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Travel isn’t always as pretty as the idea sounds. It’s often uncomfortable.  At times it even breaks your heart. But I’ve decided that it’s ok. Each journey changes us, and it should.

Since the end of last wedding season I’ve been racking up the frequent flyer miles. Travel is incredible. It’s takes everything out of you and then… it can breathe all of life back into you. Since September I’ve been to Palm Springs, Vancouver BC (3x), Kauai (3x), Norway, France, Ireland, and scorching hot Mexico. I am so blessed especially since a lot of those trips could include work in some way. That my “job” could take me places like this. I hate calling it a job. It is. But it’s my passion. What I love. Fuels my heart. It’s my life. Not just a job.

The trip to Mexico it all caught up to me. The uncomfortable part of travel. Until then the uncomfortable was just not being able to sleep on a plane. Drugged or not… I can’t do it. And because of it I’m the one wrapped in a hoodie with her flip flops thrown out on the ground, bags scattered, hat over my face and passed out asleep on a heater (literally ON a heater) in the Toronto airport. Exhaustion settled in. I live the fast life. Which for now I won’t stop doing. It’s too short not to.  But I’ve realized that within that fast life there needs to be slower moments. Because if I can’t have time to reflect on the fast portion can I really appreciate all that happened? I came home at the end of April and decided it was time to stay home a bit. For so many reasons. Sooooo many. It was just time to slow it down. Honestly, it’s been 3.5 weeks and I’m about to lose my mind!!! The itch is back to just GO. But I’m gonna hang in there and chill cause it’s about to be crazy time.

But I’ve had time to look back over the last couple seasons. And man were they beautiful. I vowed to myself this year to step in front of the camera more. It took time to do it and get comfortable doing it often. To not just photograph where I was, but who I was with and us LIVING in it. Although I’ve spent time with so many people in my travels, Meg, has been there on a lot of those trips. So grateful to have such a close friend (really she’s like family) on a similar path in life and able to travel so much. I’ve sat here reflecting on our whirlwind of an “off-season” and I couldn’t be more proud of the women I see in the photos. The transformation from last year to now is amazing. I see myself and love her. Who she is. Where she came from. Where she’s going. I want this for EVERY woman… to be empowered by other great women, but really to empower yourself. To love yourself is a incredible gift.

Words are so powerful. I’m obsessed with good words. I have quite the pinterest board for them even. All intentionally chosen. But, there is one quote that I read and I say it to myself. Not as if someone else thinks it about me. If they do… great. But it’s a line to myself.

“She is delightfully chaotic; a beautiful mess. And loving her is a splendid adventure.” – Steve Maraboli

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Meg and I forced ourselves to get dressed and take some photos of us living. What an incredible hand we’ve been dealt in life. Lets preserve it. It kinda seemed like a burden and we really just wanted to nap and read on the beach in Mexico. But we pulled our shit together and let the camera be in front of us. And I’m grateful. Life is precious, I know this too well. And the only way to stop time and live through it again, revisit it, share it, is to photograph it.

Thank you Meg for photographing me, just as me. Here are a few of my favorites. Not just me, but also of my beautiful friend.

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I’m always excited to upload my second shooters images. One, I can’t wait to see what they got from their point of view while we shot all day. Two, how big of an ass did I make of myself today? …

I could have added a zillion photos to this post but I decided to pick just a few. This is really what’s going on….

Hanging off ledges. Taking over Las Vegas streets. Testing light… aka dancing. Meditating. Taking Selfies.

I assure you taking a photo like this is completely normal.

Nevermind. Who wants to be normal.

As if this groomsman doesn’t know he’s a little tall I clearly felt the need to inform him that he was. Even though I couldn’t accurately show him how tall.

And my short girl problems continue…..

And I’m a butterfly catcher!! I swear I had that little butterfly on my finger.

The one time there was just that one string sticking out there and it would not stay down. No scissors to be found. We did what we had to do.

What do you want from me Schenaye?!!! Yeah. Just look the other way Matt! Ok really what is going on here?! HA!

Seriously what do you people want from me!

Pterodactyl…. NAILED IT!

I guess I use my arms when I talk. But this group is listening. So it works!

This group……. they aren’t listening to me are they? Maybe I should have used my arms then.

I’m pretty sure I lost this battle with this child. He’s gonna stand where ever he wants. I appreciate your confidence, kid.

So I took a different approach with this kid.

And when things are slow and we’re all hanging out waiting around you should get comfy. House slippers anyone?

As the summer went on I started to realize that I really do my best to always be attractive. You’re welcome.

A little high five action for my bro, cause his wife is lookin’ HOT on her wedding day and he’s bout to see for himself!

Veil dancing. Similar to ribbon dancing, a little bit of a different technique. It’s a real thing.

Just follow me my peoples!!!

But really, the best is all the laughing that happens with my peoples.

