Creative Community

Somedays it is difficult to be creative. Somedays it is difficult to tell yourself you are good at what you do. Somedays it is difficult not to compare yourself to others and use them as a measuring stick for success. Somedays are just difficult. However, what I have learned is that it is okay. It's okay to have down days and take some time to reflect, but to also strive to embrace who you are and what unique talents you bring to the table.

One huge thing I have found to help in those creative lulls is community. It truly is amazing how community can inspire, lift up, and push you to be better. I have learned so much from other creatives, not only photographers, but painters, designers, florists, bloggers, etc. There are so many traits that creatives share even though their talents might be in different areas... and those areas where our talents differ are sometimes that most inspiring because the thought process is so different. I love it.

This shoot is from like two years ago, but I recently came across it and wanted to share it! I loved getting a little peek into how Lindsay works. Her paintings are so gorgeous and seeing her 'tiny studio' inspired me... as well as made me wish I had my own 'tiny studio'! The light, bright, and airy studio is reflected in her work as well as the collages of inspiration clippings that decorate the walls. As I stood admiring her studio one thing in particular caught my eye, Lindsay's personal goals and a written reminder to "Support other artists and yourself." That little quote seems so small, but it is so important. Supporting others and yourself benefits everyone. It reminds me of when I was in college and one of my design professors always emphasized, "Ideals don't exist in vacuums." You NEED others to guide, support, help, and push you to your potential. So go out, find a community, seek out those who will support you, and give them support in return!

Okay, I think that's enough of my ramblings for this post. I hope you enjoy the photos... and tell me your thoughts on community in the comments! And go check out Lindsay on Instagram to see some of her stunning work!

And the winner is...

Ok, before I officially announce who has won the free wedding photography giveaway I have to stop and say a HUGE thank you to all of the incredible couples who decided to submit to this giveaway. I was completely overwhelmed with the thought and effort everyone put into it. And beyond that I cannot believe how difficult this decision ended up being! It seemed like every submission had a awesome relationship story, a story that tugged at my heart strings, amazing wedding plans, and/or just a super sweet couple. I never thought it would be this difficult. I suddenly feel like I am on the Bachelorette trying to figure out who to give the final rose to (yes, unfortunately I do find myself watching that show seemingly every season... don't judge me!).

Though this has been really tough there was one submission that seemed to keep coming back to my mind. Their love story was one that could be in a movie. Their attitude about their wedding was relaxed, non traditional, fun, all about the experience and people, while still planning something beautiful and highly photogenic... exactly what I always hope for. There was just something about it that I connected with on so many levels that it was undeniable. I felt a need to do this wedding and to meet this incredible couple.

So, without any further ado... the winners of the free wedding photography package giveaway are Jessica and Jeremy from Kansas City, Missouri! I truly cannot wait to document your wedding here in Oregon with a WATERFALL as your background. It is going to be one for the books. Thank you for finding me, for being so excited about this opportunity, and for being super cool people!!

Again, a big thank you to all of the couples that entered! Remember that even if you were not chosen for this giveaway you are still able to get 10% off the wedding photography package of your choice.

And now... because every post should have something pretty to look at here is one of my all time favorites :)


Wedding Package Giveaway - Only TEN days left!

There are only ten days left for your chance to win a FREE wedding photography package for your 2016 wedding!

Thank you to all of the fantastic couples who have already submitted themselves. Reading through your emails and submission forms has been incredible. I wish I could give all of you a free wedding package! Everyone has moving/sweet stories, great wedding plans, and seem like fabulous people. I am so appreciative of everyone putting themselves out there and for taking the time to enter. It is going to be a really tough decision for me to figure out who will be the winner of the giveaway!

If you have not entered yet and are interested in throughing your hat in the ring please click here and send me a message.

For more information please refer to my previous blog post about the giveaway. 

 

A reminder that all submissions must be received by January 18, 2016 at 11:59 PST. The winner of the giveaway will be announce on January 31, 2016. This giveaway has no monetary value, package cannot be changed, and cannot be transferred to a third party. If the winners of this giveaway choose not to have Josselyn Peterson Photographer photograph their wedding for any reason Josselyn Peterson Photographer is not liable. The winning couple will be chosen at the sole discretion of Josselyn Peterson Photographer. Winners of this giveaway are responsible for all travel and lodging related expenses for Josselyn Peterson Photographer. Certain restrictions may apply. Contact Hi@JosselynPeterson for more information.