To my sister on her birthday | Truebadours Photography

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My little sister turns 21 today. Not only that, but she begins her senior year of college and is planning for her summer of 2015 wedding.

 

Man, does time fly…and sometimes it feels like everything important is happening all at once.

 

When it feels that way, stop and celebrate one moment at a time.

 

For me, I do that with my camera in hand.

 

So here’s to you, sister, on your 21st birthday:

 

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You celebrated with cookie cake and Christmas crafts–proving to the world that it hasn’t gotten to you. You still want to celebrate life with the little (but meaningful) things.

 

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Those puppy eyes are real. and can be a joke or the ultimate tool for getting what you want (who can resist those big blue eyes?!). Use those powers for good, and not for evil.

 

 

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This yard is where you rode your bike straight down the hill without pedaling, where every inch of snow was left to the mercy of your sled, where you would ride the lawnmower (blades up) in circles, screaming the Green Acres theme song at the top of your lungs. Now you’re posing like the gorgeous girl you are, but being ridiculous and having fun is by no means below you, and that’s why you’re such a joy to have around.

 

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Now, we all know who the real star of our family is. So I’m going to have to adjust the spotlight a bit.

 

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This is Darcy. And the bond between her and Hallye will never be broken. Not even when she’s married and moved in to a place of her own.

 

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That is the face of a dog defeated by the hairbrush and a girl realizing that our family is so strange (in the best way).

 

 

Now, back to you Hallye.

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And I saved the best for last. Just so we can all just stop here and appreciate how gorgeous you are.

 

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Seriously. Beauty and brains and a heart of gold (not to mention a voice of gold). Jacob is one lucky guy.

 

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So here’s to you, Swyster. You’re truly someone we should all look up to, (and look at, because you’re a babe). 21 will be a year you will never forget, and I’m so glad I get to be a part of it.

 

Happy birthday!

 

 

Monday Morning Pick Me Up

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Today’s pick me up is short and simple. Because Danielle LaPorte gets straight to the point.

 

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Family. Friends. Bosses. Inspirations. Idols. Internet trolls. You fill in the blank with whomever you want or need to.

 

You don’t need their approval.

 

Follow your own way and the approval will come from within. A still, small voice saying “you are enough”.

 

Though none may go with you, go your own way.

 

You don’t need the approval of others, that need is too heavy to travel with.

Friday [Finally]

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This week was for watching art be installed all over where I work, sunburns, and seeing things I’ve been working hard for both personally and professionally inch closer and closer.

Since I missed last week’s Friday post, there’s a lot of inspiration to share, but I’ll try to keep things from getting too overwhelming.

 

Listening to: 

 

 

Because sometimes you just need some good beats.

 

Reading:

I’ve been shamelessly delving into some “young adult” fiction and getting lost in the world of The Mortal Instruments series. Though the movie wasn’t the box office hit they expected, the books are really great for quick reads that transport you to another place for a little bit.

 

Online:

Okay…here’s the long part. A lot of these were from last week, but here we go:

As always, the Define School blog has two great What I Have to Say features:

True success, true creation, true inspiration takes being able to think out of the box. And oh my, is it freeing. ”

“You can’t force your own opportunities. You can’t weave together each and every turn that happens in your life. What you can control, however, is the people you allow to live in this life with you.

A challenge: Can you sit and do nothing (no phone included) for 15 minutes?

“It can be pageviews, dollars earned, days of vacation, comments on a post or pounds on a scale. If it’s easy to measure, it’s easy for us to weaponize against ourselves.”-Kyla Roma on re-setting your goals before they level you.

The easiest way to get exactly what you want? Ask for it.

 

I’m seriously considering doing this with a few things: Pushing your limits

Don’t aim to inspire. Aim to light yourself up and others will be inspired.

As a husband and wife team, we can attest to how important these tips are for working with family.

Jeremy Coward was named one of the most influential photographers. Here’s his humble and wise response.

Andria Lindquist’s beautiful photos + some really great thoughts at the end for brides and inspiration for those of us capturing the weddings.

 

Watching: 

Did you see our video from Wednesday? Watch our latest latte art throwdown video (and read the full post here):

Onyx Coffee Lab | Latte Art Throwdown II from Truebadours on Vimeo.

