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Hey y’all! Can you believe it’s that time of year again to start registering for holiday mini-sessions?! This summer has flown by and it will be FALL before we know it! I love offering this mini-session special each fall before the busy holiday season kicks in. It’s a great way for me to catch up with returning clients and meet new ones! Click here and here to view previous annual Holiday Minis.

With my due date fast approaching (due October 21st!), I debated squeezing in these fall minis before my due date. However, not knowing how I’ll be feeling as I near the end of my pregnancy and due to the flexible nature of birth arrival, I decided not to take any chances of booking up my schedule before 10/21 to risk possibly having my little man make an early arrival… That would bring on more stress with rescheduling those sessions all while adjusting with a newborn.

SO! I’m technically breaking the maternity leave rule but… I plan to whip out my gear and a few holiday props for a two-day special for some FUN with you guys! This will give me roughly a month to heal post-delivery and get somewhat into a routine with Michael (fingers crossed!). By mid-November, I’ll be ready to get out of the house for some fun outdoors. Ryan will watch Michael while I’m shooting and our little guy may make an appearance on-site where you can meet him! 🙂

Want to know where these holiday mini-sessions will be held this year?!…
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A note about my maternity leave.

Well, hello there! I hope you’re having a great summer! I cannot believe that FALL is right around the corner! Who’s ready for cooler weather, firepit season, pumpkin-spiced candles, and those beautiful autumn leaves?! I know I am 🙂

As you may already know, I’m expecting a baby BOY in October. My due date is October 21st – only 9 more weeks to go (unless this little man decides to make an early arrival)! In efforts to keep you in the loop, I wanted to send you a quick note regarding my maternity leave plans. » OPEN POST »

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I first met Liz in 6th grade when we were attending Byrd Middle School (I still have our yearbook with our fabulous school photos from that year!). We lost touch when my family moved neighborhoods (into a different school district) and I transferred to Pocahontas in 8th grade… then the whirlwind of high school and college began. It wasn’t until 4 years ago when Ryan and I moved into our house in the West End that Liz and I were reunited as neighbors!

Ryan and I live on a great street where we’re wedged between two other neighborhoods filled with awesome people and fun kiddos! It wasn’t long after I moved in that I created a LOEN Facebook group (The League of Extraordinary Neighbors) for our hood and it was the best idea ever! It’s brought so many of our families together for countless hangouts and we’re so blessed to have developed some amazing friendships. To put it simply… we’re never moving!

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My heart is SO full!! Yesterday, these three lovely ladies hosted a woodlands-themed baby shower in Michael’s honor. Kendall, Emily, and my sis-in-law Rachael all went above and beyond to make yesterday’s shower so very special! I cannot thank them enough for everything they did!!

It was a beautiful hot sunny day and it was so surreal to wake up and get ready in the morning for my baby shower. When Ryan and I walked into Emily’s gorgeous home, not one single detail was overlooked! It put Pinterest to shame! These ladies should seriously go into the party planning business — They’re so creative when it comes to bringing a party to life (see Kendall’s son’s birthday party here!). All of the food, drinks, and snacks went along with the shower theme. The house was filled with balloons, cute forest animals, and there was such an excitement in the air! They had a baby food smelling contest and a precious station for guests to make personalized onesies and bibs for Michael. Ryan and I + the grandparents each had a personalized pin to wear. There was even a “happy trails” party favor station for guests to make their own trail mix. How amazing does that all sound?!

I made sure to arrive early so I could capture all of the details!! It was all so incredibly perfect! I was overwhelmed with happiness taking in the moments of the day and so very grateful for these ladies who made it all happen!! 🙂 » OPEN POST »

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Happy Friday y’all!! I’m SO very excited to announce that my new website updates are LIVE! I’ve spent many late-night strategic hours into building (on my own!) a more user-friendly experience on my website. I’ve come a long way on the design of my online home since re-branding in 2014. August must be my month where I get that itch to try something new! The last time I did my re-branding launch was on August 4, 2016 (almost exactly 2 years ago!). I have done some website tweaking here and there since then but haven’t made any substantial updates until now.

My primary goals with this launch was to go for more of a professional and clean look while still remaining true to my spunky polka dot personality, showcase beautiful images while also telling a story, educate prospective clients on my philosophy and approach to newborn photography, and allow visitors to get to know me.

