Tuesday, July 29, 2014

the unblogged photoshoots (until now!)

It happened too little this past year. You know, during our year of merriment, fun, and chaos - the exhilarating opportunity to snap memorable photos that will make their way deep into the pages of family photo albums to look back on, or in today's case, make it's way deep into the files of a flash drive or CD which, too, will soon be outdated.

Print your pictures, people. Print them now before you lose 'em to today's technology foreverrr! And remind me to do the same some time soon, please :)

But, back to the original statement here. In between the traveling, the family barbeques, the E + kiddy cousin time, and the hours spent working on the computer, I wish I had the enriching feeling of sitting at my computer with a candle lit and music playing to edit photos to my heart's content. It makes me happy. I always know post-shoot which photo I am most excited to go home and edit. It starts with a quick "ooh let me get these uploaded ASAP!", before doing ANYTHING else, like changing a diaper or kissing someone hello! It's usually followed with a 'oh wait, let me clear all this crap off my desk before I go insane' because when I edit, I like the comfort of a clean space and candle flickering peacefully. And then, after fulfilling any motherly duties calling my name, I sit back and watch my little creations come together. And it makes me so happy!

I do wish this happened much more frequently, but I can't complain about all the fun being had instead. I didn't get the chance to blog much, so behold my favorite unblogged photoshoots, in no particular order :)

rustic engagement photo pose; country engagement photos with cowboy boots

rustic vintage one year old photo shoot pose ideas; lace and flowers one year old photoshoot

family of 4 photoshoot pose ideas; fall family photo ideas; family and 2 brothers photos

rustic family photo ideas; family photos with cowboy boots; southern family photoshoot

one year old hot air balloons photoshoot

brothers photoshoot ideas; boys photoshoot poses

3 toddler girls photoshoot; vintage baby girls photo shoot; golden hour lace photos

9 month baby photoshoot vintage rustic

rustic cowboy boots family photoshoot

beach proposal photoshoot; surprise engagement photos; photos of actual beach proposal

smash cake boy photoshoot

twin girls photoshoot; rustic twin photoshoot; kids and guitar photos

family photoshoot with last name chalkboard

9 month baby vintage rustic photoshoot

vintage rustic dirt road country family photos; dirt road family photos sunlight

2 year old girl photoshoot with vintage suitcase

real proposal photo on the beach

mom and son photoshoot ideas

vintage one year old baby girl photoshoot ; vintage first birthday photos shoot

2 brothers photo pose ideas

unique engagement poses; couple looking into each others eyes photoshoot; engagement photo poses

9 month baby country photoshoot ideas

actual beach proposal photo shoot; hire photographer for a beach proposal

one year old pumpkin patch photoshoot

family of 4 with 2 boys photoshoots

one year old lace ruffles vintage baby girl photoshoot

proposal photo shoot ideas

7 year old boy photoshoot pose ideas

one year old girl vintage photo shoot ideas

toddler sisters rustic vintage photoshoot

jacksonville fl family photographer; family of 4 florida sunset family photos

jacksonville fl children family photographer; one year baby girl sunset vintage photoshoot ideas

jacksonville fl baby photographer; 9 month old baby girl photo pose ideas rustic lace vintage headband

jacksonville fl engagement photographer; rustic dirt road country southern engagement photo ideas; rustic couple photoshoot
 Well, that about does it for now. Ready to keep my creative juices flowin'!

And while you're at it, be sure to like my Facebook page :)

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Summer 2014 - Remember me?!



Well, hello there. It has been a while.

I will start with an apology for the lack of blogging this past year and move forward with a promise to fuel my passion for blogging more, just as I used to. I'm not sure I even have to preface this with how crazy life has been this past year, but let's just get a little reacquainted, shall we?

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Sipping lemonade from mason jars with stripey paper straws, followed by catching lightning bugs in said mason jars, topped off with roasting marshmallows around a campfire would call for ideal summer memories -- and well, they just won't be making the cut in our Summer 2014 jar of memories.

