Green trees swaying in the wind in the 110 degree weather in Phoenix, Arizona. It honestly was not as hot as it sounds! The trees at South Mountain cover the venue with sprawling green grass and beautiful mountain views. Alex and Amber have a sweet love story that involves pursuit and honesty and deep passion. Their romance was over the course of a few years and this wedding was the perfect representation of God’s love for his creation.
I cannot RAVE more about this power couple! Abby and Brian met in Flagstaff where they currently live and own a gym together. She is fierce and he is gentle. They are this perfect match of fiery and sweet. Intelligent and sweet. Their wedding was nothing but intentional. Their sweet apple orchard canyon ceremony was filled with kind words and so much laughter. And the reception was nothing but a celebration. Their love is strong and friendship is stronger.
This one was for the books!! Looking out over Rodgers Lake on a warm August afternoon, Christian + Sydney got married under the pine trees and with their best friends. This cabin is where Sydney grew up as a child with her sisters running in the forest and fields. It was so special for her to get married at the very place that formed her wild spirit.
They met in California at school. They are both down to earth, kind, genuine kind of people. But I also need to add FUN!!! Oh the joy of young love and exuberant personalities! This backyard Flagstaff wedding was a dream. From their sweet kisses to that sunset to the BEST wedding dance party I’ve been too. It was one of those!!!
WOW this new Flagstaff venue is amazing in the pine trees and mountains!! This styled shoot was set up by the venue to show the new amazing space they have. They back up right into the forest to showcase the nature that is all around. The inside offers chic new colors and flooring that is a twist of modern and rustic vibes. All the vendors I worked with are amazing and so happy to work with them!!
I FREAKIN love this sweet family. I met Garrett + Lindsay years ago in Flagstaff and have stayed close with them ever since. I photographed their engagement session, wedding, birth with Thea, new born photos and NOW family photos!! They are truly a HRG photo family!! Sweet Thea girl is just the cutest thing in these photos!
I’ve always struggled with ADD throughout school and growing up. It took me 3x longer to do a task than the normal person. I got distracted SO easily- not surprising, I’m sure. But because of this I had a horrible inner dialogue, no disciple or follow through, and low self love. This lead to things that looked like- not managing my money because I thought I was “not a money person”, losing clients because my lack of disciple, and complaining rather than doing.
It wasn’t until I started reading good books like Essentialism and going to a personal growth workshop called Next Level Trainings that things started to shift and I started to not just let life happen to me rather put energy toward my dreams. I didn’t “need” those things but they helped. I believe the more we learn, the more we grow, and the more we help to evolve human kind as a whole. I started going to therapy monthly, reading instead of watching Netflix, and moving my body daily. I took control of my health by getting up at 5:30am every morning to work out with a friend because I signed up for a Triathlon that I needed to train for. And man is it hard to get up when it’s the dead of winter to go work out. But I started to understand the mentality that where my focus goes my energy flows.
That sometimes we have to do things we don’t like to get results we want and it won’t feel good all the time but with an end result in mind it’s worth it.
I now I love myself deeper than I ever have. I listen to my body. I don’t run away from hard things. I deal with my money. And I move my body every single day.
Steps for an Awakened/ Shifted life
Set results list. 3 things you want to achieve by the end of the year. Mine are: 1 personal, 1 business, 1 health
Write them down so you look at them every single day by your bathroom mirror and write down ONE thing you can do that day to move you towards your results
Tell someone to have accountability or better yet have a work out buddy
Choose to do the hard thing instead of what feels good
Ask yourself the question “ What am I pretending not to know?”
Deal with emotions as they come up not shove them down
READ a book every night instead of watching Netflix
Get around people who you want to look like and emulate their life
Get out of your head and stay in your heart
Move your body once a day for at least 30 mins – changes your mental game
Truths I live by:
*You can’t control anyone- only how you respond to a situation
*Loving + listening to yourself is the only way to live a full embodied awake life
*The Universe (God) is ALWAYS for you, not against you. – every break up, every failure, every “accident”. It’s all rigged in your favor
All the resources have links to learn more about each: