Seek Life This has become half of the motto I have adopted as I’ve gotten older. @showit.co said it this way - Be relentless in your pursuit of that which renews! Too often we put off the things that make us happy, fill us up, are good for our bodies or brains, or even that build into us bc we are either too busy or feel guilty for spending time/money/effort on JUST us. I know I have so many times... The trick is that THOSE are the things that fill us up, that renew our spirits and passion for life and ALLOW us to have something to give to others to begin with. When we don’t take time and discipline our lives to allow for those things first, we end up burnt out and weary from the day to day. Last week I got to spend time away with my wife at the #showitunited2018 conference in AZ, and then a motorcycle trip with our friends @jml1213 and @nathanholritz to see our friends @montanadennis and @nicolie. Talk about feeling filled up! I never would’ve given myself permission several years ago. It’ll cost too much, we shouldn’t be gone from the kids that long, it’s dangerous, we ALREADY went on a trip this year, etc etc. The same kind of excuses that kept me out of the gym regularly for years - some version of “I don’t have the time/money/etc” So, I stopped practicing those mindsets and have been trying on new ones. Well, this photo my wife took of me is proof that they’re making a difference (I kept looking at it, astonished that THAT is me...) There’s a lot to the #buildyourbestlife practice, but the most essential part is PRACTICING it often and with this in mind - SEEK life and all that it has to offer with all that you have! What’s one thing that fills your soul or makes you feel good about life that you want more of in your days?? Comment below or DM me and let’s chat!
This is about time. Today. Now. If you could design your day to do the things that give YOU life and ALSO give you opportunity to speak life INTO others, what would you spend your time doing? @tinamariekraemer chose to spend some time at #showitunited2018 with my wife and I giving her boy some much needed, and strongly desired time. She spoke over his life, gave voice to her hopes and dreams for him along with taking time to simplycelebrate his birth and her ability to love him and feed him with her body. It was a magical thing to witness and help her make a permanent part of their lives with photographs and artwork! If you could design your day tomorrow, what would you spend your time doing? Got it in your head? Good, now go do that!
Riding thru the hills of California yesterday and praying for safety for all the badass firefighters out there putting hope and help into saving lives and homes! Stay safe #Malibu and #southerncalifornia!! #malibufire #woosleyfire #californiafires #californiawildfires #eagleriders
United brings along so much excitement and expectation every year! This conference isn’t just a bunch of creatives learning new techniques. There is life here. Life GIVING conversations, hugs, and encouragement that literally ADDS life to your life. This girl right here I have seen grow and GIVE in such significant ways over the past few years and I couldn’t be more proud! She spoke this am about entrepreneurs and mental health and BELIEVE me, it’s a real deal struggle. Being the number one photographer in all of Hawaii and having two of her photos go viral, she knows the mourning too! But, she still struggles with her worth and knowing her value as just HER. Being “not seen” in some areas was easier than standing out and this hair.. girl, this hair makes you stand out. So, as I did with @vanessahicksphotography this morning, I am going to invite you out. Invite you to “let your hair down” and let go of the things that YOU think make u stand out in a bad way and welcome you into the open. Into the open and the freedom of being the insanely unique, talented and beauty-reflecting GIVER OF LIFE. So, the real question is, who is ready? ☝🏽☝🏽☝🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽
Grab the girl, dip her back and kiss her! Love the life you are blessed to be part of even when it seems not all that important, because at ANY point, you can be part of something incredible if you just SHOW UP! So excited to be at #showitunited2018 to help create, inspire and bring renewal to the photography community! Thanks to @pumpkinaj, @danicaraebeauty @beautybyrileykelly @whiteofdublin @topoftherocktempe_buttes @celebtuxntails and @malorimaeva for making this night styled shoot a hit!
This is Sophia. Sophia is an artist. Sophia is also a mother, a wife, sincerely funny (and in a “Catch you off-guard“ kind of way funny!), a historian, a records keeper (like, for her job. I don’t know about holding grudges 😂😂) and an incredibly talented painter. We laughed and dug into life this morning as we photographed her with her artwork and she talked about any of the things that matter to her heart. One of the things that struck me about something she said was that she doesn’t “create artwork FOR other people, it’s more of an emotional release” for her. It has caught her by surprise how other people have connected with and found their own meaning in pieces she produces because it wasn’t intended to make anyone else feel anything specific. I told her that it is one of the blessings of being an artist. When you put your heart and effort into things you create, that resonates with people even if you aren’t “trying to” make it do that. Her free flowing, not intentionally planned pieces reflect such an inescapable beauty about the craft she is honing, but also the world we live in. It is also a testament to putting your best effort and planning into something - and then letting it be what it is. If you want some inspiration, head over to her art page and let her know what you see when you view her pictures. It is also a testament to putting your best efforts and planning into something and then letting it be what it is. If you want some inspiration, head over to her art page and let her know what you see when you view her pieces! @sophiamcguireart
When it comes down to it, what are we doing with our time here? Who are you pouring into, and what is filling your heart with life? ❓❓❓ So often, I just find myself busy... which is just distracting. I pick up my phone without even thinking about it and scroll through pages, and stories, and etc., etc. I don’t think it’s bc we are bad people, it’s just that it takes much more effort to be intentional. So today, take a few minutes to be intentional in one of your relationships. Spend time thinking about that person and what they add to your life, and then tell them one of those things. Maybe it’s just a text, maybe it’s a full on conversation. Life is incredibly full if we allow it to be and, chances are, we already have all of the things in your life that would make us feel overflowing with happiness if we focus on them! #happiness #findyourhappy
Celebrating this #superhero’s bday today by making a huge mess in the house. That makes me anxious, he makes me happy. #giveandtake #memoriesovercomfort #lovethiskid #adventuresofgavyn
We write our stories. We choose the attitudes and actions we will honor and those we refuse to waste time with. We surround our lives with the kind of love and life we choose, not stumble upon. This artwork installation is going to be a celebration of generations of hard and painful choices that have led to family and love that is unshakable! I have been blessed to be a part of their story now for 6+ years and I can’t wait to see this next chapter decorating their walls as they reflect on the incredible and challenging year they have loved thru and all that is happening with their lives!
