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Sloane Sivek - 4th of July Portraits on Tempe Town Lake - Arizona Senior Photographer

I tried to think of a clever title for this blog post, but all the patriotic song titles were a little too cliche for me. 

I put together this session super last minute. People in Arizona don't exactly celebrate the 4th to the extent that everyone does in Indiana, but who would I be if I passed up the opportunity for a themed session. 

There's a high risk fire danger throughout all of Arizona currently (and most of the West), so I passed on my typical sparkler and smoke bomb portraits and went with some cute, simple photos down on Tempe Town Lake. 

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After it took Sloane & I 45 minutes to find each other, we finally got to take some gorgeous photos at the end of golden hour & beginning of blue hour. 

These portraits were super simple, but honestly some of my favorites (sometimes simple is the best I've learned). 

Hope everyone has an amazing & safe 4th of July! 

Technicolor Difficulties - The Barrett Brothers

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Back in March shortly before I left Indiana, I got to do one of the coolest collab sessions I have ever done. I had wanted to do some more creative studio work before I moved & Bryndon Barrett reached out to me when I posted a model call on Instagram. We had a few different ideas in mind & then eventually added his two brothers, @breydonbarrett & @tarbyy to the mix. 

We wanted colors & posing to really drive most of the photos. Bryndon had the idea of primary colors for a bold statement, and since the three of them almost look like triplets (which they're not), in the photos you can focus on them as a whole, not just individually. After a snow storm delaying our session & multiple outfit decisions to be made, we finally got to make some photo magic & here are my final edits. 

 

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There wasn't a complete set plan for all the photos, but we wanted a connected feeling for most of the shots. Here are my top picks: 

This is the first installment of this session with the Barrett Brothers, I'll be sharing the other set of photos in a couple weeks! I'm hoping to get into more creative, styled work this year & this session was the perfect stepping stone for creativity & different ideas. 

Chasing Sunset Dreams - My Life in ArizonA As a Photographer

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Two months ago, my mom and I set out on a trip out West along Route 66. I'll save my details of the trip for another time, but today I'm mostly just talking about emotions. 

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I was so ready to get out of the city (and state) of Muncie, IN. I was born, raised, and grew up in that small city. I went to college there, I met all my closest friends there, and of course my mom is there. I am so grateful for my experiences and everything in between that Muncie gave me, but it was time to leave. 

I think people get comfortable, sometimes too comfortable and we don't like to talk about it. I could have easily stayed in my hometown. I had made a lot of good connections there and my business was taking OFF which was one of the hardest things to think about. I had just graduated college, I was starting to have a steady income from my photography business that I started all on my own, so why would I leave that? 

I was ready for change and to be inspired by something new (and I'm sure some of you are saying, "what a millennial thing to do.") It's true though. People need to see new places, do new things, and like so many people say, get out of their comfort zone. 

So I decided to leave, and move in with my long-time boyfriend, Brannon (who moved out to Arizona six months before for a software development job). 

It's obviously not all rainbows and butterflies though, I want to be honest and realistic. Arizona has been everything I ever dreamed, waking up someplace where I can see mountains out my bedroom window in the distance, palm trees and cacti lining every street you turn down, and there's so much stuff to do everywhere you go. Moving your photography business across the country though? Not so easy. Don't get me wrong, I know what I'm doing with my life. I often joke with my friends or family, or the internet for that matter by saying, "I have no clue what I'm doing with my life." The thing is though, I do know. I'm a portrait, lifestyle, wedding, and anything else in between photographer, and I own my own business, and I want to be successful and have this be my full-time career. 

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It's been a process, and I've only been here for two months and I've already gotten discouraged a number of times. I'm not used to not being busy taking photos, editing, and talking to clients nonstop. For the last year that had been my life, so moving across the country, hardly knowing anyone, I should have been prepared for the halt in business. I wasn't though. Most recently I spend my days reading about marketing and business (I highly suggest John Harrington's book, Best Business Practices for Photographers, Third Edition), connecting with other photographers, learning about advertising, and updating my social media as often as possible to stay relevant.

