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amazing

7 Apr

Better than I imagined, our photo shoot today went SO well. This little dude was in such great spirits and even brought his boxing gloves because he’s confident he’s going to BEAT CANCER. What a trooper. And an incredible example of God’s strength. SO many laughs today, we can’t wait to share some more of the images. For now, here’s one I shot through Instagram.

What a great kid. What an amazing family.

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moved

6 Apr

We did it. We have successfully moved in and MOST of the unpacking is done! I hate being away from blogging, well, ever. I always take a couple breaks throughout the year so I can refocus my thoughts or just get reorganized. This instance it was to focus on getting us moved and into our new space. We happened to move during a week when we shot THREE weddings. So yes, we are crazy. CRAZY. But it was such a great week, honestly. It actually wasn’t stressful at all! But it WAS exhausting. EXHAUSTING. So I’m glad that we’ve had some time to recover and to get our office reset up. We’ve still been working non-stop, but having the space in our home is exactly what we needed. I was about to go crazy in our little apartment with ZERO office space. So to have an entire room dedicated to our work is seriously refreshing.

I have so many fun posts coming up. I finally feel like I can get back to blogging like I want to blog. This blog has always been my creative outlet in a lot of ways. I love to write and to share my crazy thoughts and ramblings. I love sharing my stories of my family, my life, and my experiences. When I go too long without writing here, it starts to feel really crappy. HA. So I’m happy to have gotten us settled again AND to have had a huge burst of creative energy. There’s still mountains of work to be done, but I’m so grateful that God has allowed us to have a bigger home to spread out in. One that inspires us creatively and that keeps us in Scottsdale too. I can’t imagine living in any other city than Scottsdale. If we’re going to be in Arizona, Lord willing, then I think we are in Scottsdale to stay. We are seriously loving it.

I know I’m kind of rambling I think. But it’s late, I’m tired and have a million and one things to blog about. Since I can’t fit them all in one post, I’ll leave you with an image from Instagram of our new home. We’ve been blessed with a perfectly sized home for us. We are so grateful and can’t wait to focus in and work harder than we have been already.

More posts and thoughts to come. Here’s to getting back on track.

space

8 Mar

I wish I could say that we are buying a house. BUT. We are not. If you would have asked me just a mere two weeks ago, I would have answered differently.

We have PLANS to buy a house and hopefully in Scottsdale. We LOVE it here. It’s just exactly where we want to be. But I think we are going to wait another year before we buy so we can save some more money. THAT said, we ARE most likely going to be moving soon into a rental home. We don’t have one lined up or anything yet. But it is a huge priority. With two kids, we are just really realizing how much we need a little more space. That, and I’m DYING to have an office. You guys. I work almost 60 hours a week in my BEDROOM. There’s been nothing wrong with this scenario until lately. It’s worked fine. But our business is STILL growing and Jason and I just really feel like we need a space of our own to work in. A place where we can be creative in. Not a place where the laundry piles up behind me.

I’ll be honest. Working in my room has been a little paralyzing. But it’s been a better option for our family that having our computers out in the living area. SO. We are house hunting! And so of course that means I’m Pinterest hunting as well! But I stumbled upon this BEAUTIFUL office that I just have to have. Jason and I have already begun dreaming about how we can go about decorating it so it feels like a boy works there AND like a girl works there. HA. It’s actually been fun. I sort of envision my half of the office looking something like this:

Be still my heart. I love it. I’m SO desiring a creative space to be…well, creative. HA. And I’m also excited to have my sleeping space back without my computer in the same room. It’s just a little cramped and we need to spread out. Here’s to hoping and praying we find a GREAT house!

* Image found on Pinterest.

vegas bound!

20 Feb

This is where I’m going for a couple of days this week!!

