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Emma Wheatley 

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Last night I got to photograph the Keller family. I've known the mom, Judith, through our common interest in photography for several years. Last time I saw her, it was just her and her hubby!
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To see her five years later with two precious red-headed darlings and her husband by her side was such a treat.
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It was a high-energy, jogging backwards, picking flowers as the sun sets over the prairie kind of session, and I'm thankful for so many of the frames we got last night!
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To be able to pause in the midst of adventure and capture such a fleeting moment in this family's life was so special. Judith mentioned she loves her littlest's ponytail, and I'm so glad I was able to catch it before it grew out... and she grew up.
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It's the little things (an 18 month old's hairstyle) that make you grateful for the big things (a growing family with lots of love to spare), and you want to be able to hold onto them forever! Now, they can, and I'm so thankful to have played a part in that.

This morning I was struggling with thoughts of business growth. How should I grow? Did I make wrong decisions years ago, and am I making wrong decisions now? How could I have done better then and do better now? Will making these steps toward growth lead to my ultimate freelancer demise?
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I want nothing short of flourishing in my business, but it feels like every step I take is on a path paved with doubt. Growth, and steps toward growth, are scary. But then I look at my garden.
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I bought two mini rose bushes that were on clearance. They had 9 plants crammed into two small pots. I brought them home and fit them into whatever pots I owned. They’re now blooming and beautiful, but there’s one huge difference. The white planter on the left is smaller and crowded with three rose bushes. The brown pot on right is larger with only one plant, and it’s at least twice as big.
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These plants were planted at the same time, placed on the same balcony, with all of the same resources—one just had more room to grow.
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Seeing the potential of my other rose bushes, I uprooted them all this morning, rearranging #mybountifulbalcony in the hopes of creating the right situation for them to flourish as well as this gorgeous yellow rose bush. Maybe the roses will die from shock, in which case I’ll buy more and start over. Maybe though, they’ll become something they never could have been but always had the ability to become, given the right circumstances.
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While running a business is more complicated than gardening, I’d like to think the same rules apply. Sometimes, the risk of repotting is worth the gamble of dying (the worst case scenario) if thriving is the alternative. I want my business and life to be that of a rose with room to grow, so I guess I'll take my chances.

While I was in Colorado, my tomatoes took a nasty tumble. I lost some baby tomatoes, my cages got bent out of shape, and my spirit was a little broken. I guess I love my plant babies!
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Had it not been for the kindness of my friend caring for them while I was away, they would have laid there dying and drying out. She tended to my entire balcony garden, enduring my neurotic instructions, and I came back to a thriving haven.
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If gardening has taught me anything, it's that I cannot do it alone. What I envisioned as this beautiful, autonomous journey has turned into a community effort. It's enjoyed by and cared for by strangers and friends alike.
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Growth is not a solo journey, even if it's just only mine. Cultivating my life, heart, mind, relationships, job, etc... would be meaningless without people to step alongside me, encouraging me, guiding me, and picking up my bent-out-of-shape tomato planters.
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Achieving a flourishing life takes a path of many small steps with a handful of great leaps. Which is why I'm so excited about Cultivate by Lara Casey. It releases next week, and it's a beautiful guide to the very growth I'm talking about, that life of abundance right where you are.
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If you're as excited as me, pre-ordering gives you tons of free goodies. I get no reimbursement for saying this, but if I believe in something, I will gladly stand behind it! If you have any questions about the book or my journey, you can *always* DM me! I'm happy to fill in the blanks.
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Otherwise, hug your friends in gratitude for the change they've made in your life! And hug yourself for picking them. ;)
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#thecultivatebook

