This Week’s Sunday Scroll

Weekly post featuring four Instagram photos that stopped me in my scroll.

You guys… it has been such a busy week. On top of the errands and to-do lists, there was also a lot of gorgeous autumn content on Instagram. It was so hard to narrow this week down to four, but here is what I have for you.

This is a dreamy autumn shot of @nordingarden‘s yard. It makes me want to hop on a plane to Sweden. Who else is in love with the colors of fall leaves?

This is how I get my Florida wildlife fix on the daily. @gatorboys_chris does amazing work with nuisance gators. He shares videos from his days volunteering with gators and his dives, like the photo above. Did you know that alligators are my favorite?

I love when people take part in creative challenges. This sketch from inktober’s Swing day is so beautiful. I don’t even think I knew that @annahutzky drew like this. I love it

Last, but not least – this is an account that I just started following earlier this week and I’m in awe of these photos. You guys should go check out their feed. Every day scenes taken in such a dark and striking way… I’m obsessed! Thank you, @her_dark_materials

Oakes Quarry

We went on a little adventure recently and guys, this is a true hidden gem. I’ve always casually heard about an old quarry that was turned into a park. Never really thought anything of it even though it’s under 10 minutes from my house – That’s it!

So you know how long it took me to get there? 2 years since I heard about it. Well we headed out there the other night for an evening adventure… and fell in love.

Walking down the rocky path sends you into another existence. I did not feel like I was in Ohio at all. It was 89° and the sun was beating down on us and this rocky desert like scene.

Yes, this is an appreciation post just for an old quarry in Fairborn, Ohio. Pics below and if you live near here – GO! It’s got plenty to see and a nice 2 mile walk amongst the rocks. (There is a quick history below the photos)

I even headed back out there a few days later to do a photo shoot with the ever so lovely and dark Aniyahlationn

Back in 1929, it was surface mined for limestone. The Oakes family purchased it in the 90’s and eventually donated the land to the city of Fairborn in 2003.

The park has a 2 mile foot trail and 1 mile horse trail. It’s the 2nd largest park in Fairborn and it is a beauty. Keep a look out for wildlife and fossils! The last time I was there, we saw swarms of Buckeye Butterflies!

This Week’s Sunday Scroll

Weekly post featuring four Instagram photos that stopped me in my scroll.

Four posts already! Can I officially say that I’m actually sticking to a weekly post? Let’s be honest… probably not. We will wait until I hit at least 10 weeks. I’ve been thinking about adding themes though – what do you guys think? Maybe some weeks would feature artists, photographers, travel, local business etc. I’ll think on it.

We will start this week with some good boy cuteness!

This pick me up post from @andrewknapp did exactly that! I couldn’t get over this cute picture of adventure pup Momo. A very good boy in a very pretty field of flowers. I love seeing Momo’s adventures!

Okay, I know I’ve shared a shot from @girlnextdoorhoney before, but this is the most autumn relatable post to cross my feed. It’s a swarm of bees settling their hive in a ceramic pumpkin! How perfect is that??

This shot from @richardandrose spoke to my soul. It threw me back to the few short years I lived on an island in the Azores. I don’t know if it’s the vibrant colors or the haphazard stack, but it felt like going home.

This last one is a total art appreciation post. I actually really love to paint with water colors, but I’m not good at it. That’s not the case for @helen_dardik whose fun little painting fill my feed with imagination, adventure, and beautiful colors palettes.

And that wraps up Sunday Scroll number 4!

Caffeine Crushed

I quit drinking coffee.

Back in July, my anxiety was VERY high and caffeine was making that worse. I don’t drink soda, so coffee was my only source of liquid caffeine and I loved it.

But as my anxiety climbed, so did my coffee intake… or maybe it was the other way around. It actually began to physically affect me with acid reflux.

After lots of conversations with my doctor, we agreed that I should stop drinking coffee. Not just switch to decaf – I mean quit it for good.

So July 7th, I tossed my coffee and packed away my coffee maker. Day 2 was hard. Thinking back though, it may have been more of a habit than an addiction.

I actually don’t miss it. My anxiety has gotten better though never truly dissolving. I also want to point out that my acid reflux issues have dramatically dropped (I love acidic foods though – hey, tomatoes – so I imagine this will always be an issue for me.)

If you are thinking of quitting for any of these reasons, I totally recommend it. There is no trick though – you just have to decide to quit. Coffee is heavily advertised though as a mother’s savior, but really… water does the trick.

Hang in there, friends!

This Week’s Sunday Scroll

Weekly post featuring four Instagram photos that stopped me in my scroll.

Aaand we are back! This week’s Sunday Scroll is going to quote varied. There were so many creatives busy this week on Instagram – it was hard to narrow it down to four!

Jumping into this Carolina Pygmy Rattlesnake found in Georgia by one of my favorite nature photography related accounts noah_fields – I love following his page. He makes all of those critters look so photogenic. I appreciate the way he shares nature with so many people on his Instagram.

Next is one of my favorite cooks to follow! huntgathercook is the author of several cookbooks that are on my to purchase list. His Instagram is full of catch and cook adventure – lots of delicious recipes to try out.

I love a good paint mess. This post from shealeenlouise made me break out our watercolors today and get a little messy ourselves! For gorgeous art, go check out her Instagram.

Last but not least, how gorgeous is this home in Iceland that stacykallenn shared with us! She explained that it was painted that way to keep the house naturally warmer in such a cold climate. Though we don’t need that where we live, it’s super tempting to just paint it that way! A house near me recently did this dark gray that I’ve been swooning over. I want to thank Stacy for keeping my dreams of traveling the world more & more vivid with her photos.

Reclaiming photographer

I have spent a lot of time behind the camera – teaming up with amazing people who enjoy modeling and makeup artists who have amazing talent. Heck, our awesome collaborations have even gotten us published in magazines a couple of times!

I had been practicing my craft for as long as I can remember. I have always loved being behind the camera. It was in 2009 though when I took it up a notch by creating a website and properly advertising.

I had many volunteers who enjoyed modeling just as much as I enjoyed shooting. We’d come up with new ideas for photo shoots and spend a couple of hours just playing around. It was some of the best times and it was a great way to explore wherever we were living at the time.

In 2017, my husband deployed soon after our daughter was born. After much contemplation, I decided that I wouldn’t have time to plan, execute, & edit like I used to. I quietly deconstructed my website and portfolio… putting it away for safe keeping.

Now I still did a few shoots for a couple of close friends. I just wasn’t advertising for new clients. I’ve been itching to get back into it. It’s one of my creative outlets that I haven’t been able to use.

So how do I reclaim myself as photographer?

Honestly, it’s been hard to get back into the swing of things. I’ve had a dedicated page on this website for a few months now that will eventually hold my portfolio. I have started keeping up with an Instagram though, so that’s progress! I have even put feelers out there for models to practice on. It’s all coming together, so why do I feel so nervous?

I photographed people for years – countless beautiful faces. It’s a craft I’ve been studying since I was a teenager. Something though – something has me holding back from the big jump.

Wish me luck, guys.