Tuesday, September 16, 2014

In which sweet elizabeth bristol stood in yummy light and a waterfall :: sulphur springs, tx lifestyle and senior portrait photographer

Wake up to the sound of your fleeting heart
Wake up to the sound of your fleeting heart
When you go, what you leave is a work of art 
|| the paper kites - featherstone ||
Like anything in this life I believe the term, idea, and claim of being an "old soul" has become overused. With a world brimming with wannabes, hipsters, copycats, and those pretending to strive for rarity I think we've lost sight of how every individual -- not just the artists, the intellectuals, and the admired -- has something remarkable, fleeting, and precious to bring to the table of this life. There are so many ideas and passions and abilities that get suppressed because they don't "fit in" with the "standing out" that mainstream culture is screaming for. This young lady has a grasp of the reality of what she loves, what she wants to make, how she wants to inspire and what she wants to be inspired by. She doesn't pretend to know exactly where her road will end up (or even where she would like it to in some respects!) But she does know how she wants to walk the path, how she wants to cherish her authentic journey, and that being herself is not just okay, it is the grandest thing.
When Elizabeth asked in her own brilliantly excited, full of life, openly ecstatic way if I would shoot her senior portraits I was more than honored and completely thrilled. (It was going to be my first session as Allix Ruby so of course it began, even at face value, with a particular charm and advantage to it. ;) ) 
One of the biggest leaps of faith in Elizabeth's life right now is that she is a co-founder (with Claire Elizabeth and Liz Rudman) of Leaking Hearts Magazine which is a project so profound that it has brought me to tears seeing how the Lord is giving them such amazing success. Check out all its wonderfulness >> here (PLEASE PLEASE. It's truly splendid and challenging.) I love getting to see it all come together and, knowing all three girls, seeing how distinctive parts of each of them is what is giving such a gorgeous perspective to the whole thing. 
Not only is Elizabeth's inward beauty something worth stopping and basking in, her outward beauty is undeniable, elegant, breath-taking, and powerful. Her laughter, her stunning self, her precious personality, the delicious light we were blessed with the whole shoot, her poise, her thankfulness, her charisma, her unbridled joy....everything about this session warmed my heart and made the depths of my creative soul feel filled up to overflowing. <3
(Contrary to what you might be thinking, we didn't pick up and whisk off to the delightful hilly plains of Europe...but she certainly looks regal enough to pull off such a location.) 
What you are about to witness is incredibly adorable. Her reaction to sitting by a waterfall is, to this day, one of the happiest things I have ever encountered. :)
Sweet Elizabeth...you have a story to tell, you have things to make, you have people to bless, you have places to discover, you have a life to live and seeing you living it abundantly is a wonderful thing. Your care for others, your devotion to Christ, your passion for the things that matter -- all of it is moving. I love you, friend! Thanks for being a part of my journey and letting me be a part of yours. <3


  1. Oh my goodness girl! These are absolutely stunning. Those curls! She is a gorgeous girl and you had beautiful locations, dreamy light, amazing talent, and it all came together to make it one of my favorite shoots you've done!

  2. I could cry. I love you terribly. And funny story i turned up the VOLUME to look through these (my brain is where??) But oh darling thank you for your words. Thank you for your images. They both - but really just YOU - mean so much to me. <3

  3. DANGGG, being allix ruby looks good on you, because i think this is definitely some of your very very best work. like i know, all of your work is stellar, but THIS, above and beyond.
    seriously, i kinda just wish i could plaster every single one of these on my walls and stare at them all day.the lighting, her beauty, the locations, the bokeh.
    basically, have i mentioned how much i really love this??

  4. These are absolutely stunning!!!

  5. g.o.r.g.e.o.u.s. This is definitely one of my favorite sessions you have ever done Allix! So much beauty! <3

  6. Ummm, Allix! These are gorgeous. I could look at these all day!

  7. Pretty proud to call Elizabeth a friend. She's such a stunner, and you did a fantastic job playing that up. Never enjoyed scrolling through dozens of pictures of the same face more!

  8. OH MY GOODNESS I am completely in love with your photography! Beautiful!!


  9. Gorgeous! Wow, these images are breath-taking! The light, the perspective, everything! Just beautiful.


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