My list of 8 signals it was time to retire.

I am retiring from one aspect of what I have enjoyed doing, creating, and playing with for 45+ years.

How did I know it was time?

1. When I found myself lacking enthusiasm for the next “work day”.
2. When the effort to physically do the work with ease became a challenge rather than a delightful journey.
3. When I found myself not enjoying answering a question for the thousandth time even though it was the first time for the questioner.
4. When the list of things I wanted to do all included the requirement of “uninterrupted by having to stop and go to work”.
5. When I reached the point that I wanted each and every day filled with that magical flow of synchronicity.
6. When I was willing to let go of relationships based solely on money.
7. When the activities I wanted most to participate in were consistently on “work days”.
8. When I realized that the relationships of family and friends that I value so highly and love so deeply were being stifled and relegated to remain “round tuits”.

When are you retiring?

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Famous People I Have Shot (at Nashville Image) Part 1

Here is a new idea I have of showcasing my fabulous clients and their time-travel adventures. These are the absolute most fun clients in the world.

You will see Weddings, an actual surprise Wedding Proposal, Wild West, The 20’s, Titanic, Civil War, kids, couples, families, groups of Wild Women – friends, sisters, mother-daughters.

The two-minute travel back in time for the month of September at Nashville Image:

A Silent Movie

The Brown County Weddings That Changed My Life

I discovered this article that was written about Brown County Weddings and was linked to Nashville Image. The only change I would make would be to say that the Brown County Weddings at Nashville Image are truly unique and always celebrate the couple getting married and their commitment to creating a loving partnership for life.

The Wedding that Changed My Life
Posted on September 25, 2012

Brown County Weddings are the best weddings in the world. Last fall, I had the pleasure of attending my cousin’s wedding in the heart of Indiana. As fate would have it, that autumn wedding in Indiana turned out to be a life-changing experience.

The wedding began like many Brown County Weddings: it was held in a small, quaint, church that was filled with eager family and friends. However, any sense of normalcy ended after the ceremony when guests followed a path of perfectly spaced lit candles to the outdoor wedding reception area.

To say that the reception was like a work of art would be an understatement. From the temperate weather, to the picturesque setting, to the personalized wedding favors, everything was perfect. Every wedding guest in attendance was enjoying the scenic view provided by the elevated outdoor gazebo. Soft music funneled enveloped the guests as they enjoyed their four course dinner and awaited the cutting of the cake. This was definitely different than any of the Nashville Indiana weddings I had ever attended!

It was right at that moment that I met my husband when I edged my seat back to improve my view of the cake. He forgave me when my chair ended up landing directly on his foot, and kindly offered his seat to me. Unbeknownst to us, the wedding photographer captured these moments that marked the beginning of our own union, and ultimately our own wedding in Indiana. We hope that our story will inspire all of the lucky guests headed to any Nashville Indiana weddings!
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Medicinal Plants in My Garden

So here are some medicinal plants that you might want to include in your Native American Healing Herbs Garden.

Laughing Womyn is really the gardener here and I am the photographer and appreciator of all things beautiful – blooming or otherwise. She also took almost 30 years of her healing and counseling work to create the Radiant Wisdom Tarot and Book.

While I enjoy to the max the wonderful gardens, there is more to living these days…sigh. By adding in this positive tool of Radiant Wisdom Tarot, it’s easy to find answers to questions and be given some actions to take to fulfill dreams. The website is the place to order a set today. What’s not to like about taking great care of, self-nurturing, and healing the bits and pieces of your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual being.

This is quite a list and the links are included for more information.

Plants for Native American Garden

 

Colors of the 4 directions: East – yellow, South – red, West – blue, North – white

 

Traditional Food plants:

Maize

Source for heirloom maize seeds (zea mays) : http://www.victoryseeds.com/corn.html

Squash

Traditional varieties: Acorn, Boston Marrow, Pumpkin

Source for Boston Marrow (cucurbita maxima) seeds:

http://www.seedsavers.org/Details.aspx?itemNo=1433

Beans

Traditional varieties: kidney, navy, pinto, string, wax, Anasazi

Source for Anasazi Bean seeds:

http://stores.homestead.com/hstrial-Dabbott3/-strse-423/Anasazi-Bean–dsh–500/Detail.bok

Potato

Sweet Potato

Wild Strawberry

Fiddlehead Fern

Asparagus

Tomato

Beets

Cucumber

Cabbage

Carrot

Rhubarb

 

Traditional Medicinal plants of the 4 directions:

