Several weeks ago April Craig contacted me to share with me the beautiful project she was working on, because she thought I'd be interested in it.
Which I was.
April is a talented photographer and has spent the last few years putting together a collection of photographs of different Biblical women. Here is what she told me:
Last year, after losing my mother, my heart turn to sentiment. Everything important to me took on greater value, especially my relationships within my family. As I pondered my mother’s life and read from her journals, a desire grew in me to leave something of importance to my children. My mother had an intense love of the scriptures. She taught seminary for years and expressed her love of the scriptures beautifully in the writings of her journals. As a photographer, my creativity is expressed through pictures. I wanted to share with them this amazing legacy my mother had given to me. I thought to myself, what better way to pay tribute to this legacy than to capture in photography those things that were most precious to my mother. Images and ideas began to flood my mind and the book came together quickly.
The experiences I had while creating this book were amazing. In the beginning, I pulled models for each page from my circle of church friends which mostly consisted of LDS children and youth. However, as time past, I began to pull models from the community. By the time the book was complete there were 6 different religions represented in the models. How wonderful it was to share this experience with so many faithful youth from so many different faiths. I was continually touched and strengthened by the beautiful spirit the children and youth brought into my studio.
This project, although originally intended to inspire my own children to read the scriptures, has turned into something that I hope will inspire many to draw closer to Christ through their scripture study.
April sent me a copy of her book and I was very impressed and touched by some of her art work. I was especially touched by her photo of Sarah and Isaac, and can safely say that this is one of my all time favorite depictions of Sarah... EVER. It just makes the miracle of her conception so profound.
Some of April's photographs are meant to be realistic (ie. the models are about the age that the real woman would have been) and others are more interpretive (ie. using a child or a teenager to portray a woman), but all of them tell beautiful stories. Each page of the book has a different story of a woman from the Bible, along with the scripture reference and a brief summary of the story. It really isn't a book to teach you about each woman, but rather a way to get you familiar with the stories and prompt you to open your scriptures and read their story.
This is a book that has gone in our church bag and it has been a fantastic way to start teaching my kids about the stories of the women in the scriptures. The only thing I wish was that the book was a bit bigger because I feel like some of the art work gets "squished out" by the words on the page. The pictures are so beautiful it would be nice to see them alone. But my kids didn't really care about that, they loved it. And I love it that they are learning the stories.
Here are two more of my favorite pictures from the book:
"Daughter of God"
and "Miriam with Moses"
Aren't they beautiful? I love all the tiny babies. She said her youngest model was 8 days old!
April has offered to give away a copy of her book to one of my readers! If you would like to enter to win please do one or all of the following (each one you do will get you an extra entry). Leave me a comment letting me know which ones you do.
1. Take a peek at the inside of the book by going here and clicking on "Take a look inside". Leave me comment letting me know which picture you liked the best.
2. Share this post on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or on your own blog.
3. Visit April's website and share her book on Pinterest by clicking on the "Pin it" button below. Best wishes! The giveaway will close on Monday, October 29th @ Midnight.
Heather@Women in the Scriptures