52 Weeks Project | Week 17 | Runnin on Empty

Runnin on Empty

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What are you afraid will happen?
What terrifies you so that your blood
becomes glue and you refuse to move?
Let life happen, let it tear you to ribbons
and then, when it does, and it will,
watch the way they dance in all the wind.

-Tyler Knott Gregson

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I want to expand on the poem above with the added reality of after the fact life tears you to ribbons, and you learn to watch it dance, that you have to retie them back together eventually. On your own. And allow for the ribbons to be their own new pattern. And that this process can take time. 

I get asked sometimes why I'm doing this personal project and how I've made it this far so far, and honestly, I feel like this is my attempt to retieing my ribbons. This entire project. And each week is me exploring a different ribbon - different pieces of me that have been flying around all over the place. And because it has that deeper meaning for me, it's giving me motivation in a way past attempts at this same project failed. 

I'll expand on all this a little more another week, since this week I'm running entirely on fumes. Even as I type this it's midnight and I've been up all day running on 4 hours of sleep. So, you have something to look forward to a little later down the road if you're following along :) 

 
 

52 Weeks Project | Week 16 | The Ways of the Force

The Ways of the Force 

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There is no emotion, there is peace.
There is no ignorance, there is knowledge.
There is no passion, there is serenity.
There is no chaos, there is harmony.
There is no death, there is the Force.

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If you know me, it is no secret how big of a Star Wars fan I have always been. (EVEN BEFORE IT WAS COOL)

And I could spend the entire blog post here talking about why that is and how much it has impacted my life (gave me role models, is the reason my husband and I met, etc), but honestly that's not what I want this whole thing to be about. 

You see, even though Star Wars is a fictional storyline, it has so many relatable situations, characters, and stories that can cross into our own lives. A lot of us grew up with it being a major root in our childhood. And because of that, It's become a monumental pillar in pop culture and across the world to a point where most everybody - all 7.5 billion of us - knows at least what it is even if they've never seen it. 

And a lot of people, including myself, have even adopted the philosophical values the mega series has to offer for inspiration, guidance, and even as a way to live out life. 

And what has drawn me most to the series is the ways of the force. How the force is this unseeable thing that connects all lifeforms together. That it's something force sensitive beings in the Star Wars universe can draw power from and use it for good, or for evil. And that the contrast is undeniably similar to the struggles we face in our real, everyday lives. And how we choose to live out our own stories. 

And me? I'm always thinking about how I want to write my own story. And how it's being written everyday. But what do I want to stand for? Live for? 

Well, I will always stand for the light. 

To embrace the ways of life similar to that of the Jedi. To embrace the light, fight for good causes, and live out a balanced existence in such a messy world. To be a peacemaker first, but never be afraid to fight when it's needed most. To listen outwardly with others, but internally as well to yourself and the connection you have to the rest of the universe. That the connection to the universe is a connection to every living thing all around you - through the force - where you can draw strength and power from when it is needed most. And with the connection you feel through the force, you are never truly alone within this vast universe. 

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On a lighter note, I just got this lightsaber as an excuse to dress up REAL fancy for my nephew's 5th birthday party 2 Saturdays ago! I've been WAITING for an excuse to really dive in deep, make a costume, and get myself a real, custom lightsaber (Thanks Ultrasabers).

This saber is their Initiate v4 with their basic soundboard built in (oh yes, it makes ALL the sounds!!)

The reason I'm late getting this up though is because of 2 things - 1, this lightsaber didn't actually arrive for the party! It was late due to Hurricane Harvey, being shipped from Texas and all. And then also, last week was a WHIRLWIND. So much has happened, I feel like this would turn into a novel easily. So, I decided it was ok to post this a few days late, get some nice photos, and turn it into something fun.... late :) 

Because honestly, getting this saber is literally a DREAM. COME. TRUE. 

I felt like an 8 year old at Christmas. 

