Hey Ya’ll I am Christine – the main photographer, owner and founder of Natural Intuition Photography. I am the voice and face of the brand – Justin is the ever amazing partner who shoots with me, give me a shoulder to cry on and loves me unconditionally. Sometimes I feel like people really don’t get to know the hearts behind a business – they see their photos, read the bios and check out their social media, but do they really get to know the person? So I am going to spill 5 real truth about me!
1 // Ever since I was a little girl I always wanted to own my own business. I used to sit on my parents computer and type, just type, no real words. I just typed my important paper of a business, gave them to my invisible secretary and filed them away. I even had fake contracts that I would have my family and friends sign. This image of me sitting at my parents computer is always in my mind, reminding myself that I am on the right path – I followed the dream I had before I even knew it was possible.
2 // I left a horribly abusive relationship before living with my sister in Scandinavia Wisconsin. This was a truth I really didn’t think I ever wanted to share to the mass public – but this made me who I am today. This relationship lasted longer than it should of, building from a controlling one to verbally and emotionally abusive. I was afraid to find a job, worried that he would think I wanted to work there to drink and flirt. I left the relationship when it was starting to get physical – to this day it terrifies me to think about the life I thought was OK. There are times I think of what I would be like if I hadn’t had that relationship, but always come back to the conclusion it made me stronger, and more vulnerable. Vulnerable in a good way!
3 // I hate to lie. When I was younger I would lie constantly. Sometimes about the dumbest things! I would always get caught in the lie and get in trouble. It was never a good thing – don’t ever know why I thought it was a good idea! There became a time in my life that I was just tired of lying, tired of having to remember who I told that lie to, and tired of the pain when people found out the truth. I hate lying and hate when people lie. I am honest when it comes to clients, I will honestly tell you that you do not need to hire me for 10 hours, you only need me for 8. I tell couples that they shouldn’t hire a certain vendor due to a bad reputation or who to hire because they freaking rock! I am honest when it comes to creatives when they ask me a business questions – I want to help them grow.
4 // I really hate to shower – but love to at the same time. The process of showering is tedious, you have to change, pick out clothes, dry your hair, shave, and put on make up. BUT – I love how I feel when I shower! Freshly washed hair, I walk with an extra pep in my step and I feel so awake. It’s a constant struggle I go through daily. Usually ending in me not leaving the house and wearing the same leggings 2 days in a row.
5 // I am addicted to cardigans and sweatshirts. I have SO MANY cardigans and sweatshirts in my closet. My all time favorites are from Target – long enough to wear with leggings and jeans. There are very few times you will see me without a cardigan or sweatshirt – the sad part of it getting warmer out. BUT – I am thankful that there are so many different kind of styles 🙂
6 // I have suffered from depression and anxiety since High School. I grew up as a pretty chubby kid and was made fun of for it – I was called squishy, soft to hug and fatso. That mixed in with a really bad relationship that was abusive my emotions can get a little out of wack. Meaning I get sad often, don’t want to be around people and seclude myself into myself and not want to leave the apartment. This has caused me to lose friends because I don’t always know to to act around people, and say completely the wrong things. But, it has also allowed me to find the friends that loved me for me, extra pounds and ugly cry’s. It has also allowed me to love more, care more and see the side of people that they might hide. People have bad days and ugly pasts – but that is what makes us who we are. It is also what we hide from people – we are all fighting a hidden battle and kindness should be shown to the ugliest moments, because you never know what they are battling.
The above are some truths that I don’t talk about or think people really need to know about me – but I want people to understand me a little more. I am a woman who gets anxiety attacks often, and cry when the world gets overwhelming. But, I am so thankful for the friends that are there to listen when I need it – family who loves me no matter what. And an amazing career I wanted since I was a kid, a job where I can wear the same leggings 2 days in a row and not shower if I don’t wan to. The crazy path I took to this place in my life is what made me who I am, and brought so many amazing people into my lives. And if someone reads this and see’s that they are not alone, there is someone out there that made it passed those obstacles and grew from it.
life is a crazy beautiful mess – but it’s the path we have to take to an amazing life.
with love – christine