My New Favorite Movie: Coco

Have you seen PIXAR's newest film, Coco? NO? You must see it! 

I've been looking forward to blogging more for sharing on fun little obsessions like this. I've been so into this film. I remember seeing a preview for it months ago and while typically it takes a lot to catch my attention in previews (with the exception of a superhero film) I turned to my brother and said, "Holy crap! That looks AMAZING!!!!" 

Fast forward to sometime in mid December. I had just come off of a super fresh and spontaneous decision to fly to Disney World on Friday. It was Monday, by the way. I  had been to AAA and bought a park ticket and a 1 night stay at Disney's All Star Music Resort. I drove around that week listening to the Disney pandora station and dreamt of Florida sunshine. Winter in the midwest can be tough, who's with me?

Oh, why was I going just for one day? I was meeting Ben in Florida to drive an RV back to Indy with him and make some fun stops along the way. Ben films a lot of RVs with Element 3, and when I decided to buy a 1 way flight out to Florida after a campaign they were shooting to keep him company on the drive home, I thought, "Hey! Why not go out a day early and spend the day in Disney World by myself?!" I am not even joking. This was one of the best fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants decisions I've ever made. I had a freaking blast! 

That same week I went to see Coco at Flix and because I love to eat junk food while I see movies, I soaked up every single second of Coco over a beer and potato skins. Lol. Signs I'm doing life right, am I right?

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The movie follows  12 y/o Miguel as he accidentally is transported to the land of the dead. The movie is based on the Mexican holiday Dia de Muertos - the day of the dead. Much to his family's chagrin, Miguel explores his passion and love for music and experiences quite a few surprises along the way. In the end, his journey brings him closer to his family. 

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OKAY. For one - THE COLOR IN THIS FILM! Holy smokes! It's a no brainer why I was drawn to this movie when watching the trailer. The electric color reminds me of my brand and was visually spectacular. How freaking cool to be one of the artists that helped imagine this landscape!? The landscapes. The life. The LIGHT! All amazing! 

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The soundtrack is incredible. Any Disney soundtrack that features Miguel is RIGHT. UP. MY. ALLEY! Can I get an amen? I can turn this soundtrack on and within seconds I feel like I'm walking around Epcot at night with a warm summer breeze. It just makes me feel happy. Plain and simple. Plus it makes me want to give my family one big fat hug. If you are new here and haven't gathered this yet, I'm a family gal through and through.

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What I loved most of all about this movie is the comfort and peace it made me feel around the idea of losing my loved ones. I've never viewed death in such a colorful and uplifting light. This idea that our loved ones are always with us, that it's important for us to remember them and our time together for their memories to last, filled my heart so much. It also made me happy to see an afterlife where our loved ones still experienced a heck of a lot of joy! 

This movie made me feel good. It felt like therapy. I laughed. I cried. I was a snotty freaking mess by the end and I'll always, always come back to it! 

If you haven't seen it - do me a favor. Pour yourself a glass of wine, pop some popcorn, grab some tissues and plug back in by watching this gorgeous film. 

The Reeves Family: Josh, Ali, Evie & Wyatt

**As a quick note, I'll be blogging several sessions from 2017 to fill this space with some sparkly content. There's no way I'd be able to cover everything, but here goes! Can't wait to fill this space with content - old and NEW!! 

Please welcome the Reeves family to the blog. This sweet little family happens to be our neighbors. I loved being able to photograph their family in their new home that Josh is remodeling! 

 

Welcome to the new blog!

Hi friends!

So good to have you here. Welcome to my new blog! I've known that a new site and blog were on the horizon for CSP. My last blog was designed back in 2011 when I did my rebrand with Emily Ley and Lara Casey. While I loved that blog very much and it definitely served me well, I knew going into the new year and a new season in my business that it was time for a fresh start.

Emotionally it wasn't easy coming to the decision to let go of the old blog. Seven years of blogging is NO JOKE. Literally hundreds of hours spent story telling, cropping, writing, resizing, tending to these photos I share on the internet. As I matured and grew in my business, and as I started to feel like a new and improved version of the 2011 Caitlin, I craved a clean slate.

I've worked hard at honing my skill and my voice. Moving forward in my business, I wanted a website and a blog that was simple and let my work speak for itself. The most beautiful part of rebranding with Emily Ley and Lara Casey was that together we created a logo and feel to my brand that to this day I still LOVE - truly a testament to the work we did as a team. Instead of feeling stuck 7 years later in a brand that didn't fit me anymore, I've had the luxury of growing and molding alongside my brand. 

I look forward to blogging much more here as I continue to grow. To be honest, it felt like blogging fell off the trendy train there for a bit but I think it's coming back around. I've missed sharing about my personal life so you can be sure to expect more of that as well as new work I've taken on in recent months. In addition to weddings and families, I'm now accepting commercial work which you will see more of here too.

THANK YOU - every single one of you - for your support in this endeavor. It has meant the world to have some of the best cheerleaders out there. I look forward to connecting with you here and sharing lots of (photo) magic. xo

Caitlin