What’s real fun in life if you can’t spend some time laughing at yourself. There is so much ridiculousness I could share, but there are more shenanigans to be had. So until it’s time to share those. Peace!

 

 

 

 

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About a month and a half ago after a night of a few drinks Meg and I sat on the floor of her parents condo in Kauai Facetiming with her sister, Steph. Steph half jokingly said we should meet her in Paris in a few weeks. Without hesitation Meg and I, probably in sync, said “Yeahhhhh!! We’ll be there!” And so the Eurotrip planning began. We couldn’t JUST go to Paris. Not our style. There were discussions of stopping in Iceland or Norway first. Iceland, cause why wouldn’t we? Norway, cause we’re both VERY Norwegian. Ultimately Norway worked out the best. Don’t worry Iceland we’re coming for you, eventually.

I drove up to Meg’s parents house outside of Calgary the night before our trip and she flew in from Kauai. After a good nights sleep (the most we’d get for another 2 weeks) we had some breakfast, tried to pack as much as possible into our bags (including a tripod we would never use, but you know, just in case), climbed in the car and made our way straight to the airport and the bar for a drink before hopping to the otherside of the pond.

We started the journey in Oslo, the capital of Norway. It’s a cute little town with fun little streets all dressed up for Christmas. We had tried our best to stay up as long as possible to get on track with time but only made it til 8:30pm. Which inevitably had us up at 4:30am, wide awake. And hungry. All we had was licorice. So we started the day at 4:30am with licorice 🙂 Classic.

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I fell in love with Bergen. All of the tiny little tall houses connected to each other, winding staircases, cobblestone streets, markets and delicious coffee. Such an incredible little town. We rented a little apartment right in the heart of the Bryggen district. Had one of the best meals of our lives. A 7 course meal at a local seafood restaurant. Reservations are required, however in true fashion Meg and I managed to get in and get served, without a reservation. If you go check out Restaurant 1877. BOMB! And so worth $100 each, ha!

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Our last full day we rented a car. Not cheap in Norway but exploring for us requires a roadtrip. We just started driving. Through a million tunnels. And found ourself in an area that I think Christmas comes from, haha. Winter wonderland. Our rental car had great snow tires, thank God!! And then onto an overlook of Sognefjord, called Stegastein. So beautiful. And into the smaller towns below. You realize just how big this world is and how small you are when you stand at the bottom of a fjord looking up. But even as small as we are, we have the power to change the world. It’s surreal to just stand there.

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I feel like one of the luckiest. To have a good friend on a life journey so similar to mine, at similar times in life, that can pick up and travel the world with me. To dance around the world together. And not kill each other. There are just some people that no matter how much you love them, you can’t travel together haha. We’ve come to realize we’re perfect to travel with each other. We don’t have to talk every second. We’re up for anything, why wouldn’t we? We like the same music. We’re not that interested in touristy sites, we’d rather hit the road and just see what happens. If nothing, we always end with a great story and lots of laughter. After something incredible happens we just want to sit for a second (or an hour) and relive it while editing the photos we took of it, however long that may take. We can somehow get by with no sleep, as long as we have each other and a good playlist. I’m so grateful for her. May we continue to dance through life, even when life takes us down, the other is there with a hand to bring you back up.

This was a whirlwind of a trip and we moved at hyperspeed. Only a few days in each place. And next came France!!!  Wait for it 😉

Check out Meg’s version of Norway over on her blog!

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*The photos are a mix of mine and Meg’s from our cameras, GoPro, and iPhones. Ok, mostly from our iPhones.*

See our next stop, France, HERE!

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Missoula MT Engagement Photos Couple Hugging It’s really the greatest honor when my friends ask me to photograph them. That they pick me. Then they always want to work around my work schedule whenever it works for me. They just want me to photograph them. It’s the greatest honor.

These two… Amanda is my best friend. I won’t get all sappy about her here cause one day she’s gonna get married and if I say it all now, what will I say then?! Haha. We came into each others lives just about the time we were going to need each other. Without even knowing it. And we’ve become each others biggest supporters over the last year and a half. And we’re pretty inseparable. Even if I leave town we make sure to have lunch and dinner the day before I go. And we get together as soon as I’m back. In the last year-ish Ryan came into her life. He is perfect for her. I have never seen her this happy, which makes me extra happy. And recently they took a big step and moved into a new apartment together. So naturally they needed some photos of them together to put up in their new place.

Trying to photograph them is sometimes a little crazy as they’re constantly making faces, jumping on each other (in not cute ways), and making more faces. If it’s not Amanda, it’s Ryan. We took photos for maybe 20 minutes. There was so much ridiculousness between them and my daughter was sitting behind me making up her own songs. Amanda was laughing so hard she was straight bawling. Makeup running everywhere. We had so much fun we had to stop cause she couldn’t pull it together. But I love that we cut photos short because we were having fun. Who wouldn’t?!

The sun was perfect. It was starting to feel like fall in Missoula MT. And laughter was abundant. I have to share their photos!

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