I believe in carefree living. When I decided I wanted to celebrate being carefree in my life and my business there was a shift in my attitude towards everything. Carefree to me means living life to it’s fullest, letting things roll off my shoulder, celebrating things that make me… me (my cabin, margaritas, star gazing, hiking, jelly beans, hot chocolate, campfires, family, etc which also happen to be carefree), loving more, keeping that carefree child like innocent view of our world, not waiting to do any of those things that make you happy and feel carefree. The best part about making this decision almost two years ago is that I get to surround myself with amazing people (clients) who also believe the same things.
Today is my birthday. A normal occurrence once a year right? Except this year is different. I have always thought of birthdays as a time to celebrate me, it is in fact time to do that, but I feel like this year it’s time to celebrate being alive. 9 months ago I had no idea where my life was going to go or if I was even going to be here to celebrate this birthday (you can read a previous post about that here, don’t worry I am all good). Today I am more grateful to be here and alive than anyone can imagine. Being alive comes with so many things; joy, pain, frustration, and loss, among every other emotion the human body carries. I have definitely felt all of those things over this past year, but I am thankful I am able to FEEL because that means I am ALIVE. I just expected to live a long life, which I still intend to do, but you never know what life has in store for you. Things can change in a matter of seconds. What you knew yesterday may be totally different today. I was taking life for granted and I wasn’t living the life I could be proud of LIVING.
My hope now is to live everyday carefree (it definitely doesn’t happen everyday but is something I strive for), free of worry, empowered to be me, and full of love for life and others, having a child-like innocence when I meet my day, being thankful for whatever life throws me because it means that I am alive and I can share my story with the world. My other hope is to share this with others so they can feel the same carefree-ness. You are valuable and so is your story, so share it and live it.
So today do this… hashtag carefree living (#carefreeliving) on Instagram or Twitter and post a photo or phrase of you doing something to live each day to it’s fullest, to love at it’s fullest. Then share with someone else who could use this message. Feel free to follow me on Instagram (@sarahroshanphoto) or Twitter (@sarah_roshan) as I post my own #carefreeliving moments.
As for me…. today I am going to celebrate being alive as I am going to try to do every day. A birthday shouldn’t be the only day to do that, but it sure is a good reminder.
So fast forward to Jen and Andrew booking me for their wedding. I always try to sit down with my couples and see what is important to them and who they are. Let me give you a little taste. Jen believes in #carefreeliving possibly more than I do. They are very free spirited people, both of them. This came up so many times during their toasts. They live life how they want to live it. There aren’t any rules. They value family, they just got back from their honeymoon where they spent a month traveling, camping, and seeing Europe staying where the road took them. No plans just two flights. I wish this is how I lived my life more. I do try. I want to do these things but some responsible part of me holds me back. I am inspired to do more of this because of awesome couples like these two.
My family and I try to do one spontaneous road trip (or just trip) per year and we always remember those things as the best times of our lives. Thank you Jen and Andrew for reminding me of that. I love how you live your lives. I love how deeply you love not only each other but your families and I love that the universe brought us together again at the absolute right moment. You are an inspiration to us all. I wish you so much love and light on your adventures together.
Venue: Spruce Mountain Ranch
When Sarah told me she was going wear Chacos as her wedding shoes I knew we would be a great match. I practically live in my Chacos in the summer when I am not shooting or just around the house. They are possibly the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn. For a mountain bride they are the perfect shoe. I often tell my brides to bring a pair of flip flops or comfy shoes to wear because the best shots are the ones off the path. Where the scenery is organic, lots of my clients wear heels and change them later.
Sarah and Dave are amazing, the light in their eyes when they look at each other, and the knowing that whatever happens they are both in it together. Most people know that I am all about connection. Connection to each other as husband and wife and connection to your family and friends on your wedding day. These two had an amazing connection to everyone around them. Everyone I talked to shared stories of how these two people had touched their lives. The weather didn’t hold out to finish their ceremony at the top of the mountain but they were pretty good about rolling with the punches on their day. All that mattered to them was they would be husband and wife in the end. In an amazing coincidence Dave found out the same day as their wedding that he was accepted into a nursing program at Duke University so just after their 1st look he shared the news with his soon to be bride. They definitely were both crying which made me and Chelsy (my partner photographer) tear up too! Every part of their day was so beautiful, even if we did have to finish their ceremony at the bottom of the hill. Sarah and Dave thank you. Thank you for living and loving passionately and sharing your lives and passions with me. I wish you so much happiness and love on your adventures to come!
I would love to thank these amazing professionals for helping make Sarah & Dave’s wedding day amazing!
Second Photographer (my partner photographer): Chelsy
Venue: Granby Ranch
Floral Design: Kimball Floral Design (Sue Kimball)
Video: Elegant Video Production
Hair/Makeup: Erin Daugherty
So humbled and honored to have been named one of the top 20 wedding photographers in Denver by Bridebox.com (listed in no particular order). It is times like this that I have to pinch myself and be thankful for all the amazing couples who trust me to document their day and for letting me live a passionate, full life. Here is a screen shot from their article.