Today on the blog I wanted to talk about getting over negativity and not letting various outliers in life get you in a negative mindset. Being able to push past the negative thoughts, doubts and personal problems we may be experiencing at the time and focusing on ourselves and our work is vital to achieving success.

The bottom line is EVERYONE makes mistakes.

No matter how long you have been doing something, you are going to make mistakes from time to time. It is so easy to get down on ourselves and beat ourselves up for the mistakes we make. I do it, more often than I would like to admit and this only prohibits us from being our best selves. After all, we are our own worst critics and we need to believe in ourselves instead of putting ourselves down.

I want to share with you what I have learned that has helped me turn negativity into productivity.

When you make a mistake it is important to realize what caused it. What could you have done to prevent that mistake from happening? Sometimes things happen that are out of our control, that we beat ourselves up over and that make us feel terrible. Sometimes another person’s negative attitude can bring us down or hurt us. So how do we get over it and turn this mindset into something positive that allows us to remain productive? Well, In situations like this, instead of letting your core get rattled, think of what you can do to let yourself shine past the thing that is bringing you down. Remember that the only person you can be sure to influence is yourself, so let go of the negativity and focus on YOU. Focus on being the best version of yourself.

If we own our mistakes and even what we may consider to be failures, remembering that we cannot change what has happened and concentrate on the future, then we can become in control of negative circumstances. Growing each day as stronger individuals and as the talented entrepreneurs that we are.

Learning from these bumps in the road are what make us stronger. The next time you let negative thoughts or negative people get in your head, remember to rise above it and move past it. You just have to believe in yourself.

xx Britt

Video shots by: Jairo Brito and Jack Alexander

Interview shot by: Jairo Brito

Video editing by: Jairo Brito

Hi friends!
If you have been following me then you know that I am a photographer and entrepreneur. However, there are a few things you may not know about me. Things like how I can be super awkward (More often than I like to admit!) and that I have three dogs. Well, only two are mine but we have three living in our home. This means I am also used to cleaning up copious amounts of dog hair on the regular. I have a serious coffee addiction, I eat only organic foods (Yes, I am one of those people) but I won’t ever pass up a delicious bowl of mac & cheese or anything chocolate. Which may be hypocritical, but I really don’t care! I try to be healthy but a girl needs her carbs and sometimes in the form of cheesy goodness.
I am a dreamer and I love life. If you live the entrepreneurial lifestyle, by which I mean hustling to make that dream come true and living it, you are familiar with the ups and downs. It’s like a roller coaster that sometimes bangs your head around one too many times until you throw up. Nevertheless, you get back on because it fills you with energy and excitement. Achieving your goals and dreams is hard and we all get knocked around sometimes. If there is one thing that I have really come to learn in 2016, it is that if you do not loose sight of who you are and if you hold onto that passion, then you will always come out on top. Here is to your dreams and the excitement of the journey.

For the Dreamer In All of Us


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There are some people in this world that simply do not have a bad bone in their body and who are so selfless that the thought of others being happy fills them with happiness. These types of people are rare in this world and I was fortunate enough to photograph two of them.

Maureen and Westen are those people. From the moment we met I new how genuine they were and when we did our engagement session together and I got to know them a little bit more, I really began to see just how selfless and wonderful they are as individuals and even more so together.

Maureen and Westen met at Kids Ministry Church in 2013. They were not friends but they knew one another enough to say hello. In June 2014 Maureen decided to go on her very first mission trip in Baja, California where Westen was also doing volunteer work. During her time there she saw what an incredible leader Westen was and without knowing it, her feelings for him were the same feelings Westen had for her.

In 2015 they went again together but this time as a couple. Westen, being the gentleman that he is, asked for her fathers permission to propose before they departed for their trip. He proposed to her on the beach in Baja where their love story had begun.

Their love for one another is rooted not only deep within their faith but within one another.

They were married on March 6th, 2016 at the Malibu Lake Country Club and I was the lucky gal who got to document their day!

