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Creativity Is A Resonse

"Creativity is not about me. It is not about you. It is not us somehow acting like little gods, creating on our own in the same way God creates.... The most we can hope for is to respond appropriately and creatively to who God is and what He means. Creativity is a response."
- Michael Card

When my life is embedded in the life of Jesus, I can only help but to let everything I do be out of and in response to His love; art included. It's the core of every photo I take. Nothing is new apart from Him... He created it first. He thought of it first. He established beauty first. 

I am just a response to who He already is and what He has already done. 

2014 | A Year In Review

Wow. Is 2014 really over already? It's okay. I don't mind! ;) (But more about that in a second.) As I look back on the milestones passed and successes, it slows it down in comparison.

2014 was a year of development, firsts & amazing friendships.

I felt like 2014 was a joyous balance on a thin string, or a journey of learning how to walk on my own again. There was strength to stand, uncertain times when I would fall, followed by sheer determination and curiosity that led me to get back up.

In 2014, Kaylie B. Poplin Photography was published on wedding blogs for the first time- both nationally and internationally. I discovered new mediums of photography that I fell in love with. I developed friendships with people in the industry that challenge me, bring much joy and tons of support.

2014 was a year of developing the art of styled shoots. It has been so exciting putting together a shoot of ideas that were mere dreams at one time with incredible vendors.

I learned what I liked and what I don’t like. I learned what things inspire me and bring out my most authentic work. I saw small glimpses of the type of work that I am made to create and who I want to be as a business owner. Actually, I didn’t discover who I was and what inspires me this past year, as much as I recovered what that is. As I look back, I notice that growing up I always had a white room, with white décor and florals splashed around. To this day, those are the things I love. It took a little rediscovery to realize I have loved those things all along. 

I got engaged in 2014! (You can read more here!) This was a huge milestone on a personal level and even, professional level.

Since September, I have been planning a wedding with my fiancé. For the first time, I understand engagements and weddings in a whole new way. I have never been an over the top wedding person. I always dreamed of eloping. Now that I am planning an intimate wedding- my wedding- and I have a whole new appreciation for the brides that contact me. I understand where they are and where they are going on a personal level. That has grown me the most. I also have a clearer vision of the type of weddings I want to photograph. 

There is something about an intimate, purposeful and meaningful wedding that stirs deep in my soul. There is something about a couple who is planning more for their marriage than their wedding day, that I connect so deeply with. Those are the types of weddings that I was made to photograph.

If there is one word that I envision 2015 being about it would be the word solidify. 

I believe this year I will solidify who I am as a business owner, who I am as a photographer, and who I am as a person. 

Cheers to another year! :)
Sunrise On The Dock

You may fear that the Lord has passed you by, but it is not so : He who counts the stars, and calls them by their names, is in no danger of forgetting His own children. He knows your case as thoroughly as if you were the only creature He ever made, or the only saint He ever loved. Approach Him and be at peace. 

-Charles Spurgeon

A White & Red Dress On The Beach | Justin & Emrald

What do I love more than a red dress on the beach? These two. 

Justin & Emrald are two of the most laid back and genuine people you will ever meet. Emrald absolutely beams! Justin and Emrald were married a few months ago, and decided that it was a perfect time of the year to get back in their wedding attire and hit the place that they both love- the Emerald Coast. 

It was such an honor to photograph these two in their element, looking smashing! Speaking of smashing, Emrald absolutely killed in her red dress against the colors of the sunset on the beach. Wow! 

Values | Kaylie B. Poplin Photography

Today is a great day for a few reasons. One- As I am writing this, I am sitting on the porch looking out to the water and the weather feels wonderful outside! Two- A picnic with Cory is planned for tonight. And three- I received head shots from Jennifer Blair today that rocked my world. She is UBER talented. When I knew that it was time to have photos made that represent my brand, she was the one that I had to have. With all of these exciting things, plus new brand photos in my email, I decided it was time to write a blog that has been mulling in my heart for the past few weeks. 

A business is based on many things, but I believe the things that separate it, not only from other businesses but separate priorities from distractions, are values. 

