Friday, January 09, 2015

To be wholehearted...

For the past few years I have chosen a word at the beginning of January, and shared it visibly on my blog in hopes of using it to guide and define the upcoming months...a One Little Word. My words have been: begin, flourish, abundance, and last year was thrive

For 2015 the word "wholehearted" is what I've chosen...or what has chosen me. Its first big impact was through Brene Brown's TED talk on vulnerability. Its a must-watch if you haven't seen it yet! She is a researcher/storyteller who spent a long time researching vulnerability, shame and connection. So much of her words resonated with me. 

I wanted to find myself in her manilla folder full of "wholehearted" people. People who live from a deep sense of worthiness; a belief that they are worthy of love and belonging. That concept resonates with me so intensely. One of my favorite things she said in her talk was an explanation of the meaning of courage. It comes from the Latin word: cour; meaning "heart" and its original definition was to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart. And that is what I want to do in 2015...what I want to do in my whole life. 

To be courageous and live wholeheartedly. And through this vulnerability, embrace the gift of true connection. 

wholehearted [hohl-hahr-tid] - adjective: 1) fully or completely sincere, enthusiastic, energetic; hearty; earnest. 2) done, acted, given, etc. with total sincerity, enthusiasm or commitment. 3) unconditional commitment, unstinting devotion or unreserved enthusiasm; genuine and true. 

I aspire to be wholehearted in my relationships, in my worship, in my decisions and in my art. I feel a need to lean into living and loving fully. I yearn to be enthusiastic for the things that fill my days. I long to give of myself to the important people in my life, to my friends, to people in my community and to my dream clients with total sincerity. I want to be genuine. I crave truth. I desire to be authentic. 

And then once this word really clasped on to me, it kept coming up in so many places. I saw it in scriptures I was reading, like Joshua 14:8 and Jeremiah 29:13. Quotes with my word came up naturally on Pinterest. I searched through the #wholehearted hashtag on Instagram and was so touched. I knew this was my word

Now that we are a few days in to 2015, it has already helped to guide me in a few ways. It motivated me to get out my front door on days when that was the last thing I thought I could do. Each day I have committed to and followed-through on reading a portion of the Bible. My intention is to read the whole Bible this year. I have even found myself giving emotionally when I thought I had nothing left to give, and being filled up in return even more, because of it. And to all of these beautiful, little moments I say: YES! This is what I hope for. This is what I invite more of into my life. 

To life wholeheartedly. To be wholehearted. To tell the story of who I am with my whole heart. 

Photo by Bre Rachelle Photography
Have you chosen a One Little Word for 2015? 
Share in the comments! I'd love to hear about it and why you picked it.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 in Review

2014 went by in a blur... but it was so full of life. Full of days with my puppy by my side, a new camera and all the beautiful things I got to see through its viewfinder, work that I really enjoy, becoming a dedicated Apple product user, and I made a best friend; we had an amazing International Convention in Seattle, I drank way too much coffee for my own good, had one amazing day with my mom and our dogs, second shot a wedding with my friend Bre, had the pleasure of being Poopsie in our local production of The Pajama Game and helped my little sister set up her YouTube channel and Facebook page for her music. Hard to believe its over. But I'm excited for 2015 and the adventures it will bring. A new business venture, perhaps some new flooring for our house, and many more photoshoots. Welcome 2015!! 

What are some of your highlights from 2014?
What are you most looking forward to next year?

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Katrina Fricke: Little Sister and Musician

My littlest sister Katrina is a very talented musician. She is a singer/songwriter who has been writing her own songs for years now. This past week I spent a few days with my family in Canada and took the opportunity to capture some pictures of Katrina and film her very first video for her brand new YouTube channel. It had started snowing, and I just love the feeling the slowly falling snowflakes gave the images. I also created a logo for her and a cool header image with some of the pictures we took. 

I am really proud of the woman she is becoming, and I can't wait to see where her music takes her. 

Here is her logo and header image. 

And these are my favorite pictures. She doesn't look 16 years old, does she? She is so beautiful, inside and out. I'm proud to be her big sister. 

And I am so excited to share with you her very first YouTube video: a country version cover of Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off." Such a unique take on the song. 
Please subscribe to her YouTube channel, like her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter. We've got a lot of great stuff coming in the near future, including some of her amazing original material. 

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Moses Lake Maternity: Tiffanie + Josh

It was the first real cold spell of the season... the temperature well below freezing, and, like usual it was windy. So windy that I couldn't feel my fingers as I pushed the shutter on my camera during this shoot. But their smiles were real; their love warming them as they tried to hear me give them direction through the gusts of wind. 

We only lasted 15 minutes... but we captured some special images to help them remember this time preparing to welcome their little one into the world. I'm glad we braved the cold, even for just a few minutes. I treasure the opportunity I had to take these pictures for them. Here are some of my favorites. 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Alberto + Jazmin: Love in the trees

Alberto and Jazim were married in May of this year, and I had the pleasure of capturing their day. It was a day full of families and laughter and dear friends. A warm spring day with sweet moments and wholehearted interactions. These are my favorite images from our portrait session in the park. The light was perfect.  

I put together an album for them as a gift, and the coolest part of Shutterfly is that I can share on here too. I loved putting the story of their day together in something they can hold and look back on for years to come. 

2014 has been such a thrilling year for me behind the camera. I can't wait to see what else is to come.