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SoooOooooOoooOOOooOoo whatdya think? :) It was time for a little refresher on this neglected space of mine. It's been a little over two years since I had this blog redone and truthfully, it was SO hard for me to let the old design go. However, I feel like I'm in this "middle" place in my life where I'm growing, I'm maturing (ha) and slowly but surely getting to my sweet spot. I really wanted something clean to hold my photography work while I figure out where I want to take this blog and my photography path. You know what I am talking about? That teeter totter place you get to right before you go "BAM. I'm here man!" That's where I'm at. I'm in the "I think I know what I want, but I still doubt it and I'm unsure and I'm not quite THERE yet because I'm just a silly hormonal, indecisive female, and change is sometimes scary yaknowwhatimean?" kind of place.  Change is good. I think this new refreshed, much more simple space will allow me more room to grow and will eventually get me closer to the place I want to be.

I hope y'all love it as much as I do. The theme was "quirky editorial" and I'm just over-the-moon in love with it. I can't help but owe it all to the FREAKIN BOMB.COM Kelly Ann. She designed my old blog and I just couldn't imagine having someone else design this space. She is SO awesome to work with and she is insanely talented. I pretty much adore this woman with all my heart. If you're looking for a new design, check her out. I promise you won't regret it.

I'm super happy to be back. I'm sorry for going MIA. A few of y'all e-mailed to make sure I would be blogging again (very sweet) but I just got extremely overwhelmed with life these past two months. I had too much on my plate and I was sitting there with my pants unbuttoned, big belly and all, burping  and just plain miserable. You like that mental picture? :) I took an unplanned break, and instead of writing a novel about it (I'll touch on it here soon) but just know that I needed it more than ever and I don't regret it one bit. Sometimes real life gets busy, and it forces you to take a few steps back. It allowed me to breathe a little more, re-evaluate what I wanted and most of all, what I absolutely needed. What I NEEDED was a chill pill. I think we all knew that though because this blog hasn't been too awesome to read for awhile now. I am hoping to change that soon.

I'll be back here tomorrow with my June-July (JUNLY?)...Well crap... My SUMMER GOALS I guess you can call it. And for all of you who have e-mailed me about watercolor orders...well...stay tuned. The shop is about to open. As you can see by the link "THE SHOP" at the top of the blog. WhoohooooOOOoooOOooo!

Thanks so much for being here, for caring even a little, and most of all, for reading this. There are some pretty cool things about to go down in this space.

Get excited.

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Morgan James Launch Part Two


Shop Morgan James HERE. 
Designer - Morgan Hunt
Model - Kate (Running on Happiness)
Styling - Katherine Grandy
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Morgan James Launch


I have SO SO SO much to fill this blog in on, and in all honesty, this feels so weird sitting here in this little window typing in this big white space. It's been awhile hasn't it? :) I MISS THIS PLACE! I could type for days on what's been brewing over here, but that will happen soon enough. ;)

I really wanted to come here today to share something that I'm really excited about. I recently had the opportunity to step outside of my comfort zone and photograph a clothing line called Morgan James that the beautiful and talented Morgan Hunt created. I not only got to meet her for the first time, but I got to spend a whole weekend hanging out with some incredible women, doing what I love, and igniting a fiery passion of mine that I didn't know existed for editorial photography. I'm SO thankful I got to do this for Morgan. Her line is THE BOMB y'all and all the hard, HARD work she put into this new venture of hers can clearly be shown in her clothing. I also got to work with the stunning, and sweet as pie, Kate, who modeled all of the looks (effortlessly) and who blogs over at Running on Happiness. I've been blog friends with her for a few years, and meeting her was just icing on the cake. It was a whirlwind weekend of just plain awesomeness, creativity, and fun!

Here's a video I created for Morgan on a whim. I wish I would have taken more time and put more thought into this but it was one of those conversations that go, "Hey, Want me to take some video here and there just to play around and see what happens?" "Sure!" :)

Morgan James Promo from shalyn nelson on Vimeo.

BECAUSE I took a million photos and have a million favorites, I'm going to break up the line into different posts. I hope you love the line as much as I do. If you see anything you like, please head on over to Morgan James and do some shopping. I'm not kidding y'all...I want everything.

Clothing/Designer: Morgan James
Model: Kate
Styling: Katherine Grandy