Happy New Year! New site on the way!


I hope everyone out there had a wonderful holiday season!  Have you set your 2015 goals yet?  I say go big or go home :-)  Ha!  Well we are definitely making some changes around here and to start – we are having the wonderful Ash of Laynie and Belle design us a new site.  So until then, we will not have an active website.  In the mean time I have added a LOT of new content to the menu (see above) to help answer questions about pricing etc that you would normally find on our website.  Oh AND I added some other new goodies as well. I’m certain that some of this new content is riddled with grammer and spelling errors as I am a horrible word smith.  Please email me when you find them so I can correct them :-)  Muchos gracias mi amigos!

Here is a quick little share of my wonderful fall family photos that my AWESOME friend/assistant Chaeli did for me :-)  Isn’t she the bestest!  XOXO Love you Chae!

Kitchen remodel

Kitchen remodel

Some of you have been following me on my personal facebook/instagram and have requested to see more of our kitchen remodel images :-) So here you go! It was a lot of fun but a HUGE mess! I love my new kitchen though! Tanya with Roman’s Kitchen and Bath did a great job!  We went with white shaker style cabinets, Cambria counter tops quartz in berwyn with a butcher block top on the island. The paint on the walls in Sherwin-Williams mindful gray (sw 7016). We chose white subway tiles for the back splash with a dove gray grout.

We also chose Kitchenaid appliances and I love love love the oven and microwave/convection oven as well as the dishwasher but I’m not so in love with the cook top. We were not able to get natural gas here so we had a propane tank buried in our yard. The grates seem somewhat far away from the flames and for some reason I can’t seem to get a low simmer going – so I am burning my rice! Maybe I can change the settings somehow? Not sure – I’m still trying to figure that out but for anyone looking – I loved my old GE profile cook top better (so far anyway).

Side note: we found those pendant light hardware in the attic – just put new glass on them!  Kinda fun to incorporate something old we found in the attic!

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We decided to add on a buffet/wine rack area to this previously unused area of the kitchen and I am so happy with how it turned out!TJ6C4832_7044 TJ6C4833_7045

Counter top – Cambria Quartz in Berwyn (sorry – cell phone picture)


Before: (Don’t judge/cell phone picture..we had just moved in!)


So far I love the white cabinets though they do show dirt much easier and you can see the joint lines in the cabinet construction – the overall feel is that it made the kitchen look much bigger and brighter!


We moved!

Oh my my!  What a whirlwind of crazy over these past 6 months!  Sorry I haven’t been keeping up with my blog – Facebook is simply faster/easier for quick updates.  So the big news is that we have moved.  Yep – we just up and moved to Florida!  No real reason other than we wanted to be closer to the ocean and we wanted a different type of lifestyle for ourselves…… ie….taking the kids out on a boat on the ocean for example.  So we did it.  It was fast and crazy but we have settled now and thought I’d give a quick update :-)  So far so good on the move!  Sparky (our Boston terrier) hates the afternoon thunderstorms but other than that – we are really loving it!  We’ve never had a home with a pool in the backyard so the kids are LOVING it!  Who am I kidding – I love it too!!!!!!!!!!!

Other big news….. I turned 40 in January and my sweet hubby took me to Italy.  For sooooooooooooooo long I have just dreamed of visiting Italy and I finally had the chance and OH BOY it did not disappoint!  I loved this trip better than any place I have EVER been!  The food, the scenery, the culture….sigh.  I’m in love!  I hadn’t had a chance to work on any of my images from the trip since we had been caught up in showing our house/moving etc so here is the 1st image I’ve worked on so far.

