Kellie + Matt | Kill Devil Hills Maternity

It was such an honor to shoot their engagements and wedding day…but now I am getting another HUGE honor documenting this baby bump with little boy Grayson on the way and I can NOT be happier for these two loving human beings!! Kellie is a doll, she’s funny, she’s got a really good sense of…

Autumn’s Birth Video | Life By The Sea

I can’t even begin to describe how it feels when Jeremy and Ashley Mitchell drop one of these videos in your lap. On both occasions, Mike and I had been having exceptionally rough weeks and then Jeremy floats in with a text that says oh here you go pal! And our world is right again,…

No One Like Him | Life By The Sea

I know a lot of people brag on their husbands, and of course..they should! There are a lot of good ones out there..I know a bunch of my sweet friends have snagged some of the best and deservingly so. I love hearing about good husbands especially because there was a low time in my life…

Paychecks + Valentines | Salt & Sunshine Series

I used to think that a successful holiday meant BIG presents, flashy, WOW-I-can’t-believe-you-bought-me-a-car/diamonds/etc … in order to be a good holiday. I thought if I could nail the holidays and do things that looked like perfection on the outside, the inside of me would feel better..but it’s NOT how it goes. I know this now…

Signs A New Baby Was Here | New Mom Series

They’re back! The bruises, the quick nods that feel like hours. What am I talking about right now?! Is this new baby exhausted delirium? Maybe..but at least I was able to crank out this blog post! Can I get an Amen!? New babies make their presence known even when they’re not in your arms by…

Stars Wars Day Baby…And Mike’s Dream | Life By The Sea

Okay, so in case some of you didn’t know…Mike’s a NERD! A huge nerd who is adorable, but totally and utterly nerdy to the core. When we found out we were having Autumn on December 17…we both knew, that was Star Wars Day and Daddy was gonna be missin’ the premiere. Of course he didn’t…

Christmas Lights, Minivans and Drumming | Life By The Sea

Ahhhh friends…the recipe for a simple and happy life is ACTUALLY not crazy complicated and today I am sharing a few thoughts on why we decorate for Christmas early, why we bought a minivan and why we LOVE drumming to our very own unique, carefree and happy beat 🙂 First and foremost, here comes the…

Happy Birthday Bestie | Mike is 29! (Still Younger Than Me)

I am breaking a rule of mine, blogging at almost 11 on a Friday night?! But tomorrow, we will be busy traveling and shooting together and I want you to read this before bed 🙂 When Mike and I actually first met, I was dating a butthead. Like literally, so mean to me and broke…

Home | Mikes New Dad Series

I’m baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack! After a long hiatus of moving and working (the truth…Amanda: “Mike, will you write a new blog for me?…Mike?”, Me:”Zzzzzzz”…at 9pm…), I’m here to grace your computer screens again! Yes, thank y–thank you very much–oh, you guys–plea–please, hold the applause for after the blog… So, this blog is going to be kind of…

How To Bring Your Family On Work Trips | Workflow Series

This post is very subjective- we all do things differently, have different needs, different requirements..but as a working woman with two children under three and the most supportive husband ever, we have managed to come up with a great system of traveling to my out of town Saturday weddings together because to be quite honest…

Mike is 28 | Personal

What a butthead..he gets to stay in his 20’s for two more years and here I am approaching THIRTY in 2 days! Haha! No no, it’s okay..I always get to hold the “respect your elders” card over him. It works wonders. He listens to his older lady and knows I know best..HAHA! He’s a wonderful…

So, your wife is in her first trimester… | Mike’s New Dad Series

Mike’s Guide for New Dads, Volume I: So, your wife is in her first trimester… Amanda and I came up with this idea a while back because, frankly, we remember when we were new parents and realized that Camryn DIDN’T come with an instruction manual; Amanda’s pregnancy didn’t either, and boy were there some crazy…