Tapestry of Life | An Excerpt from Unbinding The Heart

"To me synchronicity is the manifestation in the physical world of connections that are forming in the invisible world all the time. It is the energy that sustains the cosmos, moves the atoms, and breathes in our cells, making itself known to us so we remember that the Divine is always at work within us and for us. It is proof that we are made from more than the flesh and bones of our dense materiality -- that we are part of a larger, unseen picture. The philosopher William James observed that we are like islands in the sea, separated on the surface but connected in the deep. We are all in the dance together. And when our hearts are open, we allow love to move through us in this dance of life, love transforms our steps so that each one is perfect".

Excerpt from the book Unbinding The Heart, by Agapi Stassinopoulos.

Love Is

Love is...

The blueish hue of the morning light through my window pain;
Blackish bronze painted finger nails squeezing the pen, wooshing across the page as I write;
Silence, meditation, stillness in the air;
The hush of a whisper, a laugh or a cry;
An instinctual heart that beats forevermore entering it’s cosmic force into the Universe.

That is what love is.

It gives birth to new ideas, sizes and shapes them to be sent out into the world.
Love is adorned with rose petals and water droplets;

Love creates and love cures.

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Being In Love | Real Answers

I love Valentines Day because aside from the flowers, the candy, and the “every kiss begins with Kay” commercials; it's the celebration of Love!  Valentines Day serves as a reminder to us all for the loves in our lives.   Let the sentiment of Valentines Day be with you not just today but everyday!  Love is something to be shared every day with anyone and anything that matters most to you.  It is truly such a strong emotion that once it is emitted into your world the connection you feel can be so profound.  The strongest way that love can be felt is among each other.  So for this special Valentines Day I want to reintroduce some of my past clients to you and their answers to the question:

“The Best Thing About Being In Love Is____________?”

VaNessa & Winslow, Engaged! "....always having your best friend by your side." Samontha & Terence, Married! "...when it feels like it's just you and your lover in the room, no one else exist." Annie & Hoyu, Married! She says: "...to bravely embrace the future of a marriage without fear, only hope." He says: "...you always know you have a hand to hold while walking down that icy street." Maya & Rod, Married! She says: "...talking to and spending time with your best friend every day; and them being your personal diary to share your innermost thoughts with." He says: "...unconditional friendship." Jo Elizabeth & O'Neal, Married! She says: "...feeling complete." He says: "...is that when you are truly in love your past is history learned, your present is a sweet sweet gift, and your future can only be great because love knows no limits." Andrea & Paul, Engaged! "...having someone there to share the joys of life with as well as lightening the burden of disappointments." "...knowing that if I gain or lose everything that person loves me for who I am unconditionally." "...supporting that loved one through the unbearable, such as chemo treatment, and still thinking I’m the luckiest man in the world." Ariane & Rob, Dating! I said: "...having someone to kill the spiders, mice, and other creepy crawler things that threaten my life.  Annnd being free to be vulnerable because you know this person will always love you regardless" He says: "...having someone that trusts you, which allows you to trust yourself." What is the best thing about being in LOVE for you?!! I want to hear from you out there :)! Happy Valentines Day to us all!  Keep love in your heart and in everything you do! See Beauty… Ariane
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Brenda & Brandon: Let's Go Indiana U!!

Do you believe in fate?  Well after hearing Brenda and Brandon's story of how they blossomed as a couple, I am just about convinced that when the stars align, you just can't fight it.  It all happened during a University open house where they first laid eyes on each other.  While at the event, they occasionally exchanged lingering glances but kept it purely professional and stuck to the business at hand.  The open house ended and the two went their separate ways.  But as luck would have it, Brenda and Brandon crossed paths again and after several more encounters, he finally asked her out.  He took her to the Philadelphia Museum of Art on their first date.  They painted the city of Philly red as they dated and got to know one another. Brandon is a proud alumni of Indiana University and Brenda LOVES their college basketball team.  He planned to pop the question to Brenda and after some elaborate scheming on Brandon's part, he brought her back to Indiana University and proposed to her center court of the gymnasium. :) Brenda and Brandon are truly an amazing couple and it was such a great experience to hang out with them in downtown Philadelphia to capture them as a fun down-to-earth couple. He just loves her to pieces :). I just love the way Brenda looks at her husband to be; with such love in her eyes. Taking it back to where it all began at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; first date memories! :) For more of Brenda & Brandon's engagement session, be sure to check them out in the SLIDESHOW!  B & B! You two rock!  Looking forward to your wedding day in October.  Thank you so much! See Beauty, Ariane
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Happy Mother's Day Mom!

