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I am so incredibly excited for the next few months! I have many sessions 'on the books' (I've always wanted to say that), including six weddings that I cannot wait to photograph! (ALL THE EXCLAMATION POINTS !!! !!! !!!) To say that I am grateful for these opportunities is a massive understatement.
I'm planning on making these next few months count. I'm hoping to implement BIG changes to my business, how I shoot, and how I interact with others. And you know what? I'm FIRED UP about them.
In the last six months I have been grabbing every opportunity to educate myself, make my voice stronger, center my focus, and look deeper into this life of mine.
Earlier today, before I began this blog, I was chatting with a dear friend of mine about our pasts. I confided to her that for a long time I really believed that if I desired something enough, it would manifest itself. Laughably, I thought I could spend the day wrapped up in blankets, tucked away from the world, and life would present itself to me.
I wasn't laughing back then.
I was actually terribly unhappy and couldn't understand why things weren't working out for me. As a teenager, I would always get so angsty when my dad said to me, 'You can shit in one hand and wish in the other, and watch which one fills up the fastest.' I was wishing in one hand, desperately ignoring the other.
Looking back, I can say that life was working out for me. I was met with what exactly I was putting out: nothing. Zilch. Nada. The big 0.
Almost exactly three years later, my life is not at all like it was back in my duvet-cowering days. I know that in order to have, create, and absolutely BE, I cannot afford excuses, finger-pointing, or idleness. In order to be the woman I want to be, and to serve my greater purpose, I have to continue to put one foot in front of another.
I guess that's why I'm so grateful, so excited, and so optimistic, for the trajectory of what's to come. I'm anxious (in a good way) to give back to the people who have put so much trust in me to capture these massive milestones in their lives.
I'm starting this new season (both figuratively and literally) with a fresh perspective and gratitude that runs deep in my bones. What better way to kick it off than with a session I had a ton of fun with?
Amy I have a ton of mutual friends but we had never met in person until our session at First Landing State Park, a veritable paradise smack-dab in the middle of Virginia Beach. Visiting this part of First Landing was also a first for me, but it won't be my last. With a small beach that gives off a secluded vibe and lush greenery everywhere you turn, it's a wonderful location to shoot.
I knew from stalking Amy on Instagram that she and her husband Eric owned a boat that they enjoy often. (Side Note: He bought the boat the day Amy found out they were expecting their baby girl!)
I also knew that Amy and Eric epitomize 'coastal living'. Between boating, surfing, and fishing-- this sweet family spends a great deal of their time on the water. I thought that there was no better way to photograph them than on their boat, and was thrilled they thought so too!
It was simply a gorgeous evening out on the water, and I was so happy to see this family's love highlighted in their happy place.
I mean, c'monnnnnnn! I realize the more and more family sessions I do, just how much I adore seeing a father love on his baby girl. I didn't tell Eric to do this, he just did, and it was the best.
Thank you, Stanley Family, for being you!
PS: Eric, I didn't forget about you!