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Ahhhhhh – Haley’s bridal session.

Guys, let me start with giving you a little background. Towards the end of February, I was in a major funk. I was at the peak of my season business-wise, in the middle of what seemed like 42 holidays, I was only a couple weeks out from an evaluation at my other job (teaching), annnnddd I had a respiratory infection that just would not go away. I was tired and run down and questioning everything.

“How can I keep doing this?” “Can I really have two jobs and retain my love for both?” “Is all of this really worth not having time off for friends, family, me?” 

Then this session happened. 

I was very excited to head to a new location to photograph one of my favorite clients – and bridals no less (one of my faves)! On the way there, as always, I prayed for safety driving and a smooth- flowing session. I also, however, prayed for a sign. I wanted – no, I needed – some sort of confirmation that I was on the right path… going in the right direction.

God gave me just that.

This session was exactly what I need to remind me about my feelings. I never doubted that I loved my job, I always knew that (DUH!). But, I was starting to let doubt creep in as to whether or not I could keep going full speed ahead with all of the irons that I currently have in the fire. This bridal shoot was the ultimate sign for me that I can and should.

I am so thankful to have been given this talent. I am so thankful to have these clients. I am so thankful to have this job. I am trusted with people’s most precious moments and memories. This is why I take so much thought and care in what I do. Yes, this can be overwhelming at times when also balancing life – but I would take exciting / overwhelming / joyous adventures to mundane safety and routine any day. What can I say, I love the chaos. 

Anyway – Thank you Haley & Co for giving me such a wonderful, creative, and refreshing session! It was just what I needed, just when I needed it. And I hope you guys had a blast as well. :)

Here are just a few of the highlights from what was (hands-down) one of my all-time favorite sessions: 

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Haley – Thank you again for being such an awesome bride to work with! I CANNOT WAIT to share your wedding photos! For now, here is one of my favorites:

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Okay one more:

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P.S. – I wasn’t kidding about ordering one for my own house, no matter how weird Ben thinks that is haha!

 

Okay guys, it is FINALLY summer!!!!!

I am so excited to get back to work on a few fun projects that I have in mind, choose my senior reps, AND fill you guys in on a few things going on for me personally.

First off- THIS! A few weeks ago, we bought our dream house! We searched for the perfect size, location, and style for several months and ended up finding the perfect fit thanks to our realtor Jared with Keller Williams Realty. (If you need a guy, check him out because he is AWESOME to work with!)

We’ve spent every spare second since then cleaning, painting, shopping, decorating, and getting it all put together so that we could just enjoy it once summer came. And we met our goal! 

Of course the photographer in me just had to get photographic evidence of it all, some professionally done and some just with my iPhone. 

Here are a few phone snaps from the process:

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A HUGE thanks to everyone that came to help us clean, paint, move, organize, etc.- especially my mom and Rob. Seriously, we couldn’t have done it without y’all!

Annnnnnd here is the finished product:

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And because I hadn’t put my husband through quite enough for the past few months, we also took a few more:

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Eeeeek! Thanks again to everyone who helped us through-out this entire thing whether it was with labor, research, prayers, or well wishes. We truly appreciate it!

Stay tuned because this won’t be the last that you see from this house. ;) Also, if you are selling your home and need a real estate photographer, CALL ME! Trust me, pictures are an important part of the process. There were a ton of homes on the market that we weren’t even motivated to look at because the advertising pictures just weren’t all that appealing. Our house, however, had great photos that made us take the leap to go look at it and OH MY GOD am I glad we did. ;)  

When thinking about my New Year’s Resolution, I always try to think of realistic ways to challenge myself. I start by looking at the past year of my life and thinking “IF I could change something, what would it be?” and then I branch off of that. 

I don’t believe in regret, but I do believe in self improvement. This is the reason why I do this. And the reason why I share it with you all is to make myself more accountable. 

This year, my goal is MORE!

I hit a lot of highs (and lows) in 2016. The peaks were getting married, traveling, reaching career and business goals, and becoming more self aware. I want to build on that in 2017. 

Now, in the terms of “more…” I don’t want to focus on more money, more followers, more commitments. No. 

I want to do more for my short term life. 

I want to get more sleep. Take more personal photos. I want to say “yes” to more outings with friends and to more date nights with my husband. I want to read and relax more. I want to give myself more of me.

As cheesy as that sounds (and I know it does), I want to do it. When I look back on my life, of course I want to see the goals that I have accomplished and the life that I have built, but I also want to be able to say that I enjoyed each day. Instead of worrying about the future… the plan… the long term… I want to enjoy my life more, while still being “more” for others.

I know that this will be a tricky path to navigate, as it is a little bit contradictory to try to relax more and give more, but figuring out the balance of life has always been intriguing to me. I’ve always walked that line closely, teetering on either side every now and then, but this year, I’m going to work even harder to find the balance.

I am going to laugh when I want to cry. I am going to take a nap or read a good book when I’m stressed out. I am going to “give it to God” when I’m struggling with “not being someone’s cup of tea.” I am going to appreciate those around me and do a better job of showing it without reservation. I am going to love myself and my life – presently – more than ever before.

Best wishes and Happy New Year! 

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