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To say I was excited yesterday morning would be quite the understatement! I photographed my first motherhood portraiture session in my recently renovated in-home studio. This new light and airy space has been a dream of mine for quite some time. To photograph the art of being a mother… in all seasons of life. Now that this room is open for booking my heart is so happy!

This past Sunday morning Ryan took our boys to the gym so I could have a quiet (and clean!) home. I had one-hour all to myself before my clients arrived. I prepped the studio and my gear (see Insta Highlights for behind the scenes on this!), lit a candle in the hallway, and turned on the Sonos surround sound to my favorite Pandora station for morning tunes (Skinny Love Live Radio). I then sipped on some warm coffee while gathering inspiration for this shoot.

For my studio sessions… my vision is there is very little “posing” involved as this session is meant to be more lifestyle in nature. I’m drawn to the “unseen” moments of your family snuggled up… the close-up detailed in-between moments where the raw emotion is. I go into each session documenting it as if it were my family… what moments I would want captured. I jotted down a “shot list” to ensure I captured everything… My goal was to have seamless transitions between “posing” so the session flowed nicely and my clients could get the most out of our time together.

I’ve had the honor of photographing the Wiles Family through their 3 pregnancies! Dana and TJ invested in The Motherhood Collection with their daughter Quinn which captured their maternity, fresh 48, newborn, 6-month, & 12-month milestone sessions. With Bauer, I photographed his maternity and Fresh 48 sessions. And now… baby #3… another BOY is on the way!! Due February 8th! Yesterday we photographed their maternity session and I’m counting down the days to their Fresh 48 session!! GAH!! Photographing siblings meeting for the first time… what a monumental moment to be a part of!!! Not only are these sweet humans amazing clients… we’re also in the same circle of friends (+ our hubbies once worked together). Love watching our kiddos grow and play together!

So… I may be a bit biased about their recent studio session but I absolutely LOVE every single image in their 200+ image gallery!! The warm, morning natural light poured into the double windows. We really explored all areas of the room where I mixed up the posing and image variety. Shooting in a confined space certainly challenged me as the photographer and I loved every minute of it! I was completely in my element… our time together flew by!

Since my goal in 2020 is to actually BLOG more of my sessions so y’all can see more of my work… I’m so behind on blogging, YIKES! So… I give you a 24-hour turnaround on editing, gallery delivery, and the blog post feature is UP… boom!

Interested in booking a studio session? I would love to hear from you! Inquire here.

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Ladies!!! The booking site is LIVE to my first mini-session series in my newly renovated in-home studio… I can now host various lifestyle “holiday minis” in the comfort of my home sweet home! With Valentine’s Day right around the corner… let’s create the ultimate gift for your hubby (or someone special!)… raw and beautiful images of YOU!

As a motherhood photographer, I document the art of being a mother… in all seasons of life. As mothers, our bodies are a temple… life-giving miracles! It’s time we celebrate our inner rockstar (!!), slip into whatever we feel beautiful in, and capture the one and only beautiful YOU!

My soft and serene in-home studio is painted Repose Gray which is a super neutral paint color, classic and crisp, that tends to go with almost everything. These mini-sessions in my studio will be a “white sheet series”… Paired with a comfy white herringbone queen-sized bed and soft white bedding… this cozy space is filled with warm, natural light and is waiting for you.

Regarding outfit inspiration… Boudoir sessions are about making you feel (and look) your best in whatever you feel most beautiful in. Pinterest is great for ideas! Clothing that is lace, chiffon, silk, or soft knit is all beautiful. Not all boudoir sessions are filled with sexy lingerie… the “non-lingerie look” is SO stunning too! For example, you could wear a classic white button down (or a favorite shirt or jersey of his?), or an off-the-shoulder cozy sweater paired with knee-high socks for a sexy/cute girl-next-door look. Or… go girl!… and rock that bra and panty set… simple and classic in black or white lace, fun and sporty Calvin Klein, or rich velvet retro high waisted. Boy short undies, thong, thigh-highs… your call! Pair with a cami and robe. Customizable and authentic to you.

What to do with your images?? Your non-watermarked high-resolution images will be delivered to you via a discreet online gallery. You could print your images and put your favorites in a little “look book” for him or sneak a few to him sporadically (anniversary!). Hide one in his briefcase/travel bag. Store them in a nightstand or lingerie drawer.

