Tokyo Portrait Photography | The Zamoras & The Molinas

These two families are more than best friends. They’ve become family. Both were stationed in Germany and Japan together. Sadly they are parting ways very soon.  This is the beauty and the heartache of military life, meeting amazing people that shape who you are and having to say goodbye. I am honored to have known both these amazing ladies and their families. I am not saying goodbye. Instead I will say “until next time.”

The Birth of Spur On Love

 I’ve been frozen. Crippled by fear and doubt.  What began with excitement and zeal has morphed into worry and anxiety.  I am under attack, attack of the worst kind. However, I know my enemy’s tactics and I refuse to allow him to have power over me.  So today I gather my weapons and plan to meet him head on in the battlefield. The Word says that, “we will overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.”  I am ready to overcome.  No more fear for me. The enemy is not going to render me useless. Oh no. Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world. So I am going to testify. Testify of God’s goodness and share what He is doing in my heart.  In doing this, sharing and proclaiming what I believe God has called me to do, I will be one step closer to obedience and to stifling the lies I’ve been drowning in.

You may or may not know that I’ve been working on secret project. I was hoping to wait and share it with you when all the details were worked out, when a pretty website was up, and all the edges were smoothed out. Well that’s not the case.  The edges are still very rough. But there is beauty in the process and I need people to be apart of that.  I need my community or I will fall back into fear.  I need you, your prayers and encouragement.

So here it is, the big reveal. My heart exposed.

Logo by Chelsea Gipson Studio  (https://www NULL.facebook NULL.com/chelseagipsonstudio)

I believe God has called me to use my photography for His Kingdom.  The specific mission: to use photography to spur others on to love and good deeds.

( See Hebrews 10:24)

The first project will take place later this summer. I will be traveling to China to photograph an adoption! The purpose is to both bless the adoptive parents with beautiful images and to use the photos publicly to educate and encourage others to both adopt and support the fatherless. (More details on this coming soon.)

The larger vision, which is so beyond me it is overwhelming, is to start a nonprofit organization that would do more service projects like this with photography. So not just photographing adoptions but anything that the Lord would see fit such as mission trips, small business in poor nations making a difference, people taking care of widows, feeding the poor, prison outreach, and much more.  The possibilities are endless but the goal would be synonymous: to photograph world changers to spur others on to do the same.

 I’ve spent many months at God’s feet in prayer over this new path He has placed before me.  I do believe it is divinely inspired. However, details are still up in the air, there are so many unknowns. I can easily get lost and discouraged when I begin to think about how all of this will come together. This is when I run back to His feet and remind myself that He is in control. I trust Him. I love Him. And because of His great love for me I will take a leap of faith holding on to the promise that He knows the plans He has for my life.

I am so excited to see what God’s going to do in this to accomplish His purpose. And I am declaring now that this project is all for His glory. I am just a vessel, a humble servant who has heard a call and decided to say “yes.”

Will you join me in this journey? I need prayer warriors and encouragers. Friends to remind me of this vision when the rain comes and things get cloudy.
“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three stands is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:12
Thank you for reading and for your support.
Follow @spuronlove (http://instagram NULL.com/spuronlove) on Instagram for updates as this project unfolds. 

June 11, 2014 - 8:44 pm

Jessica Kirkland - I love this Renee! I can’t wait to see what the Lord will do through this. We will be praing for you. We love you and miss you friend!

June 11, 2014 - 11:32 pm

cori - Love love love the idea!! Using your talents for HIS glory! What a perfect combination.
I can already think of several friends that will be heavily touched by the adoption message. All your other ideas are great too.
Go get em girl!

Prayers are for sure, but if I can help in other ways- I am a facebook message away :)

June 12, 2014 - 1:05 pm

Kara (http://kararodriguez NULL.wordpress NULL.com/) - Renee, this gave me goosebumps. What a beautiful idea! I will be in prayer for you and those you will be working with. May God be glorified through this. :) I can’t wait to hear more…

June 12, 2014 - 9:15 pm

Megan - This will be so exciting! And it will be a blessing to us for sure!!!

Tokyo Portrait Photographer | The Pagano Family

I am always honored when my friends want me to take their pictures. Sarah was one of the first people I met here in Japan. She greeted me with such a kind smile and immediately made me feel welcome. She opened her home to me and even brought me wine and chocolate when the stress of moving across the world was weighing on me. Those little were huge for me and will never be forgotten. Sarah and her lovely family will be leaving Japan in a few short weeks and I know that they will all be missed.  And Sarah’s talents will be missed as well. Sarah started her photography business here and has grown leaps and bounds as a photographer. I am amazed at how quickly she became a rockstar behind her camera. She even took our family portraits which you can see here (http://www NULL.sarahpaganophotography NULL.com/4/post/2013/11/booe-family-faces NULL.html) on her site. I know that she will continue to do great things with her portrait photography and look forward to watching her journey unfold. If you want to watch it too follow her here (https://www NULL.facebook NULL.com/SarahPaganoPhotography).

And now please enjoy these images from the Pagano’s Saynora Session.

Tokyo Portrait Photographer | The Cupp Family

This is the Cupp family. I first met them while standing in line to board the plane that would move my family to Japan. They too were just moving to Japan. It is hard to believe that was over a year and a half ago. And now, just like then, they are facing a big change. Their son Chase is a senior and will be graduating in just a few short weeks.  He will be headed back to the States to start college in the fall but before he leaves on a jet plane we had to capture some senior portraits Japan style. So this family session doubles as a senior session! It was so fun to work with this family. And it was awesome working with a senior client again. I actually started my business photographing seniors. So if you know any seniors or juniors needing portraits done send them my way. I would love to work with them.

Tokyo Portrait Photographer | Dominique & Ian Haig

This couple’s Tokyo portrait session was my first ever city photo shoot during the spring time. Tokyo is so magical during this time of the year with all the cherry blossom trees in full bloom.  People from all over the country and even the world travel to Tokyo during this time of the year to view the trees. The sakuras only last about one week AND fortunately this session just happened to fall on one of the best days possible for capturing the city with the blossoms!

And these two! Such sweet people. And such busy people.  I am thankful I finally got to photograph them. This shoot was originally scheduled for December.  But I think it was totally worth the wait!

Kenny and Danielle’s Portrait Session

This is my brother Kenny and his girlfriend Danielle. I just met Danielle for the first time a few weeks ago and I must announce to the world that I love her. She is truly an amazing person. And I love seeing my younger brother so happy.  Things have not been easy for the two of them. Three weeks after they started dating Dani was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.  She is a fighter though and is now cancer free. Her journey has not been easy, but her courage and positive spirit has been truly inspirational. And I know that she was a little uneasy about taking these photos after losing her hair. But I think these portraits demonstrate her bravery better than my words can.

And I must give a shout out to my brother. I am so proud of you and love you beyond words. I just want the best for you and for you to be happy. Judging by these portraits I believe that you are.

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