HELLO + WELCOME!

I'm Eileen, so nice to meet you! I am a Los Angeles based photographer, passionate about people and a huge fan of love. I truly believe photography is God's gift to me; through it I am able to share life with some of the most amazing people. What a privilege and joy it has been!

Click on the next page for more on me or take a peek at my own wedding day here.

Thanks so much for dropping by. Blessings!

photo by Shelley Paulson Photography

RANDOM FACTS

I use way too many exclamation marks, but I'm really just that excited!!!! I want to know what moves your heart. I say "that's so funny" quite a bit, but it can mean a number of things. I am a lover of donuts and tea. I floss every night before bed! I love the idea of being spontaneous, but rarely do things unplanned. I am the youngest of four girls, but I'm taller than all my sisters. I would love to open a cafe someday. I am fascinated by the bridegroom God and his ravished heart for all of humanity

photo by Shelley Paulson Photography

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Photography as a Healing Art

About a month ago during Portraiture from the Heart, a portraiture workshop I attended in Sacramento, Shelley Paulson read to us a part of the introduction from God Is at Eye Level, a book by Jan Philips. The introduction talks about photography as a healing art, healing in three ways. I was so moved by what she read I quickly ordered the book when I got home. I’m still going through it, but wanted to share with you what was shared with us at that workshop.
One fall day, while I was splitting maple logs into firewood on my farm in upstate New York, a neighbor pulled up in his ’57 pickup, rolled down his dusty window, and shouted above the rumbling engine, “You know, that wood’s going to heat you three times.”
“Oh yeah?” I replied, wondering what he was talking about. “Yup,” he said. “The first time is now, when you’re working up a sweat splitting it into firewood. The second time is when you’re sitting in front of the fire, toasty warm as it crackles away. And the third time is when you haul out the ashes. Can’t ask much more than that from a tree,” he laughed as he roared off down the road.
The neighbor loved wood-loved to work with it, walk through forests full of it, talk about it. His observations were as deep as the passion he held. When spring came, and I was wandering through the forest hunting for images with my 35mm, I thought of that neighbor. I thought about his passion for the woods, how it nurtured him, brought him to life. And I thought about my passion for photography, how it comforts me, brings me to life. Photography, I thought, heals three times.
The first time is when I am in search of the image, present only to that which is, focused on the moment at hand. By virtue of this absorption in the now, I am released from the often painful grip of past and future. The second healing belongs to the person being photographed, the honored recipient of pure attention, healed by an artist’s loving gaze. The third healing occurs when we view a photograph as an outside observer and are moved by its power or beauty. The chance to see the world through another’s lens, to be transported to another time, another place, another reality, can heal and transform out own.
(photo from portrait session with Loretta Wang..more coming soon!)
Photography is such a beautiful thing and I feel so blessed to have it, to be able to use it, to give it.

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