Can you believe there’s a little bit over FOUR more months left in 2018? 🤯🤯 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This year one of my #powersheets goal was to spend more quality time with Alex and the girls. To just be more present. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I started the year by enforcing office hours, and 90% of the time I really do stick to them. Something that seemed so out of the ordinary in January seems like second nature in the middle of August. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Time flies friends. I mean I’m sure you don’t need another mom to tell you that you blink and your kid is going to school, and then blink again and they’re off to college, oh and then when you think it’s slowing down, you blink and you’re planning her wedding. We all know that it happens. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So I’m so happy for friends and family who reminded me that this, right here, is more important than tomorrow or 2019 bookings. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So go on now, put your phone down and be present. Have tickle fights, read the fifth extra bedtime book, cuddle 10 more minutes, pray longer, remind them the Jesus loves them, and love deeper. Because this is what will always matter more. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Tag someone you’re thankful for and that you want to cultivate more memories with! 🤗❤️
Oh my love! NINE years ago you asked me to be your girlfriend. It’s kinda funny that it only took me a short few weeks to know that I would want to marry you one day. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Thank you for dating me for 2 years, being engaged to me for 8 months, and being married to me for 6 years and 4 months. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But most of all, thank you for choosing to love me everyday and for making me laugh till my stomach hurts!! You’re my best friend and am so happy I met you 9 years ago! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Swipe left to see some of our favorite adventures together, all the way to the first photo we took together! ❤️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 👈🏻👈🏻👈🏻
It was so, so good having Titus and Lori in front of my camera last week! Their wedding will take place in October and I'm so stoked to travel to Sacramento to celebrate with them and serve them. They really wanted to have as many cacti in their engagement photos as possible. Considering Sacramento doesn't really have a huge population of these spikey plants. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It was so great showing them our little desert. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Look for their blog post in the next few days to read all about their across-the-ocean love story. ❤️
Ok y’all, so Addison decided to skip her second nap of the day ALL week (#givemeallthecoffee), which in turn messed up my whole workflow system, but Paul and Naomi’s blog post is FINALLY live! Better late than never am I right? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Also, how could I not make this the primary image, my baby is getting so big 😭 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Link in the bio, as always! Leave them some love either down here or on the website! Photographer: @unfadingbeautyphoto Florist: @flori_chelmagan Wedding planner/designer: @jenniferregus Hairdresser: @anichirla.hmua MUA: @facesbygabi Getting ready location: @arizonabiltmore @arizonabiltmoreweddings Heels: @badgleymischka Dress: @gracestyleandbridal Flower girl dress: @nicolettescouture
Education, education, EDUCATION. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Most people expect that since I'm a self taught photographer that all I did was youtube ideas and stalk photographers' blogs. And while that is something I totally did in the beginning of my career, one game changer for me was to actually INVEST in educating myself and learning from some of the BEST photographers internationally. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I've always loved seeing how my work improves with each wedding, but photographing Naomi's wedding while also being part of the wedding, it just reminded me that I am good, and its ok to take pride in that, because I really did invest so much time and money at bettering myself. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ At the end of the day though, I don't take courses and purchase guides so that others can see my work and say, Wow, Veronica is the best, I do it so that my couples have wedding photos that they are proud and happy with today, in a year, in 20 years, and so on. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you're just starting out on this photography venture, don't think that you have to cough up thousands of dollars or else you will never learn, I mean, yeah you get what you pay for, but let me tell you what was a total game changer in my earlier years. @katelynjames' Mini Guides. Go purchase them now. They are so so good and educational. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Swipe left to see a ring shot I photographed in 2015 compared to the ring shot I photographed this past weekend. I mean, the 2015 ring shot is good, don't get me wrong, but I see the ring shot that I got on Saturday and I feel like Katelyn would be proud of her student. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Find your mentors, and let them teach you. And once again, if theres anything I could help you with, and any questions I could answer for you, please reach out. I would love to help! Just don't ask me what kind of compact camera you should get, because honestly I'm just as lost as you are in that category. Happy Wednesday!! 🤗🤗
MR. AND MRS. TUPLEA EVERYBODY! Its so hard to not over share from this wedding, but I think I'm allowed, considering its my little sister and new brother-in-law! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The @arizonabiltmoreweddings was such a wonderful resort for Naomi and Paul to get ready at, and the perfect background for their first look!