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2022 …. bring it on!

2022 …. bring it on!

2021… What a year!!!  I don’t know about you – but 2021 just almost won.  Almost.

If you have been around a while – you’ve been thru it all with me. Thank you for sticking it out.  2021 was full of hopes and dreams and great big plans.  I had so many plans for last year.  However, the universe had other ideas.  A year with many losses, sickness, health challenges and just honestly a sense of not knowing where to go from there.  I took December to really focus on what was important to my dreams, my goals and what served my soul.  We’ve restructured some things.  We’ve refocused our energy on things that serve our purpose better.  Most importantly, I have taken the time to really stop and dream again.

Here are a few updates for you for 2022.. just a few – there are really so many more.

The BE Project 2022

Hopefully, you have seen we have picked up the 2021 BE Project and have been sharing on social media.  We will be scheduling sessions for the first week of February for 2022.  We will be opening up the sign up form later this week.

 

Head Shots

Head Shots will always be special to me.  We are working on a few new styles of headshots so be sure to let me know when you need to update yours.  New background colors – new styles – new approach – same great experience.

 

Paw Prints

coming soon… we will be celebrating your furry friends

 

My word for 2022 is determined.  I allowed 2021 to derail me from my plans.  This year – I would say – hang on tight because big things are going to happen.  I am determined to come here and share with you what’s going on, my rambling thoughts, and just get back to what drives me.  Writing has always been something that soothes my soul.  It feeds my brain and my heart.  So as long as you keep reading, I promise to keep writing.  I am determined to do better to share the images of those that trust me to step in front of my camera and tell their stories.  This has always been one of the greatest things for me about being a photographer – to learn the stories of the people I get to meet.

Thank you for all the prayers and grace this year each of you have sent my direction.  I am blessed beyond measure and I am determined to elevate our BE Empire this year to levels unseen.

Until I see you on the other side of the camera – Much Love to each of you.

xoxo

Brooke

The BE Project 2021 – Seth – Beautiful Evolutions Photography

The BE Project 2021 – Seth – Beautiful Evolutions Photography

The BE Project – In a world where you can be anything…. what will you be?

Seth… there are so many ways I’m sure you could describe Seth.  Tall is obviously one of them if you have ever met him i person.  However, there really is so much more to him and every time I get the opportunity to visit with him, my heart just gets happier.  He’s always dressed sharp, he has a wonderful smile that makes me smile and he has one of the kindest hearts. Read on to learn a little bit about this guy!

What word did you choose and why?

Seth chose the word Resilient.

“I think it fits me better than ANY other word on the planet. I think it’s perfect because of my ability to bounce back and recover and that is the definition of it.”  Seth has faced a lot and has had a bit of a bumpy road, so I asked how he was today.  “Fantastic!   I chose to change my life and it was the very best thing I ever could have done.”  April 1 will be 2 years since Seth has made life changes.  I asked where he finds his strength to continue down a path of a better life for himself. “It was easier once I got started, every day is challenge, however, I don’t ever want to go back to that place.”

What would you tell Seth as a little boy?

Man, don’t do it, its not cool.

What would you tell Seth 10 years ago?

“It’s a long road.”

What do you hope life looks like in a few years?

“That’s tough because of my dad.  He is deteriorating quickly and it’s tough to think about what life looks like in a few years without him here.  I am lucky that I get to live with him and my mom now – so I get the opportunity to make memories now. If I hadn’t gotten my life turned around, I’m not sure I would have been able to forgive myself for missing out.”

 

Seth – It is an absolute honor to watch you grow and evolve into the man you are becoming.  I know you have a million people that are cheering you on – but you have one more over here.  I’m blessed that I’ve gotten to photograph you a few times and I get to see a beautiful version of you.  Thank you for being vulnerable and share your heart with me.

 

What is The BE Project?

Have you ever stopped to think about who or what you want to be?  Most often there is a word that drives you.  If you sit in the silence and really think about what type of person you want to be… there will be a word, sometimes more than one word, that will guide you along and push you to keep being a better version of yourself.  This photo project has become something that has touched my heart and hopefully those that have participated. I chose to shoot all of the images in black and white because I wanted the least amount of distractions.  Just the human and the word.   This project is the stories of some amazing people, their stories, and what these words mean to them.  Some have participated each of the 3 years we have done this, some are new each time.  It’s an amazing honor to follow along in their journey and document who they are becoming.

Want to read more stories from others in our community and their BE words?  Head over to the BE Project Page and read the stories of the amazing humans that have participated. 

I challenge you to find a word that resonates with you.  Who do you want to strive to be?  What word leads you day to day?  Join us in our project – what word will describe who you want to BE?

The BE Project 2021 – Rachel – Beautiful Evolutions Photography

The BE Project 2021 – Rachel – Beautiful Evolutions Photography

The BE Project – In a world where you can be anything…. what will you be?

Meet Rachel. Have you ever met someone and just adored their personality from the very beginning?  That is how I feel about this lady.  She’s beautiful, inside and out and I look forward to learning more about her and her story.  I’m thankful she is a client and a friend.

What word did you choose and why?

Rachel chose the word Flourish.

“I think with everything going on – it was important for me to live my best life and not live in fear. Flourish seems to be the word that wraps all of that up – live your life and live in the beauty that comes with it.”

What would you tell Rachel 10 years ago?

“I have changed so much in the past 5-6 years.  10 years ago, that Rachel was a zombie.  I had gotten lost in who I was. I would tell her, take time for yourself and don’t loose yourself.  The turning point for me was my divorce.  It was a super scary time – but I made so many really good friends during that time.  I met the love of my life after that.  My “baby”, who is 20 now, told me that this is the happiest he has ever seen me.  That is important.”

