Megan and Anthony are two of the sweetest people I have ever met and I am beyond excited for their wedding this coming August. Last weekend we headed out to Lake Maria State Park and basked in the springlike summer sunshine. Dreamy light, golden fields, and a couple in love. For me, there is nothing better.
In November I took a risk. I wrote an essay and sent it to a photographer whose work I am in complete and utter awe of, and gulped. I asked the universe for help, I hoped. I dreamed. I crossed all my fingers and toes and prayed. And in January, the universe answered. I was chosen to attend Clayton Austin‘s first ever Share The Goodness: An Inspiration Shop and I was floored. Excited. Scared. Crazy nervous. I can’t explain why Clayton chose me as an attendee – the essay? Perhaps. My photography? Maybe. But what I can tell you is that in one single day (and two fleeting evenings) my life was forever changed. Not only was I given the opportunity to learn from an incredible photographer, but I was in a studio with some of the most amazing people I have had the pleasure of meeting – talented, humble, funny, candid, amazing people – photographers – who I am honored to be able to call my friends and whose collective body of work astounds me. Justin takes some of the most moving photographs I have ever seen. Tahni, with her amazing sense of style and vintage aesthetic is a true gem and I’m crazy glad we’ve become besties. Kelsea, well, you all know how crazy I am about that girl. Derrek (and his amazing wife Jenn) has an incredible talent with videography and Rocked.Out. his first photoshoot ever (as did Tanner, y’all!). Dave is hilarious and, as a fellow Minnesotan, won’t be free of me any time soon (sorry, friend!) And of course, Clayton. Dear, awesome, humble, hopeless-romantic Clayton. One of the most generous, giving, thoughtful and amazing photographers I’ve had the pleasure to meet. I am forever grateful to you for your candor, your willingness to share the goodness, and your friendship.
Thank you, all of you, for one amazing day of so. much. goodness.
Below are the images I shot of Caroline and Ben during the workshop’s live shoot. Caroline-you are one of the most beautiful women I’ve seen up close, and Ben – the way you love her is beyond words. Thank you both for honoring us all with your story.
Once we believe in ourselves,
we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight,
or any experience that reveals
the human spirit.
So here’s to believing. Risking. Wondering. Doing.
Here’s to sharing goodness.
The journey to this moment started over a year ago with a wordpress site — complete with my very own domain name, and a made-by-me custom header. Although everyone I asked said wordpress was the way to go, and the only way to have a truly professional site, something about it didn’t feel right. After less than a month I scrapped the site and ran back to blogger. Blogspot was what I knew – my personal blog has been on blogger for years – and it was safe there. Comfortable. Easy. So I traded in the boring (and, in the interest of full disclosure, terribly ugly) basic wordpress theme for a somewhat custom blog. The template I bought had blue damask wallpaper and typewriter-esque font, and I had a very new (very blue) safety net of epic proportions. I built myself a mediocre version of the status quo.
I hated it. Even worse, I wasn’t proud of it. I certainly didn’t want to show it off. I didn’t want people to see it, but I still wanted them to see my photos. To see me.
When I built that blog last spring I knew it wasn’t forever. It was pretty, sure, but it was a round hole. And, well, I’m a very square peg.
A few months ago I contacted Moxee and asked a million questions. I sent email after email rambling, throwing out ideas and visions. Starting and re-starting again and again. I am certain I sounded like a lunatic. I told Breanna I longed to have a website that represented who I am beyond just a photographer. A place where I can share my love of sewing and knitting. A site that’s fun, but still authentic. Clean, but worn in. Handmade. Real. A site that isn’t just something – it’s anything. Everything.
A website – an online identity – that’s more like me.
Enter today. Enter now. Enter this.exact.moment.
This past month has been crazy and emotional and fun and stressful and perfect. I am so proud of this space. This blog. This…square hole.
I can’t wait to break it in. To post more — more sewing, more knitting, more of my stories, and most of all – more of your stories.
Love stories, after all, are sort of kind of completely my favorite.
A huge thank you to Breanna for this amazing collaboration. To everyone who has stood by me this past year, helping, listening, guiding, and putting up with me. To all of my amazing clients who have trusted me with their stories. To my husband. To Anda. To Kelsea.
To everyone, ever, who had a dream and chased it.