When you're staying in your apartment during the greater part of the day and only taking photos 2-3 times a week (when that's your career) you tend to feel a little lazy. If I'm being honest, I'm just winging it. I don't have an exact plan, I wish I had a more set direction of how to do what I'm doing and reach my goals (I've done a couple thousand Google searches though and I haven't found a direct map of how to become successful), and there's not.

A real life photo of me chasing sunsets + dreams in Moab, Utah. 

A real life photo of me chasing sunsets + dreams in Moab, Utah. 

So here I am, writing a blog post talking about my feelings and what I'm doing with my life, hoping people will take the time to read it. I don't know exactly where I'm going or where this is going to take me, but for now I'm just riding the adventure wave and doing everything I can to get to the top (was that too cliche?) 

Until next time.

-S

 

 

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Earth Day - It's not a political thing, it's a planet thing - Small changes we can make

I think we hear a lot about "doing out part" for this planet that we live on, but when you think about it, what are you actually doing? 

I remember when I was in elementary school and my hometown, Muncie, IN, started pushing recycling and started their blue bags and Recycle Muncie program. If we're being honest, I didn't start taking recycling seriously until the end of my sophomore year of college at Ball State. I took an Environmental Sociology course and it completely changed how I view the world. 

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Credit: Joel Pett

I want to preface this by saying I do not think environmental views should be a political thing. I believe everyone should care about our planet, no matter your views on anything. Whether you believe in climate change (global warming if you're behind on the times) or not, there is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to better our planet and not leave extra trash behind. I am not saying everyone should have to approach things the same way, but trying to better our Earth and the way we do things should not be seen as 'political.' 

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Less than a year ago I started switching to more "eco-friendly" and natural products, not just for the Earth, but for myself. It's been a slow process, and I still have a lot of changes I want to make, but I wanted to share some of the small changes that I have made that I've been so happy with. 

 

My favorite reusable bags are canvas fabric because they are easy to wash, durable, and the handles don't hurt my hand when I have a lot of groceries or items in them. I suggest buying one from a local store or farmer's market. 

My favorite reusable bags are canvas fabric because they are easy to wash, durable, and the handles don't hurt my hand when I have a lot of groceries or items in them. I suggest buying one from a local store or farmer's market. 

Reusable Bags: The easiest swap of all... reusable bags. I don't know if you've heard about how bad plastic bags are for the environment, but shoppers use about 500 billion single-use plastic bags per year. Nearly 100,000 marine creatures die from plastic entanglement each year (and that's just the ones that are found). Sometimes I forget my reusable bags at home though or I get a plastic bag when I forget to say I don't need one, you can recycle plastic bags at a lot of stores now though (Target and Walmart for example). They can't be recycled in your normal recycle bin though. 

 

I use  Simple Ecology  produce bags that are made out of organic cotton and are machine washable. 

I use Simple Ecology produce bags that are made out of organic cotton and are machine washable. 

Reusable Produce Bags: Reusable produce bags were another easy swap. You know those plastic produce bags that you use one time and then usually rip open to take your fruits or vegetables out? Swap those for reusable ones. I usually just leave these inside of my reusable bags that I take to the grocery with me that way I don't forget them. They also work as great garment bags for the laundry. 

I got mine from  Etsy  and they come in a variety of different patterns. These have been washed multiple times and still look brand new. 

I got mine from Etsy and they come in a variety of different patterns. These have been washed multiple times and still look brand new. 

Reusable Un-Paper Towels: This is one of the best investments I've made (well I actually got them for Christmas, so thanks Mom). I haven't bought paper towels (or napkins) since I got these. They dry things so well, are machine washable, work great as napkins, and latch together with buttons so it can fit on a normal paper towel holder or set up on your counter. These also work as great swiffer dusters. These were a little more pricey, but when you think about how often and how much you spend on paper towels, it's worth it in the long-run. 

Mine are from Etsy by  Marleys Monsters . You can pick the color and design and I'm serious... they work so well. 

