all you need is love : portrait give-away

I'm a lover of love, and believe it's one of the most powerful forces in this world. This month, I'm doing 
a very special give-away based around love. Here's where you come in. I would like you to nominate
 someone who shines with love. It can be an individual who loves those around them, a couple whose
 love inspires you, a great friend, a teacher who loves her students as her own children, a neighbor who
 lovingly pulls your garbage cans in when you forget, a small business owner who loves what they do, 
a child who loves telling stories, a mentor who lovingly takes the time to help you find your passion...
 the sky is the limit. I want to hear stories of love and different ways of showing love. This world 
could use more love and I know there are beautiful stories in this universe that are just waiting to be 
told. I hope you'll share your stories with me.

The winner and nominator will both receive a portrait session and a special gift. 
You may nominate up to one person per day.

Here's how to enter:

1. Leave your story in the comments below

2. Let the person know that you've nominated them

3. Give yourself a hug for sharing a story of love!

It's that simple. 

I can't wait to hear your stories. Think outside of the box too. 
Look at your life and appreciate those people who cultivate love in this world.

Love and Light,

The winner must be able to travel to Colorado. 
This prize is not redeemable for cash.

Let love shine!

Thank you to everyone who shared these beautiful stories. There's great love in this world and sharing
these stories continues their legacy and inspires others. I'm excited to announce that entry number 5
won! I used a random number generator because there was no way I could pick a story from this
amazing collection of beautiful souls. Lisa and Brie, you ladies are my winners. 

Please continue to share your stories of love with the world. It's amazing how focusing on
love will bring more of it into your life. I'm a firm believe of that. 

Love and Light,


  1. OOOOoooh, first post!
    I LOVE this idea and can't believe there are no posts yet!

    I would like to nominate Annie Engers. She and I have been friends for 15 years. She is newly single after a relationship all were certain would end in marriage. Rather than despair and distress she is taking the time to love herself.
    Annie trains for marathons/triathalons, competes on broomball and curling teams and nordic skis. Her willingness to love and embrace herself gives me new perspective. I am thankful to have called her a friend for the past 15 years and look forward to loving friendship for the next 15 years.

  2. Wow Heather! What an amazing gift. I'm cracking my head now and writing/nominating some beautiful souls soon. Thank you for this; I know a few shy but amazing folks in town who would love an opportunity to be photographed by you!

  3. Well, this isn't my original story, but I'll write that one again later if I get the chance. This one might be even better. I am going to nominate my dear Andrea Berry. This young woman lost her amazing mother in 2005 to leukemia. Her mother, Shirley, had been living on borrowed time for many years. She was on the Body Ecology Diet, and diet that focuses on clean, organic eating, fermented foods, and digestion. She fought for her life. Andrea has picked up her mother's strength, right where she left off. She has two younger brothers that she "mothers" lovingly. She was married to a wonderful man named Shawn shortly after her mother's death, and they now have two beautiful children, Otto and Elsa that they are raising in Boulder. She's an AMAZING mother- she humbles me with her energy and zeal. Andrea is also extremely dedicated to nutrition and uses her certification in B.E.D. that her mother helped her earn to help people suffering with candidiasis and other digestive problems. She's always telling me about these people that she is so worried about, and she really feels for them in their pain. She spends a great deal of time giving them moral support, and being a friend they can trust, along with the nutritional guidance. Recently she told me that one of these people requested a photo of her family, so maybe this would be perfect for her! She is a beautiful person, inside and out.

  4. I don't know how to nominate just one person--I am so fortunate that my life is full of so much love and so many great examples of love!

    I think I am most in awe of my mother-in-law and father-in-law. It seems that every moment of their lives exudes love--for others, for God, for the craziness that is life. They became foster parents about 3 years ago so that they could take in their niece's children when CPS removed them from their parents. Dayn and Wendy took in the two twin girls when they were just 6 months old, and the girls have lived with them all but 3 months since then. Their sister joined them shortly thereafter, so Dayn and Wendy were raising 3 girls just as all their children had moved out.

    For the past 3 years, Dayn and Wendy have loved those girls and cared for them just as if they were their own. Dayn played the Flynn Rider to their Rapunzel; Wendy has snuck vegetables into their smoothies and accommodated their lactose intolerance with creativity. They have spent countless hours working to ensure the current and future health of the girls, including legal battles that have been tiresome and expensive.

    They have done all of this while still being involved in their adult children's lives and still serving the community. They have spent so much time loving everyone else, and I want nothing more than for them to feel some of the love in return. Life has thrown them some wicked curve balls over the last month, including the fact that the girls were returned to their parents at the beginning of this year, despite the fact that many still believe the parents are not the best caretakers for them. I would love to throw some more love their way! If we really do reap what we sow, Dayn and Wendy will have acres upon acres of flowers of love!

  5. A few weeks ago when I first saw this contest posted my niece, Brianna Yuriko, instantly came to mind. I sat down to write about her and I quickly discovered that I was at a loss for how to describe her love in writing. Her love is something that is best felt.

    Though we live far apart, I always feel connected to her and I look forward to the week we spend together in Colorado each summer. In the time that we are apart, I get little glimpses of her life through social media and the photos that she posts. She is a natural caretaker of her younger siblings and her love for them is evident in the photos she takes. She also stands up for what is right and she isn’t afraid to be honest even when it is not the popular opinion.

    Next year Brie will be a high school senior and I asked her if she had thoughts about what her future would entail. She indicated that she did not know yet, all she knows is that she “likes to make other people feel happy.” Brie consistently puts others first and she goes out of her way to make sure people know that they are loved. I have no doubt that she will find a way to make a positive impact on others.