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First time fishing! He caught 6 bluegill ;)

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User Image brethurston Posted: Nov 20, 2017 3:56 PM (UTC)
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Every weekend that I don’t have a wedding I look forward to getting full days with my kids as a family. By about 11am I’m worn a bit thin and by the end of the weekend I’m ready for them to go back to school, lol. Parenting is hard, something I also get to witness at every single family shoot. However, I have the luxury to look at these families from the outside and what I see is beauty in their chaos. I see happy children, strong parents who love fiercely, and bonds that run deep not just through “good behavior”, but also normal kid behavior as well. I guess what I hope is that at each family session I can remind the parents how beautiful their life is, every crazy, chaotic moment. I see it, the camera sees it, and in those long days sometimes it’s nice to have a reminder. .
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User Image brethurston Posted: Nov 17, 2017 6:38 PM (UTC)
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Happy Friday, friends! Tonight I am heading out to shoot my last wedding of 2017. People ask me all the time, “Why weddings?” and it’s always such an easy answer for me. Everything about it suits my personality- it’s fast, it’s always different, lots of people, there a range of emotions, there are challenges, it’s never boring. I could go on. It’s the same reason I could never work a traditional office/computer job (lasted 9 months the one time I tried it). The energy keeps me on my toes, but more importantly it allows me to meet some amazing people. I crave and I need that fast pace. Did you know that I outsource all of my wedding editing? I don’t do this to sit in front of a screen. I do it for the anticipation I feel as I walk in the door for the first time at a wedding and the way I feel when the night is done. It’s a rollercoaster and I wouldn’t have it any other way ❤️ .
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User Image brethurston Posted: Nov 15, 2017 5:38 PM (UTC)
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This weekend I had two families come back to me for their FOURTH session in a span of 2 years. Well, I’ll tell you, despite the fact that I now consider them friends, know their kids, and know they trust me I was more nervous than if I were photographing a stranger. There is no one except me to say “Hey, you’re doing great!” and while I am actually a pretty confident person I can’t maintain that 100% of the time. I worry that I’m going to slip, that I will disappoint someone, that I will become irrelevant. Thankfully after so many years of doing this I know that none of it is true and can successfully push those crappy thoughts out of my brain. So to the Reeves family, thank you for trusting me yet again with your photos ❤️ Sometimes I think nerves are good 😌
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User Image brethurston Posted: Nov 11, 2017 4:21 PM (UTC)
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Happy Saturday! l took today off. What does that even mean when you work for yourself? It means that l put “day off” in my calendar and didn’t waiver. l could have easily filled today during busy family/engagement photo season but weekends with my family are important to me. When l was first starting out l associated being busy with being successful. l felt a strange sense of pride in saying that l was booked up every weekend, but after a couple years of that it got old quickly. Time management and saying no are two skills that l feel are very important to longevity as your own boss. It’s not that l turned away business today, but it does mean that I’m doing two shoots tomorrow instead of one today and one tomorrow. It also means that when someone asked for a weekend date in November l said that I’m booked (l am. It’s in my calendar, remember?) and had them book a weekday instead. l love the business that I’ve created, more than you can possibly know, but l love quality time with my family even more. And there is no shame in that. .
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User Image brethurston Posted: Nov 9, 2017 6:11 PM (UTC)
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What’s happening here? 😂 We were doing photos before the ceremony when the shuttle drove past so of course we didn’t want the guests to see Ragen! What’s funny is that it was a false alarm and the shuttle had already dropped everyone off 😂 .
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User Image brethurston Posted: Nov 4, 2017 4:41 PM (UTC)
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We lived in Seattle from 2012-2015, Sloane was born here, Will’s first job in tech was here, and now he and I are back for a weekend as tourists. Despite being mildly adverse to the temperatures, I love this place so very much. Seattle envelops you with a sense of community, character, and beauty. If you have never been, come 😊 I promise you will fall in love, just as we did and continue to do every time we come back! .
