Tuesday, October 21, 2014

In the midst of our fall list.

Such an amazing weekend. That's all I can say! Friday, I left work early and we got a headstart on our little road trip back to Mount Vernon with enough time to spare, that we even got to play in the leaves and had ourselves a little tripod photo shoot before the rehearsal dinner.

frisbee golf! I actually wasn't half bad.
can you spot the frisbee?

The whole weekend was amazing. Saturday was the wedding, so we went to lunch with the groom (caleb's college roomie!) and I relaxed before the day really began.

The ceremony was quick, and the reception went really fast...it was so fun catching up with all of Caleb's friends!!

My sweet man put his jacket around me during the cold walk back to our car at the end of the night. I quite like him ;)

We stayed both nights, and when we woke up Sunday we made the trek back home. I had been looking forward to Sunday FOR A LONG TIME. I got to put my dress back on!!! I know my girl Renee is INSANELY busy and it'll probably be a few months before I even get to see the pictures but we already know how amazing they are going to be! They treated us to the best day ever. Reese (Renee's soon-to-be mister) made ribs for lunch. Freaking ribs. Who does that!??! (He's an amazing host!!) We had a blast stuffing ourselves silly, being photographed, but ultimately realizing they are two of the most amazing people we've probably ever met. I swear, we gabbed on for a while about how awesome they are and we can't wait to hangout again.

I hope you guys had an amazing weekend, and a great Monday!
PS - I know I told Becky like 5 times yesterday, but I HOPE YOU HAD THE BEST BIRTHDAY EVER YESTERDAY, GIRL!!!!! ;)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Looking forward to...

Typically Friday's in blog land are to talk about your past week, a few favorite things from your week, etc...but this Friday I want to mix it up a little bit and talk about a few things I'm looking forward to!

Taking a half day and going on a road trip this weekend!
That's right. We're going BACK to Mount Vernon this weekend to celebrate the marriage of one of Caleb's college roommates, and we're so excited for them! We get to stay on campus where we went to college, so THAT will bring back a few memories!! We're also hoping to bring the tripod and snag a few pics on campus near some pretty Fall colors. We'll see!!

Do you guys remember me talking about my amazing friend Renee? All I can say is thank God for the internet for bringing us together. Girlfriend is one of the sweetest souls ever!! Not only that, but she's an AMAZING photographer, getting married in December, and moving to Hawaii next year. Talk about a whirlwind. She's wanting to redo her portfolio so she's asked Caleb and I to be her models and I am dying for Sunday to get here. I get to wear my dress AND yellow shoes again. Oh, and did I mention I get my hair and make up done for free? I could get used to that. I can't wait to take this beauty out of the bag come Sunday!!

I just settled a date with a few of my favorite ladies in my family to bake cookies all day in December. I know "too soon, Kayla!", but really...is it ever too soon to start preparing for the wonderful season of Christmas?!? Besides, cookies are an all-year-round sort of thing ;) I also can't wait for Halloween, and Thanksgiving...just for the record!!

All these edits I have to finish.
As much time as it takes up in my day-to-day life, I find myself smiling right along as I look back at pictures I've snapped. Memories, captured in time...that I GOT to be a part of. So cool!

My mom coming home.
Guys. I pick her up from the airport on the 27th. I mean!!! That is so soon. Can't wait to squeeze her! I'm really excited to see what God has in store for this season in her life. Looking forward to midnight movies, sweet tea and lots of laughter and healing on the way.

Caleb's 26th birthday.
It's next Sunday! Well, the 26th (yep, its his GOLDEN BIRTHDAY...its a thing, look it up)!! I can't wait to spoil that man rotten. I love birthdays, and I love him more...so mix the two, and you've got one excited gal over here.

What are you guys looking forward to?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

It's no ones fault but my own.

I mentioned yesterday in my random-filled post that I had a silly little meltdown over practically nothing. I think it was just a ton of little things that had piled up in my brain and when Caleb and I started talking about something I didn't want to talk about I just. blew. up. I'm talking, ugly cry, knees-bent, hands-in-face cry right there on the bathroom floor.

