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My Favorite Love Story: Josh + Xiomara

Welcome to our new blog.  Our space to be creative and ‘let loose’ in featuring our favorite work, or life or simply just things we enjoy. The old blog is still alive but I’ll explain why it’s simply in archival mode.  While we had our old blog active, we quickly realized we could not possibly keep up with the demands that we set when we first launched the blog.  To feature each photo session is simply unrealistic in this point of our business, and so that quickly discouraged me from blogging all together because I didn’t want anyone to be left out.

After taking some time off to reflect and search out what brought me joy, we quickly learned that a blog is really a place for US.  A place for our voice to be heard, our vision to be seen, the things that ignite passion voiced out and our joys shared. Wanting a fresh start with the way I blog and the reason I blog, we decided to hire a wonderful designer to make a new blog home.  One that I loved, and wanted to work with!  So with that, welcome to the new and improved blog.  Here you will not always see every session or wedding, but you will get the full heartbeat of Imago Dei Photography- promise! Our goal is to share life not just events with you, so please feel free to join the conversation and share in community with us…… And let me just say a huge thank you in advance for joining us in conversation, joining our journey, following along with our growth and changes.

We decided to launch the blog on a very special day to us: Today we celebrate 15 years of marriage.  15 years…… So much happens in this span of time.  It’s hard to put into words the life lived, the lessons learned, the joys, the lows, but most importantly the love that grew.  Even when we thought it couldn’t possibly grow further, it does.

From newly weds who ran around the college campus with squirt guns to new parents who learned to drink coffee because of sleep deprivation (we will forever be grateful to you for this Jesse!) to life challenges and triumphs. Life has been richer as we held hands through each challenge and phase.  Not that we have “arrived” by any means.  I love seeing older couples at restaurants, at grocery stores…he pushing the cart, she with the list and slowly they make their way through life together.  Years and years later still doing the mundane, the routine.  Because it’s in the routine that we live and it’s in the routine that we love.  And somehow our love grows amidst the boring routine.  Our goal is to be like those older, wiser, well lived, well loved couples.

Today we were to celebrate with a quiet dinner but due to the snow that has fallen here on the Oregon Coast and Josh feeling under the weather himself we will stay home and stay warm….  And getting out our wedding album.  Looking through it and remembering the day that we began our family.  Our legacy.  One of my favorite wedding images is the first time we saw each other on our wedding day.  You have to remember in 1999 a “first look” was not at all popular-yet!  But we really valued our photos and wanted to be sure we had plenty of them to remember our day so we made the first look a priority.Oregon Coast Photographer Xiomara Gard

I feel this image tells our story so well.  Both shy kids- and we were kids! Standing in the sanctuary of Josh’s childhood church. Embarrassed in front of the photographer and yet so giddy to begin life.  I love our body language in this image.  It clearly tells the story of who we were at the time.  What you don’t see is that after this image was made we had time just for the two of us to talk and pray for our day and our life together.  So every anniversary I make sure I pull this image out and I remember.  And I try to soak in those precious moments and then I look forward to the next years of routine, for it is in the routine and mundane that love grows.

15 years is worth a big celebration so we will be taking some time off next month to celebrate appropriately but today we wish to celebrate with YOU!  In honor of our anniversary and our new blog we are giving away one of our favorite ways to do date night:  A little getaway! Enter below for a chance to win a One Night Oregon Coast getaway for two at the Looking Glass Inn and be sure to come back tomorrow to enter again!! Contest will run through Sunday night Feb. 9th, 2014.

*****Update*****

Contest has been extended through Monday Night at 9pm.

Winner will be announced Tuesday Morning so be sure to come back and check the blog then!

Good luck everyone and thank you for your amazing turnout on this giveaway!!!!

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  • Tanya Wehage - LOVE the story and the blogReplyCancel

  • Pat Kuenzi - Wonderful story and blog! The story brings back so many memories of you two. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Casey - Love your wedding picture & the story that goes with it. Congrats on 15 years of marriage!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Murphy - Congratulations on 15 years!!
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  • Cami Schild - Tear! Love the new page and everything and The One you represent! :) ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Johnston - love the new page! Congrats on 15 years!ReplyCancel

  • Christina Maahs - Happy anniversary! Im loving the new blog and where your priorities are!
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  • Justyn Fortenberry - Looks great!ReplyCancel

  • MOLLY Wehrley - I love this page! Your dedication to your loves is a great reminder for me to cherish my own.ReplyCancel