Mine are from Etsy by Marleys Monsters. You can pick the color and design and I'm serious... they work so well. 

Reusable, washable Sponges: We can thank my mom for these as well and for not only looking at the eco-friendly side, but the cleanliness side. Growing up and still to this day, my mom talks about how gross sponges are because bacteria from food, counter tops, and whatever else you use them for gets stuck on the inside and you never know if they're actually clean just by rinsing them with soap in the sink. I didn't like the idea of just throwing sponges away after using them just a few times though and came across these. 

They can be purchased on Amazon or the  HandyLaundry website , but again, not necessary. 

They can be purchased on Amazon or the HandyLaundry website, but again, not necessary. 

Wool Dryer Balls: Alright so I have to be honest, these are definitely not a necessity. They're supposed to help dry your clothes faster, but I personally hang dry 90% of my clothes which is both more eco-friendly and saves energy. No matter what you read though... they do NOT help with static. I mostly wanted to put them in here to say just that because they're shown on a lot of zero waste websites and blogs and I don't find them super useful. 

Reusable Stainless Steel Water Bottle: A reusable water bottle is another easy swap that in the long run can save you a lot of money. I know some people are particular with the taste of their water, but this is hands down the best water bottle I've ever owned. I wanted something that wasn't plastic, but I also didn't want anything glass because when I carry a water bottle I'm usually moving it around a lot and putting it on hard surfaces. You have to wash this water bottle by hand, but it keeps things cold for up to 24 hours and warm for up to 12 hours. AND IT REALLY WORKS. Whether this water bottle is setting out in the sun for hours or I leave it on my kitchen counter for an entire day... when I open it up, it's always cold. There's few things I hate more than room temperature water and now that I'm living in Arizona I appreciate a cold drink more than anything. I know that Yeti is a comparable brand, but I liked the design, price, and meaning behind Cotopaxi the best. 

I bought the 750 ml (25 oz) bottle in olive.   Description: Double-walled construction keeps contents hot for 12 hrs. and cold for 24 hrs.  Bottle will not sweat, regardless of temperature of liquid inside bottle  Fits most cup holders and water bottle cages  BPA-free and resistant to bacteria and odors

I bought the 750 ml (25 oz) bottle in olive. 

Description: Double-walled construction keeps contents hot for 12 hrs. and cold for 24 hrs.

Bottle will not sweat, regardless of temperature of liquid inside bottle

Fits most cup holders and water bottle cages

BPA-free and resistant to bacteria and odors

I bought Bee's Wrap brand from Amazon in a 3 pack. You can order it directly from their website  here . 

I bought Bee's Wrap brand from Amazon in a 3 pack. You can order it directly from their website here

Reusable Food Wrap - Bees Wrap: Another change I've tried to make is not using cling wrap, which is something we ultimately just throw in the trash. I read a lot of good reviews about Bees Wrap which is made from Bees Wax and works to cover food items, bowls, etc. just be rubbing your finger over it to warm up the bees wax enough to make it stick. This is something else I questioned, but it really does work! If you get anything on it you just rinse it off with water and store it in a cool, dry place. It's also a little on the pricey side and I know now people are starting to make fabric style wraps to cover bowls and such, but so far I really like this. 

These can be purchased on Amazon  here . The package comes with 4 toothbrushes that you are supposed to change every 3 months, so one package lasts you a whole year. 

These can be purchased on Amazon here. The package comes with 4 toothbrushes that you are supposed to change every 3 months, so one package lasts you a whole year. 

Bamboo Toothbrush: One of the first swaps I made on my less-plastic journey was changing to a bamboo toothbrush. In the U.S. it's estimated that over 850 million toothbrushes are discarded and end up in landfills each year... if you spend enough time walking around a beach and looking at the trash that washes up, you'll probably find a toothbrush in there somewhere. Bamboo toothbrushes can be recycled, you just pull out the bristles with pliers and throw those out (some companies claim their toothbrushes are 100% biodegradable/recyclable, but I haven't found a ton of info to back it up yet). You can buy bamboo toothbrushes from multiple places, the ones pictured I was sent for free by the company to do a review on them and currently they're my favorite!   