Anyway, I thought I'd go ahead and end this post with a slideshow of photos for what this whole thing was inspired by - my nephew's 5th birthday party, Star Wars theme of course!! Hosted by yours truly, decor all hand made by my sister (Fun Fact, she's one of my second shooters at weddings!), and our momma made all the desserts. We all make a pretty good team together :)

May the force be with you. Always.

 
 

1628 LTD Exhibition

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I'm excited to announce that this personal piece of mine has been selected to be a part of the Urban Tapestry: A Group Photography Exhibition at 1628 LTD alongside many other talented photographers and artists!

There will be an open house event on September 14 between 6-8 pm I will be attending and would love to invite all of you to come say hi!! 

The event is totally free and light food, wine, and other drinks are all included. 

If you'd like to stop by and say hello, be sure to RSVP with the event to get a FREE TICKET sent to your email.

[To RSVP, go to their website here]

I hope to see you there! 


**UPDATE**

 

The piece on display is a 20x30 canvas wrap, 1.5" depth, and is at 1628 LTD for sale until December 1st! So if you weren't able to make it out and are still interested in seeing it, or purchasing it, be sure to stop by 1628 LTD (11 Garfield Pl, Cincinnati, OH 45202)

But, I wanted to personally thank everybody who came to the open house to show their support. I had an amazing time catching up with people and exploring more amazing work from the featured artists! Below is a few photos from our night last week at the open house :) 

52 Weeks Project | Week 15 | The Grind

The Grind

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I welcome you to what it really looks like to be a photographer haha. That this is what we are actually doing 80% of the time we are hired to do a job. Between editing, emailing, scheduling, and planning with clients the majority of the work we do goes completely unnoticed and is unrecognizable. 

BUT, I'm not complaining over here. 

This hustle I'm currently experiencing is the result of about 10 years of solid dedication to my craft. 7 years experience of shooting weddings. And 4 years perfecting it running an independent LLC. So, despite the majority of what I do being unrecognized, I'm still over here on cloud 9 as I realize the efforts of my decade of dedication has people contacting me from all over. And that's something to be TRULY excited about!! 

While I am experiencing this intense hustle, I don't have much time to get creative with this project this week. BUT, I made myself put everything to the side tonight, embraced some simplicity, and decided to showcase something I'm pretty proud of right now :) 

MY NEW WORKSPACE!!

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At the beginning of the year I decided to tackle a room renovation in the house - my office. Something that is in much need of a facelift, overhaul, and organization. 

Now, because this year has been insanely busy, it's STILL a work in progress! One that will probably not be complete until this winter. But, my desk space is finished and I couldn't be happier about it <3

I did decide to finally upgrade my desk lamp, but couldn't get rid of my old one (I've had that old one on every desk since I was about 8!) so that'll have to have a special place all in it's own. 

The computer is a self built PC made for gaming and editing that's been around for nearly 5 years now (holy cow) and I wanted to keep - what I call my Tron speakers - because I bought the set around the time I was OBSESSED with the Tron Soundtrack and listened to that soundtrack on repeat for nearly a year (omg listen to this song, and this one, AND THIS ONE)

My WD Hard Drives are where I back up my work so everything is always in 3 physical places (And I have 1 more place online. Yeah, I'm paranoid haha!).

My desktop background is the art of the wonderfully talented Yuumei.

And my wooden desk top was actually made by my husband, Paul! It's really just two pine boards from Home Depot sanded and stained pretty costing less than $40. 

The drawer sets the pine boards are on top of are from IKEA. 

And of course, the accents came from two of my favorite places in the entire world... Home Goods and Target because really <3<3<3<3

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There have already been many hours spent here at this new set up and a countless amount will be spent here over the next few months as I grind through this huge hustle - a hustle that has been well earned, greatly appreciated, and one that truly reflects how special this business has become <3

Ok, peace out really. Because this girl gotta work. 

 
 

Kayce | Senior at Lebanon High School | Lebanon, Ohio