Nothing better than sharing in the joy of my couples on their wedding day. Jim and Jessica are on the blog today! Florals: @floralpursuit Dress: @atlasbridalshop Tux: @presidenttuxedo Cake: @estonsbakery Caterer: @mbaybrew
The sermon yesterday talked about how work is not something to be dreaded, but something we were designed to do and to do with joy. I love both of my jobs. But after working everyday straight for a month now, I'm gonna need a mental health day here real soon!
Grace day. Today, I am choosing to have some grace on myself. That means accepting that I can't be all things to all people. That my style might not be for everyone. That it's okay to take a day off of working out to just relax on the couch and do nothing for the night. And that it's okay to pick up take out for the second night this week because I haven't had time to grocery shop let alone meal plan. We all need a little grace sometimes. Or in my case, a lot.
Florals and set design @evergreenflowerco
I have so many ambitions that people often ask me how I do it all. Truth is, I have no idea. From working 40 hours a week as a nurse, to teaching a fitness class once a week, to wedding photography on the weekends and editing throughout the week, I even wonder how the heck I get it all done. The hustle is real folks! But I love every endeavor that I have embarked on that, while sometimes I feel like I need to just come up for some air, I wouldn't change a thing. Hustle is my middle name.
Walking into Monday like this...
JK, I walked into my Monday with sneakers and scrubs on. But I feel like a champ after working 8 hours, running 2 miles without pain for the first time in over a year and a half, and editing some gorgeous bride and groom portraits from this weekend's wedding. Yeah, I'm feeling good about that.
You have a moment to take it all in. But just a moment. The best day of your life comes and goes in a blink of an eye. But that moment, that feeling- hold on to that.
Guys, some of my best high school friends are getting married! And I am honored that I get to be their photographer! Another engagement session in downtown Toledo tonight- what a perfect evening with this gorgeous couple who is getting married in less than a year now!
In honor of some new headshots by my girl @itskyleedaniels , I think I'm due for some #fridayintroductions
Hey there! I'm Amanda- wedding and senior photographer serving Northwest Ohio and beyond. But no, let's not stop there. I'm also a registered nurse certified in oncology. Yes, I absolutely love my day job taking care of the sweetest patients in the world. And yes, I also love my evening and weekend job of being a photographer. Many keep asking me if someday I will just do photography. And to be honest right now, I can't answer that. Because as long as I love what I'm doing and my patients AND clients feel they are being loved and served well, then I'm just gonna keep doing my thang! Who said you can't tap into both sides of your brain anyway?
When you look at yourself, what do you see? Those wrinkles around your eyes? That piece of hair that never seems to fall in place? We are all our own worst critic. I'm working on changing my thinking. That those crows feet around my eyes and wrinkles around my mouth are the result of the joy and laughter I've experienced in my life. It's amazing when you change your thinking to a more positive outlook how much more joy you can experience in this life.
I could say this was just a beautiful stoll in the park, but in reality, this is their parents' driveway. They have a beautiful property we got to wander around and take pictures on Sunday. Doesn't matter how pretty your backdrop is... it's all about that light! Which came out just in time for our session!
Raise your hand if the endless scroll through your instagram feed leaves you feeling defeated, discontent, and unaccomplished. I don't know about you, but I often fight that battle (more than I like to admit). What is used for joy and inspiration (as it should be) can quickly turn into comparison and, well, let's face it- envy. Envy is the evil stepsister to discontentment. So today, let's focus on the good- the fact that we are worthy and can be used exactly where we are in our journey.
Did you see? This styled shoot from the #bestowworkshop was featured on the FRONT PAGE of @stylemepretty !? What an absolute privilege it was to be a part of this workshop that had ALL the pretty details your heart desires!
Hosts: @tracyburchphotography @jennyhaas @leahbarryphotography @evergreenflowerco
August was a light month for me. And that's just what I needed to heal up from my knee surgery and gear up for a super busy September that I have coming up- 2 weddings, fall mini sessions, a senior session, a couple engagement sessions, and my best friends baby shower. It's gonna get a little cray- bring it on!
Sometimes, well, most if the time, I really don't have anything profound to say. All these instagram challenges wanting me to spill the depths of my heart into this status. Which I sometimes do- wondering if anyone actually clicks that "read more" button. But what I really hope is that this image speaks for itself. That there are no words needed to spark an emotion as soon as your eyes hit this image during your mindless scrolling. If it does, I think I've done my job pretty well.
Workshop hosts: @tracyburchphotography