When was the last time you had family photos done? Earlier this year? A year ago? Two years ago? Three years ago...? (Whoops, guilty. 😬🙈) Yep, it’s been three years for us. I often don’t think about it because I take pictures of our family all the time. In fact I have three rolls of film waiting to be sent off from the past couple months. But looking through the last three years of images I can see there’s something missing... ⠀⠀ Hint: it’s me! I’m not in most of them! 😱 ⠀⠀ Is this true for you, too? I think it’s common for moms, but I know it’s true for my dad friends who are photographers too. If you’re like me you’re always behind the camera or the phone, documenting everyone else but not getting in the photos yourself. Or maybe you snap a few selfies and call it good, but is it the same? ⠀⠀ I think of moments like this one, that I’ve taken for my clients, and I remember how valuable and important family sessions are. Because it’s so special to have someone observe and document the tiny details of your relationship with your family. The gentle way your hand cradles your babe; the way your toddler looks deep into your eyes with so much love; your kiddo’s arm wrapped tightly around your legs to give you a hug... Those are the moments I find so valuable. 💕 I want to remember them in 15 or 20 years when my girl is all grown. But most of all I want to be in them so she remembers too. We are human and we forget, but this year we’re making it a priority. Will you do the same?
I know I can’t be the only one... 🙈 do you ever get so into what you’re doing that you forget to eat? All day...? I’m SO bad at remembering to eat when I’m working. So bad that Ted will often text me to remind me to take a break and eat something. 😬 ⠀⠀ It’s half because I love what I do, and half because when I get a day to work in peace (all my work from home moms know how great that is) I just want to dive in and get it all done! ⠀⠀ But as I sit here with my tummy grumbling, I’m realizing it’s sooorrrrtt of a problem. 😂 So I’m coming to you guys for help! ⠀⠀ 1. What’s your favorite quick lunch/snack? Bonus if it’s healthy and not loaded with carbs ⠀⠀ 2. What’s your favorite energy and protein packed breakfast? ⠀⠀ I’m headed to the store this evening to do our weekly shopping, so leave your suggestions below so I can add them to our list! 👇🏻
I was staring at the flashing error on my computer screen when the realization hit me full force. I went from dread to despair to sheer panic in what felt like seconds, unable to stop the sobbing and hyperventilating that had suddenly come on. ⠀⠀ My hard drive had crashed. My computer wouldn’t even turn on and I just knew there was no chance of saving anything on it. My client photos were safe, I had a system in place for keeping everything backed up. But all my personal photos? All the photos of Macy’s first year of life that I had JUST transferred to this computer? I should have known better, but I hadn’t backed them up yet. Even worse, we didn’t have one single print of any of those images. And that flashing grey error could only mean that my worst fears had been realized - all those precious memories that I cared so much about were gone. ⠀⠀ I hadn’t experienced a panic attack before that moment, but the thought of losing so many important images sent me overboard. We were thankfully able to save everything on that hard drive, but that experience changed me and changed the way I operate my business. I knew from that moment that I wanted to focus more on getting prints into my clients hands. ⠀⠀ Technology will eventually fail, but the solution is simple: Print Your Images. Trust me I know, life gets way too busy and printing your images often ends up at the tail end of a list of things to do “at some point.” It happened to me but I don’t want it to happen to you! I started offering these heirloom quality print boxes for all of my wedding clients this year for that very reason. Because when your computer crashes or your usb gets corrupted, you’ll at least have this beautiful box full of images from your wedding day. And the best part is I will do all the printing, ordering, packaging, and shipping for you, so that you can sit back and enjoy your memories, stress free! ⠀⠀ Have you had an experience like this? Have you printed images from your wedding day? If not, what holding you back?
Yesterday was my last wedding of the year, and this morning I woke up feeling like I had caught a cold. 🤧 I guess I should just be grateful I made it through the summer without getting sick at all. 😅 But I still have quite a bit to do to close out my current clients and ease into fall sessions. So if you have any tips, tricks, or magical home remedies for getting over a cold fast, leave ‘em for me below! 👇🏻 ⠀⠀ PS- in case you missed it, I only have SIX dates available between now and November so if you want to get on my calendar for a fall session, now is the time!
Find beauty in your imperfections. Find joy in your setbacks. Be confident in your unique path and find purpose in the stumbling blocks of your journey.
“Her soul dwelled in the wild parts of her heart vibrating to the music it found there.” ⠀⠀ Atticus ⠀⠀ Hair | @k.and.co_bridalstyling Florals | @bravefloraldesigns
Everyone says the reason you need a second photographer on your wedding day is to get two different perspectives. And I totally, fully agree with that! ⠀⠀ I’m highly detail oriented and love to capture all those small details. So much so that I often have to remind myself to step back so that your whole gallery isn’t full of images like this one. 😂 And that’s exactly why I love working with my husband so much on wedding days! ⠀⠀ Ted is the polar opposite of me, which means we don’t always agree on everything, but it also means I can depend on him to always have my back on wedding days! When I’m up close getting the perfect shot of your bouquet, he’ll be pulled back to get the two of you giddy with love. And when I’m focused on documenting all the elements of your reception decorations, he’ll be getting all those sweet candids of you interacting with your guests. Our two unique perspectives work hand in hand to deliver a beautiful cohesive gallery of your wedding day, and I love that we are able to give that to all of our wedding clients! ⠀⠀ Brides and grooms to be- are you planning to hire two photographers for your wedding day? If not, what’s holding you back from doing so? If you’re already married chime in below about whether or not you had two photographers, and if you feel like that benefitted you or not!
I know I can’t be the only one daydreaming of cooler weather, the holiday season, and pumpkin spice everything, right!? I’m feeling SO ready for fall - except for the fact that it’s been 90 degrees and super smokey outside. ⠀⠀ I love the fall and winter seasons, not just for the holiday fun and sweater weather, but also because I have a lot more time to spend on creative projects, like this one, that rejuvenate my creative spirit after a long summer of weddings and sessions. I have a couple projects in the works that I’m really excited about and I can’t wait for you all to see them! ⠀⠀ What about you guys? How do you boost your creativity or refresh your energy after a season of busyness? ⠀⠀ Dress @cocoonsilk | Florals @foragedfloral | model @elloruthie_ | studio @lightroompdx | hmua @__makemeblush__
Phew. Monday, I see you. After a long (exciting) weekend like the one we just had I often feel like Monday comes too fast. We need a weekend from the weekend, am I right!? But today I’m ready to dive in and get stuff done! 💪🏻 ⠀⠀ I feel like I’ve been walking around in a fog the last two months. You know, the kind where you feel like you’re just surviving every day, not really sure what the plan is or if you’re even making a dent in that long list of stuff you need to do... ⠀⠀ That’s been my life as we’ve settled into living in Salem. But I’m so ready to get back into a routine and get organized again. So tell me, what’s your favorite way to start your day off right? And if you’re a work from home mama like me, what’s your daily routine for getting that never ending to-do list done? . #basicallybrandyworkshops Host & Stylist: @basicallybrandy Gown: @kirstenpaige Florals: @seventhstem Linens: @silkandwillow Calligraphy: @inkandpressco Ring: @oliveavejewelry Assistant: @bourksandbees