Monday, September 29, 2008
here is a sneak peak of pics.... view more pics HERE
oh did i mention i took over 1200 pics of the whole day! I edited that number down to about 550 "keepers"!!!
Friday, September 26, 2008
i have been thinking about changing my business name for a while now, and this morning it all came together with a few clicks of the mouse!!!
Kekasmai (kay-cass-may) is the Greek word for "to shine" it is also one of the words my name (Cassandra) is derived from. In "looking" for a new name i knew i wanted something different, Greek, and meaningful. Because of my Greek heritage i wanted to bring that into the name of my business. I also didn't want to just pick a random Greek word. I thought about Diacogiannis Photography, but that didn't fulfill the meaningful(i'm not sure what it means) side of things, and I'm planning on getting married someday, so it would have to change again.
One of my goals as a person and as a photographer is to shine the light of Christ into and through my life and work. When i found out that my name is derived from a word that means "to shine" it was an automatic SMILE on my face and thought in my head as a name for my photography business. Nothing else about my business has changed; i still take pictures of all the same things, I'm not biased by the fact if you are Greek or not and i am still learning and growing as a photographer.
feel free to shoot me an email if you have questions, comments or want me to take pics of your event!!!!!
Shining for HIM,
PS- i hope to have the Kekasmai Images blog up and going soon... check my "links" in the next few days, in the mean time check us out on myspace
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
I had the incredible blessing of shooting these with my hero in photography Ben Edwards! It was such a great afternoon for a Senior Shoot!!! Karlee was totally amazing, watching Ben do what he does was inspiring and the CREATOR did an amazing job with the lighting and the crazy-cool place we got to be! All of the above pics i took on my camera, while Ben was doing his thing... but stay tuned... i'm hoping to get my hands on some of the ones i took with his camera (aka my dream camera!).
Monday, September 22, 2008
I am so blessed to have her in my life. She is amazing, forgiving, loving, kind, gentle, full of God, full of Faith and she believes in my dreams when i am a crying mess of hopelessness!!!
PRAISE THE LORD for;
moving 1 girl 800+ miles
moving another girl 400+ miles
Managers at RR who hired both girls
Silly conversations about movie quotes
Concerts with a Prayer
Crying at 302
Laughing a lot
giggling under the covers
watching House, but not the gross parts
outrageous ideas being a reality
i'm looking forward to many more adventures and good times. Thanks for walking with the Lord and coming to Bend. I am so blessed to know you. So blessed to have you in my life. So blessed to call you my BFF. Let's; live next door to each other, never wear shoes, have little aprons, sun dresses that match, name our kids things like Meredeth and Verily and plant flowers along our white picket fence.
i love you to the moon.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
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Tuesday, September 16, 2008
1. the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best: to give up hope.
2. to look forward to with desire and reasonable confidence.
3. to feel that something desired may happen: We hope for an early spring.
1. Not veering or turning aside; steady
2. In a constant and steadfast manner
This is how we are to hold to the HOPE we claim to have. (say #2 with an English accent, so much more fun). FOR HE WHO PROMISED IS FAITHFUL! I am learning more each day about the faithfulness of Jesus. He is the most trustworthy person EVER! He does keep all His promises, He does exactly what He says He will do. Sometimes i am the one who over thinks HOW it will be done and WHEN i will see the fulfillment, but there is no doubt it will be complete. In the last year and a half i have learned so much that this is true:
I know the provision of His hand, because it has been my what allows my life to happen. I know the kindness of His friendship, because in my most lonely moments, He has been my faithful friend. I know the most intimate Love, because when i long for it most, He shows up and His presence is indescribable! Sometimes i am afraid to be alone in my house, but then i hear Him whisper my name, and my heart skips a beat. There is nothing like KNOWING the Jesus you live for. It makes holding on the HOPE so easy, because when the doubt try to sneak in, you've got all the proof of your life that HE is all you need. HE is the only one who holds the keys to unlocking the life you dream of! In fact it's highly likely he gave you the dream in the first place!
Get to know the ONE who is HOPE and LIFE. The One who knows the WHYs, WHENs, WHATs and HOWs. and hold unswervingly, not only to Hope, but to His hand; it might be a wild ride.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
It wasn't fun. It wasn't glamorous. It wasn't easy. It WAS hard. It DID cost me. It made me cry.
but i did it.
this is the equation we have cooked up in our heads:
good= joy, happiness, giggles, jumping-in-daisy- moments etc.
good doesn't always equal those things.
I know we all know James 1:2-4 but not even that brings comfort.
I know, Know, KNOW that i did what i was supposed to do.
and i am glad knowing that, but the pain of doing it is still real. How do i deal with that?
