I read this quote the other day and absolutely loved it! It is so fitting for the new year.
What is a leader? Is a leader just a person in charge or someone who has the "final say"? Or is a leader someone who just does it all himself? Perhaps being a leader means being bossy and power-hungry....or simply being a puppet.
The truth is--whether we like it or not--we are all leaders in some way. Unless you shut yourself up in your home and order all your groceries on Amazon :), you come in contact with people every day who need you to show them how to live life. Your choices display what you believe others should be. Whether you are grouchy and ungrateful or thankful and kind, you lead others in your life to be the same. Your children watch you, your friends watch you, the lady at the checkout counter watches you--and you can either inspire them or tear them down.
We hope you want your life to inspire others. This year, let us dream more, learn more, do more, and become more. Let us be leaders.
-Rick & Bethany
I love photographing families. I love capturing the energy and natural expressions of children. And often, couples haven't had good pictures of each other since their wedding day. So sad!
I have known the Howell family for several years and love them! What a sweet family! One of these cute kids is also my music student. I headed out to the Howell's home on a lazy Saturday afternoon. What fun it is to be in the country--they have three dogs, a pony, and a few chickens! I even got a dozen fresh eggs at the end of the shoot :). Enjoy!
Well, we finally joined the rest of the pet owners and got our very own kittens. I hope you don't mind if I gush a little (ok, a lot!) over my sweet cuties! We got #PepperPottsKitty as a tiny little kitten in September and then in November, we got #SophieKitty for a playmate for Pepper. They get along so well and we have fun watching them play. Of course, they sleep for hours and hours each day...oh, to be a cat!
Sophie is on the left; Pepper is on the right.
Even though the day was very hot and humid, we were able to get some great shots. When you see these two together, you just know that they are in love. Paul, I am so glad that you found such a sweet girl to marry. Jessica, I am excited to have you as a sister-in-law. Thanks for letting us capture a few photos of you two together!
I used to have this one word on our bedroom wall, "LOVE." It looked so lonely there by itself. So after a little pinning, planning, and purchasing, I came up with a little college of pictures, colorful frames, and mirrors that I am quite happy with.
These two photos from Better Homes and Gardens brought the inspiration...
What makes these two photo collages go together well is 1) Unity--the monochromatic white frames 2) Variety--different colors (left) or shapes (right). Thinking of these two elements--unity and variety--I came up with this wall art for our bedroom.
I used the black and white photos and well as the teal color palette to create unity and the different shapes arrangement to create variety.
The frames are wooden and hand-painted with acrylic paint from Hobby Lobby (love that store!). The mirrors are candle coasters from the Dollar Tree that I painted with enamel paint and attached wall hooks to the back. The "LOVE" sign is from Hobby Lobby given to us for our wedding.
I am happy with the way it turned out and I think the "LOVE" sign is happy to have company. :)
What do you think?