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cspphoto-01 Happy Friday, friends!! I hope you all have grand plans for this holiday weekend. I'm in Ohio today shooting a wedding (my last wedding ever!) and looking forward to a weekend filled with sleeping in, homemade breakfast, celebrating my dad's birthday, lots of time with my family and maybe our last lake day, depending on when this baby arrives! It's going to be a good one :)

Since I'm playing wedding photographer today, I thought it was a perfect day to share my latest Brand Crush, this time on Caitlin Sullivan Photography! Caitlin photographed my wedding alongside the uber talented Gail Werner (who has since hung up her camera to pursue a writing career - go Gail!), and since then has become a dear friend. She is the kind of person who just exudes sunshine, encouragement and positivity and everyone who meets her and knows her is better for it. She is kind, genuine and not to mention incredibly talented behind the camera as a wedding and portrait photographer! She's taken Matt and I's photos twice now (you can see them here and here!) and I'm so grateful for the heirlooms that she captured for us. I'm so excited to introduce her to you and seriously, Indy folks, if you're in need of a photographer, get in touch with Caitlin! You won't be sorry!

Without further ado, meet the sweet + lovely Caitlin Sullivan!

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Introduce yourself! Who are you and what do you do? Hi friend! My name is Caitlin. I'm the youngest of 4, super Irish, adventurer at heart and Chipotle addict. I grew up in Indianapolis and love the Hoosier state. Family means the world to me and the coolest thing has been watching it grow over the past few years with the addition of two nephews and a niece - Hey Noah, Bronson and Etta bear! I photograph joy for a living and consider it one of my greatest blessings.

Describe a typical day. A typical day involves a good workout, grabbing a bagel with a friend or my family, editing photos, cuddling with my cat Pazzo, and spending the evening either with family or close friends. I *LOVE* sports (go Pacers!) so if there's a good game on, I'm probably watching that too!

How do you stay inspired? I stay inspired by traveling, seeing new places, unplanned adventure, and spending time with those that matter most to me.

What's your favorite way to cultivate creativity? My favorite way to cultivate creativity is to be spontaneous and practice thoughtfulness. Nothing kills a bad attitude or being in a funk quite like reaching out to someone to spread some love when they least expect it. (Snail mail is my favorite!)

What are your three favorite reads (books, blogs, magazines?) I LOVE Pioneer Woman, Cup of Jo and Wit & Delight.

What fills your tank so you can keep doing what you do / how do you rest? Being in the moment. Getting outside. Fresh air. Sunshine.  Going for a long run to clear my head. Kindness.

If you could give another creative entrepreneur who is just starting out a piece of advice, what would you say? I'd say dive in. It sounds cliche but really, whatever it is on your heart that you've wanted to do or try - do it. Life is too short for you to waste your talent and fire. You will mess up. Often. But that's how you know you're on to something good. Work through it and be kind. Celebrate the success of others. Support your peers in your community and lift them up. Look out for their well being as much as you look out for yours.

Share five products/apps that make your life easier / you can't life without.

  • Lululemon
  • Photoshop app
  • Pixieset
  • Einsteins (yep!)
  • Tarte cosmetics.

Favorite song to throw an impromptu dance party to? Right now it's pretty much anything Johnnyswim! Love them! Especially their song Diamonds ;)

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Thanks, Caitlin! You can keep up with Caitlin on her blog, Facebook and Instagram!