Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Happy Birthday Mom...

Dear Mom,

Happy Birthday to YOU! 

Today is your special day.  I know I're not a big fan of birthdays...and you might be feeling extra weird with this one being a milestone birthday (no I won't say which one) but wow...look at all the love you have in your life!

I so enjoyed spending time with you last night and all the craziness that ensued...twin toddlers FULL of energy and excitement, your Mom~ who even at 83 years old still enjoys a good party, Dad, Chase, Justin, and Me....all brought together to celebrate YOU. 

YOU, little mama are really something special.  Now as a mom myself I realize this more than ever. Because being a mom requires a person to be a lot like a superhero.  You've always been the superhero of our family....always making sure that everyone is safe and happy. You always go the extra mile and where you get your super strength from is a mystery to me.

On this day, despite any angst you might feel about growing a year older...I hope you know how LOVED you are.  Thank you for being you and thank you for loving us. 

Happy Birthday.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

New J.Starr Website is Live!

Hi Friends!

Today my new website is live! This has been a big project and one that I'll continuously be working on as more of my beautiful Weddings come to fruition.  I would like to especially thank all of my past clients and vendor partners for making this collaboration of showcased work possible. 

Photo Credit for my featured galleries go to: Still Life Studios, Erica Velasco Photographers, Brie Bandura Photography and Brooke Photography.  I'd also like to give a special thank to Arizona's Finest Wedding Sites Magazine for the styled shoots we partnered together on. 

A personal heartfelt thank you goes out to my editing and feedback team: Aimee Sloan, Chase Norris, and my partner in life and love: Justin Starr.

Enjoy! Please let me know what you think :) 

Much Love,

Monday, May 4, 2015

{Monday Mix: 5.4.15} "This Little Blog of Mine"

Monday May 4th, 2015

Hey peeps.  Hmm, so this little blog of mine.  I've been in limbo as to what to do with it for awhile now.  My blog used to be my photo journal/digital life scrapbook.  But over the blog has now become more of an extension of my professional business rather than a place to share my day to day personal life.  But I've struggled...
  • Where do I share my "personal day to day life" if I don't share it on my blog?
  • And why do I feel the need to share it at all?? 

Those are questions that have been circling around and around in my head for awhile now...and finally I think I've determined the answers. 

1.)  Moving forward I'll be documenting my personal life/day to day, week to week...chronological life via my digital Project Life.  (More on Project Life later).  In addition to printing out pages for my home albums I'll also be able to share my pages online. Instead of posting them to my J.Starr Blog I'll be posting to  my personal Facebook page.  This will allow me to share with family and close friends and set up privacy filters.  Plus it will encourage me to keep up better with my albums (work smarter not harder, YESSSS!)

2.) What do I share?   Bottom line, it makes me feel happy.  I've often felt a little weird about sharing life so much. The majority of my family and close friends don't blog...but they always appreciate that I do.  Sharing life makes me connect with family and friends better...but also gives me a creative/emotional outlet that ultimately makes me stop and appreciate life more.   So I've decided there's nothing wrong with that.  I just don't think my professional blog is the proper platform I'm changing it up!  Do what makes you happy peeps, life is too short not to :)

Moving Forward

Here's what you can expect from the J.Starr Blog:

(Mondays)  "The Monday Mix" ~ Most likely this will still be a personal post of some kind.  Recent adventures, trends I love, past memories, future goals...really anything.  (it just won't be my chronological my life anymore)

(Wednesdays) "Weddings Wednesdays" ~ Wedding Education. Tips, Ideas, Trends, Styles, Wedding Stories, Real Life Wedding Couples, Etc

(Fridays) "Featured Fridays" ~J.Starr Weddings, Styled Shoots, Venues, Vendors, or just Fabulous People in general.

Yahoo!  That was quite a brain dump, thank you friends.  As always thank you for following my blog and supporting me and my business.  It means more than you know.  Change requires change.  Here I go.

P.S. I'm a big fan of Instagram.  I also share a good mix of personal + professional on my account here.

Much Love,

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