the fire in my dreams

We were sitting in the yard enjoying the bonfire when the nearby tree caught fire and started to blaze around us. The flames engulfed another tree and were continuing to grow. I quickly grabbed my purse and iPhone and ran. And ran. And ran. As far as I could to escape the fire that was surrounding us. I feared what would happen if I slowed down.

…..beep. beep. beep.…. My alarm clock chimed. Whew, IT WAS ONLY A DREAM. Relief came over me as I recovered from the realistic visions that danced in my mind only moments ago.

I have always been intrigued with what subconscious thoughts race through our minds as we sleep and what the underlying meaning is around those images. I’m no doctor, but I really think the thoughts reflect things we are going through but are not ready to deal with in our conscious state. So, after my morning cup of green tea, I booted up my laptop and headed over to DreamMoods.com. Phil laughed at me for turning to such a website, but I love it (and secretly live by this and horoscope.com).

I was pleasantly delighted to learn the meaning of my fire dream which is:

“Depending on the context of your dream, to see fire in your dream can symbolize destruction, passion, desire, illumination, purification, transformation, enlightenment, or anger. It may suggest that something old is passing and something new is entering into your life. Furthermore, the dream may be a metaphor for someone who is “fiery”. It represents your drive, motivation, and creative energy.”

I believe my subconscious is telling me to finally letting go of my old life and enter into the next phase which is full of complete bliss, utilizing my talents and finally learning to trust myself and go after my dreams.

what to do with your engagement photos?

Engagement photos are such a fun part of the engagement process. It is usually the first time you get to work with your photographer and it is a time to document your love. But once you are done with the engagement session, what do you do with the photos besides posting them to Facebook so all your friends can gush about how you are really the cutest. couple. ever?

Here are some fun ideas to showcase your photos.

1. Get ’em printed in a book. Work with your photographer or use a site like Shutterfly to print a hard cover book to grace your bookself or coffee table.

2. Create an E-vite slideshow. This is such a trendy way to invite your guests to your wedding. Check out an example of one used for the save the date.

3. Use them for your table numbers. Pick out your favorites and display one on each table.

 

4. Create a guestbook containing the photos while leaving space on each page for guests to sign it.

 

5. Print a canvas that contains a lot of a background details. Have your guests sign it at the wedding and then you have a piece of art to enjoy everyday with the love notes from friends and family. This one is from Rhi at Hey Gorgeous.

6. Play a slideshow of your engagement photos at your reception. Place it on a laptop near the bar or play it during dinner on a screen.

7. Use the photos in your invitations or save the dates. Work with your photographer or use a site like Shutterfly to print them out.

Have another great idea to use those engagement pics? Leave it here to inspire others. :)

boudoir :: miss j

I absolutely love when my clients take an active role in brainstorming ideas for their shoot. Miss J was all over this. When we met for her session, her and her boyfriend had thought up a bunch of amazing ideas for our session. And let me tell you, she was beyond stunning.

Here are some of the saucy photos from her session.

Chicago Boudoir Photography

Chicago Boudoir Photography

Dying to see more? View her boudoir slideshow here.