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Nashville, Places, Portraits

your authentic journey.

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I am always grateful when running into folks and getting to hear about how prints of mine, that have been purchased at local art markets, have found their way onto their walls and into their homes!  And Michelle is no exception. We briefly met  at one of Porter Flea’s Summer Market’s and with over a  year in between she reached out to me recently as she is beginning her new journey as a life coach, and wanted some shots to help share her vision for her business.  And I must say, I am very honored to get to be a small part of that journey.

Michelle truly is as authentic as they come – as we adventured around Nashville taking photos, but more importantly laughing and chatting, I got to experience just a small piece of her deeply supportive and authentic nature. She manages to put you at ease almost immediately and  as you talk it becomes clear that she fosters a comforting authenticity in her wisdom.

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“I desire to see us all push a little bit harder, enter in and truly know our hearts.  Providing love, support, guidance and gentleness so clients can face fears and embrace authenticity is deeply fulfilling.  I honestly believe that life is a journey and so many times, we just need a little bit of support to get through it and find our path.  Coaching gives me the opportunity to truly know individuals and encourage them to achieve their dreams, even when that doesn’t quite feel true to my clients in the moment.” – Michelle Crank

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Visit her here to learn more about beginning Your Authentic Journey with Michelle.

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Children, Family, Nashville, Places, Siblings

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It’s hard not to smile while scrolling through these loving faces. I had so much fun adventuring around their favorite place, Shelby Park in East Nashville, with the Wright Clan!
Cheers to you Jill, Jonathan, Anderson & Nathan!
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Adventuring, New York City, Places, The North East, Travel

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the above images are from my time photo adventuring around the city while visiting my dear friend Amanda. my two favorite things from this trip were walking the highline & attending a mortified show. the highline  is a “public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 12th Avenues.” it is a truly unique way to experience the city. exploring the highline spoke deeply to the photo adventurer in me as i was surrounded by the juxtaposing harsh city skyline and beautifully gardened greenery that guided you along the city.

mortified is a live show in which adults bravely step on stage to share entries from their childhood diaries. thus the name, mortified. luckily it is more hilarious than it is mortifying. i was first introduced to mortified through their documentary, made available on Netflix titled Mortified Nation. as someone who themselves has many a mortifying journal entry (an entire box full to be exact) filled mostly with the woes of middle school crushes in excruciating detail, i was mesmerized by this concept. it’s an amazing thing to watch as adults vulnerably bare their souls and stories as they were written by their teenage selves.  following watching the film i curiously looked online for live showings. to my delight, there was a show happening the very day i would be in nyc. coincidence? i think not. i coaxed my friends to go, and i can’t speak for them but it lived it up to my expectations. i laughed for three hours straight. stories included reading aloud one person’s mickey mouse club fan fiction, she wrote as a fourteen year old. it was hilariously risqué as she described her life as fellow musketeer, who not only invented the forwards running man, but also had a riveting and sensual relationship with one of her fellow musketeers. it was perfectly passionate & confusing in the way only a 14 year old could portray such a fantasy life. no matter what the topic, each story carried a familiarity that left the audience completely engaged & entertained.

do yourself a favor and watch Mortified Nation & if you have the chance go see a show. unlike some of those journal entries, you won’t regret it.

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Adventuring, Friends, Personal, Places, The North East, Travel

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the older I get the more grateful I feel for these two friends and for deciding ten years ago to, despite living in different states, and having families, and busy jobs, to make sure to get together once a year to just spend a few days together catching up and adventuring and laughing and retelling our many stories dating back to elementary school. unfortunately, the older we get the more time there is in between seeing/talking to each other but it doesn’t keep it from feeling like no time has gone by when we get to come together again.

cheers to many many more stories!

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