For all of my engaged friends 💍 out there: THIS photo perfectly depicts why it is so important to find not only a photographer that you love their style, but a photographer that you truly trust, connect with, and feel comfortable with. Let me give you a little backstory on this photo. The day of Kiley and Dustin's engagement session, it was about 20 degrees AND sleeting. Not exactly the best weather for engagement photos, but we did a few photos at a coffee shop first to escape the weather and still get some cuddly, sweet shots. And then Kiley and Dustin were brave enough to try a few quick photos outside and just tough it out. While we took these photos, they were absolutely chilled to the bone between the freezing weather and the rainy/sleety mess that was still falling from the skies. BUT, can you tell in this photo? 😉All you can see in this photo is two people absolutely head over heels, giggling and having so much fun creating new memories together, despite everything. It just goes to show that having a photographer that you trust and are comfortable with can get you photos that perfectly depict you both and your relationship, NO MATTER the circumstances. And trust me, not every session/wedding goes absolutely perfectly (in fact, most don't, it's just life!) and having someone there who has your back in any situation is so important. This is just a simple PSA to everyone who recently got engaged to make sure and do your research. Find a photographer that you love their photos and style and then make sure that you also love them and their personality because after all, you honestly spend more time with your photographer on your wedding day than your spouse! 🤭You want to make sure you feel comfortable and taken care of. End rant. 😉If you know any engaged friends that are in the process of finding a photographer, tag them below so that they can keep this in mind as they research and select the photographer for their big day!
YOU ARE WELCOME HERE. I just wanted to lead with that because it has been on my heart. I think so many times, as Instagram consumers (whether you are a business owner, blogger, or simply a personal Instagram user to document your life and connect with others), we get caught up in numbers. How do I gain more followers? How can I beat the algorithm and get my post shown to more users? Why is my post not getting likes? If we stop to really be honest with ourselves, I think so many of us get caught up in this silly numbers game more often than we’d like to admit. 🙋🏻♀️ (This is a space to be vulnerable, friends! I’ll fully admit that I’m in this boat!) ✖️ But. Here’s the truth about the numbers game: when we let ourselves get caught up in the numbers and focus on growing, growing, growing (which growth is a good thing and goals for this can have their place as well!), we forget to truly give our followers the attention and love that they deserve. Our friends who have already joined alongside us to be a part of our story-our friends that are ALREADY invested in us. ✖️ And I think this is true in many aspects of life if you live with a mindset of focusing on the future, instead of investing in what you have in this very moment. It applies to social media, it applies to our relationships with others, it applies to our careers and our definition of success. And if we dwell in this mindset, we are letting the special moment that we are currently in pass us right by. We can’t get that moment back. I want to change this script and spend more time investing and being grateful for what I have right now in this very moment. And one of those things is YOU. Thank you for following along, investing in me, and supporting me and my story. Thank you for allll the responses and kind comments you sent me yesterday in response to my question about what you want to see me. I am so excited to walk alongside you and share more of what YOU want to see this year! ❤️ Who is joining with me this year to focus more on being grateful for present moments rather than dwelling on future dreams?! Pop a 🙋🏻♀️ in the comments so we can encourage each other!
(Psst...free Starbucks at the end of this post!) I don’t know what my face is doing here, butttt the ultimate goal was trying to be more “natural” in front of the camera and showing my personality. And this is what the end result was. 🙄 Maybe it explains me well?! If you know me personally, comment below if you think this is an accurate representation of my personality. 😉 And if we haven’t been introduced yet, comment below the emoji that my face most resembles. 😂😂 Also, I’m having a mini giveaway for a $10 Starbucks gift card in my stories today so be sure to check that out! All you have to do is tell me what you want to see from me on this account. My heart is to encourage you and create content that you enjoy, BUT in order to do that, I need to know what you would like to see! 😆 Your feedback is so valued and I would love any suggestions you have!! And I’d love to spoil one of you with free Starbucks just for being kind enough to help me out. 💃🏻😉
Pro tip: Find yourself a bridal party that will be THIS excited to celebrate with you on your big day because it will make your wedding day 100x better!! ✖️ But for real, hear me on this, I have had my own wedding AND I have photographed tonsss of weddings at this point and I just need to say one thing. Don’t be pressured into asking friends/family to be in your bridal party because you feel like you “have” to. It’s wonderful to try to consider other’s feelings, but here’s the thing: 1) You can’t make everyone 100% happy. It’s just not possible. And 2) You want to only have your closest friends/family that are truly there to celebrate your big day and make sure every moment is as special as you have dreamed of for years. You don’t want to look back years down the road and regret the stress and drama that potentially (I’ve seen it all, friends, just trust me) having bridal party members that you didn’t fully want, but felt pressured to include, can cause. ✖️ One last thing, one the flip side, don’t get too overwhelmed by the aspect of having to find friends to be in your bridal party that you know for certain will still be in your life 50 years down the road. I think it’s wonderful if some of your friends are still your closest friends years down the road, but I also don’t think it’s realistic to place that pressure on yourself. Seasons change and some friendships may change along with that and just not be quite as close due to differing seasons of life, location, life circumstances, etc. And that’s OKAY. Not all of your friends will be your ride or die besties forever and there is still beauty in your friendship right now and the season where you are currently. ❤️ Okay, end rant. Is anyone on the same page as me or am I just talking crazy? 😂
I have always wanted to be a mom. Growing up, I had dreams of being an entrepreneur and running a successful business, but being a wife and mom has always been my top desire above all of that. As I got older, one of my biggest fears was what if we struggle to get pregnant? I had extended family members that had struggled to conceive and I had read many stories online and the infertility journey just looked awful and very, very hard. Also, it should be noted that I have also had a heart for adoption for a very, very long time so it wasn’t necessarily that I thought my life would be over if we struggled to get pregnant. I was open to other less traditional ways of becoming a mom for sure. It was more the infertility journey itself that I feared. But that fear was planted in the back of my head for a long time before we ever got to the point of deciding to try to get pregnant. 💕 It was a fear that wrestled in the back of my mind for so long and when we started trying to get pregnant, it was definitely still there. But, at the same time, I don’t think that I deep down actually thought it would be something we would struggle with. I can say for sure that when we first started trying and were attempting to “plan” around scheduled events in our life (which we laugh at now 😆), that I certainly had NO idea that we would still be sitting here two years later with no baby. I had no idea the number of friends and family members that would announce pregnancies and surprise pregnancies (some even multiple pregnancies by this point) while we sat by watching and waiting for our time to come. I had no idea what it would do to my heart (and pride, if I’m being honest) to have my body consistently fail to do the #1 thing it was created to do as a woman, something that so many others seem to so naturally and easily do. 💕 BUT. I also had no idea the many, many lessons that God would teach me through this journey. The intimacy and strength that were brought to a whole new level in my relationship with God from relying COMPLETELY on Him. The growth that it would bring to our marriage walking every step of this (cont. in comments) 📷: @juliaslobodaphotography