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August is always a weird month.

It’s the best because you really feel like it’s summer. Then it’s the worst because you realize summer is almost over. Guess that’s just the life of living in Seattle. We’ve honestly had the best weather this summer so I’m not complaining…especially when I get to photograph couples in the yummy golden light. You know the light I’m talking about. Jamie and Steven were up for just wandering around with me and exploring the cutest little neighborhood. Those are the best kinds of shoots, not much planned…just choose an area and go for it. I’m so excited I get to photograph this couple on their wedding day, what a joy it has been to get to know them and photograph their love.

Here is just a little preview of the time I had with them last week!

Can’t wait to share their full session.

xo.

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I’m always trying to find new and exciting ways to document little pieces of my life. My travels. My adventures…

I just recently decided to treat myself to a GoPro and it’s been so fun starting to explore all the different things you can do with one. I’m clearly just a beginner and have a long ways to go to perfect my GoPro-skillzzz, BUT it was incredibly fun to take it on a little road trip down the coast into Oregon. One of my besties and I both had no plans for the 4th of July this year so we decided to make the most of it and do a little road trip. I had a wedding in Oregon that weekend anyway, so it was the perfect excuse to go adventure a bit. We had so much fun just being able to stop off wherever to take photos and video. We also scored some sweet little items at random garage sales along the way…always a good time. So thankful I have this girl to travel and adventure with. I realize that it takes a special kind of someone to be able to travel with for long periods of time, and somehow we are the perfect match for that.

There are a few things I’m kicking myself for not doing earlier…

#1 – Not buying a GoPro for all the travels I have already done. Dang it. Guess I’ll just have to start traveling more right?
#2 – This year will be our 3rd year traveling the world during November together and somehow we never started a hashtag for all our Instagram posts. So now we have one: #TandAgetaway
#3 – Not taking the time to actually DO something with all my travel photos and videos. So here is the first video! Yay!

This is my first one so no judging. It’s just for fun. It’s just for me to remember the little details of adventuring during my lifetime. Someday it’ll be really fun to look back at these…

Be sure to follow both of us on IG to keep up on our travels to Spain and Portugal this year! We are SOOO excited!

- @AndriaLindquist
- @tonhyakae
- #TandAgetaway

Hope you enjoy seeing what idiots we are when we travel together.
(watch it on youtube at 1080p for better quality!)

xo

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  • August 12, 2014 - 11:29 am

    amanda vanvels - you guys are sooooo cute, goodness gracious! keep making more vids of you two. miss you!

  • August 12, 2014 - 11:32 am

    dorothy - so fun lady!

  • August 12, 2014 - 12:21 pm

    Joe - Awesome. :)

  • August 12, 2014 - 4:09 pm

    Adora - What did you use to edit ton?

  • August 12, 2014 - 5:46 pm

    Jen - Ha! SO cute!!! Loved seeing our home <3… oh, counting the days until we're back. Ike dropped his GoPro in the Ocean the first day we tested it out… we're lucky those little guys are so durable! =P

  • August 13, 2014 - 9:50 am

    Whitney - This is sick. Can’t wait to watch all your adventures!

It happens every now and again…and when it does, I try to soak up every last emotion that comes with it.

Clarity, that is.

I think that may be the number one thing I pray about on the daily…just clarity, contentment, and peace with where I am at in that moment. Rarely do I ever feel all those things at one time, but when I do I am ever so thankful. I’m figuring out as I get older that a lot of those things come when I surround myself with the right people. Friends who are sincere about their love for me, my family who let’s me be exactly who I am, and people in general who have a positive outlook on life and overall good energy. It’s crazy how different I feel about myself when I’m not surrounding myself with good solid people. Do yourself a favor…get rid of the bad energy and surround yourself with people who truly support and love you.

Speaking of good company. Meet my neighbor, Talitha. We’ve lived in the same building the entire 2 years I’ve been here and I have not ran into her once, how is that even possible? I’m really bummed it took this long for us to cross paths because this girl is a gem. Though our friendship is new, I immediately felt I could be myself with her and that is a rare thing for me. A few days ago Talitha asked me if I could snap a few photos of her…her make-up was freshly done and she had just gone shopping…so what better excuse than to take photos am I right?! Still in yesterdays hair and make-up, I made my way downstairs (amazing) and we took about 20 minutes of photos in and around the apartment. The last-minute, unplanned shoots are the ones I always love. No time to think about it or plan all the perfect spots…you just go out and shoot what feels right. I need to do more of that kind of shooting.

