I first met Kacey after she attended a wedding I had photographed a few years ago. She emailed me after and we began to swap emails and talk shop about photography, the industry, and life in general. One day we finally met up and it was as if I met up with my long lost friend from childhood. I endearingly called her my “new” old friend and it’s as if she has been in my life, my entire life. I adore her and I’m so blessed to know her. Kacey and her husband Cameron are now dear friends to Steve and I and we are so grateful that God brought us all together.
So naturally, Kacey + photography + our mutual love of Jesus = me saying “You MUST join us at Pursuit 31″. So Kacey jumped in to our little community and the rest is history.
We asked some of the ladies for feedback after our very first Small Group meeting last month. Kacey was the first to offer to tell her story below. Thank you so much Kacey!
~ Kacey Crawford of Philadelphia, PA
Once upon a chilly, early spring weekend in March, a group of somewhat strangers, otherwise known as the Tri-State P31ers, embarked on a journey – one of fellowship, of discovery, of learning, of practice, of sisterhood, of so many things, words can barely do it justice.
Angelsea Urban of Creative Eye Photography and leader of the Tri-State group, who by the way is also a truly amazing woman of God, a gifted and called photographer and teacher and a dear friend, facilitated this weekend experience for all of us. And I know I am not alone in being eternally grateful to her for her generosity and her selfless spirit. Angie, you are a true gem.
Angie’s vision was to have the group of us gather in Cape May for a Victorian Couture styled shoot on Friday followed by a weekend full of whatever else everyone wanted to do. I will be honest, I didn’t know what to expect. I was brand new to the P31 community, had barely even posted to the group a few times by the time the weekend was approaching and just didn’t know how all these women would fare in a house all together for a weekend. I think secretly, I was preparing myself for drama just incase there was any and had already decided on my exit strategy if things got too awkward. But God had other plans, as he usually does.
Not only was the weekend FREE of drama, but I can honestly say that I experienced for the first time in a long, long time being in exactly the place I was supposed to be in with exactly the people I was supposed to be with doing exactly what I was supposed to be doing. And I was at peace, and I was at ease, and I was connecting, and I was being blessed and encouraged, and I was being convicted and comforted, and I was being loved and loving a group of God’s daughters, my sisters…and it just felt so right, because it was.
Sure the photo shoot was awesome and I learned so much about photography…but I also learned so much more about God’s unique and perfect calling on women, creative women, creative women photographers, as individuals but also as a community – where iron sharpens iron and love always wins…and if Anne Shirley was here, I would tell her that I too believe in kindred spirits…because I now know 10 of them and my life will never be the same again…thank GOD
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