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“All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Someone once asked how time goes into these images?

This image took 5.5 hours total.  It took just under an hour to actually set up and take in my backyard. However it took 4 hours of editing that spanned two weeks to create the final image above. I don’t sit and edit a gallery of photos like a traditional photographer. I bounce between the original sketch, Lightroom, Adobe Stock and multiple images of this composite.

 

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I’m trying something new! My daughters have loved being my models for many magical sessions. They love the fantasy of it all and then seeing how the images actually change once I edit it to look like what I had sketched. Yes I sketch each session.

This is an opportunity for you to give some magic to your little girl or boy. Alice, Mad Hatter, Tea Party Princess – all are welcome. I’m offering the option to do these individually or you may gather a group of friends to give them the experience together. You can see details below.

What to wear? No problem. I have created a style board to assist you.  This is only a start. We can work together to take it in a more detailed direction. As you will see below it doesn’t need to be traditional Alice.

alice session boardThere will be sessions in Franklin on September 10 and Goodlettsville on September 11. For booking information please email at amandamcneal@me.com.

Warmly,

Amanda

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Dear Lord-

Days like today I feel as if I’m being tossed and turned in an ocean of chaos. A hurricane rages around me and I’m not sure if the sky is upside down, sideways or just gone.  I get confused about which direction to go in any task.  If I try to fight it alone with willpower the anxiety only grows stronger. If I stop and find the still that is always in me  and in every storm that you create I can let it all around me fade away and a freeing blanket of calm can surround me.  I know that is you and I thank you for reminding that it’s okay to stop, breathe and just let the rain wash me anew. 

Thank you.

Amen.

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Hurricane | Amanda McNeal | 2016 ©

The above image is a composite from my current self portrait work that focuses on the journey of a woman. We are all pulled to and fro daily and I think we all can relate to being pulled in many directions in our mind and heart. I am blessed to have found ways to find the still and not let the noise of this world get the best of me. It has taken work to quiet the noise and some days are harder than others but if I work hard I can always find the love and light in any storm.

 

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  • CarlaJuly 20, 2016 - 2:57 am

    love this. and more than anything, I love you’ve found the ability to find the still in the storm.ReplyCancel

    • amanda mcnealAugust 29, 2016 - 4:06 pm

      Thank you! You’ve become an amazing support!ReplyCancel

fine art top2Claire – the light of my life and keeper of my heart. This girl will do big things one day and take the world by it’s horns. I hope I can always encourage her to draw upon the strength she possesses within, laugh at fear and share her love of life with all. She’s the youngest but the loudest in our house with her doe eyes and long blonde girls. She can wake the dead with her screams but melt your heart with her laugh. A little lisp is cute on her and one day she may have speech therapy as I did. All that she does inspires me and I love to peek and watch her tell fantastical stories to her Barbies and My Little Pony’s. She lives in a magical world of princesses and dragons and dreams and magic. She can make a wand from any stick and curtain rods are sceptors. . I hope she always dreams big and loves even bigger. 05172015-40

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When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.

-Viktor E. Frankl

Harnessweb

To take the darkness and turn it into light is exhausting.

I have stood on the edge and bent my head in shame as the darkness wrapped around me.

I now turn my head to the light and release

Only through the light within and the wind of change

Can I birth the freedom and peace I desire.

This I have done.

This I continue to do.

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