I never dreamed I would get to announce anything like this, but Guys! Photographer's Edit, a large company devoted to helping photographers be efficient and get their lives back through offering editing services, contacted me and asked if they could interview me for their @bokehpodcast! My first thought was, Me?! Are you sure you sent the email to the right person?! And I will admit, I was so nervous I couldn't eat that morning. . But as soon as the interview started with @nathanholritz, I felt at ease and I LOVED talking about this season in my life and the things I do to balance motherhood and running this business. And even though I totally forgot my final tip I wanted to give at the end (bahaha, mom brain and somehow that tip wasn't in my notes I had for myself), I loved the chance to visit about this crazy, amazing, hard, wonderful, stressful, awesome season of life that I'm in. . And if you're wondering...the final tip was to ditch electronics when it comes to initial planning and brain dumps! Write it all out with pencil and paper! You get less distracted, the movement of writing stimulates your brain, and you don't get sucked into your phone! . Want to hear my other 4 tips?! Hit the link in my bio to listen to the podcast! (I still can't believe I just said that!) . (Our family photo was taken by the uber talented @islandmoonphoto )
Guys, we've got less than two week left before Halloween and I still have no idea what any of us are going to be. But, if last year is any indication I still have 1 week and a half before inspiration strikes and the mad DIYing begins. I'm still pretty proud of last year's Mater costume for Darrow. That thing was epic! And Ione as the Piston Cup?! She won everyone's hearts. Oh and then Darrow's Buddy the Elf costume the year before that when we were in New York City was adorable! And Mr. Tumnus stole the show. What the heck do I do this year?! Do you have costumes lined out already or are you in the last minute crunch like I am?
Peter and Samantha’s wedding at The Cabins on Strawberry Hill in Strawberry, AZ was just about as picture perfect as is possible! It was a full on celebration at every turn! With the most gorgeous floral arrangements made with Sola wood flowers, the simple but stunning bridesmaid dresses, and the serene mountain setting, I had a continuous grin on my face. . The families and bridal party had been at the Cabins for a few days before the ceremony started for a family reunion and the wedding party olympics. By the time the wedding came around, the bridesmaids and groomsmen were a solid team and had so much fun the whole day! I don’t know if I’ve seen a more cohesive and fun-loving wedding party!! . The day started with a calm excitement that grew all day, exploding into the secret flash mob on the dance floor at the reception. Every bit of the day was full of the most amazing energy, and you can see it all on the blog right now!! Follow the link in my profile to see this epic wedding. . Photographer: @marquettelaree // Event and Floral Design: @jarsnlace // Venue: #cabinsonstrawberryhill // Florals: @solawoodflowers // Hair & Makeup: @saltsalonspa // Wedding Dress: @almondtreeweddings // Bridesmaid Skirts: @shoprevelry // Videographer: @amore_films . #peterpickedasammy
One of the biggest lessons I'm trying to learn is to KISS. No, not that kind of kiss. Keep It Simple Stupid. K.I.S.S. It gets so easy to over complicate things and to over clutter. That's when thing get lost, forgotten, left out, and stress gets high. So I'm working to simplify my schedule, my workflow, my website, my wardrobe, and even my detail shots! . I found one of the best ways to set my week up lies in how I spend Sunday and Monday. Sunday is a no work day; I do nothing business related. It gives me time with my family, and it lets my mind, body, and emotions rest after a Saturday on my feet at a wedding. Monday morning there is a HUGE temptation to dive into the photos and work, but to keep things simple and flowing, I can't. Monday morning I do a brain dump of all the things I need to work on that week and assign each task to a day of the week. And then for the rest of the morning, I try to stay off my computer and phone as I the kids and I make food, do chores, and play together. After lunch I then can dive into work. . The first 36 hours of how I spend my week are crucial to how the week goes. Learning to keep things simple and uncluttered is a constant struggle, but the more I work at it the smoother things seem to go! . What's your best KISS tip?! . #contentmentchallenge
Not too long ago @maskcarahac asked me what features or qualities I think make a woman most beautiful. And that took a lot of thought. I'd never really sat and pinpointed it. After thinking for a little bit it hit me like a ton of bricks. Being content. . When a woman is content with who she is and doesn’t feel the need to compete with everyone, there is such peace and confidence that radiates from them. Too often people use the word content to mean that someone has settled for something and isn’t striving to move forward anymore. I think you can be content and still be pushing forward, be striving to be better, and be progressing. Contentment to me is deciding to be happy now with what we have and where we are instead of waiting for something to happen to decide to be happy. Why not be happy now and then?! . And then @amandaoliviaphoto started her own version of the #contentmentchallenge and her words went straight to my heart. The More! culture is sucking the life out of life, and we're done with it! . So today here's a step in the right direction for me to be more content with life and who I am. Lately I've been strategic with photos I post of me. I'm at my heaviest non-pregnant weight ever. In fact I'm at the exact same weight I was the day I went into labor with Darrow. I don't like admitting that, nor do I really care for photos much. But I'm in the process of learning to incorporate exercise into my life, and to eat better. I've never been one who loves my body, but I sure want to be done hating it. I want to be content with where I'm at today while still making progress towards the future! . So what do I love about this body of mine? I love how tall it is! I've always loved my height. And it sure comes in handy on wedding days! . So now it's your turn! What is something you love about the current state you or your life are in? . (PS. Thank you @lara_gabrielsen for this BTS shot!)