Woo hoo! Jason and I are heading to Las Vegas for WPPI which is a huge convention that happens annually for photographers. We are STOKED to be able to make it this year! So we packed up and headed out! And YES. The boys are going with us! We love traveling with them and bringing them with us whenever we can. And we are blessed this trip to have my mom on board to help watch them when we are at the convention. I’m so thrilled that she was willing to come. We rented an awesome house in Las Vegas from Home Away.com so we all have room to spread out. It’s SUCH a great alternative to renting a hotel. We’ve stayed in multiple homes from this site and we haven’t been disappointed yet.

The boys actually travel pretty well. So long as the snacks don’t run out and the DVD player doesn’t die. And I’m so grateful they do because I LOVE to travel. Traveling with kiddos might be hard sometimes, but it’s always worth the experience. We never wanted having the boys to slow us down too much. I think kids join your life and go where you go and do what you do. So while it DOES take a lot of planning to head out of town with kids, I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

We’ll take lots of photos! Can’t wait to share them!

* Image found on Pinterest.

in love

8 Jan

We photographed a wedding last night. And I SERIOUSLY don’t think I’ve ever laughed harder while working in my entire life. We had SUCH a great time and it was a huge celebration for these two.

I love what I do. So much so, that it’s all I can think about sometimes. Even in the moments when I feel deprived and devoid of creativity and inspiration, I am so in love with what I do. Getting to know our couples and making new close friends is the icing on the cake. And then the topper to ALL of that is actually being at their wedding and feeling like we’re apart of the family. And being able to dance at the reception WITH them. And watching two people who’ve gotten close to us step into wedded bliss.

We hope our relationships with all of our clients stretch way past their actual wedding day. There’s nothing more inspirational then fostering good relationships, turning friends into family, and photographing their lives.

Wow. I’d do all the hard work all day every day to be able to be apart of what we were apart of last night. Amazingly fun. Here’s one image from the day. More to come on our actual website soon.

makeup artist

30 Aug

I used to REALLY want to be a makeup artist. I used to do makeup for the drama team in high school. While I secretly roamed around backstage taking pictures of weird things that no one else would think was beautiful.

I was MEANT to be a photographer. Since as long as I can remember. And those pictures I have are actually really cool. And none of them are digital.

BUT.

I used to THINK I wanted to be a makeup artist. AND I got accepted into a really popular makeup school in Hollywood, right out of high school. So I sort of had a knack for it too! But I obviously didn’t end up going. Although, I DO wonder sometimes what my life would have looked like had I gone. Would I have done makeup for the stars?? Movies?? Musicians? Would I have gotten into theatre makeup? Scary makeup? Horror films?

Interesting, isn’t it?

It’s amazing when you look back at ALL the things you COULD have done. And look at what you DECIDED to do. Do I have any regrets? Nope. Not-A-One. But I still do love doing makeup. A lot. Not as much as I love taking pictures. But it would still be fun to do makeup on the set of a film, I think. Mostly so I could just take pictures of everything behind the scenes.

Like I said, it was in my BLOOD to be a photographer.

But I was once an aspiring makeup artist. And I would have been happy in that creative field too, I think. And I’m not sure why I didn’t go to that school. Something in my gut just told me that it wasn’t right. And that I wasn’t meant to be there. But the idea and glamour of it all still enthralls me a little.

How fun would that have been??

Do you have anything like that in your life? Something you were good at that you didn’t go do? Something you wish you did? Something you’re glad you DIDN’T do?

I’m not happy or sad either way. I’m totally content in doing what I’m doing. Because it’s clearly what I was meant to do. But I waited A LONG time after high school for things to fall into place for this to be my career. And now I’m here and wouldn’t have it any other way.

But makeup would have been fun. Isn’t it fun to create something that isn’t you or others? To turn someone into a character, is truly exhilarating. I guess that’s my job NOW sometimes. It’s fun to become who you are. And to look back at what could have been.

So, there’s a fun fact about me for today. Betchya never knew that I once aspired to paint on people’s faces with color.

