Archive for February, 2012

Follow Your Bliss

February 27

It’s Monday and it’s a BEAUTIFUL day in Indy! I awoke to a room full of warm sunshine and birds chirping outside my window. No better way to start a day than with a thankful heart.

I love this time of year. I think the transition between winter and spring has always been my favorite transition of seasons. This theme of rebirth, of starting fresh, is such a gift after a season to slow down and reflect. As a photographer, I know busy season is before me and I can’t wait to get started and grow and improve as a photographer and more importantly, as a person.

This week I’m moving. I’ve found a new place to call home in downtown Indy. I’ve spent the last few days paring down and prepping for a new start. I’m one big ball of emotions than can aptly be summed up in saying that¬†I’m ready.¬†A new chapter awaits and I can’t wait to see what God has in store for me.

Follow your bliss.

Creating Opportunity

February 23

I texted her and told her about the email I had to write. I’ve been told to be as wishful and specific as possible.

Me: Hardest. Email. Ever!

B (sister who I love so much): Orrrrrrrrr BEST EMAIL EVER!

She’s right, you know. Life is what we make of it. 10000000%. I’d tack on rows of zeros there but I think you get the picture.

Today I wrote one of the harder emails I’ve ever written in my life. Have you ever sat down to write out what it is that you want? It’s tough. SO TOUGH! Sure, you’ve got it all up in your head categorized in pretty little folders that only make sense to you. Then you have to write it out into words and the game changes. Writing out your wants/goals/desires makes them real and tangible. It makes them reachable.

I started writing my email and immediately thought to myself, “What would they (the recipient)¬†want¬†to hear?”¬†ACK. Wrong! No! No no no! What started to happen was I began dreading writing the remainder of the email because I was tempted not to write what I really, truly wanted out of fear that it wouldn’t align with what everyone else would want. And what good could really come from writing for ANYONE else other than myself and from my heart?!

Always be true to YOU! You are good enough. Yes you are!

Deep breathe, quick prayer and I started again.

I was myself. I had fun, spoke from my heart and left it all out on the table. I finished up the email a couple hours later, sent it off to a few people to proofread it, put some finishing touches on it and pushed the send button.

Friends, I sent out a big part of my heart into the universe today and it feels AMAZING! Knowing that I’m being proactive about my dreams is the best feeling.¬†Don’t wait for opportunity. Create it.

Georgia and Two Reminders

February 21

Happy Tuesday! Or, what I should say is, Happy Mardi Gras!

Oy. Can we talk about how much junk food I ate over the weekend while visiting my sister in Columbus, GA? Whoah. Actually, no. Suffice it to say I did enough “celebrating Mardi Gras” over the weekend and then some. I’ve never been more excited to get back to running in my life. Yes, that much junk food. Totally worth it, though. And besides, what is vacation really for?! ; )

Being away from home is so refreshing. I crave seeing new places and walking streets I’ve never seen before. Admittedly, there’s little to do in Columbus, GA. There was a lot of bumming around and enjoying each other’s company. Oh, and one big trip to IKEA in ATL to stock up for my new apartment. I can’t wait to get in there and decorate! This is a new side of me coming out but a side I will embrace. Of all of the things bought for my apartment, probably my favorite item was an ice cream scoop. Or is it scooper? Anyways, why, oh why, did I not already own one?! In the end, we did very little but every part filled my heart right up.

There is no perfect story below- very far from it. And I’m okay with that. These are merely a handful of images that make my heart sing.

You know those God filled moments that come along and you can’t help but think I am blessed and so thankful!¬†This was one of them. GA greeted us with temps in the upper 60’s and a gorgeous sunset.

Beth made that banner – she also made one for me that says DREAM. It hangs by my desk and it reminds me daily to believe in the beauty of my dreams and that no dream is too large. It also is a constant reminder of how sweet and thoughtful my sister is : )

You see, what you have to understand about my sister is she is one of the most naturally beautiful people I’ve ever known. She is lovely – without effort. She lights up a room. Her heart is huge and she is the funniest person I know – the only one who can make me belly laugh from a text. I looked up to her as a little girl and still do at this age. Here she is with Scooter – her and her boyfriend Marcus’ dog. I miss that little guy! We shared many cuddles while I was there. Scooter got his name from his tendency to scoot his food bowl around until his food came out of his bowl and onto the floor. He prefers to eat it there. Cute.

My mother has the biggest heart on the face of this planet. If you didn’t know, now you know. Stop the search, all. I KNOW WHERE SHE LIVES!

