That's easy! Fatith, family & friends. I love spending time with my family and creating memories. I also love taking and having photos with my family and although they usually grumble about it, I know they love having them, too!
Definitely bats. Snakes. We've had both in our house! Non animal things - probably heights and large bodies of water. Although I do like rollercoasters. It's good to scare yourself sometimes. I'm a weirdo!
I love being creative and that wow moment of getting the perfect shot. Working with my clients and getting to know them and the actual photography part of being a photographer - you know, taking pictures! There are so many other hats I wear behind the scenes with being a full time photographer, sometimes I spend the least time doing the taking photos part, believe it or not! Album design is one of my favorite behind the scenes thing to do! I also love showing my clients their photos in person and seeing their reactions.
I love the flexibility of setting my own schedule and being my own boss, but being a one woman show can be trying at times. I do have a team that works with me on weddings and sessions and they are amazing, but most of the time its just me, doing it all. Marketing, social media management, client communication, culling, editing, accounting, ordering, shipping, packaging, delivering and more. The worst - definitely accounting!
Everything pales in comparison to my family. That is my life's biggest accomplishment. They are why I work so hard!
A spa day followed by sitting in a hot tub with a glass of wine. Hmmm, might need to do that soon.
Gosh, it's tough to find time for hobbies with a family and a career, but I do love hunting for antiques (junking?), being outside, walking with family & friends.
I would tell myself to worry less and learn to live in the moment more. I worry because I care too much! I want to relax more.
There are way too many to pick just one! I have so many favorites. I love 80s, 90s & early 2000s comedy movies and yes, the classic "chick flicks". The Wedding Singer, Freaky Friday, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Napoleon Dynamite, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Dodgeball, Miss Congeniality, Drillbit Taylor, Pretty in Pink, Back to the Future, Clueless, The Proposal, Legally Blonde, Mean Girls, Fool's Gold, The Devil Wears Prada, RV, Just Friends, Dumb & Dumber, Joe Dirt, License to Drive, Never Been Kissed, Wayne's World, Mr. Deeds, Heavyweights, School of Rock, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, License to Wed, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Goonies, Uncle Buck, Big, Adventures in Babysitting, Don't tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead - just to name a few! My family and I are movie fanatics!
I watch way too much tv (I like the background noise while editing - that's my excuse anyway). The Office, Parks & Rec and King of Queens are my top sitcoms that I could (and have) watched over and over. While I have a love for sarcastic humor, I also have an unhealthy obsession with true crime documentaries. Only if they're solved - I'm so intrigued by story telling and love seeing justice served. Detective work and science. It's fascinating! Lastly I love other drama filled reality tv like 90 Day Fiancé, Married at First Site, Cowboy Wants a Wife, The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Hoarders, My 600 lb Life, Dr. Pimple Popper and more. I also love HGTV but most of those require too much attention (eye contact). Like I said, I watch way too much tv while editing!
Proverbs 4:5&6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will set your paths straight.
Bullies, social injustice, wastefulness.
Probably somewhere tropical but also secluded. I love the beach and peace! Pina colada anyone?
My Grandma, Rose. She passed away in 2016 but I'm so grateful that I got so many years with her. Her parents immigrated to the United States through Ellis Island before she was born from a small island. I loved sitting on her couch and thumbing through all her photo albums - including her mom's original paperwork from Ellis Island, so cool! She was the epitome of the virtuous woman. She took care of many (9 children & 15 grandchildren). She also worked, took care of her home and yard, was an awesome cook, loved spending time with family. Even taking 9 kids camping in the 60s by herself - I can't imagine! She was also the after school mom to many grandchildren and had a never ending supply of oatmeal cream pies. She was always there when her family needed her, even when her kids grew up, she was the first person they'd call in times of crisis. All the while she was always welcoming, patient, kind and put others before herself. She was full of life and loved to sing, dance, go for walks. She was always encouraging others. One of her sayings was, "Every day is a new beginning". She was beautiful inside and out and I'm so thankful for the person she was, she inspired many! Now that she's gone, I strive to be half the woman she was and I cherish the photographs I have of her. Taking photos with and of your loved ones is so important and sometimes we'd don't realize it until its too late! Below is one of my favorite photos of her, taken by me when I was first getting into photography.
"Every day is a new beginning" - my Grandma Rose