We’re Going HOME!!!! | Life By The Sea

It was a couple of weeks ago and I had had it. So many house searches and never finding something that we loved, that said HOME to us the way we dreamt of, frustrated with thinking it just would never happen anyway so why bother? And then the inner battles worsening to feelings of self…

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…

Downgrading Materials & Upgrading Happiness | Personal

This past Sunday, we eagerly RAN out the door of our Kempsville Virginia Beach neighborhood. The girls were packed, we were ready to pick up the key. THE KEY to our home in the place of our dreams, the Outer Banks. Mike still hadn’t seen it, but he trusted me. I told him several times that it was definitely not the…

Scheduling Your Editing | Workflow Series

This is something that applies to EVERYONE! Not just you, little mamas! All of us! So many photographers work a full time job in addition to running their business. You shoot a session, you post a sneak peek, and then you go to work the next day. Then that weekend you shoot a wedding. Then…

Defining HOME: Moving To OBX | Personal

I just keep bursting out into little crying spells..the happiest kind. I haven’t felt like I had a home since my parents divorced and sold the house I grew up in in Glen Allen near Richmond, Virginia. And that was the last place, 14 years ago…that I ever felt home. Sort of. I spent the…

Traveling With Two Under Three | New Mom Series

Okay let’s be real. It’s CRAZY. It’s crazy when it’s just the two of you. It’s crazy when it’s one baby. So when it’s two…it’s pure chaos. But, we like to embrace chaos around here! And it’s a happy chaos. We are traveling as a family because we LOVE being together. Also, it actually makes…

Welcome To The World Elle Marie | Personal

At 9:04am on Friday, January 24, 2014 a beautiful angel was born at 7 lbs 8 ounces and 20 inches long. The wait for her to arrive seemed like forever and it was the most refreshing sound in the world when she cried loudly and let the world know she was here and healthy and…

The Hospital Bag | New Mom Series

I remember being pregnant with Cammy and having an overwhelming amount of suggestions for the hospital bag (if that’s where you plan to deliver) and what I “needed” to bring with me. Oh my gosh– some of the suggestions. There were ranges from bringing just a couple of items to bringing two loads worth of…

End of Pregnancy | Personal

This has been quite the ride with little lady number two. I’m sitting here typing this at 12:16am as I am going absolutely miserably CRAZY with restless leg syndrome and acid reflux awoken from an ironic and rare early bed time. I am usually going to sleep around midnight and because tonight I worked hard…

Buying for Baby: Crazy Nesting Edition | New Mom Series

This is real life people, nesting is alive and well in this household!!! Most people that know me know I am chaotically organized– meaning some things I am really truly on top of and others are a hot mess. I am sorry for this and it’s mostly because I am trying to run a busy…

I Know A Girl | Personal

I know a girl, she puts the color inside of my world She’s just like a maze- where all of the walls all continually change <3