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User Image brandenharvey Posted: Sep 1, 2012 9:12 PM (UTC)

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I don't normally update Instagram when I have a new blog post, but today is a special occasion. It's my beautiful sister, Brittani's 18th birthday today and I'm sharing her senior portraits on my blog. I would love it if you took a look at her photos and wished her a happy birthday! Visit brandenharvey.com (or click the link on my profile)!

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User Image brandenharvey Posted: Jan 17, 2018 11:13 PM (UTC)
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On this date in 2013, I boarded a flight to Nashville with a bouquet of flowers to meet @sammiharveyco for the first time.
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We had randomly met on Twitter, started sending daily letters back and forth on Facebook Messenger, and began Skyping a few times a week while we each separately traveled the world.
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When Sammi was about to fly back to Nashville after studying abroad in Europe, I told her I had a crush on her and asked her if I could buy a plane ticket to come visit her in Nashville. She sweetly said yes.
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This was that visit. And we were both so nervous. I remember feeling sick with anticipation the whole flight over, and after we eventually hugged at the airport she was still so nervous that she accidentally tried to drive down the up ramp in the airport parking garage. I was almost too nervous to tell her she was going to get us killed. 😂
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5 years later here we are. I can't believe it. It's so wild to think about the countless flights we've taken, conversations we've had, and adventures we've shared. Here's to the next five. And a million more fives after that.

I shot this photo at an Instameet I hosted that first time I came to Nashville!
User Image brandenharvey Posted: Jan 13, 2018 6:51 PM (UTC)
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‪Being cynical is easy. Resist. Choose joy.
User Image brandenharvey Posted: Jan 5, 2018 7:34 PM (UTC)
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User Image brandenharvey Posted: Jan 3, 2018 11:07 PM (UTC)
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@sammiharveyco and I are adamant followers of the Photo Booth Rule: Everytime you see a photo booth, you have to take a photo with someone. Every single time.
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So you think that by now — hundreds of photo booths later — we'd be ready for the first photo. Apparently not. 😂
User Image brandenharvey Posted: Jan 2, 2018 4:35 AM (UTC)
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I've heard people say that when you stop chasing happiness, that's when you'll truly find it. And every time I've heard people say that, I've called BS.
Because I freaking love happiness. If it's possible to love happiness more than other people, I think I do.
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But this year I caught a glimpse of what that might actually mean for the first time.
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Maybe there's such thing as lowercase happiness and Uppercase Happiness.
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And maybe lowercase happiness is made up of with things like Netflix, affirmations, dessert, and followers.
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And maybe Uppercase Happiness is made-up of things like trust, respect, traditions, snuggles, justice, inner peace, epiphanies, and empathy.
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Sometimes my lowercase happiness distracts me from my pursuit of Uppercase Happiness. I don't think there's a thing wrong with any of those items on the first list.
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I would just trade everything on that first list for any one thing on the second list.
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And maybe that's what that idea means. And I'm down with that. I'm down to stop chasing the lowercase in exchange for the Uppercase.
User Image brandenharvey Posted: Dec 31, 2017 7:37 PM (UTC)

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My best 9 photos of 2017 are interestingly enough some of my best -moments- of 2017. I posted a little less this year, but the stuff I did post was probably more meaningful and real to me than ever. I'm hopeful that my photos and stories in 2018 can be even more real and meaningful.
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Here's what's meaningful about these 9 photos:
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1. My photo at the White House and a farewell post about President Obama. This year inspired me to be more of an activist and advocate and I'm really glad.
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2. Time spent in warm places with my sweet girl. ❤️ @sammiharveyco
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3. Launching the #Goodnewspaper and a new business @goodgoodgoodco. I'm so blown away by all of your support. It's been truly humbling bringing all of this to life with an incredible team. Thank you Sammi, @katielentile, @judsoncollier, Kristi, @tylerhuckabee, @jeremiahjw, @kaileythompson, @chadmichaelsnavely, and so many more.
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4. Falling even more in love with Sammi.
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5. Learning from the wisdom of people who are rebelliously joyful and hopeful like @bradmontague, @mspackyetti, @gatesfoundation, @jasonradical, @tereraitrent, @theshineproject, @jonnysun, @mesopotami, @thejcourt, and @scottharrison.
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6. Less flights in general. But more flights to meaningful places, great opportunities, and experiences that makes a difference.
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7. Absolutely not wanting a dog then falling in love with a dog. @poptartharveyco
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8. Spending a lot of time with people fighting to not give up. I'm so incredibly proud of my friends who chose to stay. ❤️ The world is better for you. Thank you for not giving up.
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9. Memories with family I love. And a whole lot of goofy ideas. #2017bestnine
User Image brandenharvey Posted: Dec 31, 2017 7:05 PM (UTC)

