May 7, 2013
Oh, that sweet, crinkly-nosed, bright-eyed, sunshiny smile of yours!
Your serious, sweet little blue-eyed face is precious, too…
but that smile: it doesn’t stay hidden for long!
June 15, 2012
My cousin Mandy and her husband are expecting their first child, a boy, in August. They live and work on the family’s dairy farm and are two of the talented people behind the amazing Prigel Family Creamery in Baltimore County. The farm made the perfect backdrop for the baby shower my sister and I planned on a sunny June afternoon! The theme was “Feather Her Nest” and we all had a perfectly lovely time helping them prepare for and celebrate the baby. I thought it would be fun to share some photos I managed to take in between refilling drinks, carrying platters of delicious food, and sipping my iced coffee…
My sister set up a “make your own” onesie station in the yard- guests could design a teeny onesie for the baby using iron-on letters and decals. The ironing board and iron were set up in the shade of a large tree, and then the finished shirts were hung on a twine clothesline for all to admire! My five-year old, Grace, was even able to get in on the creative action.
The drink table featured cucumber-mint ice water (so refreshing!), limeade, and in order to satisfy the guest of honor’s pregnancy craving– an iced (decaf) coffee bar, complete with flavored syrups, whipped cream, chocolate and butterscotch topping, and of course some farm-fresh creamy milk. This might have been where I spent most of my time.
Dessert was a fruit tart buffet featuring my talented sister’s homemade tart shells, lemon curd or vanilla custard, and fresh summer berries. Yes, I had more than one, why do you ask?
Part of the joy of this event was putting it on in a true DIY manner, with help from all the ladies in the family that love Mandy and her growing family so much! Maybe you’ll see something inspiring for your next celebration!
Flowers: hydrangeas and lemon verbena from my yard; lanterns: IKEA; food: the kitchens of our sweet family members; paper straws: Amazon.com; wooden birdies, birds in the tree, and nests: Michael’s; serving dishes, mason jars, and drink dispensers: we already owned them; chocolate robin’s eggs: flown in from London in the carry-on bag of my sister
May 11, 2012
I’ve met many beautiful moms over the past year, and became a mom to a third precious girl myself.
Motherhood is a hard job but a wonderful privilege. It can be exhausting and invigorating; some days full of laughter while others are full of tears; it can come as a long-awaited answer to prayer or as an unexpected blessing. Whatever part of the mothering journey you’re on now, I want to encourage all of us moms with this reminder from Jim Elliot: Wherever you are, be all there. Let’s make the most of every moment!
Here’s to wiping little faces, gifts of sticky kisses, learning to let go a little, and celebrating the little everyday moments that make it all so worth it. Happy Mothers Day to all the moms I’ve had the honor of photographing since May 2011, and to all who stop by to visit this little blog of mine.
March 2, 2012
The big day is in December, and these two can hardly wait! In a fun change of pace from my usual clientele, I spent a chilly but bright February evening with Jesse and Stephanie after they asked me to take their engagement photos. Jesse and I have known each other our whole lives, and I am so happy for him and his bride-to-be. Lots of love to both of you!
January 31, 2012
I was so excited that this family responded to my Maternity Casting call, because I had the pleasure of photographing their little girl when she was born almost two years ago. Now that little girl a big sister, and I so loved seeing everyone again. Genuine smiles, loving cuddles, and growing families are three things that make me very happy: