thesuitcasestudio Are you headed to the FURBALL tonight?! Be sure to stop by the silent auction tables & bid on a Signature Session from me! A $395 value, but bids start at only $80!!! And remember, all proceeds go towards helping end pet homelessness! // I'll also be there taking pictures from 7-9 tonight, so be sure to say hi! #bendsnip #dogsonthecatwalk #bendspayneuter @bendsnip #bendphotographer #lifestylephotography #petportraits 7h

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thesuitcasestudio This will be my first birthday spent apart from most friends & family, and the sadness is creeping in a bit as the day grows closer. So imagine my delight when a dinner with my boyfriend's family turned into a sweet early-birthday mini-celebration for ME. Swelling with gratitude for these new people in my life, and hope they realize how much these gestures are appreciated. Thanks so much @judifolson & @amylsteele #inbend #findjoyeveryday 1d

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thesuitcasestudio He's my travel companion when I feel the need to wander, my snuggle buddy when I'm feeling down, and has taught me all kinds of patience over the past 6+ years. And there's something amazing in the simple joy of his presence. I've never felt alone in my journey, as he's been by my side every step of the way. Happy #NationalDogDay to my best little bud, Jasper. #dachshund #doxie #inbend #wanderlust 2d

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thesuitcasestudio Her nails were freshly painted, her hair was straightened, and she was putting on shoes with little HEELS on them. Today, she was a princess. Today, she was a flower girl at her mom's wedding, and she was about to get a new step-dad, too. So she could hardly contain her excitement, trying to sit still as a bridesmaid finished buckling her shoes. // THESE are the moments that melt my heart. The ones I LOVE to document, and the ones that might otherwise get lost amongst such a big day. Lifestyle photography means storytelling, and seeing the beauty that's already right before our eyes. // To see their wedding story through my eyes, visit my Facebook page to view the video. #lifestylephotographer #weddingphotography #weddingphotographer #bridesmaid #flowergirl #roaring20s #inbend #storyteller 4d

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thesuitcasestudio Yes, I'm going a little wedding-crazy with the pictures... but can you BLAME ME?! For instance... check THIS out. And know, it was directed, but not posed. Here's how lifestyle wedding photography works... she'd said her dress was simple, but that she looooooved the back of it. So I knew it would be a focus of mine. I didn't intrude in the moments & ask her to stand, then turn, then turn again, posing this way and that. Instead, I simply directed her to place her hand on the railing and slowly walk down the stairs. Ta-da! // For a viewing of the wedding through my eyes (and lens), head over to my Facebook page to see the video. I promise you'll swoon. // #inbend #lifestylephoyography #weddingphotography #weddingphotographer #bendphotographer #storyteller 4d

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thesuitcasestudio Because family isn't just blood... it's all the ones you've loved along the way, no matter what. I was incredibly stoked to coordinate this party pic of everyone there to celebrate the couple's joyous day there. (Ps: check out the bride's dad on the right-hand-side... best fist-pump ever!) #inbend #wedding #weddingphotography #weddingphotographer #lifestylephotographer #storyteller #armaturebend 5d

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thesuitcasestudio Texture + florals + style, oh my! So lucky to have followed these two around with the camera all day. there. #inbend #wedding #weddingphotography #weddingphotographer #lifestylephotographer #storyteller #shootandshare 5d

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thesuitcasestudio Someone pinch me. Seriously. This wedding party was flipping gorgeous, and super-fun to be around, too. And a 20's-themed wedding... where the guests dressed up in character, too? Yup... I was in camera-heaven! #armaturebend @theworkhouse there. #inbend #weddingparty #wedding #weddingphotography #weddingphotographer #lifestylephotographer #storyteller #roaring20s #flappergirls #shootandshare 5d

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thesuitcasestudio One dapper dude. For real. This guy was awesome, with all kinds of good attitude. And style. there. #inbend #groom #wedding #weddingphotography #weddingphotographer #lifestylephotographer #storyteller #shootandshare 5d

