2015 Goals

I'm pretty sure I had goals for my first day of kindergarten.  I have always needed a compass... a north star.  This year I spent several hours designing some goals that would inspire me through out the year to make small and profound changes.  I'm all about the why.  Each of these goals has a detailed plan and action steps to guide me through the year.  I thought I'd share some of the main themes with you.  What are your goals for 2015?  Reach out and let us know.I hope all your dreams come true.

xoxo Suzanne


Goals for 2015:

1.  To celebrate my marriage.  I want to cultivate a marriage that is full of joy and support.  We are stronger as individuals when we are strong as a couple-- for ourselves, our work, our friends, our family, and one day, our baby.

2.  To embark on adventure and friendships as a couple.  I want to create a life we love playing and adventuring with out family and friends-- housewarming parties, game nights, paint nights, movie nights, fantasy football, camping, Hicksville Palace, Palm Springs, etc.  The world is our oyster.  To go to more of the places I have pinned on Pinterest like this thermal bath in Iceland below.  It was so amazing to stand there in real life and live one of my pins.

3.  To get organized: Insurance, savings ,storage, home, etc.

4.  To be affluent #bosslife

5.  To be inspired: to explore what feeds my soul.  Make art. Moving meditation. Elevate. Morning Pages. Art dates.

6.  Vitality!  To serve my body with gratitude through eating right and exercising.

7.  To organize my business. Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.

8.  Shewanders is for lovers- creating a consistent client experience

9.  To inspire: sharing images through facebook, blogging, instagram, hosting contests, and getting published.

10.  To never stop learning, exploring, and creating to keep Shewanders fresh and vibrant.


MY WORD FOR 2015 I believe assigning a word to the upcoming year that reflects what you intend and what would help me the most to remember.  My word for 2015 is Peaceful Easy Feeling.  I know it isn't technically a word and yet I can't find a one word equivalent that means exactly the same thing to me.  In past years I've had surrender, soar, and release.  I have to tell you that for some reason I went back and forth several times between Serve and Peaceful Easy Feeling.  I'm not sure how I choose in the end but I do have to say that I am thrilled with my word and wonder what this year will bring.

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year friends.  Thanks so much for supporting our blog.  We appreciate you being here.  I really take my firsts in the New Year seriously.  It's time for growth and change.  Time to find direction.  So at the start I want to start to design a path and share more of it with all of you.My friend Lara Casey has these amazing goal setting ideas.  She is such an inspiration, I love her vulnerability and her kind heart.  She has the ability to bring people together.  I love using her Power Sheets to create a clear vision of what I want most in my life.  Here is a little glimpse into my heart and what worked and what didn't for us last year.  I hope you find more of what you want in your lives.

xoxo Suzanne


What worked:

-prepping for tomorrow

-morning pages

-art dates


-personal work like my underwater series

-shooting film

-long vacations

-getting published

-rad clients

-destination weddings

-seeing family and meeting my nephew Gaidin

-date night

-green smoothies

-book club

-my friend's Dani, Hanna, Lauren, Alyssa, and Taylor always inspiring me


What didn't work:

-moving during wedding season

-eating out too much even though it's so good

-facebooking when I want to be present

-chinese medicine

-videographers getting too close to bride and groom during ceremonies

-hair and make up running way late

-spending money on things instead of experiences

-dust on our lenses

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Musings : Three Generations

"It is not in the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves"- William ShakespeareWe are forever learning from our mothers and grandmothers. They are the strong, beautiful women who mold us into the people we have become. For those lucky enough to still have grandparents able to attend your big day, you might want to consider a three generations portrait.


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Put Your Feet Up

Here at SheWanders we have been to many weddings and seen many different ways people celebrate this cherished time in life. One thing we recommend to brides is to take a moment to sit down, put your feet up, have a drink, and slow down before the wedding. You will have lots of walking, talking, hugging, and dancing to do on this big day, so pause for a moment before the celebration begins!Congrats to Jen and Kombiz. We wish you the best!




Life is Better When You're Laughing

When photographing kids, the best approach is to be kind and loving. Kids will be kids. They will want to run, jump, laugh, hide, and be silly. Let them be themselves and guide them along gently so everyone has fun! One approach we use at SheWanders is the "drop and run." Get an adult that the kids are comfortable with to hold them in place for a moment, then let them run free. Your portraits will be beautiful and natural like the adorable Minns twins below!IMG_7950IMG_8092IMG_8085IMG_8086



Seeing Each Other for the First Time

While I was editing Leah Ahn and Michael's wedding I came across a few images of the reveal and I just had to share.  It's hard not to fall in love with their story.  The reveal was so beautiful that even now I can feel my heart in my throat.  Leah Ahn did not want Michael to cry because she knew she would start crying.  So instead, after he collected himself, he started making funny faces and she of coursed laughed.  I felt honored to be a witness and kept photographing through my laughter and tears.  Even though I'm sitting at my computer now, I feel like I'm standing a few feet away from this moment.I often get asked if reveals are as emotional as seeing each other for the first time when you walk down the aisle.  I think that it's lovely to have this private emotional moment by yourselves and still have the walk down the aisle, but ultimately the choice is yours. hotel palomar wedding photography, shewanders photography, hotel palomar san diego, reveal, black and white