This sweet flagstaff family of mine is moving away. Almost four years ago when I moved to Flag I instantly became a nanny for Kenzi. We spent our days playing, reading, and enjoying the simple things of life together. She taught me a lot about slowing down and being in the preset- as do most children do. Sad to see them go but on to greater adventures! #sadday #flagstaffliving #familysession
The last 3 years every autumn I’ve been sick, tired, mean, out of shape, and would have melt downs weekly. I didn’t know how to manage it all. 3 full months straight of hustle, of 2-3 weddings every weekend, sessions almost every night, editing, marketing, contracts, emails, social media, accounting, taxes, print sales, album design etc. I think some people see my life on instagram traveling around the world all happy but don’t see what it TAKES to run a business. I committed last Winter to NOT become burned out during this crazyyy busy season. I committed to figuring it out early so I’m not crying every night feeling overwhelmed and sick. . ▪️ So here are my tips for not burning out: -GET ENOUGH SLEEP ALWAYS. 7-9 hours a night for me. This is how I sustain through a day. The whole 3-4 in college lead to mono + bitchiness. -OUTSOURCE! as much as possible. Editing, social media, accounting…I know it feels weird to pay someone something you can do but listen you need that TIME so you don’t burn out. -LISTEN to your body- if I have a headache don’t ignore it- drink some water and take some advil. If I am so sleepy I can’t keep my eyes open- well I take a nap! . -Write a GOAL list you can actively achieve the next day. Don’t set such high expectations for yourself to never finish any of them. -Start THIS YEAR! Write down everything for next year you want to remember. What worked, what didn’t work, what you want to implement next year. . -Give your brain space to do NOTHING! Yoga, running, meditation, swimming, biking, hiking. You can’t feed your business unless you feel yourself first. EVERYDAY. -Plan a TRIP in the middle of your busy season. I know this sounds crazyyy and stupid…it will refuel you to keep going. -Lastly, know your WHY. If you don’t know your why, then WHY the heck are you hustling so hard? #motivationalshit #flagstaffcouple #busyseason #lifeofaweddingphotographer
One of my most favorite places in the world to be is Santa Barbara, California. Not only because it’s where the ocean meet mountains but where many dear friends live. And one of those is @alexisirelandflorals who partnered with me for this wedding that was featured on @santabarbarawedding blog!!! (Link in profile )Here’s to another few weddings together 🥂 !
I really hate to admit this out loud because then I’ll have to say Jacob was right..... I must admit getting up at 5am to work out, making a hot protein filled breakfast, and writing out things I’m grateful for/ dream list is actually working for me. It’s only been a week of this routine but I feel 80% better throughout my day than I ever have. I’m focused, getting shit done on my to do list, and sleeping harder. UGHHH.. if you know me you know I’ve always been a feeler. I go where ever the wind takes me. I do what I “feel” like doing. . ▪️ but you know what? What I FEEL like doing is not going to get me anywhere near my vision or intention for my life. I don’t FEEL like getting up at 5am to go have an asthma attack in @tayloroster HITT class because we live at 8,000FT and working out is hard on my lungs. I don’t FEEL like taking a half hour every morning to cook breakfast that I know will sustain me all day. I don’t FEEL like writing out all things I’m grateful for and writing down my dreams because I just want to start work. But none of those feelings are getting me to my dream of choice which is: racing in a Triathlon, taking off a month of work to go to Hawaii this next year, and hiring a creative team around this business to grow. . ▪️ SOOO…. feelings — I love you. You tell me when I should listen to body, you remind me how life should be filled with trashy reality TV that I can hide out in, how french fries and frosty’s are always a good idea when I’m sad, and how warm bed feels at 5:05am when I still havn’t gotten up. But feelings you are not helping me get where I WANT to be in life. So our relationship must have boundaries. I will let you sit in the back seat but you CANNOT drive the car. When someone pushes my buttons or tells me what I “should” be doing with my life- you are not to get defensive and reactive. You whisper in my ear how you feel then you shut up. You will not over take and run my life. I will respect you, feel you, and listen to you when the time is right but my mind and my heart are in control. Feelings you can come or not- it’s up to you! PC: @dashphotographyatl #sedona #motivationalshit