While I’ve photographed boudoir sessions before… this is the first time I’m offering a marathon day of boudoir mini-sessions (limited availability!). I have a helpful Client Guide filled with tips on session prep, outfit inspiration, what to bring, arrival details, etc. Complimentary bubbly (and dance party music!) provided!

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Not my images above. Inspiration mood board via Pinterest.

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Hands full, heart full! Today is 3-year milestone for me that I’m proud of! 3 years ago I said farewell to the corporate world… traded in my daily business attire for “Costco casual”. Being home full-time with my boys has been such gift… beautiful chaos in our house!

Raising 2 little boys has been a wild ride thus far… our days are filled with loud shenanigans, bottomless snacks, strong coffee, cheap wine, tears of joy, superhero dress-up, deep breaths, toddler tantrums, time-outs, snuggles, dinosaur roars, outdoor adventures, blowout diapers, lots of laundry, and trucks galore… all while being a Boss Babe hustling two thriving businesses! Daily ups and downs of emotions… adrenaline, excitement, exhaustion, overwhelm, mom guilt, all the things… any other Mamas feel this?? 🙋🏼‍♀️But I wouldn’t trade it for anything!

I’m learning to give myself grace over perfection, to embrace the chaos, to appreciate the little things, that it’s okay to grow slow, to find joy in the everyday, and that tomorrow will always bring a fresh start.

So very grateful for my hubby that continues to support our family. Thankful for my tribe of ladies that get me through the tough days. Thankful for nap-time & gym day care (LOL!) annnnnd Disney+!

Cheers Moms… y’all are all rockstars!!!

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Oh, friends! I am SO very excited to introduce to you the grand re-opening of my in-home studio. Now booking… Petite Studio Minis.

Located at my light and airy in-home studio offered for expectant mothers, babies three months or older, and growing families.

Lifestyle, simple, cozy, and barefoot… beautiful, organic, authentic moments preserved with your littles. When less, becomes MORE. Because as mothers we know that time is too fleeting not to soak up this season of life that your’e in.

This soft and serene in-home studio is painted Repose Gray which is a super neutral paint color, classic and crisp, that tends to go with almost everything. Paired with a comfy white herringbone queen-sized bed and soft white bedding… this cozy space is filled with warm, natural light and is waiting for you.

This quiet space will offer mini portraiture sessions for Mommy & Me, siblings, holiday pajama minis, maternity, boudoir, breastfeeding, and baby’s monthly milestones.

Warm, solid, neutral tones are best! Whites, creams, and other neutrals are always a great way to go for you and your littles. You feeling lovely, relaxed, and comfortable in what you’re wearing is key!

Petite Studio Minis are available Monday, Tuesday, Saturday, & Sunday mornings by appointment only.

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This is THREE. Young, wild, and THREE!!!

Today my little Michael is THREE and this boy-mama heart cannot believe how quickly the time goes! All I ever wanted was to be a mom and for years I patiently waited with those that still wait their turn. This sweet, spunky boy answered my prayers and made me a boy-mom! Since the day he entered into this world he’s challenged me physically, mentally, emotionally… he’s made me exhausted at times but has filled my heart with so much love! Watching Michael and Thomas build their brotherly bond is something I cherish daily.

Michael is in preschool, he’s potty trained, and sleeps in a big boy bed! He occasionally still sucks his thumb and his lovie is his crib sheet, called “Sheet”, and it goes almost everywhere with him. He loves dinosaurs, swimming at the rivah, playing with his cousins, chasing his DaDa, tickle traps, chocolate chip pancakes, all animals, trains, and reading books. He learns a new word every day and talks nonstop! He’s full of energy, curiosity, and has a bold loud personality.

As a motherhood and family photographer… you know that we had to do a smash cake session! I’m typically not a fan of props but for Smash Cake birthday sessions… bring it on! The other day I setup everything during nap time in my driveway. I was worried that I set the bar too high in getting carried away with the various props I wanted to use… surprisingly he cooperated throughout the entire 9-minute session! He read through his favorite dinosaur book, we sang “Happy Birthday”, and roared like dinosaurs!!!

Looking forward to the fun-filled celebrations to come this week for this THREE-Rex! Stomp, chomp, & ROAR… Let’s party like a dinosaur!

