United Pursuit - UK - 2013

Last year was incredible! I got to go to a lot of amazing places, including the UK. We went in the fall and it was absolute beautiful weather. I always assume the UK is going to be rainy for some reason... but every time I go I am pleasantly surprised with the glorious weather. They played at a conference in West Sussex called "David's Tent"... AMAZING. That was their second year playing for it, and it always is such a blast. We have fallen in love with the Goring family who host us every year! Their extreme generosity and brilliant hospitality truly make us feel at home with them! We call them our british family :) They let us tour their new winery that makes the most delicious champaign and becoming very well known!!!!

We got to spend a day exploring London which is always a good time! I think one of my favorite spots to see is the Westminster Abbey. The architecture is incredible, every little bit of it is art. I mean... I guess that's all of Europe for ya. The simplest things are beautifully and perfectly made. I had to go home a bit early to shoot a wedding back home, the rest of them went on to Ireland! I'm a little bummed I had to miss out on that, but the wedding I captured was super special!

Here are a few of my favorite shots from the tour! 

My Music Journey.

Fact about Brit.

I love music.

But like most girls who grew up in the Church around the early 2000's my ears were accustomed to artists like Jackie Valesquez, Point of Grace, and 4 Him. Now... don't get me wrong, that music has and will always have a special place in my heart, but there was a whole world of real ART out there that I had no clue about. I always LOVED singing and enjoyed music but my journey to the good stuff started when I was 16. 

For Christmas, my brother-in-law, Sean, gave me and my younger sister Leah 10 burned cd's of his favorite music for christmas. CLASSICS. Keane, U2, Coldplay, Death Cab for Cutie, Postal Service, the soundtrack from Wicker Park!! Yes I know what you are thinking... there was a time when I didn't know about Coldplay? That gift was priceless, truly.

After that, Leah and I went on a music rampage... and myspace was our tool! haha. We started going to local shows and concerts every weekend! Then did what anyone would do... started our own band. Oh yes, we called ourselves "Diadem"! Not many people know about that part of my life, but I'm pretty proud of it! With me on keys and Leah on acoustic guitar we played some originals and some pretty dang good covers too! This only lasted about a year and oh was it a fun one.

Music is such a special thing. It can bring you to past memories with just a few familiar notes and it can change a mood in a split second. There are not many people who don't like music, it's one thing most people have in common and it brings us together. 

I still get all gitty inside when I find a new artist that I love so I decided that I want to start blogging about my favorites! 

This week I will be talking about my "most listened to" album of 2013. I wore this thing out then got to see him live this past summer. WOW. His lyrics are so incredible and the melodies truly make my heart hurt (in such a good way). 

#4 is the best!

If you anyone has some music suggestions for me, please let me know! I LOVE new stuff.

Cheers,

brit

Andrea Marie.

I must say I am a bit of a snob when it comes to music. And girl artists are my favorite. I love to listen to Feist, My Brightest Diamond, Emiliana Torrini, Marketa Irglova, Alisha Keys, Norah Jones, Eva Cassidy, Lisa Hannigan, and so many more. But among my absolute FAVORITES is the beautiful and ever so talented Andrea Marie. True, she is one of my closest friends, but there is NO exaggeration in anything I just wrote. If you like the sounds of heaven, then you will love her music. She has such a good mix of acoustic, piano, jazziness, and those raspy vocals that we all love. If you need some good spring music this is the album to buy. Andrea wrote all the songs, played piano/guitar, and produced the entire album! She is an inspiration to musicians and artists, because her music is full of emotion, a true work of art.

Here is a video I shot for her album release.

http://youtu.be/cuormuMjekU

and here are some shots we took for her album artwork! go check her out ASAP.

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brit.