What makes you most nervous?? For me, there is a whole list. One thing that makes me nervous and have a knot in my stomach is having to cook dinner for someone and something else that makes me feel sick is SPEAKING. Yep. I get nervous…. every time. Without fail, I ALWAYS get a knot in my stomach and start looking for the nearest bathroom just in case… EVERY time I have to prepare a talk and get in front of people. It’s crazy. I’ve done this SO. MANY. TIMES. Why can’t I just get a grip?! Because I’m human and failure is a real thing.
I’ve bombed talks. I’ve derailed from outlines. I’ve had a shaky voice. I’ve lost my place and scrambled…. and I remember EVER SINGLE FAILURE before I speak. It’s a horrible pattern. However, I have learned this week the secret to growing and slowly overcoming the nerves is just to DO IT AGAIN. and AGAIN. I spoke at Pursuit two weeks ago, then I spoke to almost 250 people at UNITED this week and then we hosted our Come Together Phoenix event last night and I noticed something…. I’m getting better. I’m not getting better at speaking … I’m getting better at the freak out. I’m getting better at not feeling sick before I get in front of people. It’s amazing what happens when you step into the danger zone over and over again…. it becomes less dangerous… less scary… less overwhelming. So here’s to the reward of repetition. If you’re in a season where you’re freaking out… it may not be as dramatic as looking for the nearest bathroom but if you’re ready to overcome a certain fear in your life, my best advice is, in the words of NIKE, just do it. Go for it…. because each time will be easier and each time will make you grow!!
Last night’s Come Together Event was a blast. Over 50 photographers from Utah to New Mexico drove in to gather together in Scottsdale for an evening of education, laughs… and PIZZA. We saw old friends, met new friends and spent the evening sharing some of our favorite aspects of our business. I think my favorite part of the event was being with a more intimate group and getting to share some stories that I’ve never shared outside of our workshops. I also loved getting to do this alongside some of our dearest friends. We joke that Jordan and Amy just “get us” but they truly do in every sense of the phrase. They enjoy sharing life and education with people in the same way that we do and it’s an absolute joy to do it TOGETHER. I can’t promise ANYTHING… our schedules are crazy… but in the future, if we were to host another Come Together event, let us know what cities should be possibilities!!!! Happy Thursday!
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Ah! It’s our FINAL STUDENT SPOTLIGHT!!! This July post has been a long time coming but it’s HERE and it’s LIVE and I want you to help me celebrate these amazing photographers who are making their dreams happen!!!
This six month update feels like it’s weirdly disproportionate compared to other monthly updates! Why is that? Well, last month I posted a couple of sets of images that were actually at the beginning of his sixth month and THEN we photographed multiple weddings, had several trips away from home for a few days and the dads were for several days!
Hope and Jesse are the sweetest couple. You can just feel it when you’re with them! You can see it when you watch them interact. You can hear it in the stories that their family members and best friends shared about them. They are truly soulmates and best friends. They have an undeniable love for one another and that is why even a rainy, misty wedding day could be incredibly vibrant, warm and joyful!!
Rhett’s fifth month was full of fun. It’s crazy to me that I know I only take my big camera to about 10% of the things we do in a month and yet each month is SO full.
This beautiful wedding day took place in the rolling hills of West Virginia, just past the Virginia state line. Wild Goose Farm is a venue that I’ve never photographed before and let me tell you, it was a treat! We didn’t even have the sun join us for most of the day and yet we were able to capture beautiful portraits! Between the horses, old fences, stunning estate home, lily pad covered pond, old stone walls, rustic barn, open fields and a historic stone arch, I was in photographer heaven!
This session was just as sweet as it looks. We spent the evening with Megan and Tim in the country outside of Harrisonburg, Virginia. We were tucked away in the rolling hills in between beautiful fields and family farms. It reminded me all over again why I just love Virginia. We really have it all… beaches, mountains, history, and great schools! JMU, while it did play a role in Tim and Megan’s story, isn’t actually where it started!