Highlight Real - 52 weeks of real images WEEK 1: Arrival

Welcome to Highlight Real!

I loved all of the submissions from this week, and I am so encouraged to see the heart in your images already. I tackled my first 52 project last year, and I want you to know, it was amazing - the friends I made and the images I took were such an inspiration I wanted to do it again, (even though I didn't exactly get all 52 weeks completed.)

This year is a project in itself, and I think having a group like this just makes 2016 more fun.

Of all the submissions from this week, this one stood out most, because when I first soaked it in and then read the caption, I burst out in tears, and I don't even know these people. This is moving subject matter. I haven't been able to shake it all week, and have found myself adding this stranger to my prayer list. 

This capture by Mary at Babies and Fur Babies Photography.

The arrival of daddy coming home each day is a blessing.  

The arrival of daddy coming home each day is a blessing.
 

Eye contact. It isn't always straight into the camera, but it is incredibly powerful. Connection is such an ethereal concept to cement, but when that magic is made real, oh, the FEELS.

I love this next one by Billie at  Billie Leatham Photography. So much purity in this little natural child/beast moment that embodies the beauty of childhood. Also I love little frogs.

We arrived home from camping to find frogs had made themselves at home in the corn rows, much to my husbands delight... Now if we could just get the girls to leave them there so they can the pests at bay!

We arrived home from camping to find frogs had made themselves at home in the corn rows, much to my husbands delight... Now if we could just get the girls to leave them there so they can the pests at bay!

Again, another heart skipping arrival - this time by Victoria over at Victoria Majors Photography.  Guh. Daddy's are never so handsome as they are when they are gushing over a baby girl. I absolutely LOVE hospital newborn shoots. The windows, the little clear baby viewer, the fresh new love. The arrival of butterfly kisses and a heart full of promises!

...here is the 'arrival' of a friends baby with daddy seeing her for the first time.

...here is the 'arrival' of a friends baby with daddy seeing her for the first time.

I LOVE love stories, and wedding kisses. The arrival of their new family, their future, their true partnership. This gorgeous in-the-moment image will certainly be a favorite for this beautiful lifetime they are building together. This priceless moment captured by Cat at Cat Runyan Portraits. Lucky THEM!

Arrival.  I photographed a wedding on New Year's day and here's their moment just before their first kiss as husband and wife. I guess you could say they're just arrived at an entirely new point in their lives. 

Arrival. 
I photographed a wedding on New Year's day and here's their moment just before their first kiss as husband and wife. I guess you could say they're just arrived at an entirely new point in their lives. 

Denise from Bella Light Photography sent in this gorgeous capture. I don't know if I am feeling sentimental about the belly, the diaper, or the quiet wondrous look of a tiny seeing something for the first time, but this is beautiful. The light washes over this little with such a perfect sweetness, I just want to snuggle up and kiss this one!

 Arrival. First snowfall.

 Arrival. First snowfall.

Please take a moment to enjoy all of the images from this week...

arrival images of people of loved ones...

arrival images of people of loved ones...

So excited to see the group grow and get to know each other!

arrival images of nature...

arrival images of nature...