you were born with wings

Rumi has often been an encouragement to me. Very often, very easily I can get bogged down in my surroundings. In the gentle misting rain of today, I set an intention, a reminder for myself using these words by Rumi today: 

“You were born with potential. You were born with goodness and trust. You were born with ideals and dreams. You were born with greatness. You were born with wings. You are not meant for crawling, so don’t. You have wings. Learn to use them and fly.”

So lift up your eyes today. Even if your sight is blurred. Find your wings. You have them. 

Image taken 7August2017 with Canon 5D and lensbaby lens. Copyright Amber Lianne

Image taken 7August2017 with Canon 5D and lensbaby lens. Copyright Amber Lianne

insomnia

This post has a story to tell. To begin, I owe thanks to my friend in Barcelona for encouraging me to go stargazing to help with my insomnia and calm my mind. The experience of the drive, and the time to sort and think while in motion through mountains, begun my day in such a way that I'm still sitting without enough words to describe. The timing was unintentional for how the lighting worked to my favor, but being on the continental divide at Independence Pass in perfect time to watch the sun peak over the mountains... leaves me speechless still. The rising sun... at just over 12,000 feet. I drove all the way to Aspen and back today for my little journey. I hope the pictures speak for themselves to you as they stood out to me and speak to my heart still.

Also, to note, I know I don't always watermark, but for me, this is some of my best work. Let me know if you would like any reprinted for yourself without the watermark. 

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rhythms

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You know those times when you tell yourself and others a truth over and over again....and you think you get it yourself but suddenly it really hits home?


How many times have I said that it's not about the arrival but about the journey....the rhythm. Somehow awoke feeling discouraged again about many things. Got my butt out the door for a morning trail run. And it was rough going at first. Feeling every hill to be bigger than it was.


And that's just it. Finally on the way back when it was just a minuscule easier than on the way out, it finally struck me.


Life really is about the rhythm. It is about somehow finding our soul's best path, best balance in what we can do for others and ourselves. That rhythm is life. And frankly sometimes just moving in that rhythm is so difficult.


Sometimes the run is easy. Sometimes it's hard. Sometimes it feels almost impossible. Sometimes your best rhythm is tears and hiding under covers. Sometimes it's your soul bursting into all the crevices of an empty mountain.


It is all rhythm. It is all about balance. And let yourself move in rhythm. Sometimes telling yourself how to when you can't figure out how.


Loss comes. Rebirth comes. Rhythm is yours through all of it. And somehow timing--in this construct by which we manufacture out lives--ends up being what you need


To all in the midst of loss or rebirth today.....may you find rest and movement as needed in your soul's natural rhythm.

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Shot with my Canon 5D at Pismo Beach, CA on the evening of 13 March 2017

the love of a mother

I had the wonderful privilege of taking photos of Miss Cassandra TeLae and her beautiful boys earlier this year in March while I still lived in Minnesota. This March day greeted us with lovely sunshine and warmer than usual temperatures. Cassandra also happens to be a dear friend, for whom I am so grateful. She shines so brightly in all that she does. She is a wonderful mother, and incredible encouragement and loving person to so many. You and your boys are amazing people, Cassandra, and I am so grateful to know you!

“There is no greater heaven the heart of a loving mother” 
― Bangambiki HabyarimanaThe Great Pearl of Wisdom

little family happiness

Today I dream of little families and happiness on tiny faces in the Minnesotan springtime sunlight. My brother, sister-in-law, and nephew from this last March.

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Brandon & Sarah's mountain wedding

I cannot tell you how excited I was to be able to be the photographer at Brandon and Sarah's wedding! Years ago, my family met Sarah's family, and we have stayed in touch off and on throughout the last several years. When Sarah started telling me about Brandon, it was so exciting to hear about someone so special to her! I loved hearing the stories she would tell, and I Even got to meet him last October before they were engaged! These two have so many wonderful adventures ahead of them, and have a gorgeous way of looking at life! I'm so excited for you both! 

Here are some of my favorites and some highlights from their day in the California foothills (and even up into the mountains a bit!) I seriously can't get enough of these two! So gorgeous together!

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Tal & Neela's wedding

I'm so excited to show you picture's from Tal and Neela's wedding! Their wedding was on the 19th of July in a gorgeous garden on a simply amazing Minnesotan summer afternoon and evening. I was so excited to photograph their wedding! They put the most beautiful details and organic pieces into their wedding! Their wedding had the most incredible elements of love and family and friendship crafted into every corner. And the garden setting! Wow! I honestly do not know if I have ever seen a more beautiful backyard garden... so perfect for a weddings setting!

These two carry about their presence such an ease of love and affection. It is a delight to simply be with them, and I am was honored to photograph their wedding!

Enjoy their lovely photos below! I hope you can feel the love I felt in simply being there to be a part of everything. Here are my favorites and some highlights from the wedding!

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the darling Maggie Mae

Back in December last year, Maggie Mae and I found a small studio and shot some new headshots for her. We were trying for a few different looks, and had so much fun in the studio! She is seriously such an sweet and fun and amazing woman! You should definitely check out her website here! She is an amazing woman and I am privileged to know her! Maggie, I can't wait to see where you go!

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Hope, California, October 2013

This may be one of the longest blog posts I have had yet! This was certainly one of my favorite photos shoots I have done! So many incredible photos that it makes it really hard to choose. And I actually did not post all of the shots we took!

