day dreaming and being inspired to shoot a destination wedding

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I had the pleasure of attending WPPI in Las Vegas the last few days and it has been awesome! There are so many amazingly talented photographers in one place and I am just soaking up the information!

The highlight of my time was attending Laura Grier’s class on branding yourself as a destination photographer!! When I was searching which classes I wanted to attend I came across Laura’s and was super excited that WPPI was offering something like this! Since returning from my first Euro-adventure last summer I have been in the mindset that I HAVE to shoot weddings all over the world! We visited 8 countries during our 5 week trip and I could not have dreamed of a better experience! I have been researching and reaching out to people the last few months to figure out to even break into something like this and I haven’t had the best luck… AND THEN I found Laura’s bio in her classes description and thought, “I have to meet this amazing woman!” So, I emailed her right away and wasn’t sure what to expect. I had reached out to others and hadn’t gotten much feedback. However, I was over the moon with excitement when the NEXT morning I had a voice mail, not an email, but a voice mail from Laura responding to my message. After emailing back and forth I was getting more and more excited for her class!

I could hardly sleep last night because I was just so excited to learn more about this dream I have been wanting to make a reality and I felt like I had finally found someone that could give me a push in the right direction…

I learned more than I thought I could in 90 minutes from this amazing woman and when I thought it couldn’t possibly get any better. Laura invited me to brunch! So, of course I went and asked her a million questions.

I am just so humbled by her willingness to answer my questions and the kindness she showed me by sharing so much of her experiences and knowledge with me.

The biggest piece of advice I have been receiving from people is that when you have the desire to follow a certain dream then you need to shout it out for the world to hear! How can we expect our dreams to come true if we never share them with anyone or do anything to make them possible??? So here it goes…

A FEW OF MY DREAMS…

I want to shoot a destination wedding in Paris!!

I would also love to do shoots in Hawaii, Isla Mujeres, Ireland, London, Switzerland.. (to name a few)

I want to do an engagement shoot in Seattle, on the Oregon coast, or San Fransisco.

I want to shoot humanitarian work for missionaries.

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Those are just a few of my current dreams that I hope become a reality!!

What are your dreams? Write them down.. Share them with people.. See what happens!

one of my favorite photos of my husband and I in Cinque Terre, Italy last year.

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*Cinque Terre, Italy*

The transportation systems in Italy were a bit unorganized and inaccurate at times… However, once we arrived to the Italian coastal town of Vernazza… The hassle proved to be completely worth it! WOW! The ocean was breathtaking, the houses were so colorful, the people were incredibly friendly, the food was amazing… we were in PARADISE!  We spent 3 nights in this gorgeous small town. Our first full day in town we spent laying on the rocky beach and when we were too hot we decided to jump into the water…. hmm… well, that was ICE COLD! Once we spent 10 minutes slowly acclimating to the water, we dove right in and even jumped off a rock into the ocean! The next day we took the train to a neighboring town and explored… Everywhere we turned was a stunning landscape that looked like a painting. We went to the market in the evening and grabbed food and had dinner picnics by the bay and watched the sunset over the ocean… It really doesn’t get much better!! Fell in love with this small town on the coast of Italy!! MY husband is so insanely handsome! 🙂 He’s pretty incredible! I get butterflies when I am around him… Even after being together for almost 9 years! He takes my breath away and I feel so utterly blessed to be his wife. I truly treasure our moments that we shared on this European adventure!