Promise it hasn't been a bad summer, just abso-freakin-lutely crazy, which is pretty much "our" norm. We've been in and out of the state, living in and out of hotels, getting in and out of too many different routines.

But let's start with that hubby of mine -- he is officially a doctor. White coat, Dr. title, germ-laden stethoscope donning and all kind of doctor. He did it!



We made the trip to Atlanta to celebrate amongst all of our med school friends, whom I already miss like crazy. It was a bittersweet moment after J took those steps across the stage. The steps signified walking away from a great adventure and moving forward to a brand new one, meaning saying our official 'goodbyes' to the amazing people we grew so close to over the years before everyone went their separate ways to save lives all across the country.

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Our spontaneity got the best of us - again - as we woke up one morning and decided to book a trip to Key West (and leave 2 hours later). That meant leaving our sweet girl behind for our first whole weekend without her. Momma was sad, but I can't say we didn't enjoy ourselves like crazy. We justified it with the celebrations all around between med school graduation, our wedding anniversary, Father's Day, and a baby moon! After seeing the way J's schedule is today, we are beyond grateful we were able to go on that trip and spend some last minute quality time together before the madness began. Going to the Keys without drinking is certainly a different experience, but we explored in ways we never have before and it was ah-maze-ing.



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And then, we bought a house. No biggy. Homeowners 'R Us. :)


New roof and paint accents to come ASAP :)

What a process THAT was. Everyone says it's stressful buying a home, but even our realtor said he had never dealt with some of the things we were faced with during this homebuying process! Thank goodness we are in and we're beginning to settle. Whew! Closing on the house during the same time J was starting residency - not the greatest timing. It's truly made settling in quite the arduous process as his free time is rather non-existent.

We've explored a little and have had visitors as well. Thank goodness for familia!



We celebrated 4th of July in our new home and broke in our backyard with a family BBQ, followed by walking down by the river to watch fireworks. How 'Merican of us.



Little Miss E is settling in well and has made the transition from crib to big girl bed! How did she get to be 20 months old already?!



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And since then, E and I have been having lots of play dates out back with ourselves, cousins, grandparents, and the occasional hour that Daddy has home per day or night!





We've been soaking up the sun and taking advantage of all that summer has left to offer us, while looking forward to what else -- football season!!





E's growing every day and learning 454 new things daily. I don't even know where she comes up with some of the stuff she talks about.



But I just go with it and remain thankful for the wonderful child she is. "Daddy go work - good day! Love you! Bye Bye!" Too freakin cute.

"Oooh, a diamond!", pointing to the shape on my towel. Wherever she comes up with these things, it surely makes me proud :)



Such a curious little girl she is.

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The curls just keep on comin', and I am loving them.







Grandma came to visit and E had lots of fun with "Mima" (her very own made up name for her Grandma!)



We may not be roasting marshmallows, but we're playing as much as we can!





..And burning as much energy as possible in this little girl as she gears up to become a big sister.



She may be getting smarter and smarter every day and making me look at her in a new 'big girl' light, but then she reminds me of just how young and free and fun she is. Sticking a graham cracker down my shirt while I'm sleeping (and me not noticing until I've been awake for a half hour already) truly makes me laugh at just how great she is. And her running to me with the perfect shade of Baby Lips' Coral Crush applied messily across her entire face while saying "pretty, yeah?" reminds me just how funny (and troublemaker-ish) she is. Girl knows how to make me laugh with just her expressions.





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Here's to hoping our new adventure brings me lots of inspiration - I already feel like a housewife and momma again in between all the work I've got going on and now I'm ready to continue being inspired to take more photos, blog more, and see the beauty in the little things.

Like a pretty flower in a nasty thunderstorm.




We've got a max of 10 weeks left before my sweet, secretly-smashing-graham-crackers-in-boobs little E becomes a big sister to this sweet smiley baby girl, and we are getting more and more excited every day.



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Be back soon with more regular updates :)