Monday, November 24, 2014

Rosewood Clothing Co.

I've mentioned before that lifestyle photography is my favorite type of photography. 
Being able to capture real and raw moments organically as they happen.
Unposed, uninhibited.
Letting events and moments take their course and documenting them along the way.

Well, I got the opportunity to do a lovely little session recently for my friend Ashley.
I met this gal over the summer and we've already become steadfast friends. Her excitement for life and the passion she has for the things she loves is nothing short of infectious.
I do so love being around people who are passionate about what they do and are ambitious in a fast driven and on fire sort of way.
They're the best kind of people to be around if you ask me.
I think it's partly because there's a special sort of aliveness you feel when you're in the presence of someone who is that motivated and excited about their life and doing good things with it, and it also inspires you in a similar way to pursue your own dreams and ambitions.

Ashley will be opening Rosewood Clothing Co, a shop for her curated vintage and handmade goods as well as consignment, on 16 W. Broad here in Richmond.
She doesn't have a set opening date yet, but I definitely can't wait to see what she does with her space and I'm so happy that I get to be apart of it's little journey as it comes together.
(And you may or may not be able to buy some of my knits in her shop once it's open... Stay tuned!)

Go follow Rosewood Clothing Co. on Instagram for updates and to be the first to know about the opening day!

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Interested in booking a lifestyle session of your own?
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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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