Monday, April 14, 2014

monday motivation

As creatives, how many times do we measure our success by comparing ourselves to others? And how often can we really create something worthy to call our legacy if we are not willing to take small risks...and sometimes fail?

This morning I enjoyed reading an article written by Todd Henry that gave me a good Monday morning boost. The following is an excerpt from his writing—most of which I also copied into my journal for this week so I would see it every day.

From the article:

The key to finding your voice is to begin to take small risks to express yourself each day. Don't try to be someone else, and don't fall into the trap of taking shortcuts that ultimately cost you more than you gain. It is a kind of poverty to spend your life chasing the limelight.

We need to do the things for which we are qualified, and ignore the things for which we are not.

A list of things for which you and I are profoundly unqualified:
  • Determining our legacy. (This will be backward engineered after we are already fertilizing daisies.)
  • Choosing our times. (We must deal with the times we are handed.)
  • Making others like our work. (You can't do it. You will always have people who hate it.)
  • Ensuring safety. (No matter how hard you try, there is no such thing as perfect safety.)  
A list of things for which you and I are qualified:
  • Making something, now.
  • Contributing value, now.
  • Speaking up.
  • Learning something new every day.
  • Taking small risks instead of retreating.
  • Refusing to allow the opinion of others to control our life.
  • Refusing to ignore wise advice from others.
  • Emptying ourselves each day. 

Here's to fully emptying ourselves today!


Monday, April 7, 2014

engagement sessions

Let us tell your story from the very beginning...

What is it about him that makes you smile? What does she do that makes you fall in love with her every single day?

An engagement shoot is not only the perfect time to get to know your photographer, it is also a wonderful opportunity to become comfortable in front of the camera.

Most of all, it's page one. The beginning of your new narrative.

And we want to help you document this time.


Friday, April 4, 2014

brooks family

The Brooks family surrounded by beautiful blooms!

We sure do enjoy getting to see this family every spring and capture these kiddos grow into little adults, each with such a unique personality. And Clay and Ashley are just the most awesome parents to these four adventurous ones.

We're so thankful for you all and the way you treasure having photos made of your family. Ashley once wrote us and said, "I want you guys to do our pics every year, even when we're covered in grandbabies." This thrills me to the bone! Our clients are friends and family to us and we love being a part of their lives by helping to document them.

Thanks so much for having us out for a family photo session, Brooks fam!


Monday, March 31, 2014

chris + lindsay expecting

Met up with these two to help them announce the coming of a baby girl to their sweet family. She will most certainly be loved dearly and protected fiercely. Congrats, you two!

Can't wait to meet baby Baylor!


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

lynne + eric married

 An intimate backyard wedding amidst beautiful spring blooms.

It was such a pleasure to photograph this sweet and simple union the first weekend of spring. In the quiet and stillness of the afternoon, their love was proclaimed. Petals from Bradford Pear trees swept around with each light gust of warm wind and a handful of birds chirped in agreement.

You are family now––a beautiful one.

Congratulations, Lynne and Eric! We're thrilled for you guys and your sweet girls!


Friday, March 14, 2014

ashley + daniel

 Deep in the woods we found their bright yellow tent and warm smiles by a flowing river in the mountains.

Beckoned by nature, these two reveled in some of their greatest times together on Sunday afternoons. "Adventure Sundays," as they call them, drew them to different destinations each week while they were dating. They continue to keep up this tradition as much as they can as newlyweds. Excitement and exploration filled the day as we met them at one of their favorite little spots. It was here, you could tell, they were right at home.

"I wish to know an entire heaven and an entire earth." ––Henry David Thoreau

 Thank you for a beautiful escape, Ashley and Daniel! We had such a wonderful afternoon with you two!