tminspired "To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted." - Bill Bryson
#TMinspiredTravels : @nathanochoa
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tminspired Oh my gosh, you guys. My shoot with @kooter_bear & @mariah.briele has been featured on @mozimag's blog!! I'm so excited! Would love for you to go check it out! #tminspiredphotography 1d

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tminspired #TMinspiredTravels is in Chicago until Wednesday! 🏻 2d

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tminspired Forever friends. 5d

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tminspired #JourneyToFearlessness: Tension again. We stopped for gas and they left thinking we already had left too. We were separated. We were on the freeway and couldn’t catch up. We didn’t have a map to where we were going, but the friend who was with us had an idea of where to go. The plan was to meet up again before heading to the first campground. “It’ll get better, it’ll get better.” I kept telling myself. Even though I was dreading the trail itself, I knew things would HAVE to get better once we actually got there. This was God’s plan after all… Right? Things are bound to get better… Right? How much worse could it be? I had a lump in my throat that I couldn’t shake. All I wanted to do was cry, but I held myself together.

Fast-forward… We finally caught up with the other car, dropped it off at the end of the trail, and went on our way to the start of the trail. We drove onto a dirt road that was going to be our shortcut. The gas tank was close to 1/4th. I wished we filled up before getting on this road in the middle of nowhere.

We were driving through the middle of the forest. The sun was setting. It was a beautiful, jaw-dropping sunset. The sunlight glimmered through the trees. My fear settled (a little) when we saw a deer with her two fawns. They were following the road in front of us, galloping along without a care in the world. They didn’t seem to be afraid of anything. It was so sweet. It was so wonderful. But then, it reminded me of the pit in my stomach – I was deeply afraid of what was to come.

It quickly went from dusk to dark. A few wrong turns later, we knew we were lost. The inside car lights were on to review the map. Windows were down so we could breathe. Mosquitoes were eating us alive. This shortcut added hours to our trip. We were all exhausted. The tears I held back so desperately finally won the battle. They rolled down my cheeks as we continued to drive. I let the tears drop, but I cried silently so no one would suspect how awfully scared I was.
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tminspired When life is like a dream and I get to set up a styled shoot that has all my favorite things: The secluded wilderness in the spring, a stunning dress with intricate lace details, an antique wedding ring, a beautiful flower bouquet with pops of color, and a perfect little pink necklace. All of this PLUS major help from a coordinator and a real life couple who is deeply in love... nothing could've been better about this shoot. It was everything I hoped for. I'm absolutely obsessed.

You can check out the entire gallery of this styled session here: http://tminspired.pass.us/styled-wilderness-elopement

Thank you to everyone involved - you guys rock:
Photographer: @tminspired
Coordinator: @jeneventsca
Models: @_jesslynn_ & @im_danu
Hair: @hairbykayleyla
Makeup: @beautybykatey
Jewelry: @meganluvsjewels
Rings: Atlantis Watches & Jewelry
Florist: Kat's Creations
Gown: @ferndalesbridal
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tminspired Date night success. 🏻 2w

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tminspired Delivered the gallery of this wedding last night to this beautiful couple. I may or may not have cried 3 different times while editing. (I did) #Yostra #TMinspiredPhotography #TMinspiredTravels 2w

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tminspired The Starbucks I went to so I could focus on work was 100% full, so my office today is the car. This sunroof view makes it worth it. This stormy weather we're having is making me crave the mountains, so today was the perfect day to break in my new tumbler from @miir. 🏻 Cheers to Thursday, friends. 2w

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tminspired This was the day. I was a ball of nerves. The 6 of us met up at 4:30am. By 5am, we were off. Nathan and I were in his car, everyone else rode in the other. We were bummed that they didn’t ride with us, but I’m not a morning person and I was anxious, so I welcomed the calmness that accompanied the waves of silence.

What should’ve been an 8-hour drive took us 21. (I know - “WHAT?!”) I’m used to driving up to the PNW in 16 hours, with only 4 times to use the restroom and grab some coffee/snacks. I’m really used to long road trips. However, for this one, we stopped every couple of hours to use the restroom and made an extra-long stop to eat lunch. Normally, this would be fine with me. But for this trip, I wasn’t okay with taking our time. In my mind, we had a major time crunch. I desperately wanted to get to that hotel room to repack our overly packed bags and be able to feel comfort just once more.

