Oh, Vienna. 🖤 when I come back here, it feels like coming home. It feels familiar, it feels comfortable, it feels natural and just right. It feels magical. ⠀ 🥰⠀ I wish that I could see this place for the first time, with fresh eyes as Tanner does. I do get so excited though when we turn the corner and see something like Stephansdom or the Hoffburg and his face immediately lights up. This place is simply magical and I hope it’s living up to everything I’ve told him in the past. ⠀ 😍⠀ Vienna, my city of dreams 🎶 I’m praying so hard that it doesn’t rain during our shoot this Tuesday. It’s forecast to thunderstorm and if you are a prayer person, pray it doesn’t rain!! We are desperate to make this work in Stadtpark. I’m so thankful for this place and for the memories i hold dear to me and for the memories I’m making right now. Vienna, please don’t let me down! For now, there is a sunny day ahead, so we are going to Schönbrunn tomorrow (pictured)!
I recently had probably 5-6 different people talk to me face to face and tell me, “your business is booming!” And “You must be so busy!” and “you must be shooting weddings every weekend!” And every single one of them was shocked when I told them I was having a pretty slow year and it’s been tough for me. They awkwardly told me, “oh, well you look like you’re busy on Instagram” 🤷🏻♀️ It’s made me think about how I’m portraying myself and the truth is probably different than what you think. I don’t have a ton of weddings this year. I haven’t booked many things. I have a full time job and that’s not my dream. My dream is to be booking weddings and shoots consistently and eventually for a lot of those shoots and weddings to be abroad. And I’m not there yet! ✨ The reason I don’t talk about my day job is because I’m embarrassed! Plain and simple. In my mind, I feel like brides would look at me and think, “well she’s not good enough, she’s not even a full time photographer.” But the reason I’m not a full time photographer is because my marketing skills suck. And I have passion, but there hasn’t been a fire under my butt until recently. Having a full time job doesn’t mean that I’m not qualified or capable of creating beautiful memories for my couples. It just means I have a lot of work to do in the marketing department. And I’m working on all of those things so that I can someday reach my goals. .👊🏼 I’m saying all this to say that I’m okay with being on a journey to my dream (could I sound any cheesier?? But it’s true!) and I want everyone to know that I haven’t “made it” yet. And that’s okay. I don’t want to seem like I’m “faking it til I make it”, no I’m here working my butt off to try and live my dream. I haven’t made it yet. But I’m talented. I’m learning every day. I’m trying new ways to market myself and make sure everyone out there knows that I am an excellent photographer and at the end of the day, I want to serve people and make sure their wedding photos are timeless, beautiful, and THEM.
This caaaaaaake, the most beautifully floral cake I have ever seen. Each flower placed meticulously. 🤤🤤🤤 ⠀ ⠀ I get asked all the time how to make weddings more unique and different. One easy way is to think out of the box with your wedding cake. If you are super minimal, go super minimal. If you don’t love white, make your wedding cake black. If you looooove flowers, dream up a cake like this with your baker. DO WHAT YOU WANT. Don’t feel the pressure of doing everything because it’s “traditional” unless that’s what you want to do.⠀ 🖤⠀ My dream for you engaged couples is that your wedding cake not only looks amazing but it tastes good too. 🤤 ✨ cake: @shannonstarcakes flowers: @maxowensdesign planning - design: @birdsofafeatherevents linens: @latavolalinen venue: @theolanatx Shot at @theelevateseries with @charlastorey and @nataliaissa
This is maybe my favorite photo of me and my mom. 🖤 ⠀ ⠀ One of the things I love the most about my mom is her sense of adventure and love of travel & culture. When she and my dad aren’t traveling, they are planning their next trip. And this is something she passed down to me and my brother. ⠀ ⠀ She can pack a suitcase like no one I’ve ever seen—I even have her come over still when I’m going on big trips to make sure I can get everything in my suitcase 🙈 I make sure and take a photo of how she packs everything so I can get it all back home.⠀ ⠀ She tries to find a cooking class when she travels because she loves to learn from a local how to make a classic dish of the places she visits.⠀ ⠀ Today, my mom is in Montreal with my dad and grandparents on another adventure. And I’m sad that I don’t get to see her today but I can’t blame her for doing what we love to do—travel!⠀ ⠀ Thanks mom, for teaching me the values of traveling and learning about other cultures and for always making everything an adventure. I love you and I miss you! 🖤
Happy weekend, my friends! I’m so excited to be sharing a sneak peek of my wedding guide for couples who book me in my stories today!! It’s been a long time coming and I’m so happy with the result. I have JAM PACKED this magazine with all of my wedding knowledge to help my couples plan their wedding with photography in mind. ⠀ ⠀ And BONUS, all of my tips help my couples create the most STRESS FREE experience possible so that their wedding is the wedding they dream of.⠀ ⠀ I’m gearing up for my trip, sending out a few of these wedding magazines to my current couples and dreaming of photographing more couples in the summer sun ☀️ message me to book a session!
I’ve been feeling like change. I want to cut off my hair (dilemma expressed in my stories today), I want to travel far away (good thing this is happening), I want to get a new wardrobe, I want to buy a bunny, I want to move out of this apartment. ⠀ I don’t know if it’s the spring that’s got me like this, or I’m just sick of my routine. I think it’s a lot of both and also just the fact that some of the things I’m doing are NOT working in my life. So I’m doing the things on my previous post to boost my mental charge and I’m fighting the urge to cut off my hair and buy a bunny.⠀ ⠀ But honestly, all of those things might happen. Change is good, right?⠀ ⠀ Love this spring color palette!! Haven’t posted many from this shoot because it will soon be seen on @magnoliarouge 🖤🖤🖤⠀ ⠀ Planning & Design/Host - @birdsofafeatherevents Lead Photographer/Host - @charlastorey Workshop series - @theelevateseries Flowers - @maxowensdesign Venue - @waltersweddingestates Stationery - @tiethatbinds Cake - @layeredbakeshop Linens - @latavolalinen Rentals - @bellaacento Gown - @lovelybridedallas @marchesafashion Shoes - @bellabelleshoes Menswear - @theblacktux Hair and Makeup - @nataliaissa