These past few days have been an unexpected whirlwind as I've said goodbye to some of the most incredible people that I've called colleagues for the past three years. Sometimes, I find myself wishing that things never had to change - but then I catch myself and realize that I don't really wish this at all. I've never known what it's like to stay still and content. My heart's song has always been an unpaved road, each turn just past the horizon of seeing. I stray, I tumble. I'm terrified. I started to type here I've decided to quit my job and pursue photography full-time.. but the truth is this was never much of a decision at all. Just as my lungs choose air and the sun chooses to rise, a part of me has been rehearsing these words for a very long time. Having the chance, the faith, and the support to pursue my greatest passion is an awesome meeting of circumstances that I will eternally be grateful for. I am humbled beyond words by the excitement and encouragement I have received through the simple act of taking photos. I have no idea what lies beyond, but knowing that the road isn't easy - that there will be inevitable heartache and challenge and doubt, just as there will be joy and freedom and CHOICE - I vow to practice gratitude first. It's been my New Year's resolution to start each day with a thankful mind, and if there's anything for certain in this wild and shaky world, it's this: I have always found happiness and purpose by listening to my heart, and I am so, so thankful that I am able to take this to the next step now. The heart always finds the bigger picture. Thank you everyone for your love and support. 2017, I'm all in. #thankyou #thankyou #thankyou 📷 by @syeungphoto
about to pop on my headphones and crank out a new blog post ☺️ thank goodness for Spotify and curated playlists! and for cooking enough dinner last night to carry us through at least two more days of leftovers. small domestic wins, but every little bit counts. hope everyone is having a cozy night! happy almost Friday!
some delightful paperie by @rachelbrewer from our #southernorchards shoot. these light colors and barely-there envelopes make me think of the emerging of spring spring spring in the midst of all this rain rain rain (go away). visiting a newborn after work today and that's the highlight of my Wednesday 👶🏻
one of my biggest personal regrets - is regret too strong of a word? - is not having more formal photography training. not just in techniques and style, but also in business and communication and marketing. last year, i stepped out of my comfort zone and pursued mentorships and workshops and basically tried to be a little photo sponge. maybe that's the REAL reason i still mentally kick myself from time to time, that i didn't reach out and ask for help so much sooner! // ultimately, i would never trade my background for anything. i am thankful for the college years spent dissecting Victorian poetry and puzzling over intellectual property with @hkristenv and @lizbivins, and then the three years of navigating LinkedIn and cold calling tactics with @smkrasny12. the headfirst, rabbit hole method i used to tumble into wedding photography was and still is the only way for me. use your own differences as strengths and apply them to your passion.. but never be afraid to reach out and look for community. shot on #contax645 and processed by @photovisionprints
it's already midway through February - SCARY. i'm mostly remembering to wear sunscreen everyday, somewhat remembering to count my gratitudes, and unfortunately, not at all prioritizing use of my Headspace app 😅 how are your 2017 resolutions looking?
despite the grey and gloom of the sky today, it never actually rained harder in the city than a little misty drizzle, and with the right coat on, i still had a wonderful time wandering downtown and playing tourist in my own city. here's a #throwback to another rainy day where we still managed to make some photo magic happen ✨not pictured: the very, very soggy dessert bar cart 😰
double happiness. each character on its own means joy, but together, they are the Chinese traditional symbol of marriage. to me, this character has always looked like two twin people wearing matching hats - which i guess is a pretty good metaphor for marriage ☺️ detail from Angela + Ethan's wedding, shot on a #contax645 and processed by @photovisionprints. pretty blooms by @annspetals
You have never had to steal my breath or take it away, somehow you have always managed to convince me to hand it over freely. -#tylerknott. shot on a #contax645 and processed by @photovisionprints
my body is a perpetual motion machine. it wants to live life full of choices and most of all it wants to MOVE. i go back to those grade school lessons on the scientific definition of work and how so much of that is calculated by sheer movement, not exertion. the difference between trying very, very, very hard and actually displacing your body from point a to point b. my brain has never worked linearly. it craves overlapping side projects and full, color-blocked calendars. it doesn't want to hit pause and it's perversely scared of actually finishing anything. personal choice is so strange. i wake up each morning and choose the road that leads me on and on and on. // portrait of the beautiful @jennysoifoto. we are so close to sunnier days ☀️ shot on a #contax645 and processed by @thefindlab