East: 

Alum root      Traditional: Heuchera Americana

Amaranth      Traditional: Amaranthus hypochondriacus or A. sanguineus

Lemon Balm & Bee Balm   Traditional: Melissa officinalis

Bird’s Foot Violet     Traditional: Viola pedata

Borage                     Traditional: Borage officinalis

Cardinal Flower        Traditional: Lobelia cardinalis

Columbine               Traditional: Aquilegia vulgaris or A. Canadensis

Fennel           Traditional: Foeniculum vulgare

Foxglove        Traditional: Digitalis purpurea

Garlic            Traditional: Allium sativum

American Ginseng    Traditional: Panax quinquefolius

Goldenseal     Traditional: Hydrastis Canadensis

Heal-all          Traditional: Prunella vulgaris

American Holly

Indian Paintbrush     Traditional: Castilleja coccinea

Lady’s Slipper                     Traditional: Cypripedium calceolus

Lily of the Valley     Traditional: Convallaria majalis

Maidenhair Fern       Traditional: Adiantum pedatum

Marigold        Traditional: Calendula officinalis

Rue               Traditional: Ruta graveolens

Sage              Traditional: Salvia officinalis

Wild Garlic    Traditional: Allium vineale

Yarrow          Traditional: Achillea millefolium

South:

Arnica           Traditional: Arnica Montana

Azalea, flaming        Traditional: Rhododendron calendulaceum

Bear Grass     Traditional: Yucca filamentosa

Beet              Traditional: Beta vulgaris

Bloodroot      Traditional: Sanguinaria Canadensis

Chamomile    Traditional: Matricaria chamomilla or recutita

Comfrey        Traditional: Symphytum officianale

Corn              Traditional: Zea mays

Crownvetch   Traditional: Coronilla varia

Cucumber      Traditional: Cucumis sativus

Dogtooth Violet       Traditional: Erythronium americanum

Evening Primrose     Traditional: Oenothera biennis

Forget-me-Not                    Tradtional: Myosotis scorpioides or M. sylvatica

Four-o’ Clock           Traditional: Mirabilis nyctaginea

Gourd            Traditional: Lagenaria vulgaris

Indian Tobacco         Traditional: Lobelia inflate

Larkspur        Traditional: Delphinium ajacis or D. tricorne

Mayapple

Pansy            Traditional: Viola tricolor

Pumpkin        Traditional: Cucurbita pepa (White Pumpkin)

Sage              Traditional: Salvia officinalis

Soapwort       Traditional: Saponaria officinalis

Strawberry     Traditional: Fragaria vesca

Tansy            Traditional: Tanacetum vulgare

Toadflax                   Traditional: Comandra unbellata

 

West:

Angelica        Traditional: Angelica archangelica

Asparagus

Bean              Traditional: kidney, navy, pinto, string, & wax

Black Cohosh           Traditional: Caulophyllum thalictroides

Blue Eyed Grass       Traditional: Sisyrinchium angustifolium

Blue Flag (Iris)         Traditional: Iris versicolor

Boneset                    Traditional: Eupatorium perfoliatum

Butterfly Weed         Traditional: Asclepia tuberosa

Cabbage

Carrot                      Traditional: Daucus sativus

Flax

Ginger                      Traditional: Allium sativum

Goatsbeard               Traditional: Aruncus dioicus

Hops                        Traditional: Humulus lupulus

Jack-in-the-pulpit

Turks Cap Lily         Traditional: Lilium canadense

Mugwort                  Traditional: Artemisia vulgaris

Parsley

Peppermint

Purple Coneflower    Traditional: Echinacea purpurea

Rhubarb

Rosemary

Spiderwort                Traditional: Tradescantia virginiana

Sunflower                Traditional: helianthus annuus

West continued:

Thyme                                Traditional: Thymus serpyllum

Trillium                   Traditional: Trillium erectum

Turtlehead                Traditional: Chelone glabra

Vervain                    Traditional: Verbena officinialis

Watermelon             Traditional: Citrullus vulgaris

Windflower              Traditional: Thalictrum thalictroides

 

North:

