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Chance + Ondrea | A Lairmont Dream

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Chance + Ondrea | A Lairmont Dream

Chance + Ondrea | The Lairmont Manor in Bellingham, Washington

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this year has been the perfect work balance i’ve needed. finding that sweet spot, allowing myself to have more time to focus on other curious thoughts and ideas. for the first time in three years, i haven’t felt swamped. overburdened. or afraid of not giving my couple’s what i promised, and what they needed.

i wasn’t sure if scaling back and taking on limited weddings was going to be the right call. i always say yes, and always move my limit line. i would always push myself and take on more work than i could chew. not that the last couple of years have been amazing, or worth every moment.

as an entrepreneur, a self made business owner - it’s hard to turn away clients, its hard to say no, and then sometimes we find ourselves getting so lost - so lost in our work that we’ve lost ourselves. lost the ability to find joy and find meaning in what we do.

2019 was my year to limit myself and allow myself a bit more freedom. and surprisingly every month for this season i have two full weekends off. and it’s truly been life changing in so many ways. giving myself space has allowed me to give my clients more. i’m finally able to blog every session/wedding i do, email potential clients quicker, respond to my current clients with more effort. and also, give my OWN family quality time. having actual TIME is amazing, and it’s healthy.

there is no such thing as a work-life balance. one will ALWAYS get more attention than the other. we have to choose which one will be a priority - and this year, i decided to put my personal life in front. and in turn, it’s made my work life that much more exciting.

thank you so much to couples, especially like Chance and Ondrea for understanding, and being so willing to support the change. being a part of their wedding at the Lairmont Manor in Bellingham, Washington was a total dream. these two are some of the most humble, kind and genuine people i’ve worked with. it was a more than perfect day, and put together by a more than perfect team of vendors. i’m so excited to create memories for people like Chance and Ondrea. ones that i know they will allow to live on for the rest of their lives, and the lives they will create, and it’ll grow onward from there.

here is a beautiful sneak peek of the Gwinner’s - a fairytale dream at a fairytale location.

XO.





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Laura + Matt | La Vie en Rosenfeld

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Laura + Matt | La Vie en Rosenfeld

Laura + Matt | The Metropolist in Sodo Seattle, Washington

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I remember when I first started blogging weddings, I got overwhelmed with the amount of “right or wrong” ways to blog them. I would find myself on local photographer groups, getting advice and tips - and feeling more discouraged than anything. 

Some would say “only blog your favorite 50 photos from a wedding.” Or “only blog picture perfect photos for your website!” — where does my client come with these? Why wasn’t I seeing… “SHOW THE FULL STORY” - I mean, isn’t that the point of our jobs anyway?

I didn’t understand why there were rules, and I definitely didn’t understand the perfectionism behind it. Who was I blogging for anyway? I think that’s the question that needs to be answered. Granted, I like to publish blogs because I think it’s important for potential clients to see my work to a more details extent, and it’s a great way to market. 

But the primary reason blogging is important, is for my clients. Surprising them with a full look into their wedding day within just a couple of weeks while they wait for me to complete their whole gallery, is the BEST part about it. 

There is no way to cull a wedding down to 50 “perfect” photos. They are all perfect. They all deserve recognition. I’m here to represent a story, and that story involves 8-10 hours of photo coverage. I don’t believe culling our clients’ days into perfect little squares is serving our clients. I don’t believe we get the right to pick what’s better than the other. The photos we don’t deem “socially perfect for publishing” are some of the most important and emotional photos to our couples and their family/friends. 

So this is what I’ve consistently decided to do. Show the story. Give them as much as possible. Let them RELIVE tiny moments from a 24 hour day. Laura and Matt’s wedding was just that. There was SO many photos I NEEDED to add to their wedding day blog. They are important. Their families are important. The love, moments and laughs are SO important. 

I am making it a priority to continue keeping the importance of what I do publicly known.

So here it is. Matt and Laura’s stunning June wedding at Metropolist and beyond. FULL and inclusive of all little moments that truly completed their day.

XO.


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