A shot from last nights mentorship! You guys, I LOVE offering mentorships! I think they might be my favorite thing ever. I love helping other artists have their Ah ha! moment, and I love watching these businesses grow and succeed. Last nights shoot was beautiful, but OH SO FREEZING! We all nearly died (I'm not a dramatic person at all 😜), and I can't even believe what troopers Kane and Moorea were as our models! It was around 30 degrees, and seriously so dang windy! I wasn't even thinking when I left Eugene's warm sunshine, and showed up on top of the mountain in shorts and a tank top. Thank God I had a little cardigan with me! Our bodies were so numb, we kept taking breaks every 10 mins to heat up in the car! It was a crazy but beautiful opportunity, and I'm so grateful! Be sure to follow @dianagulaphoto (her and her husband are seriously going places!) to see what she got!
Shooting for yourself // I made a goal this year to shoot for ME once a month. The goal was to push myself, experiment, and keep my passion alive for photography. I'm finishing up this indoor, low light, green house shoot with @rileyrasmussen today, and I can't wait to blog this one! Feeling frustrated with your own work as an artist seems pretty inevitable, but being able to create just for the sake of creating is so refreshing. I encourage all artists to do the same! Take risks, try something new, and figure out exactly what it is that sets your heart on fire!
You know those mornings where you're so behind, you honestly don't even know where to begin?! Well, that's how my Monday morning is looking. Feel like a walking zombie after yesterday's travels and getting only 3 hours of sleep, but going in to today with a I'm gonna kick butt mindset, lots of coffee, and trying to flip my attitude from anxious to appreciative. Responding to ALL emails and messages by tonight! Happy Monday to YOU all! #happilyeverevangelista
A bride who's smile lights up any room, a groom who's eyes light up for his wife, and a day full of love, infectious joy, pure happiness, and the most beautiful setting I've ever seen. It was my first out of state wedding (what an opportunity in itself!), and I was as nervous as could be (yep, I still get anxious butterflies. Raise your hand if you do too 🙋🏼). I had never even met Kayla or Gregory aside from a random run in the first day I flew into town at a smoothie bar! I had never been to this venue, shot in this kind of heat, or shown up as a (nearly) complete stranger. BUT those nerves dissipated the second I saw this woman. She hugged me as if I were her best friend, and every single person in the bridal party (especially the groom!) made me feel so welcomed and appreciated. It was the most magical day, and the images are going to be overshared for SURE because I'm low key obsessing over every one. I love and adore you Mr. and Mrs. Evangelista! #happilyeverevangelista
Tuesday's that consist of sleeping in (second morning in a row my little guy slept in past 9am!), taking it easy, snuggling, and online shopping = my kind of heaven. Life's been moving so fast lately, sometimes I need to remind myself to just breathe and appreciate this season of life we're in. I'm especially thankful that when things seem too hard or too overwhelming, I don't have to rely on my own strength, but instead just trust in His plan for us. Present > Perfect.
Today has been so special. Being a mom is hands down the biggest blessing in my life, and the greatest joy I've ever known. We decided to surprise my mom to celebrate her, and her reaction was priceless! We spent the day eating yummy food, playing outside with little man, and being a spoiled mama (no denying my husband is the best). Days like today are days that I'll remember forever. Also, today is this beautiful woman's birthday! So, I had to share another sneak photo for her! Happy Mother's day to all you mamas out there!
There's something so amazing about photography workshops and getting to meet and create with so many amazing artists. Also, learning from the very best (and just being in their presence!) is something I am so grateful for. I truly believe in challenging yourself as an artist, and I so value these opportunities to grow and learn. I may or may not have a countdown on my phone for my next photography workshop, which is less than a month away! A week with some of the most amazing photographers I've ever known, with morning yoga, massages, and life coaching?! Styled shoots every day, local food, hiking, and glamping with a handful of the industries best women! I. Can't. Wait! (@alpinenorthwest < I'm talking about you!)
Oh Oregon, you're pretty beautiful. Thanks for always showin off.