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Spring

Spring - Image by Sarah Bradshaw Photography_0001OH, give us pleasure in the flowers today;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.

Oh, give us pleasure in the orcahrd white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.

And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.

For this is love and nothing else is love,
To which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends he will,
But which it only needs that we fulfill.

— “A Prayer in Spring,” by Robert Frost

   
Jackie Phillips - April 14, 2014 - 10:49 am

I love Spring!!! I was starting to loose hope if it would ever come! ;)

Caitlin - April 14, 2014 - 12:31 pm

beautiful shot

Lauren - April 14, 2014 - 1:37 pm

What can I say–Robert Frost is one of my favorites, and it is a gorgeous spring day here on the West coast too, so this is perfect!

Michael and Carina - April 15, 2014 - 12:15 pm

So excited to have SURVIVED last winter, seriously! It’s time for flowers, bbqs, hiking, nature, and swimming! Bring it on, Spring & Summer!

Sean & Rochelle – Engaged

Sean & Rochelle, engaged - Sarah Bradshaw PhotographySean & Rochelle met at a friend’s wedding in Florida, and began dating long-distance. A relationship via phone calls and texts and occasional visits can be challenging, but after only a few months of dating, these two knew they were together for life. Rochelle moved to Virginia to be with Sean, and they have created a life for themselves together. He proposed in December, next to their Christmas tree in their home— the perfect blend of cozy and comfort and perfectly them. We did engagement photos in downtown Leesburg, the town that has become their home.

Sean & Rochelle, I’m thrilled for you and your love for each other, and so excited to photograph your wedding in September! Thanks for allowing me to document such a special day!

xoxo,

Sarah

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Personal: Run With Me

I have a confession: I am a couch potato.

No, really. It’s true. I love comfort, being warm, and drinking warm drinks. I love TV, movies, music, audiobooks, and reading. I love being still, journaling, relaxing, chilling. Exercise is hard for me— partly because of some health issues, but mostly because I love comfort too much— and I don’t like doing things that are hard. So I don’t do them. I work from home, and most days that means working from the couch. I work long hours, but most of those hours are spent on a comfortable seat in a comfortable room, wearing comfortable clothes.

Once I’m out of the house, I enjoy taking long walks, being active, and exploring new places with my husband, but I have very little motivation to actually get up and go. I enjoy work, and work can be demanding (or perhaps I let it become demanding?), so during the day, it takes priority over most everything else. My “free time” I fill with relationships— and that is a good thing. I meet girlfriends for coffee early in the mornings before work. Buck and I are very involved in our Church, and 3-4 evenings in a week are taken up with Church-related commitments. So I’ve settled for the “I don’t have time for it” excuse, and figure that I’m relatively healthy, so what’s the big deal?

I’m realizing that excuse isn’t good enough, and that activity is important. A few influencers:

  • Shooting weddings is hard work. Surprisingly hard. I’m tired of taking days to recover from 9 hours on my feet. Exercise will help that.
  • Buck and I hope to start a family in the next couple of years, and I don’t want to wait until I’m pregnant to begin working out. I want to be strong now!
  • I’m often sluggish, tired, and fuzzy throughout the day. I know that exercise will reduce that.
  • Discipline in one area of life often leads to discipline in other areas of life. I value self-discipline, but struggle to implement it. I think that the physical discipline of exercise will help me grow in other personal disciplines.

I began looking into various forms of exercise that I could commit to on a regular, consistent basis. I absolutely love Bikram yoga, but the 90 minute class is too much of a commitment for me to do every day (and it’s too expensive for our budget). I have tons of friends who love CrossFit, and I explored that option as well, but again, it was too expensive. I do best when I set goals and have accountability to help me reach them, so I knew that in-home workouts, regardless of how much I enjoy them, would not be a good long-term solution.

So I decided to start running. I’ve had a few short periods of consistent running over the past few years, and I do enjoy it. It’s relatively inexpensive, and we live in the perfect city for running, so why not try it? I told Buck about my decision, and we quickly went from “let’s start running” to “let’s train for a half marathon!” So that’s our plan— the Virginia Beach Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon. We’re so excited.

This is a long, slow, easy training schedule. The race is in 20.5 weeks— that’s 144 days to go from 0 to 13.1. I’m using Hal Higdon‘s training calendar, which gives me just enough time to ease into running, train for a 10K, then train for the Half, all back-to-back. I’m so excited about it, and thankful for friends’ encouragement and my husband’s excitement to run it, as well.

Here’s an idea—  Run With Me! 

