Before we made our way to Macon, we lived in Gainesville, an old southern town about an hour north of Athens. Walker and I were both able to find jobs there after college, and it was close to the mountains, which we loved.
Sarah Elizabeth was a friend of a friend that we were introduced to shortly after moving there. I remember meeting her and instantly LOVING her hair and her creative spirit. She was a photographer (I wasn’t…yet) and I thought she was like 1000 times cooler than me.
We would all carpool to church, share chips and salsa at our favorite Mexican restaurant and built a little community where we were. We were sad we had to move and quickly realized there were a lot of great things in Gainesville that we had to leave behind.
You may have heard Sarah Elizabeth’s name before. I’ve shared her work on my Instagram feed and have 2 of her landscape photos in my house. She is so talented at capturing genuine moments, especially when exploring. She is truly a lifestyle photographer.
I was so excited when she asked me if I would take pictures of her and her house, it really means so much when other photographers trust me to capture special moments in their lives. Sarah Elizabeth’s house has such a cool story and I hope these photos capture the sweet memories SE is making her her home.
Around the time that we were leaving Gainesville, we found out Sarah Elizabeth’s grandmother was not doing well. We prayed that the Lord would heal her, but instead, he called her home to be with him. Death is a bittersweet reminder that this world is not our home, but that there are far greater things ahead of us than behind us.
After her passing, Sarah Elizabeth went through the process of buying “Sara’s Old House” and making it her own. The house was in need of some updates and renovations, all of which Sarah Elizabeth took on by herself with the help of her friends and family.
Over the last few years, she has completely updated the house and turned it into a place anyone would want to call home. SE has done a great job of documenting her journey on her Instagram, but with all the updates complete she wanted photos to document the end of this beautiful story and the start of a new one.
SE is a true creative and creator. From her photography to hand lettering, you can see her attention to detail and love for beauty in everything that she does. Her house, photography and artwork remind me of a quote from Francis Schaeffer that says, “Art is a reflection of God’s creativity, an evidence that we are made in the image of God”. SE is a true light, and the joy she has for life is easily seen through everything she does.
I hope you enjoy the home tour below and a peek into Sarah Elizabeth’s home. Lifestyle sessions are some of my favorite because they capture the genuine and real moments of the world we live in and the joy that can be found in the everyday moments.