Ok guys so it's no secret Ive had a lot going on since the spring of 2019. Getting engaged, moving twice, getting married, moving to Texas, finding out we are expecting our first little girl in June 2020, and going full time with my business all by the time November 2019 rolled around. Even typing it all out makes me want to crawl into a hermit hole and never come out! But truth is, I have found myself growing immensely these last few months. Moving to Texas was a huge step for me, I went through the grief of leaving all my family and friends behind, I experienced intense isolation for the first 2 and half months of living here, and felt so alone. It was HARD guys, but in that time I started to grow, even though I didn't see it, I was growing. I pulled my self out of the dark empty place I was in and started to work... HARD! I worked on my business, my goals, my relationship with my new husband, and most importantly my relationship God.
This was a huge step for us, but the first Sunday of January we started attending a new local church called Watermark, along with an amazing marriage group through the church. I started praying again, I started reading a daily devotional and spending time with God every morning consistently for the first time in my life! I was starting to feel whole again, like I belonged somewhere that was just right for me and my growing family. Shortly after focusing all my attention on my relationship with God things got easier. Easier with my business, my marriage, preparing for our little girl, and learning the fact is that in no way can I do this walk called life alone! The community we have gained from our new church is absolutely incredible, they truly care about each and every person that walks through the doors of that church, and they don't stop there! They invite you to new years parties, super bowl games, or to their house for dinner 10 minutes into sitting next to them during the service. They live for their community as children of God and are constantly making everyone know they are not alone, that they care, that God cares, and that when you are in need they are there to help and walk along side you in those challenging times!
I have been filled, filled with love, grace, and humility. I now see this flooding into other places in my life, living as God has asked us to live and follow him! My business is booming and Im honestly shocked at the transformation within my business the last month after making the focus switch from self to God! Im feeling so incredibly blessed to have the wonderful people I do supporting my business here in Texas!
However that being said and me just gushing over our new church... Here is How I am staying organized, how am I planning all of the things that need to be planned and keeping everything on track!
As most of my friends that are entrepreneurs will know it get full on CRAZY TOWN sometimes and for it being January/February ( My slow season) I cant believe everything I have going on right now! So by trial and error I have found a method to my madness. I have three calendars. This includes a white board by my bed, my HoneyBook calendar, and my Iphone calendar, I sit down at least three times a week and make sure they are all lining up! This has helped so much to keep me from double booking or even over booking my schedule, because lets be honest I'm only human I make mistakes! But that being said I hate making little mistakes like that. Oh did I mention I've taken on two side jobs as well.... YAAAAAAA so thats made me have to be organized to the extreme because I have weekends and even weeks I'm going to be gone and out of town but still need to get things done, so how do I keep everything going and get all the boxes checked and tasks accomplished? Well one way I've found to be helpful is Trello. This has been a life saver when it comes to planning events or even keeping track tasks that need to be done that I cant get to right away! Next would be Striv3r... This is actually a new business my friend is starting and I'm a guinea pig for start up! In future I will be telling a lot more about Stiv3r and maybe even doing a blog post on it when it officially launches, so stay tuned! But in short its helping me stay focused on my 3 year goals and the things that I need to do on the daily and weekly that keep me on track, even if thats as simple as taking a shower and washing my hair that has 4 days worth of dry shampoo in it! Lastly would be my wonderful husband and boss babes that keep me on track EVERY single day... I couldn't do it without my tribe, and for them i will forever be so grateful!
Big picture is, you can't do life alone, you're not perfect, and sometimes we just need to give ourselves some grace and keep on rollin! My way of staying organized might not work perfectly for you, but that is OK! Find your own groove, find the way you work best and stay on track the best! Ill be praying for you all because I know things are about to become crazy town as the weather starts warming up and business starts picking up! Stay strong and I'll see you all soon!
Also if any of you are interested in HoneyBook Ill be linking my code below to get 50% off your first year! Thats $200 dollars off! And believe me, its worth every penny!
