My sweet forever Valentines! Doesn't get sweeter than having two special boys to spend the rest of my Valentine's Days with!⠀ .⠀ I was talking with a friend that other day that also has a boy around the same age as James about how much we love being boy moms. It's hard to put it into words, but we both agreed that we just love having boys! And now that #sweetbabyjamesallen is getting old enough to show glimpses of how he loves us too, my heart could just explode!⠀ .⠀ James, I hope you never stop giving me hugs and sloppy open mouth kisses! And same to you, daddy/Branden! 😉
It may be February 2020, but the 2019 Behind the Scenes blog post is here! Better later than never! Each year I collect all the most unflattering photos of myself doing my thing on wedding days for you all to enjoy! All the bad hair, weird faces and a few serious cases of RBF. While the weddings I shoot can be pretty glamorous, it's generally not so on my side of the camera!⠀ .⠀ But it's always fun to see what things really look like behind the scenes on wedding days! Things like the messy bridal details shooting space, directing big wedding parties, shooting with videographers and moments like this one where I was fluffing some air under Brittany's dress on a hot Charleston summer day! Still can't believe I got to shoot a wedding there!⠀ .⠀ So if you'd like to get a little glimpse into what wedding days really look like on the other side of the camera, head to my blog to see! Link in bio.⠀ .⠀ And shout out to my 2019 second shooters for all the photos! Love you guys! @brookewaldroupphoto @franzileephotography @briandwesphotography @ashleyeibanphoto @sarahstreetphotography @malloriedanielle
Bye, helmet! See ya never! James is officially DONE with his helmet!! Woohoo!!⠀ .⠀ You may not even have realized he has still been wearing it! A few months after starting his cranial remolding helmet treatment when the head shape had corrected enough, he was allowed to move to 'nights and naps' which meant he only had to wear it while sleeping. So he has been wearing it while sleeping up until yesterday when we got the OK to be done!⠀ .⠀ If you're new around here or have no idea what this helmet is for (you'd be surprised how many people thought it was a bike helmet), he has been wearing this helmet since he was 6 months old to correct his head shape that had become asymmetrical due to torticollis. Basically he was born with a head turn preference (likely due to positioning in the womb) which kept his head turned the same way the majority of the time causing some pretty severe asymmetry in his head shape. After a lot of appointments and consultations, the helmet was the best route to fix it as it was severe enough to not resolve on it's own. If you want all the nitty gritty details, just google things like torticollis and plagiocephaly.⠀ .⠀ We are so happy to be done with the helmet, but really, it wasn't all that bad! It didn't bother him one bit and you get used to it so quickly! We are so glad we decided to move forward with the helmet as his head shape is wayyyy better than it ever would have gotten on it's own! I never knew I could appreciate a nice round head so much! haha!⠀ .⠀ So if you have a little one that is looking like they may need a helmet, don't fret! It's not bad at all! My advice is to go ahead and have the head scan done by the people that do the helmet treatments so that you can see where you stand and what your insurance is willing to cover and go from there! When his initial scan put him in the 'severe' category and insurance said they would cover 100%, that pretty much made the decision for us! . #sweetbabyjamesallen
Not even halfway through winter and I'm already pining for summer beach days! And I'm especially looking forward to this summer as we are going on a sweet Caribbean cruise with my family! We haven't done a real trip since James was born and I am SO looking forward to this one! And doing my best not to think about how I'll be leaving my baby behind for 9 days while we're gone...⠀ .⠀ Anyhoo! We're working on excursion research and I know I can count on you guys to help us out! We're cruising a part of the Caribbean that we've never been to, so I have no idea what to do at these places! So if you've been to any of these places, let me know what we should do! Or what we shouldn't do!⠀ .⠀ San Juan, Perto Rico⠀ Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas⠀ Basseterre, St Kitts & Nevi⠀ St. Johns, Antigua⠀ Castries, St. Lucia⠀ Bridgetown, Barbados⠀ .⠀ Shoutout to @kirstynmariephotography for this pic from back when I was just 13 weeks pregnant with James!!
My first wedding of 2020 is on the blog! Two unique things about Chandy and Nick's wedding day- 1. The theme for the wedding was based on Chandy's @misshayleypaige dress! And 2. I've actually already photographed them as a bride and groom when they were models for an #audreyroseworkshop years ago! And now I got to photograph their REAL wedding! See it on the blog today! Link in profile.⠀ .⠀ #overthemoonformontana⠀ Venue | @west_manor⠀ Planner | @entwinedevents⠀ Bridal gown | @misshayleypaige @studioidobridals⠀ Hair | @jessicacomiskeyhairdesign⠀ Makeup | @inyourface_makeupart⠀ Videography | @frederick_and_reid_photography⠀ Bridesmaids dresses | @adriannapapell
Surprise! I shot a wedding last night!! Made my way out to Lynchburg for Chandy and Nick’s magical winter wedding!! The weather may have been yucky, but that didn’t slow us down! So much energy and joy all day long from these two and their crew! . #overthemoonformontana Venue | @west_manor Planner | @entwinedevents Bridal gown | @misshayleypaige @studioidobridals Hair | @jessicacomiskeyhairdesign Makeup | @inyourface_makeupart Videography | @frederick_and_reid_photography Bridesmaids dresses | @adriannapapell