the thief of joy

November 21, 2014

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“Comparison is the thief of joy.” – Theodore Roosevelt

these thoughts have floated around my head for quite some time now. A few doses of solid articles, Instagrams, and TED talks have motivated me to add my own voice to the realm of social media.

I didn’t make this blog to add to the noise. The last thing I want people to feel when they see shots from one of our adventures is the pang of jealousy. Rather, I’d hope these images motivate you to get out. Do something you’ve been meaning to do, whether it be getting outdoors or calling your mom. Stop putting it off. Cancel your TV. Turn off the computer. Bundle up a bit extra and go on a winter hike. Take photos. Or don’t (truth: adventures still happen if you don’t Instagram them.)

The article I linked to above mentions that “the success of others does not dictate your roadmap or path to happiness.” Why should the good fortune of people you know distract from your own happiness?

I really didn’t want this post to be some in-your-face mumbo jumbo. I realize this attitude is easier said than done. BUT it honestly doesn’t have to be that hard. It can come down to a simple adjustment in the time spent on social media sites. I usually felt grumpy after being on Facebook, SO I just stopped. I deleted FB off my phone. And it was like a weight was lifted.

I still use it every now and again. But once I feel that cranky jealousy creeping up on me, I know it is the first to go. So just give it up for a bit. See how you feel. The world goes on with or without being caught up on your news feed. (Side note- it isn’t Facebook’s fault that you feel this way. It’s your own dang fault. Ask yourself why you feel jealous/anxious/angry at your news feed, and DO something about it.)

I posted this shot of Jordan rock climbing because I was going to use some grand analogy about how life is like climbing and it’s ultimately all up to you and stuff, but it’s just coming out cheesy, as usual with my analogies. Those leg muscles, though.

holiday inspiration

November 20, 2014

If someone were to ask me right now what my favorite color was, it would be that green. That cozy, foresty green. It’s been a while since I could last pin down a favorite color (besides gray), and for some reason, that makes me feel like I have accomplished something. I did it, guys. I picked out a favorite color. Finally.

So yeah, just wanted to share some holiday inspiration from my holiday Pinterest board. I really love the black and white Christmas decor, with a hint of gold/silver. And geometric ornaments are a solid win in my book.

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coming home

November 18, 2014

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T-minus seven days until we head back to Seattle for Thanksgiving. I am SO glad we decided to take the week off for the holiday, it really couldn’t have come at a better time. Jordan and I are both aching for a bit of a break from the daily grind. It’ll be a good chance to recharge, maybe shoot a little, and just be with family.

And EAT. I already have like 12 places I want to go because Utah lacks a few things when it comes to good food (chowder, sushi, pho, hand-shaven noodles, just straight up teriyaki bento… ah my mouth is watering). I guess we will have to have turkey in the mix there, too.

CAN’T WAIT.

The Seattle Space Needle shot on the Hasselblad, with Kodak Portra 400 film.

portfolio coolio

November 14, 2014

Well, it’s far from finished (custom domain is in the works, so don’t bookmark the link just yet. I know you were gonna. Hah.)

I’m still trying to decide on how to incorporate photography AND filmmaking into the name. Also, I realize Jordan is not included, either. So, yeah. I’m still trying to figure out a way to capture all of that too. Anything I’ve come up with so far has been a bit clunky. It’s a process.

BUT here it is! Let me know what y’all think.

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thoughts on change

November 12, 2014

– I apologize in advance for the vagueness of this post. Just need to write out the feelings today. –

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I’ve come to a point in my life where I have learned to slow down. To take a step back more often. And just be happy with the now.

Jordan and I have been experiencing some pretty significant changes in our lives. While Jordan has been a rock, I’ll admit it’s been pretty tough on me. In the past, my habit was to say, “Oh, things will be better when THIS happens.” And then once I made it to that point, I realized the old problems were just replaced with new ones. So I worked hard to change that mentality. I learned to just be happy with the NOW.

Since I was so careful to not take as much for granted, does it make it easier now life has changed? I just don’t know. If anything, I became so content with the way things were, I think I may have set myself up for heartache.

I am hopeful that as time passes, the sting of change will fade. And as I go forward, I may need to adjust my mindset just a bit. Learn to be happy with life as it is, but to not get complacent. Allow myself to be nostalgic every now and again, but don’t let myself get bogged down with mushy sentimentality. And accept change with a bit more grace. It is the only constant in life, after all.

P.S. That photo was taken during a work trip downtown. I am a sucker for Birdseye perspective photography.

Flying Over Utah in the Fall

November 10, 2014

Y’all sick of people posting about fall yet? Well, I’m not. Jordan got a unique view of the season in Utah when he went for a ride in the air with our good friend (who happens to be a pilot.) Jordan cut this little video together of the adventure, and his dad sent us this track he recorded for background music! Enjoy! Oh, and this is best enjoyed in HD, so be sure to click that little settings wheel and set this sucker to 1080p.

