Posted on April 16, 2014
We’re so excited! Our spring wedding season kicks off tomorrow with another one on Saturday, and we’re so looking forward to celebrating with our couples. Every wedding is different, and we pride ourselves in forgoing formulas of “how to shoot a wedding” and just soaking in the day and creating the story from what is happening in the moment–telling it how the bride and groom would want it to be told. But one thing we always put in our weddings? A whole lot of love.
We take the time to capture everything, from the getting ready to the teary-eyed mom moments to the awesome (and the terrible) dance moves. Vows, portraits, first looks…we’re there for it all. (I’m usually the one putting the camera right in my face to hide the tears since I’m a sentimental mess when I witness sweet moments, but that helps me make better films, trust me). And the time that gets put in to editing it? A true labor of love to honor the huge labor of love that a wedding is.
I’m just going to take a stroll down memory lane and let these beauties speak for themselves.
Every wedding is such a creative challenge…How do you capture an entire day in just a few minutes? Do you have the sentimental and the humorous? What songs should we use? The list goes on and on, but luckily at the end we’ve got something that we’re almost as proud of as the bride is…almost.
The spring colors, the sunshine and warm moments. The blooms surrounding these couples as they start their new (and incredible) lives together. The outdoor dance parties and long (in a good way) nights. It starts now.
We still have a few slots open for a couple last minute bookings and are also already booking 2015 weddings. If you want us along to capture your big day, contact us for more information.
Posted on April 14, 2014
Happy Monday, friends. I hope you took some time to keep it light and have some fun this weekend. I got to celebrate the upcoming wedding of a dear friend (who’s wedding I’ll be pulling double duty as bridesmaid and videographer). What did you do?
Now that the weekend’s over, it’s time for your Monday Morning pick-me-up! Grab your coffee, journal and play a good song, and let’s talk.
You’re growing up to be something beautiful (and maybe strange to some people), and that takes courage in the face of people who want to tell you it’s not good/beautiful/normal/practical/creative enough. Today, let’s practice facing them and growing anyways.
Where are the places you feel the most “growing pains”? What parts of who you are are you willing to fight for? Has anyone tried to stunt your growth? How? How did you respond?
Where do you find inspiration for the courage necessary to grow in to your own anyways?
Happy Monday friends, be encouraged in yourself and in who you’re becoming.
What are you looking most forward to this week? I’m looking forward to our first two spring weddings!
Posted on April 11, 2014
It’s no secret to anyone that I take most of life too seriously. Honestly, I usually think that’s a good thing, but I know that sometimes it’s good to lighten it up a little. So here’s to more sun and rising temperatures in Arkansas. Here’s to flowers and trees opening up and a desire to bloom with them. Here’s to the best time to roll your windows down and spend as much time in the sun as you can take. And of course, some sweet moments (figuratively and literally!).
YOUR TURN: What are you doing to keep it light this spring? What do you to keep yourself from taking yourself too seriously?
I, for one, volunteered to host a party this weekend…even though my house isn’t even close to being re-designed/re-decorated the way I want (read: like my Pinterest board).
Posted on April 9, 2014
Some people, upon first meeting them, remind you that there are some really incredible people and stories out there.
Enter Matt and Martha Newman. The sweetest, most genuine and loving couple I have met in a very long time. With hearts so big and open, it’s no wonder they felt the call to be parents. After ups and downs, the Newmans welcomed their first child, an adorable boy named Levi. Then this year, in what seemed like a whirlwind of questions and quick news, Matt and Martha learned that there was a little girl about to be born, who needed their arms to be her home. The community gathered around them to help them prepare financially, spiritually, and emotionally and soon enough, Natalie Anne was born. On January 23, 2014, Natalie legally became their daughter.
Matt and Martha had been meeting with Natalie’s birth mother before Natalie’s birth, and through an act of bravery and strength that I can’t ever imagine possessing, she knew that Natalie belonged with Matt, Martha, and Levi. She knew that the Newman’s would provide for her little girl in so many wonderful ways, and that is absolutely true. She will always know what home feels like: warm smiles, kind voices, a community that is more connected than most extended families, strong arms to protect her and to love her, and she will always know just how desperately and intensely she was wanted.
Natalie Anne is so beautiful, mostly sleeps and smiles right now. You can tell that she and her brother will have such a fun friendship. Just look at how much he loves her.
Matt and Martha, your family is beautiful and so perfectly suited for you. You have faced all of the questions, doubts, and challenges with grace and a confidence that this was the road you were meant to take. Adoption is one of the most incredible things you can do–it offers dignity and hope to both the children and the parents, and you are changing lives through living yours. Thank you for opening your home and welcoming us to capture this time in your life. We so look forward to watching your family grow closer and more beautiful every day.
And now, what you’ve all been waiting for, the family portrait video: Matt, Martha, Levi, and Natalie: A Love Story
Posted on April 7, 2014
Happy Monday, friends! Over the past few weeks I’ve been brainstorming and re-visioning how to blog–how often, what to write about, what should those posts look like, etc. I want this space to be full of information you enjoy, glimpses in to our lives beyond Truebadours, and of course sharing our incredible clients with the world. All of these are priority, but I also never want to lose the feeling of it being a home. So, with that, bare with me as I try new things and pick up old things (like those 52 lists…) and see what really works.
One change is that I’m rearranging the sharing of inspiration. Because really, when do you need inspiration more than a Monday morning? These will be short snippets–quotes from books, an encouraging blog post link, or a really enlightening photo or video–to be a quick glimpse of truth and joy to get you going for the week.
So, here’s your first Monday pick me up.
Today I’m sharing something from the wise and wonderful Danielle LaPorte. I have yet to start my Desire Map bandwagon (I’ll be doing that shortly, though,and I can’t wait), but I’ve been receiving her daily #truthbombs in my inbox and I love it.
Step 1// grab your coffee, tea, smoothie, whatever it is that takes you away from your desk for just a second (if possible, add a little music)
Step 2// if you wish, grab your journal or a piece of scrap paper. If you don’t wish, no problem. Let’s just get to it:
Step 4// (in your journal, in your head, or in the comments) What does this mean to you? What’s your truth? What are you broadcasting? What of those messages do you need to get rid of? What do you need to start sharing?
Find your truth(s), even if it’s just a truth for this week, and shout it out.
photo source unkown (found via pinterest)
You can sign up for your own Truthbomb delivery here.
Cover photo via death to stock