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to do. to see. to hear. to love

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i am back…after quite the adventure. the grass is so green and everything in full bloom here at the colorado homestead. it is feeding my soul with so much joy and peace.  i am truly learning to enjoy the smallest of  things, the things that i have vs. the things i don’t have, especially when it comes to some of the most important people in my life. on my way back from LA i stopped in park city, utah to meet up with a bunch of girls for a bachelorette weekend. we were celebrating one of my best friend’s soon to be marriage. the one that i love to laugh with the most. i have known larissa since our youngster indiana days in our home town of crown point. our friendship flourished in college and then again in LA. larissa moved to back to chicago a few years ago. though i was sad to see her leave LA, i was inspired by her change, and in my own adventure her bravery has often crossed my mind and motivated me.  a few years after being back, she met a man. since then, i have watched her blossom and fall in love. that man asked her to marry her and this summer they will do the honor in upstate new york. ris is one of the most magnetic people i know. with a sense of humor like no other, beauty, love, and kindness. sometimes, when i think of the genuine love and support in our friendship it brings tears to my eyes.

i also know ris is always up for a photo shoot. one of the first i ever did was in her old apartment building in printer’s row, in chicago. just me and her being silly and creative. it’s my favorite way to do it. i brought some clothes and props along with me, and while i was doing errands in LA, i stopped and got an american flag. perfect for our mountain getaway in this glorious and vast land we call home. plus, i have been wanting one for my wall…nothing like killing two birds with one stone!

i love to watch people blossom in front of the camera, or even be a little shy. i love how it all unfolds on itself with the freedom for it to be anything we want, perfect or not, bad light or good light. this group of ladies was special and it was such a magical weekend. none of us wanted it to end. park city is beautiful as are these ladies. i can’t wait for the wedding in upstate new york!

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