Last night we listened to Christmas music and put up our tree 🌲 and I have absolutely zero regrets about it! #christmasallyearlong
*Personal post* Thanking God for our family's overall health and safety, but Parker had a fall yesterday and broke his little elbow. After an urgent care visit and X-rays, the radiologist confirmed a fracture and he's going to be getting a splint / sling today. He's being SUCH a trooper, and I think I've cried more than he has. But I just wanted to get on here and do a personal post to remind you all that although photography is such a huge passion of mine, and something I love, being a photographer doesn't define me. I am first and foremost a mom and a wife, and I think that coming on here and being transparent and human (and not just a name behind a pretty photo) is really important for everyone to understand what's happening behind the scenes. I am genuinely doing my best to balance everything in my life, but when something like this happens, and my child is hurting, he comes first (as any child should). This month has been incredibly testing and challenging for my family (just read my last post), but my husband and I talked a lot last night about how insanely blessed we really are, and how thankful we are that our family is so healthy, and that hospital visits and doctors visits are not the norm for us. We're praying for a quick recovery for our baby boy, and we're planning on a lot of easy days with copious amounts of Peppa Pig and snuggles. Thank you everyone who messaged / texted / prayed / and sent love our way! This boy is tough, and I'm so in awe of his strength and patience.
The last few days have consisted of late nights, early mornings, coffee (one cup then decaf 😏), Taylor Swift's new album, and SO MUCH EDITING. I'm so close to being caught up! After being sick, getting poison oak, Parker getting sick, pink eye at daycare, two weeks of no daycare, my husband having to work out of town, a minor car accident, my besties wedding, and being pregnant.... I'm finally feeling so good and optimistic about hammering out my last weddings and shoots! I promise, if you haven't received your gallery yet, I haven't forgotten about you! Just asking for a little more grace and love, and I promise to deliver asap!
So! One of my best friends got married on Saturday, and it was a dream! I was actually NOT her photographer (the most amazing @katihoy was and she freaking KILLED IT!!!), but I had the insane honor of getting to take a couple sparkler exit pics as the night ended! I am so grateful I was able to be fully present as a bridesmaid, and not the photographer, but also equally thankful that Kati let me snap a few shots after she finished her day! Community over competition is an incredible thing, and because of Kati's and my friendship, we were able to bless my beautiful bestie with some photos she didn't think she'd be able to get. Such an amazing weekend celebrating love, Jesus, marriage, and friendship! #itstappening
ONE DAY WINTER WORKSHOP! Saturday December 16th, Bend OR, 1 styled shoot with @sueblueevents + 1 care free engagement shoot (both in the SNOW), plus coffee and education with me! Brand, editing, posing, and marketing will all be covered. This is meant to be like an extended 1:1 mentorship, rather than a full workshop. Open to TEN photographers! Price is $500 and 50% is due upon booking. Want in? Email me right away with WORKSHOP in the subject! First ten people only! Details to follow those you register in time :) firstname.lastname@example.org
Things that are good about this week // I got to see baby girl at our 12 week ultrasound! I started putting up Christmas decorations, and I have zero regrets about it. I FINALLY finished my 2018 wedding magazine guide! So all 2018 brides, your booking gifts are now going to be Christmas presents, so be on the lookout for happy mail soon!! My bestie is getting married in THREE days and I can't wait to stand by her as she marries her very best friend. Also, my husband and I might have chosen a name for baby 🙈 So... cheers to good weeks, even with bad days!
Happy Sunday! I've been super MIA this week, but it's been a nice break. I had a beautiful mentorship a few days ago, and ended up getting poison oak all over my wrists, right hand, and neck! And now me and little man are both out with a nasty cold! But the few days have been spent binge watching Stranger Things with my husband, maternity shopping (I'm at that awkward sweatpants are all that fit me right now phase), and we even had a nice date night on Friday! Today is going to be super low key, listening to the rain outside, drinking lots of tea, and watching Christmas movies with my #1 little guy. How are you spending your Sunday?! Ps. I'm so excited for snow shoots this year! Yes to all the fire ball whiskey while shooting 👌🏻
Happy Halloween 👻 we are heading to grandmas house for some trick or treating with our little man, who will be dressed as Dory from Finding Nemo (his fav character!). What're your plans/what're your littles dressing up as?!