Since I'm still in Hawaii, it only makes sense to still post about Hawaii. I took this shot from my best friend's driveway in Kaneohe. These mountains never get old. I used to wake up every day looking at them, and I miss them every day. Hawaii itself breaths, you can almost feel it inhale and exhale. I can’t think of a better place to get a fresh reset for 2020. 😁
I’ve never posted a double exposure before, but this seems like the most perfect time and place for it. I just finished up the most amazing days with @wendylaurel and @yanpalmer. We did some deep diving into our souls (really we did) with Yan, and then followed that with lots of beautiful color and feelings with Wendy. These two as a team were magic. For the first time, I really played with color, with double exposures, and even shot underwater with a Nikonos that I’ve owned for a really long time but only used once. I cannot. wait. to see the scans from today. They might look terrible, they might look amazing, but I don’t even care. Thank you to both of them for pushing us to step outside of our comfort zones, and by putting boundaries on ourselves, allowing us to be even more creative than we thought we could be.
Last year, my theme for the New Year was connection. I've been trying to figure out what my word for 2020 is, and I think I've landed on it. Well, actually, Rachel Hollis landed on it, in her book Girl Stop Apologizing, and I'm borrowing it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I mentioned in a previous post that I want to continue with this idea of connection, of shedding love to the people that bring light into my life, and making sure they know how loved and valued they are. BUT, sometimes this is at the expense of taking any time to take care of myself. All of us have chaotic lives. I don't know a single person who is never stressed, always has a manageable schedule, always gets enough sleep, and always is ahead of the game. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I'm going to quote this from her book - Centered means you feel grounded and at peace with yourself. Centered means that you can't be knocked off balance regardless of how chaotic things become. If I prioritize myself and make sure I'm centered than everything else runs smoothly - even when its running at a hundred miles an hour! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #truth @msrachelhollis #rachelhollis #girlstopapologizing #neworleansengagementsession #nolaengaged #nolaweddingphotography #neworleansweddingphotography #neworleansweddingphotographer #erikaparker #erikaparkerphotography #shootfilm #contax645
Aloha from Maui! What a way to start off the year. I'm not here on holiday, but something about Hawaii always puts my soul at ease. It always makes me feel recharged, and ready to hit the ground running. Like everyone else in January I have goals. My theme for 2019 was connection. I made more time for friends, for people I love, and I did my best to be present, appreciate moments, and let people feel loved and appreciated. I want to continue that in 2020. But also, I want to bring that connection full circle. Loving on people around you also means learning to love yourself, and learning to take care of you. I want to eat better, I want to read more, I want to run more... I can't wait to see what 2020 brings!!!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #maui #erikaparkerphotography #erikaparker #destinationweddingphotography #2020goals
Happy New Year!!!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #nye #happynewyear #neworleansweddingphotography #neworleanswedding #hotelpeterandpaul @hotelpeterandpaul @3littlewordsweddings @theplantgallery @lovegoodrentals @alimvasquez @melissavaccaro @bhldn @amautry
What a year. 2019. You've had some incredible highs, and some incredible lows, and I wouldn't change any of it. Thank you to @magnoliarouge for naming me Photographer of the Year, thank you to all my incredible clients for trusting me to shoot your weddings, and letting me get to do what I love most. Thank you to @anniegroves for this amazing headshot of me. There are so many wonderful people that came into my life in 2019, @elopeinparis @renschemari @patrick_tl @amandacrean @charitymaurer_ Cheers to 2019, and I can't wait to see what 2020 brings. I'm ready!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #nye #2019 #neworleansweddingphotographer #neworleansweddingphotography #nolaweddingphotography #erikaparker #erikaparkerphotography