Menstrual Cup: (possible TMI ahead-->) I know sometimes people can be weird talking about women's personal products, but let me tell you that this is ACTUALLY the best purchase I have ever made. I bought a Diva Cup (there are other brands now so do your own research on which you think would fit best for you, but I've loved the Diva Cup brand). In case you don't know what it is, you use it instead of tampons/pads. I've never been a big fan of tampons for the sole reason of Toxic Shock Syndrome (and I also just don't know exactly what I could be putting into my body each month). I was nervous to buy one because I've heard they can be confusing and hard to put in (sorry if that's TMI). Let me tell you though that once you get it figured out, you'll never go back... I bought this in October and have not bought pads or tampons since. You can wear if for up to 12 hours and let me tell you that it's basically like you aren't on your period!! I've had zero leaks/problems with it. I usually put it in before I go out in public and then it lasts me the whole day so I don't have to (dump it out) until I get home. I've never had to deal with it in a public bathroom so I can't speak on that behalf, but even on heavier days I've had no problems. I'm writing a ton of information about this because I want more women to experience how amazing this product is. If you have any more questions that you think might be awkward, feel free to message me about it! I rinse it out in the sink between uses and then at the end of my period I boil it in hot water to sterilize it! 

I bought mine on  Amazon  and there are two options (pre + post child birth sizes). I'm telling you... it's a game changer. 

I bought mine on Amazon and there are two options (pre + post child birth sizes). I'm telling you... it's a game changer. 

I got this razor for free from a company that I took product photos for, you can buy it  here . It comes with 5 extra razor blades. 

I got this razor for free from a company that I took product photos for, you can buy it here. It comes with 5 extra razor blades. 

Safety Razor: I actually have not used a safety razor yet because I've been using up my old razors (I like to wait to make my transitions until I've finished using up the products I'm getting rid of because I think it's more wasteful to not finish using a product). I'm also a little scared to learn how to shave with a safety razor, but I've watched a few videos and read about how to do so safely. You aren't throwing away a plastic handle every few months or a razor head. You can ultimately use this razor for the rest of your life and change the blade whenever needed (which can be recycled, but put it in a can or some type of bottle before putting in your recycle bag). 

If you wear full coverage makeup almost every day, I'd suggest buying two so that you have one when the other is in the wash. You can buy them directly from the  Makeup Eraser website  and they come in different colors and patterns. 

If you wear full coverage makeup almost every day, I'd suggest buying two so that you have one when the other is in the wash. You can buy them directly from the Makeup Eraser website and they come in different colors and patterns. 

Makeup Remover: Do you use multiple makeup wipes or some type of product each night when you take your makeup off? I personally don't wear a lot of makeup (mostly because I never took the time to learn how and I'm also a little lazy), but I do wear mascara, eyebrow pencil, and some eyeshadow on a regular basis. Almost two years ago my mom bought me a Makeup Eraser and it is truly amazing. You get it wet with warm water and then rub gently in a circular motion on your face/eyes/etc. Water only and it works MAGIC. As I said, I don't wear a ton of makeup, so I haven't tested it with a lot on my face, but it takes my mascara off so well that when I get out of the shower I don't have raccoon eyes still. Once the rag gets full you just throw it in the wash (follow the directions on the tag) and then it's good as new. It says that you're supposed to get a minimum of 1,000 washes out of it. 

I bought mine on Amazon  here . I definitley suggest either buying one with a bag or finding a bag to store it in! 

I bought mine on Amazon here. I definitley suggest either buying one with a bag or finding a bag to store it in! 

Tongue Scraper: This is cute if you have bad breath to be honest. I don't use mouth wash anymore, and this helps get all the extra gross stuff I may not have gotten with my toothbrush, off of my tongue. I bought a Dr. Tung's Tongue Scraper that came with a storage bag. It does come in plastic packaging though when you get it so there are probably other alternatives that might come in 100% recyclable packaging. 

