Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Resolutely Silly

I swear I have split personalities at times.  I love change, I think it is amazing and a new adventure that I always want to take.  However in contrast I hate when things end.  So I guess I just want everything to last forever and for always!  So while this year is ending I find myself both excited and sad.

I'm not a huge fan of "New Years Resolutions" in the traditional sense.  My reasoning is that if you want to change something about yourself or your life: CHANGE IT NOW!  Start a new each month.  I love the idea of Goals and dreams and that's what I use as my New Years Resolutions.  It is the something that makes me push on towards my dreams even when it feels like it is the last thing I want to do.  It is what I use to remind myself to move each day a step closer to my dreams and goals.

So today I'm going to share with you success or failure what my goals were last year and scared I'm going to share with you my goals for this year.

I'm scared every year that I won't achieve anything... that my goals will sit there like a blinking cursor mocking me.  But who made it anywhere being safe?  Who made it anywhere without fear... so with shaking hands I place out my goals...

What are you goals for this year?  What are your dreams?  What steps will you take this year to make your dreams a reality?

Happy New Years Eve!!!!

Live. Love. Loud.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Overjoyed and Filled with Thanks!

I can't end the year without saying a huge thank you and I LOVE YOU to each and every amazing couple from this past year. What I do can't happen without you and all the more important I'm overjoyed to have gotten a chance to get to know each and everyone of you and to call you friend!

Thank you all so much for allowing me to be a part of the start of your life together.  I cherished every moment I got to spend with you!

Live. Love. Loud.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Lingering Desires

With over 30 Christmas movies down and a seemingly endless supply that haven't been touched I sometimes wonder why Christmas can't just linger a little longer...

That face is the one Chris has when I ask about keeping our Christmas decorations up till Valentines Day!

Which brings me to...


  • Time with family... chaotic and amazing
  • Pies... all of them
  • Wrapping Paper... it is all so beautiful... do you think that wrapping my furniture would be too strange?
  • My Christmas light necklace!  I know it is stupid silly but I love it and I totally wear it till the new year (you got to take advantage as long as you can!)
  • Advent Calendars: Chris introduced them to me and I love them and all their fun it makes you focus the whole month long!
  • Delayed Christmas: sometimes with multiple families and then our own Christmas we get to have Christmas late, which means I get to stay all Christmas-y for longer! (Hence this basically LOVES: Christmas Edition Cont :D )
  • Shipping: it is amazing the things you can ship like snakes and butterflies... it's for real look it up!
  • All you who take the time to read all my silly ramblings

I hope this week has been filled with LOVES for you and if it hasn't, remember you can always make it turn around!

Live. Love. Loud.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Silly Confessions

I always eat way too much stuffing... I'm pretty sure I take the name "stuffing too literally".  Or at least that's what I'll blame.  So today I sit with my elastic band pants stretching across my "Stuffed" stomach and I ponder of this past year.  All that has passed... all that will come... and what exactly is "Boxing Day"?

Photo compliments of The Garden of Eden

I mean really I have looked up the definition many times but I can't help but wonder.  I have decided to believe the Downton Abbey version: back when we were all amazing and had servants they build in Boxing Day to allow those servants to have their own Christmas.  Not because this is the most amazing definition but because I just love Downton Abbey that much...

So what are you doing today, other than sitting moaning from all the food you ate yesterday?

Live. Love. Loud.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Happy Joy Joy

Today is one of my favorite days of all time... if only for all the many ways we have come to celebrate in all the silly so I will celebrate all the awesomely silly by doing a tribute of all my favorite moments of silly-awesome!

Who can forget the amazing tree salvation: letting them all have their true destiny!

"Sisters... Sisters"

LOVES me some Love Actually!

I laugh every time...

Oh Brita...

Art compliments of diviantart

AMAZING!  How can anything Harry be anything but?

I hope your day is filled with amazingly awesome and silly moments that may just take your breath away!

Live. Love. Loud.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

I'll Huff and I'll Puff...

