Wild, messy,but on purpose


I’ve been thinking a lot about life by design-not like copying a Pinterest photo design, but intentionality in the way you build your life. What if you got rid of all your rules (self-imposed or put on to you by others) and lived intentionally based on how you were called to live? What would you do? What would you look like? How would you prioritize your days?


The phrase “wild, messy, but on purpose” keeps coming to mind…maybe it’s a side-product of brave? Everything from how I want my hair and my clothes to my day to day feels like it should have a little bit of those three things in it. Embracing the messy curls that my hair naturally does, clothes that are bohemian with edge and a little wild. A life full of adventures, last minute opportunities, not taking myself seriously. Running with abandon towards the people I love. A house that is just as much white as it is wood and nature and color.  Not just stopping to notice what’s around me, but to take a moment to stand in awe and squeal with joy at it. But it’s all on purpose. It’s all so that I can serve my purpose of being who I was created to be while encouraging others to do the same by capturing the beauty of their stories-the beauty of them.


Some things will take time to get to that place, but I can work on letting go in order to live and love with abandon today. I think I’ll start there.


What about you? Messy and wild have you excited or stressed out? If you were living a life by design-a life on purpose-what would it look like?

Easing in to the week with some links


This past weekend, my little sister got married…and so did my dear friend from college. So many sweet moments, and I put my phone away for the whole thing (I didn’t even Instagram because I wanted…I needed to take in all the moments without agenda). I looked up away from business and the need to “hustle” and I’ll never regret that.


But now I’m back to reality and easing in to the week of e-mail responses and deadlines so instead of blogging today and sharing links on Friday, I thought I’d switch it up!


Here are some inspiring things helping me ease back in to the “real world”.


This perfectly timed post by Aaron and Whitney Photography: You are in Control of your Art.

You are alive, and life is a wondrous thing to participate in. Think about the Place Where You Are

“The more opportunities you have to build in celebration into your business and into your life, the more fulfilled and accomplished you’ll feel.” Tara Gentile on finding your chief initiative on this week’s episode of Being Boss Podcast


Happy Wednesday! What’s inspiring you this week?



See you next week!

See you next week!


We’re out for the week to spend time with Jess’ family in celebration of her sister getting married!


(if you want to celebrate with us, here’s their engagement video one more time)


Hallye and Jacob | Proposal from Truebadours on Vimeo.

Mackenzie’s Senior Photo and Video session-Arkansas Portrait Videography



I’ve known Mackenzie for a very long time. My parents moved in to the house next to her parents when she was about 4 years old, and they’re still neighbors.


It’s been so much fun watching Mackenzie grow, and as she’s preparing to graduate from high school, I can’t wait to see what her future holds.


Just look how beautiful she’s grown up to be! She’s gorgeous. But enough words, how about some photos and a video?





















Last but not least, we made a little video of our session (because it’s what we do).

Mackenzie | Senior Portrait Video from Truebadours on Vimeo.



Calling all seniors (high school and college)! Want a video + portrait session to celebrate this exciting time in your life? Let us know here.

Today is the beginning of anything you want.

Today is the beginning of anything you want

Happy Monday!

I know that it’s almost the middle of the month, but lately I’ve let go of the idea you have to wait for the 1st to start something new. The moment you decide to start something new, that’s when you should start it. Start making your plans, start taking action, start moving forward. I don’t want you, my dear readers, to sit in a moment of discontent or limiting beliefs any longer than you need to. So, here’s what I’m up to today to run with my brave 2015, and maybe it will give you some momentum of your own.



Yesterday I took some time to revisit my Core Desired Feelings. What do I want? Is what I want something that I can take immediate actions towards? If so, what are they?

Here’s the short list:

1: I want to keep losing weight and getting healthy so I can feel bold, free, and sacred. What can I do right now to bring that closer to reality? Well, I can get up off the couch, make my superfood smoothie and get my workout it. Simple, but that action will just keep snowballing in to seeing my goals come true.

2: I want to grow Truebadours and create beautiful things to feel bold, creative, and free. Everyday. What can I do right now to follow through with that promise to myself? I can work on editing, revisit and remind myself of our mission, evaluate the way we shoot and see how we can improve, reach out to someone I dream of working with, or do something that forces me out of my creative comfort zone.

3: I want to feed my soul to feel sacred and peace. I want to grow my mind and continue on the personal journeys I’m on (otherwise the two above will fall flat and feel empty). So this month I’m starting a new devotional book and a new personal development book: Savor and Make it Happen. I’m only in the intro of Make it Happen and I know it’s going to be good.

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(Make it happen photo from Lara Casey’s instagram, Savor photo from mine)

4: I want to cultivate a culture and a life I dream of, so I made two pinterest boards to do so: a board of what an Ideal Day would look like and a personal mood board full of images that resonate with me for whatever reason (screenshot below):

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So, let today be the beginning of whatever you want. Let it be your first step of living intentionally, of fueling your mind, body and soul, of growing that seed of a dream you’ve got.


Tell me: What are you at the beginning of? What do you want? How can I help cheer you on?