Grabbed my purse on the way out the door for a client meeting this morning, feeling so “put together.” Until just as we were pulling up, I unzipped my bag... hoping to find lip gloss... but only found a big handful of DIAPERS AND WIPES! #momlife 😂 Am I the only one who’s constantly finding things in my purse 👜 that don’t belong?! Wrappers. Old movie tickets. Partially melted chocolate. I think I might be what Marie Kondo’s nightmares are made of 🤦🏼♀️
11 months old! (HOW!!!) 😭💛
We took this photo on one of my all time favorite trips with some of our best friends to the Cotswolds in England, and in some ways, it feels like a lifetime ago, and somehow, also like yesterday. This was before we all knew we were gonna be parents. Before Anna and I found out we’d get to pregnant at the same time and deliver only five weeks apart! Before we could each recite all the words to The Pout Pout Fish without opening the book 😂 We’re about to start a FaceTime double date with them tonight (because the only thing more fun than photographing these two is doing life with them - even on opposite ends of the country!) which reminded me... You may or may not have noticed in this photo that Ryan is REALLY tall :) Photographers ask us all the time how we pose couples with height differences, so we recently shared a few of our favorite tips on the blog for anyone who might find that helpful! That link is in my profile 🤗 Wondering: Does anyone else set up cross country dates?! So thankful for technology that allows us to be in each other’s living rooms even though we’re 2,249 miles away! Not that we’re counting or anything :)
My face the first time he did THIS by himself (!!) I think our honeymoon days of that cute little army crawl are *very* numbered! Becks is currently pulling himself up onto EVERYTHING, cruising along our ottomans, couches and beds and climbed ALL THE WAY UP OUR WOOD STAIRS without our help last week! Whoa. If anyone has good tips for this close-to-walking stage, I’m all ears!! I think we’re about to enter a whole new world!
Picturing this one on their mantle 😍 Which might be weird... since I DIDN’T TAKE IT!! But, hey, that makes me a proud teacher... not a creeper... right? Right 😂 This photo belongs to Kate, one of our online course students, and her story gives me chills. She told us that before she enrolled, she felt like an imposter charging for her photos. (I remember feeling the exact same way at the beginning too!) Sometimes her photos looked great, while other times everything felt wrong. She lost so much time trying to “fix” her photos (like spending over a week on one session, and still hating how they looked!) when that was time she’d rather be spending with her kids. After implementing what she learned from the Shooting and Editing Course, not only has she been able to take photos she’s proud of and edit them lightning fast, she’s been able to match (then quickly surpass!) her teacher’s salary, and now gets to stay home with her two boys (her youngest is only a few months behind Becks!) She even got published in her first national wedding magazine! The thing I love most, though, is how she’s used her skill to bless others. She sold out family mini sessions for the holidays this year and DONATED 100% OF THE PROFITS TO ST. JUDE’S RESEARCH HOSPITAL! How cool is that?! It’s so amazing to know she went from feeling like she couldn’t charge money to being in a position where she can give so generously! Stories like this! It’s why we do what we do. We’re so inspired to hear stories of people who make a real difference in their own family AND their communities 😭💛 So proud of you @katedyephoto!!
Becks got a new animal alphabet book for Christmas, and every time we get to the “L is for Lion” page, he ROARS so loud that there’s no mistaking that lions are his official favorite. So between reading that and “Dear Zoo” with him almost every day, we’ve been looking for a weekend to take him to the *real* zoo. He was “oohing” from the minute we got to the ticket booth, and spent most of the day grunting and growling (the highest compliment in his language.) The lions were sleeping (he recovered quickly) and his favorite part was a tie between the pigeons on the ground and the airplanes in the sky. All in all, I’d say our first zoo visit was a big success 😂 Icing on the cake? We got a family selfie. With a goat. 💯
When people meet us for the first time and find out we’re both photographers, they almost always ask if that’s how we met. But we actually met when we were 14! The year the very first iPod came out. Not iPad. IPOD! The one with the click wheel! It was the year I got my braces off, and two years before I got my driver’s license. We started dating when we were 17. He was my first and only boyfriend. My senior prom date. If you told us at the time that one day we’d be teaching 4th and 5th grade together in next door classrooms, we would’ve looked at you like you were crazy. And if you told us that next we’d decide to build a photography business together and eventually shoot weddings for a living, we *also* would’ve thought you were CRAZY. But I’m so thankful that God’s plans are so much better (and sometimes sound crazier!) than our own. I’m also thankful that even though I chose the poofiest pink prom dress known to man and the world’s tightest updo, @jordan_demos *still* chose to marry me 😂
After work yesterday, Jordan took Becks to the gym, and I got an entire hour to myself! The old me would’ve automatically spent that hour “catching up” on editing or emails or checking another work item off our never-ending to-do list, but instead, I decided to TAKE A BUBBLE BATH. With Epsom salt. And (half) a glass of white wine! I propped open my laptop, not to work, but to watch The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and it felt so good to soak in the warm bath at five in the afternoon on a WEEKDAY! And today? I started reading a new book! A book that had nothing to do with business! Keeping true “office hours” when you’re self employed can be really challenging, but that’s an intentional change we’ve made that’s made a major difference in our lives. If you’re in a season like we were for so long, where you’re running yourself ragged, staying up working until all hours of the night, I hope this can be a small encouragement to create margin for refreshment. And as a nursing mama (with a baby who doesn’t take a bottle!) I’ve realized now more than ever that self-care is worth prioritizing. We can’t give from an empty cup. So tell me, what’s something YOU want to do when you put away away your phone and close your laptop? I wanna know :)
A new wedding to start the new year!! I’m usually so drawn to images bursting with joy, but Natalie and Rahil were SO GOOD at these cool, quiet moments and made it look effortless! (Whenever *I* try to do these, it does *not* look effortless... OR cool 😂) They are BOTH doctors (!!) two of the kindest people we’ve ever met and just one of those couples that make us so thankful we get to call this “work!” Their beautiful Four Seasons wedding is on the blog tonight! #amyandjordancouple #ajbride