Normally, all of this would be easy to talk about. But throughout the day there was an uneasy tension from one of our friends, and we had no idea why. This caused miscommunication and uneasiness when it came to talking about plans. But it seemed to just be a bad day, so we said whatev’s and continued on our way with a lack of communication, in the hopes that it’ll get better when we get there.

As we drove closer to our destination, one of our friends rode with us. I was overjoyed that they did. We used walkie-talkies to talk back and forth to the other car, and we were all actually a bit joyful. Everything seemed to be turning around!

Then - we realized our arrival time. The hotel was quite a ways away from the trailhead, and it didn’t make sense for us to stay the night and drive that much further the next morning. We decided to cancel the hotel reservation and go straight to the campground and get started on the trail first thing in the morning. Knowing that was my last chance for comfort and ease, my heart sank. #JourneyToFearlessness
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tminspired Today I was a big ball of anxiety. So @nathanochoa had me say "byee" to responsibilities for a couple of hours and took me and #littlelilycujo on an adventure. It was overcast with a really cold wind but he gave me this blanket to keep me warm. We sat along this creek and ate lunch. It was a wonderful afternoon. 3w

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tminspired Here it goes... I was invited to the Lost Coast Trail. Let me just say this: I’m NOT the backpacking “type,” I’ve never even gone camping! I hate working out and I hate sweating. It’s just not my thing. But 4 of my friends and my boyfriend were all going, and they deeply wanted me there. So I took a leap of faith. I decided to take the risk. I don’t even fully know WHY I said yes… My first answer is almost always “no” if it’s something outside of my comfort zone. But this time… I said yes. I made a packing checklist and did some research, but it wasn’t enough. I didn’t even know what I was preparing myself for, so I honestly don’t think I could’ve been (mentally) properly prepared. I was so afraid of what I was getting myself into.
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Even though I said yes, I was still filled with anxious nerves. I froze up when I looked at my todo list. I panicked. I ran out of time to prep. Then, I panicked more when I saw the financial state it would put me in, so I was going to back out. But in talking it out with the group, I convinced myself I should go regardless. Money wasn’t going to hold me back. I locked myself in. The trip was coming up fast and I gave myself no other choice but to go. (Choices are really difficult to make, you guys.)
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The plan was to drive up one day, stay the night in a comfy hotel, then drive a couple more hours to the trail and get started. I appreciated the buffer. Nathan and I were a pair within our group, so we rented our backpacks and a bear canister to share. We planned out our food and items for our packs and filled them up. We brought lots of extra things knowing we could sort it all out in the hotel later. Our friends were more experienced than us in backpacking, and assured us that they would help us sort everything and repack our bags properly. We knew we could leave the unneeded “what if” items behind. Better to be over-prepared than under-prepared, right? (Just ask my purse.)
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There were too many things up in the air. Too many details not planned out. I let others take the reins. This was NOT my norm. #JourneyToFearlessness
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tminspired Ohio, you were wonderful. Thank you for the adventures and the memories. I hope to see you again soon. #tminspiredtravels 3w

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tminspired Today's wedding was an absolute dream. @raesmile4jesus & @brent_raber flew us to their hometown in Columbus, OH to capture their wedding day. Get this - this was in her parents' backyard. SO many more beautiful moments to come! #tminspiredphotography #tminspiredtravels #raberwedding 4w

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tminspired Today we went on an adventure. I got to see a super cute fox AND a waterfall! What a great day. #ashcave #columbusohio #letsgosomewhere #tminspiredtravels 4w

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tminspired Hi from Columbus, Ohio! Just met with the bride and groom of tomorrow's wedding and their backyard wedding is going to be INSANELY pretty. 🏻 Oh and in case you were wondering, yes, a new adventure = new bag from @langly You can follow along and see more photos from my adventures with @nathanochoa via my snapchat story: TMinspired. #TMinspiredTravels #letsgosomewhere 4w

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