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I love this rain so much it’s making me believe I could live in Portland. Any Oregon-dwellers out there? Is the rain really THAT bad? I loved the off and on drizzle while we were there. It was very dreamy.
I haven’t known what to do with this space for quite some time. I come, find inspiration, get bombarded with ads, and leave feeling guilty for being a photographer who doesn’t post to Instagram. 🙄 — Sharing my work in this space has been emotionally exhausting. So I just don’t. And then I meet up with photographer friends and they lovingly push me to post my work. I promise I will. And then I don’t. This cycle repeats continuously. — I had a breakthrough this week a couple days after my friend presented me with a marketing accountability challenge 👊🏼. I was editing personal work and created something I loved. And I immediately wanted to share it. I felt inspired. So, easy answer to the ever-looming question, what do I share in this space? I’m taking it back to the early ig days and posting what brings me joy. That’s now my only criteria. And it feels good.... right now. I promise I’ll share when I relapse into paralyzing perfectionism because #transparency.
Posting here as a personal bookmark, placed right at the year where I found my voice. . The beginning of each year is conveniently located 5 days away from my birthday, which may be why I always ignored the pressures of “the new year.” Just too much reflecting, no? With time, I’ve grown to love this double dose of reflecting and goal-setting. . 2018 is the year I launched my photography business. It’s the year I spoke what I wanted out into the universe and what followed felt right, earned, and good. I traveled to Costa Rica and Guatemala for work. I studied under people and taught others. I shot my first wedding. I made industry friends and shot alongside some of my favorite photographers. I moved downtown. I prioritized my family. I invested in friendships. I stopped looking for my value in others. I worked on loving myself WELL. . Most importantly, I found my voice. I’d previously held so much, for myself, for those I love, and don’t love, for strangers. I held more than I should and it was this weight that left me tired and uninspired. I spent 2018 loving myself so hard. My arms were so busy loving on myself that I couldn’t hold others expectations and disappointments. And what I found, was my voice, my power, my freedom, my spirit. . There were parts of this year that were incredibly hard, yes. But many of those difficult times, were a result of me using my voice. Standing up for myself, setting boundaries, speaking my desires, sharing my hurt, being vulnerable. When I look back at this year, I feel pride. I’m proud of my growth this year. I can honestly say I love who I am today. I am my best self today. And I can’t think of a better way to enter a new season. I’m ready for you, 2019. I’m ready for more work, more growth, and greater love.
About last night... @missarahglover and @chefkevinoconnor crafted an amazing meal for guests of Sarah’s book launch reception. I shot the evening alongside the amazing @luisabrimble, who shot the cookbook. Ready for round 2 tonight! There are still tickets available, check @cityscoutmag and @cobramestateusa.
ATTN: small business owners, makers, artists, bloggers, restaurants . To celebrate my website launch, I'm giving away a FREE commercial photography package. Yes, free photos to update your website, frame in your home, or liven up your social media! Get all the details and enter through the link in my bio! . Tag a friend who is killing it in business and deserves some shiny new photos!
Things are moving. 🙌🏼 I’m announcing something really exciting tomorrow! If you are a maker or a small business, you’re going to want to hear this one.
I have a website, it’s in my bio. It only took me a year so you should take a look. . My people have been challenging me for over a year to embrace the work my heart is drawn to. So I have to do this thing and just say these words: I am a cause-driven, travel photographer. Okay, I did it. Here we gooooo!
Happy Birthday to one of the brightest lights I know. @cassandradeee, I’m forever grateful that the universe brought us together. Our friendship has taught me about self-love, vulnerability, and most of all, it’s taught me about myself. You speak love, power, and truth to your people and you make us want to be more like ourselves. I’m insanely grateful that I get to walk through life you. Enjoy 29 girly! Photo | the wildly talented @jackipotorke
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” - Marianne Williamson