A Sailor's Delight | Lynchburg Landscape Photographer

When I was in the fifth grade my class was assigned a project on clouds. We could choose our specific projects but the goal was to identify the types of clouds in the sky over a period of about five to ten days. Like any natural procrastinator, I took all of my photos on the last two days of the project and threw them together as if my teacher would have no clue that my photos depicted an entirely different weather pattern then the rest of my classmates. (Who all lived in the same 20mi radius, mind you.)

Now, I was never actually held accountible for that bad decision of mine, but apparently it has stuck with me all these years and I think I still feel a little guilty for it. I digress. Guilt is not the only thing the project gave to me that has stayed with me all these years. Ever since that fifth grade lesson on clouds and meteorology I have had a lovely fascination with the sky. Not that you would know anything about that, because I don't think I have ever posted a single photo I have taken of the sky.

The truth is, I am super intimidated by nature photography. I feel like there is no way my photo could ever do the beauty of this earth justice. Especially because to even get close to the real thing, I would have to do a whole heck of a lot of photoshopping. And it's just not the same to me.

But I love the sky. I do. I am always looking up when I am outside. I love when the sunlight sparkles through the trees. Or when rays shine through fluffy clouds and give me a glimpse of my idea of heaven. Or when there is that one last little layer of pink across the sky over in the west as the sun sets. Oh... the pink sky at night... my dad taught me a little sailor rhyme when I was a small girl and I still repeat it in my head as I look at those pink skies. "A pink sky at night is a sailor's delight... a pink sky in morning, sailor take warning!" Pink skies in the morning are rare, though. At least rare for me to recognize. I only know that because it is very rare for me to end that little rhyme with a thought of "uh oh." :)

I want to take more photos of the sky. I want to push myself to capture what it is that I love, and I love the sky. This is me, pushing past those little fears of mine...

Liz Cook

Liz Cook is a wedding, birth, and motherhood photographer based in Central Virginia. Her intuition and creative perspective allow her to connect both professionally and personally with her subjects, and thus, her portfolio is saturated with authentic emotion. Whether she's sharing her story with fellow entrepreneurs or enjoying quality time with her husband and two daughters, Liz is both present and passionate about capturing and celebrating life. Her work has been featured by O "Oprah" Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Glitter Guide, Essence Magazine, domino, Rue Magazine, among others.