Adam & Eve Root    Traditional: Aplectrum hyemale

Blackberry

Black Cohosh           Traditional: Cimicifuga racemosa

Black-eyed Susan     Traditional: Rudbeckia hirta or R. fulgida

Blazing Star             Traditional: Liatris spicata

Bluebells                  Traditional: Mertensia virginica

Catnip                      Traditional: Nepeta cataria

Chickweed               Traditional: Stellaria media

Chickory                  Traditional: Cichorium intybus

Coltsfoot                  Traditional: Tussilago farfara

Elecampane              Traditional: Inula helenium

Fairywand                Traditional: Chamaelirium luteum

Crested Fern             Traditional: Dryopteris cristata

Feverfew                  Traditional: Chrysanthemum or Tanacetum parthenium

False Foxglove          Traditional: Aureolaria flava

Hearts-a-bustin’        Traditional: Euonymus americanus

Hepatica                   Traditional: Hepatica acutiloba

Lungwort                 Traditional: Pulmonaia officinalis or P. maculate

Field Mint                Traditional: Mentha arvenis

Mountain Laurel

Mouse Ear                Traditional: Gnaphalium uliginosum or Hiercacium pilosella

Oats                         Traditional: Avena sativa

Pale Beardtongue      Traditional: Penstemon pallidus

Pennyroyal

Cayenne Pepper        Traditional: Capsicum frutescens

Redbud Tree

Skullcap                   Traditional : Scutellaria lateriflora

Solomon’s Seal         Traditional : Polygonatum biflorum

False Solomon’s Seal                     Traditional : Smilacina racemosa

Speedwell                 Traditional : Veronica officinalis

Tomato                    Traditional: Lycopersicon esculentum

Wild Indigo              Traditional: Baptisia tinctoria

Wild Licorice            Traditional: Glycyrrhiza lepidota

Witch Hazel shrub

Wood Betony           Traditional: Stachys officinalis

What a great list and opportunity to heal and thrive. Peace and Joy.

Really big news Part One

I have a couple of really big news items to share.
One is that the Brown County Almanac is doing a story on Weddings in Brown County Indiana and Nashville Image and my wedding ministry is going to a part of the article.
It is wonderful to be seen!
Of course, I love my Wedding couples and am always so honored to have been a part of their commitment to creating their loving relationships for life. It is also an honor to be able to use my 40 years of professional photography to create some photographic memories they will treasure for all time as well as their generations to come.
What is the second big news, you ask? It may seem like trickery but I am so excited about it I just had to mention it existed because I can’t tell you more about “it” yet…right timing is so important AND FUN!
Check back in a couple weeks and I will have Part Two with the details, website, and pics.
Have a great life…I am.

11-11-11 Brown County Weddings at Nashville Image

11-11-11 came and went and WHAT A GREAT DAY filled with magic and wonderful, loving couples and their gracious friends and families.

I am so blessed to have the opportunity to contribute to their memorable days with not only the Wedding Ceremony itself but also the portraits that will let each see just how beautiful, radiant, loving, and special they each are individually and together for all time.

Here is an email I just received from one of my wedding couples. It touched my heart and I am sharing it here.

Suzanne,

Thank you SO much for being a part of our special day, when I first contacted you I had no idea how well you fit into making this the greatest day ever!! Your outlook on life is alot like ours and that was extra special. You made all of feel extra comfortable and we had a great experience! The kids enjoyed it as much as we did, and usually that is not the case when taking children to a ceremony and to get pictures done, but you made the impossible possible:) We will be back many times to come! We have decided you are are yearly go to place for family pics every year! Everyone I have showed our pics to absolutely LOVE them and love the unique spin on a wedding. You helped make our vows so much more meaningful than we could have ever thought of!  Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts! I didnt think that our officiant would have such a great impact on how great our day was! Cant wait to see  you again! Oh and FYI our portraits are already on the walls and forever they will stay, the framing was spectacular!!

 Sincerely, Stephanie and Richard Smith:)

Brown County Wedding and Old Time Photos in Nashville Indiana

I can’t believe it is already September and we are wondering how many Brown County Weddings we will be putting on the calendar for 11/11/11.

Last year on 10/10/10 we had five! You are reading this correctly – FIVE weddings at Nashville Image with beautiful couples dressed up in our fabulous wedding attire, married by Suzanne, and then shot by our famous brown county photographers, the best  photographers in Indiana.

If you are curious, go to our NashvilleImage.com website and/or the BrownCountyWedding.net website and you will see what kind of fun we all have creating some beautiful Wedding memories.

Wedding Portrait
Brown County Wedding Couple at Nashville Image

Go to http://www.NashvilleImage.com/weddingportraits.html to view more Brown County Wedding portraits.

New brown county weddings and Nashville Image video

This is so exciting to have a video on youtube about Nashville Image and Brown County Weddings in Indiana.