The Moments I Live For…

 

THIS!!! This is what i live for.
When i first decided that i wanted to photograph weddings, never in my wildest dreams did i know that over time i would become so much more than just that. At first i wanted to just capture “pretty pictures.” But now. I realized serving my clients is so much more than just capturing their day.
I have helped give the last details of a wedding timeline to the venue. I have helped fix hair disasters that broke a brides heart. I’ve been a friend to offer advice to a nervous groom.
I’ve helped put on shoes. I’ve held the hands of mothers who can’t contain their tears. I’ve wrangled flower girls. And I’ve been the keeper of bouquets.
And I’ve reminded these couples that this is their day. And I’m here to serve THEM.
That everyone is here for them. That nothing on this day could happen to make you any less married than any other couple, and to just shrug off the small stuff.
And when i see my couples enjoying their day like this; with lots of hugs. Laughter. And genuine smiles; i know my job is done.

Wedding Day Scents

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Did anyone else buy a new perfume for their wedding day? I actually did…. and then forgot it….. i love the idea of it though! It’s like having a “signature scent” for your day!
Why i love it: years to come when you or your significant other smells that perfume, it can bring back the waves of emotions that took hold of your heart that day, and such a small detail that could actually mean so much. Photos are important to capture the day and capture the emotions; but don’t forget one of the other senses: scent!

First Looks

Brides/Grooms: First looks may be a small detail on your day, some of you may even forget about this detail all together! Some of you may already have made the decision to break tradition and see each other before the ceremony. But for those who are on the fence, this one’s for you.

Personally: I did a “first look.” Naturally, I’m an anxious person. The morning of my wedding i could barely eat, talk, or sit still. I was a nervous WRECK. I never thought i would be so overwhelmed! When i finally saw Dalton, and he pulled me close, my nerves melted away. I could finally BREATHE! And not just because i was holding my breath ’cause my dress was a liiiiiitle tighter than it was at my final fitting. But because the anchor to my soul, my rock, the avocado to my toast, was embracing me. And my soul was settled in that very moment. We had a few minutes alone, which is all i needed to connect with him. I could finally relax (a little…) and enjoy the time i got to spend with everyone before the ceremony!

Some of you may want to wait until you are walking down the aisle. Some girls dream of the moment that each of them are standing at opposite ends of the aisle, flowers in hand, and you lock eyes on that other half of your soul. It. Is. So. Magical. To see your partner’s face light up with just raw and real JOY is priceless.

Wether you choose to do one over the other, the one thing i ALWAYS recommend is to write a good old fashioned love letter to your other half. Something that isn’t going to be in your vows. Something that they can read and hold onto for the rest of your days together. Something between just the two of you.

And as you cry while you read it, i’m sure i will be there getting tissues for the both of us. So do what your heart desires. After all, that’s the point of the day.

7 Lessons My Dog Diesel Taught Me

It’s no secret that my dog Diesel is my WORLD. I mean, i have his name tattooed on the bottom of my foot and I even named my photography business after him! So yeah, you could say he means a lot to me.
I got Diesel from a sketchy guy in the parking lot of Wendy’s when he was just a wee little pup; 8 weeks old. I was just an 18 year old with some money to buy him. He was the last of the litter. He was sick. No one wanted him! As soon as i saw those long velvety ears and those paws that were bigger than his face, i was SOLD. And from that moment on, my heart has always been his.

He has lived in 4 different homes with me. From the corn fields of Okeana to the busy streets of Westwood, to a small apartment in Fairfield, and to our current home in a small, quiet town. He has been there for me through absolute heartbreak and tragedy. He’s been there for some of the happiest moments of my life. He was there to give me a laugh exactly when i needed it the most. And he was there to stomp all over my school projects; ensuing pure panic as i tried fixing them before class. From our adventures hiking around the woods, to running around on UC’s campus, he’s been my partner in crime since day one.

Diesel’s birthday is October 18th (the one the Vet picked because I actually had no idea.) And so in honor of my bear turning 7 years old, here is 7 Lessons My Dog Diesel Taught Me.

  1. Don’t take everything so serious
    It’s life. Things will happen. It’s alright to be silly and run into closed doors, and spill your entire bowl of water over cause you got extra happy to see your mom. Brush it off, and just keep going. Something i keep having to remind myself lately.
  2. Naps.
    Just take ’em. Anywhere. Anytime. Find that buddy you love and cuddle up and nap.  And don’t be afraid to snore.
  3. Peanut Butter Is Always The Answer
    No explanation needed.
  4. Sharing Is Caring
    My poor Diesel Boy has NO IDEA what personal space is. I’ll admit he has gotten much better about it over the years, but if you’re eating one of his favorite snacks (i.e. ANYTHING) be prepared for drool to cover your legs….. Cause he aint backing down till he gets a taste.
  5. Love Everyone
    Diesel has never met another creature, both animal and human, that he doesn’t want to be friends with. Wether its a 5 lb dog at the dog park or a one-ton cow, Diesel just wants to play and be friends. And i think thats something that we all can practice in our daily lives. Say hi to the stranger next to you in the check out lane. Compliment the nail polish color of the barista making your coffee. Meet every person as a friend.
  6. It’s okay to sometimes be afraid
    Of life. The vacuum. Whichever. It won’t last forever.
  7. There is never enough time….
    We all know this to be true. But when you get a pet, you are just signing yourself up to be heartbroken later down the road, and just hope that the years you have together will comfort you in those times. So never take a moment for granted. Give the extras snuggles, extra lovin’s, and extra pieces of cheese, cause you never really know when your last moment with your best friend could be….

There are endless things having Diesel in my life has taught me. Sacrifice, love, understanding, and loyalty to just name a few. And i’m forever grateful to be his mom. This 100 lb wrinkly beast has brought sunshine on my darkest days. At times he has been the only motivation to keep working harder. Diesel, I love you. And i can only hope he knows that he is my special boy and that i love him more than anything….

Happy Birthday, Pookie Bear. Momma Loves You.