don’t give up project

“and once you live a good story, you get a taste for a kind of meaning in life, and you can’t go back to being normal; you can’t go back to meaningless scenes stitched together by the forgettable thread of wasted time.” -donald miller (a million miles in a thousand years)


i’m sitting here and coming to the terms that i will never be able to write a paragraph that properly and fully explains the past few days of my life. i can’t even describe it to my friends and family. they ask how colorado was and my mind still can’t put into words how amazing and life changing this was. so i just say “it was good. it was really, really good.” and hope that they somehow can absorb all of my feelings and jumbled thoughts i took away from this workshop.

when i signed up for the don’t give up workshop, i had zero doubts in my mind. i knew in my heart that i was supposed to go. i’ve mentioned it in a few previous blog posts, but i’ve had trouble connecting to people lately. and this workshop completely changed that. i feel like a new person. i’ve never felt so surrounded with love and support. i learned so many new things. so many realizations. i’ve looked up to the parsons for so long now. just their ability to connect with people and tell beautiful stories. i learned so much from them and i will never stop appreciating that. so, thank you, ashley and jeremy. you are two of the kindest, giving, and strongest people i’ve ever met.

with the 2013 wedding season coming up, i feel so excited and inspired. i feel ready to make photos that matter.

and i have to add that i’m so thankful for all of the beautiful people i met. i’m so happy such wonderful people exist in the world. thank you guys for being amazing.

p.s. check out the amazing video from the trip!

laura + jay

a cold winter’s day. a farm. an orchard. these two love birds.

las vegas, nv // 2013

and a few from some disposable cameras + iphone:

s’more milkshakes. secret pizza. diplo. unicorn mask. 25 cheeseburgers from in-n-out. new friends. old friends. 7 people in a prius. a wyn on my lap. no ticket! a fake marriage. a real marriage, too! so. much. confetti. pool timez. desert shoot. #nojudgement. #nopants. so much laughter and love. vegas.

i spent the past few days in vegas for a photography convention (wppi) and i’m sitting here and my heart is feeling so full. i miss everyone so much. these are probably the silliest group of photos you’ll ever see on my blog. none of these photos have anything to do with weddings (other than the fact that we’re all wedding photographers), but i need to post them because of how refreshed and loved i feel after this trip. friendship is a wonderful thing. most of my favorite people live in various parts of the country and we finally all got to meet up and hang out. it’s something i look forward to all year. it’s hard to accurately describe how i’m actually feeling right now. mostly thankful. thankful that i have these people in my life. thankful for all of the new friends i met this year. and thankful for how inspired they all make me feel. seriously, i love you all so much. xo.