Reusable Straws: I accidentally left my reusable metal straws back in Indiana, but these are SO IMPORTANT. Plastic straws cannot be recycled and the number of them that we use every day and that end up in our oceans is insane. It's so easy to tell places that you don't need a straw and you can either drink straight from the cup or if that grosses you out and you prefer/need a straw, GET A REUSABLE ONE!

Some other products that I use that come in minimal/recyclable packaging include:

•Primal Pit Paste- https://primalpitpaste.com/ an effective, natural alternative to normal deodorant that's better for your body and comes in a glass jar. 

•Primal Pit Paste brand Tooth Powder- https://primalpitpaste.com/collections/tooth-powder this can be used as an alternative to normal toothpaste, I still use normal toothpaste because I care a lot about having pearly whites, but for people looking for an alternative, I feel that this works well! I'm currently looking for effective, whitening toothpastes that come in a recyclable package. 

•Lush Lip Scrub- https://www.lushusa.com/face/lips/ I hate having dry, chapped lips and I absolutely love this lip scrub from Lush. It comes in a glass jar and lasts a really long time! The flavor I have is Bubble Gum. 

•Tea Tree Oil- I use this as spot treatment for my acne. When I feel a zit coming on it tends to work pretty well. I suggest buying local if you can, but I bought this from Amazon! Just make sure it's 100% pure essential oil. 

•Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm- (google Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm Tin for best price). This is my favorite chapstick. It's natural ingredients and keeps my lips nice and smooth all day. I've noticed chapstick that isn't natural dries my lips out pretty fast now! 

•Lush Shampoo Bar + Tin- https://www.lushusa.com/hair/shampoo-bars/ I've had so many issues with different shampoos over the last year, but Lush's shampoo bar Brazilliant works amazing and comes in minimal/recyclable packaging. I got this tin container from Lush to keep it dry from the shower and to store it in. I would suggest reading about each bar and the reviews to find out which would work best for you!

•Herbal Choice Mari Natural SPF 30- https://www.amazon.com/Herbal-Choice-Natural-Unscented-3-4floz/dp/B01EZ35LHY/ref=sr_1_2_s_it?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1524445649&sr=1-2&keywords=herbal+choice+mari+spf If you know me, you know I have very fair skin and HAVE to wear sunscreen. I burn pretty easily and turn super red if I don't. This sunscreen is non-greasy and has natural ingredients and works really well on both your face and body! 

 

 

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If you made it this far to the end or skimmed down here, Happy Earth Day! Even if you don't make a lot of changes, little things really do help. I don't want to sound like a crazy, environmentalist, but like I said before, what's wrong with creating a better, clean Earth? This is no harm in making changes, big or small. I know that the products I listed might not be the best option for everyone. It's better to buy local, close by, but these are just products that I have found and like. Do your own research, find what fits for you and know that you really are making a difference. 

I'm Moving

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If you're close with me or you frequently read my Instagram posts, it's probably been pretty obvious what my news is. I wouldn't be me if I didn't write a blog post to announce it though. 

I'm moving. To Arizona. On April 6th. 

To make a long story short and putting sentiment aside, my long-time boyfriend, Brannon Muncey, moved out to Tempe, Arizona in October. In case you haven't heard me talk about him enough, he's an extremely smart and talented individual who works as a software developer for State Farm. Needless to say, I've decided to move out there with him. 

I graduated from Ball State University in December with a degree in photojournalism and a minor in sociology. I have wanted to move out West for as long as I can remember. I've lived in Muncie my entire life and I lived at home for my first three years of college. I don't think it needs to be said that I've been planning to leave this city for quite some time now. 

And I could not be more excited. If you're wondering what it is I will be doing, I will be moving my business, Samantha Rose Photography, out there and focusing on it full time. I'm planning to also get into some freelance and working any part time photo job that I can find. It will be a process and one heck of an adventure. 

