A Heartfelt Winter Park Wedding

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This wedding was so special to me. I got to photograph two dear friends, Ike and Susie. I knew their stories, and their story. I got to see in a new way, their love and joy for one another. It was beautiful and I caught myself with tears in my eyes many times throughout this day and evening. I hope you can see in these photographs what I felt; the joy and love of two becoming one.

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It’s also really special when I get to witness a ‘first look’ on the wedding day. It’s pure love, and pure magic.

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“Something amazing happens when you’re in love and don’t give a damn about what day it is anymore.”

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Every detail was carefully thought-out and was especially made by them. Susie is a potter and hand-made each of the beautiful table settings.  Ike and Susie tested and crafted special drinks for their guests, and had a friend brew a few delicious beers for the occasion. Desserts were provided by the amazing Mundi of Salt + Butter Co. and the venue, B Lazy 2 Ranch, was the perfect setting for this celebration!

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There was a beautiful moment when, outside the reception tent, we realized there was an incredible rainbow after the storm.  For real.

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And who doesn’t love some Independence Day fireworks on your wedding day!?

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Such a fun, fun wedding.  A special thanks to my friend and fellow photography Vicky Thomas, who helped photograph this day!

I love you, Mr. and Mrs. Gray!

To view more and to purchase prints from this wedding, please visit: http://loveroots.instaproofs.com/store/

Sarah + Steve’s Lovely Columbus Wedding

465B2484I love traveling back to my home-state of Ohio. It’s especially fun when I get to go back and photograph a wedding of a dear friend! I grew up down the street from Sarah. Her sister Shawne and I were best friends, and would ride bikes and play on a regular basis. I used to go on vacations to the beach with the O’Connell family and Shawne would come to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with our family.

It was a joy for me to see Sarah again and meet Steve. He is so sweet and adores Sarah, which is always an important quality when hoping to marry a long-time friend :)  Sarah and Steve got married at St. Andrews Catholic Church in Upper Arlington, which was also special for me since I grew up attending St. Andrews for much of my childhood. Their reception was at the beautiful Ivory Room, overlooking the Columbus city skyline. Sarah and the girls had their makeup done by the talented Tim Maurer of Mukha, who creates custom make-up and other products that are 100% mineral based. If you’re in Columbus, stop in and check out this unique place.

Sarah and Steve, I wish you a lifetime of joy and deep love! Congratulations, friends.

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I am so grateful. So blessed that I get to ‘be a photographer’ as my job. It’s honestly something I never intended on as my career, (although I do remember when I was younger that I wanted to be a National Geographic Photographer when I grew up). I’ve had lots of different jobs throughout the years, and many that I have loved with all my heart. I think I should write a bit about my path into photographer as a full-time career in an upcoming post. I have a lot to say about it :)  I am so grateful and also, know that running a business can be really hard sometimes. I struggle. A lot. And I have my down days and the times when I just want to “throw in the towel” and apply somewhere that I will get a regular paycheck without having to be creative and organized all the time. I never want to complain about what I do because it truly is a gift to be able to do this…but I also don’t want to pretend that it’s always easy and that I always love it. I have clients who don’t love what I do for them sometimes. I have weddings that take me forever to edit and piles of ideas and things I should be doing (like blogging, making new contracts, editing this one and that one, following up with people, and the list goes on and on). What I’m trying to say is that sometimes I just feel not good at this! I get discouraged and tired and feel like giving up. But I also know that sometimes, things go right and people love what I give them and I get stuff done on time. It’s the balance of life…ups and downs and in-betweens. We all feel it no matter what line of work we might be in, whether we’re parenting day in and day out, showing up at a job we don’t love because we have to provide for ourselves or our loved ones. Whatever boat you may be in, I hope that you find some peace and joy in the day-to-day…and that you know that no matter what you ‘do’, you can and do make a difference in the world just by being in it!

For now, I wanted to share a fun post. Sometimes I have to do this. I have to do something for myself, that helps me be creative in a way that’s different when I’m providing a service for someone. This is just a fun shoot I did with some lovely girls in my city. We went to one of my favorite spots in town; The Principal’s Office at Ivywild. If you haven’t been yet, it’s a must-see spot in Colorado Springs!

