projectTEN :: April

This weekend we had the chance to go away with dear friends, and enjoy a kid-free weekend (thanks mom & dad!). I decided to do an installment of projectTEN that documented real life for us, but didn't include my kids for a change. We enjoyed some beautiful afternoons out at the bay and my husband and friends were really great sports about me having my camera out and in their faces the whole time. :) 

Enjoy the images and don't forget to check the end of the post for the other photographers participating in projectTEN!

Be sure to check out the rest of the talented women who are also doing projectTEN!

Katie Hall (Newark, Delaware)- http://katiehallcreative.com/| https://www.facebook.com/katiehallcreative

Paula Richwine (Newark, Delaware) - http://richestwinephotography.com/| https://www.facebook.com/richestwinephoto

Cait Jensen (West Chester, PA) - http://www.photographyjensen.com/| https://www.facebook.com/photographyjensen

Lisa O'Brien (Wrentham, Massachusetts) - https://www.facebook.com/lisaobrienphoto

Rebecca Bender (Winfield, IA) - http://rebeccabenderphotography.zenfolio.com/| https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rebecca-Bender-Photography/139668796110338?pnref=lhc

Parker Slaton (Newark, Delaware) - http://slatons.blogspot.com  | https://www.facebook.com/ParkerSlatonPhotography

Claire Bunn (Philadelphia, PA) - www.clairebunnphotography.com| https://www.facebook.com/ClaireBunnPhoto?fref=nf&pnref=story

Rae Barnes (Philadelphia, PA) - http://raebarnes.com/ | https://www.facebook.com/raebarnesphotography

Lisa Turner (Chattanooga, TN) - https://www.facebook.com/LLturnerphotography

projectTEN :: March

This project is definitely making me realize how quickly the year goes, I can't believe I'm posting March's pictures already (and I'm pretty sure I'll say something similar every month). 

Here's a look at our everyday life over the past month - thanks to snowstorms and stomach bugs, I'm pretty sure you'll be able to feel our cabin fever through your screen. 

Don't forget to check out the rest of the talented women who are also doing projectTEN:

Katie Hall (Newark, Delaware)- http://katiehallcreative.com/| https://www.facebook.com/katiehallcreative

Paula Richwine (Newark, Delaware) - http://richestwinephotography.com/| https://www.facebook.com/richestwinephoto

Cait Jensen (West Chester, PA) - http://www.photographyjensen.com/| https://www.facebook.com/photographyjensen

Lisa O'Brien (Wrentham, Massachusetts) - https://www.facebook.com/lisaobrienphoto

Rebecca Bender (Winfield, IA) - http://rebeccabenderphotography.zenfolio.com/| https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rebecca-Bender-Photography/139668796110338?pnref=lhc

Parker Slaton (Newark, Delaware) - http://slatons.blogspot.com  | https://www.facebook.com/ParkerSlatonPhotography

Claire Bunn (Philadelphia, PA) - www.clairebunnphotography.com| https://www.facebook.com/ClaireBunnPhoto?fref=nf&pnref=story

Rae Barnes (Philadelphia, PA) - http://raebarnes.com/ | https://www.facebook.com/raebarnesphotography

Lisa Turner (Chattanooga, TN) - https://www.facebook.com/LLturnerphotography

Chelcie & Blake :: Engaged

I love snow. Like, I turn into a small child when I wake up and look outside to see snow covering the ground (ask my husband, it's true).

So when Chelcie texted me the other week when it was snowing and asked if there was any chance we could take engagement pics that day in the snow, I was a happy camper. 

I can't say enough good things about these two, they're super sweet together, a blast to be around, and clearly in love. I can't wait for their wedding this December!

projectTEN :: February

And just like that, a month has passed and it's time for another installment of projectTEN.  This project is already proving to be a challenge, but I'm loving the commitment to getting "just because" pictures this year. (If you missed the intro of this project, check out last month's post.)

Here is this month's set, a glimpse into what life looked like for us...learning to walk, thigh rolls, little crossed feet, tutus, lots of reading, and one sweet open field to run in.

 

Don't forget to check out the rest of the talented women who are also doing projectTEN:

Katie Hall (Newark, Delaware)- http://katiehallcreative.com/| https://www.facebook.com/katiehallcreative

Paula Richwine (Newark, Delaware) - http://richestwinephotography.com/| https://www.facebook.com/richestwinephoto

Cait Jensen (West Chester, PA) - http://www.photographyjensen.com/| https://www.facebook.com/photographyjensen

Lisa O'Brien (Wrentham, Massachusetts) - https://www.facebook.com/lisaobrienphoto

Rebecca Bender (Winfield, IA) - http://rebeccabenderphotography.zenfolio.com/| https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rebecca-Bender-Photography/139668796110338?pnref=lhc

Parker Slaton (Newark, Delaware) - http://slatons.blogspot.com  | https://www.facebook.com/ParkerSlatonPhotography

Claire Bunn (Philadelphia, PA) - www.clairebunnphotography.com| https://www.facebook.com/ClaireBunnPhoto?fref=nf&pnref=story

Rae Barnes (Philadelphia, PA) - http://raebarnes.com/ | https://www.facebook.com/raebarnesphotography

Lisa Turner (Chattanooga, TN) - https://www.facebook.com/LLturnerphotography

An Hour in the Life of :: Zara

I loved spending some time with this sweet pea and her (awesome) mom.

