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Annie Velenovsky Photography  Wedding | Families | Seniors 🌩🌚🌿 Editor @ theFINDlab. Sonically inspired. Film only. INFJ. Mental health advocate. Let's adventure together! 🔻

In case y'all need some Monday Motivation: ⠀

"I want to be in the arena. I want to be brave with my life. And when we make the choice to dare greatly, we sign up to get our asses kicked. We can choose courage or we can choose comfort, but we can’t have both. Not at the same time. Vulnerability is not winning or losing; it’s having the courage to show up and be seen when we have no control over the outcome. Vulnerability is not weakness; it’s our greatest measure of courage.” - @brenebrown

Had an amazing anniversary session today and am now having pizza and a movie with my boy, so I'm feeling pretty good 😊 I hope you all had an amazing weekend; here's to lots of rest before Monday 🙌🏻

Today is my day off and I totally should be packing to move to the downstairs apartment, but I'll be having a lazy day with Breath of the Wild 🤷🏻‍♀️ What are you guys doing?

Friends! My black and white sessions are still 50% off through the month of August; and it doesn't have to be shot in August either 😄 I just got the prints from this gorgeous session and I'm so in love! Click the link in my bio and let's go adventure!

Last night (morning?) my boy and I were up until nearly 5 talking about our elopement next fall, who was in charge of what, and in the cheesiest fashion ever, I had trouble falling asleep because I am just so excited to finally be married to my other half. ⠀

And it deeply gives me the warm fuzzies for all of my couples, because I know the decision to capture something so incredibly special is not a light one. 😭 I'm feeling all of the feels.

“I guess when you’re young, you just believe there’ll be many people with whom you’ll connect with. Later in life, you realize it only happens a few times.” — Celine, Before Sunset

“If there’s any kind of magic in this world…it must be in the attempt of understanding someone.” — Celine, Before Sunrise

I am literally blown away by the response to my @twloha fundraiser! We have raised 200 dollars in one day and I only have 7 mini sessions left. What in the world guys, you are amazing! ⠀⠀
In case you missed it, check out the link in my bio! I'm so humbled and grateful for everyone advocating mental health visibility and recovery.

Sometimes when I take portraits, I have a magic moment of knowing this will be the one. That was not the case for this photo, but when I got this back I wanted a gigantic print of it to give to my future grandchildren. ⠀

One big exciting change around here is getting y'all physical prints, tangible heirlooms, and dang good quality ones. JPGs will not stay JPGs if I have anything to do with it. 🌺

I loooooooove the dynamic of sisters. I never had one growing up, so I'm sure I romanticize it a bit, but sister shoots are always so freakin fun. Like, without fail. I have a really exciting plan concerning fall mini sessions (!!!!) that is in the planning stages, and I cannot wait to share with y'all!

Y'all, I'm getting so excited about all of the potential 2018 seniors that will be in front of my lens. I want to find all you adventure loving, perfectly imperfect, ready to blaze your own trail young women and capture this super special time in your life together. 😍

Vulnerability is not another cool kids club. It isn't strength in her, but weakness in you. There are no rules to the power of being vulnerable and being seen as you are in this very moment.⠀

You might stumble through your vulnerability at times, and that's okay. I look at these amazing women I admire who have overcome adversity and share their story, yet I don't count myself among them. ⠀

I see myself blubbering uncontrollably during a bad day, in front of my way too kind for her own good boss nonetheless, and I don't think; "Wow, Annie. You didn't hide behind any armor, you let yourself be seen even when you knew you messed up, and that was brave." My first thought is the lie we tell ourselves. That vulnerability is something you only get to talk about once you come out on the other end with everything neatly figured out. ⠀

I don't credit myself for the growth that comes after these hard days. The way I take these emotions, feel them to the fullest degree, and after the storm, work them with perspective to better myself... is that not the bravery that I admire in others? How am I not one of these women that I admire? How are you not? ⠀

You are. Every time you show up and are seen for your truth, that's some serious feat. None of this is clean, it's messy and you will mess up, and be afraid. But you have permission to recognize yourself.

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