Lindsey Pruitt Co.

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Lindsey Pruitt Co.

Friend and fellow creative, Lindsey Pruitt, recently invited me to be a part of capturing her new studio space- the headquarters of her Lindsey Pruitt Co

Lindsey has worked with the some of the most renowned musicians, artists and entrepreneurs. Her creativity for building brands and passion for design is both truly compelling and inspiring. With all she's accomplished in such a short time, along with her influence in the creative community, I think it's safe to say we all can't wait to see what she's up to next!

Images of her studio tour were recently featured here on Darling Magazine. I wanted to share some of my favorites from our time together... x 

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Year One

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Year One

It's hard to believe that this day 365 days ago , with shaky hands & hearts, we promised to stick together for life. 

 photos by Alicia White

And although that day would remain one of the happiest and most beautiful days I ever lived, if you had told me what was just waiting for us up ahead, I think he & I would have ran away... 

I've heard a lot of times people say that the first year is the hardest year... trying to figure out new routines, each other's "lesser" habits. Personality quirks and communication break downs- but- none of those were what made this year feel like a roller coaster that didn't seem like it was ever going to stop...

Instead, we navigated a lot of :

  • others expectations of us
  • family dynamics
  • fatigue
  • growing careers
  • great disappointment and heart ache
  • hosting a friend through a tough life transition
  • extensive sickness
  • some depression
  • and the worst... endless bugs... (I truly have PTSD from all of it)

And the hardest part of it all was that a lot of these things were external circumstance. Nothing was directly involving us, but everything deeply affected us...

I think as a society we do a beautiful, but somewhat out of balance job, of helping couples successfully plan for one day of their life. Don't miss hear me. It is a sacred day, a special day. A day that truly deserves all of the honor, joy and praise- but- there's so much more life beyond that one day...

Days that are lot less extra and way more ordinary. 

And I truly believe that it's in the navigating of those hard waters where we discover if we can make or break the storms. 

The truth is, a lot of couples can't... and a lot of couples don't.... 

So how do you avoid that from happening? I'm clearly no expert. But despite so much potential to let the great seas of life over take you, I think what holds two people together is the true realization of just how much the other is your:

  • helper
  • safe place
  • part time counselor 
  • encourager
  • life explorer 
  • frequent laugher 
  • coffee connoisseur
  • first kiss good morning 
  • last hug goodnight
  • secret keeper
  • dream pursuer 
  • forever friend 

There's so much freedom in realizing that more than likely, your spouse's number one priority in life is to support you in all things. No need to read into things, or make things more dramatic then they need to be. Speak kinds words and don't keep everything locked away hoping they'll somehow read your mind. There's really no need for a defensive heart. Release yourself of worry or anxiety until they give you a reason to doubt them. Don't be afraid to seek counseling. You don't know it all and its worth your investment. Don't place any expectations on someone you wouldn't put on yourself. Always share when you feel like you've lost your way. Be vulnerable and believe the best in that person. Cheer them on, even in small things. We all need encouragement every day. Believe in their dreams and trust that yours will come to pass. Always speak a better word and laugh often. Cling to that person on your hardest day and celebrate with them first on your best day. 

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If I've learned anything in 365 days, it's that He's made me better.

Happy anniversary to us babe. We did it, We've done it & We always will... 

photos by Erica Serrano

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Elevation Worship { Artist Promo Photo }

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Elevation Worship { Artist Promo Photo }

When I first decided I was going to move to Charlotte, NC- a place, mind you, I had never been and didn't know a single soul- It was after listening to Elevation Worship's album, For The Honor. Even though it was a complete mystery to me, I knew something powerful was happening in a place where songs such as these could exist. . 

Five albums later, they have done it again! Their latest, There Is A Cloud is nothing short of EW's best. This album is my all time favorite by far. Powerful songs like, Fullness and Do It Again, can seriously lift your heart and renew your courage. I am so proud of the collective group of writers, singers and musicians who brought these songs to life. 

Below I've shared some of the beautiful album artwork: *art director & photographers listed in the credits*

I also couldn't be more proud of my hubby and the work he did on this album. He is so, so committed to what he does. Having us both leave our fingerprints on this project was truly more than we could have imagined. 

Below I've included some of my favorite shots from EW's Artist Promo photo shoot:

Catch Elevation Worship on tour this spring & go grab yourself a copy of There Is A Cloud today! 

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Uninvited

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Uninvited

When I was approached by the Creative team at Proverbs 31 over a year ago to help create the cover of Lysa T's new book, needless to say, I was pretty excited. 

If I've learned anything as a creative, its that to really do something well you need other people besides yourself to get the job done. Just because you have an idea doesn't mean its the best one and just because you have a vision for a project doesn't mean its the vision for the project. 

I sat down with the creative director and the model for the cover and we started brainstorming some ideas of what "Uninvited" actually looked like. 

We knew we wanted something very beautiful and engaging but also something that conveyed the emotion of being left out or lonely. 

It's amazing to look back and see some of the images that were part of the shoot as we were working through these concepts: 

So ultimately we landed at this ombre wall. We loved the clean white transition to the gritty grey at the bottom. It was a simple back drop but something that held your attention. We all agreed this could be the space. 

After much review, the publishers landed on an image. Now came the process of choosing which tones best demonstrated the look they wanted for the book and it came down to these:

Color, Contrast, Fade, Tones... all of that plays such a role in conveying the mood of the image. Sometimes it feels like you can't quite land on the right option. Luckily I didn't have to choose! But if you're having a hard time selecting, always welcome insight from other creatives and photographers and see what they are responding to and why.

Color, Contrast, Fade, Tones... all of that plays such a role in conveying the mood of the image. Sometimes it feels like you can't quite land on the right option. Luckily I didn't have to choose! But if you're having a hard time selecting, always welcome insight from other creatives and photographers and see what they are responding to and why.

The day I held the book in my hands was truly a surreal moment. It's an honor to see something bigger than yourself come to life. It is absolutely, positively a collected effort. The best part? This book is powerful.

The words Lysa wrote are some of the most compelling and challenging messages that I have yet to read. She truly opens up her heart to those places we sadly know all to well. The places and spaces of grief, loss, disappointment. She discusses our worth and how we are so much more than the lies and the labels we may have been handed in our lifetime. By default, she invites the Uninvited.

Knowing that I had a fingerprint on something that can ripple out into the lives of so many who may be hurting, is indeed, the ultimate reward. If you haven't had a chance to read it yet, stop by your local book store and pick up a copy today. You won't be disappointed. 

 

There is an abundant need in this world for your exact brand of beautiful...
— Lysa TerKeurst

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So great to see you again

Hey guys! 

Welcome! I am so excited that you all have stopped by for this launch. This has been an absolute labor of love. Emphasis on the word LABOR. It has taken me so many months (um, cough over a year, er) to get this just right. So many people went into helping me get this done. And I can't say thank you enough. 

I've been working on some projects that I am thrilled to share here. Thanks for believing in the work I'm creating and for following along. It's good to be back.

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