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User Image brethurston Posted: Nov 2, 2017 3:43 PM (UTC)
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User Image brethurston Posted: Nov 1, 2017 9:38 PM (UTC)
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If you’re a photographer who has wanted to step into wedding photography this free PDF is for you ☺️ I’m sharing my guide to 2nd shooting: what you need to do to prepare, how to find people to work for, what to photograph as a 2nd shooter, how to make a great impression, and more. Link in profile! Also, let me know what you’d think. I’d love your feedback and also for you to join my Facebook group (you’ll find that link in the PDF) ✌️
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User Image brethurston Posted: Oct 29, 2017 3:39 PM (UTC)
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I love shooting weddings because I love telling stories. I also love how in the quiet moments you get to notice the beauty of small details. I love the build up of emotion- the anticipation, the excitement, the tears, the laughter. I love being around people and learning their stories. Today is my last full day wedding of the year and while I’m excited to spend my weekends with my family, I’m going to get super antsy to shoot my next wedding. Thankfully I have a lot of great ones in 2018 😌
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User Image brethurston Posted: Oct 24, 2017 4:49 PM (UTC)
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I had a random thought this morning that I wanted to share. It’s okay to be happy. It’s okay to feel proud of yourself. It’s okay to say, “I’ve come a long way, hell yes to that!” Life is so very hard at times. A lot of the time in fact. I’ve shared before the hardships that Will and I went through in the first several years of our marriage. We bought a home at 19 and 21 (yes, years old) and then chose to walk away from it. We lived under the poverty line so that Will could go back to school. Honestly, we felt like failures for many years. We were failing so very clearly, yet what choice did we have but to keep moving forward? But you know what? I’m happy now. I am so damn proud that we made it through those years. I know it sounds cliche but my own experience in failure made me appreciate my successes and happiness, as well as the successes and happiness of those around me. I feel so lucky to have maintained my marriage to a wonderful man, that we are raising two beautiful children, that we’ve been able to buy not one but three homes since we walked away from that first one, and I’m proud because we worked hard for all of that. I am so proud of who I am at age 32, I’m proud of my business, and yes, I’m happy. If you’re in that same position, recognize it and embrace it. If you’re not, know that you still have so much to be proud of. I don’t think there is anything quite as brave as failing and getting back up again.
User Image brethurston Posted: Oct 23, 2017 8:30 PM (UTC)
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Hey photographer friends, I have a question! I’m planning another free educational PDF but I want your help choosing the topic:
A) Guide to 2nd shooting weddings
B) Wedding day timelines
C) Wedding workflow
D) Wedding pricing ?? 😊
(Ps, how cute are these guys from my engagement shoot at Stanford on Sunday! I will share more later)
User Image brethurston Posted: Oct 19, 2017 7:09 PM (UTC)
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This is my 8th year photographing weddings. In 8 years I have been graced with clients who: care more about people than things, know how to laugh, welcome everyone, offer me food, ask about my kids, are kind to their bridal party even in moments of stress, embrace things they cannot change (including wind that nearly blows your veil away), love deeply, and aren’t afraid to just be themselves. I truly appreciate my couples more than they likely realize, and as I book into 2018 and 2019 (2018 is almost full 😱) I’m so appreciative of the couples who have trusted me on such an important day. Love you all 😘
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User Image brethurston Posted: Oct 18, 2017 2:25 PM (UTC)
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I visited this sweet baby girl in the NICU shortly after she was born and on Sunday got to see how much she’s grown. Oh, that sweet baby chub 😍 .
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User Image brethurston Posted: Oct 13, 2017 8:52 PM (UTC)
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Yesterday I was invited to the 400-acre wildlife preserve in Santa Rosa, Safari West. Sitting beyond the fire line it was miraculously spared thanks to either a miracle or the action of its 77 year old owner who stayed behind completely alone to defend his animals. Not a single animal was lost. However, driving through the town of Santa Rosa not everyone was as fortunate. This photo is of a suburban neighborhood not far from the freeway and it was completely leveled. I posted 42 photos and my lengthy story on Facebook, the link is in my profile if you’d like to read/see more of how Safari West is faring and what I witnessed as we drove through town. #santarosastrong #tubbsfire #safariwest #napafires #sonomafire #napastrong #sonomastrong