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A Fierce Life Ended: My Grandma

A Fierce Life Ended: My Grandma

Hi Fiercelings, My paternal grandmother, Dorothy, passed away on March 4th, 2017. She had been declining pretty drastically since Christmas and in the long run for the past 2 years. She would’ve been 97 years old this year if she had lived to her birthday […]

Childbirth & Creativity

Childbirth & Creativity

Hi Fiercelings, Childbirth is a rite of passage for women, I believe. One of the most obvious and striking differences between men and women is the woman’s ability to conceive and bear new life. This is not to condemn or pass judgement on women who are […]

Becky & Libby Photoshoot

Becky & Libby Photoshoot

Hello Fiercelings,

Prepare yourself for absolute adorableness! This mommy and me session that I did is all sorts of sweetness, loveliness, and of course, fierceness! Be delighted!

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I went to highschool with this fabulous woman’s oldest son. Believe it or not, her daughter, Libby, is the only girl and is like her 6th (out of 7 or 8?) children!
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Twinsies!
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The affection was tangible!
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You could definitely tell that this mom + daughter pair are close.
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Precious!
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The lighting was perfect.
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I seriously hope I look this fabulous after having 7 ( or was it 8?) kids!
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Walking in the meadow.
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Magic.
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B+W Magic.
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This gorgeous girl kept pausing the photoshoot to go explore. Well, exploring just happens to create lovely photos.
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Sweetness.
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Also, tree climbing happened.
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Their smiles though!
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They were chatting and laughing in between shots which of course just created better portraits!
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Picture perfect.
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Models.
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Black and white beautifulness.

I hope you enjoyed! My goal is to be as marvelous as these two are when my daughters are older!

Stay fierce,

alexandria

alexandriafierce

Fierce Beliefs. Fierce Ideas. Fierce Art. Fierce Life.

Photographer, Blogger, Artist, Entrepreneur

Email me at alexandriafiercephoto@gmail.com for photoshoot and wedding bookings

 

Brandon & Abi Family Photoshot

Brandon & Abi Family Photoshot

See the photographs from a recent family photoshoot I did!

Dara Photoshoot

Dara Photoshoot

Hello Fiercelings, I did this photoshoot for the lovely Dara months ago so it’s finally going up on the blog. If it is possible to be beyond photogenic, Dara qualifies for that next level. Enjoy! Fiercely, alexandria alexandriafierce Fierce Beliefs. Fierce Ideas. Fierce Art. Fierce […]

Being Brave

Hi Fiercelings,

No one likes to give bad news. Unless you have something good to say you’d rather just keep your mouth shut. I have avoided blogging or writing because I don’t really have anything new or interesting to say. It’s not writer’s block, it’s more like just not wanting to say anything unless it is good. I immersed myself in the idea of being an artist. I read books about it and was constantly thinking about it but I wasn’t having success. I wasn’t getting commissions or jobs so I have avoided writing anything. And then I realized that is fear.

Fear.

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I hate the thought of living out of fear. And so I was thinking about the concept of being brave and what it really means. Another way of describing bravery is to live fearlessly. In other words, making choices about your life not based out of fear.

Be brave.

Even when you’re not sure what the reward is.

Fiercely,

alexndria

alexandriafierce

Fierce Beliefs. Fierce Ideas. Fierce Art. Fierce Life.

Photographer, Blogger, Artist, Entrepreneur

Email me at alexandriafiercephoto@gmail.com for photoshoot and wedding bookings

Reading 26 Books In A Year

Hello Fiercelings,   I want to talk about the importance of reading, specifically reading regularly. How many books do you read a week? A month? A year? I read an article that my mom had laying around about someone who has for the past five […]

Greatness

Hello Fiercelings, For as long as I can remember I have been obsessed with journals, writing, paper, pens, sharpened pencils, colored pencils, and adorable notebooks – in other words my idea of heaven on earth is a stationary store. With that in mind it should […]

Cohorts With Creation Part II

Hello Fiercelings,

So you may have noticed that the title of this post is a part II, so if you missed part I you might want to go back and catch up. I believe this will be my last post about Walking On Water by Madeleine L’Engle. I have really enjoyed diving deeper into the ideas expressed in that book. It has truly enriched me, as an artist, as a Christian, and just as a person so I highly recommend it!

Let’s pick up where we left off last time. We have established that, as artists, one of the most important things for us to do is to do the work and to serve the work which just begs the question – how? How do we serve the work? L’Engle answers for us.

“To serve a work of art, great or small, is to die, to die to self. If the artist is to be able to listen to the work, he must get out of the way; or, more correctly, since getting out of the way is not a do-it-yourself activity, he must be willing to be out the way, to be killed to self in order to become the servant of the work.”

 

It is a great paradox of the artist life that the most important thing for us to do is to do the work but in order to serve the work we have to be ready to relinquish our idea of control, we must let go of our self, and listen to the work, and let it tell us where to go. If we allow the work to move through us then we become cohorts with creation. That is what the work is all about. We are feeding the lake, we are fulfilling who we are, and we return to creation, and we create.

“The great artists, dying to self in their work, collaborate with their work, know it and are known by it as Adam knew Eve, and so share in the mighty act of Creation.”

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L’Engle states that so beautifully. This is what creating is all about. As artists, we sense the desire and need to share in the act of creation. I think all art whether knowingly or unknowingly to the artist, poses an invitation to create and invites the viewer or receiver to “come and see”. Yes, the artist is sharing his or her’s work. But also, inviting. Picasso said, “An artist paints not to ask a question, but because he has found something, and he wants to share – he cannot help it – what he has found.” I agree with Picasso that the artist is not asking a question, necessarily, but I would argue that the artist is posing an invitation.

I shall end with this quote by L’Engle, which followed immediately after the previous quote so I went ahead and linked them together. I believe this summarizes what is happening to the artist when we create and holds out a promise for us when we have accomplished a particular work.

“The great artists, dying to self in their work, collaborate with their work, know it and are known by it as Adam knew Eve, and so share in the mighty act of Creation. That is our Calling, the Calling of all of us, but perhaps it is simplest for that artist (at work, at prayer) to understand, for nothing is created without this terrible entering into death. It takes great faith, faith in the work if not conscious faith in God, for dying is fearful. But without this death, nothing is born. And if we die willingly, no matter how frightened we may be, we will be found, and born anew into life, and life more abundant.”

Death brings birth to life. I cannot help but think of Fawkes, the phoenix bird from Harry Potter. Fawkes, dissolves into ashes in front of Harry’s eyes but moments later returns as a baby bird. Only by dying can the bird be reborn and that is how it is for the Christian and for the artist. Only by dying to the work can the artist give birth to the art that is longing to breathe. Only by dying to self can the Christian experience spiritual breakthrough. Life abundant awaits if we walk through death. Let us not be afraid. Let us walk forward fiercely.

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Fiercely,

alexandria

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alexandriafierce

Fierce Beliefs. Fierce Ideas. Fierce Art. Fierce Life.

Photographer, Blogger, Artist, Entrepreneur

Email me at alexandriafiercephoto@gmail.com for photoshoot and wedding bookings

Cohorts With Creation

Hello Fiercelings, One of the most important things for the artist is to do the work. There is no way around this fact. You must do the creating. You must, according to L’Engle, serve the work. “If the work comes to the artist and says, “Here I […]