It probably started with her images; moments forever frozen in time through which she told you about her clients’ lives, and more importantly, their hearts. I got pulled in even further when I read her posts about how life ebbed and flowed, how her clients radiated with true love for one another, and little tricks about photography that I hadn’t known before. But then I heard her story–an almost lawyer whose husband gave her the exact camera that my (soon to be) husband gave me, a practicing lawyer–and I was fully engaged in a personal relationship with someone I had never met. (It’s really not as creepy as it sounds, I promise.)
So, when we heard that wedding photographer Jasmine Star was touring the country, discussing lessons learned and offering advice and encouragement to fellow photographers, we made sure there were two seats reserved for us.
Last week we made a (very) quick trip to Chicago to The Fix. Combine three hours of photography inspiration with getting to hang with Pete’s best-friend-and-tour-guide, Matt, and our whirlwind trip to the Windy City was one worth remembering.
Growing up in Iowa, I’d been to Chicago on a number of occasions. But one thing that remained on my “I’m clearly a tourist” list was to see the Millennium Bean. Pete and Matt were agreeable, so that was our plan of attack. We biked from Matt’s place to Millennium Park. Please excuse my helmet head hair and “make-up” provided by the streets of Chicago.Matt taught us about the amazing things that happen in Chicago, especially over the summer, and we taught him a bit about photography. He also got to be the model for a number of our shots. He totally knows how to work the friendly yet mysterious look.Can you find us here?From the bean, we jumped back on our bikes and rode the the city to one side and this view on the other. I have never seen Lake Michigan look so pretty.
After soaking in an absolutely perfect day, it was time to see Jasmine. There is just something about her smile, sincerity, and self-deprecating humor that inspires so many, us included.
Jasmine encouraged us to set at least one goal for what we want to achieve in our businesses this year. And to write it down, because it’s easier to achieve–and harder to let that dream go–when it stares you back in the face. Every. day. While most of our list is still in development, an immediate goal of mine to share more of life with you through this blog: the ups and the downs, my quirkiness, Pete’s musical talents, and the things that make life good. Because life is simply better when it’s shared.
Matt: thank you for sharing Chicago and your friendship with us. We can’t wait to hang out again soon. Jasmine: thank you not only for The Fix, but for everything you do to encourage dreams, share knowledge, and shine your light with the world.
Now your turn to share in life: what is at least one goal YOU want to accomplish this year, personal or business?
A big thanks to the people behind the The Fix for the images from evening’s events!