 

Let’s just wrap summer up in a video why don’t we?

This Time in My Life from Ale Vidal – Imaginale on Vimeo.

 

Learning:

patience. always patience.

and balance. always searching for that.

 

 

This weekend is for celebrating my little sister turning 21. She’s still 4 in my brain, but apparently she’s about to start her last year of college and is planning a wedding (watch her get engaged here). Geez. Time is a crazy thing.

 

Happy Friday, friends. I hope you celebrate someone this weekend, even if it’s yourself.

Onyx Coffee Lab | Latte Art Throwdown Video

 

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I love coffee. Not only do I have a deep appreciation for the warm mug in hand, I love the culture it brings–especially the one in Northwest Arkansas. We have some really great coffee shops and an emphasis on local business that never ceases to impress (and encourage) me.

Onyx Coffee Lab has been working like crazy to bring their own voice into the coffee culture of NWA and because of that, they play a huge role in it.

 

What I love is that they love what they do, and they want to share that. Through simplifying their menu, they’re challenging NWA to go beyond frozen sugar mixes and choose a simple flavor of latte instead. Instead of just any drip coffee, you can choose how it’s brewed. This small batch, “slow coffee” culture can be intimidating, and to be honest it leaves a lot of room for elitism. Example: I was in a coffee shop in another state where I heard the baristas tell someone they might as well leave and go to Starbucks, just because they wanted room for cream and sugar in their pour over. But that’s not the case here. They host public cuppings to teach anyone who wants to learn about coffee and flavor profiles. If you don’t know what a certain brew method is, the baristas will tell you without judgement– they actually enjoy teaching you.

The buildings themselves are welcoming. Sunlight, crazy awesome wood walls, counters, and shelving by the talented (and local) American Estates. There’s always good music and you just feel like you’re in the right place when you walk in to one of their two locations.

 

Combine the love of coffee, knowledgeable staff, a welcoming environment and owners who want to encourage community in the coffee world and what do you get? Onyx Coffee Lab’s Latte Art Throwdowns. A night of friendly competition that has grown to be an event for the whole community–not just the area baristas. We filmed their first one, and this summer we got to go back to film another, and my how it has grown. It’s not just coffee anymore. Before the competition started, local businesses and food trucks parked outside while everyone mingled and learned more about the vendors represented. Local brews were served on tap (note the awesome tap handles made by American Estates and Sleet City Decor) and eventually the competition started. The baristas were so focused on their art, but the competition remained friendly as everyone was cheered on. Round after round and we finally got a winner. Congrats to all who participated, we were all impressed by your art.

 

Local businesses, community, a lot of fun and a lot of coffee, what could be better? (the answer is nothing.)

 

Here’s the little video that came out of our evening with Onyx:

 

Onyx Coffee Lab | Latte Art Throwdown II from Truebadours on Vimeo.

 

 

Thanks so much Jon and Andrea for letting us film these! Here’s to many more videos with you guys.

 

Want to learn more about Onyx Coffee Lab? Visit their Facebook, website, or Instagram

 

 



 

We’re always looking to partner with local businesses and community events. If you have something for us to capture, let us know!

 

Matt & Ashlie | Missouri Wedding Videography

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Matt and Ashlie’s story is a fun one.They met at Tae Kwon Do 4 years ago, and the love and friendship that comes with knowing someone so well for that long was evident in their wedding. Through years of friendship, they’ve already settled into a loving and respectful rhythm that will set the tone for the rest of their lives together. Matt is quiet, but was making people laugh all day. Ashlie was full of laughter and surrounded by the most hilarious group of bridesmaids I have yet to meet. There was an ebb and flow of excitement and high energy and time to rest and just enjoy the company all day and through the night–which was a beautiful thing to see at a wedding. That ability to enjoy the party and the downtime will be the balance of their life together, and no matter which they are enjoying at any given moment, they’ll be together and they’ll be laughing–and what a great life that will be.

 

Congrats to Matt & Ashlie! May your new adventure of marriage be full of laughter and full of the friends and family that were there to celebrate the day it all began!

 

 

Matt & Ashlie | Teaser from Truebadours on Vimeo.

 

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