A Monthly eNewsletter by The ShutterBee Effect
Creepin' It Real
Happy Halloween, witches!
Holy moly! Wait... Tomorrow is November 1st?! Talk about scary! October has been an absolute blur of a month and I cannot believe that there are only two months left in 2017. In just four weeks, I have photographed a wedding, been on seven airplanes, managed charity walks in four states, prepared my competitive cheer team for our showcase next month AND moved from Edgewater to Columbia Maryland with my man. People keep asking how I have the energy to keep it all together with everything I've got going on and if I'm being totally honest, I'm not sure that I necessarily do. However I AM a strong believer in "faith it till you make it" and I think that we can get through anything with the power of positive thinking.
I am pumped to check in on this spooky evening to share some exciting things that have been going on in my work life and personal life. Thanks for keeping up and supporting me during this eventful time in my life.
A Wedding in the Woods
Since launching The ShutterBee Effect and redefining my artistic style, I have been itching to get my camera back on the wedding scene. I was so excited for this rustic wedding in this hidden location in Edgewater, Maryland and let me say that it completely exceeded my expectations. It was so refreshing to finally feel completely in my element and just let my instincts guide me through the day/night. This romantic shot is one of my favorite from the day, but these two made it hard to narrow it down. I am still working on some finishing touches with the full gallery, but you can get the full preview of The Kitchen Wedding on my blog.
As I've mentioned, I also currently work full time as an event planner for a non-profit that supports people affected by primary immunodeficiency diseases, and also coach a competitive cheerleading team a few nights a week.
Werk Werk Werk Werk Werk
As the Assistant Walk Manager of the Immune Deficiency Foundation, I have traveled to five cities with the help from other staff members to manage our signature fundraising event, IDF Walk for Primary Immunodeficiency. It's crazy to think that I have traveled to Cleveland, Boston, St. Louis, Chicago, and Atlanta all since I last updated you at the end of September. I love the fast paced nature of my job as an event planner, but I will be excited to get my weekends back next month for sure. Despite the craziness, I am very thankful that I am employed by an organization that makes such a difference for a community who deserves awareness and support.
As if that's not enough craziness, I am also coaching a team of 12-18-year-old cheerleaders who are currently getting ready for their first performance at our showcase in two weeks. Because of my recent travels, I have had to miss quite a few practices this month and I miss my Hammerhead babies more than anything. These girls are a coaches dream of a team. They are hard working, motivated, positive, funny and coachable and I hate being away from them. I can't wait until I can be with them at every practice from now on as we gear up for comp season!
Thank You, William
Although I've taken a break from photoshoots this month, I've been crazy busy with editing wedding photos in airports, hotel rooms and every spare minute in between. I have to give a huge shoutout to my man William Stanley for not only putting up my occasional (yet inevitable) meltdowns, but for being my biggest fan and sturdiest supporter throughout his birthday month while still staying on top of his own career and responsibilities as a father who is on reassignment to Italy. Not only did we move into a new apartment this month, but we also hosted his family to celebrate his 27th year amongst all of our responsibilities at work while also keeping in touch with our friends. This month put a lot of pressure on both of us and I can truly say that I couldn't have gotten through the past few weeks without my partner and very best friend. I love you, William!