Last week I started back up with Midday Minutes (a daily Insta Live with helpful tips for brides, business owners, and photographers!), and I'm pretty dang excited for today's broadcast- I'll be sharing which light meter I can't live without, and exactly how I meter my film for those gorgeous, creamy skin tones that have come to be a hallmark of my work! Come hang out with me at 11:30amET and we can geek out together over all things analog! 🎞 Sneak peek of a little something I’ve had in the works!
When your groomsmen keep firing finger guns during photos and Austin just can't handle it. This was easily the MOST fun I've ever had shooting the guys' portraits! 🤣 (And when one of his best men also happens to be country music star @lukecombs and is one of the chief perpetuators of said finger guns, it's all the more unexpected and hilarious)
Passport planning for this Spring/Summer- we can't wait to get Felix's first customs stamp! I didn't travel much growing up, but with all the international work opportunities we've had over the last few years, it's something I'm SO excited for Felix to experience as early as possible!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🇫🇷⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I used to think that one we had kids it would make travel impossible, but I'm so grateful @emiliajane_ corrected that view for me a few years ago during a Skype date. Matt and I took Felix to Seattle in December and while it's definitely more complicated to travel with an infant, it wasn't as difficult as I'd built it up in my head! I'm hoping he grows to love exploring and wandering just as much as his mama and daddy- get 'em started early, can I get an amen?
Done is better than perfect. • I don't know how many times I've repeated that Sheryl Sandberg quote to others, and yet I procrastinate all👏🏼the👏🏼time, using it's not perfect/finished yet as an excuse. • Prime example: Midday Minutes! Prior to maternity leave, I was on Insta Live nearly every weekday at 12pm, sharing small snippets of helpful education! I wanted to get back to doing those on a regular basis, but excuses like my schedule isn't consistent enough or my office is a mess or I haven't got time to iron a shirt kept me from TEACHING, a thing I desperately love to do. • Studies (and common sense) show that repetition, practice, and action lead to successful habit change WAY more than sitting around simply theorizing and planning. So today, I hopped on IG Live for my first Midday Minutes since last August, sharing *3 quick tips to spend less time in your inbox.* Was is perfect? Nah. But is it DONE? Yes! Will that helpful information hopefully make someone else's work day/week/habits a bit more manageable? I can only hope! • Answer me this: what's one thing you've been putting off because it isn't quite perfect enough yet? • From @ashlynscarter's branding session, the queen of getting the important stuff done and into the hands of the folks who need it.
Yes, I am a Harry Potter fan, but no, we did not name our son after a magic lucky potion from JK Rowling's popular series. 🤣 In answer to a question I get regularly, we chose Felix's name for a number of reasons, but it first jumped off the page for me after seeing it on a list of French baby names (Félix!). We loved that it's an older name, it's unique but not unheard-of, it's whimsical and fun, and that the meaning is merry, blessed, fortunate. 👶🏼 He has two middle names, Barry and Ryan. The former is my grandfather, beloved to our family and who's taught me so much. Ryan is a name his birthmom has always loved, and we chose to include it as a way to honor her! 💕 Felix, I can't imagine you any cuter than this, but I've also said that about once a week, every week since you were born. I can't wait to see what next week brings! 🥰 @emilygeraldphotography, yer a wizard! These portraits from his three-month milestone session are PERFECTION!!
Nine years of marriage. Nine! The more time that passes, the more I’m convinced that I’M the one who totally lucked out, who married up. I know you say the same, @mattygracephoto, which is part of the reason we make such a good match. Each of us convinced that we got the better end of the deal.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 💕⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This last year has been a roller coaster! Learning to fight hard for our yet-to-be-family throughout the the home study process, learning to let go of expectations and timelines, preparing a nursery but holding onto that hope with open hands, meeting our son and learning to love his birth mom in a way you and I never knew possible. Seeing you fall into your role as Felix’s Daddy has been one of my greatest joy, love. Hearing you speak up in protection of our party of three has made me even more proud to be your wife. Some days, I still cannot believe you are mine!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⛪️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Nine years ago when you and I exchanged vows at the altar of the church where you first learned to love the Lord, I had no idea what was in store for us, which speaks more to my lack of an imagination than anything else. You are my greatest adventure and truest delight, Matt. Every day with you is my favorite, no matter how mundane or spontaneous. I love you and I like you!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photo by the incomparable @marymarantz and @justinmarantz from our vow renewal a few years back, florals by @hollychapple, hair & makeup by @alisonharperco
Vesna, you *killed it* in that red dress! Since most of my brides wear white on their wedding day, I love a bold frock for engagement portraits. Especially when paired with an elegant backdrop like this one- swipe right for a DC spot you might not have seen before! I’m unbelievably excited for their wedding later this year with @adominickevents 💕
Gooooing to the chapel and they're goooonna get maaaarried! ⛪️ Back on the Gram and in the office after two weeks off from each and I’m feeling good! I delivered Meghan & Zach's wedding gallery just before Christmas and it had me falling in love with cold-weather fêtes all over again. The furs, the golden hour light, the chill that gives you an excuse to snuggle up close. Matt and I were married in a January wedding so my cold-weather brides always hold a sweet place in my heart! Don't get me wrong- bring on all the bright colors and outdoor celebrations of spring & summer soirées. But I love the variety and challenge that winter brings!