On the other side of the world…

A few weeks back I got to take some pictures for these two. I always love encountering people with different traditions and culture, so it was a joy to spend some time and hear about all of their plans for their upcoming wedding. I feel like Americans may get short changed on their wedding celebrations with other countries celebrating weddings for, literally, days! But I suppose multiple day celebrations require MUCH more preparation. This couple met in India, but across thousands of miles they found each other once again and the rest is still to be written — what a great story. I wish you the best!

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On the other side of the world…

Dodging Trains

Last weekend I got to have some fun with my new friend, Abby. Becoming an official teenager is a big deal. It is just asking for adventure, so we headed out to find our own little adventure on some train tracks. Okay, we didn’t really have to dodge trains, but it just sounds so much more exciting, right? Abby nailed her pictures and I would say she is ready to nail teenager life. Happy Birthday Abby!

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Dodging Trains

Look Who’s Three!

It is party time for this little girl! She turned the big 3 so of course mommy and daddy had to get some pictures to celebrate. This little cutie was so easy to get some pictures of. I mean really, could she take a bad picture?!

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For real though, there is just too much cuteness in these pictures. Happy Birthday you little 3 year old, you!

Look Who’s Three!

Planning Themed Parties for Kids

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I will be honest, planning a child’s birthday party is nothing like it used to be. When I was growing up an awesome birthday party was an evening at Chuck E. Cheese, or hosting a sleepover. The bar of standards is much higher now. With mommies so active on social media there always seems to be recaps and pictures of ultra creative birthday parties that make you wonder, “is that even real life.” They may seem too perfect to be real! You think, “they must have spent weeks planning and spent a whole lot of money to make that happen.” Well regardless, there are some ways that you can put together the perfect party that your child and friends will love. So here are some tips to make planning your kid’s next party simple, creative, fun, and inexpensive:

1. Pick a theme!

This helps spark ideas and keep everything cohesive. Plus it allows you to immediately plan things around what your child likes. If you kid is into Toy Story (like these two cuties are) go with it! Everywhere they look they will find something related to what they love.

2. Use Pinterest!!

I am not an avid pinner like some of you may be, but Pinterest comes in real handy when I need to plan a party or get some inspiration. After you pick a theme for the party pin away! Create a board just for the party and pin everything related to your theme. This will spark some creativity and help you stay inspired when you feel like you are out of ideas.

3. Plan a photo session

This right here is probably the best tool for planning a party. Schedule a themed photo session. You will want some pictures showing your child at their new age, but use this as an opportunity to get pictures for your party invites AND it can double as some of your decorations. Since the photo session goes along with the party theme you can use the pictures as decorations at the party for a personal adaptation. With a themed photo session are you killing… like… three birds with one stone. Yearly pictures + Party invites + Party decorations. I guess you are killing four birds if you wanted to include getting a new cover picture for your Facebook profile. 😉

Here’s a look at how you could use the themed photo session for decorative pictures for your party:

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Here’s how we used this photo session to make party invites that went along with the theme:

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Happy party planning!

Planning Themed Parties for Kids

Twin Life

I got to take some pictures of two little twinkies who are turning three! These two may be a mess, but they are the best mess. Here are some shots we got last week when the weather was finally cooperating with us. The sun is out and that means more playtime out in that golden goodness.

Here are the soon to be 3 year olds // Liam & Elliot

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Check back in for some simple steps to plan the perfect themed birthday party for your next celebration! 

Twin Life

Mother’s Day Weekend

315875_4236493477445_61511608_nIf you are like me, you may still be rushing around trying to find that perfect gift for mom. It’s not an easy thing. What do you get for the lady who does so much, not just for you, but for everyone? It has to be perfect. It has to have meaning. It has to be something she will love.

First of all let me say, relax. We stress over the perfect gift when mom just wants the things that are most important to her, her family. This picture means so much more to my mom than the dozens of other gifts we have showered on her in years past. This picture contains what she treasures most (minus her new grand baby!).

So as you are on your gift hunt remember, mom will love it, but she will love being with her family most. She will treasure the time she spends with you this weekend. Sure family functions can welcome family drama, but leave it behind this weekend. This weekend make it all about mom. Let her sit back and glow with uncontainable joy being among her most prized possessions.


If you would like to get mom some family memories I am offering to all my clients my current promotion on Groupon:

$59 // 30 minute session, 15 digital images, one 8×10, three 5×7, three 4×6 prints.

$89 // 60 minute session,15 digital images, one 8×10, two 5×7, three 4×6, one 11×14, one collage poster.

Mother’s Day Weekend