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 »
It’s official. Today marks a significant turning point in my life. After 8 years, I have nervously and triumphantly left the corporate world to dive headfirst into motherhood and devote my attention to the endeavor that has stolen my heart and ignited my passion.
I’m incredibly grateful to have this opportunity to savor all of the little everyday milestone moments with my son as he grows… To be there for every moment of my son’s young life — the good, the bad, and the unbelievably messy. » OPEN POST »
Happy Monday friends! This past weekend, Richmond had our first SNOW of the New Year! I was expecting 1-2″ and we got lots more than that! Little Michael must love snow as much as I do because he woke up at 6AM this past Saturday morning ready to start the day. I looked outside and everything was covered in a white blanket. Our family spent the early morning being lazy in our PJs, drinking coffee by the fire, and Ryan made us pancakes! » OPEN POST »
Happy New Year’s Eve friends! Before I ring in the New Year, it wouldn’t feel right until I reflect on how incredibly AWESOME 2016 was. While much happened out in the real world such as our interesting political election, the Olympics, the Cubs winning the World Series… it was certainly a crazy year to remember! The year 2016 will always be one that I will remember because it’s the year I became a MOM. In only 365 days, I experienced with my hubby a whirlwind of milestones that we are forever grateful for. From finding out I was pregnant, to telling our family and friends the news, to the excitement of finding out it’s a BOY, prepping the nursery, having my own maternity portraits captured, the birth of my son, to these last 2.5 months of raising our first child… it’s certainly been an incredible year! » OPEN POST »
Hi friends!! My apologies for being MIA these last few weeks!! I wanted to hop on the blog before we get into the New Year! Can you believe that it’s almost 2017?! It sure has been a busy, busy, December gearing up for Michael’s first Christmas! While I wanted to still post fun photos on social media along the way… I also wanted to make more of an effort to be unplugged and present in the many special moments our family shared this Christmas season. While I’m sad all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays is over… I’m also somewhat relieved that things will start to slow down a bit. Has anyone else taken their Christmas decorations down?? Two days after Christmas I took down everything but the tree… I just needed to de-clutter and get my house back! My word for next year is SIMPLIFY! To find joy in the simple, everyday moments. Less is more! » OPEN POST »