    • Xiomara - Glad you love the new blog Molly and congrats to you guys on 12 years!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Hanna J. Baker - You express yourself well in, it seems, all forms! We already knew you were a master of the visual, and any old conversation with you will prove the audio, but now we can also see the written! Always so encouraged by your love of God and family and your testimony! Love to see how God is using and blessing you!
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  • Lisa McKibbin - Happy Anniversary! Dean and I were married in 1999 as well. Our wedding dresses look very similar. :-)
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  • Katie Campbell - Love your new blog…it is beautiful and totally you! :) <3ReplyCancel

  • Jaynie Cole - I’m so excited for the new blog. As I love the photos you take. I’m hoping this summer to have our family picture taken by you.ReplyCancel

    • Xiomara - Thanks for joining in the fun Jaynie!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie - Congratulations on your new blog site. I know it was a labor of love for you; your ambition and energy never cease to amaze me! It’s been fun watching your business grow for the last 5+ years. Cheers to many more, friend!ReplyCancel

    • Xiomara - Thanks so much Natalie! It’s been fun growing right along side you friend!!ReplyCancel

  • Christine' - Exited to see your new posts and read the blog! Happy 15th!ReplyCancel

  • Caitlin Measor - Love the new page! Hope to talk to you soon about doing engagement photos!ReplyCancel

  • Anna Kristine Phillips - So sweet! Thank you for sharing your story.ReplyCancel

  • Lydia Santiago Gillis - Love your blog! It is so you!
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  • Courtney - Love it. Love you both!ReplyCancel

    • Xiomara - Glad you love it…. counting down to the day we get to photograph you again…. yay!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Billy Lattire - We Love your photos!ReplyCancel

  • Amber Rocha - Love it!!!ReplyCancel

    • Xiomara - Glad to have you here and following our work after so many years Amber! Thank you!!!ReplyCancel

  • Danielle Ryan - I love the new blog and the story! Also love your wedding picture! You guys are a great example : )ReplyCancel

  • Xiomara - Thank you for your kind words Danielle! Marriage is WORK but it is so worth it, right?! :)ReplyCancel

  • Allie Hanson - Your love story is beautiful and so is your new site!ReplyCancel

  • Frankie - Love your work Xiomara!! Can’t wait to see Becca’s wedding pics upon completion!!! :)ReplyCancel

    • Xiomara - I can’t wait for Jacob and Becca’s day either!!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - Congratulations!! What an amazing testimony <3ReplyCancel

    • Xiomara - Thank you for joining in what God is doing here Lauren…. He is so good!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sadie Werner Rider - I just LOVE your story! Happy anniversary. :)ReplyCancel

  • Jamie Saechao - Love this sweet story. 15 years is indeed a celebration. I hope the next 15+ are just as sweet! ReplyCancel

  • Kelli Brown - I am always in awe of your photos! You have amazing talent! ReplyCancel

  • Amy McKillip - I love the new blog!ReplyCancel

    • Xiomara - Thank you for continuing to follow along in this journey of ours Amy!ReplyCancel

  • Meg Chesley - Love your work. Love your blog. Love the gifts God has given you and how you are using them!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie Averill - Love the new website!! It looks great! Congrats on your anniversary!!ReplyCancel

  • Valerie - Your work is amazing and I love the passion you put into every story. I hope to someday be blessed enough to have you capture my families story.ReplyCancel

    • Xiomara - That would be such an honor Valerie!ReplyCancel

  • Amber Rocha - I can’t wait for new blog posts :)ReplyCancel

    • Xiomara - Me too Amber! So much goodness to share!!!ReplyCancel

  • Katelynn Sowa - Love the new blog! Your story and marriage is beautiful and such an example to me as I go through my marriage and life with my sweet baby(although I was already very fond of coffee before baby, but am even more thankful for it now!).ReplyCancel

    • Xiomara - hahhhaaa I know exactly what you mean Katelynn…. coffee just changes from a splurge and luxury to a NEED!!! :) So happy to see you and your love growing in your marriage through HIM who guides you! Keep up the good work!ReplyCancel

  • Sharla - Magical~♡~ReplyCancel

  • lonnie jenck - So excited for you and Josh! 15 years of wedded bliss and an amazing family to show for it! Congratulations to you both….because it definitely takes two with a little help from above!!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie - I’m looking forward to the next blog post!ReplyCancel

  • Stacie Gierga - Congratulations on your anniversary! Love the new blog and your pictures are beautiful :)
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  • RussellandMarcie Hurliman - The pictures you did of our daughter were break taking. Love your work. Thanks so much.ReplyCancel

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