Mom, this one is for you.  I know you will be reading this post as you are such an avid reader and proud supporter of my photo blog.  :).  You have always been there and have supported me in many ways.  Through all my impulsiveness, crazy ideas, and go with the wind "adventures", you've always stuck by me and I thank you.  I only hope that one day I can become even half the woman you are; strong, independent, loving, and compassionate beyond measure. I remember you would always dedicate the song by Regina Belle - If I Could to your children.  You said it expresses everything you feel as a mother and all the things you would want your children to know.  Maybe until I actually become a mother myself, I will never truly understand the lyrics of that song.  But for now, mom, I want you to know that your love made me who I am today; I could have never gotten this far without you.  I am grateful for all of the heart to heart talks we've had, being silly together, and even the quiet times when we watch General Hospital together :). And from the bottom of my heart, I wish you a very Happy Mother's Day! "Lеt уουr mother know thіѕ year thаt hеr Ɩονе іѕ shown, nοt οnƖу іn thе compliments аnԁ encouragement thаt ѕhе gave bυt аƖѕο thе appreciation fοr thе Ɩονе shown through punishment аnԁ actions." -  (1 John 3:18)
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Lover's Rock: Celebrating Love in NYC

A couple of weeks ago, an event took place in the Flatiron district, where old Manhattan meets new.  The Flatiron building looms above with it's notable architecture while Madison Square Park is a haven for couples in love.   The day was perfect as the sun shown brightly and the coldness of the winter air heightened the senses. I had the wonderful opportunity to be apart of a contest perfectly titled Lover's Rock, where I worked alongside three amazing NYC wedding photographers: Parris Whittingham, Bobby Wagner, & Chris Duggan.  Couples from around NYC were encouraged to come out and have their photos taken, sort of like a mini engagement shoot.  The couples participated in the shoot and then had their photo voted on by readers.  More on the story HERE.   I was amazed at the turn out; 19 couples!  Talk about a vast diversity of nationalities, different ages; young and old, complimenting personalities,  and of course the presence of love among the couples. Meeting all of these couples and learning about their love for one another while seeing it with my own eyes showed me how to find the unique story behind each individual.  Hand gestures, eye contact, body language made up the small details to tell a love story.   Here's a select few of my favorites from that day. Passion, excitement, humor, romance were all present on this special day in NYC. Thank you to all of the couples who came out that day and made this project a huge success.  A special thank you to photographers, Bobby Wagner, Chris Duggan, and Parris Whittingham for allowing me to be apart of this awesome event!
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14 Days of Love - Day 14!!

It's the final day of the 14 Days of Love series, thank you so much for following along with me.  This little project allowed me to see things in a whole new light.  It awakened me to open my eyes and pay attention to the details and signs around me to see something special.  In every moment and every photo, I challenged myself by asking "where is the love in this scene?"  If something didn't necessarily scream LOVE to me, I took a second look beyond the surface to find it in it's own unique way. I don't have a profound definition of what I think love is; it is truly indescribable.  But I what I do know is how it looks, how it smells, and how it feels.  It is a feeling that is comparable to nothing else.  So even if you think you have never experienced love before, I can confidently say, that once you feel it, you'll know. I think everyone of us has their own definition of what love means to them.  If you can describe your feelings about what it means to you, I'd love to hear it!  Don't worry about getting too mushy, it's all love here :). Happy Valentines Day!!
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