Thursday, October 23, 2014

#BestieBeachTrip

If you follow me on Instagram, then you know how much fun my girls and I had on our girls beach trip!
We arrived bright and early on Friday morning...stuffed our faces with shrimp & hush puppies for lunch and hit the beach while we waited on the rest of the gang to arrive.
Gangs All Here!
Every day was spent soaking up sun on the beach, chit chatting and laughing our butts off!
I also buried Kimberly in the sand. Haha. #grownups
And I held a JELLYFISH! (apparently the clear ones don't have stingers!)
Pretty much every day was spent eating breakfast together...going to the beach...eating lunch together...spending more time at the beach....then showering and cooking or getting ready to go out for dinner! Perfect little vaca.
And the last morning was spent celebrating Natalie's birthday. #wewokeuplikethis
We ate cake for breakfast, went to the beach, drank lots of wine and got ready for a delish dinner.
...and before we knew it...it was Tuesday morning and time to head to the airport to make our flight back home!
 
My heart is so happy that I got to spend four amazing days with these ladies! They have been in my life for many many years (some 15+ years!) but the last year has been my favorite with them. They have been there for me through good times and bad and I truly love each and every single one of them. I'm so lucky to have you all in my life.
Love you girls forever!
(Can't wait until our #bestiebeachtrip 2015!)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Taking A Break...At The Beach!!!

My beach trip with five of my favorite girls couldn't have come at a better time!
I've been working 60+ hour weeks the past month and I'm literally soooo tired and sooooo worn out. So needless to say, I am so happy that the next week will be spent taking a much needed break by RELAXING ON THE BEACH.
Sippin' on some drinks, sticking my toes in the sand, getting some much needed sun, reading a book (although I haven't even had time to go BUY a book - so I'll probably buy one at the airport), maybe another cheesy photo session...and best of all - I get to spend five amazing days with five amazing girls. It can't get much better than that!
Today, my friend Alison and I are driving down to Nashville to have a fun dinner and spend the night with her sister...and then we will be up bright and early for our flight to FL.
(Driving & flying out of Nashville was like $300 cheaper than flying out of Cincinnati!)
Candice and April are meeting us at the airport and flying with us....and then Natalie and Kimberly will be shortly behind as they are driving from TN & AR.
Candice wasn't there for the first girls get together - so here's a picture of us in Austin TX a few years ago! :)
I can't wait!!!
Hope everyone has a great weekend!!! :)


Friday, October 10, 2014

NOT doing it all...

When I first started my photography business, I was pretty eager to photograph everything and everyone who was willing to hire me. I really didn't know what exactly I wanted to photograph - because well, I had NO experience in photographing anything yet.
But now, and in the 20 months I've been in business, I've photographed children, families, extended families, proposals, newborns, bridal portraits, parties, engagements, events, maternity, seniors, couples and weddings.
Phew - that is a lot of different offerings.
And I can honestly say, some of these categories I absolutely LOVE photographing.
But there are some I don't necessarily love to photograph.
I've known this about myself for a while now...but when someone calls and wants to hire me for X amount of money...and I'm free that day. It's really hard to turn down the money. (Even though that "gig" isn't necessarily what I really want to be photographing.)
But if I want to be happy as a photographer...I need to only photograph the things that I WANT TO PHOTOGRAPH. I mean, this is my SIDE business by the way.
 I need to remember NOT to take jobs for the money, but to take jobs because I truly enjoy doing them. I don't need to do it all!
Soooooo, with that being said.
This month I'm taking a dive into my current photography offerings and removing the categories that don't give me that extra special feeling when I get booked for a job.
So stay tuned.
As this might be the last time you see any wedding photography from me...
....or is it???? :)
 
*Thanks for checking out all my sneak peeks from the past few sessions! :)


Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Ugliest Kitchen (OURS!!)

Welcome to my (ugly) kitchen!
(Picture from realtors website)
This is our current kitchen. 
It has seashell wallpaper, rustic country hardware, yellow square tile backsplash, an original 1960's oven/stove
and the fridge is probably that old too. Bulkheads line the top of our cabinets (which are also lined with sticky
paper inside), the floor tile is squeaky, the dishwasher is broken and don't even get me started on the countertops. 
It doesn't have a pantry. It doesn't have any counter space...and it is all topped off with a huge florescent light.
(Picture from realtors website)
We've been in our home for 7 months now...and I am happy to say it is FINALLY time to update our kitchen!! Woooohoooooo!!
 
We are getting new lights / flooring / cabinets / hardware / appliances / farm sink / countertops / and tearing down the bulkheads / moving the fridge to the opposite wall/ and adding a real pantry! :)
 
Basically the only thing we are keeping the same in that room is the window! :)
 
Ahhhhhhh, I can't wait for a BRAND NEW kitchen!!!
Glad I got to share what my current kitchen looks like...before we tear it all down!
 
