Friday, April 18, 2014

good friday + family session WINNER

Earlier I was sitting here on the couch drinking my coffee and enjoying being home on a week day when I was overwhelmed with conviction.  Today isn’t just a day off from school.  It’s not just a free day for me to have meeting with brides and get housework done.  Today isn’t just a “break”.  Today, my normal routine stops to remember the day that Christ was brutally murdered.  For me.  My heart just sank at the realization that it’s so easy for me to be distracted.  To forget the weight and the heaviness of this day.  Today is a sad day.  A day to remember the brutality and harshness of what Jesus endured.  Jesus didn’t just endure a cross, He endured the wrath of God that was poured out for all men.  Jesus, the perfect spotless lamb, felt the wrath of His Father.  Heartbreak.  How underserving I am of this.  How undeserving I am of this grace and this love and this sacrifice.  Hosanna in the highest.  Save us now.  Praise the Lord, Sunday will come.  Resurrection comes.  We have NEW LIFE because of the sacrifice of Jesus.  

Before I leave you for today, I have a winner to announce!  I am so excited for the Adkins family! You guys won a free family session and I cannot wait to meet your sweet family and get your story on film.  Congratulations!  

There were so many great entires that I knew I wouldn’t be able to completely pick on my own.  I narrowed it down to 5 families, and then randomly (thank you, random.org!) selected a number.  To the other four families, I’ll be contacting you soon! I don’t want you to walk away completely empty handed.  :)  And to all the other sweet families, thank you for entering!  I would still love to film your precious families.  Remember, if you’re interested, contact us and we’ll offer you a discount for entering!

Today is truly a GOOD Friday, friends.  Remember it.    

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

314 Productions GIVEAWAY!

I am just so excited about today.  About a month ago I went to Florence, Alabama to have lunch with my friend (and wedding photographer!) Tera from Armosa Studios.  She’s always been such an inspiration to me and our lunch was so encouraging on so many different levels.  I talked to her about our struggles with 314 and how I want this to be more than just weddings on the weekends.  I want to be around more people, different people than just brides and grooms.  We talked about several different ideas, but the idea of a lifestyle film really stuck with me.  I began thinking about a family that would be a great candidate for something like this.  A family that I knew was sweet and genuine and incredibly loving.  So, here come the Kublers.  I text Katie out of the blue to ask her about this and well... it was totally a God thing.  This little lifestyle video turned into something even more magical and I’m so excited for you to see it.  Hint:  Watch until the very end. :)



Kubler | family from 314 Productions on Vimeo.

I melt.  This family did something to my heart.  I’ve always wanted to be a Mama.  Always.  But, after getting married I was like WHOA that’s scary.  Thinking about having a tiny human living in our home just blows my mind.  As we have started a business, it scares me even more.  We have so much to do to get 314 off the ground.  I have so many things I want to accomplish.  If I’m being honest, I’ve have been straight fearful of getting pregnant.  I’ve recognized the sinfulness of my attitude and I know my fear comes from a place of not trusting the Lord and the timing He has for our family.  Hanging out with Katie, Josh, and sweet C turned my fear into joy.  Yes, if we were to have a baby right now we would be in quite an interesting place.  It would be challenging.  But, it would also be incredibly rewarding.  As I watched Katie and Josh interact with their beautiful, curly haired boy I saw immense joy that parenthood brings.  His smile, his laugh, his tiny little boy actions captivated his parents.  You saw their love, their tenderness, and their determination to raise a boy to love Jesus. You see their selflessness.  Their reliance on Jesus.  I saw them teach him lessons and correct him when he was going to do something that could be harmful.  I saw so much of Jesus in that home.  I think the Lord really revealed so much to me on that day because I needed it.  I needed revelations to come all at once to remind me that parenthood will be one of the greatest blessings of my life.  I don’t have to be afraid because the Lord has our life and our family planned out perfectly.  

I went home from a few hours spent with the Kublers and I was thankful.  Thankful that the Lord took one little family and used it to impact my heart.  Yes, I still want to wait a little while before a little Cole baby joins our 314 Productions team.  But, I have full assurance that the Lord will give us a little babe in His perfect timing, not mine.  And that makes me excited. 