Mo (as I call her) and Westen are two people I look forward to growing a friendship with and I am so blessed to have had them come into my life.


Malibu Lake Country Club Wedding


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Vendors

Wedding Dress: Bridal Collection
Cowboy Boots: Steve Madden
Bridal Shoes: Blossom Collection
Earrings: Borrowed from Bride’s Mother
Wedding Rings: George Thompson
Groom’s Suit: Rental from Men’s Warehouse
Groomsmen’s Suits: Pronto Uomo
Bridesmaids: David’s Bridal
Hair: Wedlocks Bridal
Cake: Designed and made by Bride’s friend Sherry Shoop
Flowers: Bravo’s Blooms

When I met Angel I was sixteen years old. Which was a long time ago folks! Even though we had not spoken for some time (Her living in Oklahoma and me in California) we always remained good friends. Angel got in touch shortly after her engagement to Belinda. I think what makes me the happiest is that as soon as I met Belinda, I could tell that this was Angel’s true love. It was like she finally found her other half and I think the same goes for Belinda as well.

When Angel told me of her engagement I was over the moon! Even more so that she thought of me to document her wedding day. I felt honored. I got to Skype with her and Belinda before our departure for their Hawaiian wedding and I remember getting off of that call feeling so happy that Angel found someone like Belinda. My husband and I packed our bags and we were off to Oahu to celebrate and document their amazing elopement on Waimanalo beach.

We met with them the morning of their wedding day and we all went on an adventure together around the Windward coast getting the most beautiful photos. I had the opportunity to capture these moments on both digital and on medium format, which I love using. It was such a treat to experience this all together and to be able to really share in their love story in such a beautiful and serene place.

During the ceremony, it was just the four of us plus the officiant of A Rainbow in Paradise Weddings and their ukulele player. My husband live-streamed the ceremony on Facebook as I photographed it. The Hawaiian traditions were incredibly beautiful to witness and made their ceremony unique and amazing. It was simple and it was beautiful.

I am so happy for my friend Angel and my new friend Belinda as they embark on this journey together. Congratulations you two!

See their full story published on Equally Wed here: http://equallywed.com/intimate-destination-wedding-waimanalo-hawaii/


Waimanalo Beach Serene Hawaiian Elopement


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Vendors

Location: Waimanalo Beach, Hawaii
Ceremony Coordination: A Rainbow in Paradise
Angel’s Dress: JC Penney
Angel’s Shoes: TJ Maxx
Belinda’s Shirt: Coldwater Creek
Belinda’s Pants: The Gap

 

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Every entrepreneur at some point in their career asks themselves, “How on earth do I get my work, my art and my ideas seen?” and let me tell you, I still ask myself this about fifty times per day.

It is no easy task and sometimes we just feel like tiny little fish in a giant ocean that is filled with hundreds of much bigger fish that we cannot compete with.

So how do we get our voices heard? How do we get our ideas out there? How do we make our imprint in an ocean filled with so many other giants who have had the same dreams and who have accomplished so much more than us?

Well, let me tell you something. The truth is we may never make our imprint, we may never accomplish our dreams but if we continue to persevere, especially when we are knocked down, we grow stronger and we push ourselves to learn more and eventually we get what I like to call, “little wins”. Guess what? These little wins lead to MUCH bigger wins.

I strongly believe that if we keep dreaming and pushing ourselves past our limits that we can and will make our dreams reality.

This post is for you, my fellow little fish. Let’s make this ocean our playground and together make our imprint in this giant ocean that we call life.

If you find yourself needing a little extra helping hand, mark your calendars for the launch of my brand new storefront on February 1st, 2017!

Throughout my career, I have learned through mistakes and I know that having certain tools would have been incredibly helpful. Now, I want to share those tools with you. I have a series of documents that have been such an integral part of the foundation of my business and now I am going to share those secrets with you.

Let’s do this together!

xx Britt


Little Fish In A Big Ocean


 

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