Have you ever completely renovated your kitchen??
If so, I'd love to hear about it!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Say Cheese

Photographers (at least not me) never say "Say Cheeeeese" to my customers!
Instead, I have a variety of things I say instead...
...like...."look off into the distance without smiling."
(P.S. Aren't these trees AMAZING!!! I am so happy that this senior wanted to climb into the trees
- they just made the most perfect photos!!)
"Look directly at the camera and smile"
"....and put your hand on his chest."
"Put your hands on your belly/Put your hands in your pocket,"
"Wrap your arm around her and look into each others eyes."
"Hold your flowers down and cross your arms "
And sometimes I don't say anything at all! :)
There is a lot that goes into creating a good picture - being in charge of telling people where to look/when to smile/how to stand/where to stand/what to do with their hands...is a small part of the photographers job to get you the best photo. (there's a lot more too!)
 
Just wanted to share some of my recent photo sessions! See more on my FB here!
Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

While in Michigan...

I took a little road trip to Michigan this past weekend for my cousins wedding.
CV couldn't come with me due to being busy with work...
so I made my sister & this little nugget (my niece) be my date!
My sister & niece flew in from Memphis, so it was great to see them! 
I haven't seen them since May.
The ceremony was absolutely beautiful and started off by acknowledging the people in their lives that have passed that have affected their lives. My dads name was one of them that was called.
They also displayed his picture at their reception. (A picture from my wedding - and one of my favorite pictures of him!)
Although it was emotional, I'm so happy they included him in their wedding day!
Then ofcourse there was dinner/cake/dancing/photobooth picture taking and goofing off! :)
(me with my cousin Annette) and (Madelyn and I being goofy)
All and all - it was a great wedding and I'm so happy for my cousin, Jamie!!
 
The next morning, we snuggled in bed, ate at Cracker Barrel (or as my niece calls it "Barrel Cracker"), and then I hit the road to drive back to Cincinnati.
It was a great little 24-hour trip to MI to see my family! :)
Now...back to another fun filled weekend!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Fall Bucket List

Fall is definitely my favorite season of the year. 
I love the colors of the leaves, wearing layers, scarves and boots, smelling pumpkin spice candles...and doing fun fall activities!
With being so busy with photography this season, I wanted to put together a little bucket list for Fall, so when I do have some down time...I know exactly how I want to spend it.

2014 Fall Bucket List
+ Build a wood fire in our fireplace!
(We started a fire last week with our gas fireplace, but I definitely want to build lots of fires in our wood burning fireplace too. I like to hear the wood crackles, don't you!?)
+ Tailgate for the Bengals
+ Take a nature walk
+ Visit a pumpkin patch (see last years here)
+ Buy some new Fall candles
+ Attend a chili cookoff (and win the golden spoon, like we did last year!)
+ Decorate our front porch with pumpkins and mums
+ Carve pumpkins
+ Hand out Halloween candy
+ Dress up for Halloween
+ Bake a pie
+ Make Fall cookies
+ Buy fall decorations for our mantle
+ Rearrange my closet! (I do this everytime the seasons change!)
and the biggest bucket list item of them all:
+ RENOVATE OUR KITCHEN!

It's happening people....stay tuned for the before and after!! :)


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

It's starting to feel like Fall!

This weekend was a very busy one.
So busy that I'm left with a stiff neck that I can't stretch or move around too much! :(
But regardless of my sore neck, the weekend had a lot of great highlights!
It started on Thursday night with a super long walk around our neighborhood.  CV & I usually walk the same trail every day, but we decided to switch it up and walk a different way...and guess what we found?! This amazing park with fountains, tree trails, a dock with wooden swings, and plenty of fun things to sniff for Paisley! I'm super excited I found this little gem, and can't wait to convince future photography customers to meet me there for a session! I just love our new little neighborhood!
 
On Friday, my coworkers and I volunteered for our "Change the World" campaign. We volunteer at a local community every year around 9/11. This year we chose Redwood, which is a center in Northern Kentucky that specializes in children and adults with multiple and severe disabilities. We helped them by landscaping, building educational learning programs and helped clean up and make their play ground safer! :)
Definitely a great day with my coworkers.
 
Friday night, CV & I met our friends A&A for dinner and caught up on life! It was pretty much three hours of straight chatting and laughing! I just love double dates! :)
Saturday, I photographed a wedding reception, as you probably saw from my Instagram sneak peek!
And I woke up early on Sunday and photographed a senior session and family session too!
(Then, spent 4 hours in front of the computer trying to get a head start on editing!)
Shew - I'm exhausted!

Sunday night, CV and I treated ourselves to a delicious dinner at Desha's, then we came home, started a fire...watched some TV and hit the sheets!
I'm definitely loving that it's starting to feel like Fall and we can get cozy in our home by lighting some pumpkin scented candles, while having a fire going in the fireplace! :)
Mmmmmm cozy!!
 
Hope everyone had a great weekend!! xoxo!!