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Well this is embarrassing.

As it turns out, trying to consistently blog as a 25 year old is just as hard as when you’re 24. Who knew? Also, summer.

Here’s what I’ve been doing (other than EMS-sing):

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Wedding-ing.

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This post has been brought to you by an exorbitant amount of iced coffee and little sleep.

Caitlin out.

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The 12 Degree Sunset

I’ve mentioned the field behind where we live once or twice, right? It’s gorgeous at sunset, and gorgeous when it snows. Sometimes our sunsets are pretty boring in the winter, but occasionally there will be one that will make you pull over and gape. This happened to me a few weeks ago, and I quickly got dressed in a few layers (luckily), grabbed extra mittens and my camera and ran out of the house. Did I mention that it was 12 degrees outside and I needed to hike into the field?

2014-01-14_0005I walked in on a snowmobile trail that was packed down, and the snow was only to my ankles.

2014-01-14_0007It was so beautiful. But I decided that I wanted to move to a corner, so I stepped off of the path…into snow past my knees.

2014-01-14_0009But this? It was worth it. Even though I ended up digging a foxhole and laying in the snow to shoot, it was fantastic.

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2014-01-14_0010It was, by far, the best 20 minutes I’ve ever spent laying in the snow. Although I try not to make that a habit.

2014-01-14_0011And the finished sunset? Glorious. But next time I do this, I really hope it’s at least 50 degrees outside.

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After Christmas, we got hit with a mini ice storm. It was kind of a pain the day that it happened, but the day after? OHMYGOSH. It was stunning to drive around. The sun sparkled through the trees like they were made of diamonds; the fields shone in the sun. The pine needles dripped with baby icicles and the mountains were white and sparkly. Don’t believe me? Look at the pictures.

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2014-01-09_0007Seriously. Experience an ice storm. You won’t regret it!

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Behind where we live is this insanely massive field that leads to a swamp. A few weeks ago, between rushing home from a baby shower to a study session, I saw that the light was that gorgeous Fall light that seems to hang around for a few weeks and then disappear. The mountains were lit up like crazy, everything was so clear…I immediately wanted to shoot, so I stopped at the field. It. Was. Amazing. The sun peeked out from behind a cloud for 2 minutes and I shot like a crazy woman as I watched the sun fade behind the mountains. Worth every single second.2013-10-31_0001

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Yesterday I debuted my new photography logo:

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I’m mildly obsessed.

In other news, I’m off to puke in a corner practice for my final tonight.

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As I sit here this morning, guzzling down a second cup of coffee in order to wake up (becauseguesswhatigothomeatmidnightagain), I realized I had no blog post prepared.

The end.

Just kidding. So I figured I’d show you some of the seriouslywhyaren’tyouamodel pictures I took of my cousin on Friday. Have you noticed that lack of sleep causes me to forget word spacing? Sorrynotsorry, kI’mdone.

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When we were little, Liz was a total princess. I mean, she is now, but I’m talking matching sun hat to her bathing suit, and she hated getting dirty. We weren’t big fans of her for a long time.

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But now that we’re older, I see what an amazingly selfless and hilarious person she is, and even though she’s still a princess, she’s definitely my favorite model & cousin. But only if we don’t count the little chubby babies in the cousin tally.

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THIS picture. I love it so freaking much. Also, it might be my new secret shoot spot.

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Oh Liz, I’m so glad your dad owns an arsenal of guns.

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Also, I’m glad you’ll model for the price of Facebook profile pictures :).

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Oh, and remember the boom? Well here’s me whispering: BOOM.

The end. Really.

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1. This weekend MAY go down in my personal history as hottest on record. The heat seems to have peaked yesterday though, with the culmination of a MASSIVE thunderstorm that wreaked havoc on our little piece of New Hampshire.

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Temps were in the mid to high 90’s all weekend with 90% humidity. Humid heat can suck it.

2. I spent the better part of Saturday sweating my butt off in bunker gear (4 classes left!!!!!!!!!) and then eating delicious food with my family. My favorite cousin came up for the weekend with her family & happily modeled for me. I learned how to make a flower crown (this tutorial was fantastic), and was able to visit my favorite florist.

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3. Last night’s storm made for an awesome 3 part sunset:

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3. It was so hot Thursday night that the Fireman and I stayed up late eating nachos and drinking vodka tonics because our apartment is approximately 90 degrees. He let me eat almost all the cheese. I love him.

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4. A month ago, I whimsically purchased a fuschia plant to hang outside our kitchen, thinking that it would immediately die (considering I literally disintegrated an aloe plant last month), but it has taken off!

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5. My sweet Pop got me a truly gorgeous 85 mm lens for Christmas, and I’ve been really fiddling with it this last weekend, and I think there’s a good chance that I might be completely in love with it. It’s so sharp and lovely.

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Well, I’m off to help plan a decorating scheme with the Fireman’s sister in law for our Relay for Life walk at the end of the month! There will be LOTS of colorful bunting 🙂

PS: As of July 1, Google Reader will be going kaput. Sad face. BUUUUT you can follow me on Bloglovin!

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If y’all have never visited the lovely Hey Gorgeous Events website, I suggest you do. Like, right now. Rhi is a wedding planner who wears her heart on her sleeve about building a successful wedding industry business, and I’ve been an avid reader of her blog for 2 years now, and now that I’m trying to build my own business, her posts are nothing less than total gold to me.

Yesterday, she wrote a post that I immediately HAD to reread and bookmark so that I can go back and read it whenever I get discouraged. She talked about “finding your BOOM,” and guys, I think I found my BOOM last Saturday at my first wedding of the season (where, by the way, IT SNOWED. In May.).

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I’ll let Rhi explain: “I’ve noticed that whenever I put together something I love and am proud of, or even more so, when something is done that I feel is really the epitome of the HGE brand I often whisper that little four letter word. It sounds crazy and I’m sure you’d giggle a little if you heard it yourself but I think there’s more to it than an excited burst of triumph…The boom that to me is that something special you can offer to your clients and customers, that something unique that will make customers chose YOU instead of anyone else.”

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If you have your own business or brand, I’m sure that you’ve had that moment when you look at your styled event, your pictures, or your clothing designs and thought, “THAT’S IT. THAT is what I’ve been looking for!” Me, I usually glance at the back of my camera, or even through my view finder, and giddily whisper, “Money shot!”.

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Guys, I’ve been shooting weddings for 2 years, and I’m still learning. I triple and quadruple shoot (because someone ALWAYS blinks or looks away), and after culling my pictures, I realized that the bride and groom will STILL be receiving almost 50% of their photos. That NEVER happens. Every picture was almost perfectly exposed; they were exactly how I had imagined them in my head; and they were perfect examples of what I wanted potential clients to see when they were perusing my portfolio. I was literally bouncing going through them, SO EXCITED that I had finally GOTTEN IT. I found my BOOM.

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It is the most empowering feeling in the world. I’m excitedly planning shoots in my head, eagerly scouting locations for my next wedding, and quite frankly, just staring at some of my favorite images from the wedding. Sorrynotsorry that I’m a cheeseball.

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Pleasepleaseplease share your experiences & if you’re trying to break into a (really saturated and difficult) market!!

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