I'm really loving the blog Fire and Joy again right now, previously called We Live Young. I can look at and study Nirrimi's pictures for a good minute before scrolling down to the next one. Each photo holds such a strong story. Two quotes I love that she wrote on her blog over the years are "Life is moving too fast to get caught up in negativity." (This is a big one for me, especially now in our semi-teensy struggle to get pregnant.) And the other is, "I said yes because life is richer when I face my fears." Secretly I feel like photography is one of my fears, mainly when a non-relative asks me to take pictures for them. I have turned down offers for portraits before. I believe a co-worker (Jonathan, and his now-wife, Brittany) asked me to take their wedding pictures last year. However, I declined because that is such an important day. I love the pictures I took for my brother's wedding (part 1 here & part 2 here), but that was a small family ceremony so it wasn't a big deal when I asked them to kiss again or walk down the aisle a second time because the first shots were blurry. I just need more experience, and right now I am happy to gain it. Other times taking, editing, and blogging the pictures seems like such daunting and time-consuming tasks, especially since I already have a full time job. I just need to find the balance in that- as well as everything else.
Two more Nirrimi quotes to close my writing:
"Little things go wrong sometimes, but mostly life is too full and busy and easy to be sad." // "This life thing is quite a whirlwind and I'm just glad we're there to hold each other's hands through it all."
These pictures are my favorite. There are so many good ones and I can't believe none of these were my favorite in April 2012 when we had the photo shoot. She is my favorite person to take pictures of because she is so creative in her posing and knows how to use her body. I miss this. You can see the original post here and two more edits here.