A big part of creating this space [my own little corner of the internet], is for me to show my best. To inspire and be inspired. To connect. To show you who I am and what I do, and why you want to visit here. I have started blogging weekly, which is a huge commitment for me, but I have been loving the challenging. Even more of a challenge, I am jumping into a 7 day blogging challenge [you can find more on that HERE] to show you the most authentic part of this space. It’s never easy being quite so vulnerable, and even though my life is seemingly public online because of my business, it really isn’t as public as some may think. So I’m here to challenge that concept a bit.
I am a twenty something creative thriving in the Pacific Northwest. I dove into photography after five years in the military, and wanting more without committing to another career field I couldn’t control. After multiple deployments between my husband and I, we craved having flexibility in our lives and we’re very much into following our dreams. Not something that we hope to reach some day, no, we want to live it in our everyday now. Enter in: work hard, play harder.
When my husband went on his second deployment years ago, blogging/photos/writing really came into focus for me in a way that I could share more with him and the lives that we had to keep going even with him away. Years later, I began gaining more clientele, and wanted to share a mix of it all. Photography is so much more than updating family portraits or adding some digital files to your computer, I want to introduce myself to you, and introduce you through images [hence, ‘let me introduce yourself’].
My goal is to continuing sharing our adventurous lifestyle, and how we make that work with our children, dogs, owning a home, and working full time [we’re also full time students]. I translate that into my work as well – while I hope to shift to even more adventurous photo shoots, I enjoy putting a little of that into my current work flow. I yearn to see people for who they really are. My house isn’t always clean, yours doesn’t have to be either. I was told years ago to ‘fake it till you make it.’ I wasn’t quite sure what to make of that, but I did try. I felt miserable and quickly realized that simply wasn’t for me. I can be awkward, tell bad jokes, think way faster than I can talk, and am sometimes a klutz. But you know, that’s all ok with me.
In an effort to shape my brand around my personal style, this space is for the couple who have a little wanderlust in them [whether or not they can be epic adventurers], the parents who aspire to ‘balance it all,’ and for those who may not have it at all together. The people who appreciate real life and a measure of authenticity + emotion [in my work]. I don’t always have a lot to say, other times I do. My pictures aren’t always epic, sometimes they are. We are all perfectly imperfect, and I’m here to embrace your flaws as much as I hope you do mine, while knowing I will always be doing my best. We are all always learning. It’s rough and messy, and sometimes pretty and neat. I like that though, I like it a lot.
If you’ve read all this, thank you so much for being here and taking the time to be apart of this space. I hope to connect with all of you in one way or another.
Hello Rikki. it is nice to meet you. Thank you for the sacrifice that you and your family has made in order for us to live in a free country. As a fellow photographer it is nice to meet new ones. I think its cool that you got into blogging before photography, sometimes I find it hard to do post especially for photography and sometimes I just want to post the pictures. You do a great job.
Rikki, it was so nice to get to know a little about you! I can’t wait for you other challenge posts!
I loved this post, it is just so warm and endearing and your passion and hard work really shows even just through telling your story. I look forward to reading more posts, and of course looking at your beautiful photos!
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