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My mom and I will be leaving Muncie on April 6 to travel to Fort Wayne. I had originally thought I would leave at the end of March, but my favorite band, All Time Low, will be performing in Fort Wayne that night. So we took that as a sign that we should wait to leave until the first week of April. From there we will travel across most of Route 66, stopping at every touristy destination and stop along the route. We'll also be taking a small detour to go to the Four Corners and the Grand Canyon. My mom and I have always wanted to go on cross-country road trip. We say we are the best travel companions because we love all of the cliché stuff and pretty scenery, but tend to go pretty fast when it comes to the history stuff. The last three years we have gone on three amazing trips for spring break. Chicago. California. New York City. So what better last trip to take than to drive me across the country. 

In regards to my photo business, I will be booking sessions through April 4th. I'm trying to get in as many sessions as possible before I leave with anyone that has wanted to have their photos taken by me. I will also be coming back October 5th-13th to photograph a wedding and fit in as many photo sessions as possible while I'm back. (p.s. if you're interested in booking an October session, I'm offering $25 off any session booked with the retainer by April 4th so hit me up). 

I can't even begin to express how lucky and happy I am that I get to do what I do. Photographing people and places and things and being able to do so anywhere. 

I'll have more updates soon. 

I can't wait to see what is ahead and where this adventure takes me. I hope you're ready for the ride too. 

xx

"If we’re really honest with ourselves, most of our plans don’t work out as we’d hoped. So instead of asking our young people, ‘What are your plans? What do you plan to do with your life?’, maybe we should tell them this: Plan… to be surprised.” - Dan in Real Life

  

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Happy Valentine's Day - Photos of Love - Indiana Lifestyle Photographer

I had so much fun the first two weeks of February planning these sessions. I teamed up with Reagan Lynn Photography and we planned three photoshoots with different models. 

I've always thought Valentine's Day was a cute holiday, I admit that parts of it can be cheesy, but embracing the love in the air and all the cliches can be pretty fun. 

Whether you're celebrating with a lover, friends, family, or yourself, you can't deny all the flowers, balloons, and candy (especially when it's 50% off the next day), make you smile a little. Alright maybe they don't, but I hope these photos do. 

 

Our first session was with the beautiful Christine Tate. We picked up some tulips and carnations, embraced the cold weather, and then finished sipping warm drinks inside The Caffeinery in Downtown Muncie. 

 

Our second session was with the amazing Makindsay Carper and let me tell you this day was FREEZING. We took photos on top of one of the parking garages at Ball State University and the wind chill made it feel like it was in the negatives. It was worth it though. We bought a dozen heart shaped, helium filled balloons from Party City and took as many photos as we could as fast as we could (with a 10 minute warm-up in the middle). 

Our final session was one of my all-time favorite's (which I tend to say about every new session). We bought candy hearts, tons of balloons, heart decorations, face tattoos, and all the other stuff you find in the holiday craft section at Target. We worked with the beautiful Demi Vaugn. I'd say more, but I'll just let the photos do the talking. 

I hope you all have an amazing, love-filled day. 

xoxo

Samantha

Dreaming with my eyes open

Last night, I danced under the most perfect Indiana sky, surrounded by fog, camera in-hand, in one of my favorite outfits, with one of my best friends. 

I truly felt like I was dreaming with my eyes open. 

Photo by: Reagan Lynn Photography

Photo by: Reagan Lynn Photography

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Reagan and I had made a trip to downtown Indianapolis for a photographer meet-up hosted by one of our favorite photogs (@zacharyraber). We decided to make the trip a few weeks ago and wanted to make a day out of it. We arrived early to eat brunch at Cafe Patachou. 

We were a little pessimistic at first... it had been pouring down rain all morning, it was cold, and although we enjoyed our food, afterwards we couldn't get the parking meter to work. We looked at each other, with our camera gear around our necks and both in matching rain coats and said, "This better be worth it." 

Once we finally got parked and to the meet-up location at the Indiana State Museum, we couldn't find the group and had no clue where to go. It felt a little disorganized and we were still questioning if this trip was worth our precious gas money. 

