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Richmond Delight Hangout

Many of you are probably familiar with Delight, by now. It’s a wonderful non-profit organization for girls 14-20 who are passionate about the Lord, and pursuing some type of skill/career in the creative arts field (many of which are photographers). It’s an amazing community for these girls to connect with each other, support and encourage each other, and grow in their love for Jesus and in their craft. I’ve loved getting to be part of this community to support and invest in these fantastic girls (who are all over the country!) and was extra eager to meet more of the local girls in person. So I finally had a little hangout/coffee date the other night with some local girls who were able to make it. And what would a hangout between photographers be without some impromptu photos?

Meet the ever-adorable Laura Ashley & Savannah Bee!

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I love your laugh, Savannah! (Not to mention those beautiful eyes!) It’s clear you are an energetic people-person, and your joy is contagious!

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Laura, you are radiant! From the inside out you just shine beauty, and I loved getting to know you more!

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Such a fun time! Loved getting to know both of these girls more, and I’m so impressed with how they’re working hard and growing their businesses. Can’t wait for more hangout opportunities and to see where these ladies and their talents will go! :)

Fall Inspiration (Preview!)

Ohhh my goodness, friends. I got to be part of something OH so pretty on Friday. I’m so, SO excited about this beautiful Fall-inspired styled shoot I worked on with some amazing Richmond talents and it kills me that I can’t share all of it right away! But as soon as I can, ALL of the beauty will be here for you to see. In the meantime, enjoy a few sneak-peek images….

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Florals: Janie Medley | Styling: Amelia Coulomb| Model: Kaytee Lauren | Make Up: LaCretia Baskfield | Hair: Rachel at Elle Style Studios | Dress: Bella Bridesmaids

So much goodness yet to come! :) Happy Monday!

Korie - Tori, these little teasers are killing me! So so stunning my friend! Sitting on the edge of my seat to see the rest! :DJuly 29, 2014 – 10:30 am

Melissa & David | Winery at Bull Run Wedding

What better way to usher in the weekend than looking at a beautiful wedding? Melissa & David had the prettiest of days with cute pink and blue accents and a stunning backdrop of The Winery at Bull Run. There were so many gorgeous places for photos, I could have done portraits all day! Enjoy this look into their beautiful celebration!

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What a fun day! I had such a great time working with this amazing couple, plus all of the fantastic vendors! Be sure to leave them some love! Huge thanks to Kaytee for shooting with me, as well.

Happy weekend, friends!

Venue: Winery at Bull Run | Florals: Rick’s Flowers | Invitation & Paper Goods: Mayla Studios | Hair & Make Up: Ali of Wear Hair | Dress: Casablanca Bridal from  TLC Bridal Boutique | Shoes: J.Crew | Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew | Tuxes: Men’s Wearhouse | Officiant: Reverend Vinnie Lainson | Cake: Sweets By E | Catering: Purple Onion Catering | DJ: Danny’s DJ Service

Melissa Joynson - These are absolutely gorgeous, Tori! I know I have said it before, but you are amazing and you have no idea how much David and I (mainly me) will cherish these photos!July 25, 2014 – 4:11 pm

Time Is On Our Side

I am in the throws of wedding season, like everyone else in this industry, and in the middle of one of my busiest shooting weeks, so far. It’s so easy to get to this point and feel overwhelmed, feel behind (since I have quite a load of editing to catch up on), and feel like I just don’t have enough time. I don’t have enough time to write the blog posts that I want to write, to prepare weddings for the blog, to edit, to send client gifts, to answer emails. Forget about things like working out, reading my Bible, eating well, doing household things. So what happens? I spend all this time telling myself I don’t have time and therefore I feel frantic constantly. Every task I do try to tackle only feels rushed and I easily get distracted by the other things that should be demanding my attention. It’s the opposite of efficient, and the stress isn’t helping anyone. So something has to give. But what?

The reality is, when owning your own business and working in a fast paced industry, there will always be a lot to do. And that’s ok. You can learn to live with and manage that feeling without being stressed by it, or letting it control you. But the biggest shift has to come in our thinking, not in our to-do list.

I saw Perry Holley speak at a conference earlier this summer and he said something really convicting. “A lot of us say we don’t ‘have the time’ to do the things we want to, but the reality is we just don’t make the time.” (Ouch, right?)

You guys, time is not against us. Time is on our side. We’re so used to living in a go-go-go culture and saying “I don’t have time” or “I’m too busy” for things like working out, or reading, or eating better or investing in friendships or your community. Because those things take time, and we say we have none of it. But what’s really the truth? The truth is, everyone has the same number of hours in their day, and there are a lot of successful, fit, generous people out there. So what’s so different about them? They make time for things that are important to them. I’m sure they’re no less busy, no less pressured to tackle a to-do list. But they see time as an asset to be used in their favor, not an enemy. And that right there is the biggest shift in my thinking that I needed.

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I don’t accomplish everything, everyday, that I want to. And there’s grace for that. No one should try to hold themself to an unrealistic standard of perfection. But when I started making the time to get up a little earlier so I could do things that were important to me: a short work out, some time reading/praying/journaling, a household thing or two, and stopped making the excuse that I have too much work waiting for me, I started feeling way better and more focused when I DO sit down for work. But I have to fight the temptation almost every morning to not skip those things and get right to work. Because if we’re waiting for the moments when we have “nothing on our plate” to make time for important things, it will never come. My business and my clients are so important to me. But if I’m not first learning how to best take care of myself and serve my husband and household, then I’m obviously not going to be as effective as I could be in my business.

Yes, there’s a lot to do. But I choose to view time as an asset, from now on, and to learn to better manage it in my favor. It’s so much easier to work with something when you see it in a positive light, instead of an always-losing battle. So for anyone else finding themselves treading water to just stay afloat in this busy season, you’re not alone. But I hope this shift in focus will encourage you to tackle your to-do lists in a new, empowered way!

Erika - Yes to all you said!
Something that has helped me focus my day has been spending the first 5 minutes of my morning (before anything else) just praising God and trying to be thankful. It’s amazing how that changes the rest of my day!

Keep on working hard, friend!July 23, 2014 – 10:23 am

Nikki Santerre - Wonderfully written, Tori! I needed this today, thank you so much for sharing!July 23, 2014 – 7:49 pm