Captivating Royalty with our Camera

One of my favorite books is Captivating {Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman’s Soul} by, John & Stasi Eldredge; a book about discovering who you are, as a woman. A woman who at her core was made for romance, made to play an irreplaceable role in a shared adventure, and who really does possess a beauty all her own to unveil.

Every little girl I can think of, including myself, since she is old enough to dream, has dreamed of being a beautiful princess. Proud and pretty. Graceful with authority. Every little girl I can think of, including, of course, my own. I wrote a song for her about just that, earlier this year.

Shortly after moving to this little town outside Austin, I discovered a unique piece of architecture on some property off a curvy country road. Amidst old barns and brick homes, there stood a castle, complete with winged gargoyles and nitched balconies. I’d always say to myself, “I could see my princess, Angel in front of that castle.” Well, this week, I finally did.


For all 12 photos taken (by my husband), of Angel & Braylon at the castle & in a nearby corn field (& one of Angel getting eaten alive by bugs on a hay barrel) click here & smile.


The Way You Are ~ a song for a princess

The Way You Are (Princess)

By, Chelan Rene’ Russ

2/ ‘09

Dream, little one, of castles and kingdoms

Of sparkling crowns and colorful gowns

You’ll get on your horse and ride on the hills

You’ll follow a stream, and drift into sleep

Princess, you’re a princess

Splendor & grace (how they)

Dance in your face

Princess, you’re a princess

Near or far (you are)

Loved just the way…

You are

Your Daddy, the King will see just how far

You’ve wandered away to ponder and play

With servants and prayers, danger and love

He’ll rescue his daughter, right next to the water


Loved just the way you are loved just the way you are loved just the way you are…



“Captivating” by, John and Stasi Eldridge

Luke 15:22-24 ~ “But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began.

Jeremiah 50:6 ~ “My people have been lost sheep; their shepherds have led them astray and caused them to roam on the mountains. They wandered over mountain and hill and forgot their own resting place.

Jeremiah 31:3-4 ~ Long ago the Lord said to Israel:
“I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love.With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself. I will rebuild you, my virgin Israel…”