After finding a group of people that were also lost, but also looking for the meet-up, we finally got to where we were supposed to be. There was a lot of disorganization and no one really knew what was going on (a model pointed out that a woman was clearly not in charge of this meet-up, haha). 

The day was filled with a couple hours of shooting along the canal, drizzling rain, a lot of squatting in bushes and bumping elbows with other photographers (oh and free hats!). Surrounded by 20 other creatives, it was an awesome day. A group of us went to a cute coffee shop afterwards called the Thirsty Scholar. We were all obsessing over the perfect lighting and marble tables the entire time. 

After an hour of talking, laughing, Instagram photos, and hand-modeling, it was time to get on the road home (making a quick stop in front of an ivy-wall in the parking lot). 

Reagan and I started the walk back to the car, talking about all of the wall art, abandoned buildings, and what a day it had been. We were satisfied. 

We had been on the road for about 10 minutes when we noticed how the fog was hanging low by the river. Before either of us commented on how breathtaking it looked, we both knew we had to stop. 

As Reagan drove forward, the sun was setting faster and we were getting discouraged that there would be no place to pull off on the side of the road. She took the first possible right that we approached and our hearts sunk a little when we saw that the river just didn't look quite as magical from that side. 

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Until we saw the bridge ahead, with the perfect pull-off location. The sun was the perfect hues of pink, blue, and orange and the fog was rolling in. We both jumped out of the car, screaming to each other with excitement. 

As we were running around, switching outfits, dancing around, freaking out about how this was the most perfect photo location and moment in the entire world, I felt so alive and inspired. 

I can't even begin to tell you how much I love what I do. Although, I sometimes have doubt about my career choice. My passion. My hobby. My whole life revolves around photography, and I have questioned if that was the right decision. Will I make enough money? Will I get enough business? Will I keep improving? Will I get burnt out? 

Let me tell you that tonight confirmed that I'm doing exactly what I am supposed to be doing. You see, photographers see the world differently and unless you are one, I can't really describe how it looks. Abandoned buildings, a row of matching trash cans, rusted down vehicles, a laundromat, raggedy clothes, parking garages, and crumbling walls all look magical to us. The perfect backdrop. So when you give us a PERFECT SUNSET and add fog to it, that's just something I can't put into words. 

I may not have it all figured out, but I would not give up the way I see the world and the way I photograph it for anything. 

So here's to the nights we feel alive and so in the moment that nothing else matters. I say that I felt like I was dreaming with my eyes open last night, but if we are being honest I get to dream with my eyes open every time I'm behind my camera. Oh how lucky I am. 

Here's to the next adventure. 

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2017: A Look Back

2017 was A YEAR. Let me tell you. 

There's a line in The Ready Set's song, "Fire in the Sky" that says, "Last year I lost my sense of self, falling apart like someone else." That's really the only way to describe this year in a sentence. 

You hear a lot about people trying to "find themselves" + I never really understood the whole sense of losing yourself until 2017. It was a wild + rough year. 

My biggest gain from this (past) year was how much I grew as a photographer. I completely invested myself into my work + really tried to push my creativity + my business. This was my first year having multiple photo sessions every month. My first year where I was actually starting to take my business to the next level. I got to work with SO MANY amazing people. From clients of all types, models, make-up artists, and fellow photographers. 

It has been crazy to see my photos progress + how I have developed a real style. I am SO excited for 2018. To express my creative eye. Grow to completely new levels. And hopefully see a lot of new places + meet a lot of new people. I am so excited for all the adventures to come. I'm ready for change. I hope you're ready to watch the crazy ride. 

Here is a look back at all of my photo sessions from 2017. 

(p.s. I know this post is LONG because I included a ton of photos, but I hope you scroll to the end + let me know what your favorite photo was of mine from 2017). 

Here's to the next adventure. 

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SENIORS.

Families, kids, couples, special moments. 

Weddings: My favorite love stories. 

Creative Work: Stylized sessions, models, studio portraits, concerts, film sets, performances, self portraits + anything else in between.