My Christmas spirit is taking over...

Just sit back and enjoy the chaos... the endless hustle and bustle all around.  Order a cup of joe or if you are me some sweeten concoction that is no longer really any sort of coffee and breath it in and enjoy the moment!

That is my only plan for today.  I'm sure it will be taken up with all the other things that have to be done, people to be greeted and all that but I'm going to take that one moment to breath in the beauty of this season!

What all crazy things do you have to do today?

Monday, December 23, 2013

Wee Bit Pyro

Our apartment doesn't have fireplace... but I'm tempted to take some construction paper and scissors and make one.  It just sounds so cozy.  I feel like every Christmas movie and every romantic comedy has a fire place.. I think they are trying to tell me something :D  Mainly I think it is a constant reminder of how awesome it is to read a book next to a fire... or roasting marshmallows YUM!

If I want to get toasty warm the best I can do is tea, blankets or a hot bath... none are bad options but none have the "crack" of a fire.  Plus I'm pretty sure I'm a little bit pyro... like the good kind the one who volunteers to tend the fire not the one you have to hide matches from :D

So here's to a day spent in front of a fire even if it is on my television screen!

Live. Love. Loud.

Friday, December 20, 2013

LOVES: Christmas Edition

As each day brings Christmas closer I have mixed feelings.  This December has been busy and so I have struggled off and on with feeling Christmas.  All the fun and festivities will be amazing but it also means it ends... I love change I just don't like the transition so for now I will revel in all things Christmas

Which brings me to LOVES:

  • Christmas lights, I'm telling you it is like a bit of heaven!
  •  Stuffing/Dressing depending on your family.  I get it is just bread but SO amazing!
  • Wrapping presents with Christmas music playing loudly but not as loudly as I sing it!
  • Walking hand in hand with Chris just about anywhere but all the better when there is a nip in the air
  • New adventures... they don't always look appealing but they are always challenging!
  • Mistletoe... I never see it or use it but the idea is so nice
  • Snow: This past weekend we got to run up to VA and saw some beautiful big fluffy flakes... Oh NC please let it snow!
  • Christmas Cards: Mine has a little snowman with squint-y eyes... because he is so happy his eyes can't stay open! :D
  • The idea of Christmas cookies... they are so fun to make but sadly I don't think they often taste good.. but that's probably because I'm making them :D
  • Everything Harry Potter... In my mind they are really Christmas movies...

I mean really how can you not be in love!?!

Live. Love. Loud.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Confessions That Shame

I watch terrible Christmas movies.  I mean terrible.  I have indeed watched "Mistle-tones".  I know they are going to have bad acting, no logic will be found anywhere near the movie,  your teeth will hurt by the end because it is just that "Sweet".  I get all that yet when I am cleaning my house or am editing photos alone at home out pops the Hallmark Channel in all it's "glory".  Now don't think I'm fully crazy, my favorite Christmas movies are always watched more vigor and frequency (like Elf and Love Actually).

I will admit to watching more than one that I wished I hadn't but overall all the silly movies make me feel more Christmas-y.  It is my Christmas guilty pleasure: if eating terrible amounts of sweets and shopping weren't enough! :D

What are your guilty pleasures this month?  What are your favorite Christmas Movies?

Live. Love. Loud.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Equipment: Pass

One of my favorite pieces of equipment is actually not a piece of camera equipment but the way I am able to get all my couples pictures to them.  PASS.  It is an amazing online storage of your images.  Included with each and every package is one year with PASS.  This means that instead of a CD that, if you are anything like me, can be lost, you get to have all your images a click away and stored safely for a year!  

The options when viewing your gallery are seemingly endless!  With one click my couples can download all their high resolution photos or just pick and choose which they prefer.  With one click they can share the whole gallery or select photos over to Facebook, or Instagram.  My couples can order professional quality prints directly from their PASS gallery or star their favorites for all their families to see!  They can share the link with anyone they would like but their photos are protected from just anyone downloading them because only those with a VIP PASS can download high quality images!