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thesuitcasestudio Such an amazingly gorgeous place for a wedding! Beautiful natural light, hardwood floors & exposed beams... this place didn't need much decor to get it wedding-ready. #armaturebend there. #inbend #wedding #weddingphotography #weddingphotographer #lifestylephotographer #storyteller 5d

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thesuitcasestudio Va-va-va-VOOM. Looking like a movie star, Micah definitely made a knockout bride. She swears she's not good in front of the camera, but it's easy when you get to just be yourself and forget the camera is even there. #inbend #bridalphoto #wedding #weddingphotography #weddingphotographer #lifestylephotographer #storyteller #bride #shootandshare 5d

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thesuitcasestudio Yummy location and SUPER-awesome couple... today is gonna be a BLAST! Photographing Matt + Micah's WEDDING DAY! Let the visual storytelling begin... #lifestylephotographer #inbend #armaturebend #bendphotographer 6d

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thesuitcasestudio My heart is a-flutter... as I have the distinct pleasure of photographing these two lovebirds' WEDDING today!!! I can't wait to see how their story unfolds... #lifestylephotographer #inbend #armaturebend #bendphotographer 6d

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thesuitcasestudio I am ready. To stop making excuses. To take control of my physical and mental well-being. To push myself just a little bit further. To sweat. To feel my muscles burn. To feel GOOD. // #TeamBeachbody, here I come! #shakeology #cize #beachbodycoach #gettinghealthy #sysof #positivevibetribe 1w

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thesuitcasestudio Squirming a bit, being in FRONT of the camera for a change. I took a deep breath and tried to relax, but of course I did everything I tell my own clients NOT to do. Ha! But Erik was patient, and engaged me in silliness & conversation, and saw my TRUE spirit & brought THAT to the surface. In waiting it out & capturing THIS photo... I know he truly sees ME. And that makes my heart swell with joy. And something else I'm not quite ready to say aloud yet. #findjoyeveryday #lifestylephotography #inbend #storybranding 1w
  •   dlcolefamily You look beautiful & happy!!!Change is good!!! 1w
  •   meringuebkeshp Love the hair, the dress, the smile 🏼 1w
  •   rabnrpb MmmHmmm ... Look at you beaming !!! That could only mean one thing -- but I'll wait till you say it your gorgeous lady!!! Keep smiling (with your heart) it shows on the outside ! 1w
  •   taylorannnberg Such a great picture Michelle! I love the hair color and length. 1w
  •   mspakzadbennett You are glowing from happiness! 1w
  •   mandap0p Beautiful! 1w
  •   rachelhulan You look lovely, and I really like the new hair! 1w
  •   amdatrng Love the new hair color!! 1w

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thesuitcasestudio goodnight, moon. // ps: is it wrong that I was super-excited that I burned enough calories on my walk tonight to allow for a super-yummy skinny cow ice cream bar, without messing up my daily intake goals? Boo-yah! #gettinghealthy #inbend #pilotbutte #goodnightmoon 1w

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thesuitcasestudio making a house a HOME. // this last weekend was a ROUGH one for me... realizing just how isolated and alone I really am here. Yes, I'm surrounded by tons of friendly faces & I'm getting to know many of them. But it takes time to forge the bonds of deep friendship, and I'm feeling the loss of the ones left behind. Trying not to lean too hard on Erik, I kept it held inside for as long as I could... till a few words & tears came tumbling out last night. See... while I'm fairly free with my words here, I still get tongue-tied with sharing the big stuff with those closest to me. Walking the fine line of being independent and trusting someone with my heart, and still not wanting to burden our budding relationship, I downplayed it as best I could so I could deal with it on my own... as I thought I should. But I was wrong... in so many ways. And I'm definitely not alone. Erik called me mid-day to check up and see how I was. And then he said he was bringing lunch for the both of us, and would help put together the big bookshelf, too. (I needed his assistance, it's been put off for a bit, and he knew that organizing makes me feel better). And then... he went back to the office to finish the workday. For real. He's a man of few words, but his many actions speak volumes. // #storyteller #storybranding #lifestylephotography #findjoyeveryday #ikea 2w
  •   thesuitcasestudio @redheadsara_g thank you! It helps to know that you're out there, along for the ride... that I'm NOT alone. That my words are reaching a few souls. And yes... He's a pretty amazing guy, even if he doesn't realize it. 2w
  •   thesuitcasestudio @redbeepress_elissa thanks, chica! It's definitely been pretty fantastic, overall. But... it's hard to start over, and this is the first time I've done it in a brand new place. 2w
  •   thesuitcasestudio @amylsteele you know it! Now I just have to convince HIM of how amazing he truly is. 2w
  •   thesuitcasestudio @rabnrpb I hear ya! I don't know how you've done this so many times in your life. I loooove the new experiences, and new people, but yeah... I'm definitely missing a few people. 2w
  •   judifolson Love that guy's heart! (and yours!) Thank you for guarding and appreciating it. Now if you two could just see what the rest of us love and appreciate about you! 1w
  •   thesuitcasestudio @judifolson his heart is definitely precious to me. And I know, I know... it's always the most difficult to look inward & see what others do. I'm working on that. 1w
  •   judifolson @thesuitcasestudio and doing an amazing job 1w

