 04 March Reply

    Definitely looks like Design Mom to me!

  • Sheri
    Posted at 12:21h, 04 March Reply

    Design Mom. 🙂

  • mpapa
    Posted at 13:37h, 04 March Reply

    I recognize a fellow curly-top: that’s DesignMom! And since I’m currently waiting for TWO babies, I’d love to win the book!

  • Sonamar Denalto
    Posted at 13:54h, 04 March Reply

    That’s Design Mom for sure.

  • Erin
    Posted at 14:12h, 04 March Reply

    Design Mom- Gabrielle Blair. Love that site.

  • Heather HS
    Posted at 14:36h, 04 March Reply

    Gabrielle Blair, the Design Mom!

  • Sarah
    Posted at 14:46h, 04 March Reply

    From the curly hair in part of the picture, I’m pretty sure it’s Gabrielle Blair from Design Mom!

  • Summer
    Posted at 14:53h, 04 March Reply

    Gabrielle Blair. It’s the hair.

  • Jessica
    Posted at 15:19h, 04 March Reply

    I think it’s Gabrielle AKA Design Mom!

  • Beth
    Posted at 16:51h, 04 March Reply

    Gabrielle from Design mom

  • Rachel
    Posted at 19:11h, 04 March Reply

    Gabrielle Blair – Design Mom!!

  • Deseree
    Posted at 19:57h, 04 March Reply

    Design Mom in my hometown of Houston! Too cool!

  • norah
    Posted at 01:45h, 05 March Reply


  • Chantalle
    Posted at 03:03h, 05 March Reply

    Gabrielle Blair 🙂 Love it!

  • Robyn
    Posted at 16:50h, 05 March Reply

    I agree that it is Gabrielle Blair

  • Mindy
    Posted at 17:40h, 10 March Reply

    The Design Mom! Those are gorgeous photos. I really enjoy your work!

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