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Emily Gunn Photography  Families - Newborns - Weddings. Serving SLO, CA & beyond. Mama of two wildlings. Newlywed ๐Ÿ’• Lover of wine, Harry Potter & all things Tolkien ๐Ÿ“š

Annnnnd we are off for our extended family trip to Disneyland!! Cue the Christmas music ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽถ Seven tired grownups, six hyper kiddos, five toddler meltdowns, four long days, three short nights, two day passes and one magical family vacation.
PS - if you read that in your sing song voice we can definitely be best friends ๐Ÿ’š๐ŸŽผ I will be out of the office until Thursday and will respond to emails/calls upon my return! ๐Ÿฐ

Adulting is rough. More so than I ever imagined. I think thatโ€™s probably true for most of us on this side of adolescence... And real-life relationships are hard work! Every single day. Itโ€™s so so important to take a minute to just be yourselves without the grumpy kids and diaper changes and school lunches and utility bills. Just you and your person. Because thatโ€™s where it all started and what it all comes back to. ๐Ÿ’šโ €
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Oh hello Monday!! There was ice on my car this morning so itโ€™s officially wintertime โ„๏ธ โ €
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Today I get to spend my afternoon in the ever thrilling DMV to finalize my name change ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป having JUST done this over the summer (changing back to my maiden name after a decade ๐Ÿ™„) I am NOT looking forward to it. โ €
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But I made my appointment three months ago (yes THREE, our poor DMV offices must be seriously understaffed) and I charged my kindle so I wonโ€™t die of boredom. Maybe I will even work on my Pinterest board for our Disney trip next week ๐Ÿฅณ โ €
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How are yaโ€™ll spending your chilly Monday? We still havenโ€™t decorated for Christmas yet (I know I know) so that is on the agenda for tonight at the Landis house!! ๐ŸŽ„ I may even force my husband to listen to Christmas music ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚โ €
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Parenting >> carrying a wiggly lump around on your shoulders who might bite your head and stick dirty fingers in your mouth, but you still love that wiggly lump more than your own life. Parenting is weird. And also amazing. ๐Ÿ’šโ €
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This sweet family chose their own tiny town as the location for their session and I love how it tells their story so beautifully! We hit up the old buildings โ€œdowntownโ€, the local mud puddle and THEN they took me up to the top of the Cuesta grade (I maaaay be scared of heights, no big deal) but the view was ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ โ €
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Stay tuned from more of their Santa Margarita family session ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚โ €
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Officially in love with these fluffy bushes + golden hour light and the softness they lend. ๐Ÿ˜โ €
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Delivered this gallery last night and we are on the HOME STRETCH for fall family sessions. Two more in my que and then I am free to run away to Disneyland ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป we even have our Minny Mouse ears all ready to go ๐Ÿฐโ €
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From my dreams of running away and joining the circus (I may not have appreciated it at the time, but thanks for shooting that one down Dad) to my dreams of being an F16 pilot (I had a Top Gun phase, donโ€™t judge me) to my dream of running a business that blesses others and raising humans who arenโ€™t assholes (this one got the star of approval ๐ŸŒŸ) Iโ€™ve had lots of crazy and wild dreams over the past 29 years.โ €
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This dream though, this wonderful, crazy journey towards sustainability and relationship has been beautiful and gut wrenching and I am so so thankful to my clients who support my dream, who trust me to document their lives and who keep coming back ๐Ÿ’œ seriously, you guys are the best. โ €
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One of the best things about photographing weddings, is delivery day. I get excited every time I send out a gallery no matter what kind of session it is... when you create art for others you put a little bit of yourself into everything you make. Itโ€™s like sending off something you love out into the world, just hoping everyone loves it as much as you do. โ €
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But weddings are a big freaking deal. Not only have the couple put so much work and time and money into their day, but all the other vendors have invested their own creativity and art into it too!! Not to mention the family and friends who love the couple and are anxiously waiting to see the photos!! Delivering a wedding gallery comes with even more butterflies but hearing from an elated couple is the best feeling ever. โ €