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thesuitcasestudio WARNING: a long, emotional post ahead... // getting healthy... again... // about 3 years ago, I was in the worst shape of my life, and I finally reached my breaking point. Over the next year I lost 50 lbs, but it was SO much more powerful than that. I learned how to treat myself WELL. I felt strong & powerful, both physically AND mentally. And I kept the weight off & continued that personal growth for another year. It's weird how things are so interconnected in life. I'd originally sought to lose weight, but in doing so I had gotten HEALTHY... mind, body & spirit, and had learned so much about myself in the process. But, growth means change, and true change is NEVER easy. And so... last year was one of the ROUGHEST of my life. Divorce. Left a job I didn't like (but had been doing for 10 years). Decided to work full-time for myself. Picked up and moved to a new STATE, leaving friends & family behind. These were all GOOD things... but none of them were easy. I slipped into old habits. Eating fast food & too much processed food. Like... McDonald's and Taco Bell 5 times a week, and going through a package of Double Stuffed Oreos in 2 days. Yup. I KNEW better...but I turned to the comfort food pretty hardcore. In the grand scheme of things, I haven't gained THAT much weight back. But I'm definitely NOT healthy anymore. And I miss that feeling I had when I was. I'm NOT looking to become some super-skinny bitch who diets on cabbage and carrots. Hell-to-the-NO. I LIKE my donuts, and I like my beer. And I'm not giving those up. But it's about striking a BALANCE. I've lost that, and need to get that back. Last time I went through this journey, I realized that the MAIN THING that kept me motivated was all of YOU... my COMMUNITY. I realized I NEED that external accountability, so I'm doing it again. This time, with an even MORE amazing community built-in. Because I learn best when I DO. So I've joined #TeamBeachbody as a #BeachbodyCoach, so I can be inspired & inspire others along the way! Because we've ALL got stories to share, and we're all in this TOGETHER. Please join me on this journey... you have NO idea how empowering your words can be! #teampositivevibetribe #sysof 2w

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thesuitcasestudio Had my first introduction to Bend Brewfest. One dollar, one token, one taste. Several tokens later, I left with a few new souvenirs, a few new brews to try, and a few new friends. I love it here! #inbend #brewfest #amplifyyourstory 2w
  •   adrift_907 This beer fest is definitely one on my list. I've heard great things about it. 2w
  •   thesuitcasestudio @adrift_907 3.5 days of pure awesomeness, though I'd just hit up the opening night. All kinds of amazing things to try. 2w

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thesuitcasestudio The struggle is real, my friends. And constant. Even if the current struggle is simply an internal one. Fellow entrepreneurs will feel me, as will those people on a self-improvement journey of some sort. // Eye on the prize, there's upward movement... arms reaching and stretching towards that "someday" spot of what you want your life/goal to look like. But having achieved it is to hold something infinitely fragile in one's hand. Do you stay and revel, or do you keep on climbing? And how to trust in the joy that comes with triumph, when you're so used to the falls that have come before? #authentic #storyteller #inbend 3w

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