Yesss my bride from this weekend had a grey/purple wedding dress.. and it was amazing!!!! Can’t beat that Arizona sun + flagstaff friends + trendy outfits + laughter on laughter. #arizonasun #flagstaffwedding
Sunday’s are for beautiful things like freshly cut flowers, reading a book, and naps under a tree. ❤️☀️ #florals #weddingflorals #weweremadeforsundays
I love my body and it’s hard to say that out loud or on instagram..cause it feels very conceited or prideful but, it’s true. All my curves, shortness, and green eyes. I don’t hear too many girls talk about their bodies in a positive way either online (because of how it’s perceived i’m sure). Or many it’s because they don’t really love their bodies. I think there are two types of people. Ones who stand in front of the mirror and nitpick every single little thing wrong with their body while the things they do love they might feel bad to actually love. And Ones who stand in front of the mirror and say “okayyy damn you’re looking good naked today!” . 🙋🏼♀️ The most amazing thing is YOU get to choose which person you are even if you don’t believe what you are saying yet. I def wouldn’t say I always look at my body with my thick thighs, flappy arms, and those loveable love handles and say YES I LOVE MY BODY. But you know what I’m the only one in control of the way I think about myself and how I eat and how much self care I get. So every morning before I put clothes on I stand naked in front of my full length mirror and say out loud what I am grateful for about my body. It usually goes something like this: . I’m grateful I have legs that I can walk and run and swim. . . I’m grateful that all my organs are working the way they should. . .I’m grateful for these breasts that one day will feed my child. . I’m grateful I’m a little fatter than I once was in high school because it’s def going to keep me warmer this winter! . . I’m grateful for my black girl booty that fits into jeans well. . . I’m grateful for my green eyes because they remind me of my mother. . . I know it could feel awkward at first but TRY IT please. Just for a week every morning. I bet you anything you’ll start to love your body a little more. PC: @dashphotographyatl
YEAH that was the background to last weekends amazing wedding 😜 so much of the time I only post photos of just the couple portrait session because that was my perspective. But when the guest come to partake the wedding celebration they see something like this image. 👆🏼They get the whole picture, the scene, the background, the feeling. And I want to post more photos to share the whole scene of a wedding not just the couples portraits. . . Chris & Jess met in the mountains so it was only right they got married in the mountains of Colorado! FUN was probably the best word to describe the whole wedding week.
I started this whole photography business by accident. Photography was never an accident I’m sure of that…but business was! When I was 12 I found myself enamored by maps of the world. My grandfather had collected every @natgeo magazine since 1930. They all resided on the basement wall shelves of our family lake cottage. I flipped and flipped through these magazines trying to find the the price of world maps (which there were hundreds!!) But one caught my eye of a striking Afghanistan girl with piercing blue/green eyes. I flipped to her story in the back and read of this hard life I could never dream of. From that moment on @stevemccurryofficial inspired me to become a documentary human photographer. . . Since then my dream has ebbed and flowed. I’ve photographed everything from landscapes, products, interiors, food, restaurants families, babies, portraits, couples, and weddings. I’ve been so blessed to travel this amazing beautiful world to document history for couples but also a day in the life of a little Nicaragua girl. All of this to me- the joy’s, the sorrow’s, the chaos and beauty is what it means to be human. . . This photo specifically is why I continue to do what I do. @mrsrouikhoo ‘s grandfather had a heart attack days before her wedding. He wasn’t strong enough to attend - which broke their families hearts because he is the backbone of their family. After the regular tea ceremonies a few of us drove over to her grandparents house to perform the ritualistic tea ceremony for the elders. When Rouii walked in the door- instantly he started weeping at the sight of his granddaughter dressed up in white. These moments are WHY I continue to document history for my couples… because these beautiful moments are needed in the world of chaos we live in. #weweremadeforbeauty #singapore #documentaryphotography