Summer Favorites / by Madeline Harper

Hi friends! 

So this summer I had an incredible opportunity given by one of the most generous friends I know. Michelle Boyd, of Michelle Boyd Photography, offered me a position as her summer intern. I got to move to Austin for the summer and live in a fairytale. For those of you who think I'm exaggerating, not at all. I got to eat lunch daily with her family, consisting of her husband and adorably hyperactive puppy. I got to work with one of my best friends on her business all while learning from her extraordinary talent. Living in this world, I was able to make friends with some beautiful photographers in Austin and grow my passion for photography. This summer offered opportunities of second shooting weddings, tagging along for networking, and assisting at styled shoots. This is my biggest piece of advice for those of you looking to pursue what you love- hard work is completely underestimated today. Work without expecting reward, go above and beyond to blow expectations, encourage a friend and help them reach their goals. In working hard like this, I promise opportunities will present themselves for you to grow. I never thought I'd be photographing alongside these phenomenal photographers, never imagined I would be doing shoots at Le San Michele, or grabbing coffee casually with some of my inspirations. Dream big my friends, work hard, and encourage others to pursue what they love.  Here are some of my favorite shots from the summer- all of them coming about because of my dear friends, Michelle and Jessica Scott, of J.Bird Photography. Love y'all to the stars! 

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These are some of my favorite pictures, I hope you love them as much as I do! I'm looking forward to see what 2014 holds!

Love and sunshine, friends.