PASS allows me to focus my attention on my clients and anything they might need.  It allows my couples freedom.  Freedom to choose any and all or no products.  If my couples want to print their own images or use the professional printing service I offer or if they want a high quality wedding album... it is all up to my couples and their needs or desires and PASS allows me to be there for each and ever step!

Anything that allows me to focus more of my time spending time with my couples and serving their needs is perfect for all that I want to do!

Live. Love. Loud.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Decisions Decisions

Picking a Wedding album | Professional Wedding Albums | Wedding Photography I am the worst at wanting to think it through a little too well sometimes.  So I have been in love with wedding photography for SO long and almost as long I have been able to spend my time getting to know amazing couples and photograph their once in a life time wedding!  But in the hustle and bustle of all the amazing there are certain decisions that are key that often get put on the back burner.  One of these decisions is albums.

They are key and amazing but every time I would look over the different companies and who had what and all that jazz I got overwhelmed.  Not only overwhelmed but I never came across a company who had exactly what I wanted to provide for my amazing couples!

A few months ago I came across Yellow Twig, in all their glory!  I feel hard and fast.  Not just cause of the amazing story of the owner and founder but their products are amazingly fantastic!  So I set off to update my Album sample and the wonder of it all!

After designing the album, Brenda- owner and all around amazing- helped me make up my mind on the leather color choice.  A midst all the indecision Brenda announced a new feature: embossing!  I don't know if you know this about me but I'm in LOVE with embossing!  Like I'm pretty sure in printing it is my favorite... well anything!  So I asked if I could add that in to my order and not only did she but it turned out perfectly!

Can you tell from all the "!" how excited I am?  Cause I'm pretty excited... excited about the pretty and excited to offer such an amazing product to my all my amazing couples!

Live. Love. Loud.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Spirts: Kick Up Your Heels!

Time passes so easily.  I sometimes wish I could harness it... pull back on the reins and give me more time when I need it!  Alas it doesn't work that way.  I find myself this Christmas lacking Christmas spirit which for me this is a serious aliment!  I think I know the cause though.  I have made myself busy... too busy to make sure I have the time to just be and do silly Christmas things.  Go walk around Target and look at the Christmas decorations without a shopping list.  Watch the people hustle and bustle around, possibly sip a Christmas-ish hot beverage and just look.  It is like breathing in Christmas for me.  Strolling hand in hand with Chris, peering at another tree or garland. Sitting with a soft pretzel and enjoying the parade of families making their way to Santa.

If you are lacking the Christmas Spirit here are a few things that help me:

  • Playing Christmas music at the gym instead of my "Cardio-mix"... so I might not get my heart rate up quite as high but I will get my spirits soaring!
  • Let a Christmas movie play, hot chocolate brewing (or your favorite) as you wrap a few presents or go over your "to buy" list.
  • Put a pot of hot water on your stove and throw in a cinnamon stick (make sure to check this periodically or you will have a burnt  cookie smell in your house... which could be just as nostalgic :D )
  • Put on a Santa hat before running to the grocery store, you might feel a little funny but as you spread the cheer with a few "Happy Holidays" you'll gather some of your own!
  • If you're a sucker for some Christmas Cookies then bake some off listening to some favorite Christmas tunes and decorate them to your hearts desire!

Live. Love. Loud.

Friday, December 13, 2013

LOVES on a "HATES" week...

I'm all about some positiviity on the internet. Everywhere I turn there is something terrible or someone complaining, and I get it. Life is hard and we, as people don't make it easier sometimes. But some weeks, not usually on the day I'm writing my "LOVES" post, I really want to post a "HATES" instead. Sadly this week was one of those weeks.

When I stop and think about my life as an over all I don't see how I can complain. I have a husband who is nicer than I am, friends near and far that take their time to spend some with me, I have a job I love and for goodness sake I just last month was in Hawaii for work and pleasure! I mean thinking about it that way makes my issues seem so trivial... but in those moments of deep seeded anger, hurt and just plain irratation no matter of "small" matters. So I get the negativity that is around us... I just choose to actively not foster it here.

