Photography by: JAMES NORD
In the past month it seems like a little thing called life happened which has completely consumed my mind, heart and work. Firstly, I’d like to apologize for the lack of consistency in blog postings. By now, I’m know you expect the usual Monday, Wednesday and Friday posts from me, however, this has not been the case over the last month, so I figured I owe you an explanation. Let’s tackle the subject of travel first – As much as I absolutely love that part of my job and creating content all over the world, it definitely gets in the way of my normal day to day schedule. It’s hard to balance it all sometimes and at the end of very long shooting and travel days, I find myself getting back to my hotel room and having little to no energy to write a post and edit photos. Sometimes, I have my small team (photographer + assistant) help me out with a few of these tasks but for the most part the actual execution of a blog post is a one man job. Since I’ve always written Not Your Standard from my point of view, it’s difficult to let someone else step in and take over this role. I’m working on changing this a bit, which leads me to my next point. We have a new website launching soon!! I’m so incredibly excited about this new site we created; it’s going to have so much more going on in terms of content, shopping and general navigation. Now, because of all these new elements I find myself holding off on content, as I would rather save it for the launch of the new site. Sounds a little silly but we’ve been working on this project for the last 7 months and we are finally in the final stages of launching so just hold on a little longer. Lastly, it breaks my heart to share with you that my Nonna was very sick this last month and passed away on Saturday. I had a very special and close relationship with her, so this is extremely hard on me and the rest of my family. Obviously, above everything else comes family and that has been my top priority over the last couple of weeks, which has resulted in the blog being radio silent. I shared this bit of information on my Instagram Stories the other day and I received an overwhelming amount of heartfelt messages from all of you. I can’t begin to my share my appreciation for your love and kindness throughout this difficult time – you have no idea how much the messages helped me. From the bottom of my heart, Thank You. However, my Nonna would be so mad at me for being overwhelmed with sadness so I’m picking up the pieces and going to work extra hard for her and will always try and make her proud. I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of things and have everything back up and running to the standard you have come to expect. Thank you for your understanding and allowing me to take a step back to catch my breath.