For my entire time in Colorado my goal was to be still. I have a tendency to rush like crazy, doing as much as I can and never staying in one spot for more than an hour. Not only does that leave me feeling drained, but I never really get to fully experience any one place.
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So on this trip I made some rules to attempt to be present and have a more fulfilling time. One: I actually made myself stay certain places for extended periods. I literally made the rule that I couldn't leave the Denver Botanic Gardens for two hours. My restless self wanted to leave so early, but I marched to a bench and stayed put to kill time. It proved to make for some delightful people watching!
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Two: (which might be silly) was to go to the same coffee shop every morning. I call myself a coffee snob and try to hit up as many spots as possible when I'm in a new place, but in truth, I think I'm always looking for the next best thing and increasingly discontent. Revisiting a coffee shop not only allowed me to be somewhere familiar, but the baristas actually recognized me. I miraculously became familiar as well! There was rest in repetition. Who knew?!
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This trip has been an imperfect mess of trying to do travel right, and I'm still trying to find the magic formula. Maybe next time I'll make a list of life-giving and life-sucking travel activities and then plan accordingly. For now though, I'm an activity addict who continues to struggle with slowing the heck down.
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Thanks guys, for making it this far in my mini rant about this very first world problem of mine. Wish me luck on my being still journey as I hit the open road tomorrow for countless hours!

I loved shooting in the mountains, really I did. But what I loved more is that I spent three hours with these two and we never ran out of something to talk about.
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Not only were they great company, but Taylor & Jonathan have a precious love for one another, always sneaking kisses and sharing endearing glances. They were just too much... in the best of ways!
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Whether they're climbing around mountaintops or exchanging vows in the Flint Hills, I know that their kind hearts and adventurous spirits are going to bring them a beautiful life together!
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Thank you @taylor_mac4 & Jonathan *so much* for inviting me out here to capture this time in your lives! It was an absolutely blast, and it's got me even more excited for November!

Colorado so far feels like one big happy hug! Maybe it's the pine trees, maybe it's the weather, but my heart feels so at home here. 🌲❤️
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Today I'm grateful to be sitting in Estes Park with a rushing river for my view as I catch up on a little work. And I'm also grateful that so far, my feelings were accurate, and this little getaway has been good for the heart.
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I can't wait for shoot number two tonight, an AirBnB check-in, and a couple days in Denver to revel in even more Rocky Mountain beauty!
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Meanwhile, follow along with me on Instagram Stories through Sunday for all the best shenanigans of this trip! Otherwise, enjoy this frame of adorable Jenalee at Red Rocks. What a cutie!

Despite just passing through, Western KS gave me a glorious welcome home with this sunset followed by a summer storm. It gives me a feeling that many good things (for the eyes *and* the heart.... and probably the belly too!) are to come on my trip to Colorado this week. ❤️

Let the iced americanos, pool time, and thriving plants abound! Summer is happening and, I so want to make the most of it!
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My first trip for the season is to Colorado THIS week, and I'd love to know your favorite spots in Denver + Colorado Springs. I intend to eat and hike my way through the state when I'm not photographing people. I'm sure I'll break even calorie-wise. ;)
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Also props to @breville for making a spectacular home espresso machine. Just look at the crema! Wowza!
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Anyhoo--back to work for me, but I'm excited for your suggestions! #mybountifulbalcony

#mybountifulbalcony is looking better everyday. With every plant growing a little bigger and even with the addition of some unwanted critters (ants and mushrooms!), I'm encouraged by the change that comes through slow consistent work.
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I'm also realizing for the bajillionth time how much I'm not in control. No amount of eagerness, water, or fertilizer was going to make my roses bloom or my ivy grow. Ultimately I needed sunshine and warmth, which I could only wait for.
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Sometimes I can seek out the resources I think I need to facilitate healing, but other times, when there's a string of cloudy days I can't predict, the sun has to present itself to me, healing me not by my effort but by its presence. Huh... it appears I started talking about Jesus there. 😉
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Rough seasons, weeks, days, and moments have shown me that comfort is less in what I do for myself than what is graciously done for me. Hugs, texts, and still small voices of reassurance. That's the sunshine of life, the light of Christ.

Currently uploading! 😍 It might take all night (ok it WILL take all night), but I'll be snoozing anyway. Now that's passive progress! Katie & Heber are going to be seeing a lot more of their faces very soon!

Announcing: Rose Wheat Business! To my business owners out there: whether you sell a product or service, you want the images you post to look *amazing*. That’s why I want to teach YOU to take photos that are as amazing as the stuff your selling, equipping you to market your business with gorgeous imagery! Follow the link-in-profile for more (and a video!).

Today is officially launch day for my newest adventure! But just like I'm suspended in motion here, I'm going to leave you hanging until later today, because nothing's more exciting than a little suspense.
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FOR THE TIME BEING THOUGH---just jump with me, and just wait with me for something *amazing*!

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