life has been so crazy since we have returned home from Australia!! We were home for 11 days and when we left for Alaska! We had an awesome august but the traveling isn’t over! We shot a wedding in Seattle this past weekend and we have two other weddings this month that require flights… plus 4 days at the incredible P31 conference in Atlanta!! Whew! I’m starting to think I live on an airplane!! We are so thankful for these opportunities. When Michael joined me full time, this is what we hoped for. We’re young, we don’t have kids and we love to travel…
and so crazy months like these are possible for us. They don’t drain us and they don’t leave us burnt out. If anything, it’s inspiring! However, with all of the traveling that is happening these days, we have neglected the “Behind the Scenes” blog post from our Australian workshop!! I can’t believe it’s been a MONTH! It’s been a full month since we met the most amazing group of photographers in the quaint city of Adelaide in South Australia! We arrived to our rental house and immediately realized that it was a bit on the stark, modern side! It’s a good style if you’re going for the “Clean and Sterile” feel! So Michael and I left and went to buy groceries and flowers to make it feel a little more welcoming! Besides the white walls, floors, and furniture, it was the PERFECT beach house for a home-based workshop!! We are SO thankful that we rented this space instead of a conference room somewhere. One of the best decisions we have ever made with our workshops was to move them into our home!!! So why not do that same thing in Australia?! Matt and Katie, an incredible Australian husband/wife team, gave us so much advice about the workshop and we’re so thankful they encouraged us to rent a home! Definitely look them up!! :)
So we arrived to Adelaide after a few days in Sydney and we went straight to the house. We traveled in on a stormy day and so the wind was ridiculously strong and I worried that the styled shoot wasn’t going to be able to happen outdoors. However, by morning, the skies had cleared and it was perfectly sunny! The winds had died down and it was day one of our very first international Workshop Experience! WOOHOO!! Our attendees showed up in the morning and within the first few minutes of meeting them, I knew it was going to be an amazing group!! I could have listened to their accents forever! We were so blessed with such an incredible group of photographers from ALL OVER Australia! They were excited, eager to learn, grateful, patient and genuinely happy to be together and to have new friends in the industry! I can’t wait for you to meet them via some behind the scenes images!!! Enjoy!!If you know me, you know that purple is not my color… not even close. However, this was all that Michael could find in Adelaide supermarkets in the dead of winter! :) “Tea” is a big deal to the Aussies… they couldn’t believe we didn’t even own a “kettle” back home! :) We started in a smaller room downstairs while the styled shoot was being setup upstairs on the porch! We had to find a house with a rain plan and this porch was perfect! It wasn’t raining but the light was so awesome that it was the best place to start the shoot! Then we shot in broad daylight… but it worked! Sand is a GREAT natural reflector!! We love these people so much!!!!!!! Love this!
Here it is! Post one of twelve! I’m committing, once again, to blogging my favorite images each month of Everett’s first year and I’m excited about it because I know from past experience that this is truly the BEST motivation and accountability to stay on top of family editing!!
It’s hard to believe I’m writing this… my fourth birth story in four years. I’ve given birth in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. Just typing that makes me tired….. and so grateful…. unbelievably grateful. These last four years have been the best and hardest of my life. We cherish being parents and welcoming a new baby is hands down the most incredible thing we have ever experienced in our 18 years together. I’m so excited to introduce you to our newest member of our family and tell you the story of how he came into this world!
Whether you’re brand new to business or have been in business for quite a while, this brand new Youtube video is for you! Michael and I, early on in our business, struggled to relinquish tasks to other professionals outside of our business. Really…. It was more of MY STRUGGLE than his.
Welcome to December’s Student Spotlight!! It’s a new month and we have new photographers to celebrate!! I’m so thankful for them and for their willingness to give of their time and share their stories!!!
This shoot was supposed to happen about a month earlier on the exact day that leftover rains from a hurricane swept through Washington. I’m so thankful we rescheduled! Our reschedule date was absolute perfection! The temperature, the glow, the locations…. it was beautiful! Tyler and Abby’s outfit choices were wonderful and the leaves were full of color and still hanging on the trees.
When Michael and I were in our early years of dating, I would go on trips with his family for Thanksgiving and summer trips to West Virginia and I spent time with his cousins! “Bri-Bri” was so little! He’s the youngest of all of the cousins and it’s crazy to think that he’s old enough to be getting MARRIED! He’s actually older than we were when we got married!! We have known Shannon for years and we were THRILLED when we heard that Brian had proposed because we always hoped that would happen!!!