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Happy New Year's Eve, everyone!
We celebrated in the studio with a festive tower of the ✨ #ChampagneofBeers! ✨ @MillerHighLife! However you're celebrating tonight, I hope you have a great evening! 🍻 And here's to 2018! #ad
User Image brandenharvey Posted: Dec 31, 2017 3:55 AM (UTC)

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If there's one thing I've l learned this year, it's that what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Sure, I could have just listened to that Kelly Clarkson song — but apparently I didn't!
I've dealt with sickness, mental health, money problems, fear, questioning if I was good enough. And looking back, I realize that every challenge, every obstacle I face, every fear I conquer — has made me better today.
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And it's not just me. The people in my life who have battled far greater pains than I have have come out even stronger on the other side. My wife @sammiharveyco, so many friends, and so many of my podcast guests. It's beautiful and empowering to see how the rough and tumble of life transforms people into diamonds.
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You can't live your life in a bubble. Because eventually that bubble is going to burst. You have to take your risks, try new things, and push yourself outside your comfort zone. You can do that slowly, and carefully. Of course! But make sure you do it. Because you'll be better for it on the other side.
User Image brandenharvey Posted: Dec 29, 2017 1:06 AM (UTC)
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“The world is full of what seem like intractable problems. Often we let that paralyze us. Instead, let is spur you to action.
There are some people in the world that we can't help, but there are so many more that we can. So when you see a mother and her children suffering in another part of the world, don't look away. Look right at them.
Let them break your heart, then let your empathy and your talents help you make a difference in the lives of others. Whether you volunteer every week or just a few times a year, your time and unique skills are invaluable.” — Melinda Gates @melindafrenchgates
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I came across this quote from one of my heroes this week and it's everything I believe in and the heart of the reason I created @goodgoodgoodco. Wow. Had to share. ❤️
User Image brandenharvey Posted: Dec 27, 2017 6:31 PM (UTC)

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Hi y'all! I’m thrilled to be partnering with my friends at @lifeisgoodco on a special end-of-year giveaway! 🍾✨
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Two lucky winners will receive a $250 gift card to LifeIsGood.com + a year subscription to the Goodnewspaper to keep the good vibes going in 2018.👊
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To enter for a chance to win:
👉 Follow @lifeisgoodco and @brandenharvey on Instagram.
👉 Tag a friend in the comments below.
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Legal stuff: Ends Dec 28th 12:30pm EST. No purchase necessary. Some restrictions apply. Void where prohibited. www.lifeisgood.com/instarules
User Image brandenharvey Posted: Dec 26, 2017 6:08 AM (UTC)
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You never know what happy accident might turn into your next family tradition.
We randomly started taking family photos covered in wrapping paper a few Christmases ago — basically on accident and now it's a weird little tradition we do every year! It's getting more and more packed as our family continues to grow. Maybe we'll need a drone next year?
Anyone else have any weird family traditions they've started recently?
(Behind-the-scenes in my Story!)
#WHPcelebrate #merrychristmas #familytradition
User Image brandenharvey Posted: Dec 24, 2017 11:20 PM (UTC)
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🌨 It looks like we're going to have a white Christmas after all! ❄️
User Image brandenharvey Posted: Dec 23, 2017 6:22 PM (UTC)
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More than nine years ago I went on a photo walk with three photography heroes of mine. I was in high school and had just started taking photography seriously and these new friends were all way older and more talented than me. I was so honored that I was even invited.
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We drove along dirt roads until we reached our destination: "The Weber House"
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The home was originally built as a log cabin by the Weber family when the region was first settled. The current house was built around the frame of the log cabin, which can still be seen from the inside. It's been long abandoned and the elements have begun to take a toll on the interior.
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The first time I visited, (probably in 2008) I shot photos that I absolutely loved. Those photos gave me the confidence to continue pursuing photography. It's been a wild ride since then and I've loved every minute of it.
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The last time I visited this home again was 2013 and I remember seeing it again was so special — a great reminder of the journey I've been on.
Even today, stumbling across this old photo, I'm reminded of that first big experience feeling like a real photographer.
User Image brandenharvey Posted: Dec 22, 2017 8:45 PM (UTC)