If that sounds like I just described a 4 year old, then you'd probably be right...except it was me. Even though I was being extremely ridiculous, Caleb let me cry (because lets be real, sometimes a girl just needs to vent and let it all out for whatever reason). Not only did he let me cry, he held me, gave me the perfect little pep talk (which was exactly what I needed to hear), and completely shifted my perspective on my day-to-day routine. He said "maybe you should change your attitude"... and while my first reaction was to be upset and yell at him for the comment, I thought for a second first, and realized he was right. I needed to shift my perspective. I heard God saying to me... listen Kayla, be thankful for what you have. The busy stuff is a blessing, too, even when you don't feel that way.

The ultimate root of my silly meltdown? I'm almost positive its that I don't give myself enough 'me time' to enjoy things that I love on my own...usually when I get in a night to myself? I'm spending it eating a cheap dinner, and editing photos for 4 hours at a time. Don't get me wrong, I love a quick drive thru meal and editing beautiful photos...but that still includes doing something for someone else, and I need to figure out a better schedule to keep my stress levels lower.

I think as women (or anyone with a family and/or a job that you care about), sometimes we do our best to make sure everything is done for everyone else, making sure your family is happy, your home is clean, and a good dinner was prepared for your husband. While that's all very true to some of us and those are all good things, its good to be a little selfish sometimes and say forget it. The laundry can wait, the editing can wait, and you can order take out for yourself....and sometimes? A bubble bath is in order.

I found myself emailing a few friends about how stressed I've been, will be, etc. I feel like I'm just going through the motions of my day to day life. I keep saying "I can't wait to find time to finish that book", or "maybe tonight I can squeeze in a phone call with my friends?", when I ultimately know none of those things would get done. Then I face the realization that its NO ONE'S FAULT but my OWN for not making time for myself a priority. Sure, I'm extremely busy most of the time...rushing from an office job, to Starbucks to meet with a bride, to back home to edit, workout, and make dinner... but you know what? I think its silly sometimes, rushing around like that. Everyone needs time for themselves. I truly believe that taking time to do things that you love makes you want to be better in every aspect of life.

After my 20 minute bubble bath last night (thanks Er, for the amazing Disney princess version!!), I felt happy. Not that I don't normally feel happy on other evenings, but I think I was proud of myself...for finally MAKING the time.

Oh, and another random thing? I'm sick of the fact that I'm not a morning person...I've always wanted to be that girl who wakes up in PLENTY of time to write a blog post, make hot chocolate, go for a run and maybe even pack her own lunch ALL before her 8am commute. I can't even fathom that kind of morning routine...but I'm determined to get there soon. No one is stopping me, but myself.

So ladies? I dare you to take a bubble bath tonight...finish that book, write in your journal, spend extra time doing something you love, and watch the difference in yourself unfold.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

So much on my mind!

I'm just gonna type. I have no idea where this post is going to go.

I've got a lot on my mind.
I'm hoping Caleb and I can pay off a crapton of debt this month.
I'm obsessing over our budget, making changes, tweaking it all the time.
I'm praying my mom finds a job when she moves home.
I'm feeling thankful that I've got two jobs, but I'm also feeling stressed because I've got two jobs.
I'm the first to admit I had a weird, tear filled meltdown last night.

I'm thrilled Caleb and I finally have a (safe) car.
I'm so thankful I have quite a few amazing friends I know I can depend on.
I'm praying that these piles of laundry will all be done soon.
Wishing I had a little more time so I could finally finish a book or two.
I can't wait to have our debt paid off and start saving for a house (can we fast forward 2 years?!)!!
Who am I kidding, I can hardly decorate our little apartment as it is. Ha! *forehead slap emoji*

Wishing I was good at doing my own nails. They are neglected.
Excited that Caleb and I got to see my grandparents and brother last night.
...oh, and that they made us chili (and gave us leftovers).
Thankful I have a roof over my head.
Caleb and I have been listening to a lot more country than usual, and we love it.
So happy we're getting back into lifting at the gym. Caleb is amazing to have there with me.

^^^ Cracking up at things like that above! ^^^ cutest ring bearer ever?
Wishing we had our pumpkins to carve already. I'm scared that there won't be any left!!
I had one of the worst dreams ever last night that made me wake up covered in sweat. *scary*
Excited for my first Skype photography consultation tonight!
Really beginning to brainstorm Halloween costume ideas! So excited.

