three

So… I am a little behind on blogging, but I have good reason! My son was born back in October and we have been busy loving on our two littles. I am back from maternity leave and ready to share.

My little Violet turned three back in November and I’d like to just brag on her for a moment. I took these back in November and she has grown even more in these past few months. She turned three, became a big sister, and a preschooler.

So many emotions run through me when I look at her gorgeous face. She made me a momma and she makes me a proud momma everyday. She is so independent, smart, sassy, sweet, sassy (as the day is long), and funny! Vi is a problem solver through and through, she is always trying to put things in their place, find the right fit, and trying new angles. I really love that a one of her new favorite things is jigsaw puzzles. It’s really cool to watch her work them and do them with her.

These are a few of her favorite things: unicorns, kittens, tiny little toys to hold onto, being our official chocolate taster, baking, school, jigsaw puzzles, restaurants, spicy drink (sprite), Incredibles movie, recognizing the letter “V” everywhere, road trips, spaghetti, anything pink, jumping in puddles, swinging, going to the mall and zoo, ballet, paw patrol (Marshall & Rubble), burritos with chips and salsa, and getting her brother to laugh.

Watching her become a big sister just melted my heart. She is so sweet and caring with Arlo. Seeing them play and interact together bring me more joy than they will ever know. My heart is so full! Vi can get Arlo to laugh and he hears her voice and will start looking for her now. Uggh, the best! I am so excited to see them grow together.

Happy Birthday Violet, we adore you and wish you many more wonderful birthdays to come and may the dear lord bless you! <3

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Krazen Family

Oh the places she'll go! This adorable family of three just celebrated Quinn's first birthday, isn't she gorgeous! Happy Birthday sweet girl! It was a joy to capture their love for one another and play with Miss Quinn. I wish Dan and Erin luck in telling this sweet face "no" in the near future. She kept resting her little hand on mom and dads during family shots and it just melted my heart each time. Nothing sweeter than seeing your little ones hands and fingers reaching for you and hanging on! Que the baby talk and heart swells! <3

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Chapman Family

Who can resist a good sugar rush? I love seeing littles react to their smash cake. Some dig right in and some hate the mess! Even better is the look they sometimes give their parents like "Is this a joke, can I really eat it?" Haha, Celia definitely gave the look. Her two older brothers were so good about holding off, but we chuckled when were told they could dig in after she was done. What do you think Celia thought? Someone may or may not have enjoyed it being on her feet. Scroll down to see for yourself...

As per usual, I had a wonderful time capturing this beautiful and sweet family. These boys are smitten with their little sis and their game of peek a boo will melt your heart! Celia has some awesome body guards, play mates, and best friends. Can't believe she is already ONE. Time needs to slow down! Until next time Chapmans, stay exactly the way you are... awesome and fun! :)

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Trout - Maternity

Right before three become four.... Congratulations Trout family, I am over the moon for you and your sweet bundle of joy! Big brother Bryor will most certainly enjoy a partner in crime or should I say a partner in play... racing monster trucks no doubt. I can just see all the wrestling matches, forts, and battle calls that will fill your home. No better sounds in the world. It still feels like I was just capturing Leah & Zach's wedding and then Bryor's newborn pictures. I love my job... another blessing... seeing the joy and excitement as couples grow a family and then add to that family. The excitement and anticipation is shared by all, I CAN NOT wait to meet your little man in September! 

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Danny - newborn

I've never seen a big brother more smitten! It was the sweetest thing to watch Joey love on his brother. Danny, I'm fairly certain, feels the same way after witnessing some sleepy smiles while he heard his brother play nearby. Joey loved helping and watching! He even preferred to have a front row seat while enjoying his lunch in his highchair nearby. He was happy to get baby brother a pacifier, ask how he was, and even stop his play session to go see and check on his brother. I'm pretty sure he was checking to make sure Danny wasn't still in my basket as I was packing up to leave. What a sweetheart! <3 Danny hardly made a peep as he watched and hung out with us for a few awake shots and then drifted off to sleep. It was such a joy to work with these little guys, and by work I mean snuggle!

Congratulations Steve, Sarah, and Joey! Little Danny is so lucky to have you and vice versa! <3

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David & Katie - 5.26.18

I've been busy this spring with weddings and capturing the love between some beautiful couples. I actually have a little break between now and my next one in September and then I will be taking my maternity leave in October! We are so ready for our little guy to arrive!

I had the pleasure of photographing David & Katie's wedding at the Franklin Park Conservatory (The Wells Barn) and it was a gorgeous celebration full of laughter, happiness, and even a little rain for good luck! I tend to have a few favorite moments with my couples and for David and Katie, two particular moments stand out. To me, "first looks" are wonderful intimate moments shared between the bride and groom before their ceremony. It's a chance to be alone and celebrate, cherish, and enjoy one another before they walk down the aisle to a room full of their favorite people. It's in those tender moments that I tear up... every single time! A "first look" is often the only time the bride and groom get to just enjoy each other without being surrounded by all of their guests. If you are on the fence about a "first look" I encourage you to think about it and ask other brides about their experience. I had one myself and I LOVED having those moments alone with my Husband and wanted him to see me first before guests and even family. I would do it again in a heart beat. It didn't diminish the big walk down the aisle, but intensified it as I got to stare again at the love of my life. My second favorite moment was when Katie called David into the bridal suite right before the ceremony for a quick hug, kiss, and few words of love and support. David and Katie, there is no doubt you two were put on this earth to be together. Congratulations, you are such wonderful, kind, and loving individuals and are so perfectly paired as a couple. Enjoy the new adventure that awaits you together and I can't wait to see where it takes you! They are spending their honeymoon making a big move and help me in wishing them all the luck in the world in their new home! <3

Please enjoy some of my favorites from David & Katie's special day! 

