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Hi friends! I’m excited to share some exciting news with you! Every Wednesday I plan to tune in LIVE on my Facebook business page to chat with you! I have been wanting to do something like this for a while now but kept putting it on the back-burner because I was too nervous to be LIVE and be in front of the camera… What will I talk about? Will anyone actually tune in or will I just be talking to myself? Will viewers find it entertaining? All of these thoughts running through my head… but since video is so very IN right now… I decided to just take the leap of faith and go for it!

I wanted a way to stay top-of-mind with my clients, prospective clients, and followers. I wanted a way to showcase my personality, be real, be authentic, and overall connect with you. Covering a range of personal and photography-related topics while also encouraging an engaging experience with my viewers… I’m SO very excited for this journey!

So, be sure to “like” me on Facebook and choose to “get notifications” on my page so you can stay in the loop when I’m LIVE! You can also follow me on Instagram where I’ll post a friendly reminder on the day-of on Insta-stories to join me live + some sneak peek details on what to expect for that day’s episode. If you aren’t able to join me LIVE… no worries! You can navigate to the “videos” section on my Facebook page and watch the replay! All of the On Air with Allie episodes will be conveniently saved in a playlist. OR… if you’re not on Facebook, you can always search under the “On Air with Allie” category on my blog where I’ll also post the replay.

Today’s episode is featuring a brief introduction, 50 fun facts about myself to help viewers get to know me a bit, and details on what to expect for future episodes.

If you have a suggestion for a future On Air with Allie topic — comment below or send me an email. I would love to hear from you! Mark your calendar! See you Wednesday!

 

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This past 4th of July holiday was filled with lots of quality family time! My brother’s family came in from NY for the week. Michael and I spent 8 days at Denton Abbey and Ryan was able to enjoy a few days off to relax! My parents were there and my Uncle’s family from FL visited us for a few days. When my Goddaughter and nephew are in town I always love to capture some fun portraits of them (they are just too cute!!) — they are growing up too fast! One evening before dinner, I walked them down to the river where we have some beautiful tall grass. The warm, golden hour sunlight was so dreamy to photograph! I was making silly noises to get Ellie and Jr. to laugh at me and I captured some of my favorite snuggle images of them!! I snapped a few of the whole family then we put the grandkids on MiMi and Poppy’s lap. I was clicking away and I heard my brother Maury in the background say… “well, I hope you love grandkids!!………… because Rachael is eating for TWO tonight!!!. What?! I’m going to be an aunt AGAIN. YAY!!! I loved capturing the look on my parent’s face once they realized what he just said. They are now a family of 3 kiddos!! Rachael is due in February — they don’t plan to find out the gender this time around. Sooooooo exciting!! I couldn’t be happier to have another baby to snuggle… Our family just keeps on growing!

Too funny that when they told us the news that I was pregnant too but just didn’t know it yet!

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It was early morning on Saturday, August 5th when we found out as a family that Michael was going to be promoted to a BIG BROTHER!!!

I was blessed to have such a smooth pregnancy with Michael…It that weird that I actually missed being pregnant?? It was such an amazing miracle to experience. I remember telling Ryan this past April (my birthday month!) that I was ready for another! I always wanted our kiddos to be close in age. I actually met with our infertility doctor this past June to recap on where we left off on things last year prior to getting pregnant with Michael and to discuss options for next steps… Little did I know that while I was meeting with him I was already pregnant!! Ryan and I are still shocked that it happened so fast. We figured it would take at least 1 year to get pregnant… how could it take 11 infertility visits along with a pleather of tests and procedures to get pregnant the first time and this time it happened naturally on its own so easily, so quickly? One (of many) favorite lines from The Notebook… “Science only goes so far, then comes God.” » OPEN POST »

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Special Announcement • 2017 Holiday Mini-Sessions!

Hey y’all! What better way to break the silence on my blog than with a special announcement?! Can you believe it’s that time of year again to start registering for holiday mini-sessions?! I look forward to these mini-sessions every year! Click here and here to view highlights from last year!

I’m excited to announce the dates for my 2017 Holiday Mini-Sessions! Booking is now OPEN with limited timeslots available! Booking is first come, first served. These timeslots sell out every year! The location will be announced two weeks prior to your mini-session date (it will be in the surrounding Richmond area). Regarding the specified rain dates, you must be available during your chosen timeslot for both dates. ***Please note: My fabulous ASP Clients and those that joined the mailing list last week got a one-hour head start this morning to book their timeslot.

October 29th
Rain date: November 4th

November 12th
Rain date: November 18th

You will receive your images in time to order holiday cards, prints, gifts, fine art products, etc. for your home, family, and friends. The investment includes: 20-minutes of photography coverage, maximum of 5 individuals photographed, digitally enhanced editing to images, access to high-resolution files & print release.

Once your timeslot is chosen, payment has been made, and a contract has been signed, we’ll be officially booked! Two weeks prior to your session, I’ll email over a helpful Client Guide which will include tips on what to wear, what to bring, and more details about your session.

I look forward to the opportunity to work with you!


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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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  • Jillian - October 4, 2017 - 5:51 AM

    I now sell this bag on my site. I would like to promote this post on the Facebook and IG page. I realize you didn’t purchase it from me, but your review is pretty succinct and on point.ReplyCancel