52 Weeks Project | Week 7 | Hansei


Hansei is the Japanese word and expression for self reflection. To acknowledge one's mistakes and pledge for improvement one way or another. And especially when you are running a business of any kind, this sort of self reflection for self improvement has to happen from time to time at varying degrees. And these night time city views over downtown Indianapolis sent me to that mental state. 


I was in town for an engagement shoot and afterward I grabbed some dinner, scoured over google maps for a rooftop parking garage to get some awesome views of the city, parked up, and took some self portraits to reflect the time, place, mood, and everything that was happening for me. And it got me thinking about that 17 year old girl I once was with a dream and a strong spirit to chase after it. 

I'll probably dedicate an entire week's photo to that very thing - maybe even write a letter to that girl - but for now, this is me peering into a city I had never been to before for work for a job that I created for myself as a creative entrepreneur. I've been full time now for a little over a year but have been practicing this photography craft for over a decade now shooting weddings 6 of those years. And during that whole time I now find myself living the dream my relentless soul wished for ever since I was a little kid - to be an artist, in all aspects of the word. To explore, document, and create in all capacities. To help people see the beauty in the world, in themselves, and what they share with others.

To me, that all makes life so much more worth living. 

Below is this week's behind the scenes video diary which kinda turned out more as a quick video snippet/talking rant instead of the how to's for this week. Things are slightly slowing down for the next week so I will attempt making something a little more in depth next week ^.^


Amy + Mitch | Engaged in Lebanon, OH

I always walk away from a photoshoot with something. And this photoshoot gave me some much needed inspiration! 

Amy and Mitch invited me to come along to their family's property where they are currently living out in the countryside near Morrow, Ohio. The house on the property is an old 1800's school house that has been fixed up and renovated in different ways over the year giving it and the entire property so much character. And if you know me - I'm all about vintage (heart eyez for dayz guyz). Not to mention, the weather turned out BEAUTIFULLY making this my first sunny session of the year! (Double Score!)

And all of this matches these two so well! They were all smiles together during our session and it didn't take long for them to be completely themselves in front of the lens. I always admire couples who are comfortable being EXACTLY who they are with each other!! And Amy and Mitch seem to bring the best out of each other. So, you can say, this photographer had a great time photographing them!

I'm really lookin' forward to photographing these two tieing the knot in September :)