In case you haven't noticed by now, the name of my business has changed! This change means a lot to me, and it's been weighing on my heavily ever since the month after I had already initially set everything up back in May. I was feeling displeased with a lot of things - my logo, my watermark, my entire business name, the fact I was a .net address - seriously, everything. And then the PERFECT name came to me. And so many .com addresses were available for it. But I didn't think I would be able to change everything. I mean, I had already set it all up and invested time and energy into getting my name known among friends and family. But over the months, I continued to feel hesitant over posting my business out there for others to see. I was worried about developing myself too greatly when this desire to change it all was weighing on me so heavily. After thinking long and hard about everything, I decided to go through with the change.
This new name means a lot to me. Being an English major and teacher, I've always loved the symbolism behind olive branches and the imagery they invoke for me. Plus, it's bonus that my daughter's nickname is also Olive. But even greater than this is the bible passage regarding how "your children will be like olive branches" around your table. There's much olive branch/tree/plant symbolism throughout the bible actually. Wishing to largely photograph children and families, this Psalm spoke to me in particular, for children are a blessing, a beautiful and flourishing extension of their parents; with everyone gathered around the table, what should be a place of nourishment and bonding, such a beautiful picture of love is painted to me. It's a beautiful thing, and I adore that this new name actually holds real meaning to me. I feel confident with it, confident with my new logo, the fact I have a .COM domain, and in my whole aesthetic that it this name has inspired. I hope you all enjoy it as well. Welcome to the brand new Olive Branch Photography!
What better way to kick off my re-launch than with pictures of Olive! As promised, I did manage to take some pictures of my daughter's birthday party. Now, this party was also basically a joint Oktoberfest party - I have ALWAYS wanted to throw a party like this to kick off fall and we figured since it would mostly be adults at this party anyway, this would be one of our last chances to host something like this before Olivia gets older. Thus, we dubbed it Olitoberfest, and if I do say so myself, it was a very fun party! I really enjoyed decorating for it, however (and I feel like I'm always saying this in every post I write), I did manage to get sick the whole weekend and week before the party! It was truly miserable. I had so much to do during the week that I hadn't planned, as I'd planned to do it over the weekend, but due to illness, everything got pushed back. Therefore, I was so incredibly busy the night-before and day-of, cooking and pulling together the last few details, that I committed a grave sin among photographers...I forgot to charge my camera battery. Yeah. It happened. In the sickly haze, hustling and bustling, hosting duties, etc. I failed to charge my camera battery. Therefore, I did not get anywhere near the amount go pictures I meant to. I also did not get any pictures myself of my daughter eating her first piece of cake, which I'm honestly kind of really upset about. But such is life. At least I was fully present in the moment, and luckily I am a visually-oriented person, therefore the memory is largely etched into my brain. I definitely wish I had some pictures, though...But since I don't, here are the ones I do have. I hope you enjoy.
The birthday girl in her sweet dress. My sweet angel. I also made a ball pit in the pack and play for the other young ones who were coming, and many of them enjoyed it!
These are from the morning after, leisurely enjoying the cool weather outside!
I made most things for the party myself (including the main dishes, beer bread, and truffles). Some of it, like the wreath and OMR letters, I made back in July (and thank God I did, since I got sick before the party)! I love crafting, and I love that I finally have reasons to try new things (for instance, I've always wanted to SOMETHING with preserved moss)! We had pumpkins available to both carve and paint, as well as apple-bobbing. Our was full of so many special friends and family - what houses are meant for! It was amazing to see everyone to have our usually empty house overflowing with love and laughter! In the end I was utterly exhausted, but it was so fun throwing this party and I look forward to all the future ones.
Tomorrow I'll finally get a new session on the blog! A sweet family I photographed this past Monday. I'm eager to post it!