be inspired – Rachel

on day two of Holli True‘s workshop oregon decided to bless us with rain. and not just rain, but rain coupled with temperatures that  meant surely it should have been snowing, not raining. luckily we were blessed with an amazing model that braved it all and rocked it out while im sure she was frozen to the bone! here is Rachel; isn’t she beautiful?!

be inspired – kasse & rachael

happy saturday all! my brother and soon to be sister in law drove up from oregon to stay with us for the weekend and we couldn’t be more excited. chris is on call from now until deployment which means if we want to visit family he has to get permission to leave. it’s made it a bit difficult considering we are so close with our family and cherish time with them dearly. so having them up here is definitely a real treat! we’re taking them around joint base lewis mcchord today and then up to seattle to enjoy pikes place and all the wonders that the city brings followed by church tonight! before we start our day though i wanted to share with you the concluding photos from our first day at Holli True’s Be Inspired workshop. once we had a chance to get some photos of the girls individually we were able to pose them together and this is what it looked like through my lens:)

be inspired – kasse

it was surreal as i sat there, listening to her tell her story to a room full of photographers. replaying the day she bought her first camera, the day she realized photography was to be more than a hobby, and the day she bravely stepped away from her 9-5 job and committed to being a full time photographer. it was surreal as i sat there, looking back, humbled that i had the opportunity to watch her grow into exactly who she is called to be today.

i can’t really tell you how it happened to be honest but through working together at a less than desirable job, and dreaming of a more glamourous life, she became a dear friend. and as she grew and experimented with photography she became not only a dear friend but a mentor, inviting me to tag along with her and her husband to weddings as well as engagement shoots, and even made me step in front of the camera a time or two, or three. she quickly became our family photographer, photographing my brothers senior photos, my sisters senior photos, pre deployment photos of chris and i, and most recently we had the honor of having her photograph our wedding.

i had no idea at the time the seeds she was planting in me simply by living out her dreams and inviting me to join her. and as i sat there listening to her tell her story to a room full of photographers i was speachless. she had invited me, yet again, to tag along as she lived out another one of her dreams, holding a photography workshop.

i joined holli for her BeInspired workshop in portland and it was surreal. she has been such a blessing to my life and i was truly proud to see her sharing her life, her heart, her gift with other photographers, cheering them on to be exactly who they are called to be.

we had the opportunity to hang out with some truly gorgeous girls that day, putting into practice all that holli had taught us. here is what i captured of Kasse.