June 5, 2017

8 Years | Our Story


Milwaukee Beach Engagement Session - Natural Intuition Photo

Eight Years ago a Marine & a Hippy Met

When I moved back after returning from a Summer in Alaska, I moved in with my sister in Scandinavia. I had a few random jobs till I got one at Hilltop in Stevens Point – a 40-minute drive but worth it! Here I met Justin where he was working as a line cook. We didn’t really talk much until one day a co-worker and I was having a conversation about Strip Clubs. Do not ask me why we were talking about them, but I asked Justin about them. That right there was our first conversation to each other! It might not be that romantic – but it makes us both smile every time we tell it!

It took us a few weeks, maybe months to actually go out on a date! I got his phone number from the employee phone list – then one night after too many drinks I texted him. We met up at a bar, danced and the rest is history! Ha ha – told you it wasn’t romantic! But, I tell him all the time that if I wouldn’t have made that first move we won’t be together right now! He always reply’s “I thought you had a boyfriend!” I did not, of course! And the rest is history!

Since that day life together has been the most beautiful imperfect perfect eight years! We’ve traveled to 11 states, camped dozens of sites, hikes hundreds of miles, photographed hundreds of amazing humans, lived in 2 cities together and worked alongside each other for 6 years!

We are not married – but we agreed years ago that no matter what we will work through it. Relationships are not easy, every fight has us learning more about each other and ourselves. Every time I look at Justin, think about our lives together I can’t imagine my life any other way. Today while we were getting groceries I felt like those goofy madly in love couples I see on the street and smile. If this is what 8 years is like, I cannot wait to see what the next 50 are like!

My favorite quote about relationships:

He’s not perfect. You aren’t either, and the two of you will never be perfect. But if he can make you laugh at least once, causes you to think twice, and if he admits to being human and making mistakes, hold onto him and give him the most you can. He isn’t going to quote poetry, he’s not thinking about you every moment, but he will give you a part of him that he knows you could break. Don’t hurt him, don’t change him, and don’t expect more than he can give. Don’t analyze. Smile when he makes you happy, yell when he makes you mad, and miss him when he’s not there. Love hard when there is love to be had. Because perfect guys don’t exist, but there is always one guy that is perfect for you. – bob marley


Related Posts
The Day of Love
Valentines Day is The Day of Love - don't forget that ! It is not about what to get your significant other, not about the diamonds, candy, or roses. It's the day your remember how much that person by your side means to you. The man that is by my side is one of the best men I have gotten to know, love and live my life with. Our relationship has not been easy - it has had it's share of ups and downs, more down than ups but one thing we have always known is that we freaking love each other. When I was a kid I LOVED putting my valentines together, and sneaking the one that was for my crush into his box without anyone seeing. Of course EVERY ON ...
Seattle Washington Wedding Photographer, Campground Wedding, Madison Wi Wedding Photographer
What’s in a Name!?
Why are we named NATURAL INTUITION PHOTOGRAPHY? I have gotten asked a TON about the name of my photography business. I get to rethinking my name a TON too! Every time someone wonders if they should change their business name from blah blah photography to their name photography. Someone explained that the greats like Ansel Adams, Annie Leibavitz, and Dorothea Lange aren't blah blah photography. So I really got to thinking about why I named my photography business NATURAL INTUITION PHOTOGRAPHY 9 years ago! I looked up the definition to Intuition: the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning a t ...
See you in the New Year!
Justin and I are heading to his families this weekend to celebrate Christmas! My side of the families Christmas is New Years Weekend - which so happens to be my Birthday too!!! So many reasons to celebrate! With all this traveling happening (and last minute shopping) we are taking a step back from our business. All while getting ready for some awesome thing coming in the new year! Even though I have have been in business for nearly 5 years (real years!) I feel like the past year I am starting over. I have been honing in on my brand, style and voice! At the beginning of 2016 I starting a re-brand, and it is coming full swing at the beginning ...

Notice: Undefined variable: msg in /home3/cdopp/public_html/wp-content/plugins/flo-launch/public/class-flo-setup-behind-scene-public.php on line 140