Authentic You Photography Blog

December 11, 2009


Filed under: Portraits — Char @ 6:21 am

“I love life, God, and my fam”….


Many of us have “reasons” we want photos. You know…new baby, family Christmas cards, our baby is graduating, and many other good reasons. But it spoke volumes to me when Judy wanted photos to simply remember this happy stage of life. She told me she is very un-photogenic and does NOT enjoy being in front of the camera, but really wanted to document life today.

Judy is warm, friendly, seems to have a huge heart for others, and embraces each day for what it is. With passion.


She said and I couldn’t agree more….

” I love people. I know if I had walked a mile in their shoes, there would be many things I would have done differently. Maybe some words I would have kept to myself. Or lent a hand and money. If we all were a bit quicker to help and a bit slower to speak, the world would be quite different.”


Loyal and ready to stick by your side….willing to give and give.

Spontaneous and making the most of each opportunity and yet grounded and able to accept things as they play out.


Her family and siblings…they are the best ever and she would not trade them for the world!

Music is everything. Praise and worship, oldies, 80’s and everything in between.

Macbook and blackberry. Necessary at all times.

A girl after my own heart….dark chocolate and coffee. Nuff said.

And I am pretty sure, she has a huge network of Judy fans.


Judy’s nieces came along and played the role of my assistants and made monkey faces at Judy when I told them to!

Lovely Emily…


Sweet Angela…



I really enjoyed our time together. I felt inspired to experience each day as it is. To make the most of the opportunities in front of me and not wait for everything to be “perfect”. To allow time to unfold and not rush ahead. To acknowledge the beauty of simplicity and how blessed I really am.

I felt all honored to work with someone as cool as Judy.

And un-photogenic? No way!



  1. Lovely!!

    Comment by Janet — December 11, 2009 @ 6:45 pm

  2. Beautiful! I love them! My Aunt is my best friend… this inspires me to get pictures of the two of us!

    Comment by Misty Martin — December 12, 2009 @ 11:27 am

  3. I want you all to know that this was the most lovely day ever! We had tons of fun and I’m so happy I went ahead with things. Aren’t my nieces great?! (and they are only 2 of the 8!) Char captured the impossible and the absolute best of me and turned me into this amazing “thing” on paper! LOL! I’m so in love with her work. I’m a believer so if you’re on the edge or waiting for the perfect time…get on the horn my friends. Her work is stupendous, phenomenal and striking to say the least!!

    Comment by Judy Stoltzfus — December 12, 2009 @ 7:37 pm

  4. Awww jeepers, I feel all embarrassed and honored at the same time! Thanks Judy. :)

    Comment by Char — December 13, 2009 @ 3:33 am

  5. Wow, what great photos….seem to capture so much personality!

    Comment by Bobbie — December 13, 2009 @ 3:34 am

  6. these pictures are wonderful. Char can capture the beauty in everyone. Judy you are a beautiful lady.

    Comment by Linda — December 13, 2009 @ 7:13 am

  7. great shots judy! they are totally you. i agree with char. un photogenic? no way!

    Comment by diane miller — December 16, 2009 @ 8:16 pm

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