The Chavers | A Life Story | Fairbanks, AK | Rose Wheat Photography

This family. Goshness. Where do I begin. Covered in adorable and filled with joy, photographing the Chavers family was such a refreshing time. Whether they were cute and cuddly or wholly playful, these folks were just in their groove at their session.

Thank you all for trusting me to document your family during the ever-so-fleeting season of Autumn. Even though it's already Winter here in Fairbanks, looking at these images brings me so much warmth!

The G Family | Manhattan, KS | Rose Wheat Photography

Back during the most beautiful Kansas fall (no really, that fall should go down in history books), the Gillam family hosted their session overlooking the immaculate Flint Hills. It is always so fun to work with Stephanie, but this was my first time interacting with her fun-loving, energetic family. It was my last chance to do so before leaving Kansas, and I couldn't have been happier with the result. They put themselves out there and yielded some magically candid and beautiful moments. Thank you all for being willing to laugh, tickle, and grin! I hope you enjoy having these images as much as I enjoyed taking them!

At the end of their session when the sun was just starting to settle in below the horizon, I asked the girls to do what every girl loves to do: twirl.

It was simply magical.

How I Coffee | Personal | Rose Wheat Photography

Today most people are celebrating the beginning of Spring, and I'm sitting on my couch, covered in a blanket with a beanie on my head. Because the outside? It may be spring-like for Alaskans, but this Kansas girl is feeling the chill! I am thankful though, as it has been unseasonably warm (or so they say). The ice has mostly melted from several roads and parking lots, and I admittedly have been grabbing less durable shoes and no-show socks. Let's face it though, I'm still scraping ice off my windows and reassured that my groceries will stay nice and cold if I leave them in the car. Because of that, I still have to be practical.

When it comes to thinking warm, I'm consistently drinking coffee (like I said… practical). No matter what time I wake up, I inevitably grind and brew a nice cup or two of drip. To my dismay, the search for an ideal coffee bean here in Alaska has been a bit of a challenge. While there are local places that boast fresh beans, I have yet to find a brew or roast to my liking. When you have experienced the best, satisfaction is a hard accomplishment. 

It's not uncommon to feel that way with a lot of things, not just because I'm in Alaska… but because I'm not home. What was "normal" in Kansas, I now refer to as "familiar," because so much around here is not familiar. Life in Manhattan was like a little security blanket, and when I'm not trying to re-create that life… I'm comparing it to life here. What I've come to learn is that the things I loved back home might not be as good here, but the things my new home has to offer are unparalleled (fresh seafood, terrifying tall mountains, etc). So even if that means I might have less access to my favorite things, *cough* Jimmy John's *cough*  it doesn't mean I'm entitled to the poor attitude that tends to accompany comparison.

For now, the search is still on for a yummy bean, and if that means drinking slightly more coffee than normal while I sample various bags… I'm ok with that! I hope that today you are encouraged to count your blessings and stop comparing, to enjoy the journey that is your life rather than enduring it. Here's a coffee cheers to looking to the sunny-side, despite your circumstances!