TERESA'S BRIDAL PORTRAITS
I swear the best thing about this job is becoming a family's regular photographer and getting to spend time with them every year! Watching their babies grow does my heart so good. They are two of the absolute sweetest girls in the world. Two little apples that don't fall far from the trees at all. ;)
I love you guys so stinkin' much!
My mind feels like it's been shaken up like a snow globe again. Thoughts fluttering around, crashing into each other before slowly falling down. Thoughts on us moving again, thoughts on business things like establishing your brand and how to market without fear, thoughts on digging deeper in my art. It's chaos up there in my noggin!
They say it's "bad for business" if you write too in depth about those intense thoughts you have and struggles you go through and share it on the same space you share family sessions and weddings. Something about it not being consistent with your brand and scaring potential clients away. Woah- you mean I shouldn't let people see that I know what it feels like to push through the pain in order to find happiness? I shouldn't boldly share what's in my heart in hopes of bringing encouragement to others?
I had to ponder that long and hard and I've come to determine that some rules just don't apply when it comes to creating something that you're passionate about.
My "brand" is who I am.
I'm passionate about capturing raw moments with honesty and grace. I believe in sharing what's in my heart out loud with others because, if you really try, you can find common ground with everyone you meet. There's happiness in all of us and there's pain in all of us. Why should I not acknowledge both in my art?!
Finding beauty in chaos, strength in pain, and love in all things; that's what keeps me going.
And so, In the middle of all these thought flurries flying around in my mind, I was craving somewhere to let them fall and become still. My heart cried yet again, "Take me to the river!".
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When I need peace, when I need clarity, when I need to unwind, when I need to create, when I need to cry, when I need to feel the pull of something stronger than I, the river is where you'll find me.
many heartfelt thanks to my beautiful friend and fellow artist, Cory, for joining me for some art therapy!
The last few days have been very relaxing; something Nick and I both desperately needed with all this house hunting and "adulting" going on! It's only been a month since we started looking for our own home, but it surly has made stress and anxiety take over our bodies like nothing we've ever experienced. We've been in this house for two years. We've felt the warmth and comfort of his grandparents' spirits here and for the first time in almost 8 years together, the place we lived in actually felt like home. Before this house, we moved five times in four years! We had no roots. We were seasonal transplants.
And so it goes, seasons change. Years go on. Our time in this home, what I will always consider our first home together, has come to an end. We rooted here, though, so transplanting this time to our own soil will make for a much smoother transition. "Grow where you are planted", yes? So we shall. We've found us a home of our very own! I don't think that will quite sink in until we're sitting together in the new kitchen with the realization that for the first time ever, we are homeowners!
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Here are some photos from the past week. That eclipse was something amazing, wasn't it? I cried, obviously, because I'm Kristin and over emotional about everything. We listened to The Dark Side of the Moon album, because you're not gonna not listen to that during an eclipse, right?! ;)
We gave each other haircuts and walked the dogs at a local park. Mundane things, but things that I love about our life nonetheless.
I'm starting a new series since I finally ordered a remote for my camera! No more having to run & jump in a photo within 10 seconds! Also, I can now be present in moments with my family & still be the one who is doing the photographing. So, here is week one. A few of my favorite things about our life at home.
Binge watching Law & Order CI on Sundays.
Our mismatched décor.
Our silly babies and the way the afternoon sun turns our room golden.
My happy place.