A year ago today the trajectory of my business would completely shift because of this couple right here. ➖ Here’s the thing, 43 days before their wedding date their photographer canceled. I received a message on Instagram full of vulnerability and raw emotion and just sheer distress that this bride was in. I’m sure many of us would agree that you would basically be in straight panic mode if this happened during the most stressful part of wedding planning. ➖ What I never knew would come from a simple, yes I would love to shoot your wedding, has become the defining moment in my career thus far. She was the person who God wanted to use to show me exactly WHY I was doing what I was doing, and WHY he chose me to have the gift of photography. ➖ To this day no one has had a longer speech full of gratitude than the wonderful Emi because that’s the human that she is, and no one has made me ball the way she has in front of a room full of people because her words were so powerful and telling of what this gift can do. ➖ They showed me that I could be a superhero. They showed me what intentionality really means. They showed me that the gifts that we have need to be shared because they can truly change lives. They showed me the joy that you can have when you overcome hard obstacles that may have felt like complete setbacks at one point in your life. They showed me the power of letting people in and letting us help in moments when you feel helpless. They showed me what it means to really serve in this field. They showed me gratitude like I had never seen before. ➖ This is the day that I’ll never forget. This is the day that I think of when I think of what my brand is. This is the day that proved to me that brand is not just a look but it’s a feeling. It’s taking the opportunity to lean in, care, and serve without hesitation because we are all worthy of magical moments. ✨ H A P P Y O N E Y E A R @em.soper + @em.soper & thank you for choosing me to be apart of your journey.
So I’ve been a little quiet on the gram lately, but I can assure you that I’ve been putting my voice to good use another outlets... I’ve been working really hard on something that I’m super excited to launch and share with y’all this month. I still cannot believe that it’s already November and holiday season is right around the corner. ➖ Today I was reminded of the fire that is lit underneath you when someone doubts you. It’s crazy how much to defend something that you love. And then it also reminded me of the tribe of people that would go to bat for you. And having that amazing support system around you is key to living your best life and finding success. ➖ Let me tell ya, I have been working with some of the best people who I truly adore with my entire heart. They truly have been reminding me of the value that I bring through this business, and how God is doing work through me. ➖ And I know this is a great problem to have but I have so much good content that I don’t even know where to begin in terms of posting… Which is why I haven’t been posting anything. 🙈 I’m just so excited about everything I’ve been creating but working tirelessly on a couple other projects so I wasn’t sharing. ➖ But I am so ready for these last two months and I cannot even wait for you to see all of the big exciting things and projects and shoots that I have been working on over the past couple months or so! Here’s just a little taste from the actual most insanely beautiful sunset That I have ever seen in the Gorge! 🌅 🏔
Lately I’ve been feeling like I’m in this crazy battle against time. But the thing is I keep falling short of the victory. ➖ I think what’s hardest is knowing that you feel like you’ve put in every single ounce of yourself into completing a to do list and then suddenly it grows by five every single day. ➖ Fall can be a tough season for photographers as we are trying to wrap up all of our editing from earlier weddings and shoot our last ones while adjusting to shorter days that make you feel like 4 PM is really 8 PM and just being confused for the rest of the day. ➖ But what I’ve been learning is that my all-time favorite way to spend my time is genuinely connecting with my couples. The time I get to actually go out and shoot is where I thrive, and is where I find my most happiness. ➖ What’s crazy is how it makes it feel like time has truly stopped when the camera’s in my hand and we’re just out adventuring in new beautiful places and staying focused on creating an environment that feels safe to let love shine through! ➖ What gets me through the long days behind a computer screen, spending hours upon hours editing until your eyes feel like they’re bleeding are the memories like this! ➖ I cannot even tell you how incredible it was getting to capture @erinrochellemiller & @avarghese14 engagement session at Trillium lake about a week ago! ➖ These two have been solid supporters and friends since I met them this summer! Our car ride was filled with laughter and new inside jokes and sharing great memories! Their love is effortless, beautiful, and a testament to God‘s love for us all. I truly feel so honored to be the person that they chose to invite in to freeze these frames! ➖ Cheers to taking each day, and making the most of all 24 hours. But also remembering to sleep and do some self care shopping in between 😅😉