Kiawah Island Vacation | 2012

Vacation this year seemed to mean more to me than previous years. It was much needed. I had been feeling so run down that it was so healing to have a week with just family. I was just looking at my beach post from last year here and realizing how much the girls have changed! We had a great week!


To see more pictures from our vacation, you can view our slideshow video here.

Ava | Happy Birthday

Yes, I am posting another birthday. Why so soon? Well, in this house the birthdays of our girls is 11 days apart. This time, it’s Ava’s turn. Ava is 2 and well… she acts 2. She is an adorable and happy addition to our family who is learning to express herself the way most toddlers do… loudly:) We love her so much! We had an Elmo party for her yesterday. Elmo is her new favorite and I think I went a little overboard with all of the details. Either way, she had a great time. Happy Birthday Ava!

Merry Christmas | My Family

It’s that time of year. Lights, trees, carols, presents, shopping… it consumes people from the last bite of their Thanksgiving dinner until the last gift is opened on Christmas morning. The older I get, the faster Christmas time gets here. I envy the childhood version of myself anxiously awaiting the arrival of it all. It seemed to take forever for Christmas to come! Now, all I have to do is blink and it’s over. As a mother the best part about Christmas is watching my children’s excitement and joy while rushing to the tree and opening all of their presents. It’s something that is indescribable. My girls are my inspiration for the season now. Here are some of our holiday pictures. Please note the AMAZING banner I got on Etsy here. I hope that all of you have a truly Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!

Gear Review | Kelly Moore B-Hobo Bag

This post is all about my birthday present this year! My husband came to me and said that he had planned on getting me a new camera bag for my birthday, but he wanted me to pick it out because he was getting conflicting opinions from me on which bag I actually wanted. It was a VERY hard decision. I probably would have been better off just letting him pick for me! After much research, I decided on the Kelly Moore B-Hobo Bag. My biggest problem with the camera bag that I was originally using was that it was so big and bulky that the thought of taking my camera most places with me was exhausting. The B-Hobo bag  is amazing. It is small and lightweight, yet still holds my camera body as well as 2-4 lenses and other accessories. It has two front pockets, and one large back pocket for additional storage. There are two small side pockets, which unfortunately do not fit my iPhone with a case on it, but I’m fine putting it in one of the front pockets. It has a long pocket on the inside which is meant for something the size of an iPad I believe, but with a little less gear, I can actually fit my 13″ MacBook in it! The top flips open for easy lens changes, which is perfect for portrait sessions or weddings. The leather is so soft, and the color is to die for! I’m so happy with my new bag!

Flowers and Faith

Last weekend I had the amazing opportunity of attending Venn Workshops – The Southern Experience. It was hosted by two of my absolute favorite husband and wife photography teams, Kellan Studios, and Jodi Miller Photography. It was an eye-opening experience that really taught me of the areas of my business I need to work on. I had the pleasure of meeting lots of new photographer friends. I feel like we all walked away from the workshop as better, more informed, well-rounded photographers. As many of you already know, I haven’t felt the best lately, and it was up in the air if I could attend the workshop pretty much until the minute I left for it. That, and learning about my business, and realizing how much I have on my plate really made me turn to God this week. I’m so thankful for all I have and the things I was able to experience through this workshop. My heart is very full.

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” – 2 Corinthians 12:9

I will have pictures of the workshop to post later. Until then, here are a few of some flowers I bought myself last week. I wrapped the vase with wicker wire that I had left over from my wedding. It gave it a very rustic feel. I thought it might be a cute idea for a wedding centerpiece too.

Summer Vacation | Kiawah Island, SC

Last week, my family and I were fortunate enough to go on a vacation to Kiawah Island, South Carolina. I’ve been going there since I was a very small child, and now my daughters get to go with me! My husband and I certainly enjoyed our time away from work, as well as watching our children enjoy the beach and ocean. It was gorgeous there, as always, and we were lucky to have nice weather despite a couple of thunderstorms. We had a great time and we are already looking forward to next year!

On one of our evening beach walks, we were surprised to find a Loggerhead Sea Turtle laying her eggs near the dunes. Taylor was so excited to see her. It was amazing!

Grasshopper Cupcakes | The Cupcake Company

I’ve had a new obsession with cupcakes in the past year. I’m not sure what has triggered it… maybe all of the cooking shows, or the recent trend for brides to serve cupcakes at their weddings instead of the traditional three-tier wedding cake. I’m intrigued by the different varieties and flavors that can be packed inside these personal sized treats, and the boundaries that people are crossing with them.

A few months ago, there was some buzz about this small cupcake place, and I was more than surprised to learn that it was located less than a mile from my house in the small town of McGaheysville, Virginia. It’s called The Cupcake Company. Tonight, my husband brought home a box of six of the Grasshopper cupcakes from this shop, and they were delicious! Not only do they taste good, but they are stunningly gorgeous, and come in adorable packaging. One look at them, and I knew I had to take some pictures! We can’t wait to try some other flavors!

If you are interested in checking out these cupcakes for yourself, here is The Cupcakes Company’s website! For all the brides out there, they do weddings!

Taylor + Ava | Spring Portraits

Back in March we were having some oddly warm weather. That, paired with the brightly colored buds that were peeking out from the dead leaves and old mulch made for some nice early spring playtime outside, and a definite opportunity for me to capture pictures of my two favorite people… my daughters. Taylor, ten years old, is bright and funny and always has a smile on her face. She is a wonderful big sister. Ava, now almost 16 months old, is becoming quite independent. She was definitely uninterested in sitting still to have her picture taken. She is, however, very easy going and sweet. We have all been overjoyed by her presence in our family. They both keep me very busy. I hope you enjoy!

Welcome! | New Blog

Hello, and welcome to my new blog! I have been so excited to share this with all of the people I love and cherish! To my family and my friends, you have been a huge source of encouragement for me in my photography endeavor, and I thank all of you for your love and support. My husband deserves the biggest thank you for his hours and hours of work on the design and function of this blog site. He is amazing!

My purpose and intent is simply to provide beautiful photographs for my clients in a very special and memorable way. I am available for Portraits and Weddings. Check back often to see samples of my work, both professional and personal. To stay updated on my work, you can like me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter!

Here are some images from some portrait sessions that I did this past fall…