From the moment they met, Andrew knew that he was going to make Erika his wife. Growing up together, experiencing life + adolescence that grew into adulthood, college, long distance + so much more. But one thing never changed and that was their love + devotion to one another.
Every long distance FaceTime phone call, or coming home and running into each others arms after not seeing each other for however many weeks. Everything single moment led to this. This day. This hour. Their entire world froze in time when they locked eyes down the aisle with each other. That was such an experience to capture. From the location to the weather to the food + dancing, Andrew + Erika shared the most important day of their lives with the people that mean the most to them.
From now until forever + til death do they part, these two will be one. One with each other, one with Christ + they will live happily ever after.
Let me introduce you to the one thing in this world that makes my whole day better with one smile.
Her entrance into this world changed mine entirely and every moment that I get to experience her growing or learning, being a little girl or sometimes even being your typical three year old is my sole reason for existence + it makes every single day worth living.
As much as everything changes so rapidly in this world, I know that she will forever be my constant + truthfully will always love me more than any other human on this earth and for that I will forever be thankful to her.
Addisen Harper Smith makes me feel like the luckiest mother in the world. To be able to love her and have her call me mom will always melt my heart.
It is amazing how fast they grow into their own individual personalities and start deciding things all for themselves. I truly enjoy seeing her change daily, although I miss the little baby that cuddled me and could barely talk, I adore how smart + witty she is with a laugh that can fill a room.
My baby girl forever who will grow into one of the best friends I'll ever have.
I am a woman. I am a woman of happiness. I am a mother. A business woman + photographer. I strive for greatness. I love. I believe. I work hard. I put trust in people I care about. I am entirely not sure what I am doing but thats the beauty of this.
When I describe myself to a person, I say I am a mother, a photographer + most definitely a lover. A fierce, whole hearted lover (a quality in me that you will see unravel in the work I do, the people I love + my life in general) with a drive that is fueled by a three year old + a man who literally came out of nowhere and swept me up from under my feet. Fueled by moments that you cannot put into words + feelings that are indescribable. Capturing what surrounds me and the beauty that is in this life and all it has to offer is my goal on this earth. So I begin the newest journey + I want to take you all along with me.
Peace of mind, well-being, balance + experiences accompanied by people that I care about + love are what makes me who I am and what helps me strive to be who I am going to be. In a world where everything is constantly growing + changing + multiplying, I recently found a outpouring love for writing + sharing what is, "my story" if you will.
It is the most excited I have been in a very long time to begin something. I cannot wait to share my life, photographs, family, love, travel experiences, health + everything that happens in my life with you all.
Sharing my work from my photography business is going to be a constant. Wedding couples will be featured more often than not and I will be sharing my clients + their stories that make my heart full and hopefully make yours full too.
My Blog/ My meaning.
The name is "Sophrosyne"
"a healthy state of mind, characterized by self control, moderation and a deep awareness of ones true self + resulting in absolute happiness"
This quote is one I have read over and over again + it honestly changed my life. Along with mindfulness and being truly present where I am, I have evolved into a level headed individual that sees the value in every day and that fuels me to be my absolute best version of myself. Which we all want to be, right?
I am a firm believer that our thoughts shape what happens in our lives. Positivity attracts positivity. We all belong somewhere + some of us belong everywhere! I want to be one of those; wait a second, I will be one of those people that go everywhere, experience as much as I can during my short time here on earth + leave an imprint on peoples lives in anyway that I can.
My goal is to inspire you, to help you inspire others. I want to bring joy + happiness + love to your life through words and photos. You mean more to me than you will ever know, as you are the reason I do everything I do!
So dive in, come with me. This is me. This is my story + I am so glad you are here!