So my challenge for any and all who where having a "HATES" week make a list of LOVES anyway! (On contrast: sarcasm, at least for me, is always accepted and enjoyed!)

Which brings me to LOVES:

  • Last minute schedule changes... (bit of Sarcasm there... in case it wasn't super clear :D)
  • Weekends spent with friends ever edging towards closer friendship!
  • Tuna Salad: I've been addicted lately, I used to be super cautious because of the "mercy" but I was told it's okay as long as you get "Light"... so I've been making up for lost time
  • OJ Pops? Anyone else raised in a home stuck in the 80's? Cause we did homemade pops all the time: just got back into it and OJ pops are AMAZING!
  • Taking a slow day to enjoy the season: Don't know about the rest of you but December is always crammed full of activities and trips and good things that turn into making the "feeling" of Christmas go by the way side... and all you who know me know I'm more than a little crazy for Christmas and the nostalgic feelings are part of what makes it awesome!
  • For loves that are more or less (more, "more" not really any "less") paragraphs instead of quick lines... I blame this on lack of sleep
  • Christmas lights: no matter the night it can make me smile and let go if only for a moment
  • Laying on your back under the tree looking up at all the years of ornaments and the twinkling lights... makes me feel like a kid again!
  • Dutch butter cookies: they are dangerous around me cause I'm pretty sure I bought a half dozen tins last year... EEK!
For any and all of you out there having a less then "LOVES" week: if you only have time for 5 minutes that will do but just take a moment to stop and breath. Roll your shoulders back. If you're like me, let a Christmas song play before you jump back into the list of seemingly hundreds of things left to do!

May this coming week be slow and relaxing at unexpected moments for us all!

Live. Love. Loud.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Confessions, Failings and Feeling Alone

I feel like I'm failing a lot of the time.  The list of things I want to be doing and can be doing never seem to completely correlate.  I both hope I'm not alone in this (so I would feel less alone) and wish I were (so that other out there could be getting it all done)... if that makes any sense.  I'm head over heels for my job.  I'm pretty sure I couldn't be more in love with a job yet I feel behind at times.

Might be TMI but I decided long ago that when I started this blog that I would be transparent and so you are stuck with my thoughts... well not really you could at any point click the "X" on the top of the screen... let's be honest: I wouldn't blame you.

I want to be taking over the world.  I want to be helping my couples more and have more couples I can help.  I breaks my heart when I hear stories of photography gone wrong.  Whether the photographer failed them or the budget for their wedding led to trimming certain areas.

Truth time:  I am going to say something here and I am saying at as a former bride and person who has seen the hurt and not as a wedding photographer... The only thing you have left at the end of a Wedding day are clothes and photos.  If you take all the time in the world getting every detail right but then have a inexperienced or poor quality photographer what was the point?  Your memory is the only thing left to hold those memories.  I don't say this for you to hire me or any particular photographer just to put it out there.  The food will be "processed", the favors will about 40% be left behind, the flowers will wilt (though they are beautiful and I'm a huge fan!!!)... Just something to think on as you figure things out.

Meanwhile back on the trail I started, I have loved this year.  Each couple unique and amazing and I can't wait to continue our friendships.  But I sit here planning out this next year and I'm nervous.  Nervous about what is to come or not come?  Will it be another slow year?  Will all I have done make a difference?

I'm not sure of all the steps.  I want to know them. I'm a planner... not sure if there are others out there like me be HOLLA!  I want to know what each step will be and where they are all leading and I think this is reasonable... even if hasn't happened one day in my life... it could happen.

But instead I will focus on what I can know and I can do: my next steps.  There is no point letting myself worry of those things I can't change but instead I will take joys in the things I can.

Remember this month amidst all the hustle the "reason for the season" and all that jazz.  Breath in the crisp air and drink a hot chocolate.  The small things in life are what make up the memories that last!

Live. Love. Loud.