I finished Present over Perfect & I LOVED reading it! I want to share one of my favorite excerpts from the book & hope to share with anyone who made need it: One of the traditions of this place is that when you see kayakers in the water paddling by from the nearby camp, no matter what, you stop & throw candy to them. Because it's fun. Because it's a sweet tradition. Because it makes people happy. If you knew me ten years ago, you'd say, that kind of thing is SO Shauna. But to be honest, I don't know if you'd say that about me the last couple years. One afternoon, the kayakers crossed in front of the dock while a million other things were happening. Two large boats were docking, a sailboat, & a few paddle boarders were trying not to get in the way. All at the same time, in a small space. But the man who was in charge of it all, our host - the one who was responsible for everyone, stopped what he was doing & sprinted down the dock to get candy. I had a little panic attack, because what he was doing seemed irresponsible. He threw candy, in the middle of it. Over & over, handful after handful. And everything was fine. As I watched from the deck I put my head down & I began to sob. Because I use to throw candy, right in the middle of it all. I use to no matter what. Then I became the kind of person who threw candy as long as nothing else was going on, at approved times. And then I got so wrapped up in being responsible that it was never the right time to throw candy. Then, the worst thing: I became the kind of person who made fun of candy-throwers...What a loss - for me, my family, & laughter & silliness we missed out on because I was busy being busy. I'm done with that kind of responsible. I don't want to get to the end of my life & look back and realize that the best thing about me was I was organized. I want to look back & remember all the times I threw candy, even when it didn't make sense. Especially when it didn't make sense. And that's why I'm throwing candy every chance I get. This my friends is what I want us to think about! I hope when I take women on hikes, play with my dogs, or go on trips with my Husband I know that it's about 'throwing candy'.
Can I share a secret goal & dream with you that I don't want to be such a secret anymore? I believe in growing slow, which ensures that I am growing something with depth & meaning. But I also believe that it is never to early to put something out into the universe that I am excited about & want to begin seeing where this goal expands too. So here it is: With my Her Hike Collective group I plan on creating a retreat for women, created by women. When I say retreat I mean that both literally & figuratively. I am on the search for hikes to take women on & experiences for them to have. I am also on the search for the women that will join me, the women that are out there that have something to share at a retreat for others & women who are in search of an adventure! So please tag a friend below 👇🏻 that you think would speak at a hiking retreat (the topic options are endless), a friend that may need something like this in their lives or a friend that is always just up for an adventure! I want to know who YOU & your friend(s) are! #herhikecollective #jkinstachallenge PS: We still have room on our June 17th hike for women to sign up for!
Moments before this Anna & her Dad had an emotional first look together. He turned around to see his little girl as a Bride & time stood still for a moment. After all, I am sure he was feeling like it was just yesterday that she was five. Then he prepared to walk his little girl down the aisle to her soulmate, Jimi. This is a moment that a daughter thinks about her entire life unfolding in front of me & I was the one that was asked to be there to photograph it. I blogged OUR wedding day yesterday & I wrote that most of my happy tears occurred throughout the day around my Dad & I see that a lot with my brides as well! I am not surprised by this & I love these moments between a bride & her Dad. Raise your hand with me ✋🏻 & double tap if your a Daddy's girl too! #jkinstachallenge #jessicaryanphotographer
I get to laugh with him forever! (Our wedding day is on the blog) #chenardwedding2017
These are OUR people! Six out of the eight of them traveled from states away or hours in between just to celebrate our marriage for the weekend! I am sharing our wedding today on my blog & trust me when I say there are A LOT of photos to look at! There are A LOT of words I used to try to describe just how loved Cory & I felt on our wedding day & just how much we love each other! I know that I have barely scratched the surface in sharing those with you all. But I am also excited that I know that if we live our life & marriage right it will be evolving & growing into more words & memories that I will sit here & struggle finding all of the words adequate enough to describe our love & our marriage. (I hope you don't mind when I continue to share this day with you over & over again; because it's remarkable & it's ours!) #chenardwedding2017 📷: @erikamillsphoto
I think TLC was wrong when they sang out, Don't go chasin' waterfalls, don't you? This is because I did just that last week & I came across 5 waterfalls in two days! That is why for our next #herhikecollective I am taking women to White Oak Canyon where we will have three vantage points of waterfalls! Our hike is on JUNE 17th & is 4 miles long! Our initial email was sent this morning to our girls on our mailing list but there is still time to be added to that list if you'd like! Leave your email below AND to all women write a little bit about what you like about hiking with us! Let's go on some adventures this summer, together! #jkinstachallenge
Aside from having the most magical wedding day marrying my best friend it is still surreal to me that I was actually on the other side of the camera with him, experiencing our wedding for ourselves just a little over a week ago! I am the photographer, newlywed, hiker & encourager behind this photography business & Instagram account. In honor of @jennakutcher #jkinstachallenge a couple of tidbits about me currently are: 1️⃣ I am currently wondering how the heck I am going to choose what wedding photographs to put in an album, blog & share with the world. 2️⃣ Looking through our photographs I have realized that I like to grab people's heads & pull them in close, people I'm personally close too of course! I wouldn't do that to a stranger. 3️⃣ I am freshly back from an amazing, words can't describe it, honeymoon in the mountains & I am sitting with ALL of those photographs of our adventures too! 4️⃣ Other than recently being a bride & a wedding photographer I also take women on hikes in the mountains through my #herhikecollective group & I have lots of audacious goals for the future of that group! I want to hear from you, what inspires you to affect others? It can be something as small as grabbing their heads & pulling them in close or as big or bigger than creating a hiking community for women! What inspires you? 📷: @erikamillsphoto
I photographed this because I want to remember this moment in particular, forever. I want to remember him, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the clouds, the pine trees & their scent, the light rain coming down, the temperature dropping, the scenic views, parking the car & walking along this beam for no other reason than to do it; to be. The road trip, extraordinary moments, the mountains getting taller & taller as we got closer & closer to the tallest peak in the Blue Ridge Mountains will always be etched in my mind. Our drive through the mountains is not all about our destination but more about the moments that get us there. That is life too. After all of the adventure that we have together each day, I will always trust him to get me off of a mountain. Driving us through fog with just 10 feet of visibility out in front of us, because fog may roll in, that's life, but it will never overcome the memories made to the summit. It will never erase the majestic moments along the way, where we stopped to look at views that moved us. 👆🏻👆🏻👆🏻 True Story! #wnc #gooutsideandplay
Hey everyone, this is my HUSBAND & this was one of his first reactions during our first look! 💕 I felt like the most loved person on our wedding day & I am so happy I get to relive it through photographs now! #chenardwedding2017 📷: @erikamillsphoto