Reflection in May

DenaMay 22, 2014



The past few weeks have been non-stop. I’ve been really busy in good ways. Last weekend, I shot a beautiful wedding on Friday, did head shots for a recently published author on Saturday. On Sunday, we spent all day working in the yard. This week, I’ve been editing photos so that I can get them off to clients and start prepping for upcoming sessions, including another wedding next month. And, best of all, I’ve been getting everything ready for our 1st camping trip as a family of three that starts tomorrow!

It’s an exciting time for me. It feels like, for the first time in a long while, things are coming together, rather than falling apart. Over the past ten months, I’ve written a bit about the challenges I’ve been coming through. It felt like I had been living in a fog and couldn’t see clearly. Then in the middle of May, just after mine and Roman’s birthdays, (during the full moon in Scorpio to be exact), the fog finally lifted. I woke up and I could see clearly again. I remembered that nothing outside of me — no person, no relationship, no career, no opportunities — had the power to control my happiness. I remembered that true bliss cannot be disturbed by gain or loss. I remembered that everything will be okay — and if it’s not okay, it’s not the end.

It is spring and the nightmare that was this past winter is over. The days are filled with sunshine, and even when there is rain, it is nourishing the earth and making way for new life. Roman has started walking. My vegetable plants are getting big and are set to go in the ground soon. I am going to get a season pass for our local lake so that I can take Roman swimming during the week. I have lots of grand adventures planned for us for this spring and summer.

One of the most exciting things I have to report is that my photography business is really taking off. If things are a bit more quiet around here, that is why. I am throwing myself into my photography and really making “a go” at it. So please bear with me.

There were a lot of things that “didn’t work out” in the past ten months, but now I am grateful that they didn’t. I am exactly where I am supposed to be. ♥

P.S. If you ever wondered what I look like, first thing in the morning unedited — no makeup, hair unbrushed — sitting down to blog before my little boy wakes up, well now you know! Just keepin’ it real.

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Comments (14)

  • Misty

    May 22, 2014 at 11:39 am

    SWEEEEEEEEEET on all your positivity! I’m even more stoked for your photography business, though (from one new photographer to another). I’ll soon be taking a more serious dive into mine as well. Been saving up for a new lens (I just have to decide on which one I want next). Anywho, I’m so glad to see things are turning up for you. You deserve that and perfect timing for a fun filled summer. xo

    1. Dena

      May 29, 2014 at 9:28 am

      I am not certain if you have a Canon or Nikon — but my new lens is a Canon 24-70 // f2.8 and I am obsessed! Here’s a link to check it out:

      I’ve shot with all types of lenses both owned and rented and this is by far the best. <3

  • Suzy

    May 22, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    I love this time of year! Everything is just POSSIBLE!

    I’m glad to hear you are doing well! Have fun on your camping trip!

    1. Dena

      May 29, 2014 at 9:28 am

      Thanks, love! <3

  • Gillian

    May 22, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Love these pictures and this post. 🙂 These are some of my favorite types of posts – I feel like I’m getting a little sneak peak into your personal diary or something. 🙂 I’m so excited for you that things are going well for your business. As usual, I love watching you set goals and grow, oh and I always hope for a little of your determination magic and go getter attistude to brush off on me!

    1. Dena

      May 29, 2014 at 9:29 am

      Thank you, Gillian! My original blogs were just that — diaries. I really miss that open, rawness sometimes and it’s nice just to share what is inside my head. That is how friendships are made and my blog is such a great avenue for making friends.

  • Carmen

    May 23, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    We are going camping for the first time as a family next weekend. I’m worried about how well Jack will sleep. Can’t wait to hear about your experience. Also, first thing in the morning looks good on you!

    1. Dena

      May 29, 2014 at 9:30 am

      I’ve got some posts that should be helpful coming up soon!! Thanks much. xx

  • Heather Gendron

    May 24, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    I love your photos, they are amazing. I wish I could get into photography, so bad. How did you start? Were you self-taught or what? How long did it take you to get where you are today? I really want to get into the hobby and make a career out of it. I am a stay at home mom and want to do something to bring in some money. Love this post!

    1. Dena

      May 29, 2014 at 9:31 am

      You are so sweet. I will write a post all about my photography journey soon! Meanwhile — I am self-taught & started shooting on disposable cameras at age 12. 🙂

  • Julie Arnhold

    May 26, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Congrats on your success, you take amazing photos! And you’re a beauty in the AM, no makeup needed 😉 xo

    1. Dena

      May 29, 2014 at 9:32 am

      Thanks, love. You’re so sweet, Julie. <3 I am so glad that blogging has brought us together again.

  • Jordan

    May 28, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Amazing, congratulations! I’m sure it feels incredible to chase your passion. You look amazing in the morning! 😉

    1. Dena

      May 29, 2014 at 9:32 am

      Thanks, Jordan. It really is a dream. xx

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