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Insecure?

I’m passionate about a lot of things, and health is one of them. In 2010 I decided to do my first Daniel’s Fast (you can read about it here, my focus was biblically based to grow in my relationship with Christ as a fairly new believer, that’s a whole other post), it was the first time I walked into a Traders Joe’s in Rochester, MI. I was told it was a “health food” store so I assumed I could get all the items I needed there. What I didn’t know when completing the Daniel’s fast is that it would begin my health journey and ultimatly lead to where I am now.

I know others who desire to make changes that benefit them long term. I was one of them. What I think others don’t consider a factor is…time. It has taken me almost nine years now to recognize what works best for my body and I am still on my own individual journey.

Through those nine years I have done it all and some things I am not proud of. In those times, I have birthed three children and obsessed over what my body looks like and I determined to change it. That has resulted in unrealistic dietary restrictions which resulted in stress (which actually affects your ability to lose weight) and depression, irritability and all this pressure to look a certain way. It didn’t help that during this time social media platforms were really taking off and everyone seemed to have it all together and it was extremely discouraging and made me feel the need to compare (yes, I know…super unhealthy).

I desire to be a voice for those who are struggling internally about their self-image but because I was still dealing with those internal battles I felt like a hypocrite and that I “shouldn’t try and be a voice when I still felt bad about myself at times. Over time, I have realized that there is always going to be opportunities to feel bad about yourself. It’s a daily fight, in the mind and a continual choice to cast down any thoughts that don’t line up with who Christ says you are.

I’m determined to inspire through experience in hopes to promote transformation, through the Word of God. When I first started this post, all I was going to talk about was Low-Carb Chocolate Chip Scones and here we are…

From now on, my desire is to still share plenty of my photography as I build business in a new market (if you didn’t know we moved, check out my life update on Instagram). I also am going to be wholeheartedly dedicated to helping YOU. Whether its planning your wedding or sharing here about a life experience I had that I’ve learned from that you can relate to or a recipe that encourages you eat a little better than you did before.

Time and time again I interact with others that are going through the similar internal battles or circumstantial disappointments and I desire to voice those struggles in hope to help others through theirs.

Oh, and those scones…AMAZING. Go make them. If you have any questions about the ingredients, reach out. I’d be happy to educate.

XOXO

Garrick & Meg

This BRIGHT fall wedding held at The Silos Event Venue in Tulsa, Oklahoma will get your attention. From the tiniest details to the beautiful fall florals and VW van, Garrick and Meg's October wedding is one I won't forget. Their love is evident because of the JOY they both radiate and it was an amazingly (is that even a word?!) beautiful celebration! NOT to mention they have the most genuine and wonderful families. Seriously. 

I love my brides and I love that they trust me creatively, to tell their story through the images I take. 

GUYS!!! Her DRESS....the detail alone was amazing. I wanted to get married all over again and wear HER dress, haha, just kidding (kind of). 

The gorgeous wild and free florals done by the best of the best, Crooked Roots Designs were out of this world. LOVED THEM.

The venue

The simplicity of the invites.

The detailed design in her ring.

The LEAVES they threw as they were announced husband and wife.

PO. (Yes, PO) Their dog that not only acted perfectly for pictures but walked the aisle as cute as can be.

and much much more ... see for yourself...

The ceremony was outside and the weather was perfect and the floral arbor was the perfect backdrop. 

Then...my favorite part...the portrait session. Enough said. 

and that pretty much wraps it up...but here's a few from the reception because this crowd was so FUN.

Till next time....

XOXO,

Tracy