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Goodreads: Film is Not DeadDecember 5, 2014

Goodreads Book Reviews
I had a goal to read 25 books in 2014. Whew. That’s a lot of reading I’m realizing now. I’m currently on book #17 and while I’m not going to reach my (lofty) goal, I realized that the whole point was just to READ MORE. I’m a huge bookworm (remember when I only wanted to be a librarian?) but I tend to push reading to the back burner when I have lots of other stuff going on. In college? I hardly read at all. Somehow, my multitasking-loving self couldn’t fathom picking up another book after class.

So while this year was crazy busy, I’m so happy I made time to just sit with a book and unwind. Holding a good hardcover book in your hands does something for your soul. That’s obviously why I wanted to be a librarian.

Life of the Beloved by Henri Nouwen
My family refers to Henri Nouwen, a Catholic priest, all the time (have I mentioned that my mom is a minister?), so I thought it was about time I finally read this book cover to cover. It was a pretty quick read in the sense that there weren’t as many pages as lots of other books but Nouwen digs deep into spiritual life in every one of those pages. A good starting point for people exploring Christianity. (****)

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
For some reason, Barbara Kingsolver’s novels have always intimidated me. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed The Poisonwood Bible in high school, but every one of her books are so big. Maybe I’ve grown up and gotten past the size of books freaking me out because I really loved Flight Behavior. It’s not the type of subject I would normally go for (kinda science-y … that was my very worst subject in school), but it was so engrossing, and I learned so much about butterflies and climate change, that a couple pages in I couldn’t remember why I almost didn’t pick this up in the first place. (****)

Film is Not Dead by Jonathan Canlas
This book has been on my to-read list since I picked up a film camera last year. It was chock-full of good information that my eager film-learning self hungrily devoured. Plus it had lots of pretty pictures. Canlas is funny and doesn’t take himself too seriously, which I also appreciated. (****)

Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement
My mom does such a good job picking out books for me. This is another one I never would have found on my own, but thanks to her I found a new favorite. The story takes place in Mexico and explores what it’s like to be a woman in a city that revolves around the drug trade. It was hard to read at times but so, so important. (*****)

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Baby Braden | NewbornDecember 4, 2014

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This post makes my heart explode. See, Cyleigh (that gorgeous lady up there) and I went to college together and now I’m photographing her baby. What a crazy and serendipitous life this is. I could share some photos of us looking like babies ourselves from freshman year of college, but that would be embarrassing and so not the point of this post! The point is that Braden, Cyleigh and her husband Andrew’s new baby, is the cutest little guy. He has such a sweet demeanor and I think his little nose is so adorable. See for yourself …

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Their pup, Baxter, is their first child. :) He is a fierce protector of his family.

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That’s Andrew’s rattle that’s been passed down to Braden. So cool!

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Katie & Kirk | Kelleys Island WeddingDecember 2, 2014

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I don’t think it’s possible to have too much joy at a wedding (the more, the better, right?), but Katie and Kirk had the most joy-filled wedding I’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing. Looking back at these photos from a few months ago takes me right back to that happy, perfect summer day when these two tied the knot. I love how neither of them holds back with their emotions. It makes for some sweet, sweet photos.

Let me tell you about this couple: As a kid, Katie spent her summers on Kelleys Island. She loves the island life and has happy memories from her Kelleys Island summers. After growing up and attending college, she decided to move to Australia (let me repeat that … she MOVED to Australia!) to be with Kirk, a British guy who had also relocated to the sunny country. Together, they are hilarious (HIL-AR-IOUS!) and so kind-hearted and FUN. Katie and Kirk’s friends and family traveled from all across the world–and that is no joke!–to celebrate with them in Kelleys Island … a place that means so much to Katie and her family.

Katie and Kirk, Nathan and I were truly honored to capture your special day on camera. Thanks for keeping us laughing every minute and making us feel right at home. Much love to you guys!

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There is so much love in Katie’s family!

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You are the absolute cutest, Katie! You were a beautiful, laid back, effortless bride!

Also … Katie and Kirk shared the sweetest first look …

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Like I said … lots of laughter. :)

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And now, let me take a minute to tell you about Kirk’s groomsmen. They were the funniest, most inappropriate British guys I’ve ever met. Every last one of them. They basically had me crying from laughter the whole day.

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And then Katie gave her groom a guitar. #bestweddinggiftever

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Katie’s sweet dad decorated their house in flags from every country represented at their wedding. SO cool, right?

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Kirk and his mom did the best mother/son dance ever. Again, I was weeping from laughter. Weeping!

And then we capped off one heck of a wedding with sunset portraits on Lake Erie …

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Ceremony: Kelleys Island Venture Resort
Reception: Kelleys Island Town Hall
Caterer: Mesenburg
Florist: Patti Fresh
DJ: Rock and Roll Express
Bride’s Dress: David’s Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Guy’s Suits: Zara
Honeymoon: St. Lucia + Jamaica!

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