W E L C O M E.

Elizabeth Donelson Collective

It’s here! Six years of blogging later and I have officially created a permanent space for my thoughts [and my business]. It may seem unexciting to some that six years of working my way through multiple blog and website platforms has me dancing in praise, but here I am, feeling so incredibly thankful for the music. For quite some time, there was a large part of my heart that felt empty and I am so proud to say that it feels like I’ve made it. Welcome to this space. To my thoughts, photos, and dreams. To my collective.

First and foremost, I would like to thank Leesa Dykstra for this website and it’s redesign. Leesa, you were a dream to work with. I’ve only been in contact with you through e-mail and my heart reaches out to you like a true friend and I know that you are going to do amazing things.

The launch of this new design has been such a breath of fresh air for me. It’s crisp and minimal and it’s the start of something that feels so new and extremely settling at the same time. The entire process has taught me a lot about myself as a creative. It has set in stone some of the ideas that have rested in my soul for years and it has also opened up a whole new world for me and where I see my dreams unfolding in the future. As you can see, this website is a place for me to display my photography work. I thought for a very long time on the possibility of combining my showcase of images and information with another one of my passions – my blog. I came up with a dozen excuses on why the two should remain separate but decided in the end to combine them anyway.

I can still hear the voice in my head contemplating whether or not my potential photography clients would want to click on a blog tab and get a whole lot more than galleries of my recent work. Did I really want them to know me and the fact that words might even hold a more sacred space in my heart than my camera lens? Did I want them to hear my deepest thoughts and dreams? I realized shortly after these awkward conversations with myself that maybe it wasn’t about whether I wanted people to know me or not and maybe it’s not about critiquing the logic behind combining my website with my words either. Maybe it’s because capturing images and scribbling paragraphs is who I am. In both of them, together, I find freedom and a state of unconditional peace.

This is why I photograph. This is why I blog. And this is why the two of them bring about this space as a whole.

To end the first post within this new dream, I would like to say welcome. Feel free to get lost in these pages as it is my hope you may also find freedom and happiness in your day. I do not post into categories for the sole fact that I strongly believe God will guide your eyes to the words he would like you to read. I do, however, consistently write about my photo shoots, minimalist living, wellness, faith and Jesus, releasing stress and anxiety, and my life and the people that make up my family. If you would like to collaborate, be sponsored, guest post, inquire about photography services, or just say hello, please do not hesitate to contact me directly through e-mail. I would love to hear your story. !

xo - elizabeth.