P.S. I linked to a playlist if you want to check out some of Jordan’s other videos he’s filmed on the side, some with me and some he just did on his own. Let us know what ya think!

Utah Engagements – Levi & Sarah

November 6, 2014

My brother-in-law is gettin’ married! To a girl named Sarah, too. So yeah, we’ll have the same full name. And let’s just say she’s gonna be tough competition for the favorite Aunt Sarah position.

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I can’t add my tidy little caption about which camera/film was used for these photos simply because I was shooting with three different cameras for the shoot. After this, though, I think I’ve narrowed my shooting preferences to just two cameras (hah, only two?? I know, I know).

I have realized I am becoming a hybrid shooter, at least when it comes to portrait photography. There are moments I miss while shooting on film, and is simply because I am not as shutter happy with film. It’s expensive, after all. So when I am out shooting for a client, I feel better equipped with both digital and film.

It was a pretty beautiful setting on this shoot. These two make a good team!

post-birthday thoughts on growing up

November 4, 2014

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Usually these types of thoughts come up on one’s own birthday, but I couldn’t help but think of growing older as I saw Jordan earn another year last weekend.

When I got that photo of Jordan back from the film lab, I was a bit surprised. He looked so mature, sophisticated, so grown up. Leading up to his birthday, I’ll admit I was scared. I was scared of Jordan growing older, inching his way closer to 30. I feel like I’m still a kid. How is my husband one year closer (and one year away) from turning 30?

But his birthday was different than I imagined.

As we went throughout the day of celebrations, I kept catching myself observing Jordan. Looking at him in a new light. A 29-year-old light. And dang, it looked good on him.

And not necessarily in a physical-attraction way, (though his smile still makes my stomach flutter). But the 29-year-old Jordan was different. It took me a few days to put my finger on what exactly was different. I think I’ve nailed it down to this:

Growing up is an inevitable but incredible thing.

Time will pass whether we like it or not. So why not just like it? Or, for that matter, love it?

Not gonna lie, I will have moments where I wish I was still my 17-year-old self, where life was simpler (not necessarily easier, but simpler). And sometimes I still FEEL like I am my 17-year-old self, and my real age doesn’t feel true to me.

And there’s the kicker- I don’t have to use my age to define me. To define what I can and cannot do. I remember thinking of myself as an adult when I was younger, and now I realize I was never really imagining myself. I was imagining some other person, separate from myself. An adult. A stranger. But now, I AM an adult. I’m still me. And that realization has helped me accept each year with a bit more grace.

SO I guess what I’m trying to say is this: when it came down to it, Jordan was still Jordan. Turning 29 didn’t make him any less interesting, any less exciting. Any less Jordan. Turns out, these silly numbers attached to every human is simply that: a number. And dare I say that Jordan is the best version of himself I’ve seen yet. All thanks to the passage of time, to him growing up.

So don’t fight against it. Age with grace. After all, you only grow old once.

Weekend Review – HALLOWEEN Edition

November 2, 2014

I’m typing this up with only a couple fingers on account of a giant bowl of marshmallow popcorn next to me. I missed out on Halloween candy this weekend, for whatever reason (maybe being an adult has something to do with it?) Anyhow, figure i better get my sugar fix in before the weekend is over. This stuff is WAY better than any Halloween candy I’ve ever had anyway.

Friday was Halloween and it was great. Saturday was the day after Halloween and we did NOTHING. Which was also great.

We happened to go trick or treating right at dusk. And lately, I’ve been loving the moody tones of shooting at dusk. It forces me to bump the ISO a bit higher than I usually shoot, but there isn’t as much noise in the photos as I woulda thought. Jo and I were Fantastic Mr. and Mrs. Fox:

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We made those name tags to hopefully prevent people from asking us what the fox says. Didn’t really stop them. Also, that was some real last minute makeup, but not bad for googling ‘Fox makeup’ and just slapping it on. Jordo was a bit too scared to put on any eyeliner. But he looked pretty cute in those whiskers!

And now for the costume of the year:

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Remember this video? My nephew’s love for toothbrushes runs deep. And he was the cutest little toothbrush I ever did see.

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He also LOVES Halloween. He was more excited with each house’s spooky decor than the prospect of free candy. We’d have to pull him away from a fake skeleton or jack-o-lantern display and remind him to go and get his candy already. He’s a riot.

Jordo revisited his own childhood for a moment when he was invited to grab some candy for himself. He was dressed up, after all. He snagged an Almond Joy and ate it before I even saw the proof.

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That’s one happy fox.

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As with most weekends, this one has come to an end all too quickly. We ended it with a bang, and had pancakes and bacon for dinner. Bring it on, Monday!

Happy FANTASTIC Halloween!

October 31, 2014

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Hope everyone has a fantastic halloween!!

(And no, we don’t know what the fox says. So don’t ask.)

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