Molly's newborn photos put me in a good mood every time I look at them, and mostly because her big (dog) sister Mila never wanted to be too far away. :) I can just imagine these two growing up as the best of friends.
Ohhh, it's been SO long since I shared some of my recent favorite books with you. Some of these I read almost a year ago but they were too good not to write about. Check it out below!
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George | I'll admit, this one wasn't my absolute favorite from my books last spring, but I did appreciate that it was quirky so I wanted to keep it on the list. It follows Monsieur Perdu, who owns a floating bookstore and is trying get over a lost love. Those two things may not seem connected but he uses literature and his bookstore to heal again. (***)
168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam | I never feel like I have enough time, especially during busy season, but reading 168 Hours was an eye opener for me. Vanderkam very simply and gently lays out the truth: There's actually plenty of time in the day; we're just not not using our 24 hours in the wisest way possible. She includes a graph to track your hours for an entire week, which was the MOST helpful for me to see where I actually spend my time (hello, checking social media waaaay too often!). I could—and should!—read this once a year. (*****)
WomanCode by Alisa Vitti | I first heard Alisa Vitti interviewed on The Lively Show podcast where she talked about optimizing your hormones in the most natural way possible. It was intriguing so I bought her book. I've never been super convicted about eating 100% clean or curing any sickness that comes my way through homeopathic methods, but Vitti's book made me think twice about what I put in my body and how it affects my entire system as a whole. It was a little woo-woo at times and way GIRL POWER!, but I learned a lot and have started to implement some pieces into my everyday life. (***)
Notes from a Blue Bike by Tsh Oxenreider | Simple living is kind of a cliche term these days, but Oxenreider does a beautiful job of proving that life doesn't have to be so hectic. I needed to read this book when I did—in the middle of wedding season and the early stages of pregnancy! It gave me a lot of hope that we could have a family and still keep up with our passions ... and even pass those on to our kids. (*****)
The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective by Richard Rohr | The Enneagram isn't so much a personality test as it is a way of understanding yourself and working to become more mature and balanced within your God-given strengths and weaknesses. It's deep and it takes a lot of thought, but I'd highly recommend checking out this perspective on the Enneagram, especially if you're struggling to understand your true self or a loved one. (****)
An Irish Doctor in Love and at Sea by Patrick Taylor | Anything Irish related is of interest to me because I love that country! This is part of a fictional series by Taylor but you don't have to read every book or even the books in order to enjoy this story. It flips between two time periods—one when Dr. O'Reilly is first starting his career during WWII and one when he is a veteran doctor. And there's a love story that ties the two eras together. (***)
Some people say that the photography community is super saturated, and while that may be true, I also say that it's super connected. I've met some of the BEST people in this industry—talented photographers turned friends who live cities and states away.
I was lucky enough to get to know Christen of Everleigh Photography when she second shot a Cincinnati wedding with me last year. She's the sweetest, uber talented and has the most precious family! I got to witness the latter at an in-home family session at Christen's family's Northern Kentucky home last fall.
If I haven't mentioned lately how much I love cozy, in-home lifestyle sessions, I'll say it again. I love them. When we have a family, I hope to capture the everyday, just like Christen and her family did here.
Since I became a wedding photographer more than five years ago, I've had a handful of clients who have requested that I keep (most of) their wedding photos private. This can be a little bit tricky because I obviously use my client's photos in my own portfolio to book more work.
While I obviously want to showcase beautiful weddings, I also understand that brides and grooms have personal or professional reasons for keeping photos private ... and they still deserve beautiful wedding photos! I'm lucky to be at the stage in my business where I can afford to give up a model release here and there and it not affect my bookings, but I'm not going to sugarcoat it: When I book a beautiful wedding with a beautiful couple who have hired amazing wedding vendors, it's so sad to give up that piece of the project!
Lucky for me, this bride and groom who were married last spring agreed to me sharing detail photos from their day, and I'm so, so glad I have the chance to show off their vision AND credit some talented vendors (Fair Rarity did the beautiful florals; Borrow Rentals provided the farmhouse tables, the furniture and other big reception details; and The Piggery at Anna Dean Farm lent the perfect reception venue).