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I’m aware that having a baby changes everything. Our family will evolve to a new routine. Come late-October, my life will drastically change from making my own agenda every day to Michael running the show… diaper changing, lots more laundry, play-dates, potty-training, nursery rhymes, bedtime stories, pre-school, boxed lunches, soccer practice, etc. These last 3 months is precious time to enjoy where it’s just me and Ryan (and Henry!).

Recently I was asked by a dear friend of mine if I had a pregnancy bucket list. I hadn’t thought about this before but it makes perfect sense – a fun “before baby” activity to-do list before a we have a newborn in tow. October is right around the corner (due date is in 77 days, EEEK!!). As we knock out our trimester checklist, that OMG-this-is-really-happening feeling is coming over us. Although Ryan and I have a busy few months ahead of us with baby prep… I’ve been drumming up a bucket list of things I want to be sure to do before a new baby takes over our world. » OPEN POST »

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When it comes to motherhood and the ever-changing world of technology, the odds are ever in our favor. Whether it’s tracking your fertility, the size of your growing baby bump, nursing and diaper changes, recording milestones… the app world has got you covered! Since these days we rarely go anywhere without our phones, these apps will be helpful while at home or on-the-go. After conducting some research and some trial-and-error, I’ve put together a list of the best apps for moms (and dads!).

  1. Today’s Parent My Family: This free app is personalized guide to your child’s age and stage. Whether you’re pregnant, new parents, or an experience mom or dad, get all the daily tips, recipes, developmental advice, and health information you need to raise a happy, healthy family.

 

  1. Baby Sprout: This is the best app for all-around baby tracking. It’s the motherload of new mom apps. It’s filled with all the tracking tools, countdowns, checklists, and helpful advice/info. on your newborn. It has sleep, feeding, pumping, solid food, diaper change, growth, and immunization trackers, plus medical record tools that help you keep track of your baby’s wellness check-ups and sick visits with the pediatrician. You can add multiple children to the app to keep track of everyone in one place. In addition to all of the tracking features, you can record milestones and memories too! You can add your own photos and captions, share on social media, and/or export your photos into a PDF ebook. Lastly, you can add other “members” to your app so your partner, grandparents, etc. can stay in the loop with baby’s development. If you have a nanny they could use this app too to track sleep, diaper changes, etc.

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To all of you expecting (or soon-to-be) mommies out there… this post is for you! As a photographer that specializes in documenting the beauty of motherhood, and as an expecting mommy myself, I’m always reading baby product reviews, articles, and other motherhood resources to personally be more educated and to share with my clients.

With Baby Michael’s due date approaching, many ladies have asked me where we are registered. When I started this process a few months back I felt very overwhelmed as a first-time mom since there are SO many products out there… how did I know what I wanted versus what I really needed? From feeding, to transportation, to bathing, to sleeping, to baby gear, to the nursery… the list goes on and on… and on! I was having trouble finding one site that had it all… well, while searching around online I came across this website, BabyList. Have you heard of it?! It’s the best! » OPEN POST »

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So, if you follow me on Instagram, then you already know that our family now has a fun family RIVAH getaway!! After years of searching, my parents made it official this past May when they bought a Rappahannock waterfront cottage in the Northern Neck of Lancaster, VA. Our family couldn’t be more ecstatic about it!!! We named the house, Denton Abbey. For those of you that don’t know… Denton is my maiden name. Since move-in day, my parents (and many others have chipped in!) to help make our new house a home sweet home. It’s 90-minutes door-to-door from Richmond — the perfect weekend getaway! We’ve spent the majority of our summer weekends there and it’s now starting to feel real when we arrive that it’s actually ours. » OPEN POST »

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  • Susan - July 29, 2016 - 12:17 PM

    ⚓️Families with lake house/ rivah house refer to waterside as front….. Lakeside -front…..
    the fun back usually side away from lovely water
    Enjoy your fabulous rivah house!!ReplyCancel

Since we’re almost into August (crazy, right?!), I wanted to share some family favorites from a recent family reunion over the 4th of July. My mom’s side of the family has been getting together at The Belvedere hotel in Virginia Beach for years! Our crew takes over the hotel! There is always roughly 100 of us all gathered on the beach telling stories and catching up. It’s a tradition I look forward to every year. » OPEN POST »

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