My two favorite women on earth.

The below image pretty accurately sums up our weekend – cuddling with Scooter : )

A couple reminders.

There is no such thing as perfect. Revel in what makes you unique.

Love is all you need.

Amen and loves….

Published: Wedding Day Magazine

February 16

Happy Thursday! So thrilled to be published in the most recent issue of Wedding Day Magazine. Congrats to the wonderful Danielle & George on their GORGEOUS feature! So happy for you guys!

I am off for the weekend to spend some time with my sister who lives in Georgia with her boyfriend Marcus and their adorable pup, Scooter. I plan on photographing the 3 of them and I can’t wait. Family time fills my soul right up! Will see y’all on Tuesday when I get back!

Happy weekend. Mwah,

C

Adrianne, Michael & Baby Boy to Come

February 14

Happy Valentine’s Day, loves!

I’m really happy and excited this morning to show you these. There is so much love in these photos! Maybe it’s that it’s Valentine’s Day, but even pulling these images together to post gave me chills, made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up and even put a couple baby tears in my eyes. My job is powerful. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to capture some of life’s most exciting moments.

Adrianne and Michael are expecting a baby boy in March. To say I’m thrilled for them is an understatement. There’s something extra special about capturing parents who are expecting their first child – there will never be a time quite like the present for these two.

A, M & lil man to come – Thank you for inviting me into your home and sharing this special time in your lives with me. Really, it means more than you know and I count myself lucky to call you two (okay, 4 including Maizey) friends now : ) Looking forward to meeting your little guy so soon.

Hugs,

Caitlin

I Believe In You

February 8

“If your top goal doesn’t scare you a little, it’s not big enough.” -Bob Proctor

I’ve got this quote next to my computer. It fires me up daily.

Goals. They’re incredibly important. They motivate and encourage movement and growth. What are your goals right now?

Are you complacent? Are you in a place because it is safe and easy and comfortable? Are you settling?

A quote I love that helps keep my goals within reach:

“Remembering you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” -Steve Jobs

Okay. Instense. But this one jolts my world into perspective every time.

Truth is..you have nothing to lose. Nothing.

All you have to lose is what could be.

So:

Throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ¬†-Mark Twain

From one dream chase to another..

I believe in you.

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Don’t Fear Change, Embrace It

February 8

A million and half tiny miracles happened today. And tonight, my heart keeps coming back to this.

Super Baskets of Hope

February 6

It has been a crazy and amazing time in Indianapolis. Unless you’ve been living under a rock as of late, you’ll know that Indianapolis hosted the Super Bowl this year and I can honestly ¬†that I’ve never been more proud to be a Hoosier in my entire life. I’m sad to see the excitement and festivities go, but I’ve made so many wonderful memories downtown in my beloved Indy over the past couple of weeks. It was so thrilling to see my hometown in the global spotlight. The city handled itself with utmost class and dignity. I am so excited for the bright future of Indianapolis and the possibility of hosting another Super Bowl.

Last Monday, I had the honor and privelege of photographing Super Baskets of Hope¬†at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse. Close to 1,000 volunteers came together to help assemble 7,000 baskets of hope to be distributed to cancer patients in the 32 NFL cities. Witnessing the power in numbers was truly remarkable. About 30 minutes in, Mike Jansen (Colts Stadium announcer and emcee for SBOH) announced that volunteers were already done with San Diego and the baskets were being loaded onto UPS trucks and being shipped out. Wow to this! What started at 7:30 in the morning powered through to almost 4 o’clock when the 7,000 basket was assembled. The last city that volunteers packaged baskets for was Indianapolis and the sick patients in our area- the cherry on top of a long day of work. Tony Dungy, highly influential in raising awareness of SBOH in Indianapolis, stopped by to visit with volunteers and speak at the event. Mayor Ballard stopped by and volunteers heard from recovering patients who experienced first hand the positive impact that these baskets make in a sick patient’s life. The real heroes of this event were the volunteers – close to 1,000 who came out to make this event such a remarkable success. I was humbled by the hundreds of volunteers, the speakers, the hope and the chance to be a small part of this event.

After all was said and done and even now as I look through these photos and post them, one thing comes to mind: You may not remember what someone says to you, but you’ll always remember how he or she made you feel.

You have the power to change someone’s life and it all starts with the decision to do so.

Here’s to spreading cheer, happiness and hope. Always.

You can donate to SBOH by visiting their website or by texting “RILEY” to 90999 to donate $5. Please also consider donating to Riley’s Children’s Foundation.