What I didn’t know until later that night was that this was basically Talitha’s first time having her photos taken like this. She was freaking out over a few previews I sent over and just from a few of her words, I was reassured in my love for making women feel beautiful. I have talked about it before with my boudoir photography, but it really doesn’t matter if your clothed or not…or even if I have my camera involved or not…making women feel beautiful is a great feeling. Go out of your way today to give a woman a nice compliment, see what it does to her spirits. Be an encourager. The one quality that I see myself attracted to when it comes to friendships, are those who can just encourage me and are genuine about it. I think a lot of people, women especially, are afraid to compliment other women in fear that it makes them look weak. That’s bullshit. Everyone needs and deserves to see themselves in a beautiful light, and sometimes that doesn’t always happen through their own eyes. Be that person to help show them.

Personal thoughts are now over haha. Enjoy my gorgeous neighbor, Talitha. I mean…look at this girl.

xo.

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  • August 4, 2014 - 11:40 am

    nancy nolan - I love all of this! She is gorgeous, you are gorgeous, these photos are gorgeous. Just…GORGEOUS!

  • August 4, 2014 - 11:58 am

    Stephanie - Wise words, lady. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and heart. Good read and reminder for this day.

  • August 4, 2014 - 11:58 am

    Michelle - You’re gorgeous. She’s gorgeous. The photos are gorgeous. So much beauty!!

    Tonhya, I’ve been following your work for well over a year now. You and Andria Lindquist have been the biggest sources of inspiration and amazement for me. I love the way you capture light and beauty and I’m always interested when you have a new post to see the world through your eyes. I just wanted to leave a note to thank you for putting not only your beautiful images, but also a bit of yourself out there for me (and the rest of the world) to see. Cheesy to say, maybe, but it enriches my life. Okay, enough sap! Bye!

  • August 4, 2014 - 12:01 pm

    Michelle - p.s., Hilarious that Nancy (above) and I had the same comment!! I was writing mine before I read anyone else’s, But, it’s certainly true!

  • August 4, 2014 - 12:02 pm

    Rachel Sumner - Love her! Love you! How have I been friends with you both this entire time, and not put the pieces together that you live in same building? geesh… And hell, yes here’s to awesome woman, being comfortable in your own skin and celebrating one another!

  • August 4, 2014 - 12:05 pm

    Karen - These are bang, bang BANGIN! Love your sweet words- this makes me adore you even more reading this and thinking back to how much fun we had at Beyonce with Dorothy and Allison. So thankful for your friendship and silly love you spread everywhere.

  • August 4, 2014 - 12:16 pm

    Jonna - love when you share your heart through words and photos – just lovely!

  • August 4, 2014 - 12:25 pm

    Sarah Becker Lillard - Tonhya – love these images and these words. I attended the Making Things Happen conference this spring and we were instructed to think of a person in our life who was toxic – I started the exercise thinking “Nobody!” and at the end had a page full of people, habits, etc. that are toxic to me and that I need to eradicate. Saying no to these things and people, although difficult, has allowed me to say yes to amazing, life giving, encouraging, and supportive friends and I am so very thankful. We are all in this journey together and I thank you for sharing your part. xoxo.

  • August 4, 2014 - 2:14 pm

    Kelsey - Beautiful neighbor. Beautiful words. Beautiful Tonhya :) Love you sweet girl!

  • August 4, 2014 - 10:06 pm

    Talitha - T Money!!! You are THE BEST! Like, WOW!!! I love love LOVE how all of these turned out!!! Not a few, but ALL of them!! Thank you for making me feel like a million bucks!

  • August 5, 2014 - 7:16 am

    Rebekka - Okay, so Talitha is my best friend, and I am DYING HERE! These are just UNREAL!!!!!! She is so beautiful and you really captured HER! You are an amazing photographer. Beautiful.

  • August 5, 2014 - 8:02 am

    alan bullock - The most beautiful girl in the world – inside and out – Talitha that is. We should know, we’re her parents. Tonhya, outstanding job of capturing all of that and more! Alan & Anoosh Bullock

  • August 6, 2014 - 6:12 pm

    Julie - i don’t know you, but i know talitha. thank you for taking these, for your kind and true words and for capturing her stunning presence! the whole thing makes my heart full. bravo beautiful ladies.