Yesterday I had a small meltdown. Nothing drastic, just a little pity party (party of 1) as I felt like I was drowning and letting everyone down. Letting my clients down + letting my family down. I don’t ever want to complain because I so honestly LOVE this. Every second of it. The people I meet, the stories I tell, the places I see. Shooting is my absolute favorite thing in the world. I swear, I leave on the biggest high, every time! It’s the back end where I feel like I can’t keep up. My “to edit” folder is daunting, and it haunts me. I hate making people wait and I know how hard it is to wait! Anyway, back to my cry fest... My husband could tell that I was overwhelmed, so he took the entire day off work to be with the kids, JUST so I could edit, uninterrupted. A game changer. Then, today, we both surprised each other with a room at the beach 🤣 not kidding. Within five min of booking a trip, he told me he booked one too! Ha! So, point of this being? Your patience and grace is everything to me, and I promise promise it’s not unnoticed. Secondly? I’m editing non stop and working on so much goodness, so please hang in there! And thirdly, I married an actual God sent angel, and after all these years together, his goodness never ceases to amaze me.
Me “ok I think we should switch it up and have Jer jump on Audrey’s back!” Jeremy “wait, what?” Audrey “yessss!” Magic. Love these two selfless + supportive + God serving humans SO much!!!!! Follow them to hear all about their new podcast (where you just might see these photos 😉)
Spent the day with @meyersleonard11 + @mrselleleonard, chasing the sun, saying “hey” to every Blazer’s fan who saw us, drinking chai, and talking about business, life, traveling, and family. It was a good day, even if Meyers made fun of my pink socks.
Huge news, friends! HUGE! If you bought my video workshop presale, your link will be live TODAY! Check your emails this afternoon! For everyone else, my video workshop will be available this Friday! I can’t even believe it. I cannot explain how hard we (myself + @goodcostudios) worked on this. There’s so much content and goodness, and I genuinely hope and pray this is a blessing for every single person who invests in it! I want to see businesses and artists grow, and I am just insanely giddy over the idea that I can somehow have a small part in that growth and success. I live for these highs! Ahhhh!
Working my butt off on my video workshop, and I’m sooo proud and excited to release this, I could pee myself! As @goodcostudios is putting the final touches on the HOUR long video, adding in photos and the exact camera settings I used, I’m over here creating a full magazine guide to go with it! Wait, a full magazine? Wasn’t this supposed to be ONE page of posing cues? Yep, you’re right. It was. But I’m a giver, and giving gives me joy, so I’ll be here creating a tell all guide to accompany this amazing video! Because I love you guys and everyone who’s purchased this project. I’ve never worked so hard on something. I just can’t even wait! (Still aiming for this week for those pre sale purchasers!)
It’s been a whirlwind of a month, and I promise to get back to everyone’s emails and messages ASAP! If you didn’t see my instastory last night, my family was in a minor car accident on the freeway yesterday. It was so scary and so unbelievably eye opening. What a reminder that life is fragile, and that we are so blessed. You can read about it @moniquetserra on my “I am His” post if you’re curious. But, we are all safe (so sore, but so safe), and I’m especially grateful today for everyone and everything. For grace, love, kindness, safety, good health, my FAMILY. My people. I had dozens of texts. Every single one of my good friends reached out to me. Just so amazing, this sort of love. Anywho, both kids are currently napping, so I have a solid 90 min to work and catch up as best I can! Workshop video is coming out this week to those who purchased pre sale, and I still have much to prepare! (Actually, who here can help me find a spot online to upload a private 60 min video available for viewing only with a password or purchase link?!)
My love language is totally gifts, but more than receiving, it’s giving. I can’t go to a store without finding something someone I know would love. In my day to day life, this looks a lot like buying (way too many) clothes for my kids, surprising my husband with new gadgets, sending my friends flowers, random venmo coffee money.... and in my business life, it looks a lot like spoiling my clients. Yesterday I couldn’t even leave Safeway without buying a bride of mine a candy bar I know she loves. The joy gift giving brings me is like a high. Doesn’t matter if it’s a $5 coffee or a $50 bouquet. There’s nothing like making someone’s day, surprising a friend, or even the feeling of gratitude I receive after. Maybe it’s selfish, really. Giving gifts to feel that sense of joy and thankfulness. Anyway, I’m rambling now, but love languages really interest me. My husband, although he wouldn’t turn down a new pair of golf shoes, is 100% a physical touch / words of affirmation guy. Our love languages are different, and that took time to learn and then implement in our marriage. I’m so curious, what’s your love language, and is your partners the same, or completely opposite? • Ps. Check my Instagram story for a coffee on me, because, well, I feel like it ;) (only available until the limit is reached!)
Finally (almost) caught up, and even the small progress feels worthy of celebration! I’m sure you’ve all seen those stories and posts about October being to photographers what April is to accountants... and it is SO true. As everyone is loving the change in weather + relaxing next to the fire with some delicious hot cocoa, we’re in our caves, stinky and hungry, editing like mad. With every new gallery delivered, and every task checked off my to do list, three more get added. I hear other photographers complain about their clients being demanding or mean, and Im just here, with non stop, unfailing, unconditional support and love from my clients. It’s really the most amazing feeling, knowing your brides and grooms trust you whole heartedly, and genuinely appreciate the hours upon hours of work going in to their photos. Each time I deliver a gallery, I get the MOST amazing thank you messages, and there just aren’t enough words to express how much that means to me. This morning, after finishing two engagements + a wedding gallery, I feel like a small coffee break celebration is in order! And maybe a quick hobby lobby + target trip 😬