The new rug brings the green out in my #plants 🌱
I stayed up all night (wish I were kidding 😬) trying to get my living room to feel fun and peaceful. It’s interesting to me that our homes reflect so much of our personalities. I’ve always felt that my house was ugly, in a ‘bad’ neighborhood, wrong side of the tracks type stigma. As I grow older I realize that it’s my safe #haven.
It’s my favorite place to be with my loved ones.
And it’s become a true test of friendship in some cases 😂
Those #friends who have been invited in, they see our humble space and accept us as we are.
I’ve also learned that plants make every space cozier and they change the vibes (sounds #woowoo, I know...)
I’ve learned a home isn’t a house. It’s the #love and expressions of each individual in it that make it a #home.
#chinesemoneyplant, #succulentorb, #existentialfriday, #naturallight, #livingroom, #green, #greenrug, #eightball
Peony heaven... but I'm torn between leaving them looking glorious in the garden, sparkling with raindrops or bathed in the warm sun in the golden hour... Or cutting some to have indoors and to admire whilst I work. OK so I caved in and picked some to photograph. Aren't they simply stunning.
Last year I reached the point where I felt stuck. I have shot in Manual for years and knew how to work my gear but still would get frustrated after varied sessions and was not a getting the consistent results I wanted.
So I invested several hundred dollars in mentoring with a photographer whose work and business I admired.
I say this because I think it is so important to keep learning and growing in whatever stage of life you are in and sometimes that requires a risk or investment.
Secondly, I often get asked what camera or lenses I use and while I am more than happy to answer questions. Please know that although God may have gifted me with an eye for photography, it has taken lots of practice and some investment to get where I am today. A couple of years ago, a newborn photographer that I love (but could not afford to mentor with) was livestreaming her classes for 24 hours. I said up all night cramming classes in and taking notes then drank all the coffee and did all the mom things in the morning. If God has given you a dream follow it. I started with a Canon Rebel and free youtube/blog classes and taught myself how to work that camera until I outgrew it and knew I needed to step up in gear.
Lastly, I want those who hire me to capture their special moments to know I take this business seriously. Whether it is your growing family, your precious newborn, or your engagement/wedding. I have invested in gear and education so that I can continue to capture moments like these to the best of my ability. I know investing in photographs is just that, an investment, but I would not do what I do if I did not feel that investment mattered for generations to come.
This week I shot 3 sessions and all have been delivered. I am so thankful for getting to do what I love and the ability to keep learning and growing.