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Be still my heart!! Where did my babies go, y’all?! Michael will be 3 on October 17th and Thomas is now 18-months old. I’m having all the feels today as Michael starts his 2nd year of Preschool (the Twos class, 2-3 year olds) and Thomas’s first year of Preschool (the Toddlers class, 16-23 months olds). We’re starting at a new school for us too so it’s a first for all of us this year. Lots of familiar faces at this school and highly recommended so we’re excited! How cute are these two with their matching shoes and totes?! Tote bag personalization by The Crafty Neighbors. Scroll down for my 1st photo attempt of the two of them, HA! Pretty accurate, LOL!

I’m so very proud of my smart (and wild!) boys! Back in February, we transitioned Michael to a big boy bed and this past summer we got started with potty-training. He’s pretty much pantless when we’re at home (with no accidents!), LOL, and he still wears a diaper at night. Michael gives every single day 110% and talks nonstop… he’s a go-getter from 6AM-7PM (he thankfully still takes a nap). He loves dinosaurs, cars, trucks, and riding his scooter. Thomas loves music, dancing, snuggles, tickles, clapping, and chasing after his big brother. Thomas has always had a go-with-the-flow demeanor, he’s my daredevil but a good listener… and his big smile will truly melt your heart. These two brothers are like peas and carrots one minute and like vinegar the next! It’s been a longggg summer reminding Michael each and every day to be gentle. Although Michael has some tough love at times… he loves his little brother to pieces.

I’m excited for them to meet new friends, listen to others, explore, play, and learn!!… {and for this mama to get a break M/T/W from 9am-12pm… can I get an amen?!}. I love my boys! But they can be a lot to handle at times, LOL! It’s loud in our house… lots of dinosaur roars, squeals of laughter, some lots of tears (toddler tantrums!), and memories made! But all moms need a break to recharge batteries and refuel so we can be better moms. We had a lonnnnnng summer together… since Michael wasn’t yet 3 and potty-trained he couldn’t do any of the camps or Bible Schools… so we had to improvise! Also, with Ryan home full-time the entire summer… we all had lots of family time together. Now Ryan is back at work and the boys are off to school!

While I’m sad my boys are growing up way to fast!!… I couldn’t be more ready for a new season, a new chapter, a fresh start, and more daily structure in our routine. Michael’s preschool schedule is 3 days p/week and Thomas’s is 2 days p/week. SO! That means for two-days per week September to May I will have a total of SIX blissful hours all to myself each week. I haven’t had that since before kiddos. Six whole hours to shoot, edit, create content, run errands, schedule doctor appointments… or heck(!), take a bubble bath or even take a NAP (I was never a napper before motherhood, LOL). I’m looking forward to still having some one-on-one time carved into my week with Thomas on Wednesday mornings since Michael will be in school.

So! It’s the first day of school… I drop the boys off at 9AM… What am I up to on this fine Tuesday morning?! Whatever I want!… I have plenty of time to be productive in the days/weeks/months to come… so, this morning will likely include some relaxing “me time” and a mimosa (or two!). Cheers!

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We survived summer 2019! Mission accomplished 👊🏻!! Mom life sure ain’t for sissies!! Can I get an amen?! Oh, there were days when the struggle was real y’all! Whew… Jesus take the wheel! But I’m forever grateful to be their Mama. Michael (3 next month😭!) and Thomas (18-months) are the breath to my life. One more week to go for us before it’s back to school next Tuesday!!

Happy Labor Day to all of you hard working Moms and Dads out there. Parenthood is hard work! Enjoy a day of fun and rest… you deserve it! Exactly one year ago on Labor Day weekend we were announcing our pregnancy (with Thomas!). This year… this is us! Just livin’ my best life over here with eye bags (work hard, play hard!), no makeup, and unwashed hair… but with a happy heart!!

This was our first kickoff to summer experience since Michael attended preschool 2 days p/ week last year. I was both excited and a bit overwhelmed at the time… what are we going to do every single day this summer?! During the school year we are all so busy! There is rarely any white space on the calendar as we’re jumping from one thing to the next… summer brought more flexibility, spontaneity, and freedom to our days. We loved having Ryan home with us all summer long… We all enjoyed having more quality family time together.

