An Engagement Story: Jenna + Josiah

When Jenna & Josiah wanted to a coffee shop to play a role in their engagement photos, I was all for it. Some of the best conversations in my own marriage have taken place around two cups of coffee.

Actually, ALL the conversations in my own marriage have taken place with coffee in the near vicinity…

We lucked out with a warm, sunny day in mid-April here in Madison, and I had a such a great time taking photos with them.

Jenna + Josiah | Inkwells & Images - Madison WI Engagement Photography

Jenna + Josiah | Inkwells & Images - Madison WI Engagement Photography

Jenna + Josiah | Inkwells & Images - Madison WI Engagement Photography

Jenna + Josiah | Inkwells & Images - Madison WI Engagement Photography

Jenna + Josiah | Inkwells & Images - Madison WI Engagement Photography

Jenna + Josiah | Inkwells & Images - Madison WI Engagement Photography

Jenna + Josiah | Inkwells & Images - Madison WI Engagement Photography

Jenna + Josiah | Inkwells & Images - Madison WI Engagement Photography

Jenna + Josiah | Inkwells & Images - Madison WI Engagement Photography

Jenna + Josiah | Inkwells & Images - Madison WI Engagement Photography

When they’re not modeling for me, Josiah plays in a band, The Defeated Royals. And you can find Jenna over at All Things Beautiful & Delicious, making food and practicing her own photography.

Thanks for taking photos with me, Jenna & Josiah! I had a blast. 

The 2015 Book Project: Abandoning Ship

Books | Inkwells & Images

I set out in 2015 to read with more intention; to read less in order to make more space for writing. I created a framework for this intentional reading with The 2015 Book Project, and it served me well for the first few of months of the year, but the last couple of months it has become more of a burden than I ever intended it to be.

So, I’m taking a cue from Lindsay Crandall and I am letting go what doesn’t serve me anymore.

The 2015 Book Project was a good start to the year, but then I joined a critique group. The writing is coming easier to me, and finding time to read has become harder. When I do have time to read, I want something lighter, something to entertain and not something to tug at my heart strings like my writing is doing. I need more balance, not more rules.

I am abandoning The 2015 Book Project. It feels a little like failure, but I guess it’s not if I have learned a lesson from it.

I’m looking forward to the freedom this decision gives.

I’m looking forward to placing holds on library books with abandon, not worrying about when they will come in and if they will come in during the “right” month.

I’m looking forward to reading what suits the moment, what I need to read in order to fuel my day, my creativity, my own writing.

I’m looking forward to researching for the novel, reading books that will influence and shape what I am creating.

And I’m looking forward to tracking it all, because who would I be if I didn’t make lists of my books? I’ll plan to do monthly wrap-up posts like last year, with a short summary of each read. This will give me more flexibility to write book reviews for the blog, too – which I love doing!

Have you ever had to let something go in order to make space for something better? 

 

Story in Photos: The Hartmans 2015

Sunny. Breezy. The perfect day for chasing some kids around a park and snapping some photos. I’ve so enjoyed photographing these two (and their parents) these last few years. It’s so neat to see them growing up through my lens, even if I only get to see them every couple of months.

This spring, they were a little more wiggly. Their personalities dictate the photoshoot these days – more exploring, less sitting still. They aren’t afraid to smile for the camera, or make funny faces. And what cute funny faces they are!

The Hartmans 2015 | Inkwells & Images 1

The Hartmans 2015 | Inkwells & Images

The Hartmans 2015 | Inkwells & Images 1

The Hartmans 2015 | Inkwells & Images

The Hartmans 2015 | Inkwells & Images

The Hartmans 2015 | Inkwells & Images

The Hartmans 2015 | Inkwells & Images

The Hartmans 2015 | Inkwells & Images

The Hartmans 2015 | Inkwells & Images

The Hartmans 2015 | Inkwells & Images

The Hartmans 2015 | Inkwells & Images

The Hartmans 2015 | Inkwells & Images

The Hartmans 2015 | Inkwells & Images

The Hartmans 2015 | Inkwells & Images

The Hartmans 2015 | Inkwells & Images

The Hartmans 2015 | Inkwells & Images

The day ended with more bubblegum ice cream on the table than in the kids, lots of giggling and less chicken-strip eating. A few dandelions plucked in the parking lot. The best kind of day.

Do you have a favorite family photo? What makes it so special?