Paige Victoria

Paige Victoria

EST. 2014

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My new friend (and super-talented photographer), Victoria, took these photos on a cozy Saturday. I’ll always look at them and remember this time– being 26. To recognize turning a year older, I made an effort to write 26 things I’ve learned so far in my life.

1- You can’t please everyone. // If you spend too much time “filtering” or “editing” your life to win someone’s approval, you’re losing part of yourself.

2- Cooking doesn’t have to be terrible. // To me, cooking is a chore — but, after discovering my Crock Pot (and then re-discovering it, after a brief hiatus when Jack Pearson died), I’m making progress.

3- Clean out your drawers. // There is nothing sweeter than deciding you no longer need that birthday card from 2012, or that ticket from a movie you saw with a boy who ghosted you afterward.

4- Rejection is necessary. // I’ve been turned down, let down, and any other “down” you can think of, but I wouldn’t change it, because my skin is thicker and my heart is tougher.

5- Candles make any room better. // My personal favorite is the Volcano candle from Anthropologie, but I’m pretty sure that’s true of any millennial woman.

6- Your opinion of people can change. // Just because you once viewed someone as being irreplaceable in your life, doesn’t mean you’re stuck with that. Outgrowing someone means you’ve grown.

7- Print your photos. // I’m thankful I was raised by a mother who had a camera surgically-attached to her hand. Print out your photos! Your future memories will thank you for it.

8- Green thumbs are the best color. // I like the fun (struggle) of keeping my plants alive. Most of them have thrived, but there have been some casualties.

9- Water is underrated. // I’m getting to the point where I prefer water over any other drink. I think the aforementioned plants would agree.

10- Send more snail mail. // I’m a letter-writer and there’s something so fun about opening your mail box, instead of opening a text.

11- Life isn’t a race. // There is no “correct” age to get married, to buy a house, to have kids, or to do none of those things. Questions like, “Oh, you’re turning 30? HOW ARE YOUR EGGS?” are a bit aggressive.

12- Faith is a journey. // I am a Christian and that has meant different things to me at different stages in life. I’m figuring out what it means to me now.

13- Mushrooms are terrible. // They just are. I don’t care how many people try to convince me.

14- Risks are a good thing. // I will never regret putting myself out there, even if it doesn’t work out.

15- Leave your eyebrows alone. // I wish I could tell my younger self to stop plucking those things.

16- Don’t look at your phone. // I make an effort to leave my phone out of sight when I’m spending time with someone. I want to remember what my friend was feeling, not what a stranger was posting.

17- Bangs are a love-hate style. // I’ve been told I “pull off” bangs well, but what people don’t see is me screaming at my hair to JUST STAY STILL.

18- It’s okay to say no. // Ever go out on a Friday night and about five minutes in, you’re already wishing you were on the couch for a Netflix marathon?

19- Some people don’t deserve you. // I don’t think that’s arrogant or selfish to say. If someone doesn’t see your worth, set ’em loose.

20- Know your worth. // With that being said, don’t settle for less than you deserve… even if that means being alone for a while.

21- Shake it off. // I’ve been caught in the background of plenty of wedding videos, flailing my arms around like an idiot. Dance anyway.

22- Don’t wish your time away. // I’ve looked past important moments because I’ve been waiting for the “next thing.” My 20’s have shown me that every single experience shapes you!

23- Serendipity is my favorite word. // Also, a really cute movie. I love what it means — a happy little accident.

24- Self-love doesn’t happen overnight. // I know it’s cliché, but loving your body really is hard. I struggle with it every day. Everyone has insecurities.

25- We don’t deserve dogs. // Sometimes I’m overly-emotional about how much I love them, and I go on a video-watching spree, and then I’m crying on the floor while an Instagram puppy learns how to fold socks.

26- “We’ll all float on, alright.” // Learn what matters and what doesn’t. I try to ask myself, “Will this matter in a year?” If the answer is no, then I allow myself some time to worry, stress, and over-analyze (all the things that come naturally to me), and then I let it go.

Twenty-six

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WENDY + MIKE

"Paige's work is absolute perfection. She was one of the first vendors I booked and one of the easiest and sweetest to work with... She was warm and welcoming, and made us feel like we knew what we were doing. At our wedding, Paige was the biggest blessing. My gosh, are our photos beautiful. I can't thank her enough. They are everything we could have wanted!"

"The absolute best."

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KELLY + JAMES

"Paige is so kind and helpful. She answered any questions I had leading up to my wedding in a timely fashion and she gave great tips for preparing for photos. I was able to focus on each moment and let Paige do her thing! Paige made me feel so comfortable. The photos we've gotten back are just gorgeous. Paige is professional, kind, and amazing at her job!"

"Paige is amazing."

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SAVANNAH + MATT

"Paige is amazing! If you're considering her as your photographer, you will not regret it. As soon as we talked to Paige, we knew she was perfect! She was well-organized and made us feel so comfortable. She was such a trooper throughout the day, keeping it light and fun through the portrait process. Our photos are absolutely stunning. We'll cherish them for the rest of our lives!"

"Absolutely stunning."

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colleen + dax

"Paige was our wedding and engagement photographer, and both experiences were fantastic! Paige is such a warm and welcoming person that my husband and I felt at ease in front of the camera. She's totally down-to-earth and so fun to work with. She photographed our wedding day so beautifully and made sure to capture every detail... We will treasure the images forever!"

"Look no further."

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ALLISON + SCOTT

"I can't even begin to explain how amazing Paige was when she shot our wedding! She knew exactly what to do to make my husband and I feel like our best selves, and her photos captured our love perfectly! Paige is so professional and essentially kept everything running smoothly before our ceremony began. Not to mention, her photos are the most beautiful I've seen!"

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