It had been a little over two years since I had seen Matt and Verity – a little over two years since I photographed their beautiful wedding at CrossPoint Community Church in Modesto. It came as no surprise that they were still as friendly and relaxed as I remembered them being. As I stepped into their cozy home, I felt like I was being welcomed into the home of old friends. There were hugs and then I was introduced to their sweet baby – the main reason I was there. This little man was born weeks early, but the very first thing you notice about him is his extra long legs and arms. Not much of a surprise when his Daddy is well over 6 feet.
Verity had been an extremely calm bride – and as she rocked her son and told me the story of his early birth, I could see the same temperament in her parenting. A firstborn is always a little nerve wracking – I suppose it’s all the new unknowns and questions that come when you start caring for a new life – but here was Verity seeming at complete peace even in the craziness of a preemie. She laughed at the thought that he was born before his baby shower. In the same breath she exclaimed how thankful she was for friends and family that had rallied together to make sure this new family of three had everything they needed.

Let me introduce to you the smallest Mollett – who was so excited to meet his parents that he rushed his way into this world! (And then grew so fast you’d never know it.)

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Brittney and Micah are brave – both were in different states when I first heard from them and they hired me to photograph their wedding on the word of a sister. We hadn’t even met yet! Over the phone, Brittney told me about this man she was so in love with, of the wedding they were planning, and of her family that was sure to make the day a loud celebration. The longer she talked, the more excited she sounded. I was envisioning the day and wishing I could see and meet this Brittney who obviously felt so much joy at the thought of marrying her Micah.

When we finally met last week for their engaged session, Brittney shared her nervousness of cameras. She had the giggles. You know, the giggles you get when you’re uncomfortable. Brittney was all giggles. Because of our phone conversations, I knew how much she adores Micah, so I wasn’t too worried about getting her to relax. Love has a way of blocking out fears, and it only took a few minutes wrapped in his arms for all traces of nervousness to leave her face. The rest of the photo shoot flew by, and I got back to my office with a camera full of images that showed only love for each other. <3

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I LOVE these ‘ring shots’… so timeless yet intimate.
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This is a personal reminder today… with a little bit of a laugh at the end.

 

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We live in a busy world. I get it. There are so many opportunities and good things calling our names. We have family to spend time with, work to do and money to earn, we have our hobbies and our communities that we are a part of. We shuttle kids to and from their many activities and spend hours planning and preparing healthy meals. There’s always another project to get off the to-do list and some friend that just got into town and wants to catch up. Life is busy.

I’m the greatest offender when it comes to saying the words “I’ve just been so busy lately”. I wear my activity like a badge of honor and I proudly talk about the storm of busy-ness I’ve been stirring. I thrive on the stress.

I want to just take a moment though, and remind you of the very thing I have to keep reminding myself. Being busy is not satisfying. Socrates himself said “Beware the bareness of a busy life” – and that guy didn’t even have the added distractions of digital technology and easy travel! There are important things in life, and being busy for the sake of being busy isn’t one of them.

 

So here it is. TAKE A BREAK.

Plan time to get away from your busy, spend time building relationship with people you love, and allow the downtime to refresh your heart and soul. I can’t stress this need enough.

Hire a babysitter and take a night off from the busy to be with your spouse. Spend a night at the beach. Book a weekend away or take your family on a low-key vacation that doesn’t require an hour by hour schedule to “get everything in”. Sit in the sun and read – or just nap. Paint, go for a walk, explore your neighborhood… break out of your need to be doing something, avoid your couch and TV, and give your mind a recess.

 

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If you are already excellent at creating necessary breaks then I applaud you and leave you with this series of photos from my latest adventure away from the busy. A good 20 feet from the edge of the rocks, I was posing for a photo when the entire ocean decided to give me a hug. Hello ocean, it’s nice to meet you, please get out of my personal space. Thanks. :)

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