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Tuesday, July 8, 2014


I'm way, way, way behind on blogging any photography I've done business wise in oh say the last 8 months or so? 

So here's a smorgasbord of portraits from the last several months. Or really I should say collage and not smorgasbord because that is much more artistic and classy.

But I'm pregnant and thus food is on the brain and the word smorgasbord makes me think of the scene from the old Charlotte's Web cartoon movie where the rat goes feasting on food. And on that note I'm sticking with smorgasbord. And running downstairs to scope out the fridge. 

Back on topic...

A's senior portraits at UNC Chapel Hill including the Old Well- a Carolina classic.

The sweet C' family newborn & family session. Such a quality family, I could not have enjoyed being in their home and photographing their boys anymore. Thank you!!

Precious baby A's in home newborn session. Everything about this session was so peaceful, what a joy!

The S's family session at UNC's Coker Arboretum. A threatening rainstorm gave us the perfect lighting for this outdoor family session. Nothing quite like the thrill of chasing an impending rainstorm during a portrait session, I may love that just a bit too much.

So grateful to all these sweet clients for giving me the opportunity to capture memories for their families. That is, in my opinion, the best part of taking photos. 

I've had to turn several portrait sessions lately- being pregnant and our crazy family schedule has limited my availability. But I'm grateful for the families I do meet and get to photograph. And here's to hoping our crazy family schedule can calm down soon!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Caroline's House

Well, it's time. We thought it was about time Caroline got a place of her own. She found a really lovely one room house with a great view of the living room sofa. She's already beginning to make it look like home with crayon drawings and a few bunny stickers leftover from Easter as well as a pile of all my clean dish towels. (if something goes missing we've now learned to look in Caroline's house for the missing object).  

Here's a look...

And because I like to keep it real here - we certainly all know there's enough blogs out there (not to mention Pinterest!) that do stellar jobs at making us mamas feel inferior - here's a video of my toddler running around the house in just a diaper. Or as she says... "runaroundnakey". Because no, my child is never in an adorable outfit around the house. We save that for keeping up appearances outside the home. Or if I'm Instagramming and want to make you believe I have my act together.

 And the chateau Caroline makes a small appearance towards the end of the video so it's slightly relevant to this rambling post...

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Little Lady, Poshmark & Taking Pictures

 Mike has been very into this new movie making app on his phone (though I can't blame him...I've been very into Poshmark user name is @bethanys23 check out my closet.  And end commercial and back to the feature presentation.) 

This has got to be one of my favorite movies that app has made for him yet. Of course I'm partial to the Little Lady staring in this film and the fact that Mike can be pretty sly about when he's taking video with his phone and actually captured a mama and Car Car moment on video. This girl will not take videos and pictures with me. sigh. 

  Other favorite apps? I was really excited about Cartwheel till I discovered my cracked screen (thanks to the Little Lady) prevents the cashiers from scanning my coupons. Poo! 

And I have some seriously big news y'all... okay picture with my child!!!

I will not begin to tell you how dramatic her reaction is every time I ask Mike to get a picture of mama & Car Car. When Daddy is around she is a Daddy's sitting in my lap and smiling. You should see all the outtakes I have of her putting up a fight...hilarious but also mildly embarrassing. 

And next week we find out if we're having a boy or girl. Mike is thinking pink but I'm thinking blue. Though I'm a little nervous if it's a boy...I couldn't name a dinosaur to save my life! 

Saturday, May 24, 2014

4 Things I've Learned in 4 Years of Marriage

Yesterday was our 4 year anniversary. It might not seem like a huge milestone, but we've certainly gone through a hefty handful of major life changes in these last 4 years. A degree earned, 7 job changes between the 2 of us, 3 moves, a mortgage, one rambunctious toddler and another babe on the way- I'd say we're a good deal more grown-up than we were 4 years ago. In the spirit of wisdom and expert advice I thought I'd share some of my grown-up insight about marriage...

