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Oh give me that beautiful light tonight!!! Did you know every KJP couple and family receives a style guide prior to our session!? It's a fun little gift to you for entrusting us to photograph your moments in life. It helps you plan everything from locations and outfits, to setting expectations with the men, children and animals ๐Ÿ˜‚. It's a game changer and a great way to guarantee those beautiful images you dream of!!
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@carlie_jane425 and Joey's beautiful Graylyn Estate engagement session was beautiful. We had the most beautiful night to shoot throughout the estate and @barnatreynoldavillage. Carlie utilized the KJ Styling guide to perfection and NAILED not only their outfit choices, but props too! She was so prepared for the session and it couldn't have come out any better!! I love them and cannot wait for the beautiful Saratoga Springs wedding next year!! #pursuepretty #ncweddingphotographer #realwedding #fineartphotography #engagement #shesaidyes #heputaringonit #communityovercompetition #weddingphotographer #charlotteengagement #winstonsalembride #charlotteweddingphotographer #engagementsession #engaged #ohwowyes #soloverly #theknot #stylemepretty #photovisionprints #calledtobecreative #kjcouple #bustld #carolinabride #therisesummit #tilinsiders

For as long as I can remember, I have carried around an internal measuring stick. I use it to compare myself to everyone else that I meet. Sometimes, the measurements make me proud, but more often they show me just how much I lack. This feeling of insufficiency haunts me daily. Did I do enough? Did I say the right thing? Am I capable of achieving that? Do I look good in this? Every time one of these questions springs to mind, I pull out my measuring stick and agonize over the invisible notches I will never meet.
If there is one thing that God has to constantly remind me, itโ€™s that my worth is not based on my metrics. There is no scoreboard comparing me to every other woman in the world. I know these truths, but I donโ€™t live them. I want to measure up. I want to โ€œarriveโ€ at that fictional place of perfect acceptance, beauty, and success.
Inadequacy is a fickle thing. There are no set definitions for what the perfect woman/wife/friend/daughter should look like. Feeling โ€œless thanโ€ is a choice, so why do we choose it so often? When I stop and listen to Godโ€™s heart, I remember that He is the expert of using the most broken, boring nobodies to accomplish great things. I see that He redefines the standards because He sees the larger picture.
In 2 Corinthians 3:4-5, Paul says, โ€œSuch confidence we have through Christ, before God. Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.โ€ There is only one competency before God that matters, and Jesus already fulfilled it. He made it possible for us to be confident and hopeful in our future. He has already cemented our worth and has promised that His power will be made perfect through our weakness (2 Cor. 12:9). Take heart sisters, inadequacy is not a reality, itโ€™s a feeling. It does not disqualify you from being used mightily. Your abilities, appearance, successes, failures, and all the other pieces that make you intrinsically you were set intentionally. Ask your good Father to show you how He sees you. Throw away the measuring stick, cling tightly to His promises instead. {words: @a__manders ; photo: @briannabroyles}

GRL PWR โœŠ๐ŸปโœŠ๐ŸผโœŠ๐ŸฝโœŠ๐ŸพโœŠ๐Ÿฟ Embroidery on muslin (4x4)

Today's #therisesummit talks about philanthropy and volunteering. It sometimes comes as a surprise to my clients that Brandon and I are pretty involved in our local Pheasants Forever Chapter and were on the very first youth council in the nation for the Young Guns Youth Program. It's actually part of how Brandon and I met and got to know one another! We work alongside the other members to get kids outdoors, whether it's through sport shooting, hunting, dog training, archery, fishing, or more, it starts with the kids! We're happy to have this program as a future outlet for Bexley to learn about the great outdoors and experience activities in a fun, safe, and educational environment. When we're not building our businesses, renovating homes, or spending time with family, you'll likely see us spending time with the Illinois Pioneer Pheasants Forever Chapter! #pheasantsforever #pfyoungguns #nature #outdoors

You know how an entrepreneur's life is always up and down? Sometimes I'm flying high and life is going so good that I'm like: "how is this happening to me, I'm so damn lucky!"...and other times Im feeling so low and confused that I'm thinking "how the HELL is this happening to me, I swear I'm a good person!" haha. Anyone else?
Well, do not fear because it's all part of the journey and you're clearly not alone. My business and my current crazy life (moving onto a boat, about to get married, etc.) really sets my soul of fire and therefore I need to remind myself to be fearless. What's the worst that could happen? My business tanks and our boat sinks? Well that would really suck BUT might I remind you that "A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats". BAM! I've been wanting to use that one for a while and I will use it again.
All that to say that you (and I) are surrounded by this incredible community of fellow creatives, makers, shakers and good-doers who are here to support you and lift you up. Don't be afraid to put yourself out there even if you don't have a plan, make mistakes, fail, learn from failure and then succeed.
Photo via @risingtidesociety @revelunion
#peptalkmonday #therisingtide #communityovercompetition #quote #therisesummit