Should i just pretend all is well? Should i smile and say i am fine, when really i am about to burst into tears? Yes, sometimes tears are not the right or appropriate answer, but what do i do with the pain? Why does something i know is right and good hurt so much?
"it's building character."
AWESOME! Please let me tell you that next time you are sitting in the mud of life crying out for answers. I KNOW it's building character, and i know someday i will look back and see 20/20 what God was doing and the purposes of Christ in my life won't be stopped by this little speed bump. But can anyone relate to just wanting to understand a little bit of the WHY?
Sometimes i feel like we as Christian Young People try so hard to "be ok" with our lives and have the picture perfect appearance, but for once can we be real with our feelings? Let's at least acknowledge that they are there. I am not saying that we should be lead by our feelings and emotions, if that was the case i would have said a big HECK NO to what i know in my HEART and HEAD that God was asking me to do. My feelings and emotions are actually the things that are in pain because of the actions of the heart and head.
are you tracking with me so far? I'm thinking as i type and re-reading as i go =)
here are the facts of my life this week:
I walked in obedience.
My feelings and emotions are in pain because of that obedience.
I know in my heart and head i did the right thing.
It still hurts.
WHY? that is really all i am asking. Why? Why does it have to hurt so bad?
and what is it with HOPE?
I hold on to the HOPE to which HE has called me.
I know my HOPE is in Him alone.
My HOPE is built on who He is, not only what He has done.
But how do i balance HOPE with real life? How do i HOPE for the right thing? HOPE is comforting, and something to hold on to, but what if I don't want to get my "hopes up"? It's now about balance. Balancing what i know about WHO Christ is AND the fact that He does what He says He will do. WOW, what an incredible God we serve! I love how i can look at the mess that is my life and see just that; a mess. But He looks at it and sees something beautiful!!! He sees the finished masterpiece, with all the puzzle pieces in the right places. Amazing.
i know that was a lot of rambling... and i'm strangely ok with not having a "packaged-nicely conclusion with a side of wit and humor" for you.
one thing is for sure about this week... i am learning more and more about who i am and what makes me tick. What makes me cry and why they do. I'm learning to love being in my skin, without trying to "fit the mold" of who everyone else is... i can be me, YOU are the one who has to decide if you are ok with who i am!
Friday, September 12, 2008
-what are we floating on?
-how does the boat fit in your car and be big enough for 2 people?
-are there fish?
-are there sharks?
-are there worms?
-are there whales?
-will we get stuck?
-what if we fall in the water?
-how deep is the deepest part?
-will we see any bugs?
-is the water cold?
-why do we have to wear our swimsuits if we aren't going swimming?
-what if the air goes out?
-how big is the river?
-where is the end of the river?
-is there a waterfall?
-will we die if we go over the waterfall(try explaining a Spillway to a 6 year old)?
-have you ever seen anyone go over the waterfall?
instead of uploading my 23 favorite floating pics... i opted for a slideshow...
Lily, Scooter and i tampoline-ing!
After laughing, giggling, and jumping to our hearts content we decided it was time for some serious girl business before church... time to paint the toes and fingers!
After a year and a few months... of procrastination i finally have Oregon Plates... on the front. Due to a really tough nut-bolt-screw-nail thing that attaches the plate to the plate frame... i cannot for the life of me(or strong guys i know) get the back WA plate off.... so Oregon for the rear is in the window... help?
Monday, September 08, 2008
the pain of what is happe
Why is it that no matte
why do i keep wanti
how can my eyes keep cryin
why is yawni
i have a feeli
i have a sudde
i am deter
when i was littl
i am tryin
and then the tears
There is joy within Your presence here and now
But better will
Is the the day that is to come
When Your full glory is revealed
I have long endured the trials of the age
But I will say
You are great and mighty God
Robed in majesty
You set us apart, You set us free
When You captured out hearts
You are great and mighty
So in You I will rejoice, make my life an offering
I'm enraptured by the mercies of my King
And I will sing
I will sing Your praise, I will sing Your praise
O name above all names
I will count the days until I see Your face
I will evermore proclaim
Saturday, September 06, 2008
and a lot of no heidi time.
Something had to be done.
Yesterday i didn't have to work ALL day! perfect. i picked Heidi up and asked her one question, Do you want Mexican or Italian Food for dinner... i was really hoping she would say Italian and SHE DID!!! We hopped in my car and i started driving.
This the WOW! When Heidi figured out where i was taking her;
We were really excited for our adventure to Portland!
And then dinner.... Old Spaghetti Factory... one of my all time favorite places to eat!
Friday, September 05, 2008
"Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline,
to help them understand the insights of the wise.
Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives,
to help them do what is right, just, and fair.
These proverbs will give insight to the simple,
knowledge and discernment to the young people."
I like to say, " a Proverb a day keeps bad decisions away."-- cheesy i know... true? so much so!