Hotel: Renaissance Downtown Columbus

Ceremony/Reception: Franklin Park Conservatory - The Wells Barn

Coordinator: Sarah Mynes

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Brian & Rebecca - 5.19.18

It's all about the details these days. They make each wedding personal and unique. The details in this wedding were so sweet, thoughtful, and carefully crafted. I always love seeing them come together after months (and in their case distance - sates away) of planning. They certainly didn't dissapoint. The bride created these beautiful origami balls to decorate the tables with (I immediatly knew I wanted to use them for a few ring pictures), her mother sewed her wedding dress hanger sleeve, and her grandmother sewed the ring pillow. Aren't they gorgeous?!? And don't get me started on the delicate gorgeous lace and tulle gown. Ooo La La!

Congrats Brian & Rebecca! It was a beautiful day that I adored being part of and celebrating alongside you both and your family and friends. Thank you for the honor and pleasure!

The happy couple is now off to France to celebrate again with her side of the family. Wishing you two a wonderful trip and a lifetime of happiness, you're a beautiful couple inside and out!

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Emerson - One Year

And just like that a whole year passed... this little cutie pie just turned ONE! It have the amazing pleasure to watch my littlest clients grow, thrive, and capture their little and big personalities shine. Emerson is such a sweet and easy going little man. He loves being tickled, being thrown up in the air, and also being sung to. We sang "the Wheels on the Bus" and Hudson happily joined in an let me know when I forgot a verse or two. Emerson immediately began to bop his little head, it was the cutest! Hudson loves her little brother and couldn't be any sweeter when it comes to giving him some snuggles and kisses. Sibling love is am amazing thing to watch and theirs is adorable! I can only hope that my kiddos enjoy a bond like theirs. Happy Birthday big guy! I hope you enjoyed a day filled with fun, family, and since you don't enjoy cake... lots of ice cream. :) <3

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Kimber - newborn

Let them be little... I always forget how little newborns are compared to my 2.5 year old. Help me in welcoming this little nugget of perfection, Kimber Kay! Isn't she a doll! She was a dream to cuddle and capture as she snoozed away through basket and wrap changes. All I heard were little squeaks and sighs as she dreamt away. Aren't those the best sounds, I just could have sit and stared at her all day. Excited to see Kimber grow and her personality shine. Congrats Nikki and Jason, she's absolutely beautiful! <3

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Stefan & Erin - 4.7.18

It is truly humbling when friends ask me to photograph their wedding. To be behind the scenes and see all the little wonderful intimate moments they share together along with their family and closest friends is a an honor and privilege. Congratulations Stefan and Erin, you both looked absolutely stunning and truly are a perfect pair. I'm so excited to see whats to come in your new journey together. 

Stefan and Erin love hiking, gaming, and being outdoors. As you'll see, The Grand Barn at the Mohicans was the perfect setting for their happily ever after. The details were gorgeous and provided by Perfectly Planned Weddings & Events and Madison House Designs. It was a beautiful day and event.

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Adalynn - Newborn

I apologize in advance for giving you all room envy! ;) Sweet little Adalynn has one talented family surrounding her with love. Both grandmas handmade the blanket, quilt, floral headband, and bunny outfit you'll see below. Having tried both quilting and crocheting, my hat goes off to them, such beautiful work and gorgeous keepsakes! We knew they needed to be included in Adalynn's newborn session. Her talented momma also put together the most adorable room and handmade paper flowers. I swear they should all team up and create some Etsy listings.

Adalynn, you are so very loved and were such a joy to capture and snuggle with. She slept like a champ and has the sweetest little lips, fingers and grin. Congratulations Andrew & Valerie, she is absolutely BEAUTIFUL and I couldn't be happier for you guys and all the adventures, love, and joy that lie ahead! <3

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Madeline - Newborn

Help me in welcoming sweet baby Madeline! Doesn't she just give you baby fever!?! Madeline was such a delight to photograph. She slept like a dream, barely made a peep (other than those sweet baby coos and sleepy sounds), she has the coolest parents, and she hates to be cold (totally feel ya girl). :) 

Greg & Jessica, I am so so very happy and excited for you guys, many congratulations!! Madeline is absolutely breath taking. I can not wait to watch her grow up and see her little personality develop. Parenthood is the hardest, most amazing joy I've ever felt and I know you guys are going to be fabulous parents. Enjoy all those wonderful new snuggles and give her an extra one for me! <3