If something around the house needs fixing don't ever suggest "should we just call my dad?". Call him, or better yet invite him over, then forget to tell your husband. You'll both be happy in the end. The microwave works and his manhood was not called into question.

When buying a new piece of clothing, shoes, or accessory conceal it in the very way back of your closet for roughly 10 days so that when he asks about your new boots you can respond with, "these? Oh they've just been in the back of the closet". Ignorance is bliss. Until the credit card statement comes.  In which case you might want to work on convincing him that DSW is actually a home improvement store. 

Suggesting to your man that he ought to start taking care of his skin or he'll look like a raisin will garner a reaction as though you suggested he wear a pink tutu and skinny jeans to the office. Chasing him down with moisturizer won't work either. Do it when he's asleep. 

Don't ask your husband about the personal lives of his coworkers. Apparently men don't share their deepest insecurities with one another. Or at least their deepest insecurities about whether Tom Branson or Lady Mary will ever find happiness again. I still don't get this. What do they talk about all day at work anyway if they don't discuss their personal drama or at least that of Masterpiece Theater characters?

Friday, May 9, 2014

My Little Artist

Right now Caroline is very excited about drawing and stickers. And you can find stickers all over our house. I'd rather her put stickers on the cabinets than draw on them. Oh, and our front porch columns and the front of our house has been graffittied with sidewalk chalk and I sort of love it. 

More suggestions on creative toddler projects? I'm contemplating edible playdough but I think it might just get eaten and not actually played with. 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Family Portrait

Here's our latest family portrait. 

You might have to look closely to spot all three of us. 

And yes, I'm in a bathrobe and Mike is in pjs. We like to keep it real here, y'all. I'm just happy I actually made it into a photo with my baby girl- since I'm the one always taking the pictures I rarely make it into them. Caroline, you may look back at your childhood and not see many pics of your mama, but at least you'll know how stinking cute you were. 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Easter 2014

Here's a little look at our Easter. I'm excited Caroline is beginning to get to the age where she can start enjoying some simple holiday activities. This year her favorites were clapping to the music at church and realizing Easter eggs sometimes contain snacks. It was a fun family holiday watching her make new discoveries and enjoying holiday activities.

Our day started off with me driving my sweet hubby a little crazy insisting on getting a family photo in our coordinating Easter outfits before church, which meant I had to set up my tripod. One photo of us all looking at the camera with no tears: worth it. 

After church and lunch and nap time (which was a fight that day) we headed to see Caroline's best friend. They haven't seen each other in weeks because Ashley just went back to work so they haven't been around during the day to hang out with us, we miss them! 

The girls were so excited to see each other...

...maybe a little too excited, we had to break up the hug/wrestle about 30 seconds later. 

We did a toddler Easter egg hunt with the girls. Translation: we pointed out and handed them eggs laying obviously in the grass and opened them up to show the girls their were treats inside. They caught on. Caroline's reaction when she realized raisins (one of her favorite snacks) were inside the eggs:

After the raisin discovery she could have egg hunted for hours.  Caroline hates candy and chocolate. I'm going to hang onto that for as long as it lasts because it makes giving her healthy snacks to eat so easy.

It was such a fun Easter afternoon with friends. Ashley and I talked and ate (and I really ate...I figured the steep weight gain goal my midwife has given me merited an extra slice or two of  the delicious chocolate pie Ashley made.) The girls enjoyed wagon rides and general toddler craziness. I've know set my mind on getting Caroline a wagon too so I've been searching Craigslist to snag a good deal. I think this time next summer it'll come in even more handy with two tots!

Caroline really enjoyed trying on Olive's new hat...

And we finished out afternoon with stickers thanks to Ashley's smart planning. They were a hit. Stickers are a big deal in our house. And all over everything these days. 

"He is not here, for He has risen, as he said."
Matt 28:6

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Caroline's Easter Surprise