Here are a few photographs with the girls. I’d love to more shoots like this so if you like it, have an idea, or want to contact me about creating something together, don’t hesitate to get in touch! Just e-mail me at loverootsphotography@gmail.com

Thanks to my lovely models: Rachel Crane and Marisa Morales.

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“I’ve been through the desert
And I’ve been across the sea
I’ve been walking through the mountains
I’ve wandered through the trees
For her

I have been trying to find her
Want to give what I got
She lit a fire
But now she’s in my every thought”

-She Lit a Fire / Lord Huron

 

A Gorgeous Ohio Wedding

“When I saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew.”  -William Shakespeare

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“I promise to support your dreams and respect our differences.

 To be your best friend.

 To honor you…”
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“You know how sometimes, your life is so perfect you’re afraid for the next moment, because it couldn’t possibly be quite as good? That’s what it felt like.”

Courage, dear heart.

IMG_1665 There are so many things I want to write about, so many photographs I want to show, but the seemingly-hundreds of barriers often get in the way. The feeling of overwhelm creeps in easily and I become still – and sometimes even silent because there’s just too much.

Overwhelm is not new to anyone who runs a business, and actually, I’m sure it’s nothing new to anyone who is human. It’s something we all feel from time-to-time, and some circumstances and lifestyles may create more of an opportunity for this looming and powerful feeling to take over. I read The War of Art about a year ago and so many of the ideas have stuck with me.  Pressfield writes a lot about resistance when creating something meaningful. He writes about how overwhelm is a form of that and it can totally stop us in our tracks unless we proactively do something about it.  “Resistance obstructs movement only from a lower sphere to a higher. It kicks in when we seek to pursue a calling in the arts, launch an innovative enterprise, or evolve to a high station morally, ethically, or spiritually.” ― Steven PressfieldThe War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles

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I’m in a great and challenging place in my business right now. It’s growing a lot and I’m busier than ever. I’m so grateful but at the same time, I feel frazzled, overwhelmed, and tired. To be honest, I’ve lived a lot of my life this way… and I’m still trying to figure out the reasons why, and the answers to how I can make my days a little more peaceful and a lot less crazy. The thing about starting and growing a business, is that there is always more work to be done. There’s always more dreaming, more ideas, more tasks to write on the to-do list(s). And for someone like me who likes to dream a lot and be involved with multiple exciting things at once, running a business can become more like running a circus – and that’s how it feels right now.  I have a few mentors and  friends who have given a lot of wisdom around this – much of it involves cutting back, raising my prices (again), and saying no. For some reason this is so so hard for me. And I think there is so element of fear in that resistance to saying no and moving in a new direction. Pressfield speaks to this to.

“Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do. Remember our rule of thumb: The more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it. Resistance is experienced as fear; the degree of fear equates to the strength of Resistance. Therefore the more fear we feel about a specific enterprise, the more certain we can be that that enterprise is important to us and to the growth of our soul. That’s why we feel so much Resistance. If it meant nothing to us, there’d be no Resistance.” ― Steven Pressfield,

I’ve heard this thing about fear before, from other places, too. And it’s not the kind of fear that we really should listen to (there’s a place for that in our lives!) but it’s the kind of fear that can be overcome by LOVE and COURAGE. There are a few big changes that I feel I’m on the cusp of, and although fear has been holding me back.. I’m convinced that this form of resistance is really my indicator that those seedlings in my heart are about ready to flourish, and all I need to do is cling to Love and step into it with courage.

IMG_8979What is the seedling in your heart that is ready to burst but you’re holding it in, trying to contain it out of fear or resistance? How will you let that beauty into the world?

“The best and only thing that one artist can do for another is to serve as an example and an inspiration.”

We’re all waiting.

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Live Light

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Hello, friends.

 

I am going to be updating, renovating, and revealing some new things on my blog soon!
I’m all-in as summer begins (a little late here in Colorado)! And I have some exciting things I want to share here in the next few weeks.

I’ll be making it a practice to write at least once a week…my goal is to be consistant, authentic, and hopefully inspiring.
Thanks to all who still check out my blog and read…I know I’ve been slow and quiet. Thanks for hanging in with me :)

For today, may this gorgeous mountain view and words inspire you to LIVE LIGHT today.

 

Love, Abby