I hope and dream to make it back here again some day.  It was simply breathtaking!  This is Manarola in Cinque Terre Italy.  If you ever have the opportunity to visit, I HIGHLY recommend taking a boat tour with Stefano – seriously it was a highlight of our trip: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g187820-d1790366-Reviews-Matilde_Navigazione-Monterosso_al_Mare_Cinque_Terre_Italian_Riviera_Liguria.html

We also hiked the trails of Cinque Terre but I’ll do another post about that in the future when I have some more pictures edited :-)

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Manarola Cinque Terre Italy


If you are ever in need of garage door repair call Ameriserv

Ameriserv Charlotte



I love giving my business to family owned and operated businesses.  I always feel like I get a more personal touch and they care more about your experience and customer satisfaction.  So keep that in mind if you ever are in need of garage door repair.  I would highly recommend Bob and Amber over at Ameriserv Charlotte.  I can say with 100% confidence that you will love working with them and they will take care of any of your garage door repairs/needs.  If you have any concerns or questions Bob even lists his direct phone number on his website so you can call and speak to him directly! That alone says a lot about how much your business means to him!

Newborn photography with the Fuji X-Pro 1


I can’t say enough just how much I love my Fuji X-Pro 1.  It is just a beautiful camera that feels wonderful and a bit old school in my hands.  It reminds me of the 1st 35 mm camera I ever used (it was my dad’s).  I will admit though that it has taken me some time to really get use to this camera system but the pain has all been worth it.  I originally bought it to see if I could use it as a back up system for my main Canon gear since I would prefer to have the Fuji around for more of my personal work and hoped it could pull double duty in that department.  So far I have tested it out on  landscapes and head shots and it has done WONDERFUL!….. so I thought I’d give it a go at newborn photography.  Again thinking if I needed to use this as a back up system, would I be able to do all that I needed with this small mirrorless camera and the 35 mm lens and 60 mm macro lens.  Well it handled beautifully!  The 35 mm was a rock star!  Produces beautiful images straight out of camera.  I used the 60 mm as well for some up close baby features and it did very well but it was a bit hard to nail that focus (I find that macro lenses in general are hard because you have to manually focus for the best results).  Here are some of the images from my session :-)  If I had to complain- it certainly does not focus as fast as the DSLR system and there is still a lag between images that could drive you a bit crazy if you were trying to photograph fast moving toddlers.
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This is an image straight out of camera:


beautiful friends and beautiful family @Charlotte family photographer


Sometimes it’s hard to wait until the end of the day to do a family photo session.  Little kids can get hungry and grumpy later in the day and it just takes a little more patience to wait until the sun is low in the sky to get everyone together and dressed for pictures but I’ll tell you that if you do… it’s soooooooooooo worth it.  The sun is just so beautiful in the late afternoon and I think Chaeli’s family photos show this off really well :-)

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We love large families ~Ballantyne Area family photography


I was so happy to see Kiran and her beautiful family this year.  They are just all so nice and her kids have the BEST manners!  AND they are seasoned pro’s at taking pictures!  It was so stinking cute how all the big sisters where like little mama’s to their baby brother!  They each wanted their photo taken with him – I thought that was just so sweet!  Sigh – his future wife will have a lot to live up to!


Caligirl steals the show ~Family photos with a cute dog!


I’m telling you this has been the year of the dog for us this fall!  So many wonderful families have chosen to include their dogs (or dogs) in their family photos and we just LOVE IT!  Yes, you heard me right….we love having your dog in the photos too!  Seriously – how cute is this little baby named caligirl!!!!  Oh and the family is really cute too :-)


High School Senior Pictures ~ Charlotte NC~


Such fun and exciting times to be a senior in high school – getting ready to set out on so many new and exciting adventures.  Good luck Lindsey!  It was wonderful working with you and I know you will go off to do many wonderful things in the coming years!



Beautiful North Carolina Family Portraits with fall leaves

I still think that I left my heart in Colorado but I have to admit that nothing is quite as beautiful as the fall in the Carolina’s!  Those beautiful leaves of such deep red, orange and yellow are breathtaking……making them the PERFECT backdrop for fall family portraits :-)  I was also super excited that Andrea wanted to include her newest member of the family in our photo session!  Isn’t he just beautiful too!  Ahhh..puppies!  Thank goodness they are so cute because I remember just how much work that puppy stage can be, but he was a perfect angel for our session!


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