“Sometimes I’ll start a sentence and I don’t even know where it’s going. I just hope I find it along the way.” - Michael Scott ⠀ -⠀ Sometime that’s exactly how running a small business feels. You’ll have a clear direction and then suddenly it’s like “wait... what’s going on?!” We start things because we feel inspired and motivated, but those feeling can quickly fade away when it doesn’t go according to plan.⠀ -⠀ Sometimes it’s so hard not to blur the line of professional and personal disappointment when you’re the face of your “brand”. The haze of uncertainty comes in and you start to function in a place of desperation instead of inspiration and clarity. ⠀ -⠀ The best piece of advice I’ve received is this - when it gets hard don’t make critical decisions when you feel really low! Have your game plan set and strong in advance. When those season come you won’t be shaken and can focus on your WHY until it feels like the sun is shining again! ✨⠀
This cozy Airbnb engagement session just made me want to have a stay-cation and watch Disney+ all day! ⠀ -⠀ My favorite way to decompress is by doing nothing - absolutely nothing. The best days are on the couch with Jacob going down YouTube rabbit holes laughing until we cry.. or crying until we laugh. Either way it’s cozy and our favorite way to spend time together. Same? Or No?
Yes and amen to personal vows! Your ceremony will be that much sweeter to look back on. Trust me - everyone will love it. Just pay no attention to me as I cry softly while shooting your ceremony. ⠀ - ⠀ If you’re hiring a videographer, which you totally should, it makes your wedding video even more sweet and sentimental. 💕⠀ -⠀ Venue: @ilmercato⠀ Live Painter: @torregrossa.art | Fine Art & Live Painting⠀⠀ Catering: @joelcatering ⠀ Ceremony Music: Nola String Quarter⠀ Band: The Phunky Monkeys ⠀ Cake: @swisscakesnola ⠀ Rentals: @distressedrentals ⠀⠀ Florist: @bellabloomsfloral ⠀ Groomscake: @bittersweetnola ⠀ Makeup: @ashleysievertbeauty⠀ Hair: Lindsey, L&CO. Salon⠀⠀ Video: @toneweddings ⠀ Event Planning: @mepeventsnola ⠀
I’ve been a little MIA because last week was bananas - lots and lots of editing, #sundayservice on Friday at Bethany Crosses, and one amazing wedding with @amandapriceevents. ⠀ -⠀ I never thought it my wildest dreams I would be less than 50 feet away from Kanye West and his kids! If you were there, then you know how amazing it was! So insane and so grateful to witness it! ⠀ -⠀ It’s a new week, we all have a lot to get done, but let’s not forget to stop and smell the pumpkin spice lattes people! ⠀
I have my pumpkin spice in hand, bag of Trader Joe’s candy and I’m about to curl up on the couch with Jacob and the fur babies to have a festive movie marathon! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We’re thinking Nightmare Before Christmas and Hocus Pocus! Which one is your favorite? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Friendly reminder to 🕯 BEWARE THE BLACK FLAME CANDLE!
All the summertime romance vibes at @ilmercatonola surrounded by dreamy @bellabloomsfloral florals and the most amazing lounge area @distressedrentals. Event planning by some of the funniest people in the wedding industry @mepeventsnola. ALSO! We’re this 👌🏻 close to 2020 people!!! I gage time in wedding seasons and how many days I’m behide in my one year bible... really though.... Right now it’s four days! 😆😗
Headed to NOLA to capture Connie and Andrew’s big day at @capuletbywater with lovely the @spanishoakevents - it’s a good day when you’re surrounded by amazing vendors! #neworleanswedding #neworleansweddingvenue #neworleansweddingplanner #neworleansphotographer
I’m a Pentax girl living in a Contax world. #photographyhumor ⠀ - ⠀ Roasting myself a little here, but I think I was due for the standard “photographer holds camera and looks off thinking about something” photo. It’s always food.. ⠀ -⠀ Now here’s the not so cheesy part.. About two to three months ago I made a decision to be more present in my life. Weird to say right? I’ve dealt with a lot of rejection and with that came a lot of fear about what people think about me. Am I enough? Am I too much? Could I do more? ⠀ - ⠀ With all these questions came a lot of tears...lots of tears.. doubt and uncertainly about things I’ve leaned on. I’ve always felt like I’ve never quite found “my place” Then one day I was driving in my car and felt that still small voice say “what if you stopped trying to find your place and MADE your place instead?” ⠀ -⠀ This isn’t me declaring I’m an island to the world! Total opposite! I don’t need to be your cup of tea and you don’t need to be mine. Let’s focus on growing as individuals and being better by not trying to measure up all the time!
Classic portraits will never go out of style - you know why? Because photos are meant to be printed and hung on walls to be viewed by those you love and will love! Please. I’m begging you print your photos. ⠀ -⠀ Make it tangible so it doesn’t die on the cloud or stay stuck on storage for 10 years. ⠀ - ⠀ Here are my two recommendations for DIY print labs if you are not fulfilling your order through your photographer! ⠀ -⠀ @mpix ⠀ @artifactuprising ⠀ -⠀ Another tip: print BIGGER! 8x10 won’t have the impact you’re expecting it! The prints in our living room are 16x24! ⠀ -⠀ Photography by @tasharaephotography⠀ Venue: @sullymansion⠀ Event Design by @logandoerries⠀ Floral Design by @leafandpetalnola⠀ Wedding Dress by @rebeccaschoneveld_bridal from @weddingbellesnola⠀ Makeup by @melissavaccaro⠀ Groom's Attire from @johnstuxedos⠀ Event Rentals from @lovegoodrentals
Don’t you just wish we could unplug our minds, or hit the reset button? This past weekend I started feeling afraid for no reason, like the crippling can’t function fear. ⠀ -⠀ Luckily, I was very aware of this strange out of the blue feeling.. but it took me a good day to shake it off. I think knowing truth is only part one to fixing the problem, believing the truth is what makes the difference. ⠀ -⠀ I saw my friend @the_greene_crew post this on Facebook and I’ve been looking at it nonstops. ⠀ -⠀ Truthful | Godly thoughts vs the lie. ⠀ -⠀ stills you -> rushes you. ⠀ leads you -> pushes you. ⠀ reassures you -> frightens you. ⠀ enlightens you -> confuses you. ⠀ comforts you -> worries you.⠀ calms you -> obsesses you.⠀ convicts you -> condemns you. ⠀ -⠀ As soon as I feel an anxious thought pop into my head, I stop and define what I’m feeling and speak out loud that this is not a healthy thought I’m letting in. I may have to do this a 100 more times tomorrow, but it’s working and I’m thankful for simple reminders about what Gods voice sounds like. ⠀ - ⠀ Sharing for all those who can relate and hope it helps you realign your thoughts!⠀