These beautiful women are Caitlin and Kelley. They are sisters, but I think that they’re also secretly models. I loved photographing them and seeing their relationship, which reminds me of my own with my sister. Siblings are amazing. They’re the best type of friend – you know, the one that can be completely (and sometimes brutally) honest with you, knows you better than anyone else, and can make you laugh and cry like nobody else can. We experience so much life with our siblings, and as we get older, life only gets busier. I was glad to pause time for a bit with these girls and capture life as it is for them right now.
I had to include this one, too. Same facial expression. Hilarious. :)
I love these sisters.
"Strange about learning; the farther I go the more I see that I never even knew existed. A short while ago I foolishly thought I could learn everything - all the knowledge in the world. Now I only hope to be able to know of its existence, and to understand one grain of it."
- Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes
That look. That one that two people who really, deeply, truly love each other have. That one that is a language – one that only they can understand.
I love that look.
That’s the look that Derek and Lupe have.
They are engaged and I couldn’t be happier for them.
I freaked out when they asked me to take their save the date photos.
And seriously… we were blessed with the most gorgeous Malibu sunset.
I can’t wait for their wedding. Xoxo
Staying up late to finish a book that is too good to put down for a few extra hours of sleep.
Prancercising with John Mayer .
Getting inspired by kids and their creative, inquisitive minds. They always remind me that life is worth marveling at - even the simplest of things.
Wearing maxi dresses that rival the comfiness of pajamas. Winning.
Laughing with my sister.
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
Road trips with besties. Traveling in general is amazing, but I think there is something really special about experiencing new places with people that you love.
Jim and Pam. and Dwight.
Taking classes from professors who are passionate about life and learning.
phone pictures from our trip to Ashland, Seattle, and Portland.
I had an amazing time and made memories that will last forever.
“You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage - pleasantly, smilingly, nonapologetically - to say ‘no’ to other things. And the way to do that is by having a bigger ‘yes’ burning inside. The enemy of the ‘best’ is often the ‘good.’”
…and the livin’s easy.
Or maybe I should say busy?
Too busy for blogging, apparently.
Here’s a little update about things with me and a few photos that I’ve taken.
Can we talk about how the best show of all time is back on TV? Big Brother holds a special place in my heart and in my DVR.
I’ve been loving working at Hallmark. I am so thankful for my job. I am also so thankful that it’s right next to Barnes & Noble…
When I’m not working. I’m hanging out with the people that I love most. Every day I am reminded of how lucky I am to live the life that I do and be surrounded by such supportive, uplifting people.
Speaking of - In 1 week I’ll be going on a trip to Seattle and I can’t even wait. Every time I think about it I get major butterflies. Kinda like the butterflies that I used to get when I had a crush in elementary school.
And I had the privilege of taking engagement photos for a beautiful couple. More of them coming soon.
For now, that ring and those smiles.
Both are gorgeous.
I love summer.
The feeling that comes with hearing something that you need to hear at the exact moment that it needs to be heard is one that I will never get tired of feeling.
Words have such a power to heal and to remind us that we are not alone in our feelings. These words by Kelle Hampton are especially fitting for today.
I needed to hear them again.
"The pain was still there, taking up a big part of my heart, but it was time for Pain to get a roommate. It wasn’t happy about sharing a room, but Pain is never really happy. When Change came through the door that day, moving Pain’s belongings to the side, conforming it to only half of my heart’s space, it brought with it a new perspective. Change starts small - a bit shy at first. But slowly Change does great things. Change renovates new spaces and places into something beautiful. And that’s just something Pain was going to have to deal with."
Change starts small - a bit shy at first.
But slowly Change does great things.
A lot has changed. I am grateful.
If you haven’t read Kelle’s book yet, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Bloom. Each page is like a lazy afternoon in October in front of the fireplace - so cozy that you never wanna leave. Or maybe that’s just me and my idea of bliss. Read her book anyway.
It’s been a while since I’ve blogged. I don’t want to be someone that glorifies busy. I want to be someone that does the things that I love, regardless of how busy life can be.
And can I just say how much I love meeting new people and photographing them. I love getting to capture them just as they are and get a glimpse into their lives for a few hours.
I love these photos and how much fun we had while taking them. I am so glad that we did these.
My friend and photographer, Bethani Montgomery, photographed the lovely miss Ashley Apple. Yep. Her last name really is that awesome.
These pictures have been sitting on my desktop for too long.
Please take a few minutes and look at Bethani’s work over on her website here. I hope you become as in love with her photos as I already am!
I would love to take your picture! If you are interested in shooting with me, please contact me for more information on scheduling and prices at firstname.lastname@example.org :)
“People need to be encouraged. People need to be reminded of how wonderful they are. People need to be believed in—told that they are brave and smart and capable of accomplishing all the dreams they dream and more. Remind each other of this.”