After seeing a comment made by @jasminestar during #theRISEsummit ... I realized that while I sit back after posting to social media and wait for all the likes and comments, am I doing the same for other people's posts?? I think that deep down, we all just to be shown a little love and encouragement. So, share the love today! Invest in whoever and whatever comes your way, and you will reap the benefits of showing that kindness. ๐Ÿ’•
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#fridaythoughts #hannahroachphotography #communityovercompetition

My story starts out like most small business owners -- three years ago I left my corporate job to start my own business as a boutique photo editor. However my story is different, and you'll never believe why...
My story is different because I LOVED my corporate job. I worked as a digital retoucher at a huge company that has offices located around the world, including (but not limited to) Portland, New York, London, and Shanghai. I got to work with companies like Nike, Columbia, and Tempur-Pedic. I was getting to do what I love and each new project brought new challenges for me. My co-workers were some of the best I could have asked for, and my boss was the nicest person. So why did I leave?
Despite loving my job, I was really unhappy living in Portland. My (at the time) boyfriend and family lived in North Carolina, and I rarely got to see them. I struggled making any friends, so most nights, weekends, and holidays I spent alone (it was really sad, ya'll). It didn't really feel like I was living my life -- I was just trying to keep myself distracted enough to pass the time until I could see my family again. After my boyfriend proposed, we had to make a choice regarding where we wanted to live, and I decided that I wanted to come home and start my business. It was the scariest thing I've ever done, but three years later, I don't regret it. I love my work and I'm happy all of the time. Everyday I get to wake up next to my husband and my two pups jumping on my head; every weekend I get to spend time with family and friends; every holiday I get to spend with people I care about.
So even though I loved my job, I was unhappy in so many other ways. I'm here to tell you that no job is worth sacrificing your happiness -- whatever that may look like for you! So if your job is causing you to be absolutely miserable, make a change! Take the leap! It won't be easy, but I promise, it's worth it! #therisesummit #photoeditor #makewavesmonday

Like most children growing up, my siblings and I would complain about almost anything. From chores, to the food we didnโ€™t enjoy, to the petty things that children grumble about, there were plenty of things I felt the need to express my disdain. In the event that my mother would hear my siblings or I mumble and complain, she would sing a version of a familiar scripture. โ€œDo everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, โ€œchildren of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.โ€ Then you will shine among them like stars in the skyโ€ (Philippians 2:14-15, NIV)

She would sing it over and over, which would either embarrass me enough to quiet my complaints or frustrate me to silence. Thinking back, I canโ€™t blame her for stopping me. Who wants to hear negativity and unnecessary grumbling? โ€œFinally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirableโ€”if anything is excellent or praiseworthyโ€”think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in meโ€”put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.โ€ (Philippians 4:8-9, NIV)

What kind of world would we be a part of if we truly thought on these things? Personally, I wouldnโ€™t feel a sense of entitlement or believe that my way is the perfect way. I would trust that He is making a way for my every footstep and that He is providing for all of my needs. I wouldnโ€™t worry about what my brothers and sisters in Christ are doing or what they have, but I would be encouraging them in the race we are running together. Be motivated to think before you speak. Be quick to listen and slow to speak. Spend this Monday praising the Lord for all He has done and for the things He has planned for your future. {words: @nicole.currie ; photo: @mrs_emilycrisp}

Hi ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿผ I figured I should introduce myself since there are so many new faces here! I'm Amanda, and that's Wesley, my hunky boyfriend. And there's Emily, my rescue pup and my snuggle buddy. We're all slightly dysfunctional and sometimes we all try to fit on the couch as once, but we are a family and I wouldn't have us any other way. For those that don't know me personally, here's 10 things you should know about me:
1๏ธโƒฃ One time I got on stage in front of 600 people and rapped the entire "Lose Yourself" song by @eminem....and didn't miss a word.
2๏ธโƒฃ I'm a strong combination of coffee, wine, rap anthems, and piano music.
3๏ธโƒฃ I'll never be happier than I am in fall and winter. You'll also never see me more basic ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿโ˜•๏ธ
4๏ธโƒฃ I have three full time jobs. I love them all so much. I also love sleep, so.... ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ
5๏ธโƒฃ I'm kinda a neat freak.
6๏ธโƒฃ My dream vacation is Greece (aka my honeymoon destination). Now only if I had a ring on it... ๐Ÿ˜‚
7๏ธโƒฃ If we've had a session together, you know how bad I am at telling jokes. You also know that if I see a dog, we're stopping to pet it.
8๏ธโƒฃ Sweatpants are life, and I'm sorry if you meet me and I don't have any makeup on. There's no greater feeling than rubbing your eyes after a long shoot. Am I right, photogs?! 9๏ธโƒฃ I always want to help people and I put others first. A blessing and a curse, as many of you know.
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๐Ÿ”Ÿ I am so so proud of my veteran boyfriend. He has sacrificed so much and I'm so blessed to know him and call him my best friend. .
If you have a second, drop a note below and tell me about yourself! Would love to meet you all โœจ
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Photo by the amazing @racheltraxler

