TransformMarch 20, 2013

Sometimes I wonder what I’m doing. Sitting in an office all alone day after day, working way more than eight hours. That 8-5 job I had a year ago seems so easy in comparison. At 5 p.m. I closed the door to my office and walked away, forgetting about work for the night.

Sometimes I wonder if I’m even relevant. If I can get fulfillment out of taking photos for a long, long while. If what I’m doing is even any good.

And then I’m reminded how great having a flexible schedule is. I’m able to meet my mom for one morning or I can randomly take a short trip during the week without having to ask off. I’m reminded that I’m able to build a life doing something creative and something that I feel passionate about. I’m reminded that I’ve met some amazing people throughout my photography journey. People I never would have come into contact with otherwise.

I don’t know how long I’ll be able to make a living with photography. There’s no guarantee, just hard work. This video by Zack Arias sums up the exact ebb and flow that I, and evidently lots of photographers and artists, feel at different points in the year. It’s comforting and it’s inspiring and it keeps me going. Thanks to my friend Kayla for sharing! (Ignore the beginning and skip to 1:34 to get to the good stuff. :) )

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Fab Five Fridays: Random Things You Didn’t Know About MeMarch 15, 2013

I’m sitting here nursing my first cold of the year (I know you all are probably glaring at the computer right now), and call me crazy, but I really thought I was going to magically skip being sick this season. I don’t know if my immune system is strong or it’s that I’m isolated in my office every day, but I’m thankful I’ve been healthy until now.

So, we’re taking it easy today with a post of five things you never needed to know about me but I’m sharing with you anyway. :)

1. I hate blowing my nose. I don’t know what it is but I absolutely dread grabbing a Kleenex from the box when I’m sick.

2. Nathan loves to tell everyone I was prom queen in high school but that’s actually not true. He leaves out “band,” making it band prom queen. Oh yes, I was in band in high school, we had a formal dance every year and my senior year I was queen of the band prom. Booyah!

3. I grew up in Iowa, and I loved every minute of it. And no, we didn’t live in the cornfields, but we DID go to the Iowa State Fair every year.

4. I hate the texture of bananas, but I love the taste. What a conundrum. Normally this means I only eat them in smoothies.

5. I’ve never dyed my hair. Not once, not ever. I always get my hair cut at the Aveda Institute and they LOVE my “pure hair,” as they call it.

Happy weekending everybody! And because every post needs a picture (and because I couldn’t find a picture of me as band prom queen), here’s a sneak peek of Leah and Matt’s gender reveal session that will be on the blog on Monday!

Gender Reveal Session



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Having Him HomeMarch 12, 2013

There’s nothing quite like being forced out of your routine to make you really appreciate what you have. Nathan’s been traveling the last few weeks, and for us, this is new. It’s new to watch him pack his back over and over, it’s new to communicate through text messages and phone calls, it’s new to hope and pray he gets home safely after boarding yet another flight.

Nathan has worked so hard lately, and I can tell that when he’s home on a weekend, he’s REALLY enjoying it. I admire that kind of gratitude. Soaking in every last minute. Getting pleasure from the most normal of tasks. It makes me pause and take a look around with new eyes too.

I know that in just a few weeks, busy season will be upon me. I’ll be photographing weddings every weekend, editing like a mad woman and booking weddings for next year. It’s a lot to anticipate. But I’ve also never been so grateful to have this job. To get to interact with such warm and loving people and document their story is kind of unbelievable.

So, thank you, Nathan. Thank you for working so hard for our tiny, little family. Thank you for showing me that even the most mundane of tasks should be appreciated. Thank you for helping me slow down. Thank you for being yourself.

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(Photo taken with my iPhone using the VSCO camera.)

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Something SweetMarch 11, 2013

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I’ve always had a sweet tooth. (My first word was “more” after all. I couldn’t get enough!) Give me a choice between salty and sweet and I’m always going to go sweet. Nathan’s the same way, so we don’t usually keep dessert in the house or it would be gone in record time.

This weekend, however, we had company, and I decided we should actually have some cookies. And I knew just the ones I’d make: my mom’s signature brown sugar cookies with caramel icing. Mmmm … they’re SO good. Dense in just the right way and the caramel is so deliciously rich. I knew I needed to share the recipe with you all!

Brown Sugar Cookies
2 cups brown sugar
1 cup shortening (margarine)
1 cup milk
2 teaspoons baking powder
4 cups flour
2 eggs
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla

Caramel Icing
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup milk
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 3/4-2 cups powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 375.

Cream together brown sugar and shortening. Add eggs and continue beating. Add milk, baking powder, baking soda and vanilla. Slowly add four cups of flour. Drop from spoon onto greased cookie sheet and bake. While cookies are baking, make the icing.

Melt butter in 8-inch skillet; add brown sugar. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly for 2 minutes. Add milk and stir until mixture comes to a boil. Remove from heat and cool. Slowly add powdered sugar and beat well with spoon after each addition until thick enough to spread. Ice and enjoy!

You’re gonna love these cookies! :)

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