July GoalsJuly 6, 2015

July Photography Goals

Well, hello! I’m not quite sure how one whole month passed without a blog post. Last month was a bit of a blur, and it ended with a wonderfully relaxing vacation to South Carolina. And now here we are. In July.

I only have one wedding this month, plus a lot of fun travel. I think it’s going to be a good time to get caught up on that “Summer Fun List” hanging on our refrigerator. Nathan and I have lots of concerts + games + farmer’s markets to attend. And there’s definitely more ice cream that needs to be eaten. What’s on your list of MUST DO’S this summer?

July Goals

Read The Girl on the Train (SO good so far!) and A House in the Sky
Start Savor, a daily devotional by Shauna Niequist
Book our anniversary trip
Go to another Indians game
Go on two bike rides with Nathan
Visit the Shaker Heights Farmer’s Market
Be fully present while visiting two new places (NOLA and a tiny, lakefront town in Canada!)
Get completely caught up on editing
Get caught up on vendor galleries
Submit a wedding
Keep my Inbox below 10 each morning

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Something White Celebrates Five Years | Project Two RollJune 9, 2015

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After my first experience with Project Two Roll, I was so hungry for more! I loved shooting for myself and having the freedom to play around with things that I don’t necessarily have time for on a wedding day. I so enjoyed hanging out with a fun, creative, inspiring person and learning more about how she excels at her craft. And I especially swooned over the film scans when they showed up in my Inbox!

I was immediately on the hunt for a new project, so you can imagine my excitement when Karin and Rebecca of Something White agreed to be my next models! After throwing around a couple ideas, Karin suggested that I document them getting ready for their big 5-year anniversary. Yes, please!

These talented ladies run the coolest bridal boutique, located in the heart of Independence. It is so creatively inspiring–the dresses, the charming shop, all the different textures and the natural light. It’s really a photographer’s dream, and Karin and Rebecca are so charming themselves. If you’re looking for a unique wedding gown, you must check them out! And if you go THIS month, there may be a couple surprises in store for you. ;)

Here’s the result of an afternoon of decorating and celebrating. Cheers to five years, you two!

(Shot on Portra 800 | Developed/Scanned by Richard Photo Lab)

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Penitentiary Glen Reservation Family PhotosJune 4, 2015

Willoughby Ohio Family PhotographerThis was the third time I photographed Peyton and every time it gets more fun. She blossomed in front of my camera the first couple minutes of the session and then she was ON. This little lady is so adorable and so full of personality. This is why I love photographing children … they hold nothing back! Wear fairy wings? She was all over that. Run through the woods? Heck yes. Act goofy? Do I even need to ask? :)

Enjoy my favorites of this newly turned 3-year-old!

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Fairies get tired too. ;)

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June GoalsJune 3, 2015

Focused Work Time

I’m two days late with this post, and I had popcorn for lunch yesterday. Two sure signs that wedding season is in full swing! But despite all that’s written on my to do list next to me, I feel good about summer. Generally around this time I’m a frazzled mess. I haven’t taken time for myself and I feel like summer is going to slip by without my taking part. This summer though is going to be different. I can feel it.

For starters, I’ve revamped my work day to make it more conducive to how I work best. I used to sit at my desk for 10 hours straight and get frustrated when I wasn’t plowing through my editing like I thought I should. Instead I’d find myself on social media for hours on end just spinning my wheels. I’d drag through the day and work through the night because I hadn’t gotten enough done during daylight hours.

NOT ANYMORE. I realized I had to fix the problem because I didn’t want to pull 80-hour weeks again this summer.

In May I decided to set my alarm for 60- or 90-minute increments and set a goal for that focused work time. When my alarm rings, I get a 15- or 30-minute break to get out of my desk and do something–whatever–I choose. It’s crazy that I get WAY MORE done in less time now, but it really works! And I have my nights free to spend with Nathan or coach gymnastics without the nagging thought that I should be working on the business. While I love what I do, working alllllll the time had me resenting photography a bit, which is just not right. Having time away helps me love what I do again. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, right? :)

So, ahem, on to my …

June Goals

  • Read Animal Dreams (I didn’t read a lot in May … want to make time for this in June!)
  • Embrace turning 30. Yep, that’s right. I turn 30 this month. I’m not going to lie, it freaks me out a bit, but it’s coming ready or not. I might as well be ready for it, right?
  • Visit Chicago and hang out with some really cool people. It helps that I’m spending my birthday weekend with some of my favorite people
  • Pick strawberries for the first time!
  • Go to an Indians game
  • Decide on a location to spend our anniversary
  • Photograph two weddings
  • Get completely caught up on all May editing before we go on vacation with Nathan’s family
  • Keep my Inbox below 10 after my morning e-mail time

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