52 Weeks Project | Week 12 | Windswept

Windswept

12/52

These past few weeks have been a complete whirlwind. In fact, I can confidently say this entire summer has been so far. 

Everyday is stuffed with as much as possible between the business meetings, house chores, a never ending editing pile, shoots to capture, weddings to document, an office remodel, and on top of it all... my husband is getting ready to leave for a 2 and a half week motorcycle trip across the country which has also taken a lot of prep time for. 

Needless to say, this self portrait is how I'm constantly feeling right now lol. Completely windswept by the chaos that is every day. So, I'm looking forward to life slowing down a bit soon, taking a digital detox, catching up, and kicking ass again.

This photo by the way was a little tricky to edit and put together! I actually combined two images that could showcase more of a complete photo together. So, if you want to see how I did that, watch the quick editing time-lapse. 

Also, if you are curious about why I haven't done full video blogs the past couple weeks like I started out doing with this project, I will return to making full video blogs for the more in depth concepts when I get some more time again :) So, stay tuned for that!

'Til next time y'all <3

 
 

Madison + Rob | Columbus, Ohio | Columbus Wedding Photographer0

52 Weeks Project | Week 11 | Embracing Change

Embracing Change

11/52

Well, I'm happy to say that this week's biggest event was getting my hair dyed - for the first time! 

First time? I know. I'm 27 and I'm just doing this for the first time. 

But why? 

Honestly, it's something I've been wanting to try out for the last few years. But it was always too much money and not enough time to dedicate to trying it out. Not to mention - the fear of change. 

Change is always something that has been hard for me to submit to. I naturally like to be the rock in the river raging against the currents of change. But the older I get, the more I realize that being that sort of way will close a lot of doors of opportunity and experiences for me. And being that rock against the raging current, you only get eroded away from the persistence that water (change) cuts with. Even if it's over loooong periods of time. It will always deal damage. Which ultimately fills you with bitterness and regret as time closes opportunity for you experiencing what we want in this life. 

And honestly, motherhood has embraced this sort of mindset a lot within me. Because Leo (who is currently 15 months old) is changing every single day. And my life is already turned upside-down different than it was this time last year. And totally different from the year before that when I first found out I was pregnant. And then this time next year, it will be even more different. So, you have to be able to flow with change a lot more as a parent if you are going to be not only a successful one, but a successful person in general. 

It's been nearly 2 years since I found out I was pregnant and my entire days between then and now have been spent dedicating myself to a miniature human in a way I didn't know I had in me. Which, I absolutely LOVE to do of course!! But, it felt really, REALLY nice to do something just for me when the majority of every day I ever spend is dedicated to other people. Because I truly believe it's absolutely necessary to take care of ourselves amongst the chaos of life to arrive in the end in one piece lol. 

I will admit though that this week has been almost experiencing the 5 stages of grief (haha) realizing how much of an emotional connection I had to my natural hair (something I didn't really know before lol!

But, now that we are here at the end of this week, I feel like this whole experience has definitely given a boost to my more dulled post-motherhood hair (my hair used to be a lot more vibrant before pregnancy changed my body). And as my hair grows, these blonde introductions to my hair will only look better. And if I decide that this whole hair-dying thing just isn't for me after all, I can grow it out and just simply never do it again. But at least I can know that I did it, I tried it, and it made me feel bomb.com in a time where a lot of mothers forget about their own happiness. 

 
 

The Rice Family | Cincinnati Family Photographer

I don't normally write anything for my portrait sessions because I shoot so many these days! But this one, I want to share a little something extra. 

I've been photographing one of the couples of this family, Lauren and Chris, since they discovered me back in 2011. I did their engagement photos, wedding photos, and most recently their anniversary session up in Chicago (see that session here). 

Well, Lauren wanted me to capture photos of not just her and Chris this time, but of her whole immediate family. They are such a fun group of people and it was so nice getting to see how their family has grown since Lauren and Chris's wedding in 2014. 

Lauren now has a little niece named Charlotte who is the daughter of Erin (one of Lauren's sisters). And just 4 days after doing this photoshoot with this beautiful family, Charlotte became very ill and was soon diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and my heart is completely broken.

I want to spread as much awareness I can to help this little baby girl who is just two years old to help her and this whole family fight cancer together. If you want to help support or contribute to this baby girls recovery, please visit their GOFUNDME page and follow Charlotte's Brave Fight facebook page. I really do believe they're going to beat this!! 

Anyway, enjoy these beautiful and special photos of a family full of life, laughter, and a whole ton of sass. 

52 Weeks Project | Week 10 | For the Love of Music

For the Love of Music

10/52

Music is unlike anything else that exists in this life. It is the one thing that can explain emotions we don't have words for. It can connect two total strangers. Families. Entire groups of people. It transcends all language barriers, cultures, and boundaries. And can be healing, transformative, and comforting through times that need a little extra. 

My hubby knows how big of a Hans Zimmer fan I am and surprised me with 2 tickets to see his concert this week down in Cincinnati. I STILL CAN'T BELIEVE IT OMG. I've been a fan of Hans Zimmer for as long as I can remember. But I remember first hearing his name when Gladiator came out, because my dad listened to the soundtrack non stop at the time of it's release. And, a lot of those songs became embedded into my 10 year old soul. 

But I've learned over the years that Hans Zimmer has made music that has impacted my life from almost my birth with Lion King. Then Gladiator, as I mentioned, which gave me songs that got me through high school. Then of course one of my favorite movie series, Pirates of the Caribbean, the newest Batman Triology, Inception, Man of Steel, and even the entire soundtrack for my favorite movie ever, Interstellar. And so. many. others. 

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I figured it was worth putting together a list of my top favorite/most influential songs for me. Making this list was REALLY hard. To narrow down soundtracks that I adore and have listened to for hours on end.... :O

But, here it goes. 

 

1. The Battle [From The Gladiator Soundtrack] 
2. This is Clark Kent [From Man of Steel Soundtrack]
3. Cornfield Chase [From Interstellar Soundtrack]
4. This Land [From Lion King Soundtrack]
5. He's a Pirate [From Curse of the Black Pearl Soundtrack]
6. Elysium [From The Gladiator Soundtrack]
7. Wonder Woman Main Theme [From Wonder Woman Soundtrack]
8. Davy Jones [From Dead Man's Chest Soundtrack]
9. Time [From Inception Soundtrack]
10. Now We Are Free [From The Gladiator Soundtrack]

 

For those curious, #1 was my junior year of high school jam. It got me through that rough time. #2 connected me to motherhood even before Leo was ever a thought. #3 reminds me of my childhood adventures on all levels. #4 is pure magic. #5 fuels my inner rebel. #6 and #10 bring me so much peace. #7 well duh. lady power. #8 a song full of contrast and depth making a seamless symphony #9 just... really. all the feels. 

I'm going to be putting together a video for this week and including footage from the concert! But I have some client editing I need to catch up on first. So stay tuned for that update next week!