Elida sent this to me and said 'This is you to me! All smiles and twinkling lights behind your eyes.' I mean, can anyone say anything kinder to another person? My immediate response was pssshhhh, whatever. But you know what, the internal dialogue of lies that often play on repeat in my mind are just that... lies. I am a lot of things to a lot of people and if ONE of them thinks I'm good then I'll take it! Thank you, Elle for your talent, friendship, and constant light in MY life!! Heart you!! Photographer: @elleticulaphoto
Alllll of the 2018 shooting is in the books. I have a mountain of editing I’m working on but that isn’t was has me feeling weepy. These girls are the backbone of KDP in so many ways. @faith_kels faithfully trucks along dragging my bags, setting up lights, jumping at my every whim, saving my aging body, and pink cheeked every time she meets someone new but they already recognize her. @elleticulaphoto is my literal voice many times while I’m perched on a chair pointing with my version of ‘shouting’ while she helps finish a family formal setup. When she isn’t yelling over people she is HUSTLING! I had the pleasure of working with other second photographer’s this season and they all mean so much to me on a personal level that goes waaaay beyond work.
And then you have my tribe of couples. Yesterday I wrapped up my season with Meg and Jon and they’re beautiful families at Meadow Brook. Jon randomly met another tribe couple (Eric + Sarah) at a MSU bar in New York. Jon doesn’t even live in New York! When they realized they were talking about the same ‘Kari’, Eric + Sarah quickly and excitedly finished Jon’s sentence. They were so excited to make a stranger a friend tied with the bond of MSU (go green), a Meadow Brook wedding, and mutual little photographer. Their excitement behind that new connection blows my mind! I never take for granted my role on your wedding day but stories like this one really emphasize just how lucky I am to do what I do.
Find your tribe. Love then hard. Kind of my life motto. I love, love my KDP tribe and it feels SO great to be adored in return. This isn’t a job. It’s my calling and the thing I was created to do. I am so, so grateful to every single couple that first likes my work then likes me then becomes a friend imprinted on my life. It’s amazing when it happens in return. Stay tuned for images from Meg and Jon’s stunning wedding. I know Eric and Sarah are!!! 😉😉😉
You might remember Jamie + Aaron's fall wedding at their own farm last fall with all their fur babies (goats, pigs, dogs, ducks, and all) and all the dahlia flowers and handmade everything and flower crowns. I was SO excited when they signed up for one of my recent mini-sessions so I could finally meet their little peanut. My goodness is she a doll!!⠀
Never in my life have I yearned for a sister. I have been blessed to have incredible women placed in my life: moms, friends, in-laws, and cousins and many of them are my life-sisters. But HOW can you look upon the joy of these sisters and their connection and not want just a BUNCH of freaking seeeesters?!? But then I remember that one day, in the future ahead, I will have a photo just like this one hanging on the wall of my home. Not MY sisters. But of my DAUGHTERS. I'm not crying. You're crying.
During my morning study a few days ago I was reminded of this beautiful season of life that we experienced after our twins were born. Being pregnant with twins after already having three children was a liiittle terrifying. As my due date approached I became more and more determined to be in a great frame of mind and enjoy every single second once they were born. Of course, we were a little older, a little wiser, and a little more experienced which all helped make that season so lovely. Todd and I alternated late nights and early mornings. Those middle of the night feedings were filled with the sounds of instrumental music coming from the local PBS station while a slideshow of nature photographs played on the screen. Not only was it serene, it was a time full of joy.⠀
I was reminded that even when life is HARD you can find peace and joy and wonder in the quiet moments and little things. This holiday season put down the stress of the demanding to-do list for a little bit and sit quietly amongst the glowy lights and just be. ⠀
This friend of mine, this mama, this yin to my yang, and allllll her wittiness... truly adore her. The one who belly laughs until tears escape our eyes and a lot of times it all gets started without words. It could be words, her wit, something totally self deprecating because that is what we do best. Or, it could be a simple as a fart app. A fart app used for portrait sessions that accidentally goes off in the middle of a dinner at a wedding. How many people can you talk about poop with? Those people, they ARE your people!! Love em' hard. ⠀
Moments like this... this is what I live and breath for. Because I have four daughters and I KNOW that this spunky, cutie pants little peanut is going to tell you she hates you one day. She will ultimately menstruate which will cause her head to spin and spew green vile from her mouth. When you are on the brink of bringing her out of this world, a little FaceBook memory of this perfect fall afternoon will pop up and remind you that you DO actually adore her. Just keeping in real round here guys. I also still have openings for THIS weekend at a Christmas Tree Farm full of snow if you want Christmas card photos still. Click the link in my bio for details and to register.
This, my friends is me feeln' all boujee. I have several young adult children so things like 'boujee' regularly slip into my vocabulary and become staples. Confidence in abundance happening over here as I regroup at my desk after enjoying a little time with my family and friends while kicking off my 41st year on this planet. Just me living my best life. The one I built with my bare hands, blood, sweat, tears, prayers, lots of surrendering, lots of asking for forgiveness, and with the help of all my biggest cheerleaders. What does your best life look like? Here's a secret, you're already IN IT! It's the hear and now. It's being grateful for every high and every low. For every person that brings happiness and sorrow because they impart on your life. Chin up! Cheers to the hear and now!!! Photographer: the ever so lovely @elleticulaphoto⠀
Tara, on her wedding day, shared with me that she thought she couldn't pull off anything other than an expression of authentic joy. Ummmm, I see quite the smolder and done right, sister! You, my dear are so, so stunning! Wes, you cleaned up pretty nice, too. #YouHadMeAtHowell#TaraAndWes ⠀
These lovely ladies have me feeling alllll the feels as I remember how much FUN we had celebrating Theresa + Jeff's wedding. I thought I had confidence... confidence is when you put your main bride tribe in WHITE right next to you, boo! Ammiright? @theresapulford tag your squad ;)