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User Image brandenharvey Posted: Dec 22, 2017 1:19 AM (UTC)
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When I met Sally, she immediately started telling me about her daughter with a huge smile. She’s 14 and Sally’s whole world.
Sally relapsed when her daughter was 1, but immediately recognized that she needed to get her act together. She’s been clean for 13 years.
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Life has continued to throw them curve balls though. Running from an abusive ex meant that Sally had to keep on moving, making it hard to keep a job & even more difficult to keep a roof over her daughter’s head.
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When she moved to Nashville she found work as a cook (she loves to cook!) — despite not having a place to live. A fellow cook who used to stay at the Salvation Army recommended the Salvation Army as a safe place to stay.
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She went in for an interview & 2 days later they moved in! Sally hadn’t gotten her first paycheck yet & didn’t have money for groceries that first week. I can’t imagine the feeling of going to work as a COOK with an empty stomach. She said the folks at Salvation Army sensed she needed food & gave her enough groceries to cover her until her paycheck came. She said they sneakily put the groceries in her fridge while she was at work on the 1st day. Which is super cute surprise.
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Sally is saving as much as she can from every paycheck in the hopes that in 60 days she’ll be able to afford rent at a place of her own. But until then, she said this feels like home.
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I asked if she’d ever had any interactions with the Salvation Army before this year. She said she worked the kettle bells one year, helping raise money for people who need a little assistance.
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She says now whenever she sees someone with a Salvation Army apron ringing a bell, even when she doesn’t have a dollar, she always walks up and says thank you. Because they’re making a difference for her & so many others. #storyportrait

This is part of a 3-part series with my partners @salvationarmyus. I’ve grown up hearing about the impactful work they do, but have never experienced it first-hand. I wanted to do this storytelling project to get to know the people who are directly impacted and share their stories with others around the holidays. I hope you enjoy.
#FightForGood #SalvationArmyPartner
User Image brandenharvey Posted: Dec 21, 2017 4:25 PM (UTC)
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LaTonya was 36 when she found herself homeless for the first time. “From the age of 17 all the way to 36, I’d always had my own home. I always had a place to open my doors for others.”
She was working a new job and noticed she was rapidly losing weight. At first she assumed she was just burning more calories at this new job. But after a doctor visit she learned that her thyroid wasn’t functioning correctly & was having an impact on her heart.
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This bad news spiraled as her sickness stopped her from being able to work — and pay rent and medical bills. She and her teenage son found themselves homeless.
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She tried to find someone who would open their doors for her. She was turned down by women’s shelters because her son was too old, & even more heartbreaking, she was turned down by family.
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One day she walked to the Salvation Army & shared her story in the hopes they could take her. They said yes. The next night she had somewhere to stay.
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I asked her what it felt like in the midst of all of this. And honestly, we had this real heart to heart moment when she told me about the overwhelming feeling of depression she experienced. She had never battled depression before, but losing her home in her mid-30’s while trying to provide for her boy terrifyingly triggered an overwhelming despair.
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She said that moving into the Salvation Army felt like coming up for air again — like she could finally see through the fog. It’s beautiful because all she needed was a little bit of stability. Since she moved into the Salvation Army, she’s been able to start seeing a counselor regularly, has a job that allows her to pay rent, buy groceries, and care for her son — and “to feel normal again.” #storyportrait

This is part of a 3-part series with my partners @salvationarmyus. I’ve grown up hearing about the impactful work they do, but have never experienced it first-hand. I wanted to do this storytelling project to get to know the people who are directly impacted and share their stories w/ others around the holidays. I hope you enjoy.
#FightForGood #SalvationArmyPartner
User Image brandenharvey Posted: Dec 21, 2017 1:32 AM (UTC)
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I met Damien at a cafe to interview him for this series last week & mid-way through our interview a man leaned over and said, “I don’t mean to interrupt, but are you Damien Horne?!” That’s when I found out that the guy I was talking to was a big deal.
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Damien was 1/3rd of the popular country band 'The Farm' before going solo. We met while he was home from tour. His life, in many ways, is the quintessential Nashville success story.
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But his life didn’t necessarily start out with all that glamour.
Damien grew up in a family of 12 kids. His mom didn’t always have a lot of money — and Christmas was especially hard. But Damien remembers Christmas being nothing short of magic because of Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Christmas Assistance. No matter how rough of a year his family was having, he remembers always getting to open presents & how much that meant.
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Years later, Damien encountered the Salvation Army in a new way. After finding some success in music, he hopped on a bus to Hollywood w/ a suitcase & $400. Damien was fresh out of school & without a plan. He quickly ended up living on the streets. Fortunately, he was able to move into the Salvation Army until he was able to get back on his feet.
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Soon enough, he made his way to Nashville — w/ a little more money, life experience, & a plan. It was here on 2nd Ave that Damien got his break. A big name artist happened to be walking by when Damien was performing. The artist invited him to meet some country music friends, then play, then tour, then gave him a publishing deal. And here he is today — still in the music business.
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Damien’s life has been completely shaped by the work of this org. And not just when he was down on his luck. Now when Damien tours, he finds unique ways to give back to local Salvation Army locations wherever he performs. #storyportrait

This is part of a 3-part series with my partners @salvationarmyus. I’ve grown up hearing about the impactful work they do, but have never experienced it first-hand. I wanted to do this storytelling project to get to know the people who are directly impacted and share their stories w/ others around the holidays. Enjoy.
#FightForGood #SalvationArmyPartner
User Image brandenharvey Posted: Dec 19, 2017 1:59 AM (UTC)
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I’ve always been drawn to people who use their platform to help others feel less alone. There’s a special kind of person in the world that chooses to share themselves fully, vulnerably, and truly with the people that follow them. And I’ve always aspired to follow their examples and be one of these people.
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In fact, it was 5 years ago today that I believed so much in the power of social media to connect people and leave us all feeling less alone that I actually shared a big long caption that included my actual phone number so my followers and I could connect offline. (I don't fully recommend this but I'm glad I did it at the time. haha)
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Through the years I’ve wavered in my ability to do this. I’ve had months and years where I’ve been open and real about everything happening in my life — good and bad. But I’ve also had plenty of times where it feels like too much, or too difficult, or too overwhelming — and I don’t go as deep.
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There’s honestly probably a middle-ground here — between self-care and full-on vulnerability. And it’s something I’ll never perfectly find — but I’m trying.
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Somebody who’s probably inspired me in this more than anyone else is my new friend @jennakutcher. Jenna has a beautiful way of inviting people into her story. Scroll through her Instagram and you’ll the the beautiful and raw ways Jenna shares about her business, her 2 miscarriages, and body image.
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This week I had @jennakutcher on my podcast, Sounds Good, to talk about all of this. I just wanted to learn the “secret” behind her vulnerability, how she takes care of herself offline, and how we can all make an important difference with the stories we’ve lived.
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Definitely download this episode in the link in my bio. I learned SO much and you’re not going to want to miss it.
User Image brandenharvey Posted: Dec 16, 2017 5:35 PM (UTC)

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A new and glorious morning
My sweet girl in her happy place 📚📖