Jan 17, 2018

ELLE Interview: Life Changing Career Moves

Published in News
Happy Wednesdayyy! A few months ago I was contacted about contributing to an ELLE piece about how I changed career paths and went in a completely different direction. I had been in the advertising industry but after a while realized, my heart just wasn't in it and I was extremely unhappy.  
 
I felt like the longer I stayed in advertising and committed to this path, the harder it would be to change course. I knew that there was risk in walking away from the career and industry that I went to school for and worked so hard to be in, but I also knew the risk would be greater if I settled knowing there was something else in my heart and that my passion lay elsewhere. I am not sure the timing is ever perfectly "right" for a career change, but for me the "right now" was way better then the maybe "someday." Life is just too short. 
 
I hope that my story and journey along with the rest of these woman inspire anyone who feels like they are stuck and unhappy in their careers, and gives them hope that change IS possible and the right time is NOW to find a career that gets you excited and makes your heart soar.  
 
I'm totally pumped and honored to have been included in this article which is now LIVE! Below is more of my full Q&A with ELLE.com!
ELLE Interview:  Life Changing Career Moves
Looking Back And To The Year Ahead
Jan 8, 2018

Looking Back And To The Year Ahead

Published in Personal
I can say with certainty 2017 was hands down the fastest year of my life and felt like it was maaaaybe only 4 months long, tops.  Greyson's first year of life went by fast so I figured that so would Harper's this past year... but let me tell you it FLEW by at lightening speed!  How is our baby girl almost one already?!  When planning for 2017 and thinking about what I wanted it to look like, there was a driving factor to many decisions. As unglamorous as it sounds, that thing was the unknown.  I didn't know what it would really be like having two littles.  I wasn't sure exactly how I would be home taking care of them and running our business.  I didn't know what my day to day schedule and routine would look like.  Didn't know what curveballs life had in store.  However as I sat there at the end of 2016, the feeling that overshadowed all the rest was a feeling of pure gratitude to be planning the year ahead with all the miracles, excitement and the unknown it included. 
 
What I did know was that last year was sure to be full and about finding a new balance.  And it certainly was!  The funny thing is about finding a new balance is that so often I try to add and FIT more things in to create a better balance of everything on my plate.  Anyone else?  But by adding more to create "balance" it can still leave me feeling just as overwhelmed, tired, and burned out as before.  So for 2017 I decided I wanted LESS busy-ness and more flexibility.  I wanted more balance by doing, juggling, balancing less stuff.  I tried to be more intentional about having scheduled days with nothing but playtime with the kids.  Bake.  Make a playdough mess. Go to the lake spontaneously. Read and build trains.  See friends.  Visit my Nana.  I wanted simplicity and more time that would allow us to change our plans.  I took a step back from social media and blogging to have more time and focus on being present.  Before the days' activities began, more often then not I was up before the sun and the rest of the house to have quiet focused time on our photography business I enjoy so much and am BEYOND thankful for.  I said no to opportunities I usually would have tried to squeeze in and said yes to more grace and patience as I continually learned and adjusted. 
 
Now with 2017 in the past, let me tell you, I am so glad I made these changes.  This past year I was able to be much more intentional and present, pouring more of myself into what I was doing as a mom, wife, daughter, friend, business owner.  I was able to focus more on the things that matter most to me and felt like I could really enjoy and embrace Harper's first year of life.  While looking back now 2017 felt like it was one of the fastest of my life, I can say with a grateful heart that I feel like I didn't miss any of it.  While it wasn't picture perfect by any means, I felt and embraced it.  All of it.  The good, the hard, the cute, the messy, the challenging, the bittersweet. 
 
This year I know there will continue to be growth and adjustments in so many areas.  My goal is to continue to pour myself into my priorities and keep them as just that, my priorities.  2017 you were an awesome life changing one I will never forget. 2018, I already know you are going to be amazing and I can't wait for the memories, excitement, laughs, adventures you are bringing with you.  I'm ready for your big champagne moments (my sister is getting married this year! YAY!) and the small sweet moments in between. 
Dec 20, 2017

Longshore Winter Wedding | Alyssa & Mike

Published in Weddings
I can't imagine a more perfect way to end our 2017 wedding season then with Alyssa and Mike's breathtaking winter wedding at The Inn At Longshore! You guys, would you believe that the first real snow of the year here on the Connecticut coast was on their wedding day!? Days before when we saw the forecast with snow, I was like a kid counting down the days until Christmas and hoping and wishing that there would be some of that magical white sparkle. And let me tell you, Mother Nature did not disappoint! If I had to imagine what it's like to be inside of a life size snow globe, this would be it. It was every bit as magical as you would expect... and then some. Their wedding was woven with the kind of laughter that comes from deep within the soul, tears of joy and awe at once in a lifetime moments unfolding. 
 
Alyssa & Mike - We adore the sweet, funny and kind-hearted couple that you are. Your wedding was truly magical from beginning to end, and we are so grateful to have been a part of it. Congrats again and we can't wait to grab another burger with you two at the Cheesecake Factory soon! :) 
 
Here are some of my favorites from their special day...
Longshore Winter Wedding | Alyssa & Mike
NYC Rock The Dress Session | Liz & Jim
Nov 15, 2017

NYC Rock The Dress Session | Liz & Jim

Published in Weddings
They were enjoying a nice relaxing evening at home when Jim mentioned that he had picked up a bottle of champagne for them to enjoy. With a smile Liz picked up the very special bottle to pop the cork, but didn't notice what exactly made this bottle so special. Looking at the label Liz asked Jim why he got such an expensive one?! I mean, goodness, after all it was just a normal evening at home, kicking up their feet and finding something good to watch on tv together! But what was so special about this champagne bottle was actually under the bottle of bubbly. It had been hiding the most breathtaking diamond sparkler which Liz hadn't noticed as she picked up the bottle and moved toward the kitchen to open it! Oh was it going to be anything but a normal evening at home! It was indeed one that would be one of the best and most memorable in their love story! After finally noticing the amazing ring, Liz was speechless as Jim proposed and made her the happiest girl alive!  
 
Liz and Jim tied the knot at their destination wedding in gorgeous Cancun Mexico 1.5 months ago and reached out to me when they got back to book a Rock the Dress session so they would have photos in the city that means so much to them! We headed to Central Park in New York City and Liz definitely rocked her gorgeous gown one more time as they told me about their amazing wedding, recalling all the details of that magical day! You guys, we had soooo much fun! Here are a few of my favorites from their dreamy session!
Nov 9, 2017

Fall Maternity Session | Hannah + Rob

It's times like these I am so glad a photo is worth a thousand words, because I couldn't begin to come up with the adequate narrative to attempt to explain the magic of the moment. Where my words will certainly fall short, I hope these images speak so that what the soon-to-be parents were feeling can be remembered vividly and looked back upon generations from now.  
 
The great love, indescribable joy and sweet anticipation that flooded the hearts of Hannah and Rob and overflowed in front of me was truly a privilege to witness and document. It was another maternity session where my words would never due their feelings justice and I only hope that these images will help them never forget the bittersweet "before" their son arrived.... Those sweet "before" weeks that will seem like a lifetime ago once they hear their son's roar which will simultaneously be everything and change everything in the best possible way. 
 
Hannah & Rob - Thank you for giving me the honor of documenting the soon to be beginning of the most incredible, beautiful, mind blowing adventure you could ever imagine. I can't wait to meet your sweet babe when he makes his debut! :)
Fall Maternity Session | Hannah + Rob
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