OKAY SO THE GIVEAWAY.  

If you live within reasonable driving distance from the Memphis area, this is for you!  I want to give away a family session to you.  Katie has text me several times over the past few days to tell me how much she loves it.  She told me the other day that she would love for another family to receive this blessing.  It brings me so much joy to know how much this will mean to her for years to come.  I want to do that for someone else!

Here are the rules:

1.  Be close to Memphis.  (around 30 miles)
2.  Be available on a weekday sometime at the end of May-July 
3.  Comment telling me about your family, or about a family you think is deserving, and why you/they should win a free session
4.  Leave your name and email so I can contact you if you win!

SO EASY.  

I’ll be praying over these entries and I will pick a winner on Friday morning and I’ll announce on our Facebook page and here on the blog.  If I feel like the Lord is leading me to one direct family, I’ll go with them.  If I feel like they should all win, I’ll pick randomly!

If you don’t win, I still want to offer a little something to you!  If you contact us and mention the giveaway, I’ll give you $50 off of your session.  

Sound good?  Get to entering, friends!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

april-ish goals

I’ve had this tab open for three or four days now, intending to go ahead and write out some April goals before April is over.  Right now I’m sitting in my office working on some 314 Productions things and I can hear Ty watching the Master’s in the living room.  I’ve willed myself to be productive today, so I’m pepping myself up with warm cup full of blueberry pineapple tea and a Bath & Body Works candle.  Bella has spent much of the afternoon with me, although she’s been little to no help.  What she lack in enthusiasm, she makes up for it in cuteness.  I guess she can stay. ;) 


Can I really even call them April goals since we’re already halfway through the month (HOW do the months fly by so quickly)?  Looking back on my March goals reminded me that it was absolutely a productive month.  It was incredibly busy for our business and I’m so thankful that we’ve been booking and meeting with so many fantastic couples.  The Lord is just pouring out His blessings all over this business and we are so blessed.  This has 110% been the hardest thing I’ve ever done.  I feel so stretched and so challenged.  I’ve made about 45743 mistakes and it has been a truly humbling experience.  This morning at church the Lord really convicted me about how much weight I had been carrying on my own.  I’ve thought that I can handle so much of this on my own and when I fail it has completely devastated me.  This morning I was gently but firmly reminded that this isn’t mine.  314 Productions belongs to the Lord and the sole purpose of this business is to bring glory to the Lord and to make His name known.  I just have to trust the Lord, be obedient to His Will, and be faithful with the time and resources He’s given me. 

So that had nothing to do with my goals.

Moving on.

APRIL GOALS

1.  Begin my day with prayer and Bible reading.

Lately I’ve wanted to sleep until the last minute so my quiet time hasn’t been as consistent.  I’ve missed a few days or not allowed my heart to truly sit with Jesus.  I know this is vital to my life and I know that I physically cannot continue doing what I’m doing.  I need to do some business with Jesus or my life is going to be a WRECK. 

2.  Have a dinner date with friends.

For a housewarming gift I gave my friend Kayla Bread & Wine.  We decided that we would start cooking through it together, so we are going to have a date night once a month where we shop and cook together.  I am so excited about this and think that it will be such a fun summer of hanging out with friends in the kitchen! 

3.  Have a legit date night with Ty.  

We haven’t had a true “date” since our anniversary and we are due one before the craziness of wedding season!  

4.  Share our new office!

It has been so fun to create an office space that I can work in every day.  It’s already helped me so much to actually buckle down and get things done early in the morning before school and in the afternoons.  I can’t wait to share it with you!

5.  Clean out all closets and bathroom cabinets.

We have SO MUCH JUNK.  I mean like, JUNK.  Stuff we don’t need.  Stuff that just takes up space. I’m so tired of seeing the stuff.  We have so much simplifying to do and I hope to make lots of progress on cleaning things out this month. 

I’m excited about these goals this month and I know I have a lot of work to do.  I’ve missed you guys over the last few weeks.  I wish I could have you all over for coffee so we can catch up on life.  Later this week I’m going to share a lifestyle session of Katie’s family that we shot this weekend.  Y’all.  I love film.  I love what I do.  I love families and couples.  I cannot wait to share more about this fun session.  Be on the lookout early this week!