This family is the absolute sweetest! I was grinning from ear-to-ear as they arrived for their session and I saw the two sisters in matching dresses. Aren’t they just the cutest?! And little James, what a handsome boy! Had so much fun being my goofy self and making these kiddos laugh. Loved getting to know them as we strolled the grounds of Tuckahoe Plantation during my annual Holiday Mini-Session Special. All of their smiles are just contagious! Enjoy browsing some favorites from our time together! 🙂 » OPEN POST »
Hi friends! Happy Monday! If you follow along on Instagram then you know that we took a family trip this past weekend. It was an adventure that I will always cherish. December 1st was our real anniversary (4 years!). We had a romantic dinner at home and Ryan surprised me with a getaway to Keswick Hall! With the hectic hustle and bustle holiday schedules and still getting into a routine with Michael, we decided to postpone our trip for mid-January so we could really relax and enjoy it. Then Virginia got hit with a crazy snow and ice storm… So… we postponed again! We booked it for Valentine’s Day weekend (and the 1-year anniversary of finding out we were pregnant!). After much anticipation, this past Saturday morning, my little family packed up the car and scooted to Charlottesville for our belated celebration! Aside from going to the rivah, this was a our first family vacation! » OPEN POST »
So! Be honest… in looking at this photo, does your heart skip a beat? Does this place put a smile on your face? I have a confession to make… When I’m not shooting, my perfect Saturday or Sunday afternoon is in comfy clothes with my family and strolling the aisles of Costco. Anyone else yelling, “Amen, Sista!”. I know it might sound strange but for almost 7 years now, my hubby and I love going together! Now we have a Bob Stroller in tow with Michael tagging along. I remember Michael’s first time to Costco, LOL. He was wide-eyed in his stroller as we shopped around. We try to limit our trips to once a month (because it’s like Target, we can’t leave Costco without spending several hundred dollars). You could literally walk into Costco because you initially needed the jumbo box of k-cups and a book of stamps… and end up walking out of there with a canoe! HA! We purposively have a monthly budget for Costco to ensure we don’t overspend and go crazy in there. It’s probably a good thing that we can’t log online like Amazon (PS… How did I just recently find out about Honey?! Where have you been all of my life?!) to view all of our previous transactions. Bet it would be a pretty long list.
Between the huge red shopping carts, their gigantic pies, the wine selection, ready-made meals, awesome prices, the yummy food samples, amazing customer service, the ability to return things without a receipt (cash back!), stylish clothes, or the delicious Chicken Bake…!… what’s not to love? If you’re thinking to yourself, “Allison, what’s a Chicken Bake?”, then you need to stop what you’re doing and drive to Costco and order this for lunch in their food court (for only $2.99!). It’s seriously like a hot pocket on steroids, good! » OPEN POST »
You guys! I cannot believe that February is already here and busy as ever! This past week I was on-the-go!! If you follow me on Instagram then you’ve seen some of my daily adventures. I photographed 2 newborn sessions, 1 maternity session, and 3 Smash Cake sessions (one being in Northern Virginia) all while coordinating with Ryan or my Mom to watch little Michael… meanwhile, I went to 2 different coffee play dates, continued voting with the Shoot & Share contest, had a pedicure with my bestie, spent quality time with family, hosted a firepit happy hour with 18 my amazing neighbors (+ all of their kiddos!), attended Thrive (a weekly women’s morning bible study that I recently joined and I love it!), cleaned the house, enjoyed a day trip adventure with Ryan and Michael to Northern VA, and went to 2 Super Bowl parties… Michael and I had a fun-filled week together to say the very least! Above is a snapshot of the sneak peeks I’ve posted from last week — Gosh, my heart is so full!
I was SO ecstatic when this past January was the biggest month ever for my photography business! I’ve welcomed 12 new clients into the ASP Family and I’m up 777% in income from this time last year!! Y’all… that is such a confidence booster knowing that January was when I took the leap from leaving the corporate world to be a full-time stay-at-home-mom and continue to run my photography business. I couldn’t be more appreciative of my ASP Family for their investment in this dream of mine. It’s an honor to document their stories and motherhood journeys. I can already tell that 2017 is going to be an EPIC year! » OPEN POST »
You may have seen on my Instagram page that I’m in the “All-In Club”! So, what does that mean you ask? Every year I submit my work in the Shoot & Share Photo Contest – “the only free and fair contest in the world.” Photographers from all over the globe are allowed to submit up to 50 images (to be considered “all-in”) into 25 categories. When voting opens up (February 1st) anyone can vote! We’re the judge. The best part about this contest?! Voters do not know who submitted which images — it’s totally random — and you pick your favorites. Here’s how it works… four images will pop up on your screen and you choose your favorite out of those four… then your screen will automatically refresh with four more images… and so on! I will fully warn you that it’s addicting! Hours will go by (sometimes into the wee hours) and I’ll find myself still voting! I’ve seen some folks that have the contest up on their PC, laptop, phone, and iPad so they can vote on multiple devices at a time! Now that’s commitment! » OPEN POST »
So you want to start a photography business?! Awesome! When I started my business, I was constantly scouring the web and absorbing as much information as I could. My brain was a like a sponge! I would easily stay up until 4AM watching YouTube videos and reading blogs. I was passionate… fired up! I joined local and nationwide Facebook groups, subscribed to newsletters, attended webinars, went to socials, and took my camera outside to practice, practice, practice shooting in Manual mode.
