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Slice of Life Sunday | The other side of the lens

This week was a busy one for me, so much so that I barely lifted a finger yesterday. I caught up on Revenge via Hulu and met up with my sister to try someplace new in the neighborhood for dinner. Yes, those were the highlights of Saturday. But the highlights of the weekend and week leading up to it were well worth the mental crash! It was full of excitement and exposed me to the other side of the lens, a side I was all too happy to embrace.

Last weekend Jared rode with his dad in the MS150 ride from Houston to Austin. The winds were crazy that Saturday and I am so proud of their accomplishment! Seeing them cross the finish line was an incredible rush of emotions and adrenaline. I had stood impatiently for the last hour with my camera at the ready but in that moment I was just too excited seeing what was right in front of me to think about seeing it through the lens. Cheering, jumping up and down, and showing the whole crowd my pride was pretty much the only thing on my mind. So in my effort to multi-task, these are fairly blurry. I’ll tell our children it’s not only a record of the moment, but my excitement in the moment.

An added bonus to being in Austin was having the chance to visit with family. I’ve been fortunate enough to see our nephew Henry a handful of times since making his debut in January. Everyone always talks about how fast babies grow, how quickly their personalities form, and I’ve been lucky enough to see this in several clients who have invited me into their lives to photograph various milestones. But to see it firsthand in Henry, and in people I know and love so much has been such a joy! He’s such a charmer and has recently discovered his voice. It’s certainly given insight into the other side of the lens.

And quite literally, Jared and I spent time on the other side of the lens this past week for our engagement photos with our incredibly talented wedding photographer, Alicia Pyne. To say I was nervous was quite an understatement. As a photographer, I had full faith in Alicia to create beautiful images, it was me I was nervous about! Would the outfits I picked look nice? Would it be too humid for my hair to look good? Would my makeup be pretty? It was the first time I was ever in the mindset of my clients and it was such an eye opener! I certainly hope for their sake they don’t worry like me, but it’s definitely given me insight into the other side of the lens. Needless to say, it turned into a fabulous experience. Alicia did an amazing job of providing direction, taking charge and making us feel at ease during the session, an experience I strive to provide as well. Her teaser post on her Facebook page is amazing and I just cannot wait to see the rest and share!

Slice of Life Sunday | Signed, sealed, delivered

Wedding date scheduled, venue booked, photographer and wedding planner reserved! Now we can add “Save the dates sent” to our list of completed wedding planning tasks. I must send a huge thank you to my wonderful sister for helping with the assembly! Granted, I don’t think she fully understood the labor involved prior to volunteering. And I will publicly apologize for my OCD need for scoring and trimming perfection.

Stack of orange envelopes

Slice of Life Sunday | February fresh start

January doesn’t count in my opinion. For productivity that is. I’d like to say this is the first year I’m behind on “refreshing” for the new year, setting goals/resolutions, heck even putting away Christmas decorations and sending my Thank You cards (please don’t judge me). But it’s not. I remember graduating from college in December and deciding that taking January off from looking for a job was a good idea. Didn’t think it was such a good idea when I didn’t start work until April.

No, unfortunately this is not the first year I’m getting off to a late start.

While there’s nothing wrong with it, I’d still really like to know where January went! I’ve done more in the first two weeks of February than in the entire month of January – wedding related, housekeeping, to do list, etc. I’m not going to beat myself up over losing that first month, because I clearly must need that much time to regroup to gear up for the year. But instead, I’ll put my motivation towards February renewal.

I took this photo when I first moved in to show friends the new apartment. It will be my “fresh start” inspiration – I post images on my fridge of skinnier times when I want to lose weight, how is this any different? A reminder to live clutter (and holiday decor) free and to work on the fresh start.

Ali - February 15, 2012 - 7:56 pm

Kel-this picture is awesome! I love the boxes!!!