Mountain Goddess

Hello, hello!

Shew, what a summer it has been. A wonderful, magnificent, adventure filled summer! My life has been a whirlwind lately and I am just now starting to catch up on “work.” Wes and I spent two weeks on the Appalachian Trail, which was absolutely splendid and a much needed trip. There is something so peaceful about going to the woods for awhile. Unfortunately, I still have emails and voicemails I am trying to reply back to.  We went in as just your normal couple and hiked out engaged, so that is pretty rad. I’d post some photos, but I only have GoPro shots and those just aren’t up to par when you’re a professional. Haha.

Something else? I’ve also accepted a full time position at Junaluska Elementary where I will be a 4th grade teacher. I spent time doing Title 1 earlier in the year there and fell in love with the community in this school. I’ve never seen so many teachers who have such a heart for our youth and their education. I’m so super stoked to start this new chapter in my life. I want to inspire my students to know that no adventure is too big and that educating yourself in your interests can open up new worlds. Every little mind is different and that is such a magical thing!

Between getting ready for the new job, planning a wedding, and working my photography, I had a chance to collaborate with some amazing people. In this biz, you gotta step back once in awhile from the day to day work and do something exciting. Well, I did just that! I got hooked up with some pretty fabulous people and we made some magic.

The gorgeous gal: Patrice Wilson

The magnificent make up artist: Ali Lawless

The remarkable wardrobe: Royal Peasantry

This was the perfect team. Sometimes you do not need a ton of people to make something beautiful, you just need the right ones. Patrice is a native of WNC and there was no question of her rocking this shoot. Her soul is part of these mountains. Ali, let me tell you, is an incredible make up artist. Not only does she have phenomenal personality, but she has skills. I was basically in awe as I watched her work. And the lovely dress came from Royal Peasantry, which will always be one of my favorite local shops in Asheville. I’m always greeted with the perfect atmosphere and so many pieces of clothing that are truly works of art. When picking up the dress, I couldn’t leave without treating myself with a new skirt. But I had to, you know, because of the teaching position. Gotta get my wardrobe up.

Just look at this magnificence.

This shoot turned out so stunning and I couldn’t be happier with the images. I certainly could not have done it without the awesome team behind the scenes!

Oh, and by the way, I made that flower crown. You’re impressed, right? I know I was.

The coming months are going to continue a whirlwind and I am excited and nervous for these new ventures. I will have to find the balance between photography and teaching, which frightens me. Both mean so much to me, so I know things will fall into place.

Until next time.

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