I know -- seriously white legs. Haven't seen the light of day for months. But you've got to break them out sometime, right? Hopefully by the time summer rolls around, they won't be physically blinding people.
Yes, I did this:
1 -- Thought two complete strangers who made weird comments about my green sweater were off their rockers until I realized it was St. Patrick's Day THE DAY BEFORE. Guess I was a little late to the party.
2 -- Ate pasta three nights this week to avoid having to go to the grocery store.
Celebrating: Divine weather. I'm convinced I bring unseasonably warm weather with me wherever I go. I just shot a wedding in MN in March in the 70s. I rest my case.
It's the start of spring wedding season in Phoenix. I work full-time year round, but come spring and fall, I rarely STOP working. I wish I had more of a personal life to reflect on here, but that's the nature of the beast. Thankfully I mostly enjoy the beast (my job...in case I lost you).
Feeling Blessed: Traveling is fun but coming home is better. I wish I could bottle up Dixie-dog's wiggle & whine when I come home. Priceless.
I'm SOOOO excited to finally announce to you the project I've been working on for nearly a year now! I feel like I had a baby and I'm posting photos of her for the first time today -- haha! Whatever you do -- don't call my baby ugly :).
Today I'm launching a new business to help photographers get their lives back. It's called Align Album Design and we are an outsourcing solution for professional photographers who want to focus on what they love doing -- whether that's shooting or building your business. Do what you love. Let us design your albums.
I know there are other resources out there for album design. But we specialize in offering clean, modern designs, both fast and affordably. Album designs are done in 4 business days or less and 3 rounds of revisions are included for the low price of $4/page or $8/spread.
We have a GORGEOUS website with branding and design by the incredibly talented Promise Tangeman and expert programming and implementation by Brock with Infinet Design. I couldn't have even fathomed taking on this project without this dream team beside me! Here's a screen shot of the home page, but click here to see the full site!
The designs that come out of Align are clean and simple -- and really show off your images.
In addition to offering clean designs super-fast at an affordable price, we top it all off with a cherry:
Woot woot! That's right -- you know that studio sample you've been meaning to design? Or that one album you just haven't gotten around to yet? We are here for you my friend! Take advantage of the 1/2 off deal and see for yourself if Align can be just the thing you need to help free you up to focus on your business and get your life back.
They met at youth group as teenagers and though she doesn't remember thinking he was cute right from the start, she remembers thinking he really knew a lot about the Bible because he could answer every question the teacher asked.
But Sunil was more than just knowledgeable - he was sweet, charming, and had a gift for putting people at ease. Sunil could walk into a room of strangers and walk out with a room full of friends. And he couldn't help but notice Amanda from the very beginning.
Their love for each other is inspiring: it has spanned many miles (Sunil lives in Kansas, Amanda in Minnesota), faced challenges, and grown stronger because of both. And while they are beautiful, perhaps the most captivating thing about the two of them is their love for the Lord. It is nothing short of breathtaking.
Amanda started out getting ready in her family home where she has lived her whole life. I really enjoyed getting to know her sweet family. Her dad has been fighting cancer for 2 1/2 years. I loved being able to capture their special relationship.
Sunil and Amanda flew me up to Minnesota this weekend to photograph their engagement shoot and wedding. Today is the wedding. And although I only met them in person two days ago, I adore them. Their love for Christ and one another just radiates through their beings. They are stinkin' adorable and I feel so blessed to have them as clients.
Their engagement shoot was a photographer's dream. We shot on a private property near Long Lake, Minnesota, that Amanda has long admired. She asked permission and the owners graciously agreed to let us use it. The light was amazing, Sunil & Amanda were naturals in front of the camera and I was completely giddy the whole time. I had such a hard time narrowing down my favorites, but here are a few of them:
Amanda is SO gorgeous:
There's one guarantee for Sunil & Amanda's children: they WILL have amazing hair.
Couldn't love these next two images more if I tried.
Have I mentioned I have the best job? Sunil & Amanda -- thanks for allowing me to witness your amazing love!
My wintery outfit is in honor of the fact that I'm in Minnesota shooting an engagement shoot and wedding. Even though it's in the 60s & 70s, I felt justified breaking out my favorite fluffy scarf. I had to step over a melting pile of brown snow in order to take this photo, after all.
Highlight of the week: Had a completely free Saturday. It's a rare commodity in my world. I managed to fill it with a good work-out, catching up on laundry and work, snuggling Dixie, and quality time with some of my favorite TV shows. Nothing glamorous. But there is something so precious about a completely open day available to be filled in any way you please.
Yes, I did this:
1 -- Slept on a plane with my mouth open. Not sure there's any other possible way to do it.
2 -- Prayed my way out of getting kicked out of a park during a styled shoot. Guess we were supposed to get a permit. Oops! Thanks God for helping me out with that one.
Celebrating: I'm on the CUSP of making a big announcement (hopefully before the next Frivolous Friday) regarding a project that's been in the works for nearly a year now. BURSTING. AT. THE. SEAMS.
This trip I brought my cute sis along as my assistant. We are originally from Minnesota. So it's super-fun and nostalgic to come back here with her. Today we plan to visit our neighborhood in Eden Prairie where we lived from when I was 2-12 years old.
Feeling Blessed: Shot a super-fun engagement session for the most adorable couple. Met them for the first time yesterday, but I feel SO BLESSED to have such amazing clients and to get invited into people's lives like I do.