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So there you have it. Chip loves Demo Day. I love Delivery Day. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ Happy Delivery Day to the Durkins!! ๐Ÿ˜โ €
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Venue: @oysterridgeโ €โ €
Florist: @lori_boe_floralโ €โ €
DJ: @cultivate_entertainmentโ €โ €
Caterer: @tacomanexpressโ €โ €
Coordinator: @shannonschomp โ €โ €
Desserts: @justbakedsloโ €โ €
Dress: @aheartsdesiresbridalโ €
Makeup Artist: @bellizzimobeautyโ €
Spray tan: @jennaroseglow โ €โ €
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Life as a sister > a childhood of watching out for your little sister, defending her from others because youโ€™re the only one who can pick on her, idolizing your big sister, bickering and playing pretend and dress up and cat fights and living a story that only she will truly understand. โ €
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I grew up as a middle child with a touch of older child syndrome. My big sister is 9 years older than me, and moved out of state when I was 9.... so my younger years were spent as the middle while my adolescence was spent as the older (in our house) and it gave me some seriously interesting complexes regarding rebellion and perfectionism. โ €
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My younger sister and I fought. Often. She gave me a black eye when I was 10. I wrestled her to the ground over computer time when I was 14. Now as a mother to two daughters I look back and think โ€œMy poor, poor parents... I am screwedโ€ ๐Ÿคฃ โ €
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But as I approach thirty, my sisters are two of the most important opinions in my life. They keep me centered and accountable. They know me like few others ever will. โ €
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I remember telling our mom after a particularly dramatic fight that I would never be friends with my little sister. She just smiled and told me to wait and see. Turns out Mom was right again. ๐Ÿ’š โ €
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Siblings are the ones who witness your whole story and still love you anyway. @loribarrow and @kamkins I am grateful to have this life with you, even if it wasnโ€™t always rainbows and butterflies ๐Ÿ˜˜โ €
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I chose not to post over the holiday because I really wanted to be present and stay off social (I did cave and post some stories in the end) but we had a wonderful and very relaxed holiday with my family out in the country. We ate and drank and played horseshoes and my big sister beat me at Chinese checkers. ๐Ÿ˜‚ It was the perfect way to spend Thanksgiving.โ €
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I am so grateful for this past year, for my amazing kiddos and a husband who continually sacrifices his free time and sanity to see me grow this dream into a reality. ๐Ÿ’œ I will be taking a very limited number of weddings this next year to prioritize family time and a kitchen remodel we are dreaming about ๐Ÿคฉ โ €
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I hope you all had a blissful and relaxing Thanksgiving with your loved ones!! โ €
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Itโ€™s Tuesday, but I keep telling myself itโ€™s really like a Thursday in my desperate attempts to survive until our FOUR DAY WEEKEND ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป โ €
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I made a โ€œquickโ€ run to Costco on my lunch ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ for pie and rolls โ€” my MIL is off her feet right now so, as the other card carrying member of the family, I was entrusted with this vital errand.โ €
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The entire time I had to plaster a smile on my face and chant happy mantras in my mind to keep from screaming at strangers acting like a grocery aisle is a race with bumper cars (hello closet introvert) but I survived with all my items and no police involvement. โ €
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And then as I walked outside, the smokey sky reminded me of the fires that so recently destroyed entire communities just a few hours away. That instead of bitching about long pre-Thanksgiving lines, I should be grateful for a store to shop in or a home to sleep in or family to eat dinner with... because Thursday isnโ€™t about food or shopping, itโ€™s about family and gratitude. ๐Ÿ–ค hug your babes and laugh with your loved ones, thatโ€™s more important than any green bean casserole or Black Friday sale anyway... โ €
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This beautiful lady has a birthday today!! ๐ŸŽ‚ I am so grateful for her friendship, encouragement and candor. She has been one of the biggest cheerleaders for my business and always pushes me to grow, to be brave and to never settle. Love you @jwoehlke ๐Ÿ’š I hope your husband and babes spoiled you rotten!! โ €
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