If you’re eager to start a photography business of your own then you’re likely feeling very overwhelmed with where to even start! Trust me… I’ve been there! Still today I can get overwhelmed. BUT! Lucky for us, there are so many resources out there to help educate, organize, and set yourself up for success! » OPEN POST »
The adorable Oliff family is featured on the blog today! If you haven’t already seen their baby #3 pregnancy announcement or gender reveal photos you must check those out before scrolling down. It has been such a JOY to capture their growing family! Around the holidays I met them on the University of Richmond campus (Emily’s alma mater) to capture some maternity portraits. Emily was glowing! This session was particularly special for this family because Baby Behl is their final child to complete their family. So grateful that they knew the importance to document this season in their lives. Finley and Tripp couldn’t be more excited to meet their sweet little brother. Below are some favorites from our time together 🙂
OH! I just love this family to pieces! Not only are they dear friends of mine but they are also my neighbors! Our family’s have grown so close over the years and I’m so grateful for their friendship. Missy and Tim have 3 handsome boys! Jacob, Judah, and Josh have smiles that will seriously melt your heart! Leading up to their Holiday Mini-Session we were chatting about outfit ideas and my hubby, Ryan, suggested they rock out wearing blazers. So glad they did! They looked awesome and mighty dapper I must say! It is such a joy to capture their growing family as the years go by. So many favorites from our time together.
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Hi there pretty Mamas! As I write this post, I’m knocking on wood. We know all too well that babies can be unpredictable and just when you think you’re getting into a smooth routine with things… it can quickly change! Before I go any further, let me throw a disclaimer out there… I am a new mommy of a 3-month old baby boy. I am by no means an expert in the mommy category… I’m learning new things every day. This is just some friendly advice on what has worked for me. My little Michael is sleeping through the night (for now!) and I’ve received a few questions from friends so thought I’d go ahead and write a blog post to share my thoughts with everyone.
I realize that all babies are different and their behaviors, habits, feeding schedules, sleep patterns, etc. will vary. I also realize that all mommies have different lifestyles… some are on maternity leave, some are SAHMs, some work, some are single parents, some have 1 child, some have lots more! So, all of these tips may not work for you and your baby but a few of them might where you can then start a routine that works for you! The important thing is to be flexible. So, if you’re a tired Mama that’s looking for some remedies to help your baby sleep through the night then hopefully this blog post will help you!
By 6 weeks old, my son Michael, was sleeping long stretches during the night in his own crib in his nursery. When he was born I planned to keep him in the bassinet in our room for at least 3-6 months… depending on what article you read, many will say they should sleep in your room for up to 12-months. Between 4-6 weeks old, I was putting Michael in his crib for daytime naps and nursing him in his nursery so he could get well-acquainted with the room and know that it was a “safe place”. Just to note, I have one window in his nursery with plantation shutters — I purposefully didn’t get blackout curtains because I didn’t want him to get used to sleeping in a pitch black dark room (this way he can easily nap anywhere). By 6-weeks old, I had established a bedtime routine and I put him in his crib one night just to see how he would do and he slept for 8 straight hours!!! He did that for the following 3 nights… so it was a no-brainer to go ahead and transition him to his crib for good. As much as I loved having him sleeping in the bassinet right next to my bed… he clearly had better sleep in his crib… and so did I!
I’ve known Luke and Blair for several years now. Luke is your classic Virginia gentleman and Blair is a beautiful southern belle. To top it off, these two are hilarious! Luke went to VMI (where the rest of my family tree went!), he met my brother (Maury), and I met Luke and one of Maury’s infamous parties. Small world Richmond… around the same time we met few years back, he also worked at the same company my husband worked at and they became close friends. We asked him to be in our wedding party and he was a hit on the dance floor that evening! Luke and Blair got married in Staunton, Virginia and it was a gorgeous celebration!
This past Summer, Ryan and I told them the news that we were expecting and they surprised us with the same news! We were so excited to be pregnant together. They were having a GIRL! Blair was due one month after me so in early October we met at Tuckahoe Plantation for their maternity portraits. Blair got her hair and makeup done for the occasion — she looked stunning in her dress and rocked heels the whole time while strolling the grounds! The weather was perfect! I never get tired of photographing at Tuckahoe Plantation… this venue never disappoints. At the time of our session, the flowers were still in full bloom, the weeping willow blowing in the breeze, the views… it was all the perfect combination to document this special season in their lives. » OPEN POST »