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142 Hours In Counting…

In exactly 142 hours and 13 minutes the next wedding season begins for me; and in some ways it couldn’t come soon enough. Almost every night for the past week I’ve dreamt about capturing people’s most precious moments on their big day! Usually these dreams limit themselves to the night before a wedding but obviously we’re starting early this year. (: 
Some would say I’m a work-a-holic, others could even go as far as to say I’m OCD about weddings and though I’m in no position to dispute either label I will say I’m thrilled to stretch myself this season. I do hope however, I get some sleep before the chaos begins! (: 

Growing up my mom and I would spend quite a bit of time together. Mainly, it was me having to sit quietly while Oprah gave “life lessons” but quality time none the less. I remember often looking out of the corner of my eye to see if the typical episode of “How de-cluttering my house changed my life.” or “Empowering your spirit empowers life” has already gotten my mom crying, and most of the time it had. I’d then turn with harsh disbelief and say: “Are you crying over this!? ” (I was a sensitive young lad)  The balled up tissues that ensued quickly was my reminder to shut my mouth and “enjoy” the rest of the show. 

I don’t know if it’s an age thing or what but I am my mother’s daughter. After many years of claiming:  “No animal will ever, ever, EVER be allowed on my couch”…”I would NEVER let an animal sleep in the same bed as me…” “I hate little dogs!”… I find myself with a house full of people over for Sunday lunch and I’ve locked myself in my room crying over this little dog that I’ve been dog sitting for two weeks and now have to back! Needless to say I spooned every minute with the little guy on my couch, and I barely slept at night because I didn’t want to “disturb the dog” who inadvertently had taken over my side of the bed. 
I wasn’t ready to let him go and here I picture the people in my living room saying: “Are you crying over this!?” At this point I’d like to apologize to my mom for the many Oprah episodes I’ve mocked you over. 

New Season New Gear…

Every February I take the month off from capturing marital bliss to let my carpel tunnel calm itself, catch up on much needed sleep, and most interestingly to you, get lots of new products that I think you will absolutely love! I can’t post all the details here but I will get you a brief description of what’s new this year and if you have any questions feel free to let me know. 

It’s hard to pick a favorite to start with but I guess the most “revolutionary” in my mind is the concept of Pictage gift cards. As many of you know Pictage is who I get all my albums, prints, and fun photo gear from. They’re the #1 photo company in the world and their work is absolutely stunning! With being amazing they do have a bit of a cost however, I found their work to be creatively unmatched and worth every penny. Don’t have a penny to spare? Gift cards my friends, gift cards. In the coming months you’ll be rushing off to the nearest Crate & Barrel or Bed Bath & Beyond (who has a killer return policy by the way) to register. You’ll scan frames and homely art decor to your hearts delight. How sweet would it be if you could register for the pictures that will go into those frames? Now you can…Anywhere you are letting your guests know where you are registered let them know about giftcards via In a sense you are registering for your wedding album, your prints, canvas art, you name it! Do you really need a 5th spatula? Or are you wanting a piece of personalized art for your home?    
So remember… Tell your guests about gift cards at: You can also have people order these at anytime. Don’t know what you want for a birthday, anniversary, or holiday? Here ya go!
Sorry that was long. I’ll try and be quick from here. 
Revolutionary Albums…
Pictage has made my heart skip a beat with their new Japanese Linen Albums…You still have the unlimited design options that we love about Pictage but now you can choose this gorgeous handmade Japanese cloth to beautifully envelope the memories of your big day. 
Other New & Sweet Cover Design Options..
Art Box…
These sloppy border matted art prints are interchangeable. When wanting to refresh and display a new look just grab another print from the box. Most often displayed on a small art easel. They’re inexpensive and can switch as easily as your mood. Love it. 
Photo Guest Sign In Book…
Still the most often thing I see at Weddings is a book that the guests sign their names on. Really…How often are you going to look back at someone’s signature? You’re way more likely to cherish a personalized message from a guest especially when your own picture memories are accompanying it.   
Lastly… A more affordable Parent Album Option…
A Parent Pic Book: 
Let me know if you have any questions! Even if your wedding day has already occurred it’s not too late to get in on these great options! Especially with the gift cards as we all have birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, and special occasions. (: 

My True Passion

Whether you’ve attempted to put on a pair of pants that no longer fits, or you notice the last time you’ve had a heart-to-heart with a loved one was long enough ago to be embarrased about it, I think we’ve all had a moment where we turn and wonder how we’ve gotten to the point that we have.

That moment came for me as I sat upon a wooden camp bench this past weekend. I took a look at the realities that my daily choices have brought upon my life and to be honest, there’s very little that I recognize. In a generation of self-help books I haven’t been very helpful to myself at all. If anything, I’m my greatest hinderance. Sitting there a song began to play that has spoken to my heart and stirred me to action since.

A thousand times I’ve failed
Still Your mercy remains And should I stumble again
I’m caught in Your grace
Your light will shine when all else fades
Never ending
Your glory goes beyond all fame

In my heart and my soul
Lord I give You control
Consume me from the inside out,
Lord, let justice and praise
Become my embrace
To love you from the inside out.

Your will above all else
My purpose remains
The art of losing myself
In bringing You praise

And the cry of my heart
Is to bring You praise
From the inside out
Lord my soul cries out.

I pray that everytime I look back to see where I’ve been I will know exactly how I’ve gotten to that point in life. It’s solely by the Lord.


Feelin’ The Love

There have been few moments that I have felt as loved as I do right now. As I write the tears are rolling off my cheeks. For those of you who know me it takes an epic event to get me to cry and though today is Valentines Day, I typically wouldn’t catagorize cupid in a diaper an “epic” event. I used to go all out for this day but in reality after 6 years of a relationship you start to join the Hallmark holiday train as you just begin to run out of ideas! So I guess I just never saw this coming. I awoke to a surprise that touched the depths of my heart. Anticipating a regular work day I sit at my computer to find an open document saying: “Happy Valentines Day! I love you with all of my heart.” It was red and decorated with hearts and made me start my day with a smile. Since I work from home, Bart sometimes leaves me little notes around the house for me to find them when I wake up. It’s adorable and I thought this was such an occasion but to say that would be a huge understatement. As I scrolled down on my techy valentine it said: “Click Me.” In all honesty I didn’t expect anything to happen, it was a text document, just writting that shouldn’t do anything. Well, my tech teacher of a husband made a link from that to a blog-site he had created. Lets just say I read the first couple of words and just lost it. It is a site where many of my friends and family wrote “why they love me.” So here I am, trying to read through my tears and every couple of lines I just have to take a break because I’m so overwhelmed.

I have never prided myself on having the most friends. Rather, the people I have in my life daily warm my soul. Thank you for your love, encouragement, and words that I will carry with me and turn to for the rest of my life. I honestly cannot remember a time where I have felt so blessed. To my wonderful husband- Where to start with you? Six years ago to this day you made it clear that my heart was worth fighting for. From serenades and little notes to movie night and chinese food, each day I have with you is a gift from God. Thank you for showing your love to me on what is now a very special day.

If you want to check out the blog that Bart created go to: