Earlier this week Kaitlyn and I decided to make a trip to Julie Ann’s Frozen Custard to take some fun photos. I know the owners because I did a product photography session for them last spring. I was so pleasantly surprised to find my work all over the shop and Pete gave each of us a sundae on the house. We decided they were the perfect photo props.
This simply was a friendship shoot. Kaitlyn had the idea to go out intentionally with our fancy pants cameras and take pictures of us together. I rarely get pictures with friends anymore, ever since I got into photography as a profession, so I was excited to not only have some pictures with her, but good ones. I’ve known Kaitlyn for about four years and we have done a lot of life together so it certainly was time to get a picture together!
Kaitlyn took some food photography so perhaps there will be more on that later!
February 5th was my 100th blog post. It’s only May 17th and I’m already at 200! Crazy! I guess that’s what committing to Monday-Friday daily posts with the occasional Saturday or Sunday blog post will get ya. To celebrate I have a few things up my sleeves…
My gift to you: a GIVEAWAY(more info below) and a few interesting BLOG STATISTICS
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THE GIVEAWAY: 200 minutes of photography with me! Yes, that’s 3 1/3 hours! I recommend using it to book me for a party (birthday, baby shower, costume…) or a series of sessions (maternity, newborn, family…)
The 200 minutes may not, however, be used towards birth or wedding photography… sorry.
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It’s been a whirlwind of a year for these guys as they rose in popularity insanely fast. They just got of a national tour with Big Daddy Weave, Chris August, and MIKESCHAIR. For the summer they get to spend a little more time at home with “one offs” beckoning them out for a show here and a festival there.
Anyway, back to last week, Citizen Way piled in their new van and made out for Green Bay. The venue piled over with people! This is was the first show they performed their whole album and boy did they knock it out of the park! Such a cool venue with such sweet and loving people.
The last few days of the Redeemed Tour I was struck by some intense loneliness. I longed for a friend to come talk to me and love on me. I texted and called and sent Facebook messages but no one seemed available. I knew that it was finals week so those friends were busy doing that and I knew my other friends had their hands full with things related to their spouses having their finals week or that their own families were generally consuming their attention for various, and very legitimate, reasons. None-the-less, I was depressingly lonely and at a loss for how to amend it.
In a place of complete aloneness I was suddenly struck by a desire to do my very best to be there for my alone friends even when I’m not alone. Because of this encounter I became painfully aware that it’s not exactly selfish to be forgetful of your friends because of your hyper focus on your own family or life but, since your family is an extension of you, not focusing your attention outside your family is actually selfish.
When I got married I wanted to be different from some of the marriages that broke up friendships. It seemed to me marriage caused the couple to become exclusive to each other or other couples. I wanted to be a married woman who not only welcomed single friends but really sought to be the best friend I could be to them by being there for them.
When Josh and I have kids I share a similar desire to the one above. I too often see that family units become a different level of exclusiveness. I see these exclusive families serving their kids every second of the day but forgetting to reach outside their family bubble. Serving your spouse and kids is a wonderful, needed thing, but maybe God intended for us to take all the self-sacrificing we learn in marriage and with raising kids out past our family confines in order to better love on those around us. I want to be the kind of family that welcomes others into our family as if they are our own. I want to continue to be there for my single and married but childless friends.
Last week I was unbearably lonely. But as much as I was bummed I couldn’t get a hold of someone to hang out with me I was even more bummed at myself for too often not being there for my friends. I certainly couldn’t blame anyone for not being there for me if I couldn’t show up and be a great friend first. I was so personally convicted by how selfish I still am. Now I can only hope that my experience last week will serve as the catalyst for a major change in my own heart. I want to be an incredible wife and business owner but I also want to be a better daughter, friend, mentor, and sister. I want to be there for those I love whenever they need me. It’s going to be a challenge but I will hope and pray with all my might that I can make the change. Besides, it’s not only better for the ones I pay attention too but it is much better for me. I have found that by focusing inward on yourself or your family builds a closed and festering outlook on life. And I have also found that by focusing my attention not on me and my own but on others, I not only seem to have more time to serve them but I find I have more joy.