I’m planning to blog my training schedule at the start of each month, and to document this process on Instagram. I would love for you to join me, virtually! Simply use #zerotohalf and #runwithSarah on Twitter and Instagram to show me your own running journey and share your progress! This is a huge step for me, and I can use all the encouragement I can get!

Run With Me!

April Training Schedule

  • 4/1: Intro run 1 (walk 15 minutes, run 10 min, walk 5 min)
  • 4/2: Intro run 1 (walk 15 minutes, run 10 min, walk 5 min)
  • 4/3: Intro run 1 (walk 15 minutes, run 10 min, walk 5 min)
  • 4/4: Intro run 1 (walk 15 minutes, run 10 min, walk 5 min)
  • 4/5: Intro run 1 (walk 15 minutes, run 10 min, walk 5 min)
  • 4/6: Intro run 2 (walk 10 minutes, run 15 min, walk 5 min)
  • 4/7: Intro run 2 (walk 10 minutes, run 15 min, walk 5 min)
  • 4/8: Intro run 2 (walk 10 minutes, run 15 min, walk 5 min)
  • 4/9: Intro run 2 (walk 10 minutes, run 15 min, walk 5 min)
  • 4/10: Intro run 2 (walk 10 minutes, run 15 min, walk 5 min)
  • 4/11: Intro run 3 (walk 7 minutes, run 18 min, walk 5 min)
  • 4/12: Intro run 3 (walk 7 minutes, run 18 min, walk 5 min)
  • 4/13: Intro run 3 (walk 7 minutes, run 18 min, walk 5 min)
  • 4/14: Intro run 3 (walk 7 minutes, run 18 min, walk 5 min)
  • 4/15: Intro run 3 (walk 7 minutes, run 18 min, walk 5 min)
  • 4/16: Intro run 3 (walk 7 minutes, run 18 min, walk 5 min)
  • 4/17: Strengthen & Stretch
  • 4/18: 2.5 miles and strength
  • 4/19: 30 min cross training
  • 4/20: REST
  • 4/21: 40 min cross training
  • 4/22: 3 miles
  • 4/23: Strengthen & Stretch
  • 4/24: 2.5 miles
  • 4/25: 30 min cross training
  • 4/26: 2 miles and strength
  • 4/27: REST
  • 4/28: 40 min cross training
  • 4/29: 3.5 miles
  • 4/30: Strengthen & Stretch

Don’t forget to document your training schedule, and run along with me via Instagram!

   
Nastja - April 2, 2014 - 12:25 pm

Wow, I’ve been telling myself that it was time to start getting in shape for the season and I actually am eating a lot healthier, I just have to start doing some sports. :D

Melissa - April 2, 2014 - 2:31 pm

Good for you! I struggle with consistency as well – I’ll run or exercise pretty well for a little while til I fall off the wagon…maybe I’ll give this a try too. :)

Michael and Carina - April 3, 2014 - 12:04 am

What a neat idea! Just ran 5 miles today in the gym :) Not bad after just a month I think… I hope! haha #fitnessnoobs

Brea - April 3, 2014 - 9:03 am

Running is -so- not for me, but I love that you’re doing this and holding yourself accountable! I hope you get some people to train alongside you!

Crystal - April 4, 2014 - 12:30 am

This is a great goal! I’m excited to follow your progress. I was just in DC when I saw people running I thought that it would be such a fun city to be a runner in.

Baseball Season

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Helloooooo, baseball season! It’s “Opening Day Week” all around the country, and this city in particular is ready to get it’s “Natitude” on! We live just a few blocks from The National’s Stadium and love to take walks down there during baseball season, even if we don’t go to a game. The excitement is contagious.

In honor of Nat’s Season 2014, here are a few portraits of my friend David, the biggest baseball fan I know.

xoxo,

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Katie - April 1, 2014 - 11:59 am

What a cutie!!!!

Cate Strom, Artist

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We sat across the table from each other, the old house-turned-restaurant an ideal setting for talking art and life and personal history. Cate’s life is fascinating, her work inspiring. We bonded over a mutual love for structure and grids, and incorporating architectural concepts into painting (for her) and portraiture (from me). Cate and her husband recently moved from the West Coast to East Coast, and she wanted to update her online presence with head shots and portraits that reflected her new surroundings. She chose a nearby tree farm with a grand old farmhouse as a preferred backdrop, and it was perfect.

Enjoy the story,

Sarah Bradshaw

 
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Emilia Jane - March 31, 2014 - 3:26 pm

Love her style!

Kathryn Grace - April 1, 2014 - 12:17 am

Beautiful! Love the ones on the porch!

Jessica - April 1, 2014 - 11:03 am

wow these are lovely!