Why does a photo of a little boy sitting on a track hit me in such a deep place? It’s a day full of memories for me... for the many times he asked “can I take a picture” and I showed him how to focus and how do make sure he held it level to the horizon. For the afternoon when he helped me set up for an event at the @creativecoopgranville and simply wanted to be with me. For the remark he made when I asked him what his favorite part of the day was and he said, “hanging out with you all day!” This little guy is part of my salvation story. He is proof in my world that God makes all things new and the ever present existence of true and honest blessing. He turns 6 today and I still can’t believe I am his dad and that we get to live life with these kids! Happiest of birthdays #adventuresofgavyn, you make life more full and I am extremely thankful for you!
Jumping into the weekend ready for all the photos!! It’s time to get your spot for our #warriorwomen styled shoot for photographers next month! Grab the link in my bio and sign up now so you make sure and claim one of the limited spots! This is one of the beauties who will be modeling for the shoot and all the profits go directly to the Foster Care agency of Licking County! @alexis_pierce_modeling! #letsgo #styledshoot #shootout
I’ve been waiting for a month to post these photos.. watching people live out their love, embrace their friends, cry over loss and joy and truly squeeze all the life out of life they can makes me happy to be alive!! It is why art is such a beautiful and meaningful thing! It’s because LIFE is so astoundingly breath-taking and with art like photography, the smallest moments can be accessed, replayed and re-loved as story after story with all the moments that one moment reminds us of begin to flow out. Our lives are so beautifully interconnected and, when we slow down just a bit and soak it in, it moves us like few other things can. I am thankful for clients like @weberew and @sarahperrywise to no end... For their generous hearts and kind spirits, for their laughter and shared affection for whiskey. For their determination to really LIVE their lives, and for entrusting me with capturing and celebrating some of that time with them. We built the most beautiful album tonight filled with all the memories from their wedding day, and sure to be their very first family heirloom!
@kellierenehall working on her #warriorwoman stride for our shoot coming up on the 17th of November! Who is your Wonder Woman in your life?
Get a good friend, start a fire, pour whiskey and light a good cigar... well an OK cigar from ur fathers house that over a year old haha!! Good weekend friends!! Blessings on relaxing! #wellerbourbon #cigars #firepit #lightoommobile
They’re a handful most days and they constantly push my limits. Good things are hard though and #family is the only thing I refuse to EVER give up on especially when things are hard. #familyfirst #myblood
I had one of those moments today where I just woke up and felt tired. A little physically tired, but also just tired of the disciplines we put into our lives to make us better. Tired of working hard. Ever have a Monday like that? Where you just want to gorge on all the bad food, not call people or have real conversations, or just kind of hide out? I’m not sure what causes it, but I recognize it more often when I am feeling overwhelmed with life, or finances, or sometimes, just repetition. Honestly, there are lots of times where the swell comes and you just feel like maybe you can’t swim hard enough to really ever get ahead and the old “not good enough” mentality creeps in. For many years, this was the beginning of the trail of excuses that led me into bad behavior, bad routines, poor mental health, and just a general miserable attitude about my life and possibilities. Then there were years where I tried and tried to make things “better“ but really never put into practice effective disciplines that got me anywhere beneficial, just generally felt really bad about my efforts, and eventually just stopped trying in many areas. Weight (or rather being over weight) has been a signifier in much of my life of an inability to convert my deepest desires into practiced and effective discipline and real LIFE. Today however, when the swell started, I was able to stand directly in opposition to the lies and untruth records that begin to play in my mind in those instances. I look at pictures like the one from the left hand side from two or three years ago, and the one from the right hand side from two or three weeks ago and know that there are changes taking place. I have realize that a lot of these swells begin with small amounts of untruths that I’ve been buying into and allow to exacerbate problems in my discipline. I definitely don’t have it perfect, but I’m definitely not where I was. And that’s the whole point right? #dmgb Today is a new day and what you choose today belongs to today alone. One day at a time, one work out at a time, one conversation at a time, one meal at a time. It took decades for me to get to the body I didn’t want, keep moving forward.