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Y’all… if you’re a dog lover then just go ahead and grab the tissues now because today I’m getting pretty vulnerable and letting my emotions out on the blog… I have always been one to write my emotions out particularly during hard times… it’s my way of coping… if you didn’t know this already about me then just sift through posts in my “personal” category on the blog and you’ll see that I’m pretty much an open book with sharing my heart to my fellow readers… mainly because this is a personal journal for me and my family but also for my friends and followers to know what’s going on in our lives.

I always strive for my social media posts and my blog to be uplifting, encouraging, or something to make you smile… But I also try to keep it real and be open with you. Because I know that many of my family, friends, and followers have met (or virtually met via Instagram) our furbaby Henry… I wanted to share with you some news. I also want this to be a journal entry for my now 9-month old son Michael so he can read this one day when he will understand it. But first, let me tell you a story… » OPEN POST »

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  • Henry's granddad - July 24, 2017 - 1:59 AM

    No dog was ever blessed with a better family. I’m so thankful he had you through the years that fit so well and now can be with his fur family when that is best.ReplyCancel

It felt like Christmas morning when the FedEx truck arrived as I was finishing up my first cup of coffee. It’s here!! My first film camera purchase! If you follow me on Instagram or read my recent Foundations in Film blog post… then you know that I’m learning more about becoming a hybrid photographer, shooting in both film and digital. Today was the day I first got my hands on a legit film camera and I couldn’t be more excited! I purchased this baby from Contaxrental.com — highly recommend them as a reliable source (for renting or buying). Great customer service and quick shipping!! » OPEN POST »

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Does this sweet couple look familiar? I had the honor of documenting their maternity session at Tuckahoe Plantation last October. Luke and Blair are dear friends and their precious little baby girl was born on November 4th. Miss Annie is almost 8-months old now… she’s sitting up, babbling, army crawling, and is such a Daddy’s girl! That long, curly red hair… too cute!!

Last night I had the opportunity to visit their beautiful home in Caroline County. It was built in the 1800’s. Luke’s grandparents bought the home in 1963. Over the last 2 years, both Luke and Blair have put countless hours into renovating their home. Ryan and I got the grand tour and it’s absolutely stunning. It’s filled to the brim with history and collectible antiques. Aside from their gorgeous master bathroom complete with a massive shower and beautiful white french tub… I think my favorite room was their screened porch overlooking their backyard, birds chirping, and every now and then hearing the train go by… so relaxing! I bet it’s the perfect spot for morning coffee and a good book. So very proud of all the work they’ve done! I told them they need to submit their “before and after” renovation story to Southern Living magazine! They have several cats roaming the property and they soon hope to get some chickens and ponies (Blair grew up riding horses). The coolest part is many of Luke’s family members all share living on the same street. » OPEN POST »

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One of many incredibly breathtaking moments since my son Michael was born was witnessing the exact moment that my Ryan became a father. From the moment he found out we were pregnant, to finding out we were having a boy, to the moment he held our son in his arms for the first time… these are precious memories that I will cherish forever. The way Michael’s face lights up when Ryan gets home from work just melts my heart! They are a dynamic duo — Michael is truly Ryan’s “mini me.” I love their relationship together, the way they make each other laugh, and I love that this is just the beginning of an amazing adventure ahead. Happy 1st Father’s Day papa bear!

(Images above captured by Emily Gerald Photography)

And now… a note from Michael 🙂

Dear DaDa,

I love you to the moon and back again! Thank you for the amazing Dad that you are. You mean SO very much to me. Thank you for all that you do for our family. I love our snuggles, our tickle sessions, the silly songs you sing to me, the way you rock me to sleep, when you hold me in the air like superman, our dance parties, and the way you love my Mommy so! To the Daddy of the Year! Happy Father’s Day to the nicest, funnest, huggiest, smartest, very BEST daddy in the whole world!!!

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Y’all! I am grinning from ear-to-ear over here!! I’m finally taking a huge step forward to transform my craft, my passion, and my business. I’m starting the journey of learning how to shoot in film.

Film photography has always been something that I’ve been fascinated about… I’ve always wanted to learn but have had too many obstacles in my way to overcome them… until now. Something about the old-fashioned look of holding a film camera in your hands, the process of inserting and rolling your own film, the sound of a film camera when you click the shutter, the anxiousness as you drop off your film to ship to a lab and be processed, the anticipation of waiting for your film scans to arrive in your inbox, the creamy bokeh amazingness that results in a film photograph… I wanted IN! » OPEN POST »

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I’m completely OBSESSED with my new diaper bag. It’s the LAND Mommy & Baby Bag — a durable, colorful, waterproof backpack. I ordered it yesterday afternoon on Amazon Prime — it arrived today and I’ve already filled it up, photographed it, and did a fun vlog review! Mamas… you have to get your hands on this beauty!

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I just loved my time with the Nunn family! Sweet little Niles recently celebrated turning ONE! This was such a fun-filled family session to capture this exciting milestone for Niles. The spring colors in their outfits, the luscious green trees in the background, the giggles from Niles… Look at those little teeth too!! Nikki and Shawn are such awesome parents to their little man. Enjoy browsing some of my favorites from our time together!

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Hi Friends! Happy Thursday!! Hope everyone is having a great week and gearing up for a long weekend ahead! Today I wanted to feature a fun vlog (video blog) giving you a peek inside my office. A little tour of a special area in my office that I use daily. Hope you enjoy!! 🙂

PS – Not the best lighting in the video (it was a rainy day) but you get the idea!

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I specialize in documenting the art of motherhood and families… this includes my love for documenting family milestones. I have had the honor of photographing several baptism celebrations and I get teary-eyed at each one. Witnessing and capturing little ones being accepted into the Christian faith — it’s truly breathtaking. This past Saturday the Kennedy family had a private baptism service at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. It was my first-time visiting their beautiful place of worship. It was a beautiful sunny day and they were surrounded by their close family and friends.

Baptisms are a favorite milestone for me to capture because I can get creative with the details. Investing in a photographer to document your child’s baptism is such a great idea so you and the parents can be fully present during the service. The resulting images are more documentary (with the exception of family portraits after the service). Documentary photography — photos that tell a story — is what excites me! Enjoy viewing some favorites from this milestone session.

“Allison captured our son’s Baptism beautifully. She was quick to respond to any questions I had, showed up on time, and returned our pictures to us very quickly! The pictures she took were amazing, and we will treasure them forever!” ~ Joyce

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Ryan got me an Apple Watch Series II for my 30th birthday… and I’m addicted! For those of you that know me or follow along on my blog know that I’m a gadget girl! More specifically… a loyal Apple fangirl! I have to admit… Ryan asked me a while back when the first Apple Watch came out if I wanted one since I basically owned everything else in the Apple world… but I didn’t want another reason to be connected and another device to check email, etc. Plus I’ve never really been one to wear a watch… well… I’m absolutely in love with this little gem and I’ll tell you why! Here’s my personal review on the Apple Watch Series 2 highlighting the bells and whistles of my new favorite gadget. Enjoy!

PS! I’ve been wanting to do this review for a while now but was procrastinating because I wanted the perfect lighting and background… well, while my baby took a nap I knocked this out on my dining room table so it’ll have to do, LOL! Also… I didn’t notice until after doing this video review that my wedding rings were still off post-workout (oops!)… I didn’t feel like re-shooting it.

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