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As I stated in this post Ashley & I have worked together on many occasions… as she is a fantastic wedding coordinator for An Affair to Remember Planning… So when she asked if I would shoot her engagement shoot I was BEYOND EXCITED!! I was thrilled, ecstatic, and honored to capture a few beautiful sweet moments between her and her fiance’ Jeff… I can not say enough amazing things about you two… Ashley… the way Jeff looks at you… proves he loves you with every single ounce of himself!  You are his world… and it was so special to capture that for you… Jeff… The way Ashley talks about you… laughs with you, looks at you… proves you are her everything!  You guys fit perfectly together… and you are magical together!  Your laughs are contagious and you bring out the absolute best in people!  Thank you for giving me the opportunity to capture YOU… together… :)

**I generally ask clients to choose their location… and this is why… this location fit Ashley & Jeff perfectly… I am convinced that since these images reflect their personalities… they will even more special…**;)

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  • botanical brouhaha - Oh, wow! Ashley is a gem in the wedding industry…so professional, kind and graceful…and you captured her beauty perfectly. Congratulations Ashley and Jeff!

Heather and Josh… What a memorable photo shoot! haha! So Heather, Josh, and I met up on campus at A&M at the George Bush Library to kick off their mini-engagement shoot last week… I’m shooting… and out of no where come these two dogs! My first thought was… Oh my gosh!! They are so CUTE! Everyone I know will kill me if I come home with 2 more dogs! ha! They were so friendly… didn’t have collars or tags etc… but they were so well groomed and I thought… ” Well we can’t just leave them here! How do we find their owner!?”  What kind of person would we be?!  So Josh looks up and says “Oh! There are some people walking this way… I bet they belong to them!”  So I keep shooting… and the dogs are just wandering around… and then Josh says “That’s Barbara Bush!” I was like WHAT!? No way…. As in former First Lady? haha…  Sure enough…. Barbara Bush comes walking over with her bodyguard… suit, ear piece, sunglasses (Trust me… this guy did not disappoint!) And there’s Barbara Bush… looking fabulous… decked out in her A&M sweatshirt and maroon sweatpants… taking a morning walk!  She stopped and talked with us for a few minutes and was on her way!! I’ve heard stories about how sweet and funny she is… now we know first hand!  This is an engagement shoot we will never forget!  Josh- thanks for being so stinkin’ funny… I mean really… I don’t think I stopped smiling the whole shoot… and Heather… thank you for being drop-dead-gorgeous! I mean really?  Life isn’t fair!:PHere are a few favorites!

Whether you are republican or democrat… You have to admit that you don’t see a former First Lady every day!;)

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  • Tara - Love the pic with the dogs…too funny!

Gwen contacted me several months ago about photographing her special day… Right before we met I found out we had SEVERAL very good friends in common! Small world! Gwen is one of THE sweetest people you will ever meet! Incredibly Thoughtful, kind, and loving! And Gwen and Mark together…. well… They are just about perfect! Just look at the way they look at each other! Priceless! Gwen… You are stunnnning!! And the two of you together make quite the good-lookin’ couple!;)Here are some favorites!:)

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I’m taking a mini-break from working on photos…to write a personal post… Because this is something I think we all need to hear…

Breathe . . .

Did you do it?

Let me preface this by saying, I love my job.   Love it!  But that does not mean that is the only thing I’m allowed to love…

After speaking with several people in this industry I’ve come to the conclusion that many of us feel the same way… but no one voices it… so place allow me to be very real with you… at the expense of possibly stepping on some toes…

Lots of people love the weekend and look forward to holidays… People enjoy packing up and going home at the end of the day… even people who love their job.

Here is an article I found that spurred on this long overdue blog post *focus on quote at the bottom*…

Katherine Heigl… Amen Sister! You are onto something!

and guess what… When I spread myself too thin… I’m not a good photographer. I am not a good daughter. I am not a good friend. And everyone hates me! I’m pulled in a thousand different directions… and each part of me being given is just worthless.

If you’re a mother… an employee… a teacher… a wife… a husband… a sister… a student… You know exactly what I’m talking about… So what is this obsession with instant gratification? It is stressing us all out! If it is not instant… it is not cutting it!

I set and agree to deadlines to ensure I can get images and product out in a timely manner and that every client is treated like they are my only one, despite me juggling 20.  The problem is when I get late night emails and text messages asking and begging for things instantly.  If I do that (and I am guilty of jumping to it)… then your deadline is met much sooner than it needs to be, but I had no balance and you are jumping in front of other people.

I simply want to make you happy… Meaning I will do everything within my power to work as quickly as possible… because making you happy… makes me happy!  It truly does… But at what expense is it worth it?  Is it worth it to neglect my family? They won’t be here forever you know… But your photos… they aren’t going anywhere. :)  There will always be another day to work on your photos (in fact I have already scheduled that day)… but there will come a day… when its too late to go to an impromptu lunch with my parents… And I’ll think about all of the times when I could have… (For those who don’t know- 2 years ago while I was in San Diego on a photo shoot, my dad was in Los Angeles traveling the coast with a group of people… I got a phone call about 9 in the morning telling me he had a heart attack.  He underwent emergency surgery and seems to be doing just fine now! But this is especially important for me as it SHOULD have been a big EYE Opener… and I still choose to work- rather than spend time with those who mean the most to me…)

So in an effort to not spread myself to thin… I’m going to promise myself that I don’t have to have my entire ‘to-do’ list checked off before I spend some time living life! I mean lets be honest… It will never all be checked off….

I do hope this really opens all of our eyes to stop pouring all of ourselves into the things that can wait… and start pouring ourselves into things that can’t wait… We ALL do it… I am just sharing the one aspect of my life that I am going to work on being more balanced… What aspect of your life could you work on balancing?

So Breathe . . . & Savor Life

And speaking of savoring life… I am heading to Disney World for a week! I hope to feel like a kid again!:DSee you soon!:)

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  • Amber - I love it Lacy. You and I have had this conversation countless times. We need to breathe and remember that at the end of the day we need to be happy and make those who love us happy.

  • Stephanie Bachle - Amen. Thank you for being strong enough to say this. I have been fortunate enough to not have many ‘pushers’, but I know they are out there….and if you don’t want to be burned out, then stop giving a week turnaround. I truly feel that a week’s turnaround for a wedding is insanely fast.

  • Gwendolyn Martin - Lacy, you are so right! We all need to take time to breathe. I hope that you have a wonderful trip to Disney! You deserve it!!

  • Brandi Burkett - Love this post! I’m a wife and mother of two small kiddos as well as a very busy wedding photographer. Lately I find myself having to say “no’ to everyone except my clients in order to meet demands. I’m spread so thin I’m surprised I’m not completely invisible! I think this is one of the hardest parts of this job; juggling client satisfaction with having a life. Thanks for the insight and good luck :)

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