No one created these “rules of good mother-ing,” but somehow we get ideas into our head about these insane expectations. From the way we live our lives day to day to the pictures we take and share… the world can be full of pressure. So in case you need permission to go against the grain, allow me to remind you—
Today is Valentines Day, which --okay, it really doesn't really mean a whole lot. It is, however, a day in which our society chooses to celebrate love and I love love so I also enjoy an excuse to spread a little extra of it around.
I was thinking back to all the Valentines Days of my past, who I was with, how they played out, and it made me realize just how much I've grown in my understanding of relationships throughout it all.Read More
To my honey,
People always say they want time to slow down, to press pause... and there are surely things about this season I will miss, but I am also fascinated by watching you grow. With every new milestone I cheer you on in wonder at how much, and how quickly, you're learning.
Yes, you're growing up-- but you're growing up to be an caring, strong, and curious girl. The world needs more of that!Read More
It's so exciting to share all the amazing images of fall family sessions and newborn cuddles from all my Firefly families in this space, but I also want to realign with the part of my mission that is centered on being a community together.
And whether you know me in person or just through this screen, I want to level with you-- mama, fellow photographer, neighbor, friend, dreamer-- to show you my realness and my fears, the big and small, the challenges and wins. To be candid about what's going on behind the scenes and the fact that I'm not just here to photograph your life-- but to show you why it's important and how I practice what I preach. To show and how we celebrate little wins, embrace the realness, and laugh at the spilt milk--because I'm right there in the thick of it, and my life is worth capturing, just as much as yours!Read More
Last week, many of our local parents sent their kiddos back to school, and I don't care who you are or what you do or how old your kids are, the moments after you wave goodbye are bound to tug at your heartstrings.
But this post isn't about what kind of schools are best, or what age you should/not send your child to school, or the nature of working parents vs stay-at-home parents vs work from home parents, or even the heart behind our own family decisions regarding childcare. I mean, just google "sending a child to preschool" or "first day of school" and you'll get an overwhelming list of "10 ways to prepare for the first day" or "5 reasons why (insert type of education) is the best choice for your child" to make you question yourself, your security, and your capability as a parent. People are so passionate about their childcare and education decisions, and to be fair, I think they should be because they're important.
It's just that sometimes, we get too hung up on shouting into the abyss to defend our decisions to the world instead of harnessing those passions for ourselves and our children.Read More
These terms are often used interchangeably, because on a surface level, both are used to describe images that look relaxed and natural. But there's really a lot more to it than that. Let's actually pull these terms apart and break down the difference between a "lifestyle" session and a "documentary" session so you can begin to see and think about what style really suits you best.Read More
Have you ever found yourself in a crucial moment where everything sort-of freezes and you swear you can see those little angel/devil characters pop up on your shoulders? Not the life or death, danger vs. responsible stuff, but the kind of decision that requires you to push your limits.
The kind of moment that makes you want to simultaneously run towards the excitement and run away at the same time.
The kind of moment when you have the choice between doing things like you've always done them or stepping out on a limb.Read More
I'm flipping through my daughter's 1 year photo album- filled to bursting with images from our first days together, monthly milestone images from the same angle of her laying on the same white bed to show her growth, stats of her height and weight and favorite foods, mini sessions I've set up to show off her adorable little outfits or a specific holiday. I fall in love over and over again with every page.
But it's the picture of her napping on my husband's chest that makes my fingers pause. It's her tiny feet flung high in the air from the slots of a swing that I want to pull and frame because there's something about it that instantly makes me feel nostalgic, to recall the peace at the empty neighborhood park and the sound of her wild giggle filling the warm, spring air.Read More
My little girl is 13 months old today -- which means the baby days are well behind us as we enter year 2 with an adventurous, giggly, silly, and curious little lady. Photographing these images for her birthday was equally one of the most fun and most sentimental things I've ever done. I feel like I know her so well -- yet there's still so much to uncover. To know a person from their very first breath, to watch them grow every day thereafter... it's like watching a miracle unfold.Read More
A first birthday is such an incredible milestone. I've celebrated with clients for years when their little guys and ladies turned 1, but now I really get it. It's like a right of passage for parents. A whole year--the scariest, most exhilarating, confusing, amazing, sentimental, life-changing year -- has past and that precious child is still alive. That deserves a party.Read More
Last weekend Chile's Peach Orchard in Crozet had their annual pancake breakfast and fall festival so we took Kira to check it out. It was about 80 degrees outside but we had fall in our hearts and on our minds and were so excited to share it with our girl. Enjoy a little real recap into our lives with this set full of apples, sunshine, doughnuts, and smiles.Read More
I was working through organizing and printing some of our personal pictures for Kira's album and wanted to share a simple tip for regular, home photos that capture your growing kiddos on a day to day basis. It has to do with location and it's probably the opposite of everything you've ever thought about photography.Read More