Spearfish, South Dakota. Im gonna be back for a whole week this February! Im so frikin excited for everything that comes with this trip! Im doing a Styled wedding shoot at the Black hills Barn that is gonna be EPIC! Also I've joined up with Brita, who owns Sweet Fluff Cotton Candy, to do some super fun mini session at the barn on February 16th. I'll be dropping some fun sneak peaks into our inspiration for these along with details below!
As most of you know I lived in Newell, South Dakota for a short time in 2018 before moving back home to Montana. However soon after in 2019 I moved back to Newell to plan my wedding and prepare to move to Texas where I am currently! In the short time I lived in South Dakota I made some amazing contacts with some of the local business owners and it was truly so fulfilling keeping in touch with these ladies! Well not to long ago i got to talking with one of my favorite ladies from there Tia ( owns The Black Hills barn) and we decided it would be fun to do a whole weekend of fun collaborations! So thus the Styled wedding shoot and the cotton candies started coming alive! You will all have to wait to see sneak peaks of wedding shoot in my insta stories and final edits when Im done, but as for cotton candy minis I will let you guys in on some of the fun.
We are getting ready to head home to Montana for the whole week of Christmas and I couldn't be more excited! Many of you that know me know I'm a huge foodie! So about two weeks ago I made a list of spots that are my favorite places in Montana to grab a coffee or just get some yummy food! So i thought i would share them with you guys because if your local to Montana or planning a trip there yourself then these are a must do while you are there! Also i added two places to the list that are in Colorado, these were highly recommended by friends and my best friend Yelp!
( Im that person that yelps everywhere we eat! Silly I KNOW! )
But onto the best part! Telling you all the must stops on our way home!
My First stop in Colorado is going to be Dutch Bros! My best friend/fellow boss babe used to work at Dutch Bros in Washington and she would rave about them! Mostly they are known for their service and the amazing people that work there! So yes I'm obviously going for the coffee and snacks, but I want to see what all the rage is about and I made it a must stop on our travel itinerary.
NEXT. So This cute little place I stumbled on because a fellow photographer Molly told me about it for a possible shoot location! Ginger & Baker is this ADORABLE Cafe located in Fort Collins CO. Obviously scouting for locations I ended up googling the cafe and started down the rabbit hole of looking at their menu instead of the location! AND OMG GUYS the food looked so so so good! Like my mouth is watering just thinking about it! ALSO I will definitely be using this as a location cause how cute is this place!
I don't even know where to start so I'm going to start by town! So Kalispell/Whitefish...
Fleur Bakeshop, I don't really remember the first time I went into Fleur but I was hooked forever after, it was love at first sight. Which brings me to our slight detour in the next few sentences!
Fun background with Fleur, John, and I. Fleur ended up making little Smore pastry/tarts for the styled wedding shoot we were in when John Proposed, it may make me sappy and sentimental but every time I get to go into her shop and get some yummy little treats it takes me back to the day that we got engaged!
But onto the food... Since I was home last Fleur has moved their shop to downtown Whitefish and they have started serving PIZZA! Anddddddd for anyone that doesn't know im frikin in love/obsessed with pizza! So obviously I'm going back for all her delish sweet treats anddddddd I have to try the pizza I see on instagram stories allllll the time!
Next stop. Copper Mountain Coffee... Originally I planned on getting my favorite, Bull of the woods with raspberry & Coconut, with cream and whip... so healthy i know! Now I have no idea what ill get because I'm pretty sure this baby would be packing its bag and heading out if I drank a redbull! But everything from there is so so yummy and definitely my favorite pick-me up coffee shop in the Flathead Valley.
Next up Bozeman.
Oh Bozeman! This place has such a sweet spot for me! The best memories as a child were spent in Bozeman and the best year of my adult life was spent in Bozeman! So you could say the places I want to revisit are sentimental as well as gosh darn yummy!
First on the list Sidewinders... Their french fries and the oh so yummy S pretzel. This was a staple for me when I lived there, not sure how I'm not 500 lbs. But me and my best girl friends would go and get fries, pretzels, and huckleberry mules after a long day of work and just shove our face with the goodness! So I cant wait to reunite with them and do our good ole tradition!
