hiatus, followed by a desert expedition.

I haven’t posted anything for awhile.  I’ve been so unsettled.

I’ve had quite the introspective ordeal during the last 2 months:  the urge to follow my heart and stay true to myself, or to keep doing what I was doing for the sake of “security” and the approval of others. It may not seem like a big deal, but I was feeling overwhelmingly stuck and the best way for me to get “unstuck,” was to do what seemed impossible and incredibly crazy.  This involved leaving a nice job in a great hospital and taking a leap of faith.

I’ve never been a good liar, so I chose to stay true to myself….  Despite what the critics had to say (or may say).  As the Middle Finger Project says, it’s okay to be “unapologetically” different and to trust yourself.

There is great adventure brewing inside of me and this is my moment to answer its call–not tomorrow, not next year.

I’ve packed a bag and I’m headed to California to spend some camera-time with 2 lovebirds, then off to the desert, I go!

That’s right…  National Geographic better look out!  Julie is going to the desert.  I figured this would be a rare instance in my life and I’d better seize the opportunity–NOW.   Fortunately, I have a supportive significant other, who believes in my potential to create meaningful things and to simply do good in this world.  His love (along with that of God and my sisters…and many others) gives me courage.

Here are some things I’ve been dabbling with during the last couple months–engagements and senior proms.  I love the enthusiasm of youth!  I thank everyone for giving me their time and allowing me to document their smiles, friendships, love and amazing beauty (inside and out).  I have loved every ounce of it.  I can’t thank you enough…

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Sterling High School Prom 2013

GW {BEFORE} Prom 2013

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Once upon a Christmas wedding…

TJ + Mike have been together for a little over 9 years.  TJ thought it would be a good time for a winter wedding, and Mike agreed.  They exchanged rings and made it official in December.  The wedding was simple and sweet.  Their children, Evan and Kyndle, welcomed me and Evan generously schooled me on his “Hulk” moves.   Look out, villains.

Enjoy this ditty by Various Cruelties…for your viewing pleasure!

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holly, jolly.

Kids…

They help to make this season bright!

If you have a child (or a little bro, a little sis, a niece, a nephew–any loved one, really), count your blessings and snuggle him or her.

I’m pretty convinced LOVE is the meaning of life.

Here is a little glimpse into a family session during a cold, winter morning.  Those cheeks are pinch-worthy and the sound of her laughter feels like…sunshine.

Merry Christmas, friends!

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