30th Birthday | Chateau St. Jean Winery & Sonoma Plaza

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It was recently my 30th birthday. Recently as in June, early June. We love to showcase our work and findings, plus these milestones in our lives. When I first started our photography studio business, I was oblivious to many things, but never did I think I would discover so much about myself. So now at officially 30, all I can say and what I will never say enough of, is that I’m grateful.

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I’m grateful for life and the ability to feel fresh air in my lungs.
I’m grateful for my beautiful husband, Victor, who is continually aiming to better himself and those around him in every way.
I’m grateful for my mama and her health, even though she’s seen better days.
I’m grateful for my dad and his incredible gift of resilience he instilled in me.
I’m grateful for all of my brothers and their creativity.
I’m grateful for health, peace, and contentment.
I’m grateful for Oprah and her Super-soul Podcasts –they inspire me every day on my jog.
I’m grateful for my church and finding the profound feeling of community I had been searching for the last 5 years.
I’m grateful for my best friend,–Katie. You’re a hundred miles away but always in my heart and endless text convos.
I’m grateful for my two dogs– who take the role of ‘office buddy’ to a new level.

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I’m grateful for my clients. Each and every one of them. We wholeheartedly love them and believe in their stories. We know the best is yet to come.
I’m grateful for the ability to pick up a camera almost every other day and get to do what I sought out to do 7 years ago.
I’m grateful for the gift of storytelling, never knew that journalism degree would ever come in handy.
I’m grateful for our studio space–it’s my creative sanctuary.
I’m grateful for the tears throughout the years.
I’m grateful for the laughter throughout the many hilarious ‘best man’ and ‘maid of honor’ speeches.
I’m grateful to my bookkeeper. She teaches me so much.
I’m grateful for my in-house editor–Joy. Without her–no one would ever get their galleries on time!
I’m grateful for all the talented and insanely gifted colleagues in the Bay Area–they help me, inspire and challenge me all in one.
I’m grateful that I get to own my own business.

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I’m grateful for the dream to one day have a family of our own.
I’m grateful for the ability to aspire for more.
I’m grateful to see my travel bucket list in my dreams and maybe one day–stand before those very places.
I’m grateful because every day is a gift.
I’m grateful that I can choose joy.
I’m grateful that the very fine lines emerging around my lips will only become pronounced with more laughter over time.
I’m grateful that to do life with a sense of fulfillment.
I’m grateful that I get to teach others about the art of storytelling.
I’m grateful that when I was 12 and 13, life didn’t end as I intended it, and now I get to count my 30th time around the sun.

I’m just so grateful.

Captures are from our fun visit to Chateau St. Jean in Kenwood plus the Sonoma Plaza. We also went zip lining among the trees–a California first for me!

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