.a best friends styled shoot. {redding, ca bssm capturing the heart workshop}

I have the incredible honor of teaching a class at Redding’s School of Supernatural Ministry. I have been teaching for about the last seven years & over the years I’ve gotten a little more inspired to create a styled shoot for the class!!!! Lots of team effort & hard work, but it’s 100% worth it!!!

This year’s inspiration came from a small group .. These ladies have met together consistently for I think the last three years or so. Just seeing them together & how fun they have together inspired me to want to capture them together… doing what they so love… being with each other!!!!

Thank you to the following……

My Family… Mom, Joe, Uncle Steve, & Aunt Shawna!! Thank you for helping me haul everything & clean, etc… I LOVE YOU!

Stephanie Hino of Double Dipped Calligraphy for the incredible art work!!!!

Katie Walden of the Floranthropist for the beautiful flowers, flower crown, & flower comb!! Takes my breath away!

Jessica Deacon, you know me.. Thank you for helping me style this & pull everything together!!!

Rifle Paper Co for your beautiful & most pretty place cards & wrap!

Jordana… You’re an incredible intern! Thank you for all of your help…

& my honey!! Thank you!!! Benjamin! For always believing in me!!!!!!!

Lauren, Sarah, Danielle, Renee, Jenna, & Michelle! Thank you for being my incredible models! It was so much joy to capture you & create this beautiful shoot!!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!!!

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thank you Jarod for this awesome capture of the class!!!!

.real life. {redding, ca photographer}

Today I have been checking off the list of “to-do’s” & a few orders that are on the list, while at the same time watching Kirsten Lewis, a photojournalistic family photographer, on CreativeLive! Feeling inspired & evoked to keep going deep, to keep focusing on my craft…..It’s been so good! So real. Incredible!

This season has been tough mentally, just to be honest. Comparison & the lovely social media has spun me a bit this last season..I feel like there’s been a “fog” over my head!  I love Instagram & Facebook! I love the connection it brings, I love that it’s like a journal, to some degree… Facebook  posts & dialogs. It’s been incredible for my business! I love the clients it has brought my way, the friendships!!  I  have really enjoyed the app TIME HOP because it shows last year’s posts to like five year ago posts… It’s been really great, especially as a mom to see how much the kids have grown.. & to see how iPhone technology & cool editing apps have taken it to another level.

On the other end, it’s felt like social media has taken something from me… Something that I so love & have a passion for….  Capturing!  To post or not to post, to blog or not to blog?  To put it out there… To think “I am going to be judged…” “It’s not good enough…” “It’s not a picture of a bridge, waterfall, cool coffee shop, or deep in the hundred acre woods.”  “Will my clients be happy?” “Does it match with my feed?” “Will it get any LIKES?”  I could keep going… The struggle has been a struggle! HA! The reality…..

Of course while scrolling through instagram a friend of mine posted about a negativity fast that started February 10th for Lent. It resonated in my heart & I knew I needed to go after that….. So, yes… intentionally saying NO to this haunting monster & focusing on the positive… & breaking that off.  One day at a time, one post at a time. Not letting all this define me & keep me from what I do truly love!!!! Positivity wins!! Capturing the Heart wins!

… I saw my favorite tree had started blooming…. & I knew that it had to be in full blossom at the civic center… Sooooo, heading home, the little voice inside said… “swing by & take some pics of that tree…..” & the other voice… “why would you do that… they’re not going to be anything incredible..” “who wants to look at a bunch of flower pictures..” &  instantly I was like ” these pics are going to be so pretty & nothing is going to stop me from capturing this moment…”  This moment that I knew would make me come alive, would make my heart so so happy! I took a few with my phone & then came back a few days later to take some with my camera… & again….. sheer happiness! I just wanted to swing in the tree of blossoms! Breathe everything in. Bask in the beauty of spring & these stunning flowers……. Absolutely so magical! So So So beautiful!

Thank you for listening! & reading if you got this far…. How do you manage social media? Balance? Posting or not? Would love to hear your insight!!!! & if you want a really awesome positivity perspective, check it out Igniting Hope!

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