Palm trees and sunshine

Ever since I was a little girl I’ve had an affinity for palm trees…short…tall…fat…east coast…west coast. I don’t discriminate. They are easily my favorite tree. It probably, obviously, stems from the fact that palm trees = beach in my mind, and the beach has always been a retreat for me. I’m not talking about a 5 star resort — of course that would be a retreat — but just being by the ocean is so therapeutic. The sounds, the smells. Looking out onto such a powerful body of water…so vast that you can’t see beyond it. I love it.

We’re jetting off to SoCal in 35 days (yes, I’m counting). And while Los Angeles definitely has its downsides, it still continues to entrance me with its perfectly sunny weather, and it’s proximity to beautiful beaches.

So, while it’s 27 degrees here in ATL, I’ll be thinking of you, Cali.

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Erin + Nirmal | Atlanta Wedding

Remember these two? We had fun exploring Inman Park for their engagement session back in the Fall and we rang in the new year together (well, January 4th to be exact) for their awesome winter wedding!

This was an especially fun wedding for me because it was my first Indian wedding. Seeing some different traditions was not only refreshing but it was educational too  😉

Michael and I walked away from this one saying, “man…we should hang out with these two again.” – always a good thing!

Enjoy a few of my favorites.

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Charlie, “Charles” or “Chuck”

WE FINALLY GOT ANOTHER DOG!

BLUE FINALLY HAS A FRIEND!

I’VE CLEANED UP SO MUCH PUPPY POO AND PEE THIS PAST WEEK!

Okay, but seriously. We love this little guy. We’ve been wanting a 2nd dog for about a year now but needed to wait until the right time…we decided to hold off until 2013 wedding season was over, and all the holiday traveling was done.

Last Sunday we drove to the Atlanta Human Society and picked the first dog we saw – literally. Haha. Impulsive? Nah. We just weren’t gonna be picky and wanted to go with the first cutie who liked us.

Adoptapet.Adoptapet.Adoptapet. If you want a pet…please adopt one. There are thousands at your local humane society/pound looking for a home. Screw breeders.

[end rant]

Meet, Charlie. A basset mix.

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*Don’t let Blue’s annoyed face fool you in this last pic. He loves Charlie. He HATES cameras…for real. 

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A few frames…

I’m editing this beautiful Indian wedding and just had to share a few frames.

Delicate is the word I’d use to describe these details.

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2014 Goals | There’s Room to Grow

I’ve never been one to celebrate New Years Eve in style. You can usually find me at home…in my sweatpants…ringing in the new year with a casual game of cards and a glass of wine.

What can I say? I’m wild.

However, I am a big fan of reflecting and projecting, and the holidays are the perfect time to celebrate the past and anticipate the future. On our drive home from Virginia, I spent some time thinking about growth. There’s always room to grow.

I struggle with growth. Mainly because I tend to be somewhat aloof – so the idea of change has to be prodded and poked for me to meditate on it, but also because I’m a tad stubborn. One of my favorite characteristics of my husband is that he is always reflecting and analyzing and searching for ways he can be a better man, and he is always encouraging me to do the same which is exactly what I need since it rarely crosses my mind. I love that about him and I’m blessed to have him in my life…

So, I’ve done some thinking, and I’d love to share my intentions for 2014.

Personal

– Spend more time outside. We spent 2012 in Portland, Oregon and we craved being outside. Everything was so new and beautiful and every day was an adventure. Since moving back to the east coast we sort of lost that spirit and I’d love to find it again.

– Learn a new song a month on my guitar. Since I was 15, guitar has always been a hobby of mine. I’m decent…but I’d like to get better.

– Read more. I love reading but it’s so damn hard for me to find a good book. I’d like to read a book a month this year. I scoured my old books the other night (I buy books and then don’t read them) and found one my sister gave me a few years ago, We Were The Mulvaneys, and started reading it. So far it’s really good!

– Less tv. I’m not one to join the chorus of “tv is bad for you” or, “let’s sell the tv!” because I enjoy good content, and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. But, I’d like to watch less tv and fill that time with other things (reading, sewing, guitar, conversations).

– Conquer sewing. I’ve sewed about 4 things in my life. Luckily, they all turned out pretty decent…but…I’m by NO means an expert. I’m barely a beginner, but I’d love to conquer a king sized quilt for our bed…wish me luck.

– Focus on my marriage. Michael and I have a good marriage, but all marriages can be better. I want to be more intentional about being a better wife.

– Get healthy. I’d like to eat less sugar/carbs (bread, sweets, pasta, rice) and less red meat, and eat more veggies. I’d also like to get back into shape. I miss my soccer legs  😉

Business

– Diversify. I’d like to diversify my photography portfolio. Dabble in shoots other than weddings. Whether that’s seniors, families, babies, commercial/editorial, I don’t know…I’m willing to try it all to find another genre that I enjoy. Editorial/fashion content intrigues me, so we’ll see what happens.

– Get published in print.

– Hire an intern/potential associate photographer (be on the lookout for more info!).

– Push my creativity (go outside of my comfort zone a bit).

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In case you missed my 2013 favorite moments post, you can check it out here.

Also, I was honored to have one of my photos in Southern Wedding’s Top 10 Favorite Images of the Year.

2013 was such an amazing year, and I’m already pumped about 2014. My wedding season started this Saturday with a fun multicultural wedding, so let’s get this party started!

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