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Fri-Yay! Weekly Recap #13

Fri-Yay! Weekly Recap #13

Hey it's Fri-yay and were here counting down the minutes until it's the weekend! And since it's already almost 4pm that means it's almost the weekend!

Last Saturday we celebrated our youngest son's birthday! Titus is now 3, yippee! We know everyone says this but where does the time go?? Three years old means we are finally, after 9 years, all out of diapers, cribs, diaper bags, and all things baby. We have given away all the baby stuff and we are mighty happy about that thank you very much! We had a little party with some of our friends and family, where we we all got run over by cars and trucks because...that's what three year old boys like ;). We also did something a little different and had an ice cream sundae bar instead of a cake. When you're allergic to life like Titus, then you have get creative! Everyone loved it and it saved me hours of stress and time... bonus! 

We are so proud of our little man, he is so funny, cracks us up all the time, and really is the perfect caboose to our crazy train. Happy Birthday Buddy!

Yesterday was National Coffee day and we celebrated because...COFFEE. We got out the fancy cups, drank an extra cup for good measure, and got more work done then we did all week. Boom. Thank you coffee for existing and for being awesome. We love you...XOXO.

On Monday we crossed another parenting milestone off the list. We got a phone call from Eli's principal. Yup, you read that right, the principal. Apparently he tried to be MacGyver and open his class room lock with a stick. Then it broke. In the lock. Thankfully, they were able to fix the lock and not much harm was done but it still earned him a visit and then we got the call. He ended up apologizing to his whole class and his principal was super sweet and encouraging but it was still a tough night. Obviously he still has a ways to go before he can defuse a nuclear bomb while tied to a chair with only a ballpoint pen and a pair of sunglasses.

 If we are being honest this week hasn't been the best. Parenting while trying to run a super fancy photography business is hard. Somedays we work all day and feel like we are taking two steps back. We question sending our kids to school (instead of homeschooling) and pray the whole way that we are making the right decision. The struggle is real when we are taking care of sick kids while we schedule client meetings. BUT... aren't you glad there is always a BUT... at the end of the day, or week in this case, what matters is that we are a family and we have each other. We are sticking together, praying and supporting one another, answering emails and taking turns tucking in kids when they get up...for the 14th time. We know we are serving our clients to the best of our abilities and making sure their needs and biggest wants are being met and that makes it all worth it. It's a crazy ride but it is seriously the best ride we've been on. We are creating something amazing and we know it will benefit everyone we have the honor of working with and that is worth every bad week.  

So heres to a weekend off with the kids, no school, no schedules, relaxing on the couch, eating cookies, drinking coffee, doing some location scouting and just enjoying one another. Because in the end, we are family and we're in this together. 


What to Wear Wednesday 3rd Edition

What to Wear Wednesday 3rd Edition

It's mid-week, so you know what that means...What to wear Wednesday is back to help you know what to wear so you can look your best without the stress! If you missed the first two installments of our little blog mini-series, the first edition is here and the second edition is here. Today we have a few more tips to help you look fabulous for your photo session. So let's get right to it, shall we?

Layers, layers, and more layers...YES even in Arizona! When you wear layers, it creates visual interest and dimension to your photo. Pick out a fun scarf for your dress, or a vest for your hubby.  Sweaters with layered shirts not only gives you the chance to include a coordinating color but it also adds an extra bit of “pop” to an outfit making it more visually appealing.  A great fitted jacket can add so much dimension to an outfit, whether it be for your husband or you! You can also add a bow tie and suspenders, the possibilities are endless! 

*Likewise, using accessories like necklaces, bows, hats, or bracelets adds texture and helps make the photo go from "blah" to beautiful. I love finding a big chunky necklace in a fun color for my photo shoots. You can find some classy, affordable options at Charming Charlies or Forever 21! Also, don't be afraid to check out your local Goodwill, you'd be surprised what you can find! While you’re there get one for your daughter, I guarantee she will love it too! 

* Speaking of your daughter, bows and headbands are perfect for adding more style and personality to your kiddos. They give you one more way to add a color for pop or you can make it match and really tie the whole outfit together. Make sure the bow isn’t too big. We don't want it to distract from her beautiful face...sometimes going big isn’t always better! 

*Finally, no white sneakers or running shoes! Wear shoes that you love! Shoes that have bright colors really add some personality. Classy, vintage, or solid color canvas shoes like Converse can be good options if you're looking for footwear that's comfortable but still looks good on camera. You can also choose a great pair of distressed boots, colorful ballet flats, high heels, sandals with straps, or platforms, and don't be afraid to show your personality!  

Here's a great example of a sweet family that integrated layers and colors into their clothes.  Big sister is wearing big boots and a vest with that fun “pop” of color. Baby brother is wearing a sweater to create more layers. You can see their colors, blue, tan and gray with that “pop” of maroon. Mom also has a great necklace and a hat in some of the photos! 

 See!! It doesn’t have to be fancy or hard to figure out. This mom said her daughter wanted to wear that outfit so she built everyone else's off of it! No fuss and no stress! It really can be done! 

Come back next week because we have more!! We really do want to help you have a stress free experience, so if there is anything you need please let us know! We still have some spots left, although we are filling up fast! Contact us for dates this fall, we can't wait to see all of you! 

Riley - From 8 years old to Ahhhh-mazing!

Riley - From 8 years old to Ahhhh-mazing!

There's just something magical about watching kids grow up and turn into amazing human beings. When we first met Riley she was like 8. We went to church with Riley and her family a few years back and we lost touch with them through the years, because well life sorta happens sometimes. So you can understand our joy when Riley contacted us and asked us to do her senior pictures! When we last saw her, she was a big sister to her two younger brothers and one younger sister and her main worry was feeding the ducks in her backyard. Now she's a beautiful adult, inside and out, and it's a little mind blowing to think how far she's come. How is it that we go on and on with our days thinking they will never end, and then one day we look up and its been 10 years?!

We had a blast up in Sedona taking Riley's senior photographs and enjoyed catching up with her and her family. We laughed, got wet, slipped in the mud, and even had a little Benadryl cocktail party when we mistakenly asked her to lay down in a field of wild flowers. She was a good sport though, and we are pretty sure it was all worth it because these photos are some of our favorites ever! We loved her laugh, her eyes, and her love for classic novels. This girl will go far and will accomplish great things. We were just grateful to get a front row seat at the starting line! We love you Riley and we know you are just getting started on your journey to do some truly amazing things!