Sounds easy, right? ...But yet we're still scrolling, glued to the highlight reels of everyone in our feeds. Maybe the real question is, "While you are sitting there, worried about what everyone else is doing, what potential highlights in your own life are you missing out on creating?" More thoughts on this are in this post.
The human connection is a powerful thing. I've been extra aware of this in the last couple weeks... We certainly were not designed to live life alone. I'm grateful for my tribe—near and far and new. This post also includes a little self-exam at the end.
We've spent months planning as a team and months on our knees praying for God's guidance and wisdom to follow His lead as we launch a second campus for our church here in the RDU area. Chad and I each have different roles for this campus, and we're SO excited for the launch this weekend!
I’ve been trying to master a few areas of life as a mom lately. It’s a work in progress. It's kind of exhausting. I’m 16 months postpartum and feeling the most “put together” I’ve felt thus far as a mother (which may not be saying a whole lot). BUT, when I slow down, let God lead me and simply enjoy the ride, THAT is precisely when I feel the most joy-filled; the most alive. What's the rush?
A couple days ago Chad took a few photos of me and Elias for a feature he was working on for his Hope Delivered® blog. He's beginning to share stories of hope to inspire others and thought he'd start with mine. Any other parents out there?? I think you will especially be able to relate with my Story of Hope.
Do you ever need a break? You know, like some time away, a change of pace, downtime, intentional quiet moments to sort your thoughts, an opportunity to catch up on other things, an escape from the expectations of others, a chance to soak in the current season of your life? Me too. Allow me to explain...
Becky stepped into a new church with the prophetic words from a friend in the back of her mind that she'd meet her husband there. [Enter Jeremy.] Talk about God's perfect will... I'm not sure we've witnessed a more intentional, beautiful love between two people! It was truly our pleasure to document every little moment of their oceanfront wedding day.
When Jennifer met Jared at church one Sunday and invited him to be in her small group Bible study, I bet she didn't know that a short time later they'd be swapping marriage vows! It was truly our pleasure to document every little moment of their wedding day. Enjoy this video highlights reel + a handful of our favorite images.
Earlier this week, we thought about the crossroads we stood at five months ago. We had forged full steam ahead in one direction, inadvertently leaving important things in the dust behind us. Ultimately we had to ask ourselves, "Is it worth sacrificing the quality of our present for a hypothetical future?"
Busy traveling to see family, busy working hard, busy stomping ocean waves, busy considering our dreams for the present and the future, busy analyzing our businesses, busy searching for the best sticks in the yard, busy supporting one another, busy praying over the growing ministry we're a part of, busy pointing at the moon, busy developing our trust in the Lord...
I may be stressed in some of these current moments, but some day I'll want to "remember when" or show my son what life looked like for our family. I recently had the opportunity to document a family of 6 that included baby boy twins. They made "tough" look so easy, although they assured me they didn't feel like they had it all together...
Elias is the luckiest little boy to have Chad as "dada" and I am the luckiest mom to have him as my teammate. We love him from the bottom of our hearts, and this post explains a few of the reasons why.
If I had a dollar for every day of my life I felt like I had it all together, I’d be broke. In this current culture of comparison we live in, there is a desire to project the image of the life we wish we had or the image of the life we want others to think we have. Do you ever stop and wonder if that pretty, perfect, put-together life is pretend? Are you exhausted by it like I am?
Recently I got to witness an entirely new level of "Allison" that I had previously only heard about. I had the pleasure of spending some time with her in the NC State design studio she has practically lived in for the last four years as she has tirelessly worked toward her degree in textiles, focusing on apparel design. This documentary Senior Session tells her story.
The freedom we walk in today wasn't free—we want Elias to grow up knowing that. Today on Memorial Day, we went to Veterans Freedom Park in Cary with friends to celebrate and remember all of the USA veterans who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.
Your baby won't always fit in the sink, your toddler won't get into cupboards much longer, and the training wheels are coming off that bike before you know it. There are so many little, everyday moments that make your current season special. Don't let them slip away undocumented!
For over 6 years, Chad and I have been rocking the "one car" life in the spirit of minimalism. For the last year, we've even made our small, shared car work with a baby in tow. BUT, now with Chad working in Raleigh most of the week at his new job, mama needed some wheels! We're so thankful for the blessing of a second vehicle—it has already changed the game for us in just four days...
Leave your matching outfits in the closet; your vintage couch isn't going in any field. You don't need to be "good in front of the camera" for this type of session. Your house doesn't need to be spotless and your kids don't need to act like perfect angels... The more "everyday," the better!
These two. When Jared and Jennifer are together, it just feels right... This downtown Durham engagement session was sweet, and today, they are getting married! They are clearly meant to be together and they will continue to inspire others in marriage for years to come.
It's a brand new, re-focused, refreshed Langhoff Creative—complete with a fancy new website to reflect it! Like any artist, my inspiration comes from many places, my view of the world around me shifts, and the expression of my creativity is always in transition. I'm thrilled to make this announcement!
Can you SEE the excitement written on my face??? Today was a big day for me—my brand spankin' new website went live! I've been working so hard to make serious updates for quite some time—you know, in between moming, wifeing, sleeping and other role-related, time-consuming [yet beautiful 😉 ] tasks.
Yesterday, a pretty little scene popped up into my view and represented something much deeper. Life can get messy from time to time, but there is still beauty within it if we pause to notice. This post is all about a tough day that Chad and I had yesterday, how we worked through it, and what we learned from it.
Bryan and Katie are ready. Bryan has helped Katie prepare as much as possible. Katie has grown this baby to 39 weeks and he or she is due next week! Here's a peek into their current "real life" during this chapter of pregnancy.
Time somehow speeds up when there are tiny people under your care. I am going to miss these days. Every single one of them. This is my very favorite self-portrait to date for so many reasons. This part of motherhood is my favorite so far.
I've always been a go-go-go person; a plan for what's ahead, onward & upward, must keep moving type of go-getter. But the slow, intentional pace of breathing in each moment is important, too. Right now I desire balance between the two. Why not live in that sweet spot of appreciation & reflection + movement & progress? Why not smell the roses—or whatever's under my nose—as I walk along?
I stood, staring in the mirror at my puffy, swollen eyelids a couple days ago on the morning of my 33rd birthday. I had been crying the night before because in the chaos of spinning too many plates without a break, a whole bunch of unrelated emotions caught up with me all at once and I felt crushed by the heavy weight of their pressure. Ever been there? I'm hoping these three thoughts on WORDS empower you the same way they did me, rocking you out of your "feelings funk."
In 2015, if you had asked me about my life, I would have told you it was boring. We were in the midst of a tough transition that I hope never to repeat. In this post, I highlight some of the reasons we had a professional photographer come document us anyway. The day-to-day scenes of our 2015 did not seem note-worthy at the time and certainly would not have been memorable, had they not been captured for us. These beautiful photographs turned our ordinary moments into cherished memories.
Each time I am given the opportunity to photograph an event, I am reminded of the aspects of event photography that I love and that inspire my documentary family work. Whether it has been a youth retreat, baptism at church, leadership conference, fundraising event or wedding, the role of "event photographer" provides the perfect environment to gain experience as a skilled documentarian. Here are the top five ways event photography sharpens my documentary family work.