I love God. I am in awe of His beautiful creation and am humbled every day that He loves me so much. I am so undeserving but so grateful to be His daughter and that I get to call God my Father.
I love people. I’m not afraid to talk to strangers, dive into their story and love on them. I believe that we are all brothers and sisters and in this together, so why not take advantage of every second we have together. It’s our job to encourage, support and love one another.
I love timing. I believe it is no coincidence that you are here on this blog right now. You have been led here for a reason. We are all in each others lives for a reason, whether it’s lifelong friends or a small two second greeting. I am often floored when people come together, strangers who happen to have SO much in common that make you say “what a small world” but really, it is God and He has had this planned before we drew our first breath. His timing fascinates me immensely.
I love traveling. When I travel, I not only get to see new environments but I get to see a different part of life that God has uniquely created. Even if it’s two hours from where I reside…it’s unfamiliar and to me so beautiful. The people, the landscape, the culture…I love being thrown into the unknown and learning not only new things about the world but also about myself.
“I could not have known then that everybody, every person, has to leave, has to change like seasons; they have to or they die. The seasons remind me that I must keep changing.” ― Donald Miller- Through Painted Deserts
I love stories. Books, pictures, movies, music, art and any other form of story telling. I am fascinated with peoples lives, experiences and the gifts that God has given them to bring it all to life to share with others. I get to do that with my camera and writing. Fortunately that allows me to share the stories that I come across with you.
I love Uganda. If you have been following my journey than you know where my second home resides. In 2012, my whole life radically changed when I was asked to document my friends adoption in Jinja, Uganda. During that 10 day trip, I fell in love and knew this was a community I had to devote my life to. Supporting the community and organizations there is what makes me feel alive. I love connecting the two worlds. I cannot tell you how happy it makes me when someone has fallen in love with the babies home and is moved to support them financially or with prayer.
I love being On McLeod Nine. In 2013, I began a life together with my forever. His name is Jonathan although I am the only one who calls him that, he goes by J.P. It’s the classic story of when a wedding photographer met the wedding DJ. Can you guess where? At a wedding of course. My world has been rocked upside down since he walked into the picture. He is the main source of my writing as it is truly a story of redemption. I won’t say too much about him here but if you would like to know more, simple check out the category On McLeod Nine.
August 11, 2014 // Big Sur, California
all images by Studio Castillero