My parents are really frugal people. Cheaper was almost always better in their minds and they taught me to be careful with my money. For the most part this is a good trait and I am thankful for their teaching. But it has also been a hangup for me on occasion.

I was in Hawaii with my 9 year old son. (His Christmas present that year was a trip to Hawaii for just the two of us.) We were only there a few days, but we made time to do a little shopping to buy trinkets for our family back home. There was local jewelry vendor who made beautiful earrings and necklaces from sea glass and pearls and shells that she would collect from the beach herself. They were all lovely and there was one pair of earrings that really caught my eye. But I felt so guilty spending money on myself. I was already in Hawaii and it felt like a splurge to buy something for myself when I was suppose to be buying gifts for others. But I really liked her stuff so I ended up buying a cheaper pair of earrings on sale. This pair was less then $20 difference than the pair I really wanted. But I felt compelled to be frugal, so buying something cheaper made me feel less guilty.

I almost never wear those earrings. I don’t really like them that much. And everytime I see them I wish that I had bought the pair of earrings that I had really wanted!

Sometimes getting what you really wanted is the right choice, even if it’s a little out of your budget. I hear from so many people that say they wish that they had just spent the money on a professional photographer. Or spent the extra to have the wedding photographer that they really wanted. They are unhappy with their photos and so the memory of their wedding is always tainted with that thought. Cheaper is not always better. And if photos are important to you now than they will still be important to you in 10 years, or 20 years. Do future yourself a favor and get what you really want. It’s worth it.

May you have all that your heart desires.

Love, Rachel!

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Best thing about traveling is experiencing what a places feels like. Sometime that’s hard to do when you just go from your hotel to all the touristy places you have planned. It’s always so much better with a local person to help you really appreciate what it means to live there. I feel like a got a sweet deal having DivYa model for me for a day in Mumbai. Not only was she gorgeous and so much fun to photograph; but she took us to places we never would have gone otherwise and we got to see the country through her eyes a little bit. What a treasure this day was; thanks so DivYa.May you find kind characters in your journeys.

Love, Rachel!

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India is a country of contrast. Beauty and disgusting filth together; vibrant colors and dirty feet. It’s all chaos and interesting details. I couldn’t put my camera down because everything, everywhere, was always so different and so new to me that I just couldn’t stop being fascinated all the time. From the pungent smell of spice market to the tourist crowded Taj Mahal; I felt like I was on sensory over load everywhere I went. And… I kinda loved it.

May your adventures always be interesting.

Love, Rachel!

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Second person I met when I walked into Billy and Denise’s hotel room at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – Tiny E. Tiny E is a mini Elvis doll that Billy & Denise always take with them on their yearly trips to Vegas. He was a staple of the whole day and was passed around; riding in people’s pockets. I just fell in love with him. (Also I was in love with Denise’s bouquet made by Enchanted Florist, ranunculus flowers are my favorite.)

Denise and Billy were high school sweets hearts and since their wedding day had been a quick one they wanted to have a real Vegas wedding with their two grown children and all their friends and family. Rain was not exactly part of the plan, but it worked out just fine. The Neon Museum was wonderful and was able to put the wedding ceremony under the canopy awning and even supplied umbrella’s for the guests.

A rowdy good-time party bus ride got us to the reception dinner at Buddy V’s inside the The Grand Canal Shoppes and it was filled with good food and lots of love and laughter. Everyone I spoke with was sharing with me their feelings of love for this inspirational couple and all that they do for each other and for those around them.

Billy & Denise, I wish you many more years of love and happiness together. Thank you for letting me share in your celebration.

Love, Rachel!

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