Welp. I DID.

know your limits

11 Jul

TIP# 10- KNOW YOUR LIMITS

So I took a break from my ‘working mom’ series and I didn’t really mention it to any of you. I just sort of stopped doing it and fell off the blog planet. Well, I still blogged but not like I usually do. It’s sort of ironic that this tip was next in line because it’s one that I’ve learned A TON about within the past two months.

And one that I can honestly say, I’m getting better at. Especially recently.

It is so important as a working mom to KNOW YOUR LIMITS. You are not super mom. Even if you want everyone to THINK you are, you are not. (Well, you are probably  super mom. But not SUPERMOM. Don’t be confused or offended. HA.)

Anyways.

I’m the queen of taking on a lot and managing it pretty well. I’m very task oriented, organized and a go-getter. If I set my mind to something, I can probably do it (not camping though). And in a world where there is A LOT thrown at me each and every day, it’s pretty easy to get overwhelmed. And being overwhelmed isn’t an emotion I share publicly very often.

Poor Jason, right?

I recently hit a wall of ‘overwhelmth’. I’m aware that’s not a word. But I hit the wall, nonetheless. Wait, is it a word? Weird. I hit this wall of way too much to do and not enough time to do it in. I found myself in a constant cycle of never getting everything done, one million deadlines with new ones knocking on my door every day, and a to do list that was growing a mile a minute. Top that off with two growing boys who need A LOT of attention, a home that was starting to be neglected, laundry piling up, eating out every night, dust on the shelves, SO ON AND SO FORTH. I finally had to hold my hands up, surrender to it all and say, “I SERIOUSLY CAN’T DO ALL THIS!”. I was starting to feel like I was running a rat race. Like every day was the same and I had to just race through it all to get stuff done so I could go to bed, wake up and find myself in the same predicament. With HUGE to do lists, no time, screaming kids, and a dirty house.

I literally looked at Jason one day and said, “I can’t do this anymore.”

Not my job silly. Just the way we were doing things. I HIT MY LIMIT. I know how much I can take.

It’s so important to know what your limits are. When you’re at a place in your life where you AREN’T overwhelmed, it would be a good idea to set up some boundaries for yourself. I tell myself daily that it’s OK to say no to stuff. To people. To plans. To extra things that you can’t take on. Focus your energy on the things that you CAN do and are WILLING to do and do them well. But taking on all of it is impossible. Why do we as women think we can master and balance everything all the time? It’s incredibly difficult and stressful! And a working mamma who’s stressed out and filled with anxiety over everything that needs to get done, can’t be a good mom!

That’s where I’ve been these past few weeks.

So Jason and I completely reorganized our business. We prioritized some things that were on our plates. We each gave up and took on new roles within our work. And holy moly, I can actually breathe again. For real. It’s amazing what happens when you know your limits and can prioritize the things that are important to you and to your work. Both of us feel this newfound ‘refreshness’ within our work and are getting things done more efficiently and effectively.

But what a difficult past month it’s been in the area of ‘working mom’ for me!

I’m glad I hit the wall though. It forced me to take a good look at what I am ACTUALLY doing here. And I encourage you to do the same! Is what you’re doing working for you? Is it REALLY, TRULY, HONESTLY working? Not what you WANT to do. But what you can REALISTICALLY do. I’ve had to give up some things that were on my plate. Things I really enjoyed doing. But it just wasn’t working. So I’ve had to refigure out some things, adjust, and move forward.

And I can honestly say things are WAY better. I actually have time to clean my house and take a day off. I haven’t had a day off since January. Like, a REAL entire day OFF. Well, I had my first whole day off on Saturday. And what a good feeling it was!!

Be encouraged. You too, don’t have to do it all! It’s OK to say no to stuff. It’s OK to re-prioritize your work, family life, friends etc. It’s OK to take a day off. You’ve gotta know your limits. Know what your breaking point is and stay far away from it. Life is to awesome to just be a ‘rat race’. It’s not worth it to not have a day off in six months.

Hard lesson learned for me. And we’re back on track.

* I saw this quote on Pinterest and thought it was very thought provoking and true.