Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Hitched @ The Riverbed Farm

A farm full of veggies + custom wood aesthetics + a couple in love = Weddings at The Riverbed Farm.

I got to spend a recent afternoon taking photos of a pretend wedding with the sweetest couple to show off this brand new Wedding and Event space.

If you are getting married and you want an intimate, rustic, unique and afforadable space, check out The Riverbed Farm.

We worked with a great group of vendors to make this pretty 'wedding' happen. Featured in this post:
Venue: The Riverbed Farm | Hair & Make Up: Design Visage | Styling: Love More Decor | Videography: Central Studios | Floral: Flower Girl Co. | Calligraphy: Type Cast Court | Craft Beer: Ambitious Ales | Craft Coffee: Solid City Coffee | Dessert Bar: Hannah's Bananas | Cake: Baked Haus | Photobooth: Get Fox Tails

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Chapman Family

These little ladies are too cute! 

The Chapman family just added their newest addition, Emily. Sweet Autumn (big sister) repeated, "Baby Emily" in the sweetest tone as she held her. I think it is safe to say she is excited to have a little sister!

Monday, July 18, 2016

The Mainprize Family: Home Session

You know what I love?

The in between moments. You know, the simple moments when you pause and think,

"These are the moments that make up this season, the ones that we'll look back and value deeply." 

You know what I mean? In our home it is moments like Saturday morning breakfast and coffee on the couch in our pjs. Getting home late and debriefing our day on the couch. Our neighborhood walks to dinner. Sleeping in on Monday mornings..

These moments can be easy to overlook but so worth preserving.

That is why I love home sessions.. A more documentary approach to capture some of the in between, unique, simple and valuable moments.

This session with The Mainprize Family worked out when Grandma was in town. So I parked it in the corner of some of their favorite rooms and documented them, being them. It was lovely.

Thank you for letting me capture these moments for your family! 

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Real Talk Tuesday: You need to get out of town.

Actually, you don't have to leave. But you gotta take time off. All of us. Well, most of us.

Did you know 40% of Americans didn't take a single day off last year? I don't mean they worked 7 days a week. I mean they didn't take a single vacation day off from their normal work week. Not one! I can't even imagine functioning all year like that but yet, it happens.

We work more than ever.
We take on more than ever.
We commit to as many extras as possible.
And we get away less than ever.

And yet so often we feel like we're still not enough (linked to not doing enough).


Vacation time needs to make a comeback. 

You know what vacation does for you?

  • presses pause & reset
  • gives your mind (and soul) the space to rest
  • unchains you from that desk/office/computer/phone/laundry pile
  • creates space for fun
  • connects you with your family/friends/self (whoever you vacay with)
  • allows space to reflect, evaluate, pay attention and adjust life rhythms
  • refreshes you to return to life and work

None of that is scientifically proven. Those are all my own statements. But I am pretty sure they are all true. I know they are for me.

I don't think 'Vacation' means two weeks in Hawaii. Vacation is whatever you want it to be. An extended trip to the local Embassy Suites (I love their breakfast), a road trip, a spunky Airbnb stay, a state/country you've never been too, your favorite city to explore, etc.

Life needs a rhythm of multiple types of 'Vacations' (aside from a weekly day off of work).

  1.  They Day trip:
    Solo adventure? A quick getaway with your favorite travel buddy? A long day in a hammock at the park with a picnic? What is refreshing to you? Carve out a day (or half a day) every month to do that thing!
  2. The weekend away:
    1-3 nights. Maybe it is right down the street. Maybe it's a couple hours drive to a nearby destination. Maybe it is camping in the backyard. Maybe it is a staycation with a trip to the nail salon, the pool and some delicious restaurants nearby. Whatever it is, a few of these are crucial - like 1 per quarter! This doesn't have to be costly - get creative! You gotta plan for it or it'll probably never happen!
  3. VACAY!
    A week? Two weeks? Different seasons of life come with different margins. I can't say what is possible or good for you but I will say, "Take a vacation." Use that paid time off, save up, plan ahead. Life is full and busy. We need to press pause on all our 'stuff' and enjoy space. And we need an extended time for this. Time to decompress. Time to forget about emails. Time to slow our minds down. Time to simply be. Time to enjoy something new. 
We're not awesome at a lot of things in life/marriage but we've been pretty good about time away. We love the mountains so that encourages time away. We love visiting friends who live out of town. We love camping. And we've also created intentional rhythms that allow time away. We've save monthly for adventures. We sacrifice budget that could go to other areas so we can splurge a little. We look ahead and put adventures on the calendar. Maybe you'd rather stay home... awesome! Plan some intentional weekends.

Anyway, we've never taken a summer vacation. We've taken a spring road trip, a few 2 week trips to Kenya and some weekend trips but this summer we are taking a two week vacation! WHAT? I am pumped. Charles is SO pumped. We need this. We're longing for this. We've planned for this. We're saving for this. Sure, we'll take a blow from it (I won't get paid while we're away). But it'll be worth it.  I can't wait.

I already feel a little nervous. Nervous about not working. Nervous about not updating my business' social media. Nervous about disconnecting. All the reasons why we need this. This is fun but this is also a discipline that life needs. As a society, we're always connected, doing, responding, available. And we need some time to not be.

Other pros of vacation (from my perspective):
  • Memory making. Stuff to look back on. Stuff to pass onto future generations. Stuff that makes life richer.
  • Meeting new people. I love meeting/observing people in new cities/places. It is fun and fascinating. 
  • Food. Coffee. Beer. We will always be looking for tasty new local spots, delicious craft coffee and local breweries. 
  • Nature. Places to hike, swim, take beautiful photos, soak up beauty.
  • Rest. Naps, laying out (yes, even me), sleeping in.
  • Not working.
Ok... So, tell me!
How do you vacation? How do you press reset?
What's the best vacation you've ever taken?
Are you good at this or does this area need some work?