oooookay, so i’m posting seven on “sunday” on monday again — at midnight. and i have more than seven. hahaha… it’s been real, seven on sunday, but it’s time to kiss you farewell. i will say, it has really gotten me into the habit of shooting for fun again and documenting my family like i do for other families which has been life changing for me. i have so many treasured photos of the past few weeks and i’m so grateful for that. but now that wedding and portrait season is kicking into full gear, posting once a week is just… not happening for me. it also eats up my time to post other personal stuff and write (which i love), so while i will definitely continue posting personal work, it just can’t be this often. i feel like kind of a turd because some of my very favorite girls did this along with me and i hope they continue because i love seeing photos of their sweet families. i think once a month is more realistic for me, and i love being able to look at life from a broader perspective and pick out the gems and also to have something to look back on. we have very few photos of our family ALL together though, so i’m gonna bust out my tripod and make an effort to get a fun family photo once a month, too. we’ll see how that goes. :)
this weekend my family traveled to the outer banks because i was photographing a wedding (which was AH-MAZING) and for mother’s day we decided to add an extra day and turn it into a mini vacation. it was so much fun! the ocean renews and inspires me like nothing else, and i can’t wait to visit the beach again next month. someday i’ll live near an ocean, but until then… it’s something that my soul requires several times a year to stay sane and to remember how vast and powerful and breathtakingly gorgeous this world is. here are eight of my favorite moments from the weekend…
//mother’s day morning. gratitude overflowing for the two beautiful souls that call me mama. thank you for showing me the joy that comes from giving. funny thing is, you give more to me than i could ever repay. you two fill me right up.
//we woke up with the sunrise and zoe asked to take a walk alone with me on the beach. our alone time is so sacred to me and it felt so good walking on the beach in our pj’s, hand in hand. we collected shells and ran from freezing cold waves and talked without being interrupted. it was glorious and i couldn’t love her more.
//vaughn wasn’t sure about the sand at first but then he realized that it was like a giant world of dirt (his favorite thing) that he could throw and play with endlessly. he was so into it and it was really cute. last time he was at the beach he was 5 months old, so besides the sound of the ocean lulling him to sleep, he couldn’t really enjoy it too much. crazy how so little time makes such a difference in the life of a baby. this kid melts me.
//nothing makes me feel as humbled and at peace than staring at the ocean. i love the reminder of the ebb and flow of life and dynamics of all kinds. it brings me an indescribable peace just taking it all in.
//on the way back from the beach, we stopped by my alma mater. it was crazy bringing my KIDS where i went to college. i feel like i was just there but one good look around and i don’t know if i’ve ever felt older. the trees were all bigger and there were so many new (and incredibly gorgeous) buildings and spaces. the landscaping was so beautiful and vaughn loved the soft grass. now to figure out how grass even grows that perfectly…
//this was zoe on campus. i’m pretty much in love with this photo and this moment. this tree was near my first dorm and i remember there were a group of kids who would always hang out in it. when i spotted it i told her it was a really good climbing tree and she immediately wanted to check it out. it was this wild full circle moment and i’m so glad we had that time today.
i hope all of you had an amazing week and all the mama’s had a happy mother’s day! i’ll be back at the end of may sharing some of my favorite moments from the month… and hopefully a successful self-timer family shot.