FoxTrots Macro Bowl... This is pry the healthiest thing on my food list! This veggie/rice bowl is seriously soooooo good! I would probably get this at least once a week, now I see why I was always broke, but that is beside the point! I love food and when its good food with good friends its all worth it!
Ok everyone that is a wrap on my food to do while Im home. I struggled to keep it smallish! There are so many places I love back home that its hard to just pick a few! I hope you guys get to try at least one of these places and you love them as much as I do!
This is my little nephew Hudson Kaleb. I haven't seen this little doll in about two month and I cannot believe how much he has grown! I love this little man and I cant wait to see the amazing little man he becomes! With such an amazing momma I know he is capable of wonderful things! His mom Emily is one of the best friends I've had in years and we've already decided he's going to marry my future little girl! So technically me and my love John need to get on it! I haven't told him this yet but I'm sure he'll get on board! Check out this cutie and all his funny faces!
This Family was such a joy to work with! Little William was shy at first but we were soon racing through the park and highfiving! Oakmont was beautiful, the leaves were still on the trees and red, yellow, and orange! This family is so special and I'm just honored to have captured their story and the love between them all. Veronica brought a blanket that was made by her grandmother, Veronica said she makes each grandchild one when they are born, married, and when they had a great grand baby! How marvelous is that? I was fortunate enough to know my great grandmother and got to experience this special gift as well as a child, I was attached to that blanket until i was at least 4! I love traditions like this and even though I do not sow or knit I very much want to find something very special and meaningful to do for my own children!
These two were such an amazing couple and we had literally the most amazing spot to shoot at the NRS Ranch in Decatur. We had a few sweet photo bombers in the background at the beginning but their curiosity soon wore off and they left us alone! Bailey & Philip are getting married in less than two weeks and I'm SOOOOOOO stinkin excited for them! These two were champs through out this whole session, it was a balmy 30 degrees feeling like it was 15! But the didn't let that stop them from laughing, dancing, and having the time of their lives! Peep their session below!
Well life's been a crazy ride the last 2 months of living here in Fort Worth but finally getting my feet under me here and getting things ramped up just in time for the holidays! This is Jade and Nick they were absolutely adorable and up for anything!
The Black Hills Barn. This amazing lady and her husband decided that they were going to build their own wedding venue for their special day in August because they couldn't find any thing that fit their vision for their perfect day. Tia & Dan saw the need for a venue and jumped on it! Now they are booking up their weekends clear into next year and beyond! That being said its amazing because this beautiful venue has only been open for a very short time, 3 months to be exact. These two literally killed the design of this venue and location! I was so lucky to have got to work personally with Tia over the past few months since John and I actually had our wedding there a few short weeks ago and it was so magical! From the amazing chandelier's, incredible views, and seriously just a photographers dream of a venue i'm in love and can't wait to book weddings here after doing head shots for this lovely lady! Go give this girl and her baby a follow on all social media and book your next event here like... yesterday, and ill be there to capture all the magic with you!
Also Tia Absolutely adorable hat is by GIGI PIP... For anyone who just cant live without it, (which you shouldn't! Just go order it!) I will link below!
P.S. GIGI PIP if you ever see this sponsor us like yesterday. K thanks!
Fashion. As most of you know clothes and shoes are my thing so doing this shoot was literally a dream come true. Ashley killed it, between the abandoned old stock yards, cart, and ratchet old chair we let creativity fly and captured some magic. I can't wait to finally get to Texas and start doing more fashion shoots because I loved this shoot, and I'm definitely looking for more fashion influencers to work with.
Jeans: American Eagle
Jacket: Wild Fabel
Boots: Sterling River
Orange shirt: A New Day
Whiskey Shirt: Bridge & Burn
Sunglasses: DIFF Eyewear
This couple was absolutely adorable and this was the first photos taken since their prom photos! Ughhhhh guys these two have been together for 7 years and they are high school sweet hearts and they were naturals! We hiked up into Sypes canyons a little ways and set up a small picnic, crawled around the hill side (almost fell down the hill several time), walked around on a rock cliff and holy MAGIC! Just look at these two naturals and the amazing results of this shoot!