Happy Friday, friends! I hope you’re as ready for a great weekend as I am. 🙂 Let’s get started with a few of my Friday Favorites — a roundup of five things I’m loving lately!

Favorite photography experiment: Six photographers created portraits of the same man, but each had a very different result when they were told about the subject.

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And this quote spoke to me so much:
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See the whole video, produced by Canon Australia, here.

Favorite accessory: It’s still been a little warm to bust out my favorite blanket scarf, but when it does—watch out, world! You’ll probably see it in many of these variations from The Average Girl’s Guide:

How to Style a Plaid Blanket Scarf:
Favorite Ikea Hack: I have a giant living room wall with nothing on it (it’s way easier to style other people’s walls than my own!) and I’m thinking some built-ins might be the perfect solution, and winter is a great time for us to tackle home improvement projects. I love the polished trim work… the whole how-to is here!


Favorite simple dinner: I’ve been craving a bowl of hearty chili lately (although it’s been too warm out for it!) but I’m thinking that’s about to change this weekend. I’m excited to make this sweet potato & quinoa version from Jen Chooses Joy — it’s all my favorite things in one dish! And yes, I may even brave cutting an avocado to put on top… I love avocados, but I’m a klutz with a knife.

Favorite running inspiration: I snuggled up last Sunday morning with coffee and was glued to the NYC Marathon — I’m always so awed by the stories of each runner’s journey to the starting line.

"Your body can stand almost anything. It's your mind that you have to convince." #Fitness #Inspiration #Quote:
Here’s to an awesome weekend, friends! Cheers!


Over the years I’ve amassed a beautiful collection of vintage cameras. I think they are such humble vehicles. Cameras and film have told the stories of countless birthdays, holidays, and other firsts in our lives. Within my collection, some of the edges of the housings are worn, the handles are cracked, or the film bulbs simply burned out from being fired one too many times. But the stories they’ve captured are the cornerstones by which we remember stories and moments in our family’s legacy. In a simple, little black box.

Among the menagerie I’ve tucked in a few favorite photographs—one of them, my grandfather behind the wheel as my grandmother smiles in the passenger’s seat. Since my grandfather’s recent passing, that photograph is more than a memory, it’s magic.

As I looked around the packed church hall after the funeral services the other day, I remembered that image sitting on my shelf. Through tears, I saw that same twinkle in each of his childrens’ eyes, even in their darkest moments of mourning. And in his grandchildren. And in the great-grandchildren, like my son, who I wish could have as deeply known this humble, hardworking, and faith-filled man, but will lovingly carry on his legacy.

These photographs we create every day are more than a simple snapshot. They tell us about the abundant catches on fishing trips and the joy of 7′ corn by the Fourth of July. Their stories paint a picture of a life well lived, loved, and filled with grace, laughter and a little grit.

These photographs are our story, and our legacy —  print, share, and tell yours.


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Hi friends! See anything new around here? I’ve been working on a fresh new look for the website! The update has been a little like having a newborn of my own — ha! Website redesigns are such a labor of love, but I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

In the meantime of working on the site, I got to spend some time with Brett and Hope as they celebrated growing their family with Ava’s arrival! She is every bit as sweet and delicate as you can imagine — and she loved to snuggle throughout the whole session with both mom and dad.

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Even her sweet sleepy yawns are adorable, right before she drifted off to sleep. Being a newborn is hard. 😉

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Congratulations, Hope and Brett!  These are special moments for your family, and I’m absolutely honored to share in your joy and making photographs to help you remember for years to come. Cheers!

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