Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Keeping Up

Photo Cred: Emily Patton


Not with the kardashians.
With my work schedule.
Okay, okay, bad joke. But it's late at night and I'm a smidge sleep deprived as of late.
And okay, it's not just work, it's life in general.
It's not that I'm stressed. I mean I am a little, but not overly so. Which is pretty unusual for me. I tend to get excessively stressed in these sort of times, with this sort of workload.

It's been quite the busy month, this month. As November always is. Especially with the shop. Orders have been flooding in and slowly piling up over the past few weeks. 
People are getting chilly and need to be knitted into warmth again.
Which, don't get me wrong, I absolutely love.
I've been busier than usual at this time of year with photography as well. 

There are portrait and lifestyle sessions, weddings, travel and heaps of other misc. photos that I haven't blogged, haven't edited.
I'm in the beginning stages of officially re-branding which is so very exciting, but also very time consuming. At least thoughts wise. It's actually mostly kind of all I've been thinking about lately.
There's also Christmas to think of.
Christmas.
I totally broke out the tunes the day after Halloween. I really wanted to on Halloween (there was a radio station here already playing Christmas music in fact) but I refrained.
But I've been googling nearby Christmas tree farms and thinking about decorations, baking Christmas cookies and wrapping presents for abosolute months now. 
And though I'm really really not in a hurry to get rid of fall, I do so so love the Christmas season.

I think this is just always the time of year when I get to that point of wondering how everyone else does it.
How do you run a business, two businesses really, and all of the many many things that entails (hello accounting on my desk from August...) while maintaing all of your various relationships, keeping your space and home un-hoarder like,  going to the gym, making time for leisurely things like reading, and let's not even talk about doing laundry. 
Plus all of the really big and really little in-between and not so in-between things.
Of course no one has it together, not all the way. 
It's all just appearances and there's always one area (or ten) where we all feel a little bit behind in. 
It is a bit frustrating to feel like you're always keeping up though. 
It always seems to be a bit elusive and out of reach.

Ah well.
Tomorrow is a new day.
And you can't do it all at once.
Life is still good.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Proper Words


Photo Cred: Meagan Abell 

"I am overwhelmed with things I ought to have written about and never found the proper words." | Virginia Woolf

Proper words.
How hard it is to find the proper words sometimes.
I've had quite a lot of thoughts about quite a lot of things lately.
Which is very vague and blasé really. To say that I mean. 
But I think I've just had one too many things on my mind to properly verbalize anything because it's all getting in the way of itself. 
I've especially been incapable of sorting things out in writing. Which is a bit frustrating since writing is usually how I lighten myself when I feel heavy with heaps of thoughts like I do now. 

This was all kind of a lot about nothing.
But I'm trying to get back on the blogging game, so I'm just going to leave these incomplete thoughts here for now.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Alex | Portraits

Meet Alex.

This wonderful lady flew in from Ohio a month or so ago to help me shoot my last two weddings of the season.
She's a talented photographer but more than that, a very dear friend.
I've posted about her a time or two before so you might recognize her actually.
I'm so thankful for the beautiful, authentic, and generous heart that she has.
Go like her new Facebook page because she's the bees knees!

Love you dearly Al, can't wait to see you again soon.

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Interested in getting some portraits of your own done?
Email me for more info: by.leney@gmail.com

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Morning Thoughts

The James
Shot with Kodak Gold 200 35mm film // Minolta x-700


I don’t think I’ll ever dye my hair. 
(Yes, contrary to popular belief and the frequent "you look blonde..." comments, I didn't actually dye my hair. I was just outside a lot this summer)
There’s something so beautiful and elegant about people greying naturally. I think there’s a special sort of confidence in it too. Knowing you’re beautiful just the way you were created and a special sort of acceptance and welcoming of the age that you’ve earned. 


Brewing coffee is one of the nicest morning routines. 
And I like the word percolator. 
I need to add it to my list.


I just recently learned what passport extenders are.
It's my new goal in life to travel so much I need one.


Playing music from other rooms you aren’t necessarily currently inhabiting is kind of comforting in an I-like-being-alone-but-it-feels-nice-to-have-the-feeling-of-others-here kind of way.


Starting the day with reading something other than social network newsfeeds is rejuvenating


"A long moment" is an oxymoron. 


I don't really know how many times I've repeated this Nick Drake playlist, but as of late it's all I feel like listening to.
So soul soothing. 


Saturday, November 8, 2014

Just Because Pie Is Great

Because new friends are great.
And so is pie.
And so are pictures of all of the above.

Wishing you a happy weekend.

Go make a new friend.
Or eat some pie.
Or all of the above.



Places Pictured

Friday, November 7, 2014

Comfort

There are things that we find comfort in.
Something that I think we most often find comfort in is familiarity. 
Things that we know. 
Things we find reassurance in because of their known-ness. 
Often these things come in the forum of places. 
And I think that that’s my favorite sort of comfort.
 Comfort in a place. 
A place I know. 
A place I can close my eyes and run my hand over and still see. 


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Kayleigh | Senior Portraits

Meet Kayleigh.

A beautiful girl on a beautiful North Carolina farm.
And this isn't just for photos, she's a country girl at heart and has grown up horseback riding and living out in wide open spaces. 
She's the real deal.
I so loved spending the afternoon shooting this gals senior portraits. 
Always love when my job carries me to other places and I get to spend time with souls as lovely as this one.

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If you're a senior it's not too late to book a spot for your own portraits!
Or too early... if you're thinking about next year. ;)
Shoot me an email for more info.