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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

Jordan & Jake | Pink Rustic Elegance Wedding

So excited to be sharing another favorite wedding from last summer, today! I continue with the better-late-than-never perspective, because Jordan & Jake’s day is just too gorgeous not to show off. With beautiful pink accents, stunning florals from the crazy talented Amanda of Anthomanic, and all set to the beautiful rustic venue of Stevenson Ridge it’s a definite winner. Not to mention, Jordan’s amaaaazing dress (made in Australia, purchased in England!) is one of my favorites I’ve ever gotten to photograph. So with that said, enjoy this stunning wedding!

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Her shoes were incredible – and she actually wore them all day!

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This flower girl was seriously the cutest thing ever. I couldn’t HELP but photograph her!

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Jordan’s sister walked her in, and then Jake came and met her half way. Because of Jordan’s extensive studying abroad, they incorporated several different European traditions into their ceremony and it made it so unique!

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Wasn’t it just the prettiest of days?? Thanks so much to Riette for shooting with me, and to the amazing vendors that made their celebration such a perfect one! So happy I got to be part of it. :)

Venue: Stevenson Ridge | Coordinator: Jennifer LaRock | Florals: Anthomanic | Hair: Bridal Hair by Nicole | Make Up: Go Go Gorgeous | Dress: Collette Dinnigan | Tuxes: Jos A Bank | Cake: The Icing | DJ: Curtis Brown

Lauren Swann - This is gorgeous, Tori!! Those florals and that gown… ah! Love it!!July 17, 2014 – 3:31 pm

Sarah Goodwin - This is STUNNING!!!!! Every single detail and every single frame is amazing!!!July 17, 2014 – 7:01 pm

Brook - What a stunning wedding! beautifully captured Tori!July 19, 2014 – 3:23 pm

July Goals

Whew! July is half-way over (what?!)….so I figured I’d better hurry and share my goals before the month is completely away from me! But first….a little recap of what June held: Lots of travel, several wonderful coffee dates with friends (including checking out the second Lamplighter location, finally), meeting my newest nephew for the first time, having a few images published in the latest Richmond Bride magazine, seeing my family and attending the last US men’s friendly soccer game before the World Cup (!!!), getting a rug for the living room, a day at Disneyworld with Aaron, going to the new Shyndigz location for the first time, celebrating Baby Spark JUST before his arrival, and randomly meeting a photographer friend while attending a wedding in GA! What a jam-packed awesome month. Seriously!

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Here’s how June goals turned out:

PERSONAL

- Keep being active 3 times per week (Did pretty well with this!)
- Finish 1000 Gifts
- Buy rug for living room
- Hang artwork in living room
- Exchange rugs for the bathroom (Decided to keep them!)
- Write 3 handwritten letters
- Skype with 2 friends (I think I only Skyped with one…)
- Try Bulletproof Coffee

BUSINESS

- Hang blinds in office
- Update Engagement gallery on website
- (Really) Make weekly work schedule
- Submit 2 more weddings (Submitted one!)
- Update Album Design workflow chart
- Set aside a day to focus on restructuring prices (Haven’t done it, but I scheduled it!)
- Revisit Powersheets from the first half of this year

Not too terrible….here’s what I’ve been (and will continue) to work on for July!

PERSONAL

- Keep being active 3 times per week
- Read 2 chapters in The Meaning of Marriage
- Try 2 new recipes
- Have a sugar-free week
- Sort/get rid of clothes
- Work on the yard (specifically vines growing on the house)
- Hang some art in guest bedrooms

BUSINESS

- Hang blinds in office (!)
- Update Engagement gallery on website (!)
- Submit at least 1 wedding
- Brainstorm a styled shoot
- Look into outsourcing album design
- Revisit Powersheets from the first half of this year
- Make “info” sheet for PASS galleries
- Blog next month’s goals at the beginning of the month

I’m planning to get back to posting my goals closer to the beginning of the month, starting in August. Somewhere along the way that really slipped through the cracks. So, here’s hoping! What are a few ways you’re aiming to achieve some goals this month? Would love to hear!

Rachel McCloud - Those are awesome goals :)
Personal
More cardio to get my heart rate down
Get the office completely unpacked

Business
Input all of my current wedding and sessions into droptask
Pick for blogs while I’m cullingJuly 17, 2014 – 10:42 am