Also, I'm a sucker for good names. Can we talk about how great the name Zara is?

Kev & Mo, you guys have a fantastic kiddo on your hands, to no one's surprise.  Thanks for letting me hang out and document what life with her looks like right now.

projectTEN (aka the year I'll blog at least 12 times)

Every year I tell myself I'm going to blog more - I have the best of intentions, usually start some blog posts, but as my blog clearly indicates, I never follow through. Life happens, my kids need me, emails beckon, timelines and wedding day plans with my (awesome) brides take priority, and honestly before I know it, it's January again and I tell myself this will REALLY be the year I blog. 

This year I'm not even pretending.  Maybe I'll discover that's the trick. Or maybe not. 

2014 was quite a year for me. We welcomed our son in March, and life only got busier and crazier since then. Being a mom of two now has caused me to do some serious reflecting on my life. I'll spare you the details, but it was a rough year for me of trying to balance photography and motherhood (this is when I throw a virtual high five to all moms - those who work outside the home, those who work from and inside the home, those with helpful partners, those with none. This role is not to be taken lightly and I think each one of us deserves a pat on the back (or a glass of wine) when we successfully make it through another day. Also, a virtual high ten to my awesome husband for keeping me sane. D, you're the best.)  What I'm learning about myself is that my priorities are shifting. Motherhood has changed me in ways, and helped me learn more about myself in a lot of ways. I've started to see that affect me as a photographer, and am trying to embrace what that means (even though I still don't fully know), and find ways to be true to myself, photograph things that are meaningful to me and in turn help me create my best images, and also be the mom my kids deserve. I'm still learning what that will look like going forward, but what I've discovered over the past year is that what I'm most drawn to are authentic moments, and doing my best to capture life as it plays out in front of me. For me this starts in my own home, taking the time to document life in these times when it feels like the kids change daily. 

As luck would have it, I got an email at the end of the year from a college friend (the talented Katie Hall) about a project she was putting together with a group of women from across the country, challenging us to take the time to take personal pictures on a regular basis, and post 10 of them every month. I love this concept and am so honored to be a part of this group. On the 10th day of every month, we'll each be sharing 10 personal images, something we created just for us and not for clients. Let's be honest, you're probably going to see 120 pictures of my kids over the next year, but we'll see. :) 

My pictures for this first month are everyday moments from our normal life. Things I want to remember, like how we forego bibs on pasta nights and Emmy eats shirtless, how Pierson is a drooling, teething mess right now, how those two play together nicely sometimes, and just how crazy, fun, messy and unpredictable day-to-day life looks like in this season (like having heart-to-hearts over Chick-fil-A at our crazy cluttered counter).

Starting the show, Emerson, 3 going on 12...

 

Check out the rest of the talented women who are also doing projectTEN:

Katie Hall (Newark, Delaware)- http://katiehallcreative.com/| https://www.facebook.com/katiehallcreative

Paula Richwine (Newark, Delaware) - http://richestwinephotography.com/| https://www.facebook.com/richestwinephoto

Cait Jensen (West Chester, PA) - http://www.photographyjensen.com/| https://www.facebook.com/photographyjensen

Lisa O'Brien (Wrentham, Massachusetts) - https://www.facebook.com/lisaobrienphoto

Rebecca Bender (Winfield, IA) - http://rebeccabenderphotography.zenfolio.com/| https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rebecca-Bender-Photography/139668796110338?pnref=lhc

Parker Slaton (Newark, Delaware) - http://slatons.blogspot.com  | https://www.facebook.com/ParkerSlatonPhotography

Claire Bunn (Philadelphia, PA) - www.clairebunnphotography.com| https://www.facebook.com/ClaireBunnPhoto?fref=nf&pnref=story

Rae Barnes (Philadelphia, PA) - http://raebarnes.com/ | https://www.facebook.com/raebarnesphotography

Lisa Turner (Chattanooga, TN) - https://www.facebook.com/LLturnerphotography

 

Scott, Brit & Maxwell :: Lifestyle Session

One of my goals for this year's off season is to get some lifestyle family sessions in.  Over the past 6 months or so I've found myself being drawn to this idea over and over.  Being in a family's space with them, hanging out with my camera and just documenting what life looks like for them in that time - no directing, no formal portraits, no coordinating outfits, no need to look a certain way, just taking time to capture moments of their everyday life. 

Scott & Brit are friends from college and welcomed their first baby this winter. They were gracious enough to let me join them for an hour or two one December morning, and I absolutely loved it. Watching the two of them with their newborn son was amazing. We're past that stage with both of our kids so there's something extra sweet for me in watching new parents love on the little bundle that just turned their world upside down. :) It doesn't hurt that Maxwell is the cutest ever. Check out some of my favorites below (and if this idea appeals to you, shoot me an email because I'm looking for one or two more families to photograph this winter ;)).

(As a side note, Scott is also an artist and does phenomenal work. If you've seen my business cards or heard me rant and rave about them, he is the one responsible for everything from the design to the letter pressing. He is ridiculously good at what he does, if you're in the market for letterpress printing, check him out: http://www.papermeetspress.com)