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living life with my loves by my side.

I’ve come to a place in life where I’m content. I mean, I’ll always undoubtedly struggle with discontentment, it is one of my greatest struggles. But this past summer, I really felt it. Peace. Contentment. Like I’m right where I need to be. I used to struggle between wanting to do photography all of the time but yet giving the best I could to my kids. I feel like I’ve found that balance, and for now the pendulum is swung on the side where my kids get more attention and it is wonderful. Seriously, I feel so much joy and so much peace. I’m not questioning, striving, I’m just simply…being. I’m being first and foremost a child of God. Then a wife, and a mom. Any one of those are all good roles to have, so I feel blessed. This summer, I’ve soaked up really enjoying each of my kids and learning more about their personalities. (Although, of course there’s some things not to enjoy, like toddler tantrums but that’s a conversation for another day! ha!)

In year’s past, I was always wondering what was next. “Are we going to have another kid?” (We aren’t planning on it obviously.) “Are we moving? When are we moving?” “Should I take on more photography?” But this year, I’m just living life- with the people I love by my side- and I love it.

  
Mom

moving forward.

Tonight is meant to be for editing, but I wanted to write a little blog post while I have the down time :) Since last year was extremely difficult for me between my parent’s divorce and dealing with major postpartum anxiety, I am feeling so much more at peace.  Last summer was barely enjoyable, looking back, and now this summer has been an absolute joy. Seriously, I mean that. I want to be real here. Sure, some things are sad and disappointing as things are in life but that’s life. There’s a song that has been my “anthem” for the past months. I love it, I’m dedicating a whole post to it because yes, I love it that much!! This summer and this year has been redemptive, I feel like… a whole new season and I’m so grateful.


I found life and I found laughter
In forgiveness, I found rest
On the shoulders of redemption
I found hope when hope was dead
I could lose it in a moment
So I dare not close my eyes
I’ll watch fear fall with the sunset
And see hope rise with the tide
And when the pain is true
Sometimes these troubles prove that I’m alive

My eyes are open
My heart is beating
My lungs are full
And my body’s breathing
I’m moving forward
I found my freedom
I found the life that gave me reason to live

As this dusty road now settles
And I see what lay before
Every tear that held a broken dream
Is now shattered on the floor
And now bursting forth in splendor
Are the blossoms of second tries
Because dreams that bear the mark of love
Are dreams that never die, ooh

Sometimes
Life can feel so unkind
Sorrow won’t define me
So just reminds my soul
My soul

My eyes are open
My heart is beating
My lungs are full
And my body’s breathing
I’m moving forward
I found my freedom
I know this sorrow
I know the heartache
I know with fear comes a tragic heartbreak
I’m moving forward
I found my freedom
I found a life that gave me reason to love

  
Mimi

Hi Precious Moments – I read your blog as often as you post and of course download all the great family pics! I have been praying particularly for healing in your life for quite some time now and it is an answered prayer that you are having a break through. The song is quite an anthem and I know you will hold on to it. I can relate so much – music has always been very healing for me and has gotten me through more than one trial. I thank God every day for music and am reminded that His word tells us that He sings over us! That thought is amazing to me and reminds me that I am loved. And so are you! love and miss you – Mimi

jordan + chris | laurel court cincinnati photographer

Can’t believe it’s been almost five years since I photographed Chris and Jordan’s wedding! It was so great catching up with them, they are such a great couple! I was so excited to do this session as Jordan said she wanted it to be black tie and also a secret garden type theme. The bouquet and florals were done by the lovely and talented Eve Floral Co. The beautiful calligraphy was done by the amazing Hope Scott (Hope Scott Calligraphy.) It was hard to choose just a few favorites to publish but these are a few….

 

And for the black tie photos…

Florals: Eve Floral Co

Calligraphy: Hope Scott Calligraphy

  

ally + stephen

Ally and Stephen’s wedding was absolutely BEAUTIFUL. When Ally emailed me quite a few months ago, I knew I wanted to be a part of this wedding. I love whenever I have the opportunity to photograph a couple that loves Christ and wants to honor Him in their marriage. Ally and Stephen are going to have a marriage that is built on Christ and I am so happy for the both of them! Their wedding day was absolutely beautiful, in downtown gorgeous Miami and Ally was such a stunning bride! I loved all of the details through out the day! The flowers, her dress, the church….everything was perfect! It was truly hard to choose just a few favorites from this wedding, so I did my best to narrow them down. Here are a few of my absolute favorites from the day….

Ally, you are stunning!!

Loved those dresses!

Ah! So beautiful!

 

 

 

 

 

  

Both of you are looking so beautiful! Made for each other couple.

the fourth.

Yesterday Jay and I got home from Miami and I realized that I hadn’t published any of the Fourth of July photos I took! When you have little kids and it’s fourth of July, you HAVE to dress them up in red white and blue….you just have to. Ha ha! We had a great July 4th even though it poured rain all. day long. After a while it finally stopped and we were able to spend time with family. We even had fireworks! This is the first year we let the boy try sparklers with us and they loved them. So much fun!! Summer is in full swing, and I absolutely love it! :)

…Leland wanted to say the pledge of allegiance ha ha!

…perfectly depicts both of their personalities ;)

…he’s the sweetest!

 

  

morning sun.

“the path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.” proverbs 4:18

Sometimes we have to wonder why things happen the way we do. Sometimes instead of wondering, we have to trust. Trust that the light will shine as we follow God’s path for our lives. Trust that what is hidden will be brought to light. Trust that God’s plan is far greater than our own. I’m not sure why things happen the way they do, but I know that there is good in His will. Today, that is my prayer. Trusting, moving forward, and walking in His light.