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but leave her wild.” @atticuspoetry
As little girls we are taught how to behave. “Sit up straight!”
“Don’t eat that!”
“Red will make you look easy.”
“Wait for the boy to talk to you. Don’t ever initiate the first conversation.” Maybe it’s just us southern gals? “When in public, always drink from a cup, preferably with a straw, never a bottle.” (Didn’t mom know beer didn’t taste as good through a straw?!)
“Keep your ankles together, don’t cross your legs or you’ll have spider veins.”
“Never use profanity!” (🙊)
“Don’t be loud!”
annnnnd on and on it goes.
I was always told, “Joy, you’re too much. Calm down!”
So I believed I was too much and needed to calm down, but I couldn’t stifle who I was for long. It would always bubble up and spill out again. So I thought something was wrong with me.
Who knew things can take twice as long to unlearn as to learn?
What I didn’t tell the people at the workshop @poshmomentsphotography had this past weekend is I was down. When I say down, I felt like I was generic. That my work wasn’t what I wanted it to be. I even tossed around the idea of giving up briefly. Shocked?! So going into this I realized I’m too strong for that crap. I went in with a mindset of taking it all in. No, I didn’t shoot 1500 photos while there, I took it slow. I watched everyone. I saw the looks of everyone as they would get excited for a shot. They were smiling ear to ear.
That’s when I was reminded, we all go through seasons of crap. And it’s ok. I’m thankful for this opportunity at JUST the right time.
I’m happy to say, I’m back in the grind y’all. Expect some new stuff coming your way. Because like @aliciakeys this girl is on FIRE.
& in that moment everything paused...
and I asked you, are you a pulmonary embolism? because you take my breath away
..................... #dadjokeswednesday with Kdo!!
but real talk this legit happens regularly when I am in the zone of hanging out and capturing you. I get lost in the emotion & all the feels! majorly why I love what I do!
- & especially if you are a tattooed bride/groom/babely babe. Nothing makes me swoon more than inked good humans & a sense of style like no other!!!
12221 minutes ago
Grace + Marcus. They are an example of faithfulness to each other despite life’s obstacles. They are a couple to be reckoned with that will leave an impact on the world. + their love for one another is simply captivating- the look in their eyes says it all✨
Be with someone who makes your heart skip a beat, gives you butterflies, makes you feel so dang special, makes you so happy, and will run and get you a Diet Coke when you need one! 😂
Everyone deserves to be loved like that!❤️ #dyciejophotography
24641 minutes ago
Gabi +Chris, pure class.
34242 minutes ago
Good double OT win to keep it suspenseful for the last home game. Tag your people! Many more to come. • • • • •
Since I have never gone through motherhood before, I can’t for sure know, but It sure feels like I am at the hardest stages with these t h r e e. It’s tough! And a good thing I decided to whip myself back into exercise and self care, because I might not make it out alive otherwise!
5 year olds - they are so freakin bossy and want to pick a bone with you every. Chance. They. Get. They also never stop talking or going until their eyes are shut.
▪️Pro Tip: have them help with everything household. They stop arguing for a couple minutes, listen to you, feel responsible/accomplished, gain positive feedback and put their energy elsewhere!
3 year olds. The girl ones. SO sassy! They like to use their hands to express themselves because they have SO much emotion and It spills out all. The. Time. If you ask them to do A n y t h i n g be prepared for tears.
▪️Pro Tip : learn to manipulate your words so they think that they have the upper hand😉
‼️Example: this - “hey emmy, your babydoll looks so sleepy, maybe you should put her to bed.”
❌Not that - “hey emmy, can you put your babydoll away?”
Two year olds. Girl or boy ones. I think we know these well. Tornadoes? Tasmanian devils? You know when you turn your back for a minute and then all the sudden the entire house has been flipped upside down?!
▪️Pro Tip : get an ergo baby for dinner time prep and strap them on your back! #cleanhouse
10044 minutes ago
The BREW Series ➖ 1️⃣
📸 by @really_th with Panasonic G7
14149 minutes ago
“You know me, I think there ought to be a big old tree right there. And let's give him a friend. Everybody needs a friend.” ― Bob Ross
14150 minutes ago
Heck yes we are going to have this much fun on your wedding day!! 🙌🏻 I mean, when there’s a trampoline on the ground, you can’t not jump on it.
Last summer when we were in Indiana I shot a few weddings with @tonijayphoto and we of course had so much fun. ✨
17151 minutes ago
The BREW Series ➖ 2️⃣
📸 by @really_th with Panasonic G7