With no camps to take advantage of… we spent the entire summer together. PS… God bless the gym day care and afternoon naps, LOL! We did have somewhat of a weekly routine which definitely helped. The kiddos started to know what to expect each day. Back in May we started potty training Michael which has been interesting. Michael is so proud to a big boy!

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Some sweet family memories from this past summer…

  • 1st family of four beach trip
  • 1st trip to the aquarium 
  • Playing in the backyard sprinkler
  • Michael’s first time fishing
  • Thomas’s first time on the jet ski
  • Michael starting potty training
  • Trips to Kings Dominion
  • Adventures to the RIVAH
  • Painting our entire downstairs of our house & garage reno!
  • Lots of snuggles! (and ear infections!)!!
  • Pool days
  • Dinosaur roars!
  • Watching my boys play together
  • Michael staying up until 10PM one night, just because!
  • Sleepover with Ryleigh (Ryan’s niece)
  • DC Zoo Dino exhibit!
  • Crab festival in RVA
  • 1st trip to the movie theatre (we saw Sing!)
  • Relaxing on the ACAC rooftop (adults only!!)
  • Momcation!
  • Date nights, birthday & graduation celebrations, bunco nights, and neighborhood gatherings!

I don’t know about you but I say… bring on Fall! A new season, a fresh start… already starting to decorate my house!!

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Book your 2019 Fall Family Mini-Session

Hi, friends!! It’s official! Today is the day… my booking site is LIVE to reserve your 2019 Fall Family Mini-Session. I look forward to these mini-sessions every year! As always, my current ASP Family clients got one-hour early access to my booking site this morning. Limited availability… so don’t walk, RUN!

I’m grateful that these timeslots sell out every year! The location will be announced two-weeks prior to your mini-session date (surrounding Richmond area). Regarding the rain dates, you must also be available for the selected time on the rain date.

The Details:

  • 20-minutes of photography coverage
  • Maximum of 5 individuals photographed
  • Digitally enhanced editing to images
  • Online gallery & print release

*** Please note: Due to the timing constraints of a mini-session, group family sessions (5+ people) are encouraged to book TWO back-to-back sessions (i.e., bring your grandparents and/or siblings along!).

I look forward to the opportunity to capture your family!

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Hi, friends! I’ve got another fun before/after reno project for you today! You may recall reading my blog post last August when my office was moved from our upstairs bedroom to the garage. It’s been my new space to tackle all things photography business and Crafty Neighbors business. Slowly taking over Ryan’s man cave, LOL! The before and after photos from that initial transition was huge and I’ve been loving my new cozy corner! I’ve spent many, many hours during preschool hours, nap time, and/or late nights in this space. Ryan is now using our computer more out there so we tag-team office hours. On days when it’s nice weather we can open up the garage door to let more light in (especially now since the pollen has calmed down!). It’s awesome!

So, this is garage reno 2.0… » OPEN POST »

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Hi, friends! Today I’m excited to share with you our latest fixer upper home makeover project… NEW PAINT!!! This week marks 7-years in our home! It was about time we stopped procrastinating and painted — we’re SO happy with the end result! Luckily, we haven’t had to do much with regards to remodeling since we moved in July 2012. Last year we tackled updating our master bedroom/bathroom with fresh paint and new furniture and we spruced up our backyard with a playset and paver patio.

This Summer, Ryan and I were both itching for a project and we agreed to tackle some painting together. The walls were looking a bit outdated and dingy with age. Throughout our entire house was this beige/taupe color… while there is certainly nothing wrong with this color as it is versatile throughout our home… it just was becoming a bit boring and dated… plus our living room was a dark, dark green that had to go! We had a contractor quote us how much it would cost to outsource the whole thing (because… toddlers!)… he told us $3,200 which included labor and supplies… So!… we decided to save the cash and do it all ourselves! Talk about an arm workout!

We started this project thinking that it would take all summer long… we weren’t really in a rush to get it done (since we procrastinated for almost 7-years now!). We were quite proud of ourselves that we tackled this project in only a few weeks and we strategically painted our entire downstairs… the downstairs foyer/hallway (and the upstairs hallway), family room, kitchen, dining room, living room, and bathroom. We figured while all the paint supplies were out… and we were motivated… that we just kept going room-by-room primarily during nap time… because paint, wet brushes, tape, and ladders do not mix with 2 toddler boys running around the house!! » OPEN POST »

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