As we exit February, my last love post features Diane + Martin’s wedding. Both had lost their first spouses and found each other through friends. It was a simple and sweet morning wedding, that came down to the important things– faith, family and friends (oh and a really sharp top hat).Martin gave a toast that had not a dry eye in the house.
So I’ve spent a lot of time trying to make business be my business and set aside personal for personal, and while I do think its good to have some sense of privacy I am beginning to realize that they are not one and the other, most of the time my business is completely and utterly personal and my personal life is pretty much my business. I don’t know why I thought they had to be so separate for so long, makes me think I’m not too bright. But really in what I do it is so personal, human interaction and friendship is integral to making my clients/friends comfortable. I think I feel bad writing on here all the time about my friends, but why? You hired me, I’m your friend.
Which brings me to these two. I’ve known Mike since we were wee babes, and some of the stories I don’t think either Mike or I would want to share here, incriminating. But we got right back to old days once he contacted me about shooting for the Northeast Johnson County Chamber. I’m not a very good marketer but I’ll tell you this organization is in it for the right reasons, and for small businesses. My experience with Chambers in the past is that they are catering to corporations and big business (probably rightly so) but it always felt like I didn’t have a lot in common with that. Mike, and all the people behind NEJC Chamber are warm and informational and don’t feel like we are at a roundtable of execs. It is more about relationships, exactly how I want to run my business (see above). And, like I’ve said before I’ve never been good about networking business to business or going out there and this feels good, because I’m making connections and learning about all kinds of different business which is in my mind better then working exclusively with photographers (even though I could get better at that).
So if you follow me on Facebook you may have seen some of these. Mike as you will see from the photographs is like a relative he always welcomed me (I mean every time) with a hug and you can see his family is the same. And now I’ve met his love Tom and their friends and they couldn’t be more fun or more genuine. They had a small party at Posh Party Event Space celebrating their surprise wedding which was earlier in the year on the beach-I had to just put some of the most candid fun photos up ever.
This month of Valentine’s Day and everyday: ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE.
You know when you get a good feeling about something? You just know your dealing with a gem? That is how I felt the first time I talked to Taylor and he was planning to propose to Jessie. He had a plan and a surprise and wanted to make it memorable. Lights were laid at Liberty Memorial and a story was told for Jessi’s sister to drop her off, he had to make sure he had permission from the family before : ) It all went off without a hitch and Jess said yes and their forever after begins.
Congratulations, it was fun to witness, I can’t ever get enough of two people in love.
I’m not going to talk about all the things I’m thinking about with this little blog…how trends/things have changed in the blog world, how I love and hate blogging, how I have great aspirations and not enough time. You’ve heard me rail about it before, no this is going to be about Molly and Randy and their love. I will save that for my therapist ; ) just kidding. I look at this blog as therapy if I don’t feel like I have to do it. And in this day and age you “don’t” have to do anything in business even though “experts” say “You need to Instagram live stories” you need to “tweet” and “email market” and “be consistent” but also “show them your an expert, and give advice”,”don’t mix a personal and business instagram, oh but no do mix a personal/business instagram” and oh–did you look at your analytics today? And all of that is really overwhelming and the only thing I can really grab hold of is “be your authentic self” and I’m telling you right now that my authentic self is not consistent and I don’t know how to tweet. Or what I would even say in how many characters?
So I’m back, it’s 2018 and I always get a little crazy about business goals (uhum….I know, very predictable) and since I’ve had a nice long break from being a social media maven (Ha!) I am excited to get back here and show you some of Molly and Randy’s wedding. I love February not for its white/virgin like snow that we have not had in 3 years or its moody grey days and stark contrasting trees. NO I love that Valentines Day is dropped right down in the middle of a somewhat long tedious season. And who doesn’t love LOVE? and pink boxes, and sweet tarts and vintage cards?
These are so fun to look at, I love this wedding and its the perfect start to a Valentines month of blogging love. Two people in love: check, fun fun fun family: check, a warm but not too hot lovely summer evening in KC: check, beautiful flowers and great food; check, check. A choral wall and baby frog: check and check! So that is what I have to say and I’m fairly sure it won’t fit in a tweet.
Molly and Randy: I love you guys. Happy First Valentines Day!
So here we are at the dawn of a new year again. I’m not going to say it started off great. To the punk that stole my purse on Christmas Eve you suck, suck real bad, but that’s all I’m going to say about that. A little car trouble and furnace issues are not convenient but hey what are you going to do?
The break has been nice, I’ve hardly looked at social media or the web, only slightly thinking of the next step in business and marketing. Instead focused on family and those that found themselves in front of my camera. It’s really nice to be busy but also find balance for all the family stuff, I find that is often the case around the holidays.
But like I mentioned, January is like 5am in the morning. Hard to get started because its dark and cold, but full of hope and promise of the new day ahead. You know that the warmth and light are going to return again, and what will you do with it. It may not be the day you envision, it may be that sadness or inconvenience or something gets in the way. But you have to believe that the next day, month, year are going to rock.
I’m not going to go on my resolutions again (I think I’ve done that on this blog before–can you say broken record) …..of course getting organized, working out, and being better in business and all that is on there. I’m constantly striving to be better, that is not something that I “resolve” only at the beginning of the year. But really for someone that finds much happiness in what she accomplishes I hope I can find happiness in less then that. My kids faces, the flowers that bloom or snow that falls, the sun setting on an evening drive. Not everything needs to be tied up in what we have to show at the end of the day, although important. I need to remember that.
To all of my dear clients and friends, thank you for your support and encouragement in 2017. Here’s to loads of light and joy in 2018, and many moments of happiness.
photo courtesy of Sara Brinkman