the freedom project


I have had this project in my heart for well over  a year. I’m not claiming it’s original or hasn’t been done before, but I will say with confidence is that it was born from a place of my heart that I cherish. A place of purity and devotion. I cannot draw, I do not own a paint brush, but I have my camera.

I love my country.

I do not love the direction she is headed. More than anything, I would love to see her brought back to her former days, more along the lines of what our founding fathers had intended.

There is always hope. There is another generation and I consider it an honor to raise up my son to be a man who respects God, his elders, and his country. To know what it stands for and why it needs protecting.

The other day my son told me “he wanted to be in a battle” and to “be a hero”. Of course, as his mother I wanted to yell,“stay safe, no!”. But I kept my fears to myself — we need a nation of men and women who are weary of “safe”.


“Where will our country find leaders with integrity, courage, strength—all the family values—in ten, twenty, or thirty years?

The answer is that you are teaching them, loving them, and raising them right now.” — Barbara Bush


{ About the Images Below }

These images are dedicated to my God, first and foremost, and to my country. A love-song, in imagery form, as to what it means to be an American. Dare I say a Patriot.

Lastly, my prior military husband helped me with this session and we were sure to protect and respect the flag during the shoot.

© 2011 Skye Hardwick – Do not use without permission









“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heavenand will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14


Stay tuned for more images from this series.

If you are in the San Gabriel Valley  CA area and would like to have your child a part of my Freedom Project, please drop me a line. Especially from those who have a loved one who is currently serving our country.

Furthermore, to the Photographers who may be reading. I am writing an article for my Soulographer Inspiration Blog about connecting your heart to your images using this series as an example. Keep watch for that one!

If you enjoyed this post, I’d appreciate it if you would share it with others who would enjoy it.

Until then.

- Skye xoxo



This year I was able to spend almost two months in my home state of Pennsylvania. These images are from the first visit earlier in August. A highlight was going to the Steeler game with Isaiah. Steelers beat the Lions (yay), but a severe thunderstorm rolled in mid-game and Isaiah and I spent the rest of the game crammed inside with thousands of our “closest friends”.

Below are some images of my little brother (we are 21 years apart) and my son together. We try (and usually succeed) to get images of them together every year. Of course, you know how it can be photographing boys …especially boys who know you well (you know what I’m talking about). And especially on a stinky farm with lots of cows that make all sorts of sounds and noises. Fun times.

Seriously though. I’m bummed I didn’t get much of my son alone this year in PA as his ones from last year are some of my all time favorite images of him, but there’s plenty of warm weather here in California for another shoot.

For this first shot, I’m showing you the version before I edited out my “oops!” moment. We all have them, though thankfully, I have them much less. I left the plastic clothing sticker on his shirt. That will be edited out before printing. {wink}