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CAMP Supper
 

2014 Fall CAMP Supper

Food & Drink: Sun in my Belly | Photography: Rustic White | Florals: Rebekah Clark Moody | Paper Goods: Jenn Gietzen |  Hello Sign: Yes Ma'am Paper Goods

 
Bert's Big Adventure
 

The first year is new and exciting.  The second year you wonder if it will be as amazing as the first.  The third year you feel ready and experienced.  The fourth year you realize it is isn’t about how you feel.  Your feelings are a byproduct, a momentary gift of glimpsing why we’re here: to love and take care of one another.  We are not made to be selfish creatures.  Happiness arises as a byproduct of selflessness.  Perhaps no other year has this realization struck us so profoundly.

We’ve always felt a pull to volunteer, to serve, especially when it comes to children.  Big Brothers/Big Sisters gave us our first chance to volunteer together, and as we wrapped up our time with them the opportunity to work with Bert’s Big Adventure presented itself.  This year marked our fourth trip to Walt Disney World with Bert’s Big Adventure and a new set of incredible families.  

Our job as part of the photography team is to document the trip.  For those who don’t know Bert’s Big Adventure, the program provides a magical, all-expenses-paid, five-day journey to Walt Disney World for children with chronic and terminal illnesses.  We capture the trip for the media, sponsors, and all of the people who donate to make Bert’s Big Adventure happen every year.  

But we also capture the trip for the families.  This second responsibility struck a deep chord with us this time.  It’s hard to explain why or how, but placing our focus on serving the children and documenting these happy moments in their precious lives gave us an experience this year that we can only sum up as… joy.

So many of us are small business owners, and the stress and worry that comes with having to keep it all going can quickly weight us down.  What we learned again this year is that the finest remedy for this heaviness is often found just outside the sphere of our personal cares.  In stepping out of this small space to give our energy and love to others, in serving these kids, we discovered a wellspring of lightness in the center of our lives.  

The beauty of that discovery was so inspiring and so humbling that we wanted to share it with our readers.  It may be that the next time you’re feeling overwhelmed or overworked, the best thing you can do is fill another’s life with love.  Nothing could be more natural or fulfilling, because we were simply made for it.


 
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Welcome to the new home of Rustic White Photography! A revitalized rusticwhite.com was always our destination, but the pure vision of what it would be emerged gradually during our journey towards it. From the beginning, it was deeply important to us that the new site wasn’t just a pretty facade or a quick surface makeover, but rather an embodiment of who we are, what we love, and the beauty we seek to capture and share in the world. Here we are, and thank you so much for coming to visit.

We were blessed to have two incredible mentors to guide us to this point. Richard and Amy McDowell of Red Leaf Studios were some of the first artists we turned to when we were just starting out in photography. We’ve always adored the images and ideas they seed into the photography community, and we were elated when they accepted our request for help with redefining our vision for Rustic White. What we received from Richard and Amy was far more than some good advice for a simple redesign. Honest, passionate, and phenomenally creative, they challenged us on every aspect of our craft. Nudged out of our comfort zone, we had no choice but to reexamine everything. It was the type of process that left us buoyant with joy one minute and sitting on the floor in despair the next, but with each critique and candid question came a new discovery. Each unraveled stitch was in fact a revelation.  

We extend tremendous gratitude to Amy and Richard for their invaluable insight and mentorship, but most of all for their amazing, generous hearts.  They helped us to remember that this is really just the beginning; as we develop our voices as artists our understanding will deepen, our imagery will evolve, but the spirit of Rustic White will persist as long as we stay true to ourselves and to serving our clients.

Which brings us to you. Again, welcome to the new Rustic White. We’re so glad you’ve come, and we’d love to hear from you too, so feel free to drop us a line or connect with us on your favorite social media. We hope you’ll stop by often – there is so much beauty in store...