I know guys, most random post ever. I just had a lot on my mind with no real agenda for this post at all...per the usual. So that's what you get :) what random things are running through your head today?!

Monday, October 13, 2014

I survived!

1 family shoot, 2 weddings, and 2 more engagement shoots later...we made it! Phew! It was obviously a couple really long days but Caleb and I danced more than usual, ate a lot of pie, and took silly pictures of each other with our down time.

Something awesome happened on Friday, though. Not only did we get to see a ton of old college friends, we had some really sweet words said to us that nearly brought me to tears. It really made me once again realize, how AWESOME this job is. I get to spend time with some of the coolest people, get to be there for their most intimate moments, and deliver the photos that they will literally hold onto forever.

Can we talk about the two STUNNING brides we got to photograph??

I really have nothing else to say about this long weekend. It was amazing, tiring, and fun. Sunday was spent doing a couple shoots, then sitting on my butt the ENTIRE rest of the day. How'd you spend yours??

Friday, October 10, 2014

A change in plans!

After a last minute cancellation last night, I was so excited to go home after work and do nothing. I had big plans of a longer than usual run, a nice bubble bath (which never happens) and finally finishing that darn book I've been reading all year.... except Caleb had better plans.

As I mentioned earlier in the week, we are shooting an out of town wedding today. The plan was to wake up kinda early, work out, and drive 3 hours away same day. So I got home from work, and Caleb didn't look anywhere near ready to leave for his men's small group at church... rather, he's standing at the dinner table with a suitcase near him and told me to look inside.

There was a paper that sad; "PACK YOUR BAGS! WE'RE GOING TO DUBLIN! DATE NIGHT!!!

No, not Dublin Ireland ;) Dublin, OHIO! He booked an out of town hotel since we haven't gotten much time together and the next few weeks will be a little crazy, and decided we needed to finally use that Montgomery Inn gift card. He knows how to make my heart happy *sappy hour*

We headed to Montgomery Inn at the late time of 9:30. They closed at 10:00...yeah, we were those people. But frankly? We didn't care. It was our night. We were literally the only ones in the place and had a front row seat to watch some Thursday Night football! Our waitress was actually super sweet and gave us the largest plate of onion strings for FREE. & we weren't even there too late past 10.

I also wanted to share a few of my favorite photos from the week;

-When we hung out with Josh, Marie, and sweet little Nora (and baby #2 in there!!) on Wednesday. This photo was a miracle. First try on self timer, totally in focus, and everyone is looking! WOO!

-I love them.

-This seriously hot momma!

-This insanely beautiful little girl. I mean... come on!

As for today and tomorrow? Wedding madness! Can't wait to share these beautiful images with you guys! Enjoy your weekends!!!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Before the whirlwind begins...

Starting tonight, I'm going to be using my camera for 5 days straight. Which means I'll be in front of my computer the next two to three weeks editing my life away. Don't get me wrong, I love doing it, I'm excited... but I'm already a little sleepy thinking about it.

Tonight is Marie's maternity/family shoot, tomorrow's another family shoot, Friday is an out of town wedding, Saturday is a Cincinnati wedding, and Sunday morning is three back to back family-engagement-engagement shoots. PHEW! That's a lot. But I really am excited! I was just thinking about how lucky I am. I prayed for so long to have what I have, and now that I have it? I'm trying not to complain or stress about things or worry about how in the world I'll have time to edit all of the stunning pictures...and just enjoy it. After all, I get to shoot with my cute husband all day.

But I will tell ya, its easy to be negative towards myself. I've often wondered if I'm even cut out to document someone's BIGGEST day of their life... and compare my photos to photographers who've been in the game far longer than I... and then God sends you a little sign to tell you that you're doing far more than you even know.

This was a recent review posted about Caleb and I, and I read it at a moment I desperately needed to hear it.
It was a simple reminder that I'm not only shooting a wedding, or a family, etc...but I'm capturing memories as they happen, for people who will look at these photos for years to come, and for newlyweds who will cover their living room walls with these images. So friends, just send me some good vibes over these next few days and I hope I make it through ;)

Happy Wednesday!!