CJ Wilkes

About CJ Wilkes Photography

Capturing Your Dance In The Rain is such a thrill and joy to me. Being able to look back on those special times through beautiful artistic imagery makes it a worthwhile challenge.
Learning to Dance in the Rain has been very easy for me. I am drawn to Water & Life! The exciting part for me is to teach you to enjoy your moment in the dance as I capture it from behind my camera.
Looking forward to Capturing Your Dance In The Rain
CJ Wilkes

RaNelle Wallace

This summer I went to Utah to spend time with family and friends.  When I was younger I had heard about a woman whose plane crashed against a mountain.  For some reason I felt strongly that I would one day meet her.  Fast forward to last year.  I was speaking to my sister and she was telling me of one of her very best friends and her experience having crashed into the mountain with her plane.  My heart swelled and I KNEW that I would have the opportunity to meet the woman I had known about for years.  I also thought I would be so honored if she would allow me to photograph her.  When there this time I knew my sisters would be having me take pictures of their children and families – so I asked Jenny if she would ask RaNelle if I could take her pictures for her.  To my pleasure she said YES!  We met and my first impression of this amazing woman was that she has such a big and loving spirit that it disguises all her scars.  She is BEAUTIFUL!  My children all said they did not see any scars – they all felt she was so beautiful inside and out!  Here is RaNelle’s Story.  She has also written books and spoken to the public about her story: http://www.near-death.com/wallace.html

Here is a few of my favorite images from that day!  Would love to do it again!!!!

RaNelle took my Nathanya out to pick wild flowers while I took some pictures of Jenny.  I turned around and just melted at the beautiful scene before me.


When we went to the Wasatch Forest – Provo River Falls RaNelle told us of her favorite location.  While we were setting up and getting the kids situated before the shoot she went to a spot to rest.  The peaceful moment was just too beautiful not to capture!  This is her element – which made it so much easier for me because as you all know – WATER is my element!

When I do a session I love to keep it real.  I love watching interaction and pondering.  This was all moments when I was testing my light /settings.  RaNelle and Jenny would talk with each other and the beauty of the moments we had together there can be seen here.  Surrounding yourself in settings that set such sweet moments and moods is what I love about these women!

There are times I just want to be right in the middle of the water coming down – but moments like this make me so happy that I was the one behind the camera.  RaNelle – you are stunning and so full of LIFE!  I love you girl!

This particular area had the most awesome rock formations.  The falls were all around us.  In front running through the side and then going to more falls behind me.  Such a dreamy area.

Jenny and RaNelle Kindred spirits!

There are some friends that I feel God places in our lives that are meant to be sisters for life!   I am grateful Jenny is my sister and believe that RaNelle is one of those that is a sister forever!

These are just a few – we had even more fun later – but here you get to see a person who is, for lack of a better word – AMAZING, an INSPIRATION, a FRIEND forever.

Check out her book “The Burning Within”  She is coming out with another book.  Some of her images will be in there.  I am blessed and honored!  Once again – Thank you Ranelle for the opportunity!

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13 Responses to “RaNelle Wallace”

  1. Jeni says:

    What an amazing woman! I love these pictures so much. The location, the emotion, the spirit. Very nicely done. My favorites are of her playing in the water :)

  2. Megan says:

    These are fan-freaking-tastic! I am brought to tears, but honestly it isn’t because of her story – but from seeing such beauty. The ones in the water with the rocks are just breathtaking.

  3. Jennifer B says:

    So beautiful, Cindy! I love the ones of her playing in the water and with your sister – you can tell they have a special connection. Gorgeous work.

  4. Katherine says:

    I love the joy in these pictures, and you’ve really showcased her beauty. And what an amazing story!

  5. Kara says:

    Awesome Job cindy and what an inspiring woman!

  6. Amanda says:

    These are SO beautiful and so full of spirit. I love the one of her splashing and throwing the water in the air. There is such a freedom about her soul, and you captured it so completely.

  7. Stacey says:

    Wow, what an amazing story! You captured her beautifully!

  8. Leanne says:

    What gorgeous images of an inspirational story. Thank you for sharing.

  9. Conni says:

    Beautiful work Cindy!

  10. What an amazing story. Amazing woman! These are really beautiful, and you couldn’t ask for a better location!

  11. Wendy says:

    So beautiful! I love Ranelle, I met her as a teenager when she came to my church to speak. Sh is so strong, such an inspiration! I loved her book, The Burning Within, so much that my teenage daughter is reading it now! Thank you!

  12. Melissa Moore says:

    I just read your inspiring book, “The Burning Within”. I must say your story has definatly changed the way I look at life. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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