“In the end, it’s not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many moments took your breath away”
Change is good. I never want to be someone who see’s no room for growth or improvement. Actually as a creative it’s kind of how I’m wired. I’m always looking for ways I can do things better. So I finally decided to take a new leap in some of my branding/packaging. I finally made the jump into offering USB’s for weddings! and I have to say as soon as I got them I fell in love. Kind of wish I would have done it a lot sooner. Another change is I updated my welcome packets and put together my own wedding brochure to further help my clients with their wedding day. All which involved A LOT of hard work and some late nights. But overall I am so happy with how everything turned out!
It’s funny how things work out sometimes. You may have an idea of how you want something to go and it turns out going totally different then you expected. Far better even! I remember working with these amazing photographers whom I now call friends like it was yesterday. We had plans to just create a shoot to build our portfolio’s and really to have an excuse to hang out and shoot! We had no plans of getting our shoot published. We had thought about submitting to blogs but realized it would just be to much of a hassle. So we just let it be a shoot for us just to have fun! But low and behold our hard work payed off. A couple of days ago our shoot got the honor and priviledge of being featured in ISS Magazine summer Issue! I am so excited and just goes to show hard work really does pay off in the end.
To see the actual shoot check it out here!
I often find that the very thing we never would have imagine in our heads to do or become is the very route God takes us. Sure we may have certain talents that we feel God has blessed us with but how we use those talents or more the direction that God leads us can sometimes be surprising.
A couple weeks ago I blogged about my start into photography. A start none the less that happened so suddenly but really the thing that gets me the most is that I ended up shooting weddings.
Growing up I was never that little girl who dreamed of her wedding day. And even to this day it is something I just started thinking about. So naturally as I began my photography journey the thought of being a wedding photographer was never something that was even in the picture. I always thought I would either end up in fashion photography or just shooting seniors. And to be honest I never even liked attending weddings. But whenever I would shoot fashion, I felt something was missing. The emotion, the story, the realness. And here is when that whole (you never really know what God is gonna do with your talents and or passions) And let me say it took some convincing. It was after I ran into a photographer online named JasmineStar that sold me. Her work inspired me to look at weddings beyond the traditional. And to push myself beyond traditionally posed pictures. And that is when I began seeing wedding photography as a art. In every wedding or couples shoot their is a piece of me. Every shoot I do I cherish because I have come to find that love really holds a special part in my heart. For me its what makes each picture come alive. I love the journey that I get to take with each of my couples. And when we reach the end of our journey it’s a bittersweet moment.So why do I shoot weddings – I love being a part of my couples lives, I love getting to know them and hearing their stories. -I love being about to document their love and sharing it with whoever . Heck! I have amazing couples and I want to show off the love they have. I also love the art of weddings, the details and the moments. So for now this is the journey I am, and I take it each day at a time.
And to include another picture, here is another sneak peak for tomorrows post!
I honestly can’t even think of where to begin. This wedding was so dear to my heart. It’s partly a reflection of where God has taken me over the past year and most importantly the love of 2 friends I hold close to my heart! Laura and Daniel met in college. A love destined that Laura didn’t quite know yet. And as her roommate I was able to be there throughout bits and pieces of their journey.They became friends and after a couple months of being pursued Laura finally decided to take the leap into what would be a day of celebration on July 21st, 2012 in Galena,IL. The love surrounding them on that day from family and friends was completely evident and the love between them was undeniable. I honestly felt so honored to be their photographer on this day. Never in my wildest dreams did I think this would be my life let alone, being able to document the special day of some of the people most close to me. I am so excited to share this moment. Two of the most kind hearted, loving and selfless people I know. Love you Daniel and Laura!
To see a slideshow with more images click below!