Hope is amazing. She has been staying with her family out in California. This past October when I was out West, we coordinated a time when we were both free, and went and played all afternoon by AND IN the ocean!

Seriously, SO MUCH FUN! There are lots of pictures below, but enjoy! I love doing these types of shoots where we plan out some ideas of things we intend to do beforehand!

Ah sigh... That western sunset and rocky shores of the west coast. I took a couple scenic photos... thought later that I maybe should have taken more... but that's okay! Some beauty is remembered best in the mind. Enjoy!

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Do you see my shadow???? haha! 

Do you see my shadow???? haha! 

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first DIEZZELPUNK product shoot

This one is a bit of a throw back. I am working on several projects at this point, but wanted to share a little something, even if it is a tiny throw back. A little over a year and a half ago, the designer/owner of DIEZZELPUNK and I started conversing about a potential photo shoot. The winter following (last winter), we decided to go for it, and in the cold, we threw together some last minute shots. Our model being gorgeous herself, she really shines in the pictures.

And the fun part about this shoot? It really started the best friendships a person could ever ask for! Photo shoots are inspiring and fun! I love working with artists to create and imagine what we see together. And then! To turn it into a reality!

You will see Cassandra's gorgeous self again soon I am sure.

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Christian Schizzel, December 2013

I would like to introduce to you, in brief, Christian J Schizzel. He has become one of my dearest friends since coming back into my life. We knew one another from years ago, and thanks to his being in my brother's wedding almost 2 years back, we came back in contact. Since then, we have been able to design incredible shoots together, and have gone through a lot of life and laughter in our group of friends.

Christian is a dynamic person. Full of a lot of hilarity and brilliance! There are so many artistic endeavors ahead of him, and He is one of the most capable people I know with following his intention. His intelligence and ability to think through something, and then put action behind what he has thought through is one of many appreciated characteristics. Truly, Christian is inspirational. But he is also real. I doubt you could hardly meet a more real person. He gets down to the grit and raw reality of life in a heartbeat.

But perhaps a better way of getting to know him is through his jewelry line. Christian has a line of "jewelry and tomfoolery," called DIEZZELPUNK. His work is incredible, and I highly appreciate his intention for his work. Please do take a moment to check it out! 

Christian now resides in Los Angeles, California, to further his dreams and goals.

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And we had to take a couple of funny pictures, because why not? It was so much fun to do pics with him, and had to goof off a bit in there, too! (Minneapolis, Minnesota is the background city.)

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Laura, After the Storm

Last summer, on 21 June, Minneapolis and the surround area saw a massive storm. Trees were downed, and parts of the city completely lost power for days. It took weeks to get the trees cleaned up and removed because so many massive trees fell down.

For a while previous, I had been thinking how much fun it would be to do photos in the middle of the pouring rain. My neighbor in my current apartment building (who was also a friend previous to when we had moved into the apartment as neighbors) thought this was a fabulous idea. 

While the rain and wind pounded against our windows and we kept asking one another if we were brave enough to go out and do this in this storm, we planned out the outfit and what we would do.

We left to go get waterproof mascara... I am laughing at this right now, thinking about that crazy night... Laura driving. The rain was coming down so hard that had we not been wearing raincoats, we would have been instantly soaked. Our first stop for mascara proved unsuccessful, as we found that a majority of Minneapolis had completely lost power, due probably to the downed trees we dodged. (Not kidding! Thankfully, no trees in the motion of falling!) We found a store with power, bought mascara...

And then, true to the style of a Midwest storm, the storm stopped. Almost instantly. But everything was soaked, and the gutters were pouring with water. The air was so wet it almost felt like it was still raining at times. So we went to one of our favorite little streets in Minneapolis... a place we like to say is our "little bit of Europe in Minneapolis." I am sure you know the place if you have been there. ;)

This shoot was so much fun! I love that my friends are willing to be a part of my sometimes crazy ideas. ;)

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Self Portraits, 10 August 2013

In August this last year, I went to bed early on a Friday night and got up early the next morning to catch one of my favorite types of light... morning light. Doing self portraits are also a great way to teach oneself, as we tend to be hyper-critical of what we like or don't like about ourselves.

These were not my first self portraits I had ever taken, but it had been quite a while since I had last taken planned out self portraits. It was a lot of fun, and it felt like I was taking what I wanted in life and actualizing it. Perhaps that is a strange way to put it. But for now, here's some photos of me from this last summer. At the very least, perhaps the summertime warmth brings a sigh of relief to you as it does to me. 

What are your first steps toward the things you want in life?It starts with you!

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Bret & Julie: Seven Sycamores Ranch; Ivanhoe, CA

The last weekend in October saw me flying back to warmer weather, and a beautiful time of year in the San Joaquin Valley of California. Bret and Julie have such an amazing story, and I feel so privileged to have been a part of the incredible wedding festivities at the Historic Seven Sycamores Ranch

Julie and I are related through our grandmothers. Our grandmothers are sisters, and so Julie and I actually grew up seeing one another off and on throughout the years. She has become a friend as well as the family member we are to each other, so I was so excited to be able to be the photographer for her wedding!

Bret and Julie were set up through Julie's sister, Vicki. It makes everyone giggle a bit when the story starts to be told, and it is a delight to see the laughter and smiles and love of everyone present around these two. This match up has made an incredible couple!

I can't wait to see where your life goes from here!

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