Friday, February 20, 2015

Your Ampersand Studio

I see you. I know you. I've been you. 

As you create your art you feel brave and vibrant; so happy that sometimes it feels like a secret. It is my goal and desire to help you see how capable you really are, how deserving you are of this dream, and be your ally in sharing it with the world. 

You & Me 
Your Wild Dreams & My Passion
Photography & Contagious Design 

Coming March 2015. I would like to officially invite you to come make a connection. I have been working so hard for a few months now on creating a way to bring my love of photography, design and branding together. This turned into my new adventure: Your Ampersand Studio. Please come visit my new site and sign up for updates. I would love to have you as part of this journey. 

Sunday, February 08, 2015

The Hair Diaries - Red for the Win!

I am excited to share another entry into my Hair Diaries. It was totally time for another shot at getting the perfect red for me. Four different colors went in to this killer color. I love the dimension of it and the brightness of the blonde. 

Here is the before and after: 

Red makes me happy. I've been pinning different red colors for so long, and it was a fun experiment to mix different tones. I got to see my friend Brittany this time for the cut and color. We always have great conversations and I'm so glad that she's back in town again. 

Yay for red hair. Let's see how long I like it until I want a change. ;) 

Friday, January 09, 2015

To be wholehearted...

For the past few years I have chosen a word at the beginning of January, and shared it visibly on my blog in hopes of using it to guide and define the upcoming months...a One Little Word. My words have been: begin, flourish, abundance, and last year was thrive

For 2015 the word "wholehearted" is what I've chosen...or what has chosen me. Its first big impact was through Brene Brown's TED talk on vulnerability. Its a must-watch if you haven't seen it yet! She is a researcher/storyteller who spent a long time researching vulnerability, shame and connection. So much of her words resonated with me. 

I wanted to find myself in her manilla folder full of "wholehearted" people. People who live from a deep sense of worthiness; a belief that they are worthy of love and belonging. That concept resonates with me so intensely. One of my favorite things she said in her talk was an explanation of the meaning of courage. It comes from the Latin word: cour; meaning "heart" and its original definition was to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart. And that is what I want to do in 2015...what I want to do in my whole life. 

To be courageous and live wholeheartedly. And through this vulnerability, embrace the gift of true connection. 

wholehearted [hohl-hahr-tid] - adjective: 1) fully or completely sincere, enthusiastic, energetic; hearty; earnest. 2) done, acted, given, etc. with total sincerity, enthusiasm or commitment. 3) unconditional commitment, unstinting devotion or unreserved enthusiasm; genuine and true. 

I aspire to be wholehearted in my relationships, in my worship, in my decisions and in my art. I feel a need to lean into living and loving fully. I yearn to be enthusiastic for the things that fill my days. I long to give of myself to the important people in my life, to my friends, to people in my community and to my dream clients with total sincerity. I want to be genuine. I crave truth. I desire to be authentic. 

And then once this word really clasped on to me, it kept coming up in so many places. I saw it in scriptures I was reading, like Joshua 14:8 and Jeremiah 29:13. Quotes with my word came up naturally on Pinterest. I searched through the #wholehearted hashtag on Instagram and was so touched. I knew this was my word

Now that we are a few days in to 2015, it has already helped to guide me in a few ways. It motivated me to get out my front door on days when that was the last thing I thought I could do. Each day I have committed to and followed-through on reading a portion of the Bible. My intention is to read the whole Bible this year. I have even found myself giving emotionally when I thought I had nothing left to give, and being filled up in return even more, because of it. And to all of these beautiful, little moments I say: YES! This is what I hope for. This is what I invite more of into my life. 

To life wholeheartedly. To be wholehearted. To tell the story of who I am with my whole heart. 

Photo by Bre Rachelle Photography
Have you chosen a One Little Word for 2015? 
Share in the comments! I'd love to hear about it and why you picked it.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 in Review

2014 went by in a blur... but it was so full of life. Full of days with my puppy by my side, a new camera and all the beautiful things I got to see through its viewfinder, work that I really enjoy, becoming a dedicated Apple product user, and I made a best friend; we had an amazing International Convention in Seattle, I drank way too much coffee for my own good, had one amazing day with my mom and our dogs, second shot a wedding with my friend Bre, had the pleasure of being Poopsie in our local production of The Pajama Game and helped my little sister set up her YouTube channel and Facebook page for her music. Hard to believe its over. But I'm excited for 2015 and the adventures it will bring. A new business venture, perhaps some new flooring for our house, and many more photoshoots. Welcome 2015!! 

What are some of your highlights from 2014?
What are you most looking forward to next year?

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Katrina Fricke: Little Sister and Musician

My littlest sister Katrina is a very talented musician. She is a singer/songwriter who has been writing her own songs for years now. This past week I spent a few days with my family in Canada and took the opportunity to capture some pictures of Katrina and film her very first video for her brand new YouTube channel. It had started snowing, and I just love the feeling the slowly falling snowflakes gave the images. I also created a logo for her and a cool header image with some of the pictures we took. 

I am really proud of the woman she is becoming, and I can't wait to see where her music takes her. 

Here is her logo and header image. 

And these are my favorite pictures. She doesn't look 16 years old, does she? She is so beautiful, inside and out. I'm proud to be her big sister. 

And I am so excited to share with you her very first YouTube video: a country version cover of Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off." Such a unique take on the song. 
Please subscribe to her YouTube channel, like her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter. We've got a lot of great stuff coming in the near future, including some of her amazing original material.