Monthly Archives: March 2014

seniors: ryan

I can’t believe graduation is only a few short months away!  Ryan and I had such a great time during this shoot.  He was one of those Seniors that decided to do the “extra” poses on photo day, and ended up hating how “in the box” they were… not to mention that as Ryan is someone who strives to be an individual, he disliked the fact that other seniors would have the same pictures he did.  Well, let me tell you… he totally rocked this session, and owned that inner GQ.  No one is going to have pictures that look like this…

After seeing the photo below (my personal favorite), Ryan decided to spend his own money and purchase an 18×24 canvas… which he’s planning on taking to college.
If acting doesn’t pan out, I definitely think he needs to consider modeling… or maybe modeling and have that turn into an acting career… hmmm….

Motherhood: The Routine

It’s been a while since I posted about Ian and I.  Although, if you follow me on Instagram you’re pretty much up to date (pardon my horrible iphone shots to follow)…

Ryan’s job has gotten pretty demanding, he’s working late most nights which means that I’m home with the kiddo… a lot.  Some days he naps, and naps well.  Others, like yesterday, are not so accommodating.  So instead of plopping my fussy 1 year old down in front of the TV with some graham crackers, I walled him in the kitchen while I started prepping dinner, did the dishes and switched out our old broken faucet for the new one that had been sitting in a box since Christmas… yes, you read that right… I used a wrench and installed a new faucet.  Not to mention, after Ryan came home early (yay!), I ran to Home Depot (again) and bought a monkey wrench so I could FINALLY unclog the second sink in the kitchen… you don’t even want to know what was in that pipe.  OMG.

The routine with Ian was easy before… he would take 3 naps a day, and I would get work done.  Now, he takes one short cat nap in the morning (which I’m hearing rumors of that going away soon), and a decent sized nap in the afternoon.  Just enough time for me to have a cup of coffee and some Jesus time in the AM, and answer emails while prepping dinner in the PM.  Up until Daylight Savings Time Ian, at 15 months, was STILL not sleeping through the night (kill me now)… so after a lengthy discussion with some friends and re-reading my go-to parenting book, we changed his bed time and voila! he’s been sleeping through the night ever since (bless).

Here’s the best part… since making time to cook and clean up my house, I have more time for the business.  I have no idea how that’s even possible.  I’m more organized and on top of things than ever before.  I would love to attribute it to finally getting the sleep I need… but I think it’s deeper than that.

Around November/December I made the decision to start living my life based out of my priorities rather than demand.  God first, family second, business third.  You see, up until recently my business had always come first and my family suffered.  But now, even though I’m answering emails at 11pm and editing until midnight or later, things are getting done… around the house and otherwise.  It’s amazing.  I’m going to expound on the priority living as the year goes on, but the initial results have been life altering… to the point where I’m no longer anxiously checking my email while cuddling with Ian on the afternoon’s he needs it.

Life is sweet again.  I can breathe again.  Bring on the wedding season. Bring on the sweetness of Summer… I’m ready to see it all come together.


AJ & Kim Get [Married]

Kim & AJ are absolutely amazing.  I was looking forward to this wedding for months!  These two are some of the most thoughtful people I know, and every aspect of their day took their friends and family into consideration.  AJ is one of the most sentimental grooms I have had the opportunity to get to know, and the way he loves and cares for Kim is not only evident in the shoes he constantly buys her, but even his most simple glance Kim’s direction conveys the depth of his heart towards her.  Never was there a more perfect gentleman for a more perfect lady.

We had to move the first look and bridal party pictures to the Mint because of the terrible weather that day… but we seriously couldn’t have picked a better location if we had to shoot indoors.
Holy sparkles, Batman!  I LOVED the details, and Mandi from GWIC totally nailed the cake!

And because AJ was Mr. Tom Ford all night… he changed into a dinner jacket, for well… dinner…
The image they chose to display in their home on canvas…

her dress: winnie couture
his tux: suit supply, dinner jacket: j. crew
the girls: bill levkoff, ny bride & groom
the guys: men’s wearhouse
the cake: got what it cakes
ceremony: hawthorne lane united methodist
reception: the mint museum uptown
uplighting, draping, furniture: sterling by design
rings: best jewelry & diamonds
shoes: betsey johnson
mua: sissy duncan, simply beautiful artistry
paper goods: wedding sparkles
videographer: crown alley films
catering: best impressions
entertainment: tapsnap & a sound soiree
coordinator: LaBelle weddings & events