Over the past two weeks I have sat down and really searched myself for the things that I want my business to represent and be a reflection of. Out of that time, prayer and digging deep, these are the things that I want Kaylie B. Poplin Photography to be grounded in and built upon. 

i. People
The person you are is unique. Every dimple, piece of hair, smile, laugh, and personality is beautiful. You being wholly who you are inspires my work.

ii. Christ
Jesus. He is the reason for my life. He’s ultimate Artist, the richest of Loves and the Author of every living thing.

iii. Quality
An object of quality is almost always composed of that which is timeless. Photographs are the timeless heirlooms that tell a story, your story, for years to come.

iv. Truth
Truth tells the raw story; the unedited version. Truth is the layer on which history and legacy are built. My photographs tell your story. The most beautiful stories are always the most truthful ones.

v. Beauty
Beauty can be looked over due to the demands of the every day. My duty is to freeze moments of beauty, not just in the finished product of a photograph but in the experience of being photographed also. 
The Invitation & Mandi's Note


There is only one invitation it would kill me to refuse, yet I'm tempted to turn it down all the time. I get the invitation every morning when I wake up to actually live a life of complete engagement, a life of whimsy, a life where love does. It doesn't come in an envelope. It's ushered in by a sunrise, the sound of a bird, or the smell of coffee drifting lazily from the kitchen. It's the invitation to actually live, to fully participate in this amazing life for one more day. Nobody turns down an invitation to the White House, but I've seen plenty of people turn down an invitation to fully live. 
-Bob Goff, Love Does 

Mandi, 
I am so proud of you! You run and dance to the beat of your own drum, and that in of itself will bring success. It's my prayer for you though as you go back to school that you define success for yourself. I pray that it looks a little like the quote above by Bob Goff. While you are busy studying and pursuing your dream of nursing, remember to live. Remember to fully embrace each part of your day- small or significant. As you do all of this, know that I am cheering you on and am your biggest fan. 

-Your Big Sister 

Luke & Laura | A South Georgia Wedding

Luke & Laura are two of the most genuine people I have met. The three of us met in the Summer of 2005 and I have had the privilege to watch their relationship unfold over the years. We volunteered at a youth camp together for a few summers, and they were the ones that everyone always said were going to "end up together." It was undeniable! 

Their outdoor wedding took place on the camp grounds where it all started. It was so neat to see that Luke's groomsmen and Laura's bridesmaids were all people that they had both grown up with them and have been apart of their relationship from the early stages. 


Bare.

Over the past few months I have been going back and forth on why I don't paint my toe nails. No, for real! It's not that I never paint them (probably 2 or 3 times a year) and it's not that I have some type of profound reason for not doing so, I just don't. I remember a conversation I had the day of my high school graduation with a friend of mine. There were tons of friends and family at my house getting ready to head to my graduation and I was getting ready. I wanted to look great! As I was almost ready, I made a casual comment, in the room where all of my friends and family were sitting, about maybe I should paint my toenails for the occasion. My friend looked down at my bare toenails and after looking back up at me he said, "Uhhhh. Yeah, you should." Ha!

It sounds so crazy, but in the past few months I have really been thinking about why I don't paint my toe nails... why I don't put on much makeup, if any anymore... why I want everything I own to be the color white. Doesn't that make me what people refer to as a "plain Jane?" Or boring?  Or worse... am I just lazy?

Laziness is what really got me. Am I lazy?! As I really took a step back and began thinking (I know, I know. When do I stop?) about it... it isn't laziness.. it's style. It's my style.

I am the girl who doesn't clip her toenails. I file every. single. one. to have the perfect edge. I soften, buff and shine my toenails. I do a cuticle treatment on them often! A cuticle treatment!! (Judging here is completely acceptable.)  I am not lazy. I am picky. I like things to be clean, fresh and true to their most natural form. The same applies to my makeup routine. I am not lazy. I just don't like the bright colors, or looking drastically different with it on or off. I like the real thing.

Style is something that I have really been growing in lately. It's not a matter of editing my wardrobe or even buying more clothes. I am growing in the sense of learning and embracing who I am and what I consider my style in life, in my business and even in my makeup regimen.

"What is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect
and beginning the work of becoming yourself."
-Anna Quindlen
The Grass

Somehow we have bought into the lie that the grass is greener on the other side; the other side of the situation, the other side of the person you married, the other side of your career or the other side of the street. We have come to take hold of the belief that if we only had a different career, lived in a different neighborhood, or hadn't married the "wrong person" things would be different. They would be better.

These little lies compound us until one day we find ourselves pursuing that other side only to realize that the grass is not greener. In fact, it's either dead or thriving off of horse manure.

My mind has been settled on these thoughts lately. What is the cure for this tragedy that we all experience at one time or another? For me, it's Philippians 4:6-8.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things.

If my current situations are undesirable, pray. If my thoughts stray to believe that the other side is greener, chasten it with truth. Think on those things that are lovely, pure, true, right, excellent, praiseworthy, admirable and noble. And let's be a people that water our own grass.