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Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!  It has been so wonderful to soak in this magical season with our boys – decorating indoors and out, driving around to see lights, giving gifts to family, baking cookies for Santa, ice skating and so much more!  They have no idea how much they make our days brighter! May your holidays be filled with joy and love and sweet memories!  Merry Christmas, friends!

Merry Christmas!

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It’s crazy to believe that 6 years ago today we welcomed our second baby boy into the world!  His due date was Christmas Day, however, like his older brother, he arrived 3 days early!  And we got to bring him home from the hospital on Christmas Day!  Emerson Ray, there are so many things we love and adore about you!  You are compassionate, empathetic, sharing, silly, spunky, loving, always adding joy to our lives each day and to all those who meet you!  You love spending time with your big brother, Remington, your family, your friends, in nature, snuggling, just being together.  What a precious gift you are!  We hope you’re having the best day at kindergarten, we can’t wait to celebrate with you tonight!  Happy 6th Birthday, Little Love!  xoxo, Mommy

The weather was sunny and 50 degrees, so with a little bit of bribery (#reindeercakepops), we ventured out for a super quick mini session!  More from this day soon!

 

Happy Birthday, Emerson!

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Hello, friends!  Over the past few years, Thanksgiving has become one of my favorite holidays! Especially after last year, when everyone stayed home, it will be so great to gather with family again to celebrate! Emerson has been bringing home so many cute papers from kindergarten, all about turkeys, what he would like to have on his plate, turkey drawings, counting turkeys, you name it!  Earlier this week, he brought home a drawing of us saying that he is thankful for his family, and on the other side was a poem along with a painted handprint making a little turkey. I love this kind of keepsake! And Remington brought home a laminated placemat with over 10 things that he was thankful for, including special mention of his little brother!  Proud mama moment right there!!!  And you’d better believe that both will be displayed proudly on our refrigerator!  I know I have so much to be thankful for – like my village of family, friends, and neighbors, my amazing clients who invite to share some of their most important and personal moments, for the freedom and opportunity to do what I love each day, for the established and growing friendships and connections this line of work fosters, for our health, and especially for my sweet boys and my husband, who cheer me on, who share their hopes and dreams, fears and joys, and so many hugs! For all of this and so much more, I am so so grateful!  I would like to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!  May you have a relaxing and wonderful time, surrounded by friends, family, and those you cherish most! May you enjoy sharing a delicious meal with all your favorite dishes, a friendly game of cards, a walk outside, whatever makes you happy.  (I always look forward to pumpkin pie! What is your favorite Thanksgiving food?)  Above all else, I hope your day is filled with hugs, laughter, and making memories together!  And know that I am thankful for you! 

Many thanks to Stefanie Childs for our adorable family portraits!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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It’s a beautiful day, friends!  School is out for summer!  Remington flew through 2nd grade with flying colors, with an even more intense love for math and art!  We could not be more proud of him and all that he has accomplished this school year!  And what a year it has been!  We love our elementary school, the teachers and staff, the bus drivers, and everyone who safely guided their students with love, support, encouragement, and joy despite the protocols and changes and masks!  Our neighborhood celebrated a successful year by hosting a water balloon fight – even in the misty weather – complete with adorable summer goody bags, cookies, and popsicles!  It was a blast!  You may have read the title for this post and thought, “Summer Chill…? What does that mean?”  Well, summer is so short, and I want to soak up every ounce of time with my family before BOTH boys go back in August! Remington will be a 3rd grader, and Emerson will hop on the bus as a new kindergartener! 😭While I may not post daily on social or as consistently over the next several weeks, please know I am here!  And I will include some blog posts too, because my editing queue is full of love and sheer gorgeousness from the past few weeks, and I cannot wait to share!  Numerous portrait sessions and weddings are on my jam-packed summer calendar, and I am so, so thankful and honored to be asked to document special times in the lives of my amazing, truly wonderful clients! Especially after the uncertainty and postponements from last year! 💕📸🥰 I’m calling this my Summer Chill! Time to be present. In the moment. Taking in the warm, sunny season and longer days with my loved ones and friends. I wish the same for you too! ☀️✨❤️

Thank you to Stefanie Childs, Julia Wadsworth Makeup Artistry, George Thomas Florist, Blooms & Linen Boutique, Kelly Moore Bag, Nikon USA, & DSW!

Summer Chill 2021

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Happy June, friends!  Is it just me, or has 2021 been flying by at record speeds?  Speaking of speed, I hope everyone enjoyed a relaxing holiday weekend! Did you attend the Indy 500 or watch it on TV?  Reggie took Remington for the first time, and he loved it!  It was a busy one for me with photographing an absolutely gorgeous outdoor wedding, morning and evening walks with my hubby, pool time with family and friends, and feeling so very thankful to live in this great country of ours that allows me the freedom to do so many things!  And with that, I’m so excited to share what’s been going on behind the scenes here…a newly updated website!  Eeek!!!  My previous one had become antiquated in terms of how it worked, so it was time to start anew and I am so thrilled with how it has come together!  There may be a few minor tweaks to come over the course of the summer, however, it’s ready for its debut!  If you take some time to check it out, I would love to hear what you think!  I’m also over the moon because it’s peony season once again!  Despite the late Spring frost and snow (?!), these hearty beauties have blossomed and thrived.  And I can’t help but to draw some parallels with humanity and how we are emerging from the pandemic with strength and beauty and perseverance.  Without further adieu, here are some photos of my sweet white peonies, which are the first to bloom of what we have planted in our backyard. And if you missed the sneak peek from this weekend’s wedding, I’ll share that here too, because it was so “paw-fect”!  😉  Remington has one more day of 2nd grade tomorrow, and then school is out for summer!  What do you have planned for summer?

It’s Peony Season! And My New Website is Live!

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