Wild Heart Blooms

In the midst of wedding planning, I've lost time away from freelancing on projects outside of my 9 to 5 that I love, cherish, and CRAVE in order to feel balanced. So when my dear friend Amanda asked to do a small shoot for her blooming, self owned floral business, Wild Heart Blooms, the immediate answer was a no brainer. Because of passionate, hard working (and beautiful) friends that believe in me and my work, I've been able to experience what it feels like to love what you do while helping others grow and promote a small business that allows them to love what they do. It's a positive and encouraging space to work within. While it can seem draining to add more, projects like this supply more energy and are always worth the extra time.

If you're ever in need of an Indianapolis-based florist for your wedding, a bouquet for a loved one or just want to treat yourself to some pretty, fresh blooms, Amanda is your girl. She has an amazing eye and raw talent for creating natural, wild and lush arrangements. She is floralizing my wedding in June with greenery galore, and I couldn't be more excited to showcase her gifts.

Modeled by the lovely real-life mermaid and yoga studio owner/instructor Shannon Brasovan of Practice Indie.



Tasha Nichols

I met Tasha through my friend Tara of Treble in the Kitchen. Tasha is a group fitness instructor and personal trainer at NIFS in Indianapolis. She teaches everything from strength training to martial arts to dance. I've never met a more well-rounded athlete. I knew it was going to be a fun shoot when I saw her gym bag was filled with outfit options. Tasha is sponsored by Reebok, so she has tons of fun fitness apparel at her disposal (my dream!).

Tasha's currently working on a new fitness blog, and I'm excited to see it come to fruition. If her classes are half as energetic as our shoot was, I can certainly see why she's found success in doing what she loves and is most passionate about.


Treble in the Kitchen

Meet my lovely friend Tara. She's a health & lifestyle blogger and fitness instructor living in Denver with her husband Brian. I recently did a fun little shoot with her around some of our favorite areas in Indianapolis before her and her husband made their big move in early August. Tara is a giant ball of light, and her enthusiasm is contagious. I highly encourage everyone reading this to visit her blog, Treble in the Kitchen. It's chock-full of healthy recipes, great workouts, and lots of useful everyday tips. I'm so grateful that I was introduced to her earlier this year and for the constant source of fit-spiration. You're a gem, Tara!



Practice Indie

Meet my dear friend Shannon. Lucky for me, she's also my yoga teacher at the CrossFit gym where I workout. This woman is blessed with so many talents โ€“ including but not limited to her quirky and honest sense of humor, work ethic, flexibility, vision, excellent taste in music, green thumb, natural beauty, and compassion for others. Her lessons in class carry into my life and help me remember to be patient, understanding, and present throughout whatever life throws my way. Her positivity shines so bright, and it doesn't take long to notice the ripple affect that she has on others.

She'll soon be opening up her own yoga studio in downtown Indianapolis, and it shall be called Practice Indie. I couldn't be more excited for her to take this leap of faith, mostly because I have complete confidence in and admiration for her abilities and also know the enthusiasm and love that everyone will support and surround her with as she works to cultivate this passion more deeply. I have so much to thank her for, but maybe more than anything I'm grateful that she shares her vulnerabilities with me and those around her. I have a difficult time accepting imperfection. I'm judgemental. I hold high standards for myself and those closest to me. I don't enjoy failing. I become easily anxious about what I could be accomplishing. But holding onto these self-imposed habits will lead me down a bitter road. At the end of the day, there's much more to who I am than a blooming portfolio or defined skill set. Life is messy, and that includes my own.

This photoshoot is just one example of how a shared interest and investment in others can continue to grow your passion and your heart through the channel of collaboration. Without even seeking it out, I was blessed with an opportunity to work with someone I admire and care for! And it was anything but stressful โ€“ an adjective that too easily creeps in as we work. It was fun, energizing, and completely refreshing, y'all. (I've also been working with Shannon to brand an identity for Practice Indie and will be sharing more on this soon!)

Thank you to be present, inc. for being such an awesome partner to work with and to Daniel Arthur for his unnecessary but very appreciated assistance. For a fierce, red-headed, mermaid yoga experience, stopby CrossFit Naptown to take or try out a sassy, vinyasa flow.

~ give yourself permission to be yourself. ~