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Oh give me that beautiful light tonight!!! Did you know every KJP couple and family receives a style guide prior to our session!? It's a fun little gift to you for entrusting us to photograph your moments in life. It helps you plan everything from locations and outfits, to setting expectations with the men, children and animals ๐Ÿ˜‚. It's a game changer and a great way to guarantee those beautiful images you dream of!!
๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป
@carlie_jane425 and Joey's beautiful Graylyn Estate engagement session was beautiful. We had the most beautiful night to shoot throughout the estate and @barnatreynoldavillage. Carlie utilized the KJ Styling guide to perfection and NAILED not only their outfit choices, but props too! She was so prepared for the session and it couldn't have come out any better!! I love them and cannot wait for the beautiful Saratoga Springs wedding next year!! #pursuepretty #ncweddingphotographer #realwedding #fineartphotography #engagement #shesaidyes #heputaringonit #communityovercompetition #weddingphotographer #charlotteengagement #winstonsalembride #charlotteweddingphotographer #engagementsession #engaged #ohwowyes #soloverly #theknot #stylemepretty #photovisionprints #calledtobecreative #kjcouple #bustld #carolinabride #therisesummit #tilinsiders

GRL PWR โœŠ๐ŸปโœŠ๐ŸผโœŠ๐ŸฝโœŠ๐ŸพโœŠ๐Ÿฟ Embroidery on muslin (4x4)

My current #wip โœจ also, is anyone else going to see John Mulaney in Detroit tomorrow night? I am so excited!

Can all my moms wear pretty maxi dresses for their fall sessions this year? I just love Amanda's floral print maxi dress! .
And guess what, if your little one is over all the photo taking, it's a perfect time to get some updated photos of just you two.

So incredibly excited and looking forward to tomorrow when I get to share what I and my designer @mrsrachelcox have been hard at work on! Can't wait for you to see!!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐ŸŽ‰The Lord is good and has stood by me every step of the way, through my excitement and doubts, set backs and joys. His love and belief in me prevails.

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FEMALE (or femme/nb) FIBER ARTISTS - I've recently started planning a new zine! The premise of the zine is to turn around the stereotypes of fiber arts just being "Women's Work" and show how beautiful + empowering it can be.
Each artist will have the chance to show their art, include a bio, & talk about being a woman in fiber arts. โœจ Submissions are open until October 7th using the link in my bio. โœจ

If there are any other questions about the zine direct them to SamLilenfield@gmail.com

Join me?

New cacti hoops in the works ๐ŸŒต

Editing this gallery this morning and I cannot even tell you how much this little boy loves his dad! Typically, I see smaller children cling to momma during sessions and it can be hard to get photos with just dad, but not this little dude! They have a special bond for sure. I absolutely love seeing hands-on dads who love their kids with their whole heart.

If you had a dad like this, double tap this photo and then take a second to call your dad and tell him how much you appreciate and love him. I bet it would make his day!

Who else's is tuning into the #turnitup conference!? Yesterday's lineup of speakers was so inspiring and helpful! @amy_demos and @jordan_demos tips on how to make the most of your time really resonated with me. First I'm super pumped to read '168 Hours' and look forward to giving you all a synopsis soon, but even more so, it made me realize that time is our most valuable asset. I am definitely one who has a hard time saying no, and when I see an opening on my calendar I'm quick to fill it. Then inevitably I end up getting frustrated that I have 103429 things to accomplish in the week and really never get a breath and live in the moment. So here's to setting NEW goals, learning to say no, and hoping to gain a bit more time for the more important things in life. Double tap if you agree!
#pursuepretty #ncweddingphotographer #realwedding #fineartphotography #engagement #shesaidyes #heputaringonit #communityovercompetition #weddingphotographer #charlotteengagement #charlotteweddingplanner #charlotteweddingphotographer #engagementsession #engaged #ohwowyes #soloverly #theknot #stylemepretty #photovisionprints #calledtobecreative #kjcouple #bustld #carolinabride #therisesummit #jstarchallenge #showiteer #therisingtidesociety #tuesdaystogether #girlboss

