Longboards and Polaroids

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

10% off your JOY PORTRAIT session!

Book your JOY PORTRAIT session before March 1st and receive 10% off!

“I felt loved.
I felt seen.
I felt beautiful again.
I felt free to be me and to see the beauty in that being.
I felt whole.”

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The solo joy portraits will $145 (take an additional 10% off if you book within the next 10 days!) with an option to have a custom-made flower crown for an additonal $25.  If you have a few friends that you’d like to gather, I can do solo JOY PORTRAITS for $99 each (with a minimum of 3 people).

E-mail Abby today for details at loverootsphotography@gmail.com

You are loved.

Guess what?

Even if you don’t have a special “Valentine” today…YOU ARE LOVED. loved

Although my husband and I don’t usually make a big deal of Valentine’s Day, I can see why it exists, and why it really is important for people. I think that it really shows us the longing that each human being has in this world. The deep longing to be loved. To be understood, loved, and connected, is one of our most important needs in this life. And sadly, many people go through their days not believing or even knowing that they are loved. I know not everyone may have the same beliefs about this that I do…but I wholeheartedly believe that there is a Divine and Loving Creator who made us to crave and desire love and connection, and not only that, He wants to be the one to meet that desire. He tells us that “I have loved you with an everlasting love”. He reminds us throughout history and words that His love never fails.  I’ve recently come across a beautiful instagram feed that has given me a refreshed perspective of God’s deep and profound love for his people.  One day when I was really struggling and feeling un-loved, broken, and needing a big reminder, I spend some time reading through posts from thejealouslove on instagram. Here are some words I read and re-wrote to remind myself of the truth about love, God’s love, for me.

“You are mine and mine alone. You are the love I have crowned. I keep a close watch on your heart because it belongs to me. I know the plans and riches I have for you. Ever since I set my gaze on your heart, I chose it forever and I will never be turned away from it…”

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“I know the thoughts that haunt your mind and the cares you carry in your heart. I desire to carry them for you so that I may place the crown of beauty on your head. That I may take your hand and guide you through a passage of endless discovery. The very things you’re wanting are the very things I passionately and desperately desire to give to you…Allow me to have your heart so that you may be F R E E …..”

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“He releases the rhythms of love through the atmosphere of their shared space. It is narrow and only a heart that is childlike can find it. Speculation and doubt can not even see the door, but awe and wonder will pave the path to it’s gates…for this place is not bound by earth’s wisdom, but freed through heaven’s wisdom. It is abundant beauty that never stops unfolding her identity through the King…”

And for those of you who are married and are feeling a little tiny (or not-so-tiny) piece missing because you wish you had the romantic feelings and excitement you may have once had in the beginning, these words from Ann Voskamp are a beautiful reminder of why love and true romance are more than what we see on tv and throughout all types of media. It’s deeper and more beautiful, and although not always easy, it always connects us deeper to True Love Himself.

For any couples out there that would love some time to reflect and laugh together, sharing in a new way while having intimate and meaningful portraits taken, Beloved Sessions are something I absolutely love to do…and I know it will bless you. Contact me through my website if you’d like more information. (loverootsphotography.com)

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Wherever your heart is today, may you know that you are deeply loved. always loved.