What a start to 2017…

Their love is passionate & intense. It radiates from them as soon as you meet them. You can see it in their eyes anytime they look towards each other. That connection that makes you smile & gives you chills just by being in the presence of it.

I met Julie & Eric only moments before their ceremony started. They booked me a few days earlier after deciding they wanted some photos to capture their very intimate ceremony on Donner Lake with their kids & their pup Charlotte on the first day of 2017.  I will forever be grateful for their decision. (And big thanks to Jackie, their fantastic wedding officiant – for connecting us!)

The energy of this incredible blended family immediately made me feel like I had known them forever…and it was very clear they were all right where they needed to be, together.

Julie & Eric have been together for 8 years & have spent many occasions in Julie’s family cabin in Truckee – enjoying the beauty & peace of Donner Lake on solo trips, and as a family.  So when they decided to have a ceremony, they knew right where they wanted it to be.

When I asked Julie why they chose the date – January 1st, 2017 – she said, “We decided on the January 1 date because it felt symbolic of new beginnings; a clean, fresh start to something permanent. It was very important to us to have our kids involved, so they understood that it wasn’t just Eric & I that were joining but that we were joining as a
family including Charlotte our dog. Stronger together, the commitment was
ALL of us.”

She had told me on our phone ‘meet’ that she hoped that it snowed that day during their ceremony. I headed out the door early and on my short drive over, the snow began to fall – and continued through their ceremony – it was perfect.  Enough to be caught in the photos, the perfect light fluffy stuff. It was absolutely beautiful!

The sun played peekaboo with us throughout the ceremony, but the snow never stopped.

Throughout the ceremony Eric & Julie assisted each other in wiping the happy tears from each others faces. I couldn’t help but smile the biggest smile behind my camera. (There may have been a few tears myself, I can’t help it!)

 

When sorting through photos to pick to post for this blog, I absolutely loved reliving their sweet ceremony. The emotion that comes through the photos of each of them looking at each other, being SO in the moment and SO happy to be there, that day – together… it is something I will never forget!

 

Julie & Eric – Thank you SO much for letting me be a part of your beautiful ceremony!

So much love to you!

 

 

 

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Would it be weird…

Hm…. would it be weird to post these? Would it be weird to blog about this?

What will people think?

Does this make me unprofessional?

Should I keep this part of my life on the low-down now?

 

Ohhhhh the thoughts that crossed my mind this morning after experimenting with some lighting for an upcoming fitness photoshoot. (Keeping it real here, I am pretty sure we all know, I prefer that beautiful natural light…. 🙂 )

Before photography took off – my social media was 100% about fitness….. but has it been too long since I have posted about that part of my life? That part of my life that I live every… single… day….??!!

I went back and forth for a little bit this morning about posting these photos below to my personal Facebook page….. I have clients that are connected with me there now – what will they think?

And… what I decided was…I want my clients to know me. I want them to know who I am. I want them to know the things I am into. I want them to have an idea/vibe of what I love, what I do (other than photography), what makes me… ME. And well, this is part of it.

I spent a lot of years not being sure of myself & not being sure of how honest to be {with others} about well… me! The (very) often quirky, sometimes shy, hot mess of – Stephanie.

I tell terrible jokes at my sessions. Sometimes I am the only one that laughs…Sometimes I trip over things (definitely not graceful over here). And these things used to give me such anxiety – because I thought I had to be a certain kind of person, or a certain kind of
“Stephanie” to be able to do this for a living. And then one day something clicked  – and I realized that I can be me, in all of my not so awesome glory – and do this.

 

I am Stephanie. I love photography, I love fitness. This is me.

Lets rock.

 

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truckee adventures…

WOW.

That is the word that comes to mind almost every day of living in Truckee. The amount of exploring there is to do here is limitless! I used to be … well… let’s just say – not a lover of winter & the cold temps. Truckee has forever changed my views on that! It has been so nice being home through the winter & getting to explore the magic that is – TRUCKEE!

Last week Jeff & I went snowshoeing through the woods & to Donner Lake. It has felt so incredible get outside & photograph the beautiful nature that surrounds us here in Truckee.