Hi ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿผ I figured I should introduce myself since there are so many new faces here! I'm Amanda, and that's Wesley, my hunky boyfriend. And there's Emily, my rescue pup and my snuggle buddy. We're all slightly dysfunctional and sometimes we all try to fit on the couch as once, but we are a family and I wouldn't have us any other way. For those that don't know me personally, here's 10 things you should know about me:
1๏ธโƒฃ One time I got on stage in front of 600 people and rapped the entire "Lose Yourself" song by @eminem....and didn't miss a word.
2๏ธโƒฃ I'm a strong combination of coffee, wine, rap anthems, and piano music.
3๏ธโƒฃ I'll never be happier than I am in fall and winter. You'll also never see me more basic ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿโ˜•๏ธ
4๏ธโƒฃ I have three full time jobs. I love them all so much. I also love sleep, so.... ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ
5๏ธโƒฃ I'm kinda a neat freak.
6๏ธโƒฃ My dream vacation is Greece (aka my honeymoon destination). Now only if I had a ring on it... ๐Ÿ˜‚
7๏ธโƒฃ If we've had a session together, you know how bad I am at telling jokes. You also know that if I see a dog, we're stopping to pet it.
8๏ธโƒฃ Sweatpants are life, and I'm sorry if you meet me and I don't have any makeup on. There's no greater feeling than rubbing your eyes after a long shoot. Am I right, photogs?! 9๏ธโƒฃ I always want to help people and I put others first. A blessing and a curse, as many of you know.
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๐Ÿ”Ÿ I am so so proud of my veteran boyfriend. He has sacrificed so much and I'm so blessed to know him and call him my best friend. .
If you have a second, drop a note below and tell me about yourself! Would love to meet you all โœจ
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Photo by the amazing @racheltraxler

Last night I finished up the outline of this custom house & today I filled in the roof! Now for all of the color ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ

My story starts out like most small business owners -- three years ago I left my corporate job to start my own business as a boutique photo editor. However my story is different, and you'll never believe why...
My story is different because I LOVED my corporate job. I worked as a digital retoucher at a huge company that has offices located around the world, including (but not limited to) Portland, New York, London, and Shanghai. I got to work with companies like Nike, Columbia, and Tempur-Pedic. I was getting to do what I love and each new project brought new challenges for me. My co-workers were some of the best I could have asked for, and my boss was the nicest person. So why did I leave?
Despite loving my job, I was really unhappy living in Portland. My (at the time) boyfriend and family lived in North Carolina, and I rarely got to see them. I struggled making any friends, so most nights, weekends, and holidays I spent alone (it was really sad, ya'll). It didn't really feel like I was living my life -- I was just trying to keep myself distracted enough to pass the time until I could see my family again. After my boyfriend proposed, we had to make a choice regarding where we wanted to live, and I decided that I wanted to come home and start my business. It was the scariest thing I've ever done, but three years later, I don't regret it. I love my work and I'm happy all of the time. Everyday I get to wake up next to my husband and my two pups jumping on my head; every weekend I get to spend time with family and friends; every holiday I get to spend with people I care about.
So even though I loved my job, I was unhappy in so many other ways. I'm here to tell you that no job is worth sacrificing your happiness -- whatever that may look like for you! So if your job is causing you to be absolutely miserable, make a change! Take the leap! It won't be easy, but I promise, it's worth it! #therisesummit #photoeditor #makewavesmonday

This weekend my hand was glued to a blue and white speckled camping cup filled with coffee, wine, vodka, mimosas, and water at any given time!! I can't help but reflect on how grateful I am for my camera and the forever friends it has brought into my life! Oh and I'm even more stoked that my friends LOVE taking pictures as much as I do!! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ After two full days of kayaking, (sort of) hiking, laughing, cooking and smoring I can honestly say my heart is FULL! Now it's time to unload my bags, throw some laundry in and REPACK them! Tomorrow I'm off to my next adventure and I CAN'T WAIT! โœจโœˆ๏ธ๐Ÿ’ปโœจ๐Ÿ“ธ

A little #sps comin' your way from Jena's senior sesh tonight. Who else is jumping for this cool fall weather? ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚

"There are friendships imprinted in our hearts that will never be diminished by time and distance"

No matter where my life has taken me, you've been the loyalist of friends and my fiercest supporter of my dreams and ambitions. I cannot thank you for the support you've given me over the decades of our friendship. I love you sister @britt_renee_4

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