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Glam Style Family Photos

Oh wow, where to begin with this recent photo shoot.

Sequins, angel wings, ruffles, pearls…. Ah, a dream session, I say! For this mama of two boys, I can’t even explain the sequels of delight I had to repress that whole morning.

When this glam mom called me up and asked me to do her baby’s 6 month photos, as well as their family photos, I knew it was going to be a fun photo shoot. I mean the newborn photo session, I did for them earlier was a lot of fun…

BUT, I had no clue that this session would be so beautifully old Hollywood. When she texted me a picture of her dress before the shoot, I about went to photographer heaven! Now this is how to rock what your mama gave you!!!  It is from Rent The Runway and here is the exact sequin beauty —- So very chic Marilyn Monroe, right? – https://www.renttherunway.com/shop/designers/badgley_mischka/glitz_gown

Their daughter has the bluest eyes. Even more brilliant than the proud papa, and although a little bit on the grumpy side that morning, I did manage to get a couple of half smiles from her. Enjoy!

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Mama Bear and the Cubs

One fall morning,  I was looking at all the photos I have of my boys on my phone and it dawned on me that I’m in like 2% of these.  And any selfies we took together were, um, not what I would call lasting quality.  James takes a decent photo, so I told him I would set-up the camera/locations/etc and I’ll he needed to do was just spend 20 minutes snapping some photos of me and the kids. Basically, just be my tripod.  He kinda rolled his eyes since he was already busy working on a project for the house that day, but then gave me a big smile and said “absolutely”. I raced around taking a shower and actually doing my make-up. Threw on a new dress I just got at Target and put Greyson in a cloth diaper. I honestly figured my three year old wouldn’t participate since he has been acting like a teenager lately. It wasn’t until we moved outside and that Hunter started whining that he wanted to be in a photo. I was like “yes, please! I’ll even give you a cookie when we are done!” Overall, I think our little mama bear family session turned out just perfect!

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Have a safe and wonderful New Years Eve!

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Winter Sunrise Maternity Session

If you’ve seen the news recently, you’ve heard that St. Louis is having a flooding issue. Living so close to the Missouri and Mississippi river has its perks, such as gorgeous places to have photo shoots at, especially during the golden hours of sunrise and sunset. But sometimes mother nature  disregards your wants. My heart goes out to all those individuals dealing with home and property loss during this difficult time.  I was lucky to squeeze in this Sunrise Winter Maternity session a couple of weeks before the water rose and a couple of weeks before the baby came! The mama-to-be was such a good sport. Nothing like telling a really pregnant women to get up early before the sunrise and hang out in the freezing weather without a coat for over an hour. I only heard her say once that she was a little cold and that was right at the end! I should have given her a standing ovation! After watching the sunrise we went to Main Street St. Charles where Christmas swag around historic buildings equals tons of cute images. 
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Fall Mini Session: Rau Garden

So back in October I did something I don’t normally do, a mini session! I’ll be honest, the thought of only getting to interact with my clients for 20 minutes to not only represent myself, but also the quality of work that I like to do,  seemed a little overwhelming.  I started thinking, though, with the holiday season coming up, that I could give back to my friends and clients, by offering a really sweet deal. I completely understand budgets and how sometimes documenting you and your family beyond a selfie isn’t in the cards. As fall was quickly taking away the summer look for a near by garden that I absolutely love, I put together the promo and sent it out to the world. Turns out my first mini session was SOLD OUT in no time! Here are some of my favorites at Rau Garden in St. Charles, MO.

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Kingston’s Newborn Photos

So this beautiful mama-to-be that I met at my October St.louis/St. Charles MO mini photo session gave birth to the cutest little boy and asked me to take the newborn photos! I was so excited as I just knew the child was going to be gorgeous. I also was looking forward to using my micro lens for those super close-ups of those tiny little features that before you know it are toddler hands and toes. Enjoy!  12184076_1010968272258104_5317036223670827303_o

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The Pump Dump

So I’ve been back to work full-time now since May, and have left these little nuggets

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In the capable hands on my mother-in-law.

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So far I’m managing OK with not really sleeping the past 4 (almost 5) months. With Hunter, I remember sobbing because I was so tired and felt like the torture chamber of sleepless nights would never end. Could be an attitude readjustment on my part, but if I remember correctly, Greyson is doing a far better job of sleeping than Hunter did at this age. At 9 weeks, I was getting  him down around 7:30-8pm and he would sleep until 3:30ish and then awake again usually around 5ish before waking up at 6:30-7am. At almost 5 months, he doesn’t like to nap much during the day (who can nap when big brother is having a ball?) and has two lower front teeth poking up (!!), so it is early bedtime at 6:30. He nurses sometimes at 11pm, then 4ish, before being up around 6 to 7:30am.  Whatever. I have faith we will sleep through the night regularly soon. The one time he did do it was amazing.

I love getting to be a mom again for a newborn. So many differences between the two, but also so many similarities. Greyson is just a big smiley roly poly.  He has been trying since 4 months to crawl, rolls all over the place, has two teeth now, and has rolls upon rolls of chunky cuteness. James told one of my girlfriends that Grey is a chunk because my milk is better this round. HAHA! Oh my god, isn’t that great? Since going back to work I’ve actually been traveling a fair amount. I’ve pumped in an airport bathroom with a lady throwing up next to me, in a car outside a manufacturing plant with dudes on their smoke breaks, almost missed my flight because of TSA screening my ice packs, and had to ask for the chili’s waitress to fill up zip lock baggies with ice because I literally had to drive all night from Detroit when my home flight got cancelled.

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I believe saying I’ve been a dedicated breastfeeder is a fair statement. However, due to my fluctuating schedule and my boobs hurting when I couldn’t get a break to pump, I’ve  stopped pumping during the afternoon. I nurse during the morning, evening, and through out the night instead. I think tomorrow I will post my pumping tips though for working moms. Which ice packs to get, if they can go through security dethawed, which pumps/accessories to bring, and how to squeeze in time to pump when traveling with a group of male co-workers who are oblivious to how much effort this whole feeding your baby thing is. 

Green Thumb

My sister and I have these grand illusions that we have a green thumb. Growing up, my mom instilled a healthy dose of manual labor chores that included pulling weeds from the many flower, hosta, and fern beds in our yard. Getting up early on Saturday and Sunday mornings, armed with a bucket, gloves, bug spray, and usually a sour disposition for the early wake up call, was fairly normal in the summers during high school. Now that I have a home of my own, I have adopted the same need for lush greenery around the yard. However, the time to do any of the actual up keep work seems to elude me.  And I know my sister feels the same. She will call or text me about once a year to fill me in about how she is one step closer to obtaining her organic garden. I like to always take this time to remind her it is a pipe dream. This summer, after multiple years of having plants and sod die from lack of watering, James has decided we need to install an irrigation system to actually save money. He likes to remind me that the only reason we had these pretty flowers on our front steps
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was because our neighbor took pity on me and watered them every freaking day. So, here comes the massive project with a July 4th deadline, that also needs to include a new brick patio
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and leveling yard and removing sidewalk on the other side of our house.
So, like, hardly any summer projects.