I created this space as a place for me to share these loves and passions of mine; what makes my heart beat and colors my days alive. My hope is that this blog is filled with the realness, the rawness, the beautiful, the heart stirring, gut aching, shakey nervousness, slow and pensive, wild and thriving thoughts and moments of LIFE.


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Product Photography BTS

This is my job. This is what life looks like. Not only do I get paid to just share about something I’m completely obsessed with anyway, I spend my days shoot images of those oils. Coming up with content for education for my team. Executing that content. Hanging out with some of my dearest friends […]

January 29, 2017

Business, Photography Tips, Weddings

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Well, it’s officially. Our little team (shout out#teamessentiallyoils) has officially grown to ONE THOUSAND MEMBERS!!!! Whether through Tyler and I or someone on our team, 1000 families have trusted us enough to grab a Premium Starter Kit and see what’s possible. I said this when that number was 500, and I want to say it […]

December 12, 2016

Business, Wellness

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Two years ago this month  I decided I was going to start sharing what our family was doing with Essential Oils and natural products and how it has forever changed our life! I did it here and there until May of 2015, when I said enough was enough, I was putting my FULL yes on the […]

November 18, 2016

Business, Wellness

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Time & Life Savers for Business

I want to make one post for you all to let you in on everything I do to keep my life on track. What programs I utilize for my businesses. To keep my sanity, to make things look pretty, and to basically make sure things are running smoothly. I will share links to each program […]

July 28, 2016


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The View From My Office

The view from my “office” tonight. Tyler’s currently playing soccer, we’ve gone to church, attended a prospective members class for our church, had lunch and played Settlers with a couple of our besties, I napped, and now I’m here. Snuggling with the pup and knocking a few things out today so that I don’t have […]

July 11, 2016

Business, Life, Wellness

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Alex + Val Education Workshop

This past weekend we hosted our very first workshop experience!! 12 photographers joined us for almost 12 hours of all things photography & business. We have SO many thank-you’s to come, but we want to start with an extra special thank you to a few people who encouraged & selflessly served us throughout this process. […]

May 9, 2016


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Community Over Competiton

Guys! We were featured over on Dainty Obsessions!! We’re chatting all about Community Over Competition and our Alex + Val Education venture! Take a look at the article: Community over competition. Unfortunately this concept is easier said than done, and two Ames, Iowa wedding professionals are doing something about it. Valerie Duvick of Val Marlene Photography and Alexandria […]

March 5, 2016

Business, Photography

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A box of oils…

This one little box of oils, has literally been life changing in WAY too many ways to count. Not only for our health and awareness of what we are pumping our bodies full of, but in other BIG BIG ways, including financially. This check. Now, hear me out. I KNOW money is taboo. Probs even […]

January 25, 2016

Business, Wellness

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Photography Time Savers: Album Stomp

Last week, I let you in on one of my favorite time saving & workflow programs: Blogstomp. And this week I am here to tell you all about ANOTHER amazing program: ALBUMSTOMP!!! Just like Blogstomp, it quick and easy drag & drop features, and it allows me to design albums in less than an hour!! […]

October 9, 2015


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