Lionheart | Burn With Love

It’s easier said than done, but is still a wonderful practice.  And this practice is to let yourself burn up with love.

Moments can be brief, longer if we’re lucky, but let’s let ourselves burn with love for ourselves and others.  Let’s feel joy in the moment and wish well to ourselves and others, and feel gratitude for what we do have.

Again, easier said than done.  But there’s no denying that there’s a special magic that happens when let ourselves glow with love and gratitude.

How do you work to maintain your inner peace?

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Costume: Thrifted
Makeup featuring: Mineral Fusion, Physicians Formula, CoverGirl

Goth beauty portrait

mysterious portrait of a gothic girl in red lace

Divine Grace | Portrait

We are all healing souls on a journey, and we often find ourselves harboring guilt and standing as our worst enemies.

We all deserve forgiveness and healing, and that’s something we must give ourselves.

Our healing and our journey will have it’s moments of darkness and of light, and we must make ourselves resilient enough to keep going with a kindness for ourselves.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Self portrait

Dark fantasy portrait

Journey of Heroes | Mountain Pass

Life is often far from fantasy, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take every opportunity to be our own hero.

We must take the initiative to live the life we want to live, to create a present and future that makes us feel alive.

Whether that means long road trips and photographing sunsets, or building a family with those you love, or anything and everything in between…it’s our responsibility to make it happen.

Let’s listen to our souls and head in the direction our hearts are trying to take us.  Let’s be our own heroes.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Moody red sunset in the mountains

landscape photography of a magical mountain sunset

Lady Death | Portrait

A moody and sensual portrait of Lady Death.

Death, in all it’s forms in our lifetime, is a process and catalyst for change.

Whether through physical death or simply a parting of ways, people will constantly move in and out of our lives.  We’ll grow closer and move further from those we love, and there are those that simply show up and disappear in our lives.

All serve a purpose.

Some teach us to love.  Some to practice patience.  Some teach us what we won’t tolerate in our lives and show us how we never want to act.  Some simply come and go without teaching us much at all.

Death is a constant in our lives.

Let us not grasp too tightly to those we love, and freely release those we do not want in our lives.

We all have our tribe.  Those who do us harm or do not value us have no place in ours.  May they find their own people, but just as well, let’s find our own by boldly showing our truest selves to the world.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

nature photography trees pink purple flowers

Portrait of a girl in lace with roses

Roses | Portrait

We’d do well to learn to love and see the beauty in ourselves.

This is of course, easier said than done.  A good place to start is by expressing and being ourselves, and being less critical of ourselves and our efforts.

A good rule of thumb: treat yourself with the love and compassion you’d treat a dear friend.  Build yourself up, be compassionate, be patient.

Self-portraits can be another way to learn to love ourselves.  As artists, it can of course involve some self-criticism, but it also gives us a chance to really see ourselves, and appreciate our own version of beauty.

So whether we’re taking a more loving and compassionate approach to ourselves, stepping in front of the camera, or both, let’s be kind.  Let’s really try to see ourselves and appreciate the unique beauty we bring to the world.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

moody gothic lolita portrait

gothic fashion self portrait photography

Magical Mountain Sunset | Peace Through Detachment

This mountain belongs to the Collegiate Peaks and was photographed near sunset during a spontaneous road trip.

While working to meet our goals and live the best life we can, we come across new people, places, and things.  We can find insecurities stirring up as well.

We fear things will change.

We fear losing the people we love, having to leave the places where we’re comfortable, and losing the things we’ve finally acquired.

Detachment is needed.

It is difficult, especially once fear has already set in.  But when we lovingly separate ourselves from what we’re so afraid to lose, when we let it go and trust things will be the way they’re meant to be, it gets easier.

We feel lighter.  We feel free.

Like most things, it gets easier with practice.  Let’s breathe, keep our eyes on our dreams, but lovingly let go and trust that we will be alright whatever comes.

Let’s keep chasing the sunset, without getting too caught up in the timing.  Let’s keep climbing mountains, without insisting we make it to the top.  Let’s keep moving forward, without clinging to the ‘perfect’ destination.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

follow your passion

Nature photography of golden sunset light in a forest of aspen trees.

Tranquil | Mountain Stream

This small stream waterfall was photographed on a hike last summer, during a trek that led to my first (albeit small) summit.

A great reminder to take the time for both the small and larger things in life that make us happy and bring us back to ourselves.

We are our own greatest investment, and when we are at our best, we’re able to be our best for others.

Whether it’s climbing a mountain with a camera in tow, or snuggling on the couch with a good book, let’s make the time for the things that bring us back to tranquility and build us up.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

A vivid green forest

Landscape photography of a waterfall over boulders on Blodgett Peak in Colorado