What advice would you give your kids?

“It’s important to try things that scare you.  Some of the things that I’ve done that have been the scariest – have been the most rewarding.  See where those things take you.”

What do you hope life looks like in a few years?

“I want to continue in this happiness, I want to see what else is coming.  I want to continue to grow in my career.”

 

What is The BE Project?

Have you ever stopped to think about who or what you want to be?  Most often there is a word that drives you.  If you sit in the silence and really think about what type of person you want to be… there will be a word, sometimes more than one word, that will guide you along and push you to keep being a better version of yourself.  This photo project has become something that has touched my heart and hopefully those that have participated. I chose to shoot all of the images in black and white because I wanted the least amount of distractions.  Just the human and the word.   This project is the stories of some amazing people, their stories, and what these words mean to them.  Some have participated each of the 3 years we have done this, some are new each time.  It’s an amazing honor to follow along in their journey and document who they are becoming.

Want to read more stories from others in our community and their BE words?  Head over to the BE Project Page and read the stories of the amazing humans that have participated. 

I challenge you to find a word that resonates with you.  Who do you want to strive to be?  What word leads you day to day?  Join us in our project – what word will describe who you want to BE?

The BE Project 2021 – Caryl – Beautiful Evolutions Photography

The BE Project 2021 – Caryl – Beautiful Evolutions Photography

The BE Project – In a world where you can be anything…. what will you be?

Meet Caryl. Caryl is one of the women that helped us start this project.  She is one half of the Woolard’s, the jeweler that created the necklace line.  However, she’s so much more than that.  She’s strong, she’s resilient, she’s a tough cookie…. and this year… she’s going to focus on being more flexible.

What word did you choose and why?

Caryl chose the word Flexible.

“I have spent the last year, focus on being more flexible.. learning how to adapt to anything that comes my way. I don’t want to be reactive to it – I want to just be able to respond to it.  Flexible is kind of a confusing word, it can mean many things.  People often think that you have to be really flexible to do yoga, that’s not really what it means.  Yoga really means more about about becoming flexible with your attitude and being able to adapt to situations. So, I’m not “bodily” flexible.. but in the last year, I’ve become very flexibly mentally.  I think that we should all try to be more flexible so that we can live together in a more grounded fashion and not become so reactive instead of responsible.  Being able to take a moment and let things sink in allows me to handle situations better.”

“For me, I had a complete meltdown over toilet paper not being where it belongs… and that was a turning point for me. I had to sit and cry and the decide – I needed to learn how to be flexible so I could be less reactive.”

What would you tell Caryl two years ago?

“Don’t be so hard on yourself.  Be a little sweeter and more gentle with yourself. Give yourself the space to cry and have all of the feelings.  Surrender to it all. Stop worrying about making things happen, let it happen the way it’s going to happen and just be present in the moments.”

What is The BE Project?

Have you ever stopped to think about who or what you want to be?  Most often there is a word that drives you.  If you sit in the silence and really think about what type of person you want to be… there will be a word, sometimes more than one word, that will guide you along and push you to keep being a better version of yourself.  This photo project has become something that has touched my heart and hopefully those that have participated. I chose to shoot all of the images in black and white because I wanted the least amount of distractions.  Just the human and the word.   This project is the stories of some amazing people, their stories, and what these words mean to them.  Some have participated each of the 3 years we have done this, some are new each time.  It’s an amazing honor to follow along in their journey and document who they are becoming.

Want to read more stories from others in our community and their BE words?  Head over to the BE Project Page and read the stories of the amazing humans that have participated. 

I challenge you to find a word that resonates with you.  Who do you want to strive to be?  What word leads you day to day?  Join us in our project – what word will describe who you want to BE?

The BE Project 2021 – Riley – Beautiful Evolutions Photography

The BE Project 2021 – Riley – Beautiful Evolutions Photography

The BE Project – In a world where you can be anything…. what will you be?

Meet Riley. So, I’ve actually had the honor and privilege to know Riley since she was much younger.  There are a million words analdin that you could use to describe her, but I will tell you that the word she chose for this project… is perfectly suited to her.  She has faced some pretty big challenges head on – and she has shown a lot of people just how strong she is.

What word did you choose and why?

Riley chose the word Strong.

“It’s a good reminder that I always need to live my life as a strong person.  It’s not always going to be easy.  I find my strength from my family and my friends.  My support system.” Over the last month, you had to plan and coordinate the funeral of one of your bonus moms.  It was a pretty big task for someone as young as you are… in the moments when you struggled the most – where did you find your strength?  “I try to remember how I was raised and how I could make those people proud.”

What would you tell the 12 year old Riley?

“Live every day like it’s your last and hug your family.”

What do you want your life to look like in a couple of years?

“Hopefully out of school. Hopefully with a big girl job.  Maybe with my person… in like 5 years.  Settled, working towards success.”

What is The BE Project?

Have you ever stopped to think about who or what you want to be?  Most often there is a word that drives you.  If you sit in the silence and really think about what type of person you want to be… there will be a word, sometimes more than one word, that will guide you along and push you to keep being a better version of yourself.  This photo project has become something that has touched my heart and hopefully those that have participated. I chose to shoot all of the images in black and white because I wanted the least amount of distractions.  Just the human and the word.   This project is the stories of some amazing people, their stories, and what these words mean to them.  Some have participated each of the 3 years we have done this, some are new each time.  It’s an amazing honor to follow along in their journey and document who they are becoming.

Want to read more stories from others in our community and their BE words?  Head over to the BE Project Page and read the stories of the amazing humans that have participated. 

I challenge you to find a word that resonates with you.  Who do you want to strive to be?  What word leads you day to day?  Join us in our project – what word will describe who you want to BE?