 

Living With Fear

February 2

Fear.

What does this word do to you? Just the sound of it rolling around in my mouth makes me uneasy. What are you scared of today? What have you been scared of recently?

Sure, fear is a part of life we all deal with and it’s not always associated with having negative and unsettling feelings. That being said, fear is, for better or worse, that driving force in my life that makes me want to work harder, reach higher and be better.

There is a side of me now that is FEARFUL of even admitting to being scared in my life right now. I want everyone to think I’m smooth sailing! I’ve got it all together!! Anxiety? Oh definitely not! Not me. I’m not sure what to be anxious about because I seem to have it all figured out!

Wrong. Like you, I AM HUMAN. Imperfect with many fears. Every day. Sometimes they keep me up at night and make me want to stay under the covers for the rest of eternity. Maybe with a gallon of Cookies & Cream ice cream. Maybe not. Preferably yes, though.

Alas, life must go on and I have no choice other than to face my fears daily. To wake up in the morning, plant my feet firmly on the ground and declare to the world, “My fears don’t define me.” Because they don’t. They are in my head and for good reason – constantly reminding me to weigh each side and assess where I truly stand. But my fears aren’t me. They are a tiny fraction within me.

One of the biggest obstacles I’ve faced as an independent, female business owner:

Learning to live with fear and not in fear.

I’m still learning how to use fear to my advantage while simultaneously avoiding those heavy chains of fear that leave you feeling paralyzed. And it’s hard. So hard.¬†At the end of the day, what brings me back to earth is to let go, let God. At some point I just have to smile and trust that He’s looking out for me. What good is it for me to dwell in fear and anxiety? Life is short. As good ole Teddy Roosevelt put it, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” ¬†Amen!

YOU (and me): Today I’m scared of __________ ¬†because ________________.

To which I respond:

Do you have a roof over your head?

Do you have food to eat?

Do you have a bed to sleep in?

Do you have clothes to wear?

Do you have one person who loves you?

Do you have your health?

THEN YOU ARE BLESSED AND EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY. END OF STORY.

Life is fun. Really. Don’t get it twisted. Fear is and always will be in your life and instead of thinking of all of the ways fears can destroy areas of your life (oh, I’m good at this!) …think of all of the ways fears can IGNITE YOUR HAPPINESS.

Example: I’m currently in the process of finding an apartment to live in downtown. I’ve never had my own apartment but am thrilled at the thought of having my own space during this awesome, awesome time in my life.

My ordinary train of thought: I’m scared of moving into my own place because I’ve never lived downtown, it’s significantly more expensive to live on your own and especially living on your own downtown, what if I get lonely, it is putting me out of my comfort zone and so on and so forth.

OR:

Yes, living on my own will be more expensive but I will take such pride in having my own space full of love and inspiration. I may be worried about making ends meet at times, but I’ll work my butt off even more to make things happen. I’ll open my circle of clients further by being in a new area. I’ll discover new places. I’ll make new friends and have new running routes. I’ll try new things. Yes, I am scared but that is oddly how I know it’s right for me.

I never, ever want to live my life in fear. I never want to be complacent and the biggest way I avoid complacency is living with my fear and not in it. Living in fear would be staying where I am because it’s comfortable and easy. Living with fear is finding a new place to live because I recognize all of the ways I will grow as a person and that’s all I really want.

To whomever is heavy hearted right now and burdened by fear:

It’s going to be okay. I promise you. I know it can be easy to forget. Smile and know in your heart that this isn’t for nothing: you are fearful for a reason but it is for no other reason than GROWTH. And growth makes us better. Makes us stronger…

Life is good. Yes it is.

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Looking At a Girl

February 1

You’re looking at a girl…

Who loves her big sister in a really special gigantic amazing way.

Who aches for the Outer Banks. Today I spent 10 minutes watching a slideshow of images showcasing the beach house I’ll be shacked up in with my sweet family this July. I can’t wait see Noah play in the sand and night walks on the beach under the stars with those who mean the most to me.

Who ate 3 desserts last night. Yep. I only wish I had more room in my tummy.

Who secretly (or I suppose not so secretly now) wants to learn how to play drums.

Who sent the peeps at Top Chef an inquiry to see if there was any work I could do for them because really – you never know unless you try. And also, Top Chef is the best. Yep!

Who is one of the only people left in the world who loves cats and I have the